Saturday, April 12, 2008

Copic Comparison

Here are some comparison details of Alcohol Based Markers. This information is written to the best of my knowledge. I own each of these types, so have been able to compare them at home. I have supplemented the info with research from online and brochures. Please let me know if I have made any errors.

+ Cheapest (< $25 for 12 at Dick Blick) + Sold at M's with coupon
+ 156 colors
+ Easy to use brush & fine point like SU! markers
+ Coordinates with same colors of Prismacolor Pencils

- My least favorite marker shape - too bulky to use easily
- Hard to tell which end is broad/fine
- Lids hard to remove
- Case is opaque and hard to remove lid
- Stinkier
- Less light-fast—will fade faster

Fine Tip
Chisel Tip

Copic Sketch + Ciao
+ Easy to see which end is brush/chisel
+ Nice clear plastic case
+ Easy to find at online Scrap & Stamp stores!
+ Nicely named color scheme makes it easy to choose
+ 322 Colors
+ More shades of grey
+ More light-fast

Brush Tip
Chisel Tip

Copic Sketch
+ Sets to coordinate with Stampin' Up colors (Ellen
+ Shape is flat so it won't roll
+ Color listed on top of lid
+ Holds more ink
+ Compatible with Airbrush out of box

- Most expensive (~$60 for 12)
- Harder to fit into case since they're oval
- Changing chisel to fine point is expensive

Copic Ciao
+ Cheaper (~$50 for 12)
+ Easier to hold
+ Smaller case
+ Easier to fit into case since they're round
+ Compatible with Airbrush with modification (put dimensional foam dots on can.)

- No fine point tip available

Replaceable Tip
Alcohol Ink based (can use on plastic or glass)
Acid-free when dry


Anonymous said...

Thanks Lianne. I've been considering switching to Copics from my LePlumes (they keep drying out!). I was also looking at the Prismacolors, but now I think I will take the Copic plunge. :)

Chris (pea name ckettel)

Anne said...

Wow! I've just been having a trip through your blog Lianne - what gorgeous work you do! I've never seen the copic pens but clearly you use them beautifully!

Sue McGettigan said...

I know this is all about the technical info on pens, but I have to say how PRETTY those cards are :) I haven't tried Copics yet, but I do love what I see everyone making with them!

StamperSharon said...

Great comparison!

Jenny L. said...

Great comparison, Lianne. Plus, your cards are really cute!

Lisa Renéa said...

Lianne, thanks for the scoop, here. You've clearly pointed out the details, and I appreciate it. Your coloring is awesome, girl! I've been looking at Copics and the Trias. Thanks!

Karen said...

I've never heard that they are acid free when dry before! So, can you use them with scrapbooking as well?

Debbie Olson said...

Beautiful work on both card, Lianne! Thanks for the comparison too. :-)

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