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Skill Level: Beginner

Learn how to beautifully color, blend and texture images with Copic or other alcohol-based markers. Find out more in the Class Description below.

Jennifer Dove
Create With Copics: Beginner's Guide
Jennifer Dove, Instructor
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Create With Copics: Beginner's Guide FAQ

I went to print the digital images and most of them have the company logo running across them. How do I get these items without the cover-up logo?Expand

That cover-up logo is actually called a "watermark," and is used to protect the copyright of an image or artwork that is owned by another company. Such is the case with some of the artwork I used in this class.

All the companies have been very gracious to allow the images to be included as downloads. Most of them are not available as digital images so to protect the companies they asked for watermarks. The good news is that you can still color along. I know you now want to be able to color them without watermarks so you can share your masterpieces. Here are links to find the images you have colored. Some are available in digital and some only in rubber.

Could you please tell me where I can buy the marker storage bin shown next to you in the introduction?Expand

I made my storage bin for my Copic® markers. Here is a list of supplies and instructions so you can make one, too.


  • ArtBin Double Deep (can be purchased at a local craft store or you can search the Web for "ArtBin Double Deep") comes with a lid.
  • Purchase a ceiling lighting grid (from your local hardware store) made from the white plastic and comes in a sheet for fluorescent lighting. This will give you enough to make two storage boxes
  • 1/2" thick wooden dowel rod from local hardware store, and you can ask them to cut to correct length. Square is preferred but round works too
  • Additional items needed:  Wire cutters, rubber bands (16 total)


  • Start by using the wire cutters to cut the ceiling grid down 19 squares by 19 squares. Make two pieces in this size.
  • Cut dowel down to make 4 pieces 3" long
  • Place a rubber band on each piece of dowel about 1/2" from the bottom
  • Place the grid onto the dowel at the furthest corner, and then sandwich the grid by placing another rubber band on the dowel. This will keep the grid from shifting.
  • Do this with all 4 corners.
  • Place a rubber band on all 4 dowels again about 1" from the top of the dowel (make sure there is a minimum of 1"-1 1/4" between the two grid pieces but lower than the length of the top lid of the pen when placed into the grid).
  • Slide on the last grid through all 4 corners.
  • Sandwich the grid with rubber bands.
  • Slide whole grid unit into ArtBin.

Some people drill a hole through the bottom of the Artbin and the dowels and put a flat washer and screw to hold the unit into place. Mine is not screwed down and works great. Other people use double-stick foam tape instead of the rubber bands. You can use the ceiling tile with any size container; just cut the size you need out of the ceiling tile.

If you do a search on "Artbin Copic Storage" you can find some pictures out there. Have fun! Let me know if you have questions.

What type of cardstock do you recommend?Expand

If you want the best results I recommend a smooth nonporous cardstock. X-Press It is the most common but is higher in price (might be easier to find though). I use a paper called Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 100lb, which can be purchased online through Kelly Paper. Neenah is also popular but is not as smooth and if I am not careful will bleed outside the lines. Try and see if you can find the Hammermill 100lb I spoke of, but if not then you can use the X-Press It. Hammermill runs about $24 for 250 sheets, and X-Press It is about $60. I hope that helps. You can still practice on other types of paper but each one handles differently.

What color markers should I buy for the images on the video?Expand

There are many different sets of colors you can use for blending. These are the colors I used so that you can follow along with the samples: Blender Pen - 0; Brown E31, E35, E59, E79; Gray C1, C3, C5, C7; Red R24, R46, R59; Pink R81, R85; Shadow Blue/Violet BV20; Blue B99; and Green YG03, YG63, YG67. I used more than just these colors in the final card, and the colors can be seen in the downloadable PDF flyers.

FREE -- Class Overview
FREE -- Introduction
Copic Fundamentals
Copic-Compatible Papers & Inks
Refilling Your Copics -- ...
Basic Blending Techniques
Adding Texture
Class Wrap-Up
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Class Project Photos

Customer Reviews for Create With Copics: Beginner's Guide:

Average Rating:
4.5 out of 5 (Reviewed by 30 customers.)
January 4, 2019
Griselda T
Very informative class. There are many techniques explained and detailed demonstrations.
June 11, 2018
Michelle I
I learned so much with this class and I'm so glad that I found this class offered online. I love that I'm able to review the content over and over. Great value!!!
April 10, 2018
Pamela G
Excellent class packed with great information and demonstrations for beginner Copic artists. Start with this class and then proceed to the second which builds off the basic skills acquired here. Great price for the value gained by participating in this class. Glad I found it!
July 27, 2017
Nancy M
This is a first rate class and covers all basic of copics. I learned about the different colors and what paper to use with them and to make several cards. A good class.
May 29, 2017
Ona S
I enjoyed coloring the flower card!

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