Arty Advent Day 2: Copic Colour Conversion Conundrum

For December 1st-24th (and possibly a Christmas day bonus), I’ll be posting an art-related blog post every day.  If you visit my blog during this time, let me reassure you that I’m not just an art blog.  I do all the crafts.  You can look through my archives, or stay tuned for future posts, to see the other crafty things I get up to. 

In November I wrote about how my Platonic Doodle Date challenge with a friend was delayed by my need to work out the corresponding colour of Copic markers for all my not-Copic markers.

I wrote about how the 358 available Copic colours were not enough, and that some of my markers just not match any Copic.  I ended up with this mess.

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Well I couldn’t just leave it like that, could I?

Before I neatened it up I had another go at colour matching.  I found a Copic colour swatch image by CartoonGirl17 on Deviant Art…


And I swatched all my markers on the edge of strips of card to make it easier to match.

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Of course holding white card up to a laptop screen distorts what you’re seeing, so I printed the Copic chart off.  I know that doesn’t make it particularly exact, but it gives me something I can work from.

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I struggled with the same problems as last time.  Some of my colours just didn’t match any of the Copics.  Some Copic numbers ended up with several completely different coloured markers attached.


I do have a handful of Copic markers, and so I have true swatches for those in the appropriate boxes.  Copic at the top by the name, other brands at the bottom of the box.  Like this one…

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But I’d really like to be able to find a way to get actual swatches of the rest.  I don’t personally know anyone with any Copics at all, let alone the whole set.  And I’m fairly sure the YouTubers I follow are too busy to draw out 358 swatches and post them to me.

If anyone reading this can help, please get in touch. In the meantime I have 20 markers that I could not assign to any Copics, even with my loose definitions of “matching”.  If you happen to recognise any of these colours as Copics, please let me know.

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And I have 30 sheets of 250gsm A5 card waiting to be filled in with pretty coloured swatches as I gain more markers.

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I tried out several different styles that used up less card, but I like having the full list ready to be added to, and plenty of room for multiple swatches per colour.  I might bind the pages into a book at some point.  I’ll make sure to share how I do it if I do.




Author: Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/artist/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.

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