Monday, November 2, 2009

Organization: Copic Skin and Hair Colors

Hi friends,
Thanks so much for your well wishes :) I went to the doctor & I have the dreaded flu---> just not the kind that oinks (no tail growing here, Mary! ;) My grandma's "special cure-all drink" and chicken soup will have me back to myself in no time. (My hubby says I should drink slowly!---> What a brat!) 
Anyhoo, today I thought I would share the way I organize a certain section of my Copic markers. This set is specifically the colors I use for skin & hair. So here are the deets:

I found this container a while back during one of my rounds at Mike's. It was in the clearance section along the end of the crafting aisles. It is meant for storing the EK Success punches, but I bought it thinking I would find a different use for it. I do that A LOT, you know, buy now -think about what I'll do with it later. It's in my rat pack nature, I think :) This is what it looks like:

(It was $2.99)
It's a hard, plastic case with 8 compartments inside.

I own all the Copic Ciao markers, but I decided to get a separate set of sketch markers just for skin & hair colors for 2 main reasons. 1) These are the colors I use the most & 2) I didn't want to spend time searching to pull them out of my sets. This way, they were in one convenient place ready to use- no muss, no fuss. 

How did I chose these colors? Well, most of these are the colors Suzanne Dean uses & I luuuv her coloring. I stalk subscribe to her Coloring with Copics videos on YouTube. I also really luuuv Cassie's coloring (My Sweet Dreamers pal) but she hasn't posted any tutorials or videos---> hint, hint ;)

I typed out the numbers onto clear labels by group of skin or hair color & added them to the case.

Skin 1: E000, E00, E11, R20
Skin 2: (alternate skin tone) E50, E51, R20
Ethnic Skin: E25. E21, E13, E11 (I also like E33, especially for Latino skin)
Dark Brunette: E25, E49, E53, E59
Light Brunette: E25, E29, E31
Auburn: E13, E17, E18, E19
Dark Blonde: YR23, E35, Y23
Light Blonde: Y11, Y21, E97, E99
Black: C3, C5, C7, C9

This totally works for me! It's one less thing I need to look for, pull out, & putting them back is a snap.

To download Suzanne's list of colors (with colored samples :) and to see her videos, visit her blog here. Check out Cassie's blog in my sidebar under "Sweet Dreamers."

I have my "copycat" way to organize my Ciaos which I'll be sharing too, if you're interested. 

To answer Sophia's Question: Yes, it's perfectly fine to store your Copics vertically. I've been told it has something to do with how they're made. I also have Prisma markers (which are alcohol-based as well) & they sit upright too with no  problems. Water-based markers (like SU! Stampin' Write) must be stored horizontally (flat). 

Where to buy Copics: I have bought most of mine from ---> Carpe Diem because when they have sales... they have SALES! Reeealy good prices :) They're also a local store- pretty close to me, and the owner is nice :) He's let me shop in the store when they've been technically closed. But shop around & keep an eye out for any sales :)

Thanks so much for peekin' today! I'm off to confiscate all the Halloween candies my kids are hiding under their beds!
Gotta go!


  1. Karli,

    If you're feeling up to a question, I have one! :)

    I've been looking for good marker storage, and I really like this. My Michaels still has a few of these on clearance.

    My question is -- is it okay to store the markers standing up? I know my Creative Memories markers (way back when) were supposed to be stored on their sides, and I've always assumed all markers had to be stored that way.

    This storage will work either way, but I was wondering if you knew the answer. Thanks so much!

  2. what a great organizational tip! tfs

  3. This is a great tip- love the box. I store all my copics upright and you are right- it is fine due to the alcohol.


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