In a previous post on how to bring “dead” markers back to life, I briefly mentioned Copic ink refills. These are little bottles filled with ink that come in all 358 colours of the Copic rainbow, which means there’s a refill for every marker. They can be used with any size of Copic – Classic, Sketch and Ciao.
On average, one bottle can refill a Classic marker ten times, a Sketch marker 13 times, and a Ciao 17 times. Not only does it save you precious money by not having to buy a new marker every time one runs out, but it’s also easy and time-saving.
There are a couple of methods of refilling a marker, the ‘drop’ method and the ‘injection’ method. The ‘drop’ method is recommended by Copic themselves as the easiest one, though some people prefer to drop the ink directly into the marker’s reservoir (having removed the tips beforehand).
- Once you have the required refill colour, remove the lid from the bottle. If you don’t want to get ink stains all over your desk or other workspace, place some scrap paper over it.
- Holding the marker at a 45-degree angle, drop a few drops of ink (about 20 should refill an average marker) onto the chisel tip. That’s it!
- Using a pair of tweezers, remove the chisel tip of the marker. This is recommended because trying to remove the brush tip can cause it to tear, as it is made out of two pieces of felt.
- Remove the lid of the refill bottle, and insert the tip into the barrel.
- Gently squeeze the bottle to ‘inject’ the ink into the reservoir. About 20 drops should be enough to refill a marker.
- Remember to replace the nib and cap when you’re done, so your marker won’t dry out.
The picture above is of an “old style” refill bottle. Copic have recently announced a new refill design, which is slimmer and transparent, so you can now see how much ink is left. They think of everything!
Courtesy of Art-is-Fun.com.