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When and how to change Copic nibs and refill pens Written by Sandy Allnock Posted in Copic Advanced , Copic Beginner , Copic Intermediate Comments 25 Comments

A common question I’m asked often is how to change Copic nibs – when do you do it? What’s the process? And how do you refill Copic markers ? Today’s very short video will talk about both! Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

Important tip!

In case it didn’t come through clearly enough in the video: do NOT use rubbing alcohol in place of Colorless blender except in cleaning functions only. If you soak your caps, 99% alcohol works great. It’s super for putting on a rag or paper towel and wiping off ink around the nib. But do NOT mix it with color inside your pen or touch it to the nib. You don’t want to mix that with the Copic ink. Use colorless blender if you want to do things like mix custom colors, etc.

How to refill Copic markers

I recommend only purchasing refill bottles for colors as you use them; you may THINK you’re going to use a color a lot, but wait until you find out if you actually do. You’ll get many refills out of one bottle; so don’t get too worried by the price, it’s a great deal. I’ve posted a list of my most-refilled markers HERE – that means that they’re the colors I use the most!

Signs that a marker needs refilling:

inconsistent coloring “dragging” of the nib while coloring; sometimes with a squeaky sound whitish nib

Refill from the chisel side, especially if you use my technique (removing the chisel nib, dripping ink directly into the marker) or the Booster System . I’m going to make a wild guess and say that most people who make videos – including Copic – must not use the booster needle, because I couldn’t find any how-t0-refill videos showing it! ha. I’ve tried it before and it works, it’s just easier to put the drops in directly. Some folks use the measurement notches on the bottle and figure out how many cc’s to put in; I hold the bottle above the marker and drip ink into it, and just count drops.

Once you think you’ve got enough ink in the pen, be sure to test it. If ink is dribbling out of the brush nib – you’re over full!

If your marker still isn’t quite right….a Copic hack!

I’ve had a few markers over the years that weren’t coloring quite right even after refilling. They were a little “gummy” on the surface of the nib – if you end up with that kind of nib, you’ll know it.

The trick with the bag shown in the video worked BRILLIANTLY on the marker I used it on this week. I was so excited to see that! In the past I had just changed those nibs…so from now on when I get a gummy marker, I’m going to mess with it more before giving it up. Just put a little Colorless Blender into a plastic bag, and massage it into the nib for about 30 seconds or so. Scribble off color – it should be lighter and thinner ink at first, as the blender solution wears off. You may need to add more ink to get it to color properly.

And if that doesn’t work – try changing the nib.

How to change Copic nibs

I replace nibs most often when the nib breaks down; that means either the tip develops a little “tail” that flips around as I color (agh! Frustrating!)…and sometimes the sides of a nib break down and develop what looks like pilling. If it still colors fine and you aren’t bothered by it, though, don’t change it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

How to change Copic nibs: Pull out the nib with Copic tweezers . It’s an inexpensive item, so go ahead and pick one up, honestly. It’ll keep your fingers clean when changing nibs or refilling – and it’ll make pulling out a brush nib WAY easier. I tried replacing a nib and using my regular makeup tweezers to pull out the nib – and only the foam part came off, and I had to do crazy things to remove the rest….it’s easier to just use the Copic one.

Pop a new nib into the empty marker, then wait for the ink to wick down to the end. Super easy. You may need to add more ink, but wait til the ink wicks out to the end first.

Extra links

The “hack” I showed with the bag isn’t mine, though I had always wondered if it would work. So happy that marker is back to working well instead of needing a new nib! Here are two ladies with blogs that are jam packed with great info:

Debbie Olson  – the plastic bag trick Sharon Harnist Copic’s site: How to refill markers  – shows the booster system Copic’s site: How to replace nibs My most reinked colors

At long last, after SO many requests….I’ve updated my favorite products page. At least with a few of the basics! I have more to add, but…here you go!

My favorite products Supplies

Copic Markers at Ellen Hutson LLC Copic Markers at Dick Blick Art Materials Copic Markers at Simon Says Stamp Various Ink Refills at Ellen Hutson Various Ink Refills at Dick Blick Various Ink Refills at Simon Says Copic Tweezers at Ellen Hutson Copic Tweezers at Simon Says

I hope this post was helpful in learning how to change Copic nibs and refill your markers!

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can you refill copic drawing pen https://www.jetpens.com/Copic-Comic-Drawing-Pen-with-Waterproof-Ink-0.1-mm-Black/pd/4432 ?

Reply Sandy Allnock May 6, 2017

I’ve never used that one – check the Copic site for info.

Reply kimberlyrae October 16, 2015

Hi! Can the original copic nib be changed?

Reply Sandy October 16, 2015

All nibs can be replaced – refer to their site if you want to change it to a different style nib, the originals only fit some nibs.

Reply Need an assistant for your crafting? And life. is. good. | Sandy Allnock July 8, 2015

[…] been saying I need an assistant lately….a munchkin to fill my markers and change nibs….to sort out my piles of rubble on my desk and put the stamps back in their stamp […]

Reply Drawing T-Rex with Copic Markers – ode to Jurassic World! | Sandy Allnock June 12, 2015

[…] took almost 11 hours in real time. Stopped to refill markers a couple times, especially while doing that […]

Reply Hannah June 5, 2015

Thank you for this! A question would be, I accidentally bought the Copic markers when I should be buying the sketch markers instead. Can I change the nibs of the original markers to those of the sketch pens?

Reply Sandy June 5, 2015

I don’t believe so
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Pages Home Monday, February 22, 2016 Sparkle Pens Comparison And Review - Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens & Zig Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush Markers Hi everyone!  I hope you're having a great week!  I'm back with a little product review and comparison for you.  I wanted to give you a good look at the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens and the Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Markers.  Both are full of sparkly, glittery goodness.  But there are a few differences that I really wanted to share with you. As you all know, I've used the Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Markers for quite some time.  And I've loved them!  When I saw the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens, I was really intrigued, especially after I heard that you can watercolor with them.  I had never tried to watercolor with my Wink of Stellas before now.  So I thought we would just experiment together. The Spectrum Noir and Zig pens function in the same way.  They are a brush tipped marker that you prep by removing the protective ring and squeezing to start the flow.  I recommend having a piece of scrap paper on hand when priming these pens for the first time.  There are times when you'll get a big blob of ink flowing from the tip.  You'll only need to prime these like this the first time.  You should be good to go with each subsequent use.  Be sure to shake both pens prior to using to mix the glitter around inside of them. While both of these have a nylon brush tip, I found a few differences in the brushes.  The brush on the Wink Of Stella comes to a much finer point than the brush on the Spectrum Sparkles.  I also found the brush on the Winks to be much more flexible and easier to write with.  This might be important to you if you like to do hand lettering.  I found that the Spectrums loosened with time, but were still a bit stiffer than the Winks.  As I was writing with the Spectrums, I found that the bristles of the brush wanted to kind of separate and gave a much less smooth appearance when writing.  Overall, I think I prefer the brush on the Zigs. Another difference I've found between these two pens is their water solubility.  The Spectrums blend easily with water, creating a beautiful sparkly watercolor appearance.  They react with water even after they have dried on the paper.  The Zigs on the other hand do not blend with water once they are dried on the paper.  You can achieve some watercolor looks with the Zigs by picking the ink up from a slick surface using a water brush.  But overall, I would consider the Zigs a permanent ink.  The Spectrums are reactive with water. Because the Spectrums are reactive with water, they also blend seamlessly with each other.  You can easily blend from one color to another.  I didn't find that to be the case with the Zigs.  Be sure to check out this blog post where I used these to create a watercolor look on a card. 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As far as price goes, they are pretty similar.  The Zigs run about $19-$20 for a three pack, or about $7 each.  The Spectrums are around $17 for three.  The Spectrums are slightly cheaper, but cannot be purchased individually. I've included a video review of both of these pens below.  I hope you'll check it out.  I think you might find some different ideas for using your sparkle pens, whatever brand they may be.  I've also included links to the various pens available below. Thanks for stopping by today.  I really hope you've enjoyed this look at the different Sparkle and Glitter pens available.  I'd love to hear your thoughts.  Be sure to leave them in the comments below.  Until next time, I hope you have a fabulous day! Watch The Video You can watch the video in HD on my YouTube channel by clicking HERE.  Don't forget to subscribe! 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