Crafty quick tip: replacing Copic Sketch Marker nibs (& why this is a good idea!)

Cathy ZielskeCrafts14 Comments

Since 2017 my Copic marker collection has been growing. The funny thing is, I don’t color a lot and I realized recently it was because the intimidation factor is still a bit strong where me and Copics are concerned.

I know. Creating and crafting is suppose to be about exploring the various mediums, right?

I suppose that is a great attitude but one thing I have struggled with is coloring detailed images with the Sketch Marker brush tips. Of course, for certain things, it’s great. But for small areas on a stamped image, I cannot stay inside the lines to save my life.

Enter the Sketch Fine replacement nib.

Two words: life changing. (Okay, that might be a big strong but… they definitely make coloring small stamped images SO much easier!)

At present, there are a handful of Copic marker styles but to my knowledge, none have the following: a brush tip and a fine tip in the same marker.

The chisel tips that come standard on the Sketch, the Ciao and the Original style of Copic Marker, seem a little pointless to someone like me who just wants to color stamped images. I’m sure in the hands of talented artists those chisel can make magic. But I am no such talented artist.

Once I started to ditch the chisel nibs in favor of the fine nibs, I suddenly felt like coloring with these markers got a whole lot easier.

The fine nibs just give you a bit more control that the more flouncy nature of the brush tip, if that makes sense. I realize the brush tip also comes to a fine point but the number of times I end up WAY outside the lines of what I am coloring is because I don’t know how to control the brush tip very well. The fine nib makes is SO much easier.

I also had to Google how to change a nib the first time I tried it, so I decided to make a very quick video showing you how easy it is to do:

Again, this is a personal preference, but I feel like for a stamper who just wants to color, having both the brush and the fine point are a great way to make a great alcohol marker even better, especially if you already went all in on Sketch style markers, like me.

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14 Comments on “Crafty quick tip: replacing Copic Sketch Marker nibs (& why this is a good idea!)”

  1. #1
    Beverly Uhlmansiek

    I just purchased 40 new sketch markers. My hex chart now has more connections, lol. They had these also at the store and I was considering them. By the way, I use the Copic app to keep me in check – standing in front of the display with allllll the colors was dangerous for me!

    Thanks so much for this post! Kind of felt like a weirdo even thinking about it. I’ve been paying attention to more folks coloring and you are right, that brush tip is hard to stay inside small tiny lines!

    1. #1.1
      Cathy Zielske

      It really is! I mean, for me. When you watch master colorers, it seems like they have NO issue with this but part of it for me is I can’t see! I am in desperate need of new glasses (on my list of things to do!) and it’s just hard to see!

  2. #2
    Eileen

    This would be perfect – BUT – I have Copic Ciao markers, which are the more common model in the UK, at least for general crafters rather than graphic artists. So, I was excited, but now I’m sad 😥 because I can’t do this …

  3. #5
    Melissa Leftrick

    I don’t have any Copics but want them SO SO bad!! If I am able to get some I will definitely change out the chisel for the fine tip as this is SO smart!!! I guess I have fat fingers! Lol Thank you for this!

  4. #6
    Melissa Leftrick

    I don’t have any Copics but want them SO SO bad!! If I am able to get some I will definitely change out the chisel for the fine tip as this is SO smart!!! I guess I have fat fingers! Lol Thank you!!

    1. #9.1
      Cathy Zielske

      They are just some old Tweezerman tweezers! But… I believe Copic actually makes their own tweezers for this use!

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