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How to Blend with Just Two Copic Markers

Hi All,

So what if you only have a light-colored marker and a dark-colored marker? Yes, you can blend them with no problem. In fact, after creating this video, I’m thinking it’s even better than using your typical 3 markers!

In this quick video, I will show you two techniques for achieving a smooth blend between two markers. I show both techniques with 2 red markers and 2 blue markers. Here are photos of the results:

Blending with Two Markers

Blending with Two Markers

For more information on getting started with Copic markers, you can start with Copics 101.


Also, I made a post on my blog this morning about talent vs skill if you want to check it out. Have a great weekend!



  1. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 8:48 am


    You are right. It almost looks better than using three colors and blending them. It also seemed much easier.

    • wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 5:19 pm


      Oh, thank you for showing this technique. I’ve had trouble blending with 3 markers and I just tried this one and am very happy with the results. I’ve always loved your blog and videos and know that I’m going to love your Live Love Cards.

  2. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 12:25 pm


    What a neat technique! Thanks for the experimenting and sharing with us. Do you think the Blendabilities will work the same way? I suppose in theory, it should but for some reason I’m afraid to try it myself. However, I guess there’s not really a reason one would need to use this technique with Blendabilities since the markers come in three shades by default, but I was just curious. Thanks!

    • wrote on January 12th, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Mary, I tried it last night just to be sure. This technique works for the Blendabilities. However, I found that the tip-to-tip technique worked better than the acrylic block technique.

      • wrote on January 12th, 2015 at 9:11 pm


        Thank you so much for the reply Darlene!

  3. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 12:41 pm


    I almost always use 2 markers, too…and I love this technique! Love learning new techniques! 🙂

  4. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 1:16 pm


    I don’t have Copics but I do have the Spectrum Noirs and thought I had to have all the colors, but I learned the blending technique and like it so much better. You’re right, Darlene, you almost do get a better blend just using two markers! Thanks for the video:)

  5. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 1:32 pm


    I agree that the acrylic method looks awesome. I do acrylic transfer even with my Tombows and other markers. So much easier to control. You can also go light to nothing using the colorless blender. Also, it doesn’t matter if your ink dries on the block. When you pick it up with the other color it reactivates it. I also open the covers and use the gook that builds up inside. Rather than using your colorless blender to clean up you can use a little alcohol. It’s much cheaper.
    I’m loving your new site.

  6. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 1:35 pm


    Thanks! Never thought to try that and what a money saver this is! Can you do a video (maybe you already have and I didn’t see it) about what Copics to start off with? Like browns, reds, purples, etc. Which ones blend the best and so on. I understand the number system, but just curious as to what you think would be a foundational group of colors to start your collection.

    • wrote on January 11th, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      There is a video in THIS POST. It also references other pages and a written post I did awhile back.

  7. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 1:43 pm


    You know, I’d not tried this method before, but I will now. Thanks.

  8. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 1:49 pm


    Thanks for a wonderful visual tutorial on this technique. I learn something new every time I read one of your posts.

  9. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 1:50 pm


    Love this method! Thanks for the tutorial. I will try with my Blendabilities to see if they work the same.

  10. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 2:07 pm


    I have watched your videos since I started paper crafting and always learned something. I know I will really enjoy this beautiful new site. Thanks for the video on coloring with two markers. I don’t have very many so this helps.

  11. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Anne H.

    Oh my gosh, you have no idea how timely this is! I was wondering if this could be done with Copics. I’ve started investigating “Chameleon Color Tones” which is built on this very concept of infusing colors between tips. You may have just saved me the trouble and hundreds $$ in supplies because I was seriously considering switching. Have you seen the info on the other pens: Vimeo website: http://vimeo.com/105486789
    Would love to know what you think!

    • wrote on January 11th, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Anne, yes I have seen ads for the Chameleon Pens (not in person though). It seems like you wouldn’t have as much control about how much light/dark you end up with. However, they might be a good choice for people on a budget.

  12. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 2:18 pm


    Oh WOW!! that is just amazing!!! I’m a newbie with Copics, I have a few that I bought following your suggestions on “My Favorite Things”, I love this technique Darlene, it makes perfect sense. I’m going to give this a try. You are amazing, thank you for sharing this new technique with us.

  13. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 2:36 pm


    I sometimes hit the darker color’s nib with the lighter color to get a medium tone, but this looks easier and more controlled. Thanks.

  14. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 2:40 pm


    This technique is new to me, will have to try it! Thanks, Darlene!! =)

  15. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 2:47 pm


    OK – This is genius!! It looks so good. Now you have to change your suggestion list for what colors to get when you begin with Copics 🙂

    • wrote on January 11th, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Good point Efrat!! 🙂

  16. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 3:22 pm


    I’m so glad I put off buying more Copics in the past few months. Now, I won’t needs as many to use a certain color. Thanks!

  17. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    A 'Nita's Idea

    Who would’ve have thought?!! What a great technique! Will definitely give this a try!

  18. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Carol B

    Love both on the tip and on the block, great tip for any alcohol marker. I love my Copics, have tried the Blendabilities and Le Plume, should work the same with all of them.

  19. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 8:22 pm


    Oh wow…how wonderful to learn this Darlene! Thank you so much…I cannot afford all the Copic range in close colors numbers, so this helps so much.
    Beautiful blending. Thanks again!

  20. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Sherry W.

    You have just changed my world. Running off now to try it….

  21. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 10:08 pm


    I have been wanting to get started with Copics but have found the cost preventive for now. This method would certainly make getting started much more attainable. Thanks for the tip and technique. I have followed you for quite sometime. Loving the new site too!

  22. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 10:15 pm


    How can I determine which two markers will work together?

  23. wrote on January 9th, 2015 at 10:54 pm


    I also would like to know how to determine what two colors will blend nicely together. Thanks..I joined your site..love it!

    • wrote on January 11th, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Good question. I would consider colors in the same color range on the Copic chart. So, for example, there are a group of reds that look really red. Then they start looking kind of orange. Color red with red and reddish orange with reddish orange. Similarly, there are a group of purples that look pinkish, then another group that look bluish. Color like with like, and pick a light with a dark. There are so many colors you could use together that I can’t really list them. I love having so many options. If you are blending the colors in the middle, you almost can’t go wrong.

  24. wrote on January 10th, 2015 at 2:24 am


    Running to my craft room to try this out!!!! Love it!!! Thank you!!!

  25. wrote on January 10th, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Nancy R.

    OH MY!! You just made my life easier! I struggle with blending 3 colors – this looks great! Can’t wait to try it! TFS!!!

  26. wrote on January 10th, 2015 at 12:13 pm


    I would never in a million years have thought of doing that! As it happens my new Copic storage case arrived today and I have sorted out all my pens, can’t wait to try this out. Thank you for this tutorial.

  27. wrote on January 10th, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Miss Robin

    Wow! I’ve never seen this technique before. It works beautifully for you. I’m going to give it a try for myself today!! Thanks for the great tutorial!!

  28. wrote on January 11th, 2015 at 2:50 pm


    Thanks for sharing this technique…cant wait to try!! so excited for your new site. Best Wishes!!

  29. wrote on January 12th, 2015 at 3:05 pm


    Awesome awesome awesome

  30. wrote on May 27th, 2015 at 7:16 pm


    I have colored with copic markers, and at times when am coloring the color bleeds. Is there special paper to stamp and colored when using these markers. I do stamp with momento or stazon. What paper do u use?

    • wrote on May 31st, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      There are a number of papers compatible with Copic markers. Personally, I use Neenah. Are you experiencing bleeding from your outline image or the Copic markers themselves? If from the markers, it could be because you’re applying too much ink. Try coloring less. If it’s with the outline, be sure you are using Memento dye ink (not pigment or chalk ink). Staz-on is not good with Copics, so I would avoid that.

      • wrote on June 1st, 2015 at 9:52 pm


        The bleeding is from the outlines, Thanks for your response.

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