Do your Copic markers look like this? Ewwwww...
I thought I'd take a little time today to delve into maintaining our Copic makers.
Have you ever been coloring and noticed a fleck of something on your image and wiped it away only to have a (usually red for me) nasty smudge on your work? Can you see the wet and dried ink above the nibs and in the caps of my makers? Those little bits of dried ink can fall off on what you're working on and create ugly smudges when you try to wipe them away.
That's where maintenance comes in:
What you see here is a box of Copic marker refills, the refill needles, 91% Isopropyl Alcohol, Copic blending solution, used cotton balls, a couple of small containers to hold cleaning solutions and a taken apart Copic BG72 marker.
I use the alcohol on cotton balls to clean my Copic marker barrels and caps. I also have a clogged marker nib every once in awhile and I use the alcohol to soak the nib in to see if I can get it unclogged before I replace the nib. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. The 91% alcohol is much cheaper than the Copic blending solution so I use it first and have had great success with it for cleaning.
This picture is just a closer view of soaking a clogged marker nib. It never truly came clean so I replaced it with a new one.
I hope my blog post today was helpful to you, thanks for visiting my blog!