How to Refill Copic Markers?

how to refill copic markers with alcoholIf your Copic marker is running out of ink, it will start to make squeaky sounds and leave streaks on your work. That is when you know it’s time for a Copic refill!

Many cheap markers are only one-time use and you throw them away after that. However, that is not the case when it comes to Copic markers. Learning how to do a quick and easy refill is one of the necessary steps before you can fully master your new Copic Markers.

Below we tackled some of the most frequent questions about refilling your Copic markers.

Which Copic Markers are Refillable?

The good news is that every Copic marker is refillable regardless of their model, unlike some other paint markers such as the Uni Posca and Prismacolor premier markers.

However, one of the main differences between the Copic Classic, Sketch and Ciao markers is their size. This also directly influences how much ink the marker can hold. So of course, with the bigger Classic marker you don’t need to change the Copic marker ink as often as the small Ciao markers.

How to Refill Copic Markers with Alcohol Based Ink?

Refilling Copic markers doesn’t need to be difficult. But you should always make sure that you are using the alcohol-based ink made specifically for Copic markers.

Refilling your marker with other alcohol-based inks or water-based inks might lead to clogging or a variety of other problems.

According to Imagination Internation Inc. one bottle of Copic Various Ink can refill a Ciao marker 13 times, a sketch marker 8-10 times, classic marker 7-9 times and a wide marker 5-6 times.

How Do You Replace Copic Marker Ink Using the Drip Method?

The drip method is the simplest way to refill your Copic markers and the method we recommend to most beginners since it can be used on all models.

  1. Uncap the marker on both ends.
  2. Drip ink onto the broad nib while holding the marker at an angle
  3. Dab any excess ink with a tissue and remove spills with rubbing alcohol.

Slowly the ink will move from the broad nib to the smaller nib. When the marker is completely filled with ink, the smaller nib will start to leak ink. Save your special marker paper and refill above an old newspaper or some scrap paper just in case.

If you have difficulty following the step above, then watch this Youtube video below, which discusses when to refill Copic markers and how to use the drip method.

How Many Drops To Refill A Copic Marker?

If you want to make the most out of the ink, you should try not to overfill your markers. Since Copic markers how tips on both sides, the marker will inevitably start leaking on one of the two sides if you overfill it.

Depending on the type, Copic markers vary in size and can thus absorb more or less ink. So you want to adjust the number of drops accordingly.

Since the Classic marker is the biggest, you can refill it with around 3-4 ml at a time. Whereas the smaller Sketch marker can absorb 2-3 ml and the smallest Ciao marker only holds 2 ml.

Pro tip:

Only fill the marker partially if you find it difficult to stop filling the marker before it leaks.

This way you will save ink!

How Do You Refill Copic Markers using the Booster Method?

This method uses a Copic refill booster, which makes refilling much faster and cleaner if you get the hang of it. Since the proper method of using the refill booster depends on the marker type, we will go over each type individually.

How to Refill Copic Classic Markers?

  1. Carefully insert the refill booster along the nib
  2. Attach the Various Ink bottle to the booster
  3. Add 2-3 cc of ink
  4. Remove the booster and the ink bottle
  5. Clean the booster needle with rubbing alcohol

How to Refill Copic Sketch Markers?best copic set for beginners

  1. Remove the chisel nib
  2. Attach the Various Ink bottle to the booster
  3. Add 1.5-2 cc of ink
  4. Replace the nib
  5. Clean the booster needle with rubbing alcohol

How to Refill Copic Ciao Markers?

  1. Remove the chisel nib
  2. Attach the Various Ink bottle to the booster
  3. Add 1.5 cc of ink
  4. Replace the nib
  5. Clean the booster needle with rubbing alcohol

How to Remove the Copic Marker Nib?

For both the sketch and Ciao models you will have to remove the nib into refill them with the booster. Since the nib is a very delicate part of the Copic marker, it is best to use special Copic nib tweezer.

Using the nib tweezer firmly grip the nib by the base and pull it out gently. If you apply too much force or grip the nib by the tip you might cause damage to the marker and you will have to buy new nibs.