OK, have you heard of the new Spectrum Noir (SN) alcohol markers from Crafters Companion. They are like the Copics but cheaper!! And you know we all love a bargain! I just got them in last night and while DH was yelling that dinner was ready I did a QUICK comparison of them to my Copic Sketch markers. Before we get to the actual comparison findings, a few disclaimers:
1 - I am NOT an artist, nor do I pretend to be one. I try my best just to stay in the lines and blend the best I can. So, do not expect expert coloring on this...I can honestly say it's not the markers, it's me!
2 - I only have the 72 set of the SN and 172 Copics so I tried to use the same colors so as to keep it a true color comparison.
I colored Mimosa with Roses on Cryogen White paper (my FAV!!) - both can be found at StampingScrapping. I just love Cindy, she has to be one of the nicest people I've never met, LOL. I really don't mind spending my much hard earned cash with her!!...oh back to the comparison...
*They are bigger than the Sketches. I have small hands so I was concerned when I was opening the packages but within minutes of using them, I didn't even notice the size.
*They blended beautifully! (I read in blogland some good and some not so good reviews, but I do believe a lot of it has to do with the paper - same as other markers). I think I actually prefer the SN skin tones to the Copics that I use (E000, E00, and E11). The SN have what's called a bullet tip and the Sketches have a brush tip (the both have the wide tip on other end). When I uncapped the SN I thought I would love the bullet tip, then when I first used them, I didn't like the bullet tip, BUT at the end, I liked the bullet tip.
*Now for the negative. I did find them hard to open. I'm hoping that it's just because they are new and after a couple of uses they will be easier to open. BUT considering that's my only negative, I am VERY HAPPY with this purchase. I will keep using my Copics but this way I have even more colors to use! If you have a limited amount of copics and want to use alcohol markers more, I do recommend buying them. (Again, remember I am not a profession nor I sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night).
Here's the comparison: