How to Refill Copic

How to Refill Copic

Noticing that your Copic marker has run out of ink can be incredibly frustrating. You may be glad to hear that refilling your Copic pens can be a quick and easy task.

This post takes you through the steps involved to refill your Copic ink so that you can start using it again right away – it’ll be just like you have a new Copic marker to use to create ink art again!

How Do You Know When Your Copic Ink Needs to Be Refilled?

Aside from the obvious that the pen doesn’t work anymore, there are other signs that the current amount of ink in the pen is running out. 

  • The Copic marker produces streaky lines instead of solid lines.
  • The marker nib feels dry and it’s more difficult to get a good flow of ink.
  • The nib is lighter than usual. 
  • Your Copic markers create a squeaking noise when being used. 

Preparation to Refill Ink

First of all, make sure that you have a Copic ink refill ink bottle. These Copic ink refill bottles are available across most art supply stores both in-store and online. It’s important to make sure that you use the same ink as what’s currently being used for your pen. You can do this by looking for the color code which is located on the cap.

Next up, you’ll need a pair of tweezers handy. This is because the tweezers will be used to remove the Copic chisel nib. 

Copic booster needles are an alternative option for your list. These refill booster needles make it easy for you to refill the ink reservoir of your Copic markers. 

It’s also best to have some old newspapers or scrap paper that you can lay down on the surface that you’re working on. This prevents any ink spillages from making a mess. You can also wear latex gloves to prevent ink stains on your skin. 

Refill Copic Markers

One of the first methods involves refilling Copic markers without having to remove the Copic nib. It’s also known as the drip method.

  • Place scrap paper or newspapers on the surface that you’re working on.
  • Take the cap off your Copic pen and the ink refill bottle.
  • Apply a few drops of the new ink to the brush nib. Make sure that the tip absorbs the ink before adding more.
  • Repeat this process until the ink reservoir is full. This will usually be between 20 and 30 drops.
  • If there’s unused ink left in the specialized refill bottle, you can keep it for another time when you need to refill a Copic quality pen.

Next up is the method involving Copic tweezers.

  • Pull the chisel nib out of the Copic marker barrel gently and place it on the table.
  • Remove the cap from the ink bottle and insert the nozzle into the reservoir of your Copic pen.
  • Gently squeeze the refill bottle into the reservoir until it’s full.
  • You can then pick up the nib with your tweezers and insert it back into the pen. 

You could also opt to use the Copic refill booster needle method:

  • Remove the nib with tweezers.
  • Remove the cap from the ink bottle and insert the Copic booster needle into the bottle.
  • Place the Copic ink nozzle into the opening of the Copic nibs and gently squeeze the bottle.
  • This releases the ink directly into the reservoir. 
  • Once you’ve filled it up, use the tweezers to put the nib back on and get rid of the empty bottles.

Also read: How to Refill Alcohol Markers


With Copic having various ink refills available, it can be difficult knowing where to start. However, after reading our latest piece, hopefully, you’re now feeling more assured about using Copic ink refills to continue with your own alcohol ink art.

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