Can I Convert Cheap Crayola Markers Into Pricey Copics!? (Art Experiment)

Can I Convert Cheap Crayola Markers Into Pricey Copics!? (Art Experiment)

* Hey guys, what’s up? It is – itchy nose, ehhh! Welcome back to my channel. Now these, my friends, don’t even need an introduction. We all know these are Copic markers. These are an alcohol-based, professional artist grade marker, and these things are absolutely incredible. The blend ability of these babies is just, out of this world! And in general that’s a trait with alcohol markers, is that you can just blend ’em and blend ’em and blend ’em like nobody’s business, and you know, for as great as they are, I mean the price just, *straining* mmmm! It doesn’t match. The price of these six markers alone for example was $54, which when you break it down is about 9 dollars almost per marker. Now, on the flip side we have Crayola. (Triumphant music): Ha ha haaaaa! Literally, I feel everybody who is watching this has worked with or played around with or draw with or literally ANYTHING with these markers! Crayola is a water-based marker. I got ten of them for $2.80 at my local Walmart, which when you break that down comes down to 28 cents per marker, which is, I mean, just night and day with the prices of these two, you know? Now, I don’t know if it’s because alcohol takes longer to dry, I don’t know if it breaks down differently in with pigments. But alcohol just does something different when it comes to markers, you know? What if we could convert these Crayola ordinary everyday water-based markers into alcohol-based markers like Copics? And credit where credit is due, my good friend Jackie, aka NerdECrafter here on YouTube, about a year ago she did a video very similar to this where she had gotten the DIY “Make Your Own Marker” by Crayola kit and she had replaced the water portion with alcohol and got some pretty interesting results. So I will link her video down below since it was the inspiration to this video And yeah, I truly believe that if this works guys, it’ll be a game changer because it’ll save so much money, it’ll revive so many markers that could have just been tossed out. Also before we start, if you are new here and you would like to join the Raevolution, hit the subscribe button. And if you already are subscribed, turn on the notification bell, that way you can get notified for all my new videos. We got some good ones coming up that I’m really excited for! And yeah, with that being said, let’s get this art experiment started, shall we? *Whoosh sound effect* So the very first place that we are gonna go to get this art experiment started is Walmart to pick up the essentials. First thing I’m gonna get is three different Crayola 10-count markers and the reason I’m getting three is because I’m gonna try to do this experiment in a few different ways. I’m also gonna get the fine-tipped markers because you never know, they might work better for this experiment. And the last thing I’m gonna get that’s probably the most important is the rubbing alcohol. Now, at my local Walmart, this is all they had, and I do wanna say there is kind of a disclaimer. During my research, I was watching a Baylee Jae video and I stumbled across this comment that basically says that the ink that Copic uses is drastically different than everyday, cheap synthetic rubbing alcohol, and to NOT put rubbing alcohol in your Copics because it might break down your pigment. So, class, if you are gonna do this, I highly recommend using cheap markers or markers that you don’t really care about. Alright, so the very first way that I’m gonna try to accomplish this is something I’m calling the pouring method. I know, I sound so franshee (fancy). So basically with a pair of pliers or pretty much anything that has a good grip on it, I am carefully, carefully taking out the bullet nib or whatever nib Crayola has and I’m gonna have just basically an empty little tube left over as so. And bro, you’ve gotta be careful when you do this because it is so easy to accidentally rip off one of your markers and just completely waste it entirely. So be very very careful when you do this. And that’s all the prep work for step one, you’ll basically end up with a bunch of barrels like that. Now, on to the second method, which is the official name of the drip drop method! Again, self named, I’m very proud of it. For this one, it’s very simple, all I’m gonna do is literally just let all of these markers dry out. And that includes some of my sweet, tiny babies, the fine tipped markers. Just let ’em all dry out. And now to just let these dry overnight. Isn’t that right Bowie, my lab assistant? So this is where the alcohol comes into place. So with an eyedropper that I had lying around the house, I’m gonna fill that bad boy up with my alcohol and completely make a mess all over my desk, you know. This wouldn’t be a SuperRaeDizzle video without a mess. And from there, I’m going to fill each and every barrel/chamber full of rubbing alcohol. And you know, I just kinda eyeballed it. I didn’t want to put too little or put too much alcohol in it, but when I put the, what I felt was the right amount, I then replaced and put back the sponge nib back into the chamber. Now on to the drip drop method, which is a lot slower, it’s very time consuming, but it’s a lot more cleaner. So what I’m gonna do is I am going to drip at, one by one, every bit of alcohol into the dried sponge to basically mix with the dried ink inside and revitalize my marker with rubbing alcohol. And if you are ever considering doing this project, less is not more. Like, add as much alcohol as you can because you’ll be surprised with how much alcohol can be in to work into the little sponges. *Music* The time is now. So I went ahead and bought some Copics that are kind of similar to the same color scheme as, uh, the Crayola markers. And the two colors I’m gonna be swatching are green and blue because they are next to each other on the color wheel and that’s basically what you want cause they’ll fade into each other. *Music continues* Oh yeah, that’s what I love. I love, love, love Copics because like, you can just get such a BEAUTIFUL transition from like, one color to the other. I’m gonna let my dog out because she is acting a fool today, so… yeah. Alright Bowie, let’s go outside! Not, well not outside. Let’s go find Zach. Let’s go sit somewhere okay? Cause you’re acting a fool today. Next up will be regular Crayolas that I have done absolutely nothing to, these are straight out of the store. Alright, so the first one that I’m gonna try out will be the dripped Crayolas. Okay, here we go. Let’s see if this works. *Continues* Whoa! That is so crazy. Honestly, I was expecting this one to work the least but I mean, that transition cannot be ignored! And it kind of makes me wonder if maybe if I just dripped a little bit more alcohol, I wonder if I would have gotten like, a smooth transition that was opaque. All right, so the next step will be the manually filled ones. Oh! Ooh. Oh my god. Oh my god. This one is like, way filled up. Okay, I gotta work real – oh, what? Dude! The ink is like really coming out for this one. Oh my god, gotta work fast, gotta work fast. Eh! *Up-tempo music* Okay, let me just breather, I need a breather. I am genuinely shocked right now because this gradient is so dark, it’s so opaque, it’s so smooth, it’s… literally a perfect transition. Oh my god, that is nuts! I’m genuinely so shocked right now that I’m going to compare it to some cheap Ohuhu markers. *Music ends* So yeah, the Ohuhu is clearly the winner as far as like, the marker goes but I mean, I am still currently in disbelief of how well that gradient is. And this brings us to the next one which will be the dripped fine point. Mmm, yeah, this one’s not gonna work at all. Yep, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope. Whole lotta nope. *Buzzer noise* Now on to in my opinion, what is the most important test and that’s the drawing test. Now I want to explain the weird background and the weird lighting in this segment, I had filmed one in my studio of me drawing with these markers but I came to my mom’s house to visit for a few days and I lost ALL the footage! I don’t know where it’s at. So I’m improv-ing here at my mom’s house and thank God I bring my camera because that’s what’s making it possible. But yeah, I honestly am truly enjoying these markers. I am… genuinely surprised with how well they work when it comes to drawing. And the paper that I’m using, this isn’t even like, good drawing paper, this is like some random, I wanna say poster board, from my mom’s back room. Okay, so here’s the final alcohol Crayola. Now, at one point, you do see some warping right here and that is 100% my fault because at one point I got too crazy with the marker and pressed really hard and all kinds of alcohol came out of the marker so yeah, that part IS my error. I am so impressed with how well this blended, how smooth everything was, how easy I was to be able to build up color, especially when you put it right next to Copic drawing. Pretty crazy how well it works, and it gets even crazier when you consider THIS is the untouched, straight-out-of-the-store, nothing-done-to-it Crayola. And by the way, these two images what you’re seeing here, these are the ones that I did at my studio the day before, and these ones came out even BETTER with the right equipment and I truly truly truly consider this a win. And if you are gonna do this, I recommend the pouring method because it works so much better, BUT, it is a little bit more risky because you could potentially tear off the nib, BUT, with that being said, I can’t believe I’m saying this I truly truly do consider this a winning success! *MLG air horn* And truly, if you have some dried out alcohol markers laying around why not try it, you know? Anyway guys, thank you so much again for watching and turning in for this art experiment, if there’s an art experiment you want me to do next, let me know and I will try it and yeah, I will link some more videos down below as well as my merchandise and uh, yeah, with that being said. I will see you guys next video. Bye!

100 thoughts on “Can I Convert Cheap Crayola Markers Into Pricey Copics!? (Art Experiment)

  1. A lot of you are asking for my preferred cheap alcohol based markers and those are Ohuhu! They’re less than $1 per marker. Here’s my review on them

  2. I wanna screen record this video and edit her nails cause they’re neon green and look like a green screen 😂

  3. Why didn’t you just open the bottom of the markers? They pop right off with a little work.
    Or well I should say, they use to when I was a kid. I would pull them off with my teeth lol.

  4. hay something see this person so anxiety for the copie the trick is you put exact portion alcohol this pen is no lot pigment no pay 50 dollars for this maker copic waste lot money no way i doing for long time reduction pigment the market con alcohol is thas the same. something used cut alcohol everything draw to pick up little for the market point i draw.. the secret the pigment so most is alcohol reduction i color you want

  5. A syringe might be a good way to add the alcohol without risking total destruction. Would also add a level of predictably to the process since you could measure the portion of alcohol

  6. Yoooo is it ok to do this as my science fair project? This is so cool, but ofc I'm going to change it up a bit, but I love art and my science fair project kinda became home schooled so I'm all alone, and I need an idea, fast!

  7. Holy moly I didn’t realize copic markets were that pricey (I mean given the quality, I can see why but). My Social Emotional Learning teacher in high school got me and another student this big bag of them to us (one bag for both of us) for Christmas. So if a few of them are only $54.99 I can only imagine how much my teacher spent and I feel really bad 😅

  8. lol y'all are stealing from your siblings while us……….. WE CANT EVEN AFFORD CRAYOLA MARKERS

    we're broke, i know
    ヘ( ̄▽ ̄*)ノ

  9. If you want to get the top out without breaking it you have to open the bottom and take the ink cartage out and just stick a pencil in it it will just pop out the you put the ink cartage back in and then yah

  10. Me: runs as fast as I can to my hall closet and grabs the rubbing alcohol

    My mom: what do you think your doing?

    Me definitely not making a huge mess…

  11. A little late to the party, but the main reason Copics are so expensive is because of the markup overseas. Here in Japan, I’ve seen Copics for around 350 yen each.

  12. i wonder how the markers would preform if you dried them out, then filled the barrels with alcohol and let them absorb for a little (maybe less of a mess?)

  13. To me the price matches cause of good quality those copics are and its refillable even you can make your own with copic's empty marker tubes and they have the largest number of colours. For the quality its worth it.

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