Review: Copic Opaque White

Hi guys! It’s been a while since I’ve done a review (and this is going my be only my second one!), so I thought today would be a perfect day to review an art product.  And since my recent YouTube videos have been on the topic of copic markers, I thought I’d share with you a Copic-related review!  Today I’ll be reviewing Copic Opaque White Let’s get into it!

What it is

Copic Opaque White is a type of deleter ink, with the purpose of adding back white to your image after you’ve covered the white paper with ink.  It’s used as a final step to add brilliant white highlights to your drawing/painting, letting you colour till your heart’s content without worrying about conserving precious white paper space.

The product itself is quite thick, and it’s really more of an acrylic paint than it is an ink.  It’s much too thick to be used through a dip pen, but can produce very thin lines and marks with a small paint brush.

Opaqueness

The most important question when dealing with deleter ink is simply: Will it cover the colour underneath?  Using Copic Opaque White for highlights means that you want the white to be truly opaque, with no colour showing though.  This material is to be used for your whitest whites, your sharp, brilliant highlights to bring life to your piece, so Copic Opaque White better be truly opaque…

…and it is.  VERY opaque.

The quality of the brilliance of white this stuff makes is amazing.  Take a look at this picture I took to the right where where Copic

My comparison with (left to right) Speedball Acrylic White Ink, Gellyroll White Pen, and Copic Opaque White on orange Copic Marker
My comparison with (left to right) Speedball Acrylic White Ink, Gellyroll White Pen, and Copic Opaque White on orange Copic Marker

Opaque White is compared to other deleter ink options.  The Speedball white ink has turned a yellowish colour, showing that it’s allowing the orange underneath to come through.  Not what we want when we’re adding crisp highlights!

Even the gellyroll pen (my absolute favourite highlighting tool) looks yellowish when compared to the stark white that Copic’s product produces.

Copic Opaque White is truly opaque, and gives a clean, crisp white that allows absolutely zero colour to show through.

Pros and Cons

Since I’ve basically only talked about the pros of Copic Opaque White so far, I’ll quickly list all of them here:

  • Truly opaque…no colour shows through
  • Able to make thin lines and marks using a small paintbrush
  • Lightfast and acid-free
  • Fair price (costs roughly the same as two copic markers…pot will last a VERY long time)

While I’m in love with this product, no review would truly be complete without some cons, so here’s what I find to be the down-side of this item:

  • Too thick to use with ink dip pens
  • Thick texture is like acrylic paint, and thick blobs on your copic marker illustration may look a tad unattractive sticking up from your flat paper (you’ll just have to make sure you don’t use too much at a time)
  • Product cannot be coloured over with Copic markers (you cannot use Copic Opaque White to cover over a mistake and expect to add different colour overtop with more marker, paint, etc…the resulting colour will look completely different from the rest of your image and will stick out like a sore thumb…it will draw all the attention to that area and will be super obvious you were trying to make a patch job over a mistake…very sloppy looking…not to mention my next point…)
  • DO NOT COLOUR OVER THE WHITE WITH COPIC MARKERS!  It will wreck the nibs of your markers.  Some of the white pigment will attach itself to the nibs and your marker will not work properly anymore until you replace the nib.

So in conclusion of this review, Copic Opaque White is an excellent choice for the final white highlights of your image.  It creates a perfect bright white that can hide any colour underneath.  As long as you are using this product as a highlighter and not a corrector, it can be an irreplaceable addition to your drawing tools.  I hope you’ve found this review helpful!

Till next time, keep creating!

-Ashley <3

p.s.  This is not a sponsored post.  The copic opaque white is mine that I purchased with my own money, and I am not being compensated in any fashion to write this post.  It’s simply my own opinion that I’ve formed from using the product  🙂

 

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Comments

  1. Used this to bring out some highlights on a wash pencil drawing. Before I (disasterously) used a white charcoal pencil. Not only hard to get a solid white, but worse yet lit up like neon under a bright light. This stuff works great. Out of curiosity do you know how it works side by side with Doctor Martins white ink? Thanks for the great review!

    • Hi Stephen, thanks for you comment, I’m glad my review helped you out! I have the Doc Martins India Ink in white, and it’s not nearly as opaque as the Copic. It’s kind of like comparing a white gouache to Titanium white acrylic paint. The white gouache will have a bit of opaqueness to it, like the ink does, but it won’t completely cancel out what’s beneath it, like Titanium white acrylic paint or the Copic opaque white will. You could use the ink first as a more muted highlight, then go over the brightest parts with Copic opaque white after it dries for a bit of variation?

  2. As I recall, this product was designed as superior correction and coverage for ink projects. I have gone over it with their multiliner pens and India ink with a bit of success.

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