Alcohol Markers

by Kate Sanders

Learn to add depth by layering alcohol-based markers.

Supplies

  • Stamps

  • White Cardstock (Georgia Pacific used)

  • Black Dye Ink (Adirondack pitch black/Ranger used)

  • Copic Sketch Markers

  • Copic Colorless Blender Pen

  • Plastic Palette

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Stamp image using dye ink on cardstock. Be sure ink is completely dry before coloring.

  2. Step 2

    Apply base coat color to flowers.

    Note: Do not fill in completely and leave some random white areas on several petals.

  3. Step 3

    Using a red marker that is slightly darker than your original base coat marker, outline the edges of the red flower petals.

  4. Step 4

    Use the chisel end of an orange or red marker to place color on a plastic palette. Using the brush tip of the yellow base coat pen, pick up some of the red/orange color and use this to shade the edges of the yellow flowers. Repeat as necessary.

    Tip:
    Clean any residual color from the tip of the yellow marker by gently dragging it along a paper towel until all the red/org is removed.

  5. Step 5

    Using a blue marker that is moderately darker than your original base coat blue color, outline along the edges of the blue flower petals.

    Then, using your original, lighter base coat blue marker, immediately color over the juncture of the two colors to fuse them together.

    Tip: Colors will fuse better if working quickly while ink is still wet. Therefore, work on one petal at a time. (e.g., do not outline everything first)

  6. Step 6

    Use the chisel tip of green and blue markers to place color on a plastic palette.

    Using the Copic marker blender pen, pick up green color and apply around flowers being careful not to touch flower petals.

    Clean blender on paper towel and repeat process using blue color to shade the envelope.

  7. Step 7

    When I teach I like to use sections of an image to illustrate different techniques. This sample covers three very basic coloring and shading techniques for those new to using alcohol-based marker pens.

  8. Step 8

    Finished Card.

Video!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

hi! Just came across Alcohol Markers. I have a few but not having much luck with them. Maybe the paper is my problem. Where can I get Georgia pacific
Linda Britten  |  Tue Jan 15, 2008 at 6:29 AM
WHAT ARE COPIC MARKERS? I SEE THESE ALL THE TIME AND I CAN'T UNDERSTAND THEIR "PURPOSE", HELP!!

THANKS SO MUCH
DIANNE

YOUR ARE WORK IS BEAUTIFUL
DIANNE KEFFER  |  Wed Jan 23, 2008 at 7:05 AM
This is a great tutorial! I was wondering how to use that blender pen...makes sense to use it this way, which is the same way I watercolor with markers and a paint brush! Thanks so much!
Danielle  |  Thu Jan 24, 2008 at 3:54 AM
Very nice! Just ordered 2 sets at 25% off from my favorite stamp store!

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Pam  |  Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 1:57 AM
how did you do the "green" colouring around the flowers?
nina  |  Sat Feb 16, 2008 at 3:43 PM
Nina,
Read in Step six and look at the picture of step seven to read and see how the green shading is done.
beate  |  Wed Apr 16, 2008 at 11:46 AM
I have not found Georgia pacific paper here in British Columbia, Canada. What is the weight of this paper and is there something else similar to it?
Thanks
Shelties11  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 8:54 AM
Precioso, es un trabajo lindísimo, gracias
Monika  |  Sun Jul 6, 2008 at 3:49 AM
how do you keep Copics from bleeding through the card?
Melodye  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 1:11 PM
Where can I buy alcohol markers?
Mary Ellen  |  Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 9:42 AM
You make it look so easy. Nice effect. Thank you.
auntiearchive  |  Fri Aug 22, 2008 at 12:22 AM
what are copic markers ,can you use a blending pen to do this?
Gloria Harvey  |  Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 12:09 PM
someone above asked how to keep the markers from bleeding through. There is no way to prevent this. When used correctly, the markers bleed through. Learn more at www.ilikemarkers.blogspot.com
rebecca  |  Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 4:18 PM
Rebecca recommended an awesome blog!

Gina K Designs Sells 120# weight luxury white cardstock if worried about copic bleed-thru worry no more!!

I love this stuff. grin
kimk  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 6:48 AM
You make this look so easy!
I have been wanting to learn how to use copics and you have done a wonderful job in your introduction Copic 101 lesson.
Thank you for sharing you talent and technique. Marilyn
Marilyn  |  Thu Mar 19, 2009 at 2:39 AM
Love the tutorial and I actually have that stamp. I am attending a copic Certification course on Tuesday 24th and this has certainly helped me to not show my complete ignorance.
Johanna  |  Thu Mar 19, 2009 at 6:32 AM
Thank you! This is a great tutorial! Very helpful. My blending with the markers have been ok. I will go back and play with these markers again. The look is very beautiful. Lovely card!
Stephanie  |  Thu May 21, 2009 at 8:10 AM
IS A BEATIFUL PROYET THAGS YO ESCRIBO MAS EN ESPA—OL QUE INGLES .ESTE PROYECTO ES MARAVILLOSO LOS FELICITO GRACIAS MARGGIE
Marjorie Beckles Curtis  |  Wed May 27, 2009 at 7:35 PM
I've just begun using the few copics I have. But I find that no matter what kind of paper I use the color bleeds. Can you tell me why and what to do about it. I've used everything from cheap copy paper to good cardstock.

Thanks J
Jessica  |  Thu May 28, 2009 at 3:11 AM
where are the answers to these questions!?
Lynda Dean  |  Thu Jun 4, 2009 at 12:56 AM

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