Alcohol markers with pencils
by Beate Johns
Use alcohol based markers and colored pencils to color your image.
- Stamps (Flourishes Peaches and Cherries used here)
- Cardstock (Neenah Solar White used here)
- Ink, (Black Soot Distress Ink used here)
- Alcohol based markers (Copic used here)
- Prismacolor™ Pencils, or other wax-based pencils
- Gamsol, or other artist-grade odorless mineral spirits
- Blending stumps
Stamp your image on your cardstock.
When working with Copic™ or other markers always test the ink and paper first to make sure the ink doesn't run and the paper doesn't make the markers bleed outside the image.
Color your image with your alcohol based markers.
No need to add shading, because that will be done with pencils. Think of this step as adding a base coat.
When coloring with Copic™ markers, always place a clean piece of scrap paper under the cardstock.
Apply a light amount color with a pencil to the edge of the image where you want it to look shaded.
If you have Gamsol in a dauber bottle, turn it upside down to moisten the sponge top and set it upright. Dip the blending stump into the dauber to pick up mineral spirits on the tip of the blender.
Blend the color with the side of the stump. Start on the edge of the image, pulling the color towards the center of the image in a small circular motion.
For more depth, add a slightly darker pencil color on the edge of the image.
Blend the pencil again with Gamsol and blending stump.
To add more contrast, add a layer of pencil in a color that is lighter than the marker base color to the lightest spots. Again blend with blending stump and Gamsol.
You can clean blending stumps by sanding them slightly with a sanding block or nail file.
Color the rest of the image in the same way, using one or several pencil colors.
Once the image has been colored with Prismacolor™ pencils, don't go over the colored image with markers again. The wax in the pencils might damage the marker nib.
Finish your project.
Try different colored pencil types or leave off the gamsol blending for a different look.