Colorless Blender Bleaching

by Colleen Schaan

Create a bleached look with Copic markers and Blending solution.


  • Copic airbrush system
  • Copic markers (Sketch or Original) any colors
  • Glossy white paper
  • Solid image stamp (Gina K. Designs Comfort & Peace used here)
  • Colorless Blender Solution in spray bottle
  • Paper towel


  1. Step 1

    Begin by airbrushing the lightest color onto the glossy paper. You do not need to have smooth coverage; splotchy is good.

  2. Step 2

    Airbrush a second, darker color over the first, leaving some of the lighter color showing through.

  3. Step 3

    Add a third (darker) color to the background.

    Here three colors from the same family were used. Feel free to use as many colors and whichever ones you want.

  4. Step 4

    Spritz the colorless blender solution onto the bold image stamp.

    Do not soak... just a light layer is preferred.

  5. Step 5

    Press the stamp firmly onto the airbrushed surface and hold for a few seconds.

  6. Step 6

    Lift stamp to reveal "bleached" image.

    If you would like multiple images, clean off the stamp between each "bleaching" by spritzing it with blender solution and rubbing off the ink onto a paper towel.

  7. Step 7

    Finish your card.



  1. Soft and Fuzzy
    Try the technique on regular matte cardstock. Follow the same steps. The image will be soft and fuzzy versus the crisp edges you get with glossy.

    A little different
    For an interesting look, don't clean off the stamp, spritz with colorless blender and stamp on a different colored background. This will remove the colored background and mix the ink with the color that was already on the stamp. Here I used a bamboo image that I first did the colorless blender bleaching on a background with browns and yellows and without cleaning it off, spritzed with colorless blender and stamped on an orange background. The browns were left in the "bleached out" spaces.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Colorless Blender Bleaching. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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

I have the colorless blender but haven't seen the solution in a spray bottle...where can you buy it? I'm in the country...nearest city is Eugene, OR, which is pretty limited. Can you buy it on line?
Kay Oxford  |  Wed Sep 24, 2014 at 8:47 AM
Hi Kay, I put the Colorless Blender Solution in the spray bottle myself. You can purchase a large bottle of the colorless blender and just pour a small amount into a small spritz bottle (make sure to label it).

It's funny that you mention Eugene, OR because that is where the company headquarters is for Imagination International, Inc/Copic Markers. smile
Colleen Schaan  |  Wed Sep 24, 2014 at 10:01 AM
Thank you for the tips...200 cc would be about 6.7 oz. so you wouldn't want to waste any, a sprayer sounds the way to go!
I will have to check out Imagination, I hadn't heard of it and didn't know it was in Eugene. See what I get for living in the stick! smile
I also checked out Copic's website, I'll want to revisit it when I have some time...much to learn! I've always wished I could take a class in it.
Kay Oxford  |  Wed Sep 24, 2014 at 12:36 PM

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