Texture with Alcohol Markers

by Beate Johns

Create a textured look with alcohol-based markers, a blender pen and an old rag.


  • Image colored with Copic markers (Our Craft Lounge Drake the Dragon and Bearly Fishin' used here). Images were stamped on Neenah Cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink

  • Copic® or other alcohol-based markers

  • Colorless Blender Pen, Copic #0

  • Blending Solution, (Refill for Blending Pen)

  • Misting Bottle

  • Old Rag


  1. Step 1

    Hold the blender pen straight down for a second over the colored image.

    For basic tips on how to color with Copic® Markers, check our Coloring Tutorial.

  2. The blending solution from your pen will push the ink that lay already over your cardstock away and create a white dot. Continue to lay down more dots to make images look scaly.

  3. Step 2

    Place the brush tip of your blender pen down on its side over a colored image.

  4. Continue to add elongated dots with your brush side, to create the look of a pebbled walkway.

  5. Step 3

    Add blending solution to an old rag or piece of fabric. The more texture, the better.

  6. Step 4

    Tap the rag over the colored image.

  7. It will give your image "highlights" with the same texture that is on your rag.

  8. Step 5

    Add a darker shade (than that of the image) of Copic marker to a dry space on the rag.

  9. Step 6

    Tap your rag over your image.

  10. This will give your image "lowlights".

    Try different textured fabrics for a different look. Try sponges, try burlap....

  11. Step 7

    Fill your water misting bottle with blending Solution and spray over image.

  12. You will create small lighter dots.

    The darker the image is that you spray, the more you will see the dots.

Questions and Comments

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WOW!! What an AWESOME tutorial!! YOU ARE AWESOME, Beate!! smile
Judy  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 4:04 AM
This is fantastic! Love this! Now I will have to go look at my stamps to see what I can try this with!

You ROCK Beate!

Joan Hajek  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 4:22 AM
This is sooooo cute going to have to try soon TFS
Tammy  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 4:42 AM
I think this is one of the most useful tutorials I have seen in regards to making ones images look professional. Thanks a million!
kim  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 4:43 AM
That is awesome, what a cool effect:) Thanks!
Jen  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 4:50 AM
That looks really cool... would it work with SU markers as well? or only alcohol based markers? And what is blending solution? where would you buy that? hmmm... that's a lot of questions... but I still love the technique!
Jennifer  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 4:54 AM
I am in LOVE with Copic markers...I HAVE to try this!!!!!!
Patti Resch  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 5:16 AM
Same question as Jennifer. What about the SU markers? And what is the blending solution. I have a refill solution that I use to renew my blender pens. It has alcohol, glycerine and filtered water. Would that work.
Dottie Foulk  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 5:19 AM
Look at you and your Copic tutorial!! Great write up
Sara  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 5:44 AM
I absolutely love the detail. Same question, what is the blending soln.?
Alicia  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 5:46 AM
WOW!! I have been "on the fence" about purchasng Copic markers. Well this just made up my mind for me!!!
Kateb14  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 5:46 AM
What an excellent tutorial. The more I see, the more I wish I could afford these pens!!!
Kathleen  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 5:50 AM
Thanks for the great info...can't wait to try it myself.
Laurie  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 5:52 AM
This is sooo awesome. Thanks
nic  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 5:59 AM
Hi Beate! just wondering which cardstock you used for this technique... it seems mine is just soaking up the blender and not really lightening.

Devon  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 6:06 AM
What an amazing technique to leave textures with copics/alcohol-based inks! I'm extremely new to copic markers, just procured some, but have been a bit timid about using them. Perhaps this tutorial combined with your basic coloring using copics (I've already read that great one too!) will give me the push to start playing with them! I do need to order more of the blending fluid, though.

I'd like to echo the question of another member, could you please give me some tips on the choice of paper that you would choose to use copic markers (I have some of the sketch variety)? Thank you, and I always read your tutorials with such interest, for they are always terrific!

Thank you for your assistance,
Joanne  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 6:39 AM
I love this tutorial! THANKS!
Jodi  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 6:40 AM
You've received such amazing texture with these techniques, Beate!! Fabulous!!
Rose Ann  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 6:48 AM
Lovely!! You are sooo clever! Love all your techniques.
CRAFTY-LIZ  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 7:07 AM
It just occurred to me: I don't have alcohol ink, but I DO own bleach!!! I think the same could be accomplished by dipping a small paint brush, or anything "pointy" into bleach and dotting it, and using bleach on the rag and tapping it.
Dana  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 7:29 AM

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