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

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

Oh my gosh! What a neat and, yet, simple idea!

I don't have any Copics .... yet .... but will try this with the alcohol markers I do have.

Thank you, so much, for sharing this technique.
Sue  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 7:44 AM
WOW! I am so impressed with that kind of coloring. I bow to your greatness and to all those who can have the patience to do it!
Mary Beth
Mary Beth West  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 7:45 AM
Jennifer and Dottie,
You won't get the same effect with water based markers and blender pens (SU or other brand).

The blender pen and blending solution for alcohol based markers pushes the ink from the alcohol markers away from the spot you add the blending solution. It doesn't really blend as much as it does take away the ink. But Dana (last comment on the first page) has a great idea. You can use bleach with a dried out blender pen or Aqua Pen to imitate the look.
beate  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 7:50 AM
VERY cool, Beate!
MSBetsyZ  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 8:07 AM
Wondering if Gamisol would work the same way as the blender solution.
Your art is amazing!
Cheryl Rotnem  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 8:32 AM
Awesome highlights...ty ty ty for the great ideas. More to do with my wonderful copic markers. evette
evette  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 8:45 AM
wow that is something but i dohope u can use any stamp's set i'm going to try t his smile)
Roberta  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 9:07 AM
Where can I purchase the alcohol-based markers or Copic markers? I believe that this is the second time that I saw them being used in a project.
Thank you.
Dori K.  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 9:57 AM
please be careful with the blending solution. i have been warned that the blending solution should never be put into a mister because of the danger of aerosolizing and inhaling the solution.
imo, sandyh
sandyh  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 10:00 AM
This technique is beautiful, I will try this asap, thanks for sharing Beate, but where did you bought the paper you used for this technique?

Jocelyn Howell  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 10:33 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.
Beverly Bott  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 11:05 AM
Haven't worked much with alcohol inks. This technique looks FUN!
Con  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 11:31 AM
This is a great tutorial, but be REALLY careful when spraying the blending solution. The stuff is VERY toxic, and not meant to be inhaled. All the other steps keep it contained, but the mist bottle is a bit of a dangerous step, at least as far as health is concerned!
Linda  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 12:43 PM
This tutorial was so neat! I would have never thought to how you did that. I don't have many copics. Looks like I''m going to have to invest in some. Thanks for sharing!
Donna  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 1:01 PM
You rocked this Beate! smile
Bev  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 1:03 PM
Wow, you have surpassed yourself with this tutorial. I am amazed - just blown away
StampnMichelle  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 1:21 PM
This is amazing!!!! You are such a fantastic artist! I really don't want to be a party pooper, (and I'm not sure about the safety of COpic blender solution) but I do recall reading that Rangers blending solution should never be put into a mister since it has a resin that can stay in your eyes permanently. I read that in this thread: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?p=13016186#post13016186

thought you'd want to know. Sorry to rain on the parade. Hopefully Copic solution has no such resin. :O)
Mel M M M  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 1:43 PM
Wow... Fantastic... Just got some Copics so I can't wait to try this. Thanks!
Sue  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 2:13 PM
I love this.....thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge. My friends are soooooo amazed at the cards I'm creating already...imagine when I keep upping my "skillbase" after each of your tutorials. xxx
MicheyMoo  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 3:02 PM
Hi Beate,
This is wonderful! I love my copics!
I was wondering where you buy the blending solution, or if you have a recipe for it? Is it copics brand?
Karen  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 4:59 PM

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