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.

You can find the refill solution at Joann's, but it is only sold on-line.
You might also be talking about Gamsol, which is sold, along with the necessary blending stubs, at
Pam Roundy  |  Sun May 16, 2010 at 3:05 PM
I use Gamsol and blending stubs; they can be purchased at www.inkyantics.com and work beautifully blending any kind of colored pencils.
Pam Roundy  |  Mon May 17, 2010 at 2:07 PM
you can also find Dove refillable solution for alcohol markers at www.joann.com
Pam Roundy  |  Mon May 17, 2010 at 2:12 PM
WOW! I have been a Copic marker user for YEARS and have never seen this---thanks for sharing!

I am a visual learner...this really put things in perspective!
Susanne  |  Wed Mar 9, 2011 at 7:24 AM

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