Hey friends! Diana here with a tip that will let you get more use out of your alcohol-based markers. Did you know you could use them to “watercolor?” That’s right! By simply substituting alcohol for water your alcohol-based markers can be used like watercolors.
To give this a try, you will need:
- Copic® markers or other alcohol-based markers (I also tried this with Sharpies. They worked, but didn’t blend quite as well as Copics.)
- Watercolor paper or Copic® friendly paper
- 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
- A fillable waterbrush or a paintbrush and small container for holding alcohol
- A piece of craft plastic (to use as a palette)
- Paper towel (to clean brush between colors)
- Imagine Memento tuxedo black ink pad
- Stamp set
Begin by stamping your image in Memento ink and filling your waterbrush with alcohol. If using a paintbrush, fill a small container with alcohol to use as your “water.”
Once the stamped image is totally dry, scribble with your markers on the piece of craft plastic. This will be your palette. Add more marker ink to your palette as needed.
Using the alcohol as water, pick up ink from the palette and color the image. The alcohol acts the same as water would when using watercolors. Less alcohol = darker more vibrant color. More alcohol = lighter, pastel colors. When you are finished painting, clean your brush and palette with alcohol or Imagine’s StāzOn Cleaner for stubborn areas.
Here is my finished card. I added some detail to the center of the flowers with a white gel pen and used coordinating dies to cut them out.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this tip to try watercoloring with alcohol-based markers.
Supplies: Cardstock (whisper white, elegant eggplant, perfect plum) from Stampin’ Up!; Floral Bouquet stamp and die sets from Avery Elle; Memento tuxedo black ink pad and StāzOn Cleaner from Imagine; Copic® markers (B63, B66, G05, RV04, RV09, YG17) from Imagination International; white gel pen from Sakura; clear craft plastic from Grafix.
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