Stamp School Free Class: Coloring “Metal” with Markers & Pencils

Hi friends! I am going to warn you right now, todays video is a long, content packed, follow along with me class on coloring. I went searching the topic of coloring shiny and metallic objects and could not find what I was looking for so I decided it was a video that needed to be made. I also wanted to make a tutorial that could be adapted to the limited supplies the average or beginner stamper would have on hand. Today I will show you how to get a realistic metal look for your stamped images on paper.


You are going to see me use many brands of markers in today’s video. I am using alcohol based markers but if you don’t have any you can use water based markers or even watercolor pencils (just gently blend them with a damp brush) or watercolor paints for the first layer. If you do substitute water media on cardstock do not over work it, it will not take the amount of blending as alcohol markers do. My advice for stampers looking to get into alcohol markers is to buy the largest set of office supply store alcohol markers they can get (My pick is the 36 pack of Bic-Mark-its that are about $20 at any department store) and then, as you can afford it, buy the super light shades of markers and a clear blender from an art supplier. I also recommend you try different brands (buy different colors so you don’t get duplicates because they all play nice together) as you are collecting the lights because as you use up the office supply markers you will know what you want to replace them with and replacing them one at a time does not hurt the wallet too much. One more tip! If you have a clear blender and a few sharpies or even bottle of alcohol ink you can make a palette of colors on a tile or white plate (just scribble them out or add a drop or two of ink) and you can use the clear blending marker to pick up color and mix colors to get the shade you need. It will take longer than just having the right markers but by golly you will be a pro when you are done! This technique is called “palette blending” and I have a tutorial for Alcohol markers here and water based markers here if you want more info on that.

I also want to say that you can use any colored pencils you have. No excuses folks, let’s make it metal!


Sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry Use coupon code: METAL to save 20% on all $10+ orders of mounted stamps! Coupon expires Sunday, September 18, 2016.



As you probably realized by now the techniques you learned today can be used for any metal you can think of, from coloring a rusted pick-up truck to a shiny pewter frame. You just need to change the color and pay attention to the highlights. Practice and you will get it:) And that is the key, it is nice to know how to do it in theory but you don’t really learn until you do it. Use what you have, improvise and see if your supplies will work before going out and buying the latest and greatest coloring media or you might end up not knowing how to use it and you become a collector rather than a crafter. Go on,dust off those markers and pencils and get to work, I know you can do it! Happy crafting!

7 Responses

  1. Awesome video! I have been struggling with this for a while and now I am finally getting the hang of it. Never thought to add the colored pencils but it really does make a difference! Thanks so much for this tutorial.


  2. Wow Lindsay, this video is worth it’s weight in gold. Thanks so much


  3. Thanks Lindsay! You have been my therapy this morning. I have a 30 year old that has gotten very sick with anxiety. Got him to the doctor and on meds. Stress is rough. Love your videos could watch all day. Hope you have a good week.


    • Thanks Patricia, I am glad you were able to help him get the help he needs. Don’t forget to take care of yourself too:) Hugs:)


  4. Loved the color pencil idea I don’t always think outside the box


  5. I have had Sharpies and Bics for years and never wore them out. However, the first bunch of Spectrum Noir I bought definately dry out which you gave the tip to add denatured alcohol and that has worked nicely for me. I also found if I dip the nib in denatured alcohol in a bottle cap it works on the dried out ones. the newer markers by Specturm Noir do not dry out as fast. But i will say the Sharpies and Bics hold their own.


Tell me what YOU think!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: