Don’t be Confused by Color! Try These Tips Instead!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share ways to make coloring with alcohol markers so much easier no matter what brand or mix of brands you have!

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I will be demonstrating my technique with my 120 color Ohuhu alcohol marker set. They are probably the most affordable brand of alcohol markers on the market so you do not need expensive pens for this to work. I reviewed the Ohuhu Markers in the past and was very impressed with them, especially when they swatched over to the new style, you can see a comparison here if you want more information. In today’s video, I am going to share a grouping technique that will work with any brand of alcohol marker tho.  The first 13 minutes of this video shows my swatch guide method. The remainder of the video is a coloring demo.

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Here’s what to do (as explained in the video)
1. Swatch out all of your markers noting the brand and color number on your swatch.

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2. Sort your markers in groups by their color and undertones. For instance, you would have pinks, pinkish reds, neutral reads, coral/orange reds, warm (orange) yellows, cool (green-leaning) yellows, yellow-greens, teals, blues, purples, cool grays, warm grays, neutrals etc.

*Sort them as specifically as you like. If you are new to coloring with alcohol markers keep groups smaller (less than 6 colors) but no more than 12. *If you have more than 12 break them into two groups that are more specific. Secure each group with a rubber band.

3. Swatch the colors on a strip of cardstock. *Always swatch on the paper you normally use for markers.

4. Punch a circle in the center of each swatch. *You can peek through the circle to help choose colors for projects or when shopping for new markers.

***Bring this swatch with you when you shop to avoid buying duplicate color and to make sure you are purchasing colors that will work with what you have. Update your swatch when you get new markers.

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Coloring tips:

  • Choose a light, medium and dark version of a color for blending. I like to work dark to light but if your paper doesn’t blend well prime an area with the lightest color first and then work dark to light.
  • If you have limited colors or you are not happy with your marker colors you can enhance with darker or lighter colored pencils.
  • A white pen is handy for bright highlights and shine.

One more thing!

The Ohuhu markers I mention above are a great value at about 50 cents a marker but I know many of you are looking for brush tip markers because they are softer and make blending large areas easier and I just saw that Consumer Crafts has their Studio 71 alcohol markers that feature a brush tip on one end and chisel on the other on sale this week! I have a review of that brand with swatched and blending recipes here if interested.

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Prices on the Studio 71 brush tip alcohol marker sets are good through April 1st while supplies last. You really can’t beat it for $1 per marker or less! I have the 48 pack and it is really comprehensive.

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Easy Scene Building with my NEW Clear Stamp Set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry!

Howdy friends! As I write this I am suffering with my first cold of the season. It’s snowing outside too and I have been convalescing by watching lots of Christmas DIY decorating videos on YouTube and lots of HGTV. When I feel better I am going to knock down some walls and shiplap everything LOL! Just kidding:) I will say though, that I have the christmas decorating bug big time right now. It is an odd feeling for me that returned to me last year about this time. I say odd because I used to absolutely dread seasonal decorating and I think it was because my house was so cluttered but ever since the “big declutter of 2017” I have found joy in holiday decorating and entertaining again! Why am I bringing this up you might ask. I’m not entirely certain but I think when we stamp we can do a trial run of ideas on a small scale. It’s kinda like a “vision board” when you gather ides on color, texture, layers and design elements. We can play and pretend. We can arrange a space to see what we think and try colors together with no consequences and we have a cute card to mail when we are done!

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All sorts of problems can be worked through when we create whether we are painting or stamping, knitting or sewing. Stepping into the “right brain” whimsy can leave the logical side of the brain to work through whatever it is it needs to fester on while we enjoy being in the zone and creating. Remember that anytime you feel like you are being too indulgent or just “wasting time” as you create. It’s not a waste if you enjoy it. Take 3 hours to make a card if you want to, it’s your card, it’s your supplies. Supplies are only wasted if they are never used. You have my permission to get out your supplies and play, who know what it will lead to?

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I hope you found this project inspiring and entertainng. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happty crafting!

NEW Ohuhu Markers: Do I Still Recommend Them?

Hi Friends! Today I am comparing the new Ohuhu 100 alcohol marker set vs. the old 80 Ohuhu set I reviewed last year. You can see that review here. They recently came out with a 100 marker set and changed the style of the pens. We will look at what has changed and what is the same in today’s video review.

By the way the cute swatch and color wheel stamps can be purchased at Waffle Flower  or Simon Says Stamp.

I was impressed with both Ohuhu marker sets as they colored smoothly, blended well and came in at about 50 cents a marker. They both also came in a reusable fabric storage case. Both sets blend well with the other alcohol markers I have. Neither sets contain a clear blending marker but you can use any alcohol based colorless blender with them.

What’s improved:

  • More Colors
  • Caps are easier to remove
  • Color index included in case so you can see what you should have (no random or duplicate colors as I have had others complain about in the past. If you get a duplicate or dried marker or if one is missing they will send you a free replacement) and this index is better than cap color but you should still swatch them.
  • The fluorescent colors that were water based (?!?) in the old sets are now alcohol mashed so they will blend with the other colors.

What’s the same:

  • Price: 50 cents a marker or less depending on the size set you buy, the bigger the set the cheaper the marker.
  • Chisel and bullet tips
  • Smooth blending ink for streak free coloring.
  • Reusable cloth case.
  • Bullet tip has grey index band
  • Plastic color chip on each end
  • Same color numbering system, most colors are an exact match for the previous Ohuhu markers.
  • Colors match the numbers (minus the letter code, just look at the numbers) on the Concept markers from Jerry’s Artarama so you can get replacement or additional markers open stock and avoid duplicates.

What is worse with the new markers:

  • The colors on the marker caps all seem a couple of shades lighter than the ink color, the old caps were more accurate.
  • The removed some of the ultra pastel shades (the colors in the 130s and 140s in the original set) in the new coloring system.
  • No name is printed on the caps, only the color number so it can be hard to see what color you have if there are numbers that can read differently upside down (ie 6 and 9s) but usually you can work it out looking at the cap and swatch.

Bottom line: Yes, I still think the Ohuhu markers are a great buy.  You really can’t beat 50 cents a marker! Having such a comprehensive set of 100 in a carrying case for under $50 is a blessing to people who want to use alcohol pens but don’t want to spend the $300+ that Copic original or Copic sketch markers would cost. I always get asked if they can be refilled, they don’t market that feature but you can pull out the chisel nib and drip in refill ink or paling denatured alcohol from the home improvement store to revive them (use alcohol if you left a cap off and the marker died out but has lots of ink or if you have used up the marker and want to make a lighter shade, use ink in a matching shade to reink it.) You can find a matching in by Copic, Blick Studio or Spectrum Noir to reink it or play mad scientist and use a basic set of alcohol inks and denatured alcohol to custom mix inks as needed. A 50 cent marker isn’t too precious to experiment with!

I know the fact that these markers don’t have a brush tip is a deal breaker for most. I get it, brush tip markers are so much easier to blend with. So I have been asked if I think the Copic or Spectrum Noir brush tips will fit these markers. I would give a cautious “probably” to that question however because good brush nibs cost $2 each you will be wiping away the savings of this set, I’d recommend Blick Studio Markers which run $2-$3 each (Plus they now have refill inks) or the set of 48 studio 71 markers which are around $50 or $2 each open stock. The tips on the Blick are foam like Copics and the tips on the Studio 71 are felt and I wouldn’t refill these because I think the brush tip will only last as long as the marker but still a good buy.  You can see a review of the Studio 71 markers here and the Blick Studio Markers here.

Although blending with a brush tip is easier they are a relatively new development in alcohol markers, you can get the same results with a chisel and bullet tip, it is more about what you are used to and the time you put in to learning a new media and far as coloring media goes alcohol markers has one of the steepest learning curves. If you already have alcohol pens and you are frustrated with them don’t run out and buy more thinking a more expensive marker will make the difference. You have to put the time in. I am working on a beginner coloring tutorial today to hopefully help you if you can’t seem to get the hang of alcohol markers and you can use any kind you have.

I think the ohuhu markers are a great set for someone wanting to get into alcohol markers at a low price or a great travel set for someone who doesn’t want to drag out their more expensive marker collection. There is a great selection of colors and nothing you don’t need. They get a “thumbs up” from me! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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