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!
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.
Supplies & Resources (affiliate links used)
- You can find the swatch stamps I used here for the large sheet and here for the color bundles.
- The set of alcohol markers can be found here (120 color Ohuhu)
- Stamps used on colored samples: Animals from Pawsome set, Daffodils from Darkroom Door, Space set from AC Moore (Love Nicole)
- Paper: I use Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth 80# in color Solar White. Simon Says Stamp sells a 25 sheet pack for $6, if you love it then you can order it by the ream of 250 sheets on Amazon for around $40 (it is actually $36 right now!)
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.
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.
- 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.
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.