Coloring with New Alcohol Markers

So a few weeks ago, I was shopping on Amazon and in my feed I came across these artist markers sold by Axiaya. The set comes with 100 colors but there’s also an 80 set and what drew me to them were two things: (1) the rating and positive reviews and; (2) the price tag – $36.99. The 80 set is $29.99.

I always like to know what other buyers think to help me determine if a product is worth trying out. After reading how buyers really liked these markers, I really was curious. I already have the 80 set of Studio 71 alcohol markers, which I love, plus a handful of Copics, but I really wanted to get these markers and try them out. So, I decided to go for it!

AXIAYA Sketch Markers

I ordered these before the pandemic so they arrived quickly and they were neatly and individually wrapped very well. Plus, it came with a bag which is good for carrying around. Immediately, I broke out my design book and began to swatch the colors. Right off the bat, I noticed was how easy the caps come off and on. Not so with my Studio 71s. Sometimes, I struggle to remove those caps.

Also, I like the brush tip on these new markers better and the colors are amazing just like what other buyers said. Before I wrote this post, I wanted to really put these markers to the test. Soooo… I decided to make some cards! What else would I be doing, right?!

I wanted to mass produce some cards using different colors so I went with Simon Says Stamp “Beautiful Flowers” stamp set, one of my favorites. It has a large flower cluster that fits an entire A2 size card base and then some! In fact, it bled off my cards as you’ll see. I just got myself a Black Mini Misti from Hero Arts and this stamp would not fit in it so used my regular size Misti to stamp each card panel.

I had such fun coloring with these markers. They’re comfortable and the colors really pop.Here’s the colors I used for each card:

Blue Flowers – #183 Phthalo Blue & #144 Pale Baby Blue

Purple Flowers – #77 Pale Blue & #75 Dark Blue Light (don’t let these color names fool you, they are a purple and lilac combo)

Orange Flowers – #33 Melon Yellow & #34 Yellow (tends to lean more towards an orange/yellow blend)

Pink Flowers – #17 Pastel Pink & #147 Pale Lilac

For the leaves – #48 Yellow Green & #163 Green Bice
Buds (or, at least that’s what I think they are) – #172 Spectrum Green & #178 Cool Shadow (these two blend to look like a bluish teal/cyan color)

After coloring, I let each panel dry (used 80 lb. / 216 gsm cardstock similar to Neenah 80 lb. solar white cardstock) and looked for a sentiment. The one I choose is from a set I got on Amazon and I’ve ordered a few stamp sets from this same seller (LZBRDY) and I haven’t been disappointed. This was a large 6″ x 8″ stamp set too but unfortunately, I couldn’t find it to link it in the supplies list below.

Anyhoo, I was able to use my Black Mini Misti to stamp the sentiment, I love this little thing, it’s so cute! And black and white is my fav neutral color combo! After stamping, I adhered the panels to the Neenah 120 lb. solar white cardstock and added some color iridescent gems from Pink Fresh Studio. Love the set I have cause I was able to match the card and gems. Finally, found matching envelopes for each card, need to order more!

All in all, my impressions are these markers are wonderful! The only downsides would be: (a) the set doesn’t come with a blender, however most of us who use alcohol markers probably have a Copics #00 blender and I have 2 of them so not a negative and; (b) they are not refillable. But, there’s so many colors and shades that I don’t think I’ll have a problem of any drying out.

I also took my markers out of the bag they came in and stored them horizontally in drawers. Not sure if that makes a difference, it’s the just the way I wanted to do it so that I can see them easily and sort the color families together. I bought a makeup storage case thinking the markers would fit in it easily, however they are just a tad too long so I have them laying diagonally in the drawers and that worked out, LOL! If you’re curious what I bought, here’s the link >>

Final thoughts

I think for the price, these markers are a great set to have as an alternative or if you’re just starting out using alcohol markers and you don’t want to spend a lot of money for Copics. I find that I’m reaching for these more than my Studio 71s though I love them both. It’s just great to have more color medium choices!

List of Supplies:

Below are links to the products I used and some of them are affiliate links meaning if you purchase through them, I’ll earn a small commission and it is no extra cost to you. Your purchasing helps support our small business and we appreciate that so much! – Kim