Painting with alcohol markers

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a good colorist. I find my technique sloppy so I take a lot of help from tutorials! I want to get better and so it takes practice and I’m sometimes too lazy. These cards I made were not thought out at all, in fact they were a test. I was watching YT and came across Yana Smakula’s video where she colored an entire card panel with Copics and then colored the flowers. The outcome was so dramatic, the method so simple that I had to try it.

I don’t own a lot of Copics, not in the budget right now as I’m focusing more on learning watercolor, but as a cardmaker, you gotta have some alcohol markers. I heard about Studio 71 and the price point was much more affordable for me to try out. So, I did a mix of both brands of markers for my three cards. And, I really had fun putting these together. I’ve embedded and linked to Yana’s video below in case you’re interested in giving this technique a try.

If the video above doesn’t play, click here to watch on YT!

I think this is such a neat technique because you don’t need colored cardstock. You start out with white! I use Neenah Solar White Crest 110 lb. / 297 gsm cardstock for all my alcohol coloring. I cut my panel down to A2 size and treated with an anti-static powder bag. I own the same stamp set Yana used from Simon Says Stamp called “Beautiful Flowers” (links to all the supplies will be at the bottom of this post). I white heat embossed my flowers. Then, that’s where the coloring begins…

Because of the heat embossing, coloring around the flowers was easy. It was easy to stay outside the lines of the flowers but I was still careful. After I colored the entire background, I let sit to dry and worked on my 2nd and 3rd cards. Then, I went back to color in the flowers and leaves.

The colors I used on the plum card below were: Background (Studio 71 R21 “Sangria”), 3 three flowers (Copics RV25 “Dog Rose Flower” and for the shadows R35 “Coral”), leaves (Studio 71 BG3 “light green” and YG7 “yellow green”), center yellow flower (Studio 71 Y11 “Canary” and YR15 “Tangerine”)

Painting with Alcohol Markers
I nearly lost this card because I didn’t let the ink dry enough before adding clear enamel dots but luckily I was able to add more color which covered up my mistake, however I had to trim this down to just under an A2 size card.

I white heat embossed my sentiments from that same Simon Says Stamp set and added my signature droplets of white paint (Distress “Picket Fence”) on top before adding clear enamel dots to finish all the cards!

The colors I used on the purple card below were: Background (Studio 71 V13 “Royal Purple”), 3 three flowers (Copics RV25 “Dog Rose Flower” and for the shadows R35 “Coral”), leaves (Studio 71 BG3 “light green” and YG7 “yellow green”), center yellow flower (Studio 71 Y11 “Canary” and YR15 “Tangerine”)

Painting with Alcohol Markers

The colors I used on the teal card below were: Background (Studio 71 BG13 “Cool Aqua”), 3 three flowers (Copics RV25 “Dog Rose Flower” and for the shadows R35 “Coral”), leaves (Studio 71 BG3 “light green” and YG7 “yellow green”), center yellow flower (Studio 71 Y11 “Canary” and YR15 “Tangerine”)

Painting with Alcohol Markers

And though the flowers were all colored the same, look at the differences between all three cards with a different background color. I like the teal one the best! It’s just amazing how therapeutic it was to just color and it made me want to practice more and get better! It’s all about having fun and I guess I’m making it more difficult for myself by being too serious.

Creating should always be fun. The minute it’s not, take a step back and see if you’re taking the process too seriously. Handmade or handcrafted cards don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful and loved by the recipient. They just need to be heartfelt.

List of Supplies used:

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Painting with alcohol markers