Did you see our American Crafts marker blowout last week? We have almost every kind of marker from water-based to chalk ink to alcohol-based, right here at CraftySteals. I know that alcohol markers have been around for a while, but I would be willing to bet that many have yet to dip into that side of crafting. Well friends, I’m here to give you a little information about WHAT they are and some TIPS on how to use them.
What is an alcohol marker and what does it do?
Most of the markers we use are water-based. They go onto paper and basically saturate the fibers that the papers are made of. This is why paper will sometimes tear and why you can’t blend the colors as easily. Alcohol markers are well, alcohol-based. The alcohol evaporates and actually leaves the dye to sit on top of the fibers. This allows for easy blending and leaves behind vibrant colors.
What surfaces can it be used on?
The nature of an alcohol marker allows it to be used on many surfaces. You don’t need special papers, just use some good quality stuff and you’ll be good to go.
Any special materials needed to use alcohol markers?
The most important thing to remember when using alcohol-based markers is that you need to pay attention to the kind of inks you dye with (or draw your outline with). You CANNOT use another alcohol-based ink, as it will blend together with your marker. So in other words, no Staz-On permanent ink or anything similar. You’ll need a water-based ink, as it will not react with the alcohol-based marker.
How do I use them?
- First, stamp your image. Remember, the dye ink matters and make sure that your image is dry before moving on.
After you have your clear image, pick your colors! If you want to shade, have two or three colors from the same family, ready to go.
- Start with the lighter colors first.
- Then start adding in the darker shade.
- To blend the edges together, take your lighter shade and blend in at the edges of where the lighter and darker meet. (“Wipe” the lighter marker onto a piece of scratch paper to get off the darker color.) You can also use a blender marker to do the same job.
- It’s that easy!
The clouds and page edges below were colored with alcohol markers (from the American Crafts Blog). The vibrancy of the colors and the subtle shading are something you can’t get with a regular water-based marker.
Here’s a video to introduce you to the Chromatix, American Crafts’ alcohol marker, which is also what we currently have for your stealing pleasure!
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