Learning to color with alcohol markers

So I know adult coloring was en vogue for awhile and has fallen out of fashion, but I just got my first ever alcohol markers for xmas and have been playing with them. I utterly lack drawing skill, but I’m pretty good at coloring.

The first image was an embroidery pattern I found online and I printed it and used the outline to do my own coloring on marker paper.

The second image I found online from an artist named Naomi_Lord and again, I just traced the outline so I could color it on marker paper.

This third image came from one of my older coloring books (Enchanted Forest, Artist’s Edition) which has single-sided pages that are a heavier card stock.

The alcohol markers are definitely different from other (water-based?) ones I’ve used in the past. But it’s been fun because they have such a deep saturation of color to them.

So, it’s not exactly art per se, but it’s still a creative endeavor and I’ve been enjoying revisiting coloring the past few evenings because it really is an enjoyable way to unwind and relax.

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What brand did you get? And did it come with a blender? If not, any brand blender should work. You did a great job. The paper is the key. I adore alcohol based markers. Copic are my favorites. Love The Child images you chose!

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Thanks! Yeah it did come with a blender but I haven’t ventured that far yet. LOL These are the first times I’ve ever used them so I’m still trying to figure it out. :smile:

These are an off brand; Arrtx I think it was? I was looking at the Ohuhu ones but the pack was smaller for more cost, and I thought I’d start with something cheaper just since I’m learning. (There was a good lightning deal on amazon which nudged me too.) If I really like it, I can always upgrade later. I know Copic are the gold standard, but they’re definitely more than I need being just a beginner who’s in it for fun.

And, yeah, I had to start with something fun and it’s hard to go wrong with anything of The Child!!

Fun!

A word of warning: make sure to scan anything you’re particularly happy with, as alcohol markers are not archival & may not be colorfast over time.

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Your coloring is good. I like the images you chose. I love coloring and mostly use gel pens and have a doodle coloring book. I color a page then cut it up and make note cards.

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Oh that’s good to know, thanks! (Makes sense given that I work with alcohol inks in resin and they are NOT light fast either.)

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