What’s an alcohol marker?
Alcohol markers contain dye-based alcohol ink that blends smoothly. They’re waterproof, transparent, and they layer wonderfully.
The inks blend within the fibers of the paper, which makes them bleed through, too. Seeping to the back of paper means you’re doing it right!
Most good brands are refillable and nibs may be replaceable. Alcohol ink is not fully lightfast (so it will fade eventually in light).
Alcohol markers are used by artists for:
How many artists did it take to refill a marker? One to hold the marker, and 3 to fight over how much ink to put in.
Get started with alcohol markers
Brand new? Choose just a few colors to start with. A light, medium, and dark to blend with. You don’t need all the colors, so choose something you’d like to color: Flowers? Pinks, yellows and greens. Animals? Greys and browns. Download a free recommendation chart.
You might consider getting a hex chart for your brand first, which comes with a colored chart so you can use that to help purchase markers!
Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
– Edward de Bono
Got some experience?
Jump in wherever you feel you can handle the content! Tap on the hexagon to find out some general guidelines to decide which of the 5 levels is best for you.
Classes are grouped below by themes...choose something that inspires you and get started today!
Foundations: Eating our veggies
This group of courses are technique-heavy, and can really help with “scene” classes. Any courses in drawing teach the foundations of art that help speed growth in all mediums.
Taught in graphite pencil, this course is a great base to learn about highlights and shadows for any medium.
Learn a variety of techniques with alcohol markers while filling pages in an art journal – it’ll be encouraging to both heart and art!
Color and line
Taught in several mediums, complete this course with the use of alcohol or other markers and a pen to add drawn details and designs.
You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.
– Jack London
Brighten the day with flowers
Flowers are always a popular subject – and there are plenty of courses with either printed images to color – or just drawing with markers on blank paper. Look ma, no guidelines!
Learn to shade five flowers in detail – in a class that includes the digital images, a $25 value!
Recreate tulips from real ones – learning how to adapt and make them look alive!
ONE ROSE FOUR WAYS
Study one rose in four mediums – pencil, colored pencil, alcohol marker, and watercolor.
Make it a “Hot Marker Summer”
Tbe techniques in these courses can be adapted to work with your own vacation photos once you master the techniques…give them a try!
Drawn in an illustrative, simple style, these scenes are perfect for projects that need a clean, simple style.
Autumn leaves and rainy days
When the rains start to fall and the leaves tumble to the ground, it’s a great time to nestle in to make some art. Create some beautiful seasonal works in these courses!
Create spectacular trees full of color in this mini class – and consider trying these in greens!
Learn techniques to use alcohol markers on toned paper to create lovely leaves.
A favorite time for many artists to hunker down in the studio is winter – either preparing holiday cards and gifts, or just spending time staying warm inside.
Learn to create scenes found in cities and towns while shoppers stroll in the snow.
A sister to the other “enchanting” class, create ten scenes perfect for wintry art. Trees, snow, branches, caves and much more.
Beautiful skies all year long
Do you ever look up at the sky and wonder….how would I draw that cloud? Well, you’re covered!
A few topics you might find especially interesting – using your markers to create truly unique pieces!
Clearly copic: coloring glass
Ten glassy images are taught in this advanced course. Alcohol markers can create beautiful realism and excellent edges for highlights and shadows on glass.
Human rainbow I
Practice skintones, hair, and clothing in this course that provides drawings to color in. Learn various ethicities, hair styles, and more.
Stay tuned for more alcohol marker courses
Several courses are added in each medium each year – if you have particular suggestions, feel free to email them – and be sure to subscribe to our monthly-ish newsletter so you’re the first to hear when there’s an exciting new course to sign up for!