how to use alcohol markers

How to Use Alcohol Based Markers

Art markers are used by artists, illustrators and designers in their work to create a different result than what you’d usually see from using paints, chalks and pencils. Alcohol based markers are only one of the different types that are available (the other two being water based and solvent based) and possess some unique benefits, which makes them a popular choice. Here’s a guide on how to use alcohol based markers and what makes them stand out from the other types.

So, what’s the best way to use alcohol markers?

Here are some top tips on how to use alcohol based markers:

  • Use uncoated, smooth paper (without tooth) as marker tips don’t usually fare well on rough surfaces. They may fray the nibs and make it harder to draw smooth lines.
  • Always place the paper you’re working with on top of something porous – alcohol marker ink will come through to the other side. But this is normal as the ink needs to soak through the paper’s fibers in order to create smooth, vivid colors. If there’s no porous material underneath, the colors won’t absorb very well and begin to bleed. Placing paper underneath will pull the bleed downwards rather than outwards and it will also help protect your work surface.
  • Most people work from light to dark when creating realistic images and blend any harsh lines with the lightest color. You can work from dark to light if you want a different, abstract effect.
  • Ensure the area you’re trying to blend is damp with ink if you’re looking to blend two inks together. This makes blending much more smooth and realistic.

Because they dry consistently and blend beautifully, alcohol markers can be used to create a variety of artwork.

Besides, try to follow @adaxiarts to draw with simple strokes every day and get connected with people via drawing.

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