Alcohol Marker Blending Techniques

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It’s been the heat of summer here in Indiana, and you know what I think this week is a good week for? Staying INSIDE and doing some coloring! I’m sharing about Blends alcohol markers all this week, and today I’m starting with 3 basic blending techniques that are simple enough for anyone to try.

Take a look at 3 basic alcohol marker blending techniques. Try them yourself for beautifully blended cards!

Alcohol Marker Blending Techniques Video

Watch along here as I demonstrate these 3 blending techniques, or keep reading for details.

Intro To Alcohol Markers

If you aren’t familiar with alcohol markers, I encourage you to check out this complete introduction here. By using these markers, you can get rich colors and blend them together for life-like shaded images.

Join in for this introduction to using Stampin Up Alcohol Markers for beautiful results on all of your coloring projects.

Alcohol Marker Project Samples

Here are a few projects I’ve colored in the past with alcohol markers. Every time I do a coloring tutorial, I think I mention that I’m not a huge fan of coloring…but I do love to color with these markers. The result is just so pretty!

Take a look at the Stampin Up All Together collection and new skin tone Blends alcohol markers. See 6 ways to color on designer paper and 6 different card samples.
Take a look at these alcohol marker blending techniques for making clean and simple handmade cards using the Stampin Up Jar of Flowers stamp set.
Cute Chicken Birthday Card Made With Stampin Up Hey Birthday Chick Stamp Set And Blends Alcohol Markers

Now let’s talk about how to blend using these markers!

Basic Blending Technique

For all the techniques below, I’ll describe how to blend the darker colors into the lighter colors. Before I get to this step, I usually color the entire area with my lightest color, then add some of the medium color (if I’m using 3 colors), then add a little of the darkest color. After I have done this, I proceed with the blending technique as described below.

Blending Technique #0 – Just Color

Ok, this is a bonus (ha) technique for you. If you’re new to alcohol markers, just color and see if you like the results. These markers are so rich and vibrant, and you don’t have to blend colors to get a gorgeous result.

Now we’ll get to the real blending techniques…

Blending Technique #1 – Circular

Start in the darker area with a lighter marker, and use a circular motion to first cover the darker area, then move towards the lighter area until you have covered it with little circles of ink.

Take a look at 3 basic alcohol marker blending techniques. Try them yourself for beautifully blended cards!

Blending Technique #2 – Zig Zag

Start in the darker area with a lighter marker, and use a back and forth, zig zag motion to cover the darker area, then move to the lighter area.

Take a look at 3 basic alcohol marker blending techniques. Try them yourself for beautifully blended cards!

Blending Technique #3 – Feathering

For this one, grab a lighter marker and put the marker tip fully down in the darker area. Drag the marker towards the lighter area and while doing so, lighten the pressure until the marker is no longer in contact with the paper. Do this repeatedly until the entire area has been covered.

Take a look at 3 basic alcohol marker blending techniques. Try them yourself for beautifully blended cards!

The Results

When I first started using Blends markers, I used a circular motion, but I’ve grown to love the feathering technique. I encourage you to try these out and see which works best for you!

Now let’s see the results of my comparison of the three techniques.

Take a look at 3 basic alcohol marker blending techniques. Try them yourself for beautifully blended cards!

Here is a close-up of the results. Can you tell a difference, or not really?

Take a look at 3 basic alcohol marker blending techniques. Try them yourself for beautifully blended cards!

The flower stamp I used is from the Fresh Cut Flowers stamp set.

Take a look at 3 basic alcohol marker blending techniques. Try them yourself for beautifully blended cards!

Here is another card I made recently with this same stamp, but I didn’t color it in. I made some really fun and simple cards that day, and you can see them here.

Create clean and simple cards in minutes using the Stampin Up Season of Chic stamp set and this classic card design!

That’s it for today! If you’ve been afraid to try blending with these markers, I hope you’ll have the courage to try!

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Try these techniques and then let me know which alcohol marker blending technique works best for you!

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