Understanding Alcohol Ink – Lesson #13 Markers Part 1

by | Oct 27, 2017 | Alcohol Ink, Alcohol Ink Basics, How-Tos, Sheryl Williams

The is the thirteenth in a series to help you understand why and how Alcohol Inks work. In this lesson we start to look at markers, why use them, how they work, layering finishing up with a demonstration creating a silhouette on a Dreamscape with a black marker. In Part 2 we will look at how to choose markers and the difference between markers and brushes.

Markers come in hundreds of different colors. We benefit from the recent coloring craze as many manufacturers come out with their brand of alcohol ink markers.

Questions and comments are always welcome.

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Here are the prior lessons:

Lesson #1 The Role of the Alcohol

Lesson #2 Proportion Between Alcohol and Dye

Lesson #3 Push and Glide

Lesson #4 Dab with Pinatas

Lesson #5 Finish the Vibrant Pear with a Dabbed Background

Lesson #6 Pouring, Applying, and the Power of Blending Solution

Lesson #7 Textures Part 1 Cotton Balls, Credit Cards and Coffee Stirrers

Lesson #8 Textures Part 2 Toothbrush, Mini mister, felt and stamping

Lesson #9 Textures Part 3 Fan, Wisp Brushes, Monoprints & Folded Yupo

Lesson #10 Staining and Lifting

Lesson #11 Substrates (Surfaces)

Lesson #12 Brushes

Bonus Comparison of Pourable Inks


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  1. Leslie Gray

    This was super helful!!!

  2. Julie Deane


    I’m new here, and to alcohol ink. Thank you for allowing me to join in on the fun. I was commissioned to make a hummingbird feeder and want to use alcohol inks. What is the best most vibrant brand of alcohol ink that you live to use? What is the clearest, non-texturing UV weather resistant sealer that can protect the alcohol ink outdoors?

    Thank you

  3. Sheryl Williams

    Julie Deane, this is a tough question because the inks will fade if they are out in the sun and that’s where hummingbird feeders usually are. You can use the Ranger Crimson or try the Pinata Santa Fe Red or Chile Pepper. They might last a bit longer. You can test them out. spray with Krylon Kamar to seal and then Golden UV Protectant.


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