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Markers never really appealed to me until recently. I’ve always love the vibrant colors, but even as a child, they never seemed like great coloring media because they’re too bold, uneven, and once you make a mistake, you’re done.
Fortunately I’ve found some tricks that make using markers fun and appealing!
I realized I can use the boldness and unevenness to my advantage, and even mistakes aren’t as scary anymore!
This inspiration came from watching Jennifer Stay’s Sharpie Coloring Secrets Series. In Part 1, she discusses Sharpie properties, storage options, and the best paper to color on with markers. In Part 2, she shows several methods to shade with texture. I LOVE these fun ways to create the illusion of shading.
I was really dumbfounded by the techniques Jennifer shows in Part 3 on blending Sharpie markers.
Blend markers? Um…my assumption was that it wasn’t possible and/or it would end up looking like mud.
Nope! I was WRONG!
Checkout this 9 minute video below and find out what you can do even if you only have 1-3 markers available. You’re gonna love it!
What do you think? I bet you can’t wait to get out your markers and try these techniques!
I had to try right away.
The only problem was I didn’t have a REAL set of Sharpie markers. Well, that’s not exactly the truth. I had a few (half dozen or so) miscellaneous odd colored Sharpies with the regular tips, but no greens.
However, I was anxious to get started and I did have a set of ultra fine tip Sharpies I had added to my beginner set of coloring tools a few months ago. There were a few shades of green in that set, but I was concerned about the tiny tips and wondered if they were going to blend well. I chose smaller leaves to experiment with since I didn’t want to be coloring forever (or ruin the tips in one sitting).
Here’s a photo of the technique using the ultra fine tips.
I need more practice for sure, and I don’t really recommend trying these tips for this method. It’s not that easy and can look streaky.
Experimenting with the ultra fines made me want to try regular Sharpies though. Really bad. So much so that the need for instant gratification overtook me and I succumbed to not just one set, but two sets at Walmart! (Sometimes Amazon just takes TOO long!) 😉 😀
Only a coloring addict understands…
They were under $20 for a total of 45 markers so I didn’t feel too bad about it. Plus, Mother’s Day was right around the corner… (We coloring enthusiasts can rationalize till the cows come home, can’t we?!) 😀
Here are the exact sets I got at Walmart, but I noticed the prices are higher then what I paid.
(Unfortunately my picture doesn’t show the limited edition markers before I took them out of the package. Also, the markers in the bottom right corner above ColoristCafe.com, are ultra fine tipped pens.)
Here’s my version of the technique using regular Sharpie markers that Jennifer showed in the video above. Again, I need more practice.
Are you loving this series as much as I am? (I’d love to know in the comments below!)
If you haven’t seen my prior posts on Jennifer’s Sharpie Coloring Secrets, you can find them here:
Here’s to more coloring, WITH Sharpies!
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