Making Patterns with Alcohol Markers

If you want to do this, you’ll need:

  1. Alcohol Markers (like Sharpie)
  2. Isopropyl Alcohol (usually in a first aid section)
  3. Marker Paper
  4. Software to edit the image files you scan or photo

Once you have your supplies, I recommend using the shiny / smooth side of the marker paper for this project.

While it has a side that is usually the side used when arting, the side that has “tooth” (texture) is not great for this project. The slick side allows the slip that facilitates the bubble or marble look to it.

Color on the paper with the markers in any way that you want and then use paintbrushes, toothbrushes or even cotton swabs or rounds to dot the alcohol on the areas that you’ve colored.

I do small drips and let them spread for the bubble-like result. The alcohol will make the marker dissipate.

Once they’re dry, I scan them for my Redbubble shop because I like how these patterns look on their printed goods.

I edit them in photoshop for size (These were all 600ppi – so pretty big – with 6,000px on the long edge) and uploaded. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.

You should too!

Happy Crafting!
Love Y’all!

Published by SJohnsonArtist

Dallas-based writer, photographer & visual artist. Breast Cancer Survivor. Cannabis advocate. Middle-aged and riding it out...

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