Saturday, August 16, 2014

Marker Art

Playing around with Alcohol Marker Art

August 2014
Sheree McKee

What could be more fun than drawing, doodling and dotting, then smudging                      it all up for a watercolor effect?  
There are a lot of possibilities for creative expression, even if you aren't an artist!

Alcohol Marker Brands:

·      Avery Marks-A-Lot
·      Copic
·      Prismacolor
·      Sharpie
·      Spectrum Noir

Basic drawing - I am NOT an artist.

Basic drawing gets softened with application of alcohol

A finished postcard and alcohol smudge effect

Very simple swirl shapes with daubed paint

Radiated designs turn into flowers.  I went back and outlined shapes with marker edg

Radiated designs make flowers

Over metallic star printed fabric.

Simple star bursts

Outline dye radiations to make flowers
My first test with row effect

Star-like radiations on star fabric
I like these random drawn stars

Ideas to ponder:

 ~ Protect work area because these marker dyes will stain!
~ Use background fabrics in light colors other than white
~ Why not try some printed fabrics as a background
~ Draw complete pictures then saturate lightly with alcohol for a soft background blending all over
~ Radiated designs form by dripping alcohol in middle only, and it will wick outward in a circle
Rubbing alcohol comes in different strengths such as 70% and 91%
~ Keep shapes simple, as alcohol inks wick and blend it adds more interest
~ Don't forget to Press with iron to set ink
~ Stamp or layer metallic paints on top of designs with daubers or rubberstamps

Internet Inspiration Sites:

·      Skip to my Lou blog
·      Make it and Mend it blog
·      Intro to Alcohol Markers
·      Design Originals Book Creative Dying for Fabric Arts

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