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Calming "Marker Painting" ATC's

Copic Crash: Primer on Drawing With Alcohol-Based Markers/Copics & Other Brands

Michelle Baker
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(89)
This single session class outlines how alcohol markers differ from water-based ink, how to avoid making frustrating yet common mistakes, how to properly care for your markers and a few key technique tips.

Class experience

US Grade 4 - 7
Alcohol markers can be an amazing, powerful art media -- but can be frustrating if a few key fundamentals are not understood. The main goal of this primer class is to outline some pro's and con's / do's and don'ts which help artists have greater control over their inking techniques.
Specific materials are IMPORTANT for this class!

- Set of 36 or more Alcohol Based Markers in EXCELLENT condition (NOT water-based or watercolor markers.) 
Any brand of Alcohol Based Marker is fine. (Copic, Premiere, Ohuhu, Spectrum Noir, Spreey and any others)
   The student should have light, medium and dark shades of a broad spectrum of colors. 

- PAPER: Please have some paper that is a smooth finish, designed for marker or mixed media. Bristol paper and smooth white card stock work very well. (Sketch paper for dry media is NOT a great surface for alcohol markers and seriously effects the results.)

- Please have atleast one marker that is a "0" or Blender (no pigment) that is in great working condition.

Also suggested (but optional for this class)

- Black Fine Liners (Copic or other permanent/alcohol ink NOT water based) Ultra Fine Tip Black Sharpie markers will do,

Here are some purchasing links to suggested Alcohol Based marker sets and a little info about them.

COPIC brand is the "gold standard" (and they are expensive.) Their quality is really unmatched. Copic markers can be refilled and their nibs can be replaced. In this class, we will talk about how to take proper care of supplies like this. 


Economy brands are totally fine for learners just starting out with alcohol inks!
The quality is not as consistent (I have found that from batch to batch, inks may not match even if you buy the same brand and same color.) These markers are also disposable so once they dry out or the nib gets exhausted or damaged, they're done.



- PAPER is an integral part of the success for Alcohol Markers. 
Please have access to lots of smooth surface, marker-quality paper. I suggest white card stock or Bristol. This is the paper that I use. It is extremely bright white, heavy, smooth and a lot cheaper than the Art Pads that only have 20 sheets in them. =) (And you can use the extra sheets in your home printer)


Black Fine liners are not required for this class but are a great addition to your artist's toolbox:

Sharpies are good:

I also suggest this set of black fine liners by COPIC:
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(89)
My students learn about art and design through the perspective of pop culture and personal passions as we work through skill drills that sharpen artistic abilities. My lessons are built to keep the FUN in fundamentals. 

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per class
Meets once
60 min

Completed by 14 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 10-15
1-5 learners per class

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