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Copic Crush: Drawing With Alcohol-Based Markers (Copics + Other Brands)

Create amazing effects with Alcohol Markers while learning how they differ from water-based ink; learn how to properly care for your markers and how to apply color theory and mark making techniques to get the most out of them.
Michelle Baker
74 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 8 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
45 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 3 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

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Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will learn the specific ways in which Alcohol Markers differ from water based markers. Students will learn to approach their color application in a way that incorporates some basic color theory. mark making techniques are incorporated into lessons to develop specific skills for creating textures, shading and color combinations.
Skill Drills are assigned for students to put into practice the lessons we discuss. These drills should take 20-30 minutes of outside class time.
Specific materials are IMPORTANT for this class! REQUIRED: - 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 2 or 3 shades of a broad spectrum of a full range of colors. For Example: Light & Dark shades of Grays, Browns, Blues, Violets, Magentas, Reds, Oranges, Yellows, Greens, Peach/Tan... ******* NEWLY ADDED****** It is also necessary to have one marker that is a "0" or Blender (no pigment) - Black Fine Liners and/or Ultra Fine Tip Black Sharpie markers - (1) Black Colored Pencil (I recommend Prismacolor brand; purchasing link is below) - PAPER: Please have some paper that is a smooth finish, designed for marker or mixed media. Bristol paper and smooth white card stock work well. (Sketch paper for dry media is NOT a great surface for alcohol markers.) 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 also needed: Sharpies are very good: I also suggest this set of black fine liners by COPIC: Black Prismacolor Pencil
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Rather than assessment, I work to enable my young learners to get better at self-critiquing. Find the problem areas, celebrate the successful areas, and keep making progress! I discuss the emotional aspects of positive or negative self-talk and help set realistic expectations.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
I sometimes suggest YouTube videos by other artists as inspiration.


Michelle Baker
Lives in the United States
Art & Design Instructor
74 total reviews
52 completed classes

About Me

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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