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September 30, 2016

Marker Shading Using a Blender Marker in 4 Simple Steps

By Anisa A. Claire


Tired of flat-looking pictures when you color with markers? You can shade like the pros using any alcohol-based markers in just a few simple steps using a colorless blending marker.  Let’s take a look at the materials you’ll need…

  • Two blank sheets of paper
  • A colorless blending marker (any brand)
  • Alcohol-based markers (any brand)
  • A coloring page with medium to large spaces

You’ll want to slide a sheet of paper behind the page your coloring if it’s in a book to prevent any bleed through. This is always a good idea when using wet mediums.  The other blank sheet you’ll be using to test your colors on. 



Decide where your light source is in the picture.  In the pictures in this article, the light source is coming from the upper right, so all the shading begins at the top part of the colored areas.






Pick the color you want to start with.  Hold the colorless blender tip down and the colored alcohol marker tip up.  Touch the tips together and hold for around three seconds to test.  Remember, the blender is the one doing the infusing, so it always needs to be on the top, tip down.  After you’ve held them together for three seconds, use your blank sheet of paper to see how long the infused marker is going to last. 

Based on the amount of space the shading will fill, adjust the length of time you touch the tips together.  Hold them longer for more infusion, and the reverse for less.



Follow the previous step again, but this time apply it to your actual coloring sheet.  For best results, move your marker in sideways strokes, back and forth. Don’t go up and down and try to go over the same space twice, once in a right stroke, and then again in a left stroke.  Going back and forth in slow motions like that will decrease any streaking you might otherwise experience.





When you finish with one color be sure to run it over your blank sheet a few times to make sure all the colorless infusion is out and it’s returned back to its original color before putting it away. Do the same with the colorless blender to make sure none of the color transferred to it for when you use it on the next marker.

That’s it! You can easily shade using your alcohol markers and a colorless blender.  It will take a bit of practice getting used to the length of time you’ll need for each color, depending on the size of space you’re trying to fill.

Hope you enjoyed this article!


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