Friday, 8 August 2014

How To Colour Stamps With Alcohol Markers


   ZIG KURECOLOR Dual Tipped Alcohol Markers

Alcohol markers are a must have for all dedicated stampers, they allow you to achieve seamless colouring with incredible gradation of colour and a perfect "printed" quality. They will not buckle or damage your paper and withstand being worked intensely.

We recommend using  good thick card stock as alcohol markers will bleed through and for this reason we suggest you mount your images.


We have used: 

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MARKERS: Pale Colours Set of 12 ZIG  KURECOLOR Dual Tipped Alcohol Markers.

STAMP:   BELLS from Hobby Art

1. Stamp your image using a black pigment ink stamp pad (permanent). Amend the image with a ZIG millennium fine liner as this will not smudge when using your alcohol markers. Allow the ink to dry completely before colouring your image.

2. Using Pale Yellow 100  as a base colour in the leaves.

3.Add small areas of shading with 120 Barium yellow, be sure to leave plenty of the base colour showing.

4. Work with 501 Pale Green and 520 Green Shadow  to add further depth.

5. Immediately blend over the top of the join with 120 Barium yellow to remove any "colouring lines". This will give an even gradation of colour.

6.Use the same technique for the flowers, using 330 Pale Blue and adding 340 Haze Blue at the tops of the flowers to about half way to the tips. Blend together over the colour join immediately to fuse the colours- do not allow the ink to dry. 

7. Continue to add detail using 341 Shadow Mauve from the tops of the tips to about a third of the way down. (so the gradual change in the colours is visible). Finally add 602 Lilac to the very tops of the flowers and blend together.

8. Using the palest colour 330 Pale Blue dot the pen into the flower to displace the ink and create a "petal" effect.

9. Color the background and frame using one of the complimentary colours in  the pack. A good rule of thumb is to use colors that sit opposite each other on the color wheel.

 A really useful website about colour theory is


Always Remember...


*Colours will fuse better if working quickly while ink is still wet. Therefore, work on one petal at a time.

*If you wish to add detail that will NOT blend allow the ink to dry completely first.

*These pens dry fast and once the ink is dry it is permanent and will not budge!