Design markers, art markers, art pens, brush pens, alcohol markers and scrapbook markers are all interchangeable names for markers that can be used in your scrapbook layouts.
Due to the recent surge in the adult coloring and doodling arena there is a mountain of information about any type of marker that could possibly be used in multimedia crafting.
All you need to know in relation to scrapbooking markers is broken down for you in the rest of this blog entry, along with two quick techniques to use in your next layout.
Scrapbook Markers, What are they?
Alcohol based scrapbook markers come in wide range of brands but basically it’s Copic brand markers vs the rest of the competition. Historically they have been used by comic book artists, poster artists, graphic and fashion designers. They have alcohol based solvents for suspending the ink in rather than water. They last longer and have greater blendability than their water based counterparts.
Higher end scrapbook marker brands include Tombow, Letraset, Spectrum Noir and Prismacolour. There are an even greater variety of ‘discount’ marker brands. Copic markers are generally more expensive than any of the other brands, but do offer some advantages over the competition. It is up to you to decide whether or not the value in the advantages are worth splurging on Copic scrapbook markers or if you would rather use alternates.
Pros of Copic Markers
- comes in 3 varieties (Original , Sketch and Ciao)
- replaceable nibs
- refillable ink
- much larger range of colors than most other brands
- very large market means products are easily accessible and so is information on how to use them
Cons of Non-Copic Markers
- not all have soft brush tips which are used to facilitate blending
- in some cases the blendability is lower (due to both less range in colors as well as ink formulae)
- not all have replaceable nibs
- not all have refillable inks
- smaller range of colors available
- harder to find products and information on products due to lower market share
How to Use Scrapbook Markers in your Layout
- Stamp an image to cardstock and color it with the scrapbook markers
- Use the scrapbook marker to ink or distress the edges of your patterned paper, die cut or embellishment
- Color an area on a journal card and journal over it in a darker fineliner pen or a white gel pen
- Use a resisting technique to mask out design elements and color over them
- Color directly onto a stamp and stamp using the alcohol ink from the scrapbook marker
- Use specific coloring techniques to create effect backgrounds for your design elements
Here are 2 bonus techniques for you to use on your project now!
Bonus Technique for Scrapbook Markers 1
Step 1 – Color an area using a 3 color blending group from your markers (I used Mepxy Markers L03, L07 and L09)
Step 2 – Overlay a die-cut or design element as a silhouette on top of the blended area
Bonus Technique for Scrapbook Markers 2
Step 1 – Color an area using a 3 color blending group from your markers (I used Mepxy Markers B12,C02,C05 and B04)
Step 2 – Cut out a word or design element out of patterned or plain paper and allow blended area to show through
How do you use your scrapbook markers in your projects?