How to colour fur with alcohol markers – Stamptastic Friends’ Blog Hop Oct ’23…

Our theme this month for the Stamptastic Friends blog hop is favourite colouring techniques, and I really wanted to share with you all how to colour fur with alcohol markers, especially because we have an amazing new stamp set out called Fluffiest Friends!

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A handmade card with a bear holding a pot of honey underneath a tree, demonstrating how to colour fur with alcohol markers

I just love love love the cute critters in this new stamp set, and felt that it was the perfect time to talk a little bit about how to colour fur using alcohol markers. This is something I teach on my alcohol marker course, and it always go well with those who attend.

Firstly, I always colour the animal just as I would normally, using the dark marker (Pecan Pie in this case) in the shaded areas and light marker in the areas that would have more light hitting them. Once the animal is coloured normally, it is time to start bringing it to life. There’s nothing wrong with a flat colour, but it can look just that, a little flat.

Firstly, I bring in the colour lifter, and holding the pen as upright as possible, I start to make small flicking motions, in the direction the fur would be, about 8mm long. I do this all over the animal, creating some lighter ‘strands’ of fur.

A handmade card with a bear holding a pot of honey underneath a tree, demonstrating how to colour fur with alcohol markers

Once I have covered the whole animal with this technique, I bring back in the light marker, and go all over again, creating short flicking motions in the direction of the fur. It can feel (and look) a bit odd at this point, but just keep going, as it will all come together in the end! Then I take the dark marker and repeat the action, but only in the areas where we initially put the darker colour. Don’t stray into the lighter areas.

Then finally, I bring back the Colour Lifter for a final round of creating those flicking marks. This should help to tie everything together and ‘blend’ the darker and lighter areas together. If after you have done this, it all feels or looks a bit odd still, I would suggest repeating the process. There is no rule for how many times you can keep going over your animal, just keep working until you are happy.

A handmade card with a bear holding a pot of honey underneath a tree, demonstrating how to colour fur with alcohol markers

And that is how to colour fur with alcohol markers! Then it is just a case of creating your final card with your special coloured piece. I’ve used the co-ordinating dies here and love how the beehive looks coloured with alcohol markers too!

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