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Marker Painting

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This 9" x 12" painting was created with markers, paint and pen. © All rights reserved.

This 9" x 12" painting was created with markers, paint and pen. © All rights reserved.

Quick & Easy Painting with Markers

Markers are wonderful for creating art and they have become more and more popular with scrapbookers, rubber stampers and artists. What I love about them is that they can be a quick and easy starter for a mixed media painting. You don't need any skills other than a basic drawing ability - I'm talking doodles here, not exquisite draftsmanship!

This particular painting is a gift for a friend who is planning on a three-month motorhome trip to celebrate her 40th birthday in a couple of years. I wanted something to remind her of her plans and lift her spirit when she catches sight of it.

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Art Supplies for Mixed Media Marker Painting

These are the supplies I used in this painting. However, being mixed media, you should feel free to experiment with whatever you have. I have suggested alternatives alongside.

  • Watercolor paper - you need a strong paper if there is water involved. Mine is Fabrianio Artistico Hot Pressed 140lbs. Any 140lb paper will do.
  • Markers - make sure they are waterproof. I use Letraset Promarkers, I also have a few Copics.
  • Colored pencils - here's where you can deviate from what I do. Use watercolors, acrylics or even stick with your markers.
  • Pens: Sakura Pigma Micron 005 (black), Uniball Signo broad tip (white). The Sakura can be replaced by any fine liner pen. The Uniball is pretty much indispensable. I also like a correction pen to add lots of white sparkle at the end. They are cheap and do the job just fine once you get used to them.
  • Decorative chalk to add final blushes of color. Use soft pastels or Pan Pastels, if you have them. Apply with foam tools or cotton buds.
  • Optional: you might want to seal the painting with a fixative.

Marker Painting - Step 1

If you feel confident enough, take a thick black marker and draw your design. You could do a practice layout on a piece of scrap paper, or you could use a pencil to work out the design on the watercolor paper. I decided to incorporate lettering to give focus to my painting. I really enjoy using lettering in art... you can get some ideas in my hub: Creative Lettering for Art Journals. The style I am using here is really plain and simple - just mixed up upper and lower case letters contained within two wavy lines.

Your drawing should be bold and brave. Try to fill up the page as much as possible, but leave some space in the design to add little doodles later on.

Click on the thumbnail pics to see the stages in detail.

Marker Painting - Step 2

Color the background. Usually, I use watercolor paints for this stage. This time, I used pencils - Derwent Inktense, in this instance. Any water soluble pencil will work.

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Gently, with the pencil on its side, color around the marker doodling. Keep the colors bright and change frequently. Overlay colors as you like but beware of mixing colors that are opposites on the colorwheel. For example, don't put red pencil over green or orange over blue or your colors will get muddy - you can see in the lower right-hand quarter, just below the 'M' that it happened to me. Don't worry too much if it does happen, as sometimes it works out well - happy accidents are wonderful!

Marker Painting - Step 3

Take your markers and color in the design. Some brands of markers can be overlaid to create new colors and some come with a colorless blender. Have fun and don't be too picky about keeping within the lines.

Marker Painting - Step 4

Embellish the lettering, if you used lettering. Simply draw some parallel lines along the letters, and create extra dimension wherever you can - see the thumbnail for a visual reference - and fill the resulting spaces with repetitive patterns and squiggles.

Also add more doodling to the rest of the design - dots and dashes on and around the leaves. Do what you feel. It's the sort of thing you do when on the phone or during your schooldays in a boring lesson!

Marker Painting - Step 5

This is where it gets really interesting. Use your fine liner pen to add more doodles. I put in in some daisies and little swirly things. Give them several scribbly outlines and keep dooling away to your heart's content.

Take your markers or colored pencils and fill in some color on the lettering. Create outlines around the leaves and fill with pattern. Run a green marker over the stems.

Marker Painting - Step 6

Using a white pen, add highlights and outlines to all the elements - the lettering, petals, leaves and stems. If there's room, draw in even more doodles. I put in some chunky little hearts. Look to see if there are any areas that require more color. Dots and circles all over the place!

Finally, rub on even more color with decorative chalks or pastels. This is where you can add orange on top of blue or red next to green.

Step back and enjoy your hard work - it wasn't hard, though, was it?

The painting will look pretty framed as a gift for a friend.

The painting will look pretty framed as a gift for a friend.


Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 15, 2013:

Thank you so much! All lovely pens and markers there. I just made another for a friend's birthday with 'Happy' written across it. They are lovely to do.

Jessica from Dallas, TX on April 11, 2013:

Your 'doodles' are works of art! Lovely painting and wonderful hub. I love working with markers. Copics, Sakura pens and white gel pens are some of my favorite art supplies!

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful. Can't wait to see more!

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 13, 2012:

I expect they are starting to look all the same to you by now! Thank you, Natashalh :)

Natasha from Hawaii on October 13, 2012:

Beautiful, as always! I love your art and step by step instructions.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 13, 2012:

Thank you, Nell. Not much patience needed - thank heavens!

Nell Rose from England on October 12, 2012:

This was so pretty! I wish I had the patience to do something like this, I used to years ago, maybe I will give it another go, wonderful! voted up! nell

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 10, 2012:

@wizardofodds - thank you!

@Judi Bee - Yay! I pinned it too! x

Judi Brown from UK on October 10, 2012:

Always, always love your hubs. Pinning this one, don't care what they say :D

Kayla Brown from Wichita, Kansas on October 10, 2012:

Beautiful works! Thanks for sharing!

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 09, 2012:

@VirginiaLynne: Thank you. Yes, I'd hope that a child or teen would be able to enjoy this technique. As to talent... well, debatable!

@Joy56: LOL! So I should! Thank you, I'm glad your eye was caught. You too can have this on your wall - go get your markers out!

@DreamerMeg: Thank you. You are lovely too!

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on October 09, 2012:


Joy56 on October 09, 2012:

just scrolling down all the hubs and as usual your picture caught my eye. I love your work, I would love one of your pictures on my wall....... Beautiful and great hub....... you should be making millions.

Virginia Kearney from United States on October 09, 2012:

Nice tutorial. I like the fact that you obviously have great talent but I think even a beginner would not feel intimidated by trying out this technique.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 09, 2012:

Ooh... will love to see your new hub, Carol. Thanks for being the first to comment :)

carol stanley from Arizona on October 09, 2012:

I love marking pens and have just been working on something for a new hub...I know you needto get one with two size points. Thanks for sharing all this information..always learn something new.

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