Not sure about investing in Copics? I have been colouring with Copics for years…. but now??
Did you see the ‘new’ kid on the block? Ellen Hutson now sells the Sketchmarker Brush Pro Markers and I just had to try them out, because if she recommends them… What can I say, it made me curious! Did you see my card I made recently for the Fundraiser for Ukraine? I used the Sketchmarkers to colour that card which you can see HERE.
Today I used the same Mondo Tulip image for both of my card designs to make it a little easier to compare.
IDEA #1 No Line Colouring
Nothing to test a new colouring medium than to try ‘no-line’ colouring. Which is basically still ‘line’ colouring but using a special Contour Ink which appears hidden once the colouring is completed.
I am very impressed at how similar these markers are to Copics when I am colouring with them. They also tick a few boxes for me… starting at 400 colours to choose from, yes you heard me right lol. They are refillable and you can also replace the nibs, less landfill!
This first card has a Modern Graphics panel popped behind a partial die-cut flower. And a sentiment from the Totally Random Sayings Volume 1 Stamp Set.
IDEA #2 Combining the Markers
My second idea is all about mixing the 2 types of alcohol markers together. I don’t have many of the Sketchmarkers in my stash (although there may be some more on the way wink).
PRO TIP: Check out the Sketchmarker and Copic Comparison Chart created by Ellen Hutson at the bottom of this article HERE to make sure that you don’t ‘double-up’ on similar colours.
I was very impressed at how easily they blended together and again… how similar they are to Copics!
And this time I used a Hot Foiled sentiment I had ‘left-over’ from the Way With Words Set.
You can see my LIVE video here or Watch it in HD at YouTube.
My final thoughts: I love my Copics, but I never did have the ‘full set’ syndrome, because basically I just couldn’t afford it and I don’t need ‘all the colours’. If I was new into the alcohol marker scene I would definitely invest in the Sketchmarkers as a preference for affordability. But really what it comes down to is the colours. If there is a colour you like and want, then it doesn’t matter which brand it is because they blend beautifully together!
I hope this has been helpful and if you are inspired to try a little marker colouring, I’d love you to share them with me on Social Media, I always love to see what you are creating. Sending big CRAFTY hugs your way,
Other Supplies: Ellen Hutson – Way With Words Hot Foil Die
16 thoughts on “Affordable Alcohol Markers? Let’s Compare! + LIVE Video!”
The tulips are amazing! You can almost feel the smoothness of the petals. Enjoyed the live and will watch it again to see how you get the highlighting on the petals. The new colors you got in the Sketchmarker Pro are lovely. I looked at the thistle but did not get that one or the eggplant. Will be on the list for next time.
Have you tried the markers yet Linda? I’d love to know your thoughts on them and how they compare to Copics if you have them…
Thanks so very much!
Great colouring and cards!
Thank you Christine!
Beautiful ending to a fun evening with you, Therese!
Nothing like a stressful moment to start with lol. Thanks again for your help and support my friend, it truly means the world to me x
Your cards look fantastic!
Yay! Thanks Lisa
Beautiful cards Therese. These markers look good. Great to watch you colouring! 🙂
It is amazing how different the same stamped image looks when you stamp in a black outline vs the “no line” ink– I love the realism of “no line” coloring and your purple ones are gorgeous with the texture you created by minimally blending your strokes….but then the softly blended coral and yellow flowers are beautiful, too. Just too lovely!
So glad you like them June x
Such lovely no line colouring. Great to know they blend together, I have several other brands I’ve picked up, as well as Copics and find they do tend to play nicely together.
Yes, I’ve heard that can happen, I would have thought they would all work no matter… but these are so very similar to use it’s weird lol.