Alcohol Marker Flicking

by Sandi MacIver

Use this simple marker technique for layered coloring.


  • Stamps (Simon Says Stamp Delicate flowers used here)
  • Alcohol-friendly ink (dye, archival or hybrid - Memento Tuxedo Black used here)
  • Alcohol markers (Copics used here – Pinks: R81, R83, RV34; Greens: G21, G94)
  • Cardstock (Neenah Classic Crest 110# Solar White Cover Stock used here)
  • Other supplies as neededto complete the card (used here: Gansai Tambi watercolor, Die Cutting Machine, Simon Says Delicate Flowers dies, Wonky Rectangles Dies, Foam Tape, adhesive, MISTI stamping tool, Scor-Buddy, Sequins)


  1. Step 1

    Use alcohol marker friendly ink (dye, archival, or hybrid), to stamp images onto compatible cardstock.

    Stamp multiple images for practice.

  2. Step 2

    For each colored section, choose 3 markers, light, medium and dark.

  3. Step 3

    Work in small sections at a time. (For this floral image, the petals were colored one or two at a time.)

    Choose the lightest marker, and flood the section completely for a base color.

  4. Step 4

    Determine the side of the section that will be shaded. Using flicking motion from that point out, shade the area with the medium color marker.

    You can give some contour to the section by directing the lines in a curve or more straight.

  5. Step 5

    Repeat the flicking technique with the darkest color, using shorter strokes.

  6. Step 6

    Continue coloring the image one section at a time, using this technique for layering.

  7. Each section will require a little customization. For the leaves in the sample, only 2 colors were used.

  8. Step 7

    Use the colored image(s) to complete a card or other project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Alcohol Marker Flicking. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Merci infiniment pour cette technique très utile.
M.H.F. FRICOUT  |  Wed Aug 14, 2019 at 3:45 AM
Beautifully done, thank you for sharing.
katherine connors  |  Wed Aug 14, 2019 at 5:09 AM
Great video! Short & sweet but with everything needed to do this technique. I appreciated the zoom on the flicking technique.
Marilyn Jones  |  Wed Aug 14, 2019 at 6:58 AM
Love this easy way to give flowers dimension. Can't wait to try it! Thanks very much!
Donna Palmer  |  Wed Aug 14, 2019 at 7:54 AM
Great video - I like this quick way you've added shading to the petals and leaves.
claudia zimmerman  |  Wed Aug 14, 2019 at 8:18 AM
Outstanding video tutorial - thx so very much!! I did not see the link for the pdf you mentioned at the very end of the video. Maybe I'm not fully awake yet - LOL!
momhom  |  Wed Aug 14, 2019 at 11:35 AM
momhom, Sandi kindly allowed us to repost a tutorial she had already shared on her blog/channel - the pdf is there.
dina  |  Wed Aug 14, 2019 at 12:27 PM
Very pretty - love your coloring and the card is beautiful!
Margery Meadows  |  Wed Aug 14, 2019 at 4:33 PM
So simple, and it makes SUCH a difference. Thanks for sharing!
mOM mOM gAIL  |  Thu Aug 15, 2019 at 8:51 AM
Loved your tutorial! It was to the point with your lovely personality showing through. Thanks for sharing this technique!
aalley2  |  Sat Aug 17, 2019 at 6:35 PM
They are beautiful!
Conniecrafter  |  Mon Aug 19, 2019 at 7:37 AM
lydia  |  Mon Aug 19, 2019 at 11:33 AM
I'm an experienced stamper, but just coloring with Copic Markers for the first time. Thanks for such detailed instructions and an excellent video!
Nonna  |  Thu Aug 29, 2019 at 8:01 AM
Beautiful in its simplicity Can't wait to try.
KatGrey  |  Thu Oct 3, 2019 at 6:43 AM

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