When I started making cards, I was quickly overwhelmed with all the coloring mediums available to color stamped images. I started with colored pencils, but I wanted to try alcohol markers. So, I read all I could about the different brands, and my head started spinning with all the choices!
Copic Markers looked like they would be excellent quality and were so highly ranked but were expensive. I couldn’t justify spending a lot on something I wasn’t sure if I would like so I didn’t invest in a costly alcohol marker set at first. I read many reviews and decided to try out the Ohuhu Markers. There were a lot of positive reviews on Amazon, and the price was reasonable, so I figured that would be the best place to start. I ordered the set of 80 to have more colors to work with for blending. One end of the marker has a fine bullet tip, and the other end has a broad chisel tip. I use Neenah 80lb cardstock, and I have found they blend well on this paper.
The markers are not in any specific color order that coincide with number order. The colors on the cap are also different than what the marker looked like on card stock. I highly recommend that you make a color chart so you can accurately see what each marker will look like on cardstock. I tried to look for a chart I could download, but I couldn’t find one, so I made one myself and colored it in. Click below to print a copy!
My markers came in a black zippered pouch, but I as time went on, I knew that was not going to work for me. I ordered this organizer from Amazon (Deflecto Stackable Cube Organizer Cross Dividers) and its working great for me. It allows me to keep my markers horizontal, which is how I like to store my markers. It also helps me organize them into color groups.
If you are on a tight budget and are new to crafting and want to get a feel for how alcohol markers work, these markers are an excellent place to start. If you like them, you can then invest in some higher quality markers such as Copics. I enjoy working with alcohol markers, so I have slowly started buying some Copics in colors I like. I also look forward to trying some of the other brands available as time goes on.
What markers do you enjoy using? I would love to hear about your experience with other brands!