Making Art with Markers for Summer Fun

Sterling Haynes

Creating art with markers is relaxing for indoor summer fun. Color in a coloring book, draw doodles and make arts and crafts.

Choosing colors

When beginning a marker collection, choose multiple colors from each color family. Primary colors are red, blue, and yellow. Secondary colors are green, orange, and purple. Neutrals are grey, black, and brown.

Midtown colors are in the middle spectrum of light and dark. Use these colors to build visual contrast by shading.

Consider the artistic subject matter when choosing colors. If one wants to color people look for skin tones such as browns, beiges, and almonds. Grays are helpful for coloring metals and machines. Look for themed packs for skin tones,

Coloring techniques

There are a variety of coloring techniques to try for visual effects. Stippling is the process of using numerous small dots to depict shapes and shadows. Use the tip of marker to make a pattern of dots. Create the effect of shading by filling in areas with close stippled dots. Combine dots of various colors to mix colors visually.

To make a Tie-Dye effect fold soft absorbent papers such as paper towels into halves, fourths, or eights. Hold a marker down on the top layer until the color soaks through all of the layers. Continue to make a design. Lightly spray the paper with water. Then unwrap, and allow to dry.

Take care of markers

Protect the investment of a marker collection by storing them in a cool dry place. Keep the cap on when not in use.

To revive dry washable markers try dipping the tip in warm water for about five seconds. After recapping the marker, wait 24 hours before trying the marker again.

Enroll in EN-RICH-MENT’s Art Class

EN-RICH-MENT teaches free art lessons to youth ages 5-18. Students learn how to color with markers and make fun crafts.


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