Fearless Friday, Painting with Markers

I wanted to experiment, and see if it was possible

to get the look of a painted canvas with markers on paper

The painting below, “Elaine” was my model

I did a preliminary sketch,

keeping the pencil lines very light

so they wouldn’t show through the markers

I chose the colors I wanted to use from my marker color chart

Then I tested each color by making a line on the edge of the paper

so I would have another quick visual reference

Then I lined the markers up in the same color order as the lines

so I can easily grab the one I want

Using a limited palette insures that your finished painting

will be coherent

I might add a color or two as I go along,

but too many colors

can make your painting lose focus and be confusing

I quickly realized that it was going to be impossible

to create the thick bold strokes of acrylic

so I decided to use lines in a few places to add interest

An element of texture was added with yellow squiggly shapes

I colored in the background with a soft blue

Then to finish, I went over the shapes loosely with a fine liner pen

Below is a cropped version similar to the inspiration painting

Now I’m dying to paint it in acrylic…stay tuned!

Have some creative fun and

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38 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Painting with Markers”
  1. Mary says:

    Beautiful Jenna! Love seeing your painting/drawings come to life! The finer liner pen accents make all the difference. ♥

  2. Rita C. says:

    Wow, Jenna! Terrific result!

  3. This looks like so much fun! I may have to visit the art store!

  4. Your marker painting turned out really lovely!

  5. Martha says:

    I love the colors in this one, one of my favorite yet! Have a great weekend Jenna. 🙂

  6. lghiggins says:

    …and I can’t wait to see a side by side of marker and acrylic!

  7. Ricki Treleaven says:

    I love the colors in this one, Jenna!

  8. Nancy says:

    INCREDIBLE! The pen afterwards makes it all pop. I love this! Thank you!

  9. Jenna, I love the colors. The liner pen really made it come to life. I always enjoy Fearless Friday! Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. pattyanneart says:

    It’s beautiful, Jenna. Such pretty colors. Looking forward to seeing your acrylic version as well.

  11. thefrenchhutch says:

    Jenna you really know how to use the markers to get the look you are after! This is stunning……..

  12. I definitely see the inspiration but it has your own lovely style. I’ve never fared well with the markers but I keep trying!

  13. Kitty says:

    So pretty, Jenna, and I can’t wait to see your “stay tuned” version!

  14. eyeloveknots says:

    What a beautiful “painting”! Markers surprise me. I forget how fun they can be to use until I pull them out.


  15. Kim says:

    Oh, Jenna! This is just lovely! Makes me want to pick up some markers!! I’m sure your acrylic version will be gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing! (stopping by from the Sundays on Silverado link party.)

  16. Alex says:

    Hi Jenna, what you did is gorgeous! I love the look and feel.

  17. NikiLEOwife says:

    Wow! That turned out great. I’m always amazed at people who can draw/paint. Thanks for sharing on Crafty Creators!
    Niki ~ Life as a LEO Wife

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