Fearless Friday, Abstract Zinnias with markers

Let’s have some fun with zinnias today!

Zinnias are such fun and colorful flowers~

I collected some images from Pinterest and from Pam’s beautiful garden

I loved the painting style by Ali Kay on the top left in the above collage

and decided to do my zinnias with a similar abstract style

and use markers to color them…

First a pencil sketch,

adding elements from the flowers in the collage photos

Afraid that the pencil could show through

some of the lighter marker shades,

I lightly erased section by section, leaving a slight visual of the shapes,

and inked over where the pencil lines were with colored liner pens,

using colors close to what the areas would be

After each section was erased,

I used colored fine liner pens to outline the faint flower drawings

I selected the marker colors I wanted to use

and lined them up on the table

I made a line of each color on the edge of my sketch book,

in the order the markers were laid out, for easy reference

I did add more markers during the coloring process as needed

and at the end, the table looked quite different!

I began by coloring the stems in 3 shades of green

I knew I wanted to use shades of blue for the background

and added some pale blue shapes at this point

When coloring,

I always start with the areas I know what colors I want to use

and then decide on the other colors as I go

Next came the yellows


Deeper pinks


Deep Reds

Adding darker blue to the background areas

Filling in the background

“Abstract Zinnias,” “4 x 6” alcohol markers and ink on mixed media paper

I enjoy playing with markers, they’re not messy like paint,

and I can sit in my favorite spot

and get lost in a movie while I’m creating

You can read more about my tiered art tray

and how I organized it here

I highly recommend this set of Caliart Dual Tip alcohol markers,

it has 121 colors and comes in a handy carrying case~

it is a great value, currently $41.99,

about $.35 a marker compared to pricier Copic

which are $4-$5 each!

I am not an affiliate, just sharing what I like

I hope you’ll try painting with markers, it’s a lot of fun!

Be Fearless!

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24 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Abstract Zinnias with markers”
  1. Good morning, Jenna. I love the abstract zinnias, you always amaze me with your talent. Thank you for the shout-out! Zinnias are a favorite of mine and they are great cut flowers and fun subjects to paint. Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

  2. I always love the bright beautiful colours of zinnias..they simply brighten up my day.

  3. Your artwork of the bright and cheery zinnias reminds me of the zinnias grown in my neighbor’s garden – lovely!

  4. The technique worked very well for you and the bright colors really pop. Love your storage display!

  5. lghiggins says:

    Thanks for listing the maker of the markers. I figured they weren’t Crayola (which are great for kids). 😉 I love your zinnias.

  6. lulu says:

    Your zinnias are as lovely as the real thing!

  7. Beautiful abstract of your zinnias. Love your step-by-step process that you shared.

  8. Sarah says:

    Jenna, another beautiful piece! I so admire your talent! I also admire that you are constantly trying new things and that you share your process. I find it very interesting! I’m not an artist, but I like to see the process. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Kim says:

    Beautiful Jenna! I’ve never heard of alcohol markers so that was new to me. You have such talent and its always fascinating to watch how it all unfolds. Hope you plant zinnias next summer – I’m sure it will add to your creative fodder. Take care down there and have a lovely week!

  10. Mary says:

    Your zinnias are so colorful and cheery Jenna! ♥

  11. Anonymous says:

    Such beautiful colors and so much fun watching your process for creating your beautiful art.

  12. This turned out so beautifully! I love the colors! Smiles, Linda at Paper Seedlings

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