Sharpie Coloring Secrets: Part 7 – Paint with Sharpies

Sharpie Coloring Secrets: Part 7 – Paint with Sharpies

hi everyone this is jennifer stay with coloring pages bliss and this is part 7 of my Sharpie coloring secrets and this is my final part of this series and I’m really excited to get started so let’s get going as you can tell by the title we are going to do a little painting with our sharpies now recently i was watching one of my favorite YouTube artists and her name is Bailey Jay now i’m going to put a link to her video in the description of this video so that you can go watch the video i saw where she was using this idea and they got me so excited because I knew that we could transfer this idea into our coloring pages ok there’s lots of ways that we’re going to be able to apply this painting technique but we’re going to start out here now I have a little plate so what we are going to need is a non-porous surface and that’s what this little ceramic plate is giving me but you don’t have to use a plate you can use ceramic tile you can use a piece of plastic or glass something that is non-porous and that you don’t care too much if it’s going to get stained now I haven’t had anything gets stained yet but who knows so don’t use moms best China or something for this part of the project now i also have a couple little containers here that I just hold some rubbing alcohol now this is just some ordinary rubbing alcohol that I picked up at the store you can pick it up at the dollar store or at your pharmacy anywhere you’re at it doesn’t need to be expensive it doesn’t have to be the 91 % rubbing alcohol it can be the seventy percent it doesn’t really matter so don’t be too concerned use whatever you have on hand so I’m just using a tiny little bit in each of these containers so I have some rubbing alcohol ready to go and I also have a paintbrush now this is a very inexpensive paintbrush that i’m using it’s a number four craft smart that I picked up at Michaels on a coupon and I picked a very small bristled paintbrush this has a rounded edge on the bristles so that I have a lot of control over ink as i’m applying it what we’re going to do here is I want to add some shading to give this some more depth because right now the color is pretty flat and so I’m going to use a deeper purple this is the purple I used right here to color in that petal so I want to use maybe this darker purple here to add some shading so on my non-porous surface i’m going to take the ink and lay some down just like that and then i’m going to dip my brush which still has a little blue in it from the last time so funny that it stays in there so good and I just dip it in and get a tiny bit on there and then wipe the excess up on the edge of the of the cup because it doesn’t take a lot to reactivate the ink look at it go now what happens is it becomes a liquid ink again and it’s pretty much like painting watercolor and it looks just like it and it acts a lot like it here on the page and what is neat about it is that it dries a lot faster than watercolor would and so it’s not going to damage our paper like watercolor would and we should be able to use in our coloring books in places that we wouldn’t be able to use standard watercolor which is really exciting isn’t that cool now I’m feeling like that’s not quite dark enough so how about we try maybe a dark blue now and see if we can get a darker shade in there. get a touch in there tiny bit of alcohol help activate that link and it turns into paint and you can just relax and play with it and it’s so easy to do so easy on my hand I have chronic pain and so this is going to be a way i could do some color application without causing extra pain to my hands so fun let’s try another color combination here with this yellow that I have I’m going to clean off my brush a little bit and dip into this clean alcohol this time I’ve got the orange here this is an ultrafine point so i can still use that i’ll just have to scribble a little bit more here on my plate so fun. you don’t have to lay down a base layer you can just go straight onto the white and this one’s got quite a lot of alcohol that was on the brush already so it’s spreading a lot farther and then grab some more ink, a little bit of alcohol so we can deepen it up and get darker tones down at the bottom lighter tones at the top really cool it dries really fast and when you drag your finger across it was just a little bit of warping like you would imagine with a wet media but the texture of the paper isn’t affected like it would be if we were using water no pilling of the paper or ruining that surface of the paper really cool now let me show you something else cool let’s say we had a pink that we were working with well that’s just let’s see what this was the only pink we had but we were feeling like wow that’s just way too light it’s not going to show up the way we wanted to you could grab a red I hope this red has ink in it, oh good it does and you can actually mix your own new colors so you’re not limited by what colors of sharpies you have anymore you can mix you could do a blue and a green together and come up with a new bluish-green color you aren’t limited anymore this will make the sharpies that you do have go a lot farther because it doesn’t take very much ink and we are covering an entire petal on this flower now something else we discovered during my life event we were first demonstrating this was we use a black sharpie we were being brave and trying something I wouldn’t ordinarily try which is black and we discovered something really pretty but it turned into a really pretty grey, let me show you so pretty so I think with this new technique we are just starting to figure out some ways that we can apply it and so I’m really excited to see what everyone does with painting with sharpies i also wanted to mention how easily the non-porous surface cleans up all i do is with my tissue and a little bit of the rubbing alcohol your surface will come clean without any trouble there you so I’d love to have you come and visit me at my facebook page and share with me what you discover as you start painting with your sharpies as you start mixing colors and using it in different ways please share with me what you learn and the art and the coloring that you do I have all kinds of free coloring pages on my website that you can come and download and practice these methods with so please visit my website i also have all kinds of other tutorials here on my youtube channel and you can come and learn a lot of different kinds of coloring techniques with other media not just sharpies color pencils pastels all kinds of media I really appreciate you spending some time with me this has been a lot of fun to share all these sharpie techniques there are a lot more things we can learn about sharpies and this is just the beginning if you found this video useful and you enjoyed it please hit like and share it with a friend and i hope you have a wonderful time learning and practicing these Sharpie techniques thanks for watching the series with me and I hope you have a wonderful colorful and the Sharpie filled day bye!


  • Creative Jo says:

    i watch baylee jae. too, baylee does liveon twitch every tuesday night, tthis sharpie paint tech is also used on your nails as nail too.haven't tried yet stilllearn nail art stamping

  • Creative Jo says:

    oh yeah insteadof using a dish to pick upthe sharpie paint use a zip-lock bag, that way you don't need toworry about messesor stainsyou can throw the bag away when you can't use it anymore

  • Jamie Francisco says:

    does it bleed through the paper this way?

  • {Miss.Chelle.Aus} says:

    I've sooo loved this series. Thank you. This has given me the idea of adding the alcohol into an aquash brush. (I can't use small paintbrushes, like you they hurt 😔). I thought I had heard you say in one of the past sharpie videos you would show how to store all your markers? I'm just trying to organise all my markers and pens and pencils and love to see what other people do. Thanks again for the series. ❤🇦🇺
    **love BayJay too**

  • Glenis Lyon says:

    Wow! I have thoroughly enjoyed all 7 parts of your Sharpie Colouring Secrets. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Teena Schaefer cards2diefor says:

    I enjoyed this series!

  • Larice Penyak says:

    Can you do this with other brand markers?

  • Rozalyn Leslie says:

    Thanks, Jennifer your series have been very helpful. Keep the good ideas coming.

  • Sarah Zarate says:

    i color on fabic with sharpie you heat set then wash have done a lot of quilt blocks love sharpies would like all the old color back need skin colors

  • Bev Abberley says:

    I think this technic would word well on parchment paper. Could include embossing. Need to play. Thank you Jenifer x

  • Julie M says:

    I have enjoyed this series so much! I love that marker sound when you push them off the book. I also love wrappers crinkling. I'm weird. Looks like that brush would do an awesome stippling effect with these Like the end of the black petal.

  • craftygrandma56 says:

    I just love love love this idea….I have a bunch of alcohol markers and sharpies and found out I didn't like them to color in my book because they bleed…solution found!!! thanks so much

  • Veta Sharp says:

    I really enjoy your videos. I'm looking forward to using sharpies in my coloring. You are such a giving person. I enjoy my premium membership.

  • Noreen Bowen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this series! I had no idea Sharpies were so versatile. Now I can't wait to start painting with my Sharpie markers 🙂

  • Dani Neuenschwander says:

    Loved the sharpie series. I fill a water pen with alcohol instead of a cup and paintbrush, works great. Thank you for sharing this awesome idea. I have to say…I did have to try it with a plate and cup just to get to color on a plate. FUN STUFF!!!!!

  • tini graves says:

    I love yur videos, I had to subscribe!

  • David S. Rea says:

    Sharpies on glossy photo paper are fantastic!

  • soapsudz46 says:

    Jennifer, I just viewed all 7 lessons and happily had the same 2 sets of Sharpie markers so I could match your ideas.  I also have a 10 pack of Crayola markers so I tried lesson 6 with them also.  Sometimes my color blends more to one side so coloring then appears two-tone, kind of cool.  Thank you for making these videos so we can learn techniques.   Grandma @ 70 years young.

  • Trishcda says:

    Love the vid!

  • Jessie Renfro says:

    Thanks for sharing these videos! Seeing them gave me a few ideas to work with!

  • Lynne Bailey says:

    F'ing AWESOME!!! (sorry for the expletive, but you deserve it. lol)

  • Vicki Davis says:

    Thanks for an enjoyable series. I always learn so much from your videos. I have a new appreciation for my Sharpies and they are now front and center on my craft table.

  • Nancy Fielder says:

    Love the videos

  • Cathren Riddler says:

    I love watching Baylee Jay and I love her vlog channel. I learn so much from all the artists on YouTube. Especially you!

  • Marlene Scott says:

    Thank you for the 7 series. It was very interesting. I wonder if it's possible to use the same techniques with other makes of markers that are not alcohol based.

  • Kari Stephenson says:

    So much fun!

  • Debi Waleski says:

    So much information! I'm new to coloring and I want to find out the tools that are available at a reasonable cost. I think this series helped me decide that Sharpies will be my next step. Thanks for sharing Sharpie secrets and techniques!!

  • NICOLE AOKI says:

    I wish they would sell more sharpies over here! Love from Japan!

  • Kaitlyn Kenyon says:

    genius thank you for this video I have really been wanting to watercolor on some of my books but adding a gesso coating or absorbent ground coating fist is a head ache this has soo many possibilities. How is the bleed through though some of my favorite books are unfortunatley double sided so that is something that could be a big issue

  • Angi Hillock says:

    I just love your videos, thank you. I really do like my sharpies best for good, solid, clean coverage in my coloring. If I had it my way, they would have a huge selection of colors and loads of pastel (lighter) shades.

  • Debi Remaley says:

    Just finished this series, Loooove it

  • Kevin says:

    Wow this is awesome!

  • Alexandra Markowitz says:

    I never knew you could paint with sharpies, but now I know.

  • Judy Williamson says:

    Love this series and I really appreciate you making this into a series rather than one longer video. I love that I can go right to the technique I want. Many many thanks for all the time you put into these videos!

  • Glenis Lyon says:

    HI Jennifer, I have just spent the afternoon watching all 7 parts of this series and thoroughly enjoyed them once again. Renewed the old 75 y.o. memory!!! Got to go and try these secrets out now!!!!

  • Dulce Manzana Scrapbooking says:

    Muchas gracias!

  • Ligia R. says:

    Recently came across your channel and have to say its been delightful with so much insightful information. Truly enjoying it, Thanks so much.

  • Call Us Comrades says:

    Is that a skin toned sharpie?? Also, is there a white sharpie?

  • Crystal Franklin says:

    This would be really great for anyone who likes watercolor effects if they don't have watercolor paint but have a stash of Sharpies. I'm going to try it soon and the really great thing is I don't have to go out and buy anything! Yay! Love the Sharpie Secrets series. I'll be trying all these techniques. Thank you, Jennifer!

  • Alexander Gomez says:

    Really glad I found this video gonna use this idea for a drawing I did

  • Julia Spencer-Smith says:

    Great Series Jennifer.
    Learned Alot 😁

  • eisus1213 says:

    Wow!!! This looks like a watercolor paint and lays down so nice..great ideas again!!!! Thank you.

  • Melanie says:

    It's like an asmr video, so relaxing

  • Beth Megan Smith says:

    Uba Awesome Thanks. I totally Love my Sharpie and Bic markers. Thank you

  • chris christodoulou says:

    Just accidentally bumped into it channlr.just watched all 7 of us sharpie secret loved it x

  • Barbara Williams says:

    Superb video! So much rubbish on YouTube, refreshing to find great information put concisely and clearly. I have learned so much that is REALLY useful – just dashed off to lay my tub of Sharpies on it’s side! Heading for your website now.

  • Lisa T says:

    this has been a great series – very inspiring!, thanks for doing it!!

  • Tish Campos says:

    I often see/hear things- like standing in a crowd trying to see someone on a stage- someone gently holds my shoulders & moves me a Tiny bit to one side & VOILA! Perspective Change!! This series has done that for me on many levels- THANK YOU!!🎉🎉🎉🎉

  • Getshe Mane says:

    Thanks for the tutorial, I love Sharpies too, I'll use the techniques you just share.

  • Cyn B says:

    Fantastic. Thanks sooo much!

  • Rasheed Lindsey says:

    Okay so I waited till after I finished binge watching the entire Sharpie series to post my thoughts. In short, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!! From the first basic video to this very last one, my mind was blown away. Not only at the creativity but also at how simple it is to get great looking art with sharpie markers. I've always had an affinity towards permanent markers since elementary school and now, since I've started making tattoo designs again, I've been using them a lot more. In fact, it was curiosity on how to make coloring in my art look better than 'flat' with my markers that lead me to you. I'm going to take a look around the rest of your channel for more ideas and techniques as well as your site. I also have a few purchases to make, I need to up my color arsenal ten-fold now. Luckily you posted links to the paper and both sets of markers. I have them saved on a list for my next paycheck. The kids where I work are going to go nuts when I show them how to level up their coloring skills. One of the best series I've ever had the pleasure of watching and I love the Intro theme as well, it kept inspiring me to make a full orchestral track with it. Tell your son, he's a genius as well. Keep up the amazing content, CHEERS!!!

  • Kimberley B says:

    It's a shame Sharpies, Bics (and likely other alcohol-based markers, including the much-coveted Copics) are not archival and lightfast. They fade and discolor. Google it. It broke my heart to learn it! If you're using them for your art, be prepared to scan your pieces and have prints made if you want them to last.

  • Lisa T says:

    you can do this w/dirt cheap vodka, too, btw, or tomboys and water

  • In Christ says:

    Fabulous Series. LOVE my Sharpies. Thank you. GodSpeed.

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  • Simply Tea says:

    Do you believe the ultra thin sharpies are better than the fatter ones?

  • Our Wandering Footprints says:

    So Cool! I had already tried the painting with my water based markers, but this is awesome! Now I can try this with my all markers. Thanks for sharing your tip! Hugs, Judy

  • Marlene Gonzalez says:

    What a great idea

  • Jenna Perkins says:

    I have one of those tiny glass bowls from the dollar tree and used a nail file to make the bottom of the glass not as smooth so the marker worked a little better

  • Lori Coloring Hangout says:

    Hello like the paint with sharpies almost as much as part 6 of sharpies chameleon.
    Thank you for sharing so many different tips each week

  • Cookies Kids says:

    That's really neat so fun thanks for these tutorials on the sharpies 🙂

  • Josephine McFarlane says:

    I think I will throw away my water colour pencils

  • Valentino Nelson says:

    Thank you so much for this amazing tutorial.

  • Lisa T says:

    great technique! give your son a hug for me!,

  • ro mi says:

    Hola se pueden utilizar en vidrio?????

  • Debra T in Ohio says:

    I was ready to throw my Sharpies in the trash can, because they chewed up whatever paper I used them on. Then tonight I found this video! My Sharpies are rescued! This looks like fun!! Thanks! I’m going to try it first on the Flower Bliss book I have, in mixed media paper.
    I am a new adult colorer, and I have learned so much from your videos. I use coloring to deal with chronic pain and anxiety. It has really helped me to cope. So, thank you Jennifer and Steve!

  • K Keth says:

    Use Plain alcohol First for White Areas, Then Color

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  • AquaLady AGAVE says:

    Watched them all and just wow. I knew of all the techniques but the painting one.

  • Skabetti Spaghetti says:

    I would love to see your techniques for sharpies on acetate. I'm sure the acetate must have to be a certain kind. I've tried it and the top pen color erases the bottom.

  • Tammy George says:

    Same as making alcohol ink. Lol. I make with the markers and the alcohol. But it does recamend 91 alcohol.

  • B Cool says:

    you can also take a cotton pillowcase and make thick inch or so stripe on one edge of the (white) pillowcase and then put alcohol in a spray bottle and hang pillowcase on a line of some sort with the stripe on top and spray with the alcohol. Using gravity, you can make beautiful ombre from color to white:

  • waboosje says:

    Looks like fun to do.

  • Ice says:

    Wow, Good for everyone, especially people who specialize in painting!

  • Bernice Meintjes says:

    This technique blew my mind .. it is 1am, i have small pack of sharpies and no rubbing alcohol…. how will i sleep now .. lol …

  • Evelyn Southern says:

    Thanks so much for this series it has been very helpful for a newbie.

  • Broman1978 says:

    I have water based pens. Can i do the same but use water instead of alcohole?

  • hi says:

    Thankyou so much! I wanted to customize my shoes but leatherpaint is so much more expensive so knowing I can do this with sharpies, im going to customize it using sharpies😊

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