Marker Types & Free Valentine’s Day Printable to Color

by Johnnie Collier

free Valentine's day printable with doodle font to color by Tried and True, featured @savedbyloves

If you are looking for an adorable handmade Valentine’s Day gift, look no further.  Vanessa at Tried and True created this hand doodled free printable for you to color in with marker or water color.  This is super exciting to me at this point in my creative journey, since I am developing my hand lettering and experimenting with various markers and watercolor media. Printing this beautifully written sentiment and adding color is going to be a blast.

The markers Vanessa used are some that I recently picked up at Joann Fabrics, and are alcohol based – Spectrum Noir.  I am playing with these, copic markers and Chromatix.  All of these are alcohol based, and marketed as being blendable.  Copic markers are significanltly more expensive than the Chromatix alcohol based markers (available at Michaels) and Spectrum Noir.  Once I get more comfortable with all of them, I will be sharing with you a head to head comparison of each.  I am still experimenting with various paper types, stamped images and combinations, and learning as much as I can.  My sweet friend Amy at Plucking Daisies has several projects using Copic Markers if you are curious about them.

Blending markers with water by Just Paint it

Another creative friend, Colleen at Just Paint It discovered markers at Michael’s that are water soluble, blendable and inexpensive.  She shows you how to use them in creating beautiful cupcake paintings!

What are your favorite markers to use and why?

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