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Sharpie Markers Quick Painting Experiment - Who Knew!

teacher avatar Kellie Chasse, Artist/Instructor ✅ 16+ Years

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Intro Sharpie Markers

    • 2. Materials Sharpie Marker Painting

    • 3. Drawing in the Sky

    • 4. Water layer

    • 5. Adding Layers of Greens

    • 6. Blending and Adding More Trees

    • 7. Final Details

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About This Class

Are you an Artist or Crafty person, then you know how fun it is to experiment. 

Today I created this sweet little coastal painting using Sharpie Markers in a different way.

Get your old school Fine tip sharpies out and have fun with a quick experiment. I'll show you my ups and downs creating this cute little seascape painting. Together let's work through things not going your way and getting a painting that works in the end. Come join in on the fun and see what you can do with your sharpies and a little bit of creativity. 


Simple Living Maine Artist & Instructor

In this course I'll show you how to blend your sharpies and soften your ink to paint in area's of Mineral paper. We'll also use a little bit of gouache and see how it reacts with the alcohol and sharpies. 

Learn to how drawn and paint this super cute simple island seascape using sharpies. A Simple and easy method with Artist and Instructor Kellie Chasse

 I'll have a full list of materials as well as links to a number of the products used in the videos and please don't forget to post your projects below, I can't wait to see them! 


  • How to use Sharpie Markers in place of Alcohol Inks in a fun and unique design way.
  • See how to use a Water Brush Pen filled with alcohol to blend and spread the ink.
  • Use white Gouache to create little design details like clouds, water ripples, and a little sailboat.
  • You can watch my Youtube Video on Trees here.

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1. Intro Sharpie Markers: everyone today I'm gonna shoot how I used Sharpie markers to create this sweet little painting of me. I'm gonna be popping a little sailboat show you my ups and my downs with this will be is in some alcohol and some white wash and some mineral paper to create an alcohol in painting with Sharpie markers. So stick around and I'll show you all the details. Hi, everyone. My name is Kelly Chassis, and I am a full time artist and online instructor. I've been teaching online about two years. I've been teaching art final problem for about 10 years. In 2007 I've taught thousands of folks all across the country. I am a time artists at Portland Airport and Main here on. I saw a lot of my work there do art shows or twice a week, and I've met people from all over the world which inspired me to be able to teach online. So stick around. I hope to see you inside the course and will cover this painting from beginning to end. 2. Materials Sharpie Marker Painting : Well, hello and welcome to my skill share class today we're gonna cover how I use these sharpies . Very basic little sharpies that come in a set of 24 to create a sweet little painting. Or we'll be doing this all with just the alcohol and the sharpies, so you'll need some mineral paper. You'll also need your pack packets of sharpies. You'll need a water brush, and this is filled with 91% alcohol. And they have this in a five as well, with some different tips. If you want to try some different tips out different sizes, you can do that with the Nim's and that is primitives. Oh, also need some whitewash and a little paper towel or a little cloth just to wipe our brushes off from where when we're finished here. So let's get ready to paint 3. Drawing in the Sky: I'm sorry. I was just this line here. I wanted to test. This is kind of my water line, but it's a horrible Arla. It should really be straight. But I'm gonna fill this in a little bit. I just want to see here what the markers are going to do with the alcohol. So I've got my water brush pen, as I have used in many of my experiments here, and I have filled with a 91% alcohol. Now you can see the is blending that think a little bit, but that line is there it is not moved. I'm gonna fill it in just a little bit more here and see if we can get a little bit more ink flowing now as, um, using a fine tip marker This it would take forever to do so, you could always use ah, larger marker as well. But you can see here it really does stay in the paper. So it's not the best thing to use if you're trying to paint with them different than using regular Pignon alcohol inks or ranger ANC's. But this is a very inexpensive way it is, and a lot of people have easel sharpies lying around tonnes. People have 91%. I spoke with alcohol or at least 70% alcohol. I would recommend 91%. It just works a little bit better and blending these colors. So let's try a darker blue here. Well, that blend a little bit more still staining the underneath of this painting. So I want to see. Can I make anything out of this? I don't like to give up so quickly and you will see that a lot of my videos. I'm really trying to do a few more videos where you can see by process rather than the full online tutorials. Because I think this is how we all learn. And if I'm being honest, most artists probably go through the stages. I mean, I've been painting full time for about 10 years now, and I still have frustrations, So just because someone paints every day doesn't mean that you're not still learning and not still developing as an artist. And I think everybody you know, a lot of artists will try any things and step out of their comfort zones about other box. And recently I have been working with the alcoholics, maybe the past 44 years, and I have really stepped out of my box. They are totally different than watercolors or oils that I have used in the past, but they're just so much fun, and you really get to be creative with ease as well. 4. Water layer : so you can see where I blended that in. I I am using a mineral paper again. Here. It's a little bit less expensive than you put paper. You could use Darryl our paper. There's many of Ott many options with alcohol inks that you can work on. But this mineral paper is like a fairly inexpensive. It's lightweight as great things to practice on so you can see that it's still staining. And I'm gonna work for this. We're gonna figure this out as to how I can still create a nice little painting here using these markers. So I am starting up a little bit darker. Blues is going to be my wire line here. We do have some nice clouds going with way that that blended up on top there. I want to start with small little sections here and see if I can blend this now, getting myself a better line for my water. I'm gonna make some islands up on the top there, so I'm not worried about that little area there, and then we'll just because I sniffs not blending really well. You can see a lot of those lines, so let's just make those waves. Well, come scribble this in here and we're gonna blend this out afterward. So this looks a little bit like waves. That's good enough. Let's add a little bit of alcohol to this and blend it and see what we get. That's better to a good start, because that's not blending quite as much as I would like for it to relate that dry. And I have another plan here for the water afterward, escorting my pen, saying a little bit more alcohol. See if I could get that to move anymore. And it's pretty much set there. And the surprise aren't like I said, alcohol based, But you can see that they we blend a little bit, but you still have that line there. They're not. It's not disappearing completely. Like some other markers might dio 5. Adding Layers of Greens: Well, let's add a little bit of the green now. I want to put some trees in here. There are little trees here in Maine. Make please all the time. I have another video that I'll post the link for you up here on the right hand corner on trees. It didn't with alcohol or Nile calling with watercolor, but you can maybe feel a little bit of ideas of how I do my trees. Well, Phil, in a couple different colors. Here, do the green, and then I have a lighter shade green. I bought these actually sharpies for my son for school, and I think they had. It was like, I don't know, 24 markers in the sat and there's quite a few colors in there. There's a lighter green still see that's quite light in there. We'll put a few in there like that at a few different shades of colors little light and dark. I do want to put a little ah, Rachael edge on this underneath. I think I'll do that with a darker color. Here, Let's try another shade. Let's try a dark blue that makes a nice color for the rocks. The ledge here. You've seen me do islands probably a few times before Love toe to paint these type of things. They did a watercolor that was very similar to this, with similar colors will rock down in here in the water It's getting there, so let's try a little. But a brown in here can't even darker clerks up in the front. 6. Blending and Adding More Trees: and I'm gonna take my water brush and just blend that being careful, I'm not blending two months trying to keep it contained here where the trees are. This will just give an illusion of some trees in behind here, and we'll go back in and sharpened. He's up to find him up a little bit more easy. Way to give that island a little bit more depth re messiahs. Well, maybe add a little bit to this rock ledge here. I mean, color that back in again. We came. Was often that black make a little bit gray. Looks pretty. That almost looks reminds me of when I do my watercolors. Um, it has, ah, way of bleeding out like that, blending a little bit. So that dried pretty quick. Well, let's go ahead and pop in a few more little trees. Right on top of that. Yeah, I'm just mixing and matching those colors, adding some layers to it. This is coming together. I'm pretty surprised. Pleasantly surprised. Want to continue to work here, adding a few more colors and taking the alcohol and blending it again just a little bit to soften it. And then we're gonna be adding a sailboat here in a minute. I'll let you watch my process 7. Final Details : So now I'm trying to put a little sailboat in here, and I'm using my little white gel pin made by signal and just doesn't wanna seemed to work . So I am going with another plan. I'm looking at the waves here and thinking, too. I don't like that very starkness of the sharp lines of the Sharpie. So I'm going to take out giving up on my white penny here is just not working, So I'm gonna use a wash now. I have used water colors along with alcohol inks before, and it actually works very well. And the watercolor works really well over on top of the alcohol inks. So this is whitewash. This is more opaque and it does reactivate with water. But because sharpies are alcohol based, it does not react with Sharpies whatsoever. So it's basically waterproof, so we can use this wash right on top. Now watch how white and bright this is now and we can pop a sailboat in their very easy using the whitewash. So I had a thought. As I'm doing this little sailboat, I'm gonna soften some of these waves in here. Those sharp lines of blue that we have in the water and a couple little areas there where I just didn't quite blend enough when I brought that initial line in with a wave. So we're gonna a little highlight here on top of the rock. So it looks like it's shining with the sun shining on and giving a little glare where the rocks could be wet. And I'm just gonna put a little bit of that whitewash in here. A little shadow, the sailboat. A reflection, I should say, Not a shadow. And let's see if we can cover up some of these little areas here and make it look like waves again. Just a little bit of that gua shovel. Small brush almost using a dry brush technique with this could. You don't wanna slap on a big lump of what it looks like toothpaste. You get too much on there and you can always blend it, though, if you dio just put a little bit on there and just use that scraping motion back and forth just to glide that over the surface of your paper a little bit. And then we could put a little cloud up in here to hide this little spot. So what I'm saying you can only change your paintings. So even though when you first start out, you know you don't think it's gonna go your way. And I did this that last week, the week before with the fish. I want to show you guys my process on that. You know, some paintings work really well, and they flow very nicely, and others you might have to struggle a little bit to get the final outcome. You go through that process of love, It hate it again that I'm liking that I think that's gonna It's gonna work very well. So we'll soften up some of these lines here and cover that up. So you don't just about the about working through it and seeing, you know, what can you do to change it? What can you do to make it better if you're not happy with something? So I hope you guys enjoyed this and I would love to see your projects If you post him down below. I would like toa have a bunch of you guys, post him and actually do a YouTube video of all of your finished pieces. So make sure to post that down below. And if you liked it, feel free to share the link with some of your crafty friends. And don't forget to click out blue follow button, and you will be notified when the next course goes. Life thanks symbols to you guys real soon.