About Alexandra Heep

About Alexandra Heep: The internet has allowed allowed Alexandra to maintain a semblance of life when encountering an unexpected, lingering health crisis. The Internet is a lifeline which not only allows her to remain connected to friends, but also survive, via writing.While Alexandra Heep is her pen name, she does not hide behind it. Instead, she used it to brand herself on the Internet and to create opportunities.

Alexandra published her first book, a collection of her best poems, on July 11, 2012. You can buy it at Lulu.com

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

A to Z Challenge: M is for Markers

When people think of adult coloring, I'm pretty sure that the number 1 thing that comes to mind in regards to media is coloring pencils. However, markers make a pretty good option for those who have health problems and get assorted pains when holding coloring pencils or for those who simply don't want to bother with a lot of technique. Of course you can get some pretty neat effect with markers too, depending on the kind you use.

Essentially, markers come in 2 categories: water-based and alcohol-based. The former are your everyday-markers that you can pick up in just about any store now such as Crayola and the like. You can also get these as brush markers (it means that the tip is flexible like a paint brush). Tombow and Uchida Le Plume are some examples.

Water-based markers won't bleed through good quality paper, but can leave streaks behind. For better results, artists recommend putting down a layer of colored pencil first, or going over the marker with colored pencils (note: don't use oil-based pencils for this purpose).

Alcohol-based markers bleed through any kind of paper, even some cardstock, but blend well with other colors and don't leave streaks. Spectrum Noir and Copics are some popular brands. They can bleed over outlines though as they soak all the layers of the paper.

Spectrum Noir markers aren't cheap and Copics are downright expensive. Actually, the latter were made for professional artists and in my opinion are not necessary at all if you're just coloring in books. Of course some people put out amazing results when coloring pages by using more expensive tools, but I wonder why not create your own stuff then?Alas, to each their own.

2 comments:

Eva A. said...

And, are there people who use watercolours?

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O is for Obverse.

Alexandra Heep said...

Not generally in books because the paper is not made for it. Some people copy pages out of books and then use watercolors.