How to Blend Markers: Perfect Gradient Technique from Artistro

How to Blend Markers: Perfect Gradient Technique from Artistro

We'll teach you how to blend markers to create a gradient step by step, and share some exciting and inspiring ideas.

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A gradient is a smooth transition from one color to another. Combining colors allows you to create a new hue and make a beautiful transition, adding depth to an object or background. This is an ocean of possibilities for creativity!

Experiment with gradation: make separate projects or add a gradient as a background for your main picture.

When you want to start to blend markers, although it looks very simple, it doesn't always work out perfect the first time. Sometimes the result is a rough dividing line, streaks or dust adhesion.

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Here are some rules for blending with markers

  1. mix up to three colors
  2. you need to select close colors, but different shades of markers that blend
  3. use a dry / wet brush as thinner
  4. work quickly, so the ink doesn't dry out
  5. prepare additional tools in advance
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A gradient is a soft transition from one color to another, which can be used on any surface. This is one of the simplest and most beautiful painting techniques. It can be with or without fading elements. The transition can be very soft, or it can be rougher.

Let's take two shades of red and yellow and try to make a slight gradient on the stone.

Let's put the main assistant, a brush,  separately. And just in case, we will prepare additional tools in advance.

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What kind of additional supplies do you need?

  • cotton pad or wipes for wiping the surface
  • rubbing alcohol for cleaning and degreasing the surface
  • paint brushes(if the gradient is multicolor, then you need several brushes)
  • a glass of water (for wetting the brush if necessary)
  • a container with water and soap (for preparing stones, if the project is on stones)
  • We will not use all of these additional tools, but just in case, it is better to prepare them in advance. For example, we will need alcohol and napkins only if it becomes necessary to remove defects in the pattern.

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    The process of blending markers

    Make a preparation layer. It is needed, because the gradient can only be one layer to keep the smooth transition feeling.

  • When the first layer has dried, prepare the rest of the shades, depending on which color the transition will be from.
  • Squeeze out the paint and begin to apply it smoothly. Apply the first color.
  • Without waiting for the previous layer to dry, take another marker and apply a different color.
  • Leave a small unpainted gap between the shades, it is in this gap that the center of the gradient will be.
  • Take a dry brush and make movements up and down, right to left strictly parallel to the surface, so that one color mixes with another at their junction.
  • If the brush gets bogged down when you blend marker, then moisten it with water.
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    Take as a note! Acrylic paints are water based, so using a wet brush or thinning the ink with water will not affect the quality of the paints.

  • Remember, you need a separate brush for each transition of two colors.
  • Take as a note! Since acrylic paint dries quickly, and you can work only with wet paint, this technique requires a certain speed and skills.

  • After finishing the drawing, wait for the paint to dry, and your gradient is ready!
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