How to Use Alcohol Markers: A Free Video Course by Thaneeya McArdle

Free Alcohol Markers Course

Learn how to use alcohol markers in these free, easy-to-follow video tutorials!

Learn how to use alcohol markers in this free video tutorial by Thaneeya McArdle

In this FREE video course, you’ll learn step-by-step how to color in this luminescent butterfly using alcohol markers!

With over 90 minutes of narrated video, you'll get an up-close look at alcohol marker blending techniques from various angles.

Free printable butterfly line art is included, along with a detailed Coloring Supplies list, so you can follow along at home!

In this fun, free alcohol marker tutorial, professional artist Thaneeya McArdle walks you through the steps of creating vibrant alcohol marker art!

What's included

  • 1 hour 40 minutes of instructional video with detailed voiceover
  • 4 versions of the butterfly outline for you to download, print and color
  • Coloring Supplies List
  • List of color names and swatches for each section of the butterfly
  • Online, self-paced course that you can watch at any time, on any device
  • FREE lifetime access to this course
  • English captions


  • BONUS lesson demonstrating an alternative blending technique
  • BONUS lesson about alcohol marker brands
  • BONUS lesson about alcohol marker paper
  • BONUS lesson about combining alcohol markers with other media

Watch the introduction below:

In this brief video, you'll get an overview of what I'll be covering in this free alcohol markers course!

Sign up to watch this course for free!

Learn how to blend alcohol markers in this free tutorial by Thaneeya McArdle
Free alcohol marker tutorial by Thaneeya McArdle
Professional-Quality Video

Filmed from multiple angles so you always get the best view! You'll get see details up close, as well as side views that show you my techniques as I color in this butterfly.

How to use Copic Markers - A free tutorial by Thaneeya McArdle
Color Swatches

You can use any brand of alcohol markers - Copics aren't necessary! Color swatches will pop up on the screen, so you can match it to whatever markers you have on hand.

Free Alcohol Marker Blending Tutorial by Thaneeya McArdle
Vibrant Blends

Learn to create vibrant, multi-color blends! I'll also show you how to use colored pencils and paint pens to add extra details on top of your alcohol marker art.

Who is this course for?

This free alcohol marker course is for anyone who wants to make their alcohol marker art look vibrant and appealing, while also learning how to add embellishments with other media.

If you're curious to see how a professional art does it, then sign up and follow along!

Printable line art will be provided, so no drawing skills are needed!

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If you don't have alcohol markers, but you're curious about them, then this free course is a perfect way to get an inside look at how alcohol markers can be used to create eye-catching artwork. If you like what you see, you might be inspired to buy yourself a set of alcohol markers and give it a go yourself!

Materials & Requirements

  • Alcohol markers
  • A complete color list PDF is included in the course
  • Copic Sketch Markers will be used for the demonstration, but you can use any brand of alcohol markers. Color swatches are provided for every color that is used in the course, so you can easily match the colors to whatever you have on hand.
  • Paper
  • Recommended: Alcohol marker paper or card stock
  • Printer
  • To follow along at home, you'll need to print out the provided line art. All printable downloads are offered in PDF format for easy printing.

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NOTE: This course requires you to understand how to download a PDF onto your computer, tablet or device, and then print it out. Tech support will not be provided for downloading or printing course materials, as these are basic procedures that are specific to your home set-up. Thank you for your understanding!

Thaneeya McArdle

Your instructor

Hi! My name is Thaneeya McArdle and I'm thrilled to teach you everything I know about using alcohol markers! 💖

I've been using alcohol markers for over 10 years, during which time, my coloring books have sold over 3.9 million copies!

Publishing over 30 coloring books has given me ample opportunity to hone my coloring techniques, especially the use of alcohol markers. Along the way, I've picked up a ton of invaluable tips, tricks and techniques that really helped me refine my process. I'm so excited to share these techniques with you!

Since 2009, my art education website,, has helped over 30 million people on their artistic journey. With my new series of video courses, I'm super-excited to share my art knowledge in a whole new way, by providing dynamic content in a fun-to-follow format!

If you'd like to learn more about me and my art, check out my longer bio on my website!
Copic Sketch Markers

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need Copic Markers to do this course?

Nope, Copics aren't necessary! You can use any marker brand you want. Every time I use a color, the color swatch will pop up on the screen, so you can match it to whatever colors you have on hand.

  • I'm a complete beginner. Will I be able to understand the material?

Definitely give it a try! While having a very basic knowledge of how to blend with alcohol markers can certainly help you grasp the process more quickly, if you watch my techniques and then practice on your own, you'll soon get the hang of it!

  • Can you help me download and print the PDFs?

Sorry, I can't provide that kind of tech support, given the wide variety of devices and printers out there.

  • Is the line art available in any other format, like JPG?

At this time, the line art is available in PDF format only.

  • Is this course available with captions?

Yes! There are English captions available. You can turn them on via the video player.