HEY FRIENDS! Today I have a familiar image with a bit of a twist. As you can see, I have used one of my favorite images from Colorado Craft Company — Anita Jeram’s Bunnies and Robin — but I set aside my trust Copic markers to check out the new kid to the alcohol marker neighborhood — OLO Markers. I’ve held off purchasing other alcohol markers as they came on the marker because I already had a full set of Copics and saw no reason to invest elsewhere. But I was curious about OLO Markers. Then my friend Jill Killeen raved about them and Jennifer Dove started using them at her Boot Camp so I decided to take the plunge and purchase a set directly from OLO.
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So first, let’s talk about these markers. OLO Markers is a system of 128 half markers which you can connect together using an OLO Connector Ring. Each half marker contains 2ml of ink and uses OLO’s patented free-flow ink technology to use over 90% of the ink in the marker. You can custom build your marker so that you can have a different color on each end or the same color on each end with different nibs (brush or chisel). When you need a refill, you simply purchase a new ink cartridge, remove the nib and empty cartridge, insert the new cartridge and get back to coloring. OLO explains this much better than I can so be sure that you check out their website for more information. And take a look at Jill’s blog post where she goes through the pros and cons of the markers.
So I purchased 128 brush markers which I combined using the collector ring to create 64 markers where each end is a different color brush marker. If you’re interested in these markers, you can either buy directly from the company or purchase marker collections from Simon Says Stamp which I have linked below in my supply list.
The price point is more affordable overall than Copic markers. So OLO Markers are a good alternative if you’ve wanted to take the leap to alcohol markers, but have been put off by the price of Copics.
- Anita Jeram Bunnies and Robin by Colorado Craft Company [ SBC | CCC ]
- OLO Markers (see list below)
- Additional supplies listed in the thumbnails below
The first thing I did after receiving my markers was to purchase Sandy Allnock’s OLO Marker Hex Chart. Sandy’s Hex Charts arrange colors in visual order rather than numerical order so you can easily see blending colors. Sandy suggests that you create your selected hue by looking 2-5 spaces away from the initial color to locate a light and dark. For today’s project, I picked some combinations by relying on the OLO Color System and others by using the Hex Chart as Sandy suggested.
I stamped the image on Hammermill cardstock using Hero Arts Intense Black Ink and colored the image using the OLO Markers listed below. I trimmed the image layer using the Stitches of Love die set and then assembled the card as shown.
That’s all for me today!
OLO Markers: CG1, CG3, CG5, RV0.1 (bunnies); WG1, WG3, WG5, OR2.0, OR2.3 (robin); RV0.1, RV0.2, RV0.4 (flowers); YG2.1, YG2.3, YG2.5, YG8.7, V4.3 (leaves, grass); O7.1, RG3, RG5, RG7 (tree)
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