Mirroring Marker Art

Creative Marker Art and Beyond shows you how to transform everyday objects into interesting pieces of art. Follow the steps below to turn a simple mirror into marker art!

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Drawing directly on a mirror using a limited color palette creates a beautiful, eye-catching, and useful piece of art. You’ll need to use permanent paint markers to make marks on a mirror’s smooth, shiny surface. Choose water- and abrasion-resistant paint markers, and your mirror will last the test of time … and the many admiring looks cast its way!

Tools & Materials
– Colored pencils in roughly the same colors as your markers
– Scratch paper
– Paint markers (I used Edding’s Gloss Paint markers)
– Mirror

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Step 1 Use colored pencils to sketch out your design. Do you want to fill the mirror, or would you like to create just a decorative border? Which colors do you plan to use? I chose a limited color palette and decided to add highlights once I finished the main part of my design.

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Step 2 Grab your paint markers and the mirror, and refer to your sketch before adding the flowers’ main elements. Paint markers are great for layering, so there’s no need to add light colors first. Add colors in any order you like.

TIP:  You’ll want to work quickly when drawing with paint markers, as they don’t blend well once dry.  Similarly, make sure the paint is dry before going over it with another color.

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Step 3 Add the stems and then the leaves.

Now take a close look at your composition. Is it different from your original composition? If so, you might want to add some extra flowers or leaves to balance it out.

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Step 4 Once the base layer is completely dry, add a secondary color to the flowers.

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Step 5 Now add details to your drawing to finish it up. Try adding veins to the leaves, petals and stamens on the flowers, and embellishments like stars, dots, and small leaf and petal shapes. Anything goes!

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Creative Marker Art and BeyondWhether you love to draw snoozing cats, inquisitive horses, watchful birds, patterned landscapes, or stunning sunsets, there’s something for everyone in Creative Marker Art and Beyond.

We have ensured that anyone can pick up our innovative and fun lessons. Are you a doodler? Coloring-book graduate? Fine artist? No matter your skill level, you’re sure to love our route through the world of drawing with markers.

This great guide kicks off with basic tools, materials, techniques, and color pointers. From there, you’ll jump into creative prompts, easy exercises, and step-by-step projects. Creative Marker Art and Beyond will have you trying a new medium and drawing with markers in no time.

We also include helpful advice for successfully composing drawings, building and layering colors, shading, and adding pen, not to mention giftable artwork done on a variety of fun, accessible surfaces. Dive into the awesome and dynamic medium that is the marker! Create beautiful nature scenes, patterns, flowers, colorful trees, animals, and more with Creative Marker Art and Beyond.