Finding the Best Alcohol Markers: Tips & Advice

Alcohol markers are great for art projects since they are quick drying—that means less of a chance of smudging.

Excellent for scrapbooking, alcohol markers are acid free and resist fading. Also nice: alcohol markers have slightly opaque ink, so you can layer them or create color overlays . . . that helps create blends or highlights.

We asked our crafty readers for their tips on buying alcohol markers. And then we tried out several brands to find recommendations for this article. Here are some buying tips:

• Many markers tend to bleed. So it’s best to put a piece of card stock or thick paper behind what you are coloring.

• Store alcohol markers on their side so the ink stays evenly distributed in the pen.

• Use a feather light touch on the paper to get the best results.

• Colorless pens (included in many sets we researched) are great for blending.

Here are our favorite alcohol markers:

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by | Mar 16, 2021 | Crafting, Z

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2021 @ 11:25 am.

What are the best alcohol makers? To find out, we asked the drawing enthusiasts among our parent readers for their favorites. Then we tried several brands for ourselves. Which were best for beginners? Best variety of colors? Here are the ones we'd recommend.

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Here at the home office, we take our popcorn seriously.

We’ve tried all the standard ways of making popcorn—stovetop, air-popped, microwave and more. 

Along the way, we’ve learned these key secrets to amazing popcorn:

• Toppings are essential. The butter toppings reviewed below are essential for great air-popcorn . . . that’s because salt won’t stick as well.

• Not any salt will do. The best popcorn salt is FINELY ground. Forget Kosher salt or other coarsely ground salt—it won’t stick. Later in this article, we’ll recommend a salt plus topping combo that is a fave.

• Topping or popping? All the top popcorn butters in this article can either be used topping or popping—that is, oil to pop kernels!

Here are our top popcorn butter options:

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Best for Beginners

Great for coloring books
Loved the vibrant colors of this set of markers. Also nice: blending pen and color-coded caps, plus zippered carry case. Caveat: shape is bit hard to hold.
$39.99 ($0.83 / Count)

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Best Variety of Colors

Excellent for scrapbooking
Impressive bang for the buck here—99 colors plus a blending pen. We found these markers easy to blend . . . the ink is both smudge-proof and waterproof. Caveat: tips are on the hard side.
$39.99 ($0.40 / Count)

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Best Budget-Friendly

Work well on coloring books
We liked the reversible brush tips on this set of 48 colors (and 2 blending pens) that is easy on the wallet. Nice blending. Consistent and vibrant colors.
$21.97

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Best for Kids

Comes with zippered case with tray
Loved this set for those kid craft project where you need a wide variety of vibrant colors. Also great: chisel and fine points. Caveat: don't blend as well as more pricey brands.

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