These are the marker supplies I recommend to get the best-looking results for your art.
All you need is:
- one marker set (either the Copics, or Ohuhu, or other brand)
- One white paint pen or gel pen (either the Posca or Sakura)
- Some paper made for markers (any of the paper listed below will work)
Only buy these if your artist is serious about art because these are a serious investment. But there are no better markers in the world. PLUS they are refillable. You can buy refillable cartridges online, and use these markers for years and years. These are the finest quality--the best most vibrant ink that never bleeds, perfect control, excellent brush tips, and by far the best blending. Sometimes you can catch them on sale for an incredible deal. Right now, as of November 10, 2022, they are half off on Amazon.
These are the budget-friendly alternative to the more costly Copic markers. These are still a great option, and your child can make great art with these. They are a world ahead of typical markers like Crayola. They blend well and have a variety of beautiful colors.
The fine point of this acrylic paint marker provides you with the precision you need to make your mark on any surface. The extra-fine point is perfect for tight lines and intricate detailing. This white marker is great for highlights.
Sakura Gelly Roll Gel Pens - Fine Point Ink Pen for Journaling, Art, or Drawing - Classic White Ink - Assorted Point Sizes - 6 Pack
Sakura Gelly Roll Gel Pens are a bright, opaque white ink that flows creamy smooth onto paper. They don't bleed through paper and make a lasting mark. It's another product that's perfect for highlights.
Drawing Paper for Markers
Hands down, this is the best paper for alcohol-markers (either the Copics or the Ohuhus but it's more costly, at almost $1 per piece of paper. The blending just works so well on these, and you can layer as many layers of ink as you want. I use it all the time.
Loose Paper for Alcohol Markers (Awesome Deal!)
500 sheets for less than $15 USD! This is actually nice printing copy paper, but works surprisingly well for alcohol-based markers. It's definitely the most affordable blending paper and definitely works better than a regular sketch pad. You can blend well and it doesn't bleed too badly. If you're child can keep up with loose drawing paper, this is a great option. I use these all the time.
This is my second-favorite paper for alcohol-markers, and it's more affordable than the x-Press IT Blending Card Paper. This Strathmroe paper still works great and blends with alcohol markers beautifully.