Plaid isn't a hard pattern to replicate, it just takes a little patience and maybe a little reference. There's a variety of ways you can go about doing it- marker on marker, paint on marker, gouache on marker, color pencil on marker, watercolor on watercolor, gouache on watercolor, pencil color on watercolor. For this demo, I'm focusing on marker on marker, watercolor on watercolor, and gouache on watercolor.
|The plaid on ths skirt is an example of pencil color over Copic marker. This technique tends to offer more opaque stripes, particularly if you spray the Copic with matte fixative first, to give the paper some tooth.|
There are some major characteristics that plaids have that you should note when recreating them:
Varied line widths
Opacity and transparency
Copic Version 1When recreating a plaid with Copic markers, I use Copic Wide markers to lay down a color ground first. When creating a plaid, you should consider utilizing the chisel nib end rather than the brush end, so that your lineweight doesn't waver mid line.
Once you have a ground down, it's mostly just a matter of laying down lines. I try to do all of a particular type in a particular color at one time.
Plaids are a repeated pattern, so you want to keep that in mind when you're laying down lines.
Copic Version 2The ground color of a plaid can be multicolored, it doesn't just need to be a single hue. To achieve this, I apply alternating colors using Copic Wide markers.
Very wide stripes can be applied using Copic Wide markers.
Copic Version 3A plaid can even be as simple as a multicolor checkerboard, with wide stripes layered on top of one another, creating an optical 5 hues instead of the three applied.
Watercolor Version 1
When using watercolors to create a plaid, make sure you give each layer enough time to dry before applying subsequent layers.