Guide to Pens and Markers

Pens and markers are an amazing choice for colourists! There are two main types of pens and markers, alcohol based and water based. The two work differently, so let’s have a look at their main characteristics in our guide to pens and markers!

Water based markers

Water based markers have washable ink meaning it’s not lightfast and not meant to last a long time. The ink dries a lot slower than alcohol based markers and they are usually not refillable. They don’t normally have a strong scent and usually they’re used by children and beginner colourists. They can be a very affordable option but this comes with some difficulties. These markers will leave streaks when you colour with them, and blending and layering these markers is very difficult.

Alcohol based markers

Alcohol markers are usually at a higher price point but they’re often the preferred media of professional artists, illustrators and colouring enthusiasts. These pens are highly pigmented which means that they can bleed through certain papers but their inks are much longer lasting or even permanent. The ink from these markers dries quickly and you’re able to blend and layer these markers without any streaking or damage to the paper. Often, these markers are refillable too.

Now you know the basics on pens and markers, it’s time to try out some tips and tricks! Take a look at our guide on how to use pens and markers. Covering water based, alcohol based and blending markers there’s something for everyone. There’s also some handy video tutorials so you can really perfect your colouring!

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