Markers: A guide for beginners

Why do we use markers? Because they're convenient, affordable and we can easily handle them, without making a mess! Handy alternatives to paints and pencils, especially designed for artists passionate about drawing, coloring, illustrating, hand lettering, bullet journal, calligraphy and many other forms of artistic expression, our markers promise to successfully suite your needs and to provide you endless possibilities to create.

Here are the most important things to consider when choosing the right markers for yourself (so they will best suit your artistic needs):

Ink type

  • Water-based markers - are amazingly versatile and they won’t bleed through the paper, but they can damage it when you lay down too much color in one area. Their ink is odorless and washable, so you can easily clean it off unwanted surfaces.
  • Alcohol-based markers - are fun and easy to use. One of their biggest advantages is their fast drying time. Illustrators have been using such markers for years to create cartoons, fashion designs, architectural renderings, graphic novels and more. Because they do tend to bleed through the paper, it's recommended to always choose a thick one, weighting above 90lb (243 gsm). They can sometimes have a mild odor.

 

Nib shape

  • Brush Tip - a super versatile type of markers to work with. You can use the point tip of the brush in order to complete the fine details in your works, while flattening the brush will help you fill in large areas.
  • Chisel Tip - it gives you extra flexibility, since its edges can serve for many different purposes. While the pointy side of the nib comes in handy when creating thin strokes, its flat side is really useful for layering down the colors.
  • Fine Tip - it is exactly what an architect would use in designing his works. This nib type is great for patterning and really small, fine details, but at the same time it's impractical when in need of filling in large areas of color.
  • Bullet Tip - also one of the most common tip shapes that you will ever find, a really generalist and not so versatile one. This type of nib can be often tricky when designing fine details and it can slow you down when in need of filling in large areas of color.

 

Blending

Both alcohol-based markers and water-based markers can be easily blended. Just note that the blending quality and performance are straight dependent on the type of paper you’re choosing to work with.

  • Blending water-based markers

When deciding to blend water-based markers it is of great importance to choose the right type of paper (watercolor paper, marker paper), in order to avoid damaging or warping it. The right type of paper will also provide you more time to blend the colors (which can easily be reactivated with water even after drying, in order to create subtle washes).
  • Blending alcohol-based markers

This is a really smooth process, but you'll always have to be quick, because of their fast drying time (once the color dried it becomes impossible to remove, while adding more color on top of it will usually just darken the existing one). Because of their partial transparency, it's really easy to just layer colors on top of each other in order to create new tints or shades. Again, you’ll have to pay attention when choosing the right paper to work with (thicker paper, in order to avoid bleeding).

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