Hi friends! Today we are going to take an in-depth look at water based markers. You probably have some in your stash already. Some common brands are Tombow, Momento, Marvy LePlume, Spectrum Aqua, and even Crayola! There are more brands coming out every day like these inexpensive ones I am using today and there honestly is not a lot of difference between them but depending on what you want to do with them you might want to take a look at the tips. Most dual tip pens have a felt brush tip on one end and finer tip on the other end. Some markers have a hard plastic fine tip,some have a fineliner felt tip and others have a bigger bullet tip. How you like to use them will determine the right style for you. If you rely on your pens for writing letters, scrapbooking or art journaling you would want one of the pens with the finer tips. If you are mainly stamping and coloring you might prefer ones with the bullet tip. It is totally up to you and your preference.
If you are trying to determine whether or not your pens are water based you can smell them, water based markers will have no odor unless they are a Mr. Sketch marker and those will also work well for today’s techniques! Man, I used to love those markers when I was a kid! You can do the projects in today’s video with any water based markers. I am not talking about real brush markers today but you can use those too, the only thing the real brush pens are not great for is directly coloring on rubber but they will be fine for all of the other techniques. I hope you give these techniques a try!
The markers I am using are the 60 dual tip watercolor marker set from Ohuhu. I wanted to review these because they are very inexpensive (60 Ohuhu pens for $22 vs 10 pens for $20 for Tombow) I didn’t want to spend the entire video reviewing these pens so I decided to focus on techniques instead. Honestly these are comparable with the other dual tip markers I have used. They are a bit shorter than Tombow and the caps are a bit harder to remove. I made a swatch of the colors in the set and several of the colors are quite similar but that doesn’t bother me as you will eventually use those colors up so you have spares. I swatched all the colors out, waited 15 minutes and then tried to move the colors with water. I swatched in my Canson XL mixed media journal.
- Price: $22 for 60 pens
- High quality nibs: Felt brush on one end and felt fineliner on the other
- Blends well on watercolor paper using a waterbrush or clear blending marker
- Compact and comes in its own storage canister. *I recommend laying it on its side for long-term storage.
- Markers do not have color names or numbers. The caps are the only thing that indicates color.
- Caps can be hard to remove
- Some colors are so similar they almost seem like duplicates
1. Coloring directly with the markers and blending dark to light
2. Using a tile as a palette by scribbling swatches of marker then applying with a water brush or water based blending marker.
3. Coloring directly with the markers and then blending with the water brush or blending pen.
4. Use it like an inkpad: Coloring with markers directly on a rubber stamp, breathing on the stamp and stamping.
5. Dragging color with a wet brush (from step 4) and filling in the design for a painterly look.
*Use the fine tip end to add detail over colored image (after the image is dry)
* Scribble the marker on a tile and pick up the ink with a sopping wet brush and spatter on color
These techniques work best on watercolor paper or bristol but as always you can try with whatever you have. I used the smooth side of this watercolor paper by Arteza for today’s projects.
I have also had good luck with the following papers:
- Canson XL watercolor paper, it’s cold press but smooth enough for stamping!
- Strathmore XL Bristol
- Strathmore Bristol
- Fabriano Studio hot press, this is my favorite paper for stamping and watercoloring!
I use the above papers for watercolor stamping projects because they are inexpensive yet are high enough quality to give beautiful results. Those papers are not what I would use for paintings which require lifting and scrubbing or many layers by they are ideal for the techniques I showed in the video.
Here are the stamps and other supplies I used!
- Pretty poppies Stamps (Stampendous) Dies available!
- Stampendous feather stamps
- Blender pen (make sure to get a water based one)
- Ohuhu Set of 60 Watercolor Markers for $22
- Archival ink pad and reinker
- *If you need glycerin to revive your clear blending pen you can get it here or at a health food store or pharmacy
I had a couple of people tell me after I posted this tutorial on YouTube last night that they tried out these techniques immediately! Yay! That makes me so happy to hear. I think sometimes we make creating “a big production” but all you need is a piece of paper, a stamp and a few markers to try out these tips and have a good time. So, what are you waiting for? Happy crafting!