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Letraset ProMarkers

Reported by Anam Stubbington

I was delighted when I was asked to review Letraset products, as they are a company who have been in the graphic design world for over 50 years; I used their type rub-ons way back in university as part of my printing apprenticeship.
I was sent the Stamping ProMarker Set 2 to test with the Letraset Cartridge Paper Pad. I’ve used a variety of other markers including the Letraset AquaMarkers over the last few years, so thought I would be able to give a fair review about the Letraset Markers.
From their website, these are the Benefits of the Letraset ProMarkers:

ProMarkers produce vivid, bright colors right through to the subtlest pastel shades – the translucent inks can also be overlaid and blended, even further extending the range of shades and hues on offer. ProMarker’s quality nibs and inks provide flawless color lay down with consistent coverage and no unsightly streaking.

• Alcohol based, non-toxic, permanent ink
• Multi surface application: use on paper, card, vellum, acetate, glass, wood, metal and plastic
• Outstanding tone and vibrancy
• Colours are transparent and can be overlaid to create a variety of tone and shading effects
• Ideal for illustrators, students and hobbyists
• Twin tipped allowing for a variety of strokes within one marker
• 148 colours available

So I set out to see if I could agree with those words. I printed a selection of digital images out on both the Letraset Cartridge paper and some watercolour paper. I also stamped some of my favourite images in both a dye and stazon ink on the same papers.


What I did find is that the markers need the right papers to ensure the best end result. I found that the Cartridge paper worked well with the Letraset ProMarkers, while the watercolor paper worked best with the Letraset AquaMarkers. I found that Stazon ink worked best with all the pens, and I had no issues with any of my inkjet printed images with the pens.



I also colored Clear Sticky Jewels and White Organza Ribbon with the ProMarkers so they match the coloured image perfectly. I found that use so convenient as it stopped me searching for extra items constantly.


I also tested out the ProMarkers on peel-offs. They colored them beautifully making adding detail simple and again easy to coordinate colors.


Personally I loved the vividness of the ProMarker colors on the Cartridge paper and the delicateness of the AquaMarkers on the watercolour paper. I got great use out of the Markers with the blender pens and found myself quite enjoying coloring for once!

Here are the finished cards I made as part of my review.



Pros:

  • More ink in each pen (70% more than their competitors)
  • Cheaper than their competitors. Letraset ProMarkers sell for about $2 each and each pack comes with at least 1 blender pen.
  • Thicker pens are easier to hold for anyone with joint issues
  • The nibs are multifunctional with the round and the wedge and the color range and blending options make it feasible to have all the colors you want..

Cons:

  • No color stickers on the end of the markers which makes finding the right color a pain but as colors can depends on what you are coloring on. so i colored in some Letraset manga paper and stick them on the end as I want to use this storage system although this one also looks good for my studio.
  • Not refillable but the pens are cheaper to buy and contain more ink to start with
  • Current Availability – most fine art shops carry Letraset but Craft & hobby stores are slowing catching up.

Even with those cons, I would recommend them, as I ended up liking the ProMarkers so much that I bought more – specifically their skin tone range and their spring colours.


As you can see, I am now a huge fan of Letraset Products and as Letraset do a huge range of product for the creative world and are adding more each year, I trust their range and future development for products.

Do you use Letraset products? what do you like about Letraset products? What would you like Letraset to bring out next?

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22 Responses to Letraset ProMarkers

  1. Molossus June 17, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    I use the Promarkers for what I call Bleedthrumanade (http://lifeimitatesdoodles.blogspot.com/2011/06/bleedthrumanade-step-by-step.html)and I just love them. They are difficult for me to find though. None of the local art stores (Portland, OR) carry them, and there don’t seem to be many online stores that have a wide selection.

    I’m hoping that changes because I want Promarkers to be a part of my permanent alway-on-hand art supplies.

  2. Paul @ Letraset June 17, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    Thanks for the great review Anam, great example of what ProMarkers can do.

    When rubberstamping, we recommend using a water based ink pad in conjunction with ProMarkers. Other solvent based inks (such as Stazon) can bleed and react with ProMarker ink.

    We’re working hard on improving availability in the states, if you can’t find them in your area then ask your local store to consider stocking them!

  3. jjocarlson June 17, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    I have not use letraset markers! I have been wanting to get some because I had heard they were awesome. Your review will help me to decide if I want to get some!

  4. Renee June 17, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    I have not used these markers; I would sure like to try! Hmmmm- I am not sure of what I would like to see next. I just know I would love to play with these markers so much! Thank you for the chance to win!!

  5. Toucan Scraps June 17, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    I really enjoy my Letraset Tria markers, and now have some promarkers to try out too. The Trias are more expensive but are refillable and have different nibs. I love the professional, even finish they give and theya re so versitile for uses.

    I’ll have to try the aquamarkers one day.

  6. Dori June 17, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    I have tried various markers and really like the Letraset ProMarkers. I have arthritis and it is easier to hold the thicker barrel. I have more control so that my shaking is kept to a minimum. I absolutely love everything about these markers.

  7. Anita June 17, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    Stunning cards! I haven’t used them but always on the look out for new ways to color.

  8. Debbie Harris June 17, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    I LOVE Promarkers and I order them on-line from Joanna Sheen, her service is excellent and they take about 2 weeks to reach me in South Africa.

  9. Kathi June 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Thanks for a fabulous review. Your samples are beautiful!

    I’d love to try both the aquamarkers and Promarkers.

    Oddly enough, I’m most excited to see that they still make and sell Transfer type!

  10. Peggy June 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    I use ProMarkers. I use them for stamping and altering embellishments. I only wish there were more shades.

  11. B'N June 17, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    I am looking forward to trying these markers, especially want to try them on glass.

  12. Karen June 17, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    I love using Pro Markers, a moment ink pad stops any bleeding of the ink when rubber stamping. I’ve just picked up the skin tone range, and can’t wait to get started on some new projects.

  13. Anonymous June 17, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    That is a good point that Debbie Harris made – the Joanna Sheen website in the UK does free shipping worldwide and her prices on Promarkers are excellent. I buy them from her all the time, along with a lot of other bits and bobs that my husband doesn’t need to know about.

  14. Shemaine Smith June 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    I had never heard of these markers so thanks for the review. I’ll look for them now and give them a try!

  15. rilojane June 17, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    I just may have to give these a try. I was a HUGE Tombow fan, until recently pretty much all of them dried up on me. sad. so sad.

  16. Chris Wooten June 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    love it…oh so want these…

    chris
    mcwooten1999@carolina.rr.com

  17. Linda June 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    I haven’t been able to find these in my area but I would love to give them a try. Your projects are really great…thank you for the review!!

  18. BunnyFreak June 19, 2011 at 2:38 am #

    Cool to know that there are other alcohol ink pens.

  19. Mrs Ham June 19, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    I haven’t used the Letraset ProMarkers before. Thanks for the review.

  20. qwiksave June 20, 2011 at 4:46 am #

    I LOVE Promarkers, I particularly love the way they give a printed effect, with no telltale colouring streaks. They blend great too so are perfect for shading. I find using smooth white card and a Memento Ink pad gives me the best results.

    I do love my promarkers but would love to see a range produced with a different tip, either a brush or a bullet point.

    Great review, Anam.

  21. {VICKI} June 20, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    I’ve never even heard of them–thanks for the introduction!

  22. Rachel August 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    How do you like them compared to Copics?