I am new to working with alcohol based markers, so I played with them a bit to see how versatile they really are. I found that the ProMarkers are fairly fast drying. This means you do have to prepare your supplies ahead and work quickly to achieve maximum results in using them to color your projects.
The chisel nib also offers some versatility. You can achieve a wider line by holding the marker on its side. The width will vary in accordance with how you hold the pen to the paper. Also the chisel nib is great for color blending and filling in larger areas with color. Then to achieve a thinner line with the chisel tip, you just need to hold it on its tip. I was able to get a few different widths just by adjusting how I held the marker.
Also, when planning your project, you may want to consider using bleed proof paper. Below is an example of how the ink reacts with inexpensive regular printer paper. This is the back of the colored
|Ink Bleeds through Regular Copy Paper|
Personally, I had really good results with the Canson Watercolor 140lb cold press papers and some heavy cardstock (which I bought at a local stamp show). I would recommend pre-testing a small piece of the paper you are planning to use and see how the ink reacts with your own papers. On my second project, I used a black water-based ink pad to stamp a couple of butterfly images onto the heavy cardstock.
I found that if you coat the heavy card stock with the blender medium as a base, it will give you more time to achieve better color blending results. I was trying for a slightly faded denim look at the top of the butterfly. I found by laying the blender medium then the color, it was easier to blend the color and then remove color from some areas of the card. This allowed me to achieve that slightly faded look in specific areas.
Then I used one of the coordinating muted markers to line the outer edge of my page.
I used “Pale Pink” and “Pastel Blue” to outline the cloth flowers with a little touch of color. The mini frame was white, so I used the same two ink colors to make it coordinate with the paper and flowers. After the ink dried, I added some glitter, a charm, and rhinestones to the frame.
On the page below, I used the ProMarker to outline the lace so it would coordinate with the other elements on the page.
Then I used the ProMarkers to outline the vellum envelope and the green corners.
Try shade apply the color onto paper surfaces by layering the color on until you get the desired result.
- The pens are good for multi-surface applications. You can use them on paper, card stock, vellum, acetate, glass, wood, metal and some plastics.
- The pens are very affordable and are available in about 145 different colors to suit a variety of projects.
- The pens are also sold in color coordinated sets which are more cost effective. The sets are well labeled to the type of media or art they are best suited for.
- The dual tips are very versatile and allow for a variety of lines for use for both crafting and manga drawing.
- The blenders are great for using to blend colors, remove color, and for achieving different types of shading techniques (depending on the type of project you are using the ProMarkers for).
- These are alcohol inks so they will bleed through some papers and there is some distortion on the less expensive copy paper.
- The colors are translucent, so they will not show up well on clear plastic or clear glass. Opaque plastic or glass would work better.
- These are alcohol inks and will dry quickly. So you have to work quickly to achieve smooth strokes.
- The markers are not permanent on every single surface. I would test them the intended surface to make sure the ink will be permanent. Different surfaces can have hidden chemicals and/or oils that keep inks from adhering to them.
The great folks over at Letraset are giving one lucky reader a set of markers. To enter this contest, simply answer any of the questions below or on the other Letraset review in the comments section of this article on our website.
Have you tried Letraset Pro Markers yet? What alcohol ink markers do you use? Have you found something fun to do that is outside of the box? Please share!
One entry per person please. Contest will close Monday, May 16th at 6pm CST.
Maria Del Pinto
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