Winsor & Newton BrushMarker & ProMarker FAQs
How can I use the Blender?
The artwork surface used can make a difference to your results, therefore we recommend you use a bleedproof paper to achieve optimum results. This paper is specially coated to lift the ink away from the paper to keep inks wetter for longer and prevent ink form bleeding through multiple sheets. Using the blender takes practice and is a definite skill, unlike using water paints to blend.
To successfully achieve a blend you can lay down some blender ink before working on the area, but this is down to individual preference. To blend two colors you need to work quickly, keeping the ink wet and continue to work the area. The ink will appear more evenly blended when dry as the alcohol evaporates. This technique takes practice; try on scraps of discarded paper before going to your finished design.
What is the difference between water-based and alcohol-based markers?
Water-based ink is lightfast and acid-free which is perfect for archival projects such as scrapbooking. They are also easily manipulated with water. You can use a water-filled brush pen to blend and add washes to your artwork. Alcohol-based inks provide a vibrant, streak-free flat finish and can be applied to a diverse range of materials.
What do I do if I left the cap off my marker?
If you have only left the cap off the marker for a couple of hours you should be able to replace the cap and leave to rest for a few hours to allow the ink to recharge the dry nib. If the marker has been left for longer you may need to purchase a new marker.
How do I stop my inked lines bleeding into my colored work?
If you're using alcohol markers you need to make sure you are using a water-based fine liner. Ensure your line work is completely dry before adding color. For best results, try heat setting your line work before coloring.
My markers keep bleeding through my paper, what can I do?
We recommend you use a specially coated paper such as the Winsor & Newton Bleedproof Marker Paper. Bleedproof paper is specially coated to lift ink away from the page, making it easier to work with inks and preventing the ink from bleeding through the pages. If you need to work on softer papers for sketches, etc., try placing a sheet of greaseproof paper behind the sheet you're working on. If you prefer a more heavy weight paper, Bristol Board also works very well with ProMarkers and BrushMarkers.
What is the difference between ProMarker and BrushMarker?
The ProMarker features a fine nib and a chisel nib and the BrushMarker features a brush nib and a chisel nib. One can achieve very different effects with the fine nib (great for very fine details) and the brush nib (very fluid flexible lines of different width). ProMarker comes in 148 colors whilst BrushMarker is available in 72 colors. There are 11 colors in the BrushMarker range that are not available in the ProMarker range. ProMarker and BrushMarker have the same ink formulation, and therefore they are very easy to use in conjunction with one another.
Can I use ProMarkers or BrushMarkers on surfaces other than paper?
The alcohol-based ink is permanent and extremely quick drying. This means ProMarker & BrushMarker color can be applied to a range of surfaces including card, glass, wood, plastic, etc. When applying ProMarker or BrushMarker to a textured or porous surface like bare wood or textile, the ink will bleed outwards slightly, so make allowance for this when working close to the edges.
How do I need to store my ProMarkers or BrushMarkers?
Alcohol-based markers such as ProMarkers can be stored either horizontally or vertically.