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 How to get the most out of Winsor & Newton Water Color Markers

Precise, highly pigmented and seamless to mix with traditional water color, Winsor & Newton Water Color Markers are ideal for adding the finest of details and soft, transparent washes to any work. Along with their Professional Water Color Sticks, the Markers introduce a fresh edge to the medium, allowing you to experiment with various textures and effects, transport your water color practice with ease, and add water as you please to achieve your desired outcome. 

Thinking about incorporating this contemporary form of water color into your practice? Read on for answers to some of the most common queries about Winsor & Newton’s Water Color Markers, and to learn how to get the most out of one of their newest innovations.

How do the water color markers work?

You can use the Water Color Markers to draw, just as you would with a regular marker pen. The transformation occurs when you apply water to what has been drawn, turning it into a water color painting. The sooner water is applied, the better the resulting washes. You can then blend the colors just as you would with traditional forms of water color.

 
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CAN I USE WINSOR & NEWTON WATER COLOR MARKERS WITH OTHER TRADITIONAL WATER COLOR PAINT (TUBES AND/OR PANS)? WHAT ABOUT WATER COLOR MEDIUMS?

Yes! Winsor & Newton Water Color Markers can be used with water color paint. Feel free to blend as you please with paint from tubes, pans, and/or their Professional Water Color Sticks to create a variety of washes and effects.

As for water color mediums, the same principle applies: you can mix the Water Color Markers with mediums on a palette or on paper.

WHAT SURFACES CAN WINSOR & NEWTON WATER COLOR MARKERS BE USED ON?

Winsor & Newton Water Color Markers should be used on water color paper, as their blending ability will vary according to the specification of the paper used. For optimum results, use with water color paper. Different water color papers will lead to different effects and levels of blending, whereas Winsor & Newton Water Color Marker paper was designed to let the medium perform to its highest potential.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CARE FOR THE MARKER NIBS? WHAT HAPPENS IF THE NIBS GET DIRTY OR DRY OUT?

The Water Color Marker nibs are very easy to clean – simply write on a piece of paper to remove any dirt. If you get water color paint on your nib, just remove it with a damp cloth. The nibs should last as long as the marker color, but to preserve them over time, replace the caps immediately after use. If your nib has dried out, you may re-wet it using a damp cloth.

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WHAT ABOUT COLOR MIXING? HOW CAN I GO ABOUT CREATING MIXES USING THE MARKERS TOGETHER, OR WITH TRADITIONAL WATER COLOR?

You can mix the Water Color Markers together, or with traditional forms of water color, directly on paper on a palette. The paint from the markers does dry quite quickly – in an average of less than a minute – and though the paint can be re-wet, its ability to be re-solubilized will vary slightly based on the color and/or paper used. Don’t shy away from experimenting with different combinations and blending techniques to see what will best work for your practice.