When I walk into an art supply store I always notice these big stands of markers. Personally, I’ve never worked with markers, until this summer when I went to an Art supply store in Newcastle where they had even more marker options.
The two where I was most interested in were Tombow and Copic markers. Everyone has heard of the Copic marker, of course. But the Tombow are also very interesting to me. I bought a few colours of both and have tested them out.
I bought a few colours of both and have tested them out.
On the Pictures, you can see the Copic marker Ciao which is one of four versions of the Copic marker. The ciao series contains the same ink (alcohol based) as the Sketch but is available in fewer colours and contains less ink.
However, the round shape instead of the oval shape of the sketch makes is easier for a beginner (like me) to use. For a more detailed explanation about the different lines of markers; Copic markers
All Copics are refillable! So while they are expensive you do get to use one pen more times!
The black markers are the Tombows which are water based. These colours are just as vibrant as the Copic. You can mix them and use the ink to make watercolour paintings. More detailed info; Tombow
Overall the Tombow markers do claim to be mixable but this is quite hard. The tips, however, do not get dirty from going over other colours. Creating details is also a lot easier because of the fine tips.
When used as watercolours the Tombow colours are very rich.
These would be great for scrapbooking, writing making, small doodles etc.
If you want to colour even areas without stripes the Copic markers are much easier. Since these are alcohol based the colour evens out when it dries. This does mean that you need some thicker paper or bleed proof paper so that the colours doesn’t move.
Thicker paper is for better for both water and alcohol based markers. It simply allows for more ink on te paper. Unfortunately, you can’t layer a lot with waterbased markers because it destroys the paper. That is also why it is so hard to mix them.
Personally, I’m very looking forward to buying more of these of both kinds. I really like them and I think it gives a whole new array of options for my work!
Let me know if you have any favourite marker kinds! Or if there are any other kinds of markers you want to be reviewed or compared.