Magic Markers – Common Types And How To Get The Most Out Of Them


Magic markers can be used for a variety of purposes, not just highlighting book passages or labeling things. If used effectively, they can even create a beautiful form of art. With this in mind, it is no wonder that magic markers are often used by professional illustrators since their bold colors can easily get noticed. If you want to use magic markers to create something beautiful and exciting, here are some things you should know beforehand.

Types of markers

orange flat markerIn general, there are two main types, water-based and alcohol-based ones. In most cases, water-based markers are cheaper. To determine whether a marker is water-based. Try adding a drop of water to a drawn line. If it bleeds color, the marker is water-based, alcohol markers are of higher quality, more expensive, and mainly used by professional artists. To dilute them, you will have to use rubbing alcohol. When doing something with your marker, keep in mind its type, so as to know how to remove any stray marks. Therefore, if you need professional quality for your project, look for a good alcohol-based marker. On the other hand, if you need something for casual, everyday use, go with a cheaper water-based one.

Using the correct type of paper

If you use paper that is too soft, keep in mind that it will quickly weaken when it becomes wet. When a piece of paper becomes wet, it will start to erode and affect the quality of your work. For that matter, try looking for the types of paper that are more tolerant to markers than others. Some of the best types include illustration board papers and watercooler papers. If you need enhanced control of the marker ink, make sure to use a type of paper that can hold it without bleeding it.

The level of colorfastness

Cheaper, water-based markers are mostly good for creating certain accents. However, they are not quite colorfast, which means they can bleach out over time. Keep in mind that basically, all marker types may bleach if exposed to strong sunlight for prolonged periods of time. When making your drawings, try keeping the original in the dark place, and make sure to create colorfast copies. If you or your potential customers need the original artwork, have it framed with quality light protecting glass, to block the UV rays.

To find a marker that can hold color for the longest period, experiment with a number of them by making marks, labeling them, and leaving them outside for a few weeks. Once this period has passed, check the marks and see which ones have faded, and to what degree.

Experiment with techniques

white flat markerTry coloring an area with one marker, then cover it with a different color. For example, take a medium hue yellow and a medium hue blue. With this combination, the area will become green. However, the shade of green will depend on the types of colors. If one of the colors is much darker than the other, it will be dominant. However, the majority of markers are translucent, which is very useful for layering colors to create brand new ones. To experiment a bit, layer some colors by putting some textures on paper, and check the results.

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