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HOW DO YOU USE // the Promarker? Basics + tips for Blending | HOW TO USE // the Promarker? Basics + tips for Blending

by Judith Joosten 11 Oct 2019

In this video I tell you how to use the Promarker. Promarkers are alcohol markers. these are not water-based, but alcohol-based. I'll show you how to use them!

With the alcohol markers it is important that you use good paper. This is of course the case with most materials.  Winsor and Newton has developed a special bleed proof paper. If you don't use it, the alcohol markers will quickly push through the paper. That is also something to take into account if, for example, you work in a sketchbook that the alcohol markers simply push through the paper very quickly.

Pro markers
The promarker has two different points. On one side is a narrow bullet tip, by changing the angle of the narrow point you can draw lines in different thicknesses. The other side of the marker has a chisel point. You might not use that first, but it is very useful. By turning the point you can make three thicknesses of lines with this point.

Color areas
You can color beautiful, even surfaces with alcohol markers, but you have to work with them fairly quickly. You color the areas best if you keep moving with the marker.

How do you blend with a Promarker?
The biggest question I had for the alcohol markers was: how can you blend them? With a few tricks you will quickly learn how to blend beautifully. I also immediately say: don't try to blend two completely different colors together. Then you will never get such a nice result.

When blending it is important to work quickly. When the ink is given time to dry, the colors no longer blend as nicely.

  1. When blending, start with the lightest color
  2. Before the layer below has dried, go over it with a slightly darker color.
  3. You then always blend with the lightest color.
  4. Repeat this until you are satisfied with the progress.

How do you use the colorless blender?
With the colorless blender you don't have to try to glue two different colors together. Then the blender bleaches both colors instead of letting them blend into each other. It can blend two similar colors well.

  1. Apply a layer with the blender
  2. Then color with both colors
  3. Then go over it again with the blender.

Don't forget to clean the blender in between uses. You do this by always running the marker over a clean paper.

Add more depth through more layers
You can also apply multiple layers of the same color to get more depth in one layer. With some colors you can also take a gray color and use that. Then you can add another layer of the correct color.

Comparison Promarker with Copic marker
I also received a lot of questions about how the Promarker works in relation to the Copic markers. I haven't worked much with Copic yet, so I can't say much about that. I did watch a lot of tutorials and comparisons. The only disadvantage that the Promarker has is that the points are not replaceable and that you cannot refill the marker. Furthermore, I often see that the ink from the Promarker dries even more evenly and that the quality of the ink and the colors of the Promarker is rated as better.

Do you have any questions? Let them know in the comments!

Love,
Judith

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In this video I will tell you all about the Promarker. Promarkers are alcohol markers. They don't work on water based, but on alcohol based. I'll show you how to use them.

With the alcohol markers it's super important that you use the right paper. That, of course, is the case with the most materials. Winsor & Newton has designed a special Bleed Proof paper. If you don't use marker paper, the markers will bleed through the paper really easily. That's something to keep in mind when you work in a sketchbook. The markers really go through the paper fast.

Pro markers
The Promarker has two different tips. One side has a small bullet tip, by of the angle of the small tip you can draw in various thicknesses. The other side of the marker has a chisel point. You might not use that one right away, but it's super handy. By changing up the angle of this tip you can make 3 line thicknesses.

Coloring smooth surfaces
With alcohol markers it's easy to create smooth surfaces, you have to work relatively fast though. The coloring of the surfaces is the best when you keep moving the maker.

How to blend with a Promarker?
The biggest question I had when it came to alcohol markers was: how can you blend them? With some tricks you know how to blend colors easily. I'll say right away. Don't try to color two totally different colors together. It won't be a really nice result.

With blending it's important to work fast. When the ink gets the time to dry, the colors won't blend together as beautiful.

  1. With blending start with the lightest color.
  2. Before the first layer has dried, go over it with a slightly darker color.
  3. The blending itself you do with the lightest color, go over it again.
  4. Repeat that until you're happy with the colors.

How to use the colorless blender?
With the colorless blender you also don't have to try to 'glue' two colors together. The blender will then bleach them instead of blending them together. It's good in blending two similar colors together.

  1. Draw a layer with the blender.
  2. Color with both colors.
  3. Go over it again with the blender.

Don't forget to clean the blender in between. You can do that by just drawing on top of a clean sheet of paper.

Create more depth by using more layers.
You can create more layers with the same color to create more depth. With some colors you can use a gray color. After that you can add another layer of the right colro.

Comparing Promarker with Copic marker
I get a lot of questions about the Promarker in comparison to the Topic markers. I haven't used Copic a lot, so I can't say a lot about that. I did watch a lot of tutorials and comparisons. The only disadvantage of the Promarker is that the tip isn't replaceable. I also saw often that the ink of the Promarker dries even more evenly and that the quality of the ink is judged better.

Do you still have any questions? Leave them in the comments!

Love,
Judith

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