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Old 11-10-2018, 01:26 PM   #1
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Can you use regular Stampin Up or Marvy type markers to color? Or do they have to be specific watercolor markers or pencils or paints?
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Old 11-10-2018, 02:07 PM   #2
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Any water soluble markers should be fine for watercoloring on watercolor paper, so the regular SU markers and Marvy markers should work too. I would probably scribble the marker onto an acrylic block and then pick up the color with a watercolor brush to dilute the color a little bit before applying to the paper.
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Anything water-based will work. I've had a wonderful time with my Crayola markers on watercolor paper - cheap, too!
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I will say that Marvy and Tombow are more water soluble than SU markers and more blendable - those are water-based markers, but behave more like ink and aren't as easy to blend on paper. These are extremely reasonable and fun to watercolor with.

I saw them demo'd at the Artisan Expo in September.

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Great video, Lydia. The Pentels that you’re using are the fine tips? From the lines you’re scribbling on the packaging it looks like that’s so, and I found the the link on your blog that I’ll use, but wanted to be sure since they have several different tips in those 12-color sets. And thanks for enabling.

And by the way, this pink-headed warbler is for you. (Neotropical Birds, Cornell University)
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I have very good luck with Marvy markers. I either color directly on to stamp then stamp image and paint with a brush or I sribble on acrylic block and pick up with water brush.

I have used SU markers, they give good results for a very short amount of time. I find they dry out quickly.
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I have both the Tombow markers & Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens (markers?). They both work well for watercolor effects. I generally prefer to use them on Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper, instead of watercolor paper. They just blend much better on the bristol, imo. Just make sure you get smooth bristol, not the vellum finish. It's also available at Hobby Lobby & Michael's (think coupons! ), so it's not hard to find. I have gotten the markers to work on watercolor paper, but the paper (at least what I have) tends to grab the ink more than the bristol, so it's harder to spread the color out completely.
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I find Marvy are best for blending without leaving much of a line. They are the recommended marker for Art Impressions watercolour stamps. (Check out vids on YouTube and you’ll see what I mean) Tombow and Distress leave some lines where you first applied the colour I’ve found. They never completely blend out. I’ve heard (and seen on video) that Zig blend well and I have Arteza which blend nicely but you need to work quickly. I think that’s key for most watercolour markers. Don’t expect them to blend well after they have had time to dry. Any water soluble marker, Distress,SU! etc will work fine if you scribble on an acrylic block first and pick the colour up with your brush. If your markers dried out you might be able to refresh them with Ranger Ink Pad refresher solution or even pick up colour from the tip with a wet brush. Or put them in a cup with a bit of distilled water. What do you have to lose?
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I agree with Sue that Crayola markers work great to watercolor with.
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Great video, Lydia. The Pentels that you’re using are the fine tips? From the lines you’re scribbling on the packaging it looks like that’s so, and I found the the link on your blog that I’ll use, but wanted to be sure since they have several different tips in those 12-color sets. And thanks for enabling.

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OMG that bird is gorgeous!!! I want to see one IRL!

Yes the ones I use are fine tipped. I wasn't aware they had different widths.
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