A new invention from Winsor & Newton-
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers are highly pigmented, lightfast, water-based pens. They deliver the performance of Winsor & Newton Watercolour with the added precision of a pen.
These watercolour markers are twin-tipped; they have a flexible brush nib that provides thickness (and a traditional art feel) and a fine nib for extra detail.
The colours of the markers match those of the Winsor & Newton Cotman range. The marker pens are intermixable with all Winsor & Newton Watercolours and Watercolour Mediums. For best results, use with a watercolour paper.
Read this earlier article with illustrator H Locke’s review, where she finds the Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers work very well for her style of work.
Quick Sketch Testing
I had some tomatoes on my table so did some quick sketches of one. Sketch 1 is applied on dry paper and then wetted with a brush afterwards. Then some more marker is applied. Sketch 2 is applied on wet paper and then many layers of marker are added while still damp.
– These markers do not blend overly well with a wet brush if applied to dry paper so are not very useful for washes, for instance – the sky will be full of lines. So might be best used in conjunction with normal wet watercolour used for broad areas.
– Was interesting to use on wet paper but by the time I added 4 or 5 layers to blend the drawing the paper was a bit torn up.
– Colour will not easily lift out.
– Like most watercolours the dry colour is much lighter than the wet colour. You can get a dark colour by glazing many layers over. It is hard to get a light colour in one area, though you can sometimes by washing and washing it.
– The brush end and the fine-point end give you good control.
All-in-all I find that they might be most useful for graphic drawing styles where markers would be used anyway, but are not as useful for a traditional watercolour style of working except perhaps as additions for fine lines or hard edges (if used dry).
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