How To: Get the Most Out of Water Colour Markers

Precise, highly pigmented and seamless to mix with traditional water colour, our Water Colour Markers are ideal for adding the finest of details and soft, transparent washes to any work. Along with our Professional Water Colour Sticks, the Markers introduce a fresh edge to the medium, allowing you to experiment with various textures and effects, transport your water colour practice with ease, and add water as you please to achieve your desired outcome. 
Thinking about incorporating this contemporary form of water colour into your practice? Read on for answers to some of the most common queries about Winsor & Newton’s Water Colour Markers, and to learn how to get the most out of one of our newest innovations.

How do the Water Colour Markers work?

You can use the Water Colour Markers to draw, just as you would with a regular marker pen. The transformation occurs when you apply water to what has been drawn, turning it into a water colour painting. The sooner water is applied, the better the resulting washes. You can then blend the colours just as you would with traditional forms of water colour.

 Winsor & Newton Water Colour Markers

Can I use Winsor & Newton Water Colour Markers with other traditional water colour paint (tubes and/or pans)? What about water colour mediums?

Yes! Winsor & Newton Water Colour Markers can be used with water colour paint. Feel free to blend as you please with paint from tubes, pans, and / or our Professional Water Colour Sticks to create a variety of washes and effects.

As for
water colour mediums, the same principle applies: you can mix the Water Colour Markers with mediums on a palette or on paper.

What surfaces can Winsor & Newton Water Colour Markers be used on?

Winsor & Newton Water Colour Markers should be used on water colour paper, as their blending ability will vary according to the specification of the paper used. For optimum results, use with Winsor & Newton Water Colour Marker paper. Different water colour papers will lead to different effects and levels of blending, whereas the Water Colour Marker paper was designed to let the medium perform to its highest potential.

What is the best way to care for the Marker nibs? What happens if the nibs get dirty or dry out?

The Water Colour Marker nibs are very easy to clean – simply write on a piece of paper to remove any dirt. If you get water colour paint on your nib, just remove it with a damp cloth. The nibs should last as long as the marker colour, but to preserve them over time, replace the caps immediately after use. If your nib has dried out, you may re-wet it using a damp cloth.

The Water Colour Markers can be used in conjunction with traditional forms of water colour, and our Professional Water Colour Sticks.

What about colour mixing? How can I go about creating mixes using the Markers together, or with traditional water colour?

You can mix the Water Colour Markers together, or with traditional forms of water colour, directly on paper on a palette. The paint from the markers does dry quite quickly – in an average of less than a minute – and though the paint can be re-wet, its ability to be re-solubilized will vary slightly based on the colour and / or paper used. Don’t shy away from experimenting with different combinations and blending techniques to see what will best work for your practice.

Looking to try our Professional Water Colour Sticks? Learn more about how to use the Sticks and their impressive colour qualities by reading our helpful Q&A.