Promarker Watercolour: Your questions answered

Promarker Watercolour are precise, highly pigmented, and seamlessly mixable with traditional watercolour.

The precision of the marker nibs is ideal for adding the finest of details and the flexible brush tip perfect for soft washes, allowing you to experiment with various textures and effects.

Thinking about incorporating this new form of watercolour into your practice? Read on for answers to some of the most common questions about Promarker Watercolour and learn how to get the most out of this contemporary twist on a classic medium.

How do Promarker Watercolours work?

The Promarker Watercolour range is versatile in that you can use the markers for drawing and sketching, just as you would with regular Promarkers. The real transformation occurs when you apply water to what has been drawn, turning it into a watercolour painting. The sooner water is applied, the better the resulting washes. You can then blend the colours just as you would traditional forms of watercolour.

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Winsor & Newton Watercolour Promarkers


Can I use Promarker Watercolour with other traditional Winsor & Newton watercolour paint (tubes and/or pans)?

Yes! Feel free to blend as you please with paint from tubes or pans to create a variety of washes and effects.

What surfaces can Promarker Watercolour be used on?

The best paper to use for Promarker Watercolour is watercolour paper, as their blending ability will vary according to the specification of the paper used. Different watercolour papers will lead to different effects and levels of blending. It can also be used on Marker Paper.

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

The Watercolour Marker nibs are very easy to clean: simply draw onto a piece of paper to remove any dirt. If you get watercolour 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.

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The Watercolour Markers can be used in conjunction with traditional forms of watercolour.


What about colour mixing? How do I go about creating mixes using the markers together, or with traditional watercolour?

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

Check out out Masterclasses on the basics of Promarker Watercolour and blotting out with Promarker Watercolour.