Saturday, March 24, 2012

Coloring tips - Pro/Flexmarkers...

Hi everyone! Hope you´re having a wonderful wekeend!
Today Im going to tell you a little about Pro/Flexmarkers and give some small coloring tips.

Letraset comes with four different markers; Triamarker, Flexmarker, Promarker and Aquamarker.
The first three all have alcohol based quality ink who stays wetter for longer offering the best blending performance. If you are thinking of trying out Markers for the first time you have to think about what feels right for you.

Triamarker is a very advanced marker, with three various nibs, Broad, Brush and Ultra-Fine
, and most important they are refillable. Tria comes in 300 different colors.

Promarkers are a little simpler with two nibs, Bullet and Chisel, but there is also one additional ultra-fine nib available seperately. Pro comes in 148 colors.

Flexmarkers are the newest marker in the Letraset family and like Promarker it has two nibs. But in addition to the Bullet nib it has a Flexible Brush. Flex comes in 72 colors.

Aqua Markers use water based pigmented inks and come with two nibs,Bullet and Large Bullet. Aqua comes in 42 colors.
Im going to focus on Pro- and Flexmarkers today who is two of my big favourites.

When you are going to try out Markers, regardless of the brand, always try out different papers to color on. We all have our different choices or favourites, but my Tips is that you atleast try out the Marker companies own Paper Pads. They are all made to work perfectly together with the Markers.

I allways use Letrasets own Cartridge Paper. My favourite is their thick, 270 gr.

Because the Markers are alcohol based you should always use a waterbased inkpad.
I often use Memento.

Here come some examples on how to color with Markers:

 I start with the lightest color, Glacier Blue.
I think this is the easiest way, in this way I know in wich area I should be.

Then I use the darkest color, Celestial Blue, and just color in the top.

 Then I take my 'middle-color', Cloud Blue, and draw a little bit further down.

And finally I use the lightest color again and blend them all together.

Then I continue to color the rest of the dress in the same way.

I usually go over the same spot two to three times with all the colors before Im satisfied with the result.
And in this case Im using the lightest color as a Blender.

And here are the final result!

Here comes some video examples on coloring Skin and Jeans:

And finally, here´s one on coloring hair:

Click HERE to see the tutorial on Hair.

I hope my examples have given you some useful tips and most important of all - don´t forget to have FUN!!

Hugs, Åsa


Montse said...

Thanks for explain us your work!

Christine L said...

Brilliant tutorials! Thanks for sharing them..

Christine x

Artes de Nágela said...

Nice work.
Thanks for the tips!
Have a great weekend!

Shazza said...

fab tutorial x

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