Art Supply Review: Winsor and Newton Watercolor Marker
I'm not really sure what I was expecting when I bought this!
Something between a watercolor marker and a Copic marker? An alternative to the Tombow dual brush? Something to allow me to do watercolor lettering without lugging around paints and water?
Well, this pen is none of those. And that's not necessarily a bad thing!
|Quality||Where Does it Stand?|
|Ergonomics/Feel||It’s a bit thicker than normal pens, so that can be a bit uncomfortable.|
|Ability to Flex||Medium|
|Watersolubility||Watersoluable / Not Waterproof|
|Copic/Alcohol Marker Proof||Yes|
|Color Availability||36 colors|
Holy cow! This thing is pigmented. Just like the Faber Castell Pitt pens, these watercolor markers are actually formulated with pigments. However, instead of Indian ink, these markers use the same pigments that are used in watercolor paints. I really didn't expect the color to be so intensely pigmented, but they are wonderfully deep and rich. It is a very very wet pen.
In terms of handling, I would say that this is somewhat like the Tombow dual brush pen but a bit stiffer. It gives wonderfully thick downstrokes.
This is actually meant to be a watercolor marker, and the intense pigments definitely would result in beautiful hues for painting or sketching as well as calligraphy or hand lettering.
The colors blend out very easily with a bit of water.
You might not care about this if you're not into watercolors, but the fact that each brush is labeled just like a tube of water color would be makes it really easy for me to understand what is going on inside of the brush.
The color label is very accurate, so you don't have to second-guess what color will be coming out on the paper.
The nib is nice and flexible, but only to a certain point. It seems to stop somewhere halfway up the brush, which is kind of weird.
The tip of the brush is not very sharp, so upstrokes are not as thin as I would like.
Something about the brush seems a little squishy or unstable, so it's a bit harder to control than the Tombow dual brush pen.
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Actually, this was very close to having five stars. I mean, high lightfastness, non-toxic, no odor, what’s there not to like?
However, I have a bit of difficulty managing this pen in comparison to the Tombow dual brush pen, so it gets knocked down one star.
Still, I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a highly pigmented, lightfast brush pen.
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Where to Get It
$3.70 per pen at Dick Blick : Winsor & Newton Watercolor Markers - BLICK art materials
$19.95 for a set of six on Amazon: Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers Set
£3.40 per pen at Jackson's Art : W&N : Watercolour Markers - Winsor & Newton
€18.65 for a set of six at Gerstaecker : WINSOR & NEWTON™ Professional WATER COLOUR™ Marker-Sets