Are you struggling with your ProMarker colouring?
One of the most important and often overlooked tips for using ProMarkers is be prepared! By following these 4 simple tips and taking a little time to prepare before you start colouring, you’ll be one step closer to perfect results every time.
1. Choose the Right Art Surface
Used on low grade paper ProMarkers may give poor results and can also bleed through several sheets underneath your page. Another downside of using poor quality paper is that after you’ve laid down the colour the ProMarker ink can ‘creep’ across the page and over the lines of your image.
To prevent these issues, use a good quality bleed proof marker pad. Letraset Bleedproof marker pads have been specially coated on one side, meaning it will not bleed through to the sheets below or allow ink to creep and will give optimum colour results.
Kirsty recently made a comparison between standard cartridge paper and bleedproof paper and the results speak for themselves.
2. Plan your colours
Carefully choose the colours you are going to use. For example, if you’re colouring a persons face you may want to consider different skin tone combinations, depending on what you want to achieve.
ProMarkers may give slightly different results depending on the type of paper or art surface that you are using. For this reason, it’s a good idea to lay down each colour that you will be using on a scrap piece of your chosen art surface. This way you can make sure you are happy with the colour and you also have a mini colour chart to use for reference.
3. Make a copy of your linework
It can be difficult to make corrections with markers, so it’s always best to work from a copy. The ink from most inkjet printers will not bleed with ProMarkers, so you can print a scan or photocopy your linework onto Letraset Bleed Proof Paper.
At 70gsm Letraset Bleed Proof Paper is also thin enough to allow you to trace inked linework.
4. Using ProMarker with other Inks
Make sure to use water based inks in conjunction with ProMarkers as solvent based ink will bleed and merge with the ProMarker colours.
Letraset Fineliners are available in a selection of widths, contain water-based ink and are perfect for sketching and linework. You can then colour your image with ProMarkers without fear of the two inks reacting with each other.
If you are planning to colour in a rubber stamped image using ProMarkers, then make sure to used a water based ink pad to prevent bleeding. Ideally you’ll want to use a water based dye ink pad, since dye is faster drying than pigment and there are several of these on the market.
So there you have it! Follow these simple tips before you start colouring and you’ll be producing professional results in no time at all.
Do you have any tips that you think we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments and we might add your tip to the list (with full credit, of course!).