Markers

Create beautiful pictures, typography art, and accentuate your notes with our extensive range of markers from Spotlight. There are so many different types of markers to choose from, and artists of all ages will appreciate this excellent selection. Brush markers are perfect for doing cool lettering whereas, fine liners and coloured pencils are ideal for getting into those intricate details. With markers in just about every colour, gel pens, fine liners and more, at Spotlight's unbelievably low prices, discover our excellent selection online or instore today.

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Learn About The Different Types Of Art Markers

Markers are commonly used by students to highlight text in a textbook. However, the use of markers is not solely limited to students, as many artists are now using markers in their artwork.

To help you get familiar with the various markers that could be used in your artwork, we have described the different types of markers and their properties below. Read on if you wish to learn more about art markers and how you could incorporate them in your work.

What Is An Alcohol-Based Marker?

The alcohol-based marker consists of a combination of ink and alcohol. Because of this combination of compounds, alcohol-based markers can dry very quickly. The combination of alcohol and ink is also advantageous where permanency is concerned.

If you are looking for a permanent marker, the alcohol-based marker is certainly a good choice. However, artists choosing this marker should remember that alcohol-based markers can have quite a strong smell. So, they can be quite uncomfortable to work with for long periods of time.

In addition to being permanent and quick-drying, alcohol-based markers are waterproof. You can also blend alcohol-based markers, this by using a little bit of rubbing alcohol. Blending can reduce the streaky appearance that can occur with these types of markers, but it will not eliminate the streaks completely.

What Is A Water-Based Marker?

Water-based markers can consist of various compounds. In most cases, the ink is mixed with a certain quantity of water. However, a combination of ink and glycerine is also possible depending on the manufacturer.

Most water-based markers are safe to use for children, so these types of markers will find more applications in children's arts and crafts. However, these markers do have the advantage they do not have the strong smell often experienced with alcohol-based markers.

Please note that the ink used in water-based markers is completely free of acid. As such, the marker is still suitable for artwork as well as calligraphy. Artists do have to consider the different forms of water-based markers available today. You can come across the standard colourful markers often used by children, but also water-based marker pens specifically made for artists.

What Is A Solvent-Based Marker?

Solvent-based markers are the most complicated where consistency is concerned. A solvent-based marker always contains ink, supplemented by substances such as xylene, butyl acetate, and methyl isobutyl ketone. Because of the heavy chemical nature of the solvent-based marker, it is not unusual for these markers to have a strong scent.

One of the benefits of solvent-based markers is that they are quite versatile in nature, this due to the combination of chemicals used in the markers. Artists can use these markers on many different surfaces, this means you can use them on surfaces other than paper.

What Kind Of Paper Is Best For Marker Artwork?

The selection of paper for marker artwork can be somewhat more complicated than the selection of paper for pencil artwork. While you have to incorporate your own styles and techniques on paper, the paper you choose must be able to withstand the heavier nature of markers.

Thicker paper such as classic Bristol paper is usually best for markers. Markers can easily bleed through thin paper, so a thicker paper will provide you with a stronger basis for your artwork. It also allows for easier blending compared to other types of paper.

Marker art can be done on glossy paper in theory, but it is considerably harder. When you use glossy paper, it will be a lot more difficult to blend any markers you want to blend. However, there is an economic advantage to using glossy paper. Glossy paper does not absorb ink as well as non-glossy paper, this means you will use less marker as you go along.

What Markers Can I Obtain From Spotlight?

Spotlight delivers one of the largest collections of art markers. Of course, we also provide a range of markers suitable for children. So, whether you are an artist looking for art markers or a parent looking for some fun markers for the little ones, you can undoubtedly find what you need in the extensive yet affordable marker catalogue of Spotlight.

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