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POSCA Art & New Sets!!

Some of our favorite and best-selling markers here at Marker Supply are the Uni Posca Paint Markers.

They are available in a variety of colors and tip styles- so you can always find just the right fit for each project you do!

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Poscas use water-based acrylic paint that marks on just about anything! Metal, wood, glass, plastic, chalkboards, stone, posters, canvas, fabrics, even things like surfboards!  The paint is opaque and can be applied over the top of other colors once dry. Marks will be permanent on porous surfaces like paper and wood. On hard surfaces like glass and chalkboards, the paint will be waterproof, but can be cleaned off with a standard household/glass cleaner. The paint in Posca markers is non-toxic, odorless, and Xylene-free,  so they can be enjoyed by kids too!

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POSCA ART AT PAPERWORLD / CREATIVEWORLD

GERMANY – JANUARY 2017

A few folks from the Marker Supply team attended the Paperworld & Creativeworld fairs in Frankfurt, Germany last month.

The Posca section had some incredible art on display!!

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We LOVE this giant “Heroes” collage painting done with Posca markers by the talented artist Ernesto Novo.

 

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A live-action Posca painting being done by French artist Nadège Dauvergne.

 

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You can easily get lost looking at this incredible mandala-style painting made with colorful Poscas..

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NEW SETS!

We’ve recently added several new sets featuring the Posca markers- making it quick and easy to start or grow your collection!

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Find them HERE at MarkerSupply.com!

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We are impressed time and time again by all the different artists we see using the Posca markers.

Are you a fan of these versatile paint pens? What’s your favorite surface to use them on?

Let us know what you think and feel free to share your artwork- we LOVE to see your markers in action!

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Contest: “April Showers Bring May Flowers”

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The month of April is over and, as they say, those springtime showers have started to bring us flowers!!

Flowers are such a widely used element in MANY forms of art. Some artistic styles and even colors were created because of an artist’s joy in drawing & painting floral scenes.

So we have another fun contest for you as we celebrate flowers through the month of May!!

Just send us a photo of your flower artwork and tell us which markers you used to make it. It can be a finished flowery page from a coloring book, something that’s bloomed in your own sketchbook from markers or pencils, watercolor-style botanicals, floral fabric art, or even a decorated flower pot!

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You can post it to one of our social media pages, or email a photo to us! And for the best part- every entry gets a free marker gift AND gets entered to win a grand marker prize!!

To be eligible for the prizes: Make sure we receive your email address and your mailing address along with your artwork. If you post your art photo on our social media, send us a separate email with your info so it can be kept private. At the end of May, all entries will be mailed a fun free marker gift! Also at that time, one entry will be chosen from a random drawing to win a super awesome grand marker prize!

Artwork copyright note: Marker Supply won’t use your artwork for any purpose without your permission. However, we love seeing our markers in action and sharing how awesome they look, so we may contact you to see if you’d be ok with us posting your art to our website, newsletter, etc.

We are excited to see what kind of garden your markers will grow!!

Happy Spring,
~The Marker Supply Team

 

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The Clean Color Craze!!

We’ve recently seen an explosion of art blogs, message boards, and customers using and enjoying one of our water-based brush pens- the Clean Color Real Brush from Zig!!

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The artwork created by these pens has been amazing to see! The flexible brush tip allows for thick and thin lines to be made- great for brush lettering and quick sketching. Plus, try blending the Clean Color Real Brush pens with a water pen for gradation and shading effects, or to create incredible watercolor style art!! This pen can make anyone feel more like a professional artist!

Use the Clean Colors to:
-Easily sketch out your drawings before adding water & creating the look of a watercolor painting!
-Make blended or brush stroke backgrounds for mixed media art, handmade cards, etc!
-Ink your rubber stamps or color your stamped designs!
-Add a large variety of colors to your brush lettering!
…and much more! There are so many crafting possibilities that can go along with these markers!!

Marker Supply is excited to now have in stock ALL 80 COLORS of the Clean Color Real Brushes!! Check out their page on our website to see the updated color chart. All colors are available individually, or in a number of sets!

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The 32 new colors can be easily added to your collection with these 2 new sets: The TREND set of 12 and the SHADE & SHADOW set of 20. Both are made entirely with new colors!!

The other colors can be found in the giant 48 collection, that comes with a handy carrying case AND a bonus water brush pen!!

There are a variety of smaller sets too- so you can get just the colors you need for a specific project. Try the color scheme 4-packs or the special set of 12 basic colors– available for a special limited time super-low price!!

Keep an eye out for some new sets COMING SOON! The Clean Color Real Brush Set- Grayscale Set of 20 includes both cool and warm shades of gray, with a large range of tones from dark to light. And the Clean Color Real Brush Color Packs will each have various shades of a certain color- great for blending and specific color projects.

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PAPER COMPARISON TEST

Having trouble getting great watercolor/blending effects with your Clean Color markers? Try switching your paper!!

For best results using these or any other watercolor style medium, try using watercolor paper.
Cold Press 140lb tends to be a popular paper style for watercolor. It has some texture that allows the water to make effects in and around the paper’s small ridges. It’s also considerably thicker and stronger than plain ‘ol white papers, and specially designed to get some water on it!

We made several attempts at blue gradation with the Clean Color markers by making 3 side-by-side color blocks using varying tones of blue, on plain white paper and 140lb cold press watercolor paper.

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Results are very different and clearly show how much better the watercolor paper is!!

Even within the world of watercolor & other artist papers, there is a wide range of paper types, textures, and thicknesses- so as always, experiment around with different kinds to find the paper that works best with your own art style!

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ADDING EXTRA EFFECTS

Try these other brush pens with your Clean Color artwork to add more special effects!

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Zig BrusH20 Water Pens– A good tool for a very common use of the Clean Colors. These pens hold plain water, which when applied to your Clean Color markings, will cause them to move and resemble watercolor paint. Helps create amazing blending & shading techniques! Available separately in different tip styles, or grab them all with the Pack of 4!
You can also try the Zig Blender Marker– for a softer effect, without the use of water. This dual tip brush marker with “invisible ink” gives you great control of blending the water-based dye marker ink.

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Use the Zig Blender marker for subtle shading, and the Zig BrusH20 Water Pens for more intense blending.

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Zig Wink of Stella Brush– Add a little sparkle to your project! These glitter brush pens, available in a variety of colors, will lay down a nice amount of glitter along with their color, and can also be used to help blend the Clean Color ink. Some shimmer can really help your drawings or handwriting stand out!

 

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Zig Fudebiyori Metallic Brush– Awesome brush pens for adding an intense look with their smooth, metallic colors that will pop on light or dark colored backgrounds.

 

Also, for another fun effect with the Clean Colors and water- try sprinkling a little sea salt over the top while the marks are still a bit wet- you’ll be left with a cool crystallized look!

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OTHER WATERCOLOR TOOLS TO TRY:

If you are looking for similar products that can make a watercolor effect but don’t have a brush tip, try these!

Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils

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They look and act just like regular colored pencils, but their marks will blend with water!

Zig Calligraphy II Dye Markers

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A dual-ended chisel calligraphy tip marker with water-moveable dye ink!

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NEW “WATERCOLOR STYLE” MARKER COMING SOON!

Keep your eyes on the NEW PRODUCTS section for our latest dye-based brush marker- the KOI Coloring Brush from Sakura. With similar blending abilities to the Clean Color Real Brush, the Koi brushes have their own unique 48-color palette and a firmer (though still flexible) rubber brush tip.

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And as always, if you have any artwork you’d like to share with us- we’d LOVE to see what your markers are making!! Post on our facebook (Marker Supply), or twitter (@MarkerSupply), hashtag us on Instagram (#MarkerSupply), or email us!

Happy coloring!!

Do-it-yourself: Making a Chalkboard Wall!

Recently at the Marker Supply office, we turned one of our walls into a chalkboard using Krylon’s Brush-on Chalkboard Paint. Take a look at the process and see how fun and easy this can be to do yourself!

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(Don’t have a whole wall to make a chalkboard? These steps can be followed for a variety of surfaces- tabletops, boards/mirrors for signs, shelves, flower pots, mailboxes, etc. And for even smaller crafts, Pebeo Chalkboard Paint is great for making chalkboards on mugs, photo frames, and more!)

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First, we taped off the edges of our wall to keep the paint in its place. Laying towels or garbage bags on the carpet below to catch drips is also a great idea! Have a window open or a fan blowing to help with ventilation. Make sure your surface is clean and smooth, and primed. Applying a primer to the surface to be painted will seal it, making it non-porous and much better for becoming a chalkboard! Make sure your primer has dried for at least 4-6 hours before painting over.

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Then, using a roller or brush, apply the first coat of paint to the wall. Let it dry for a few minutes and then give it a second coat. Brush-on paint should be dry to the touch within 20-60 minutes, but may take 24 hours to dry completely. If you use spray-on paint for your project, the drying time will be shorter. At least 2 coats are needed to make an effective chalkboard. Some surfaces do the best with a 3rd coat of paint, to be applied after the 2nd coat is completely dry. Krylon Chalkboard paint can be cleaned off of your hands and painting tools with warm, soapy water.

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When the painted wall is good and dry, time to “chalk it up”! Take a piece of chalk and color sideways with the broad edge over the surface of the board, and then smear the marks around. This is called “seasoning”, a process that will fill in any pores of the wall, sealing them and allowing the markers to be applied on and cleaned off more effectively. It will also help prevent “ghosting” of marker ink. Wipe the chalk off with a damp cloth and let dry.

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Now your new chalkboard surface is ready to use! Have fun! When you are ready to change your artwork, chalk and some markers can be removed using only a soft cloth & water, but other markers will need cleaner to get them off. Try our Scrubs do-it-ALL wipes, and use the Zig Chalkboard Cleaner Marker to remove dust and any stubborn leftover marks!

KEEP IN MIND:
*Be careful using certain markers, such as metallics, on painted chalkboards- the contents in the ink may cause the marks to “ghost” onto the wall and be hard to remove. A tip with using metallic chalk markers is to first apply a “base” with a white paint marker and the write over it with the metallic one. This will help keep the metallic ink from reacting as strongly to the chalkboard surface. When using a new marker, try it on a small test area first. If it stains, that spot will need another coat of chalkboard paint.

*When cleaning your board, use DAMP cloths- avoid anything soaked with too much water or cleaner. Really wet cleaning methods can damage the painted surface.

*After painting or cleaning, remember to let the board dry before marking with chalk or markers. The surface is softer when wet, which could cause the marks to soak in and become permanent.

Doing a small craft like a mug? Follow a similar process with Pebeo Chalkboard Paint!
1. Make sure your surface is clean and smooth. If not painting the entire item, have your design thought out- using stencils can be a helpful way to make sure everything will fit and look the way you want. Stencils or painters tape will make it easy to apply the paint only where it needs to be!
2. Using a paint brush, foam brush, or mini roller- apply a coat of the paint. Let it dry a little and paint on another coat.
(If you are making a mug or other porcelain project, try our Pebeo Porcelaine Markers and Paints to add extra designs or words around your chalkboard section!)
3. If doing a mug or other dishes that you intend to use and wash, let the item dry completely (about 24 hours) then bake the painted item at 350° for 35 minutes. This will make your chalkboard surface dishwasher and microwave safe!
4. If you’ve baked your dish, let cool completely. Take a piece of chalk and rub it all over the painted surface in order to seal the pores of the paint and make the chalkboard more effective to draw on and to clean. Wipe the chalk off with a damp cloth and then you are ready to go!

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Since chalkboards aren’t just for chalk anymore, check out some of our markers that work great on chalkboard surfaces!
Posca Markers
Zig Posterman, Wet Wipe, and Illumigraph Markers
Zig Woodcraft Markers

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With the Krylon Chalkboard Paint for walls & signs, Pebeo Porcelaine Chalkboard Paint for smaller crafts, a variety of markers for use on chalkboard surfaces, and even special wipes to clean your boards, Marker Supply has all you need to enjoy doing a project like this yourself!