Which paper to choose for watercolor markers?

Natalia Pilipyuk - artist, architect

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We are happy to announce a release of a new line of SKETCHMARKER AQUA watercolor markers in the SKETCHMARKER range of products!

SKETCHMARKER AQUA includes 72 stunning colors from rich saturated to tender pastel shades. You can use them anywhere: just grab your favorite palette and sketchbook. Make sure to choose the right paper. This way your sketches will remain bright and beautiful, you will be able to fully enjoy the sketching process and stay inspired, and the markers will last as long as possible.

What paper is the best for watercolor markers?

Of course, watercolor paper. Watercolor markers mix with each other and water, which is why we recommend using paper with a density of at least 200 g/m2. Let us have a look at a few types of paper and see how the markers react on a particular kind of paper.

100% cellulose, smooth texture, a density of at least 200 g/m2

It is the best choice for watercolor markers. The brush slides right over it, the pigment perfectly mixes with water without leaving a marker stroke. You can apply many marker layers and blur them with water.

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The pigment after drying

The colors on the paper mix perfectly with each other. We get a nice watercolor painting.

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The pigment when mixed with water

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The pigment after drying

100% cellulose, rough texture, a density of at least 200 g/m2

This paper is also great for watercolor markers. The pigment perfectly mixes with water. However, depending on the paper's manufacturer, there might be a pinhole texture when mixed with water. Nevertheless, we get an even watercolor painting after drying.

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The pigment when mixed with water

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The pigment after drying

75% cellulose, 25% cotton, any texture, a density of at least 200 g/m2

Despite 25% of cotton, the watercolor markers mix with water without leaving a marker stroke. They mix well with each other on paper as well. You can also create multi-layer paintings, and the colors will remain juicy and rich when drying on the paper.

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The pigment when mixed with water

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The pigment after drying

Mixing colors on the paper.

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The pigment when mixed with water


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The pigment after drying

50% or above cotton, any texture, a density of at least 200 g/m2

 

Unlike cellulose, cotton absorbs a lot of pigment, so it becomes harder to mix it with water. You need a lot of liquid to make a perfect painting. But there is one thing! The paper may behave differently depending on the manufacturer. Everything will be fine with a single layer. However, the paper can become fluffy if you apply several layers. Thus, it is highly inadvisable to draw with watercolor markers on cotton.

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The pigment when mixed with water

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The pigment after drying

The colors mix on the paper not very well, the marker stroke probably will not blend completely.

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The pigment when mixed with water

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The pigment after drying

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A sketch example with watercolor

markers on 75% cellulose

and 25% cotton paper

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