Saturday, 10 July 2010

Colouring with Promarkers

I've had a large number of emails from readers in the USA who have never heard of Promarkers.

Let me give you the lowdown:

They are alcohol markers (like Copics)

There is a range of about 148 colours

They hold quite a lot more ink than the Copic markers, so last longer

They are not refillable

They are a lot more reasonably priced - in the UK they sell for about £5 for 5, which is about $7.50 for 5

The US distributor is on a link from the Letraset logo on my sidebar

So here's a card using Promarkers to colour Gracie (a Polkadoodles stamp)

I used:

blush and soft peach (skin)

Apple green

Pale blue and blue pearl

Buttercup and sandstone (hair)

Pale pink and blossom

Orchid and blossom for the wings

Ice grey 1 for shadowing
Edited to say, in response to Debra, I have a set of Tombow markers, they are water based markers, similar to the stampin up markers. In my opinion the difference between alcohol markers and water based is considerable. The alcohol based markers lay down an almost transluscent coat of ink, that you build up and shade, so it is easy to get very professional results. I can't get the same results with water based markers, perhaps my technique isn't that great with them, but I don't find it as easy to shade and add depth as with the alcohol ones. You can get some watercolour markers now, also from Letraset I think, haven't tried those. I do like the sketchy effect you get with watercolour pencils, but since changing to alcohol based markers, I rarely use anything else now.........

The flowers were cut from the pattern paper using Tim Holtz tattered flower die, with a Craftwork Cards pale blue card candy button in the centre
I added some white gel pen dots to her cheeks and boots

Here's the Gracie I coloured for the video below - sorry about the phone ringing and pen dropping..........., she doesn't look TOO bad considering I coloured her in such a hurry!
In case you are wondering where her wings are - as seen on the card above, the wings come as a separate stamp in the set, so you can use them as butterfly stamps as well

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, I'll be back on Tuesday


iluvmybugs said...

Beautiful card En!! Thanks for showing how you color with the Promarkers. Will have to add them to my ever-growing list of must-have crafting goodness!


Kristina said...

Beautiful En. Love the soft colors. Wish I would have learned about promarkers sooner. I've been using Touch markers (which I love, but they are only a little less expensive than Copics) and I just bought what I think is the last of the colors I need to complete my collection...for now :)
Oh well, the money is already spent.

Rufus said...

Sweet card, Enfys. You did a great job with the video. Thanks for showing the difference between Promarkers and Copics. Can't believe you could color her up that fast while on camera!

Sandy Bayles said...

You always amaze me. This is so cute I love the colors. I wish I could make my cards look this good. Great Job.. Enjoy the trip to London and the grandkids. Love the new pictures on the blog.

Tori said...


TOri :)

shari said...

Another beautiful card Envys! You make the coloring look so easy. Shari (cricutrookie)

Kristie Maynard said...

Adorable card! I will definatly have to check out the link for the Promarkers. One of the reasons I haven't gotten into the Copics is the price and if these are a lot less in price, I may just try them. Thanks for the "review" and the video.

Melodie said...

Your card is fantastic.
Thank you for the video.

kath said...

sweet card. great video and it was lovely to hear your voice again...big hugs kath xxx

Cheryl said...

beautiful card,hun so love the soft coulrs you have used on this too hugs cheryl xxxxx

Lynda said...

Beautiful card and a great video En! Thanks.

Love Lynda xxx

Riet said...

So beautiful card Enfys,i love the image and the colours.
So gorgeous papers.

Hugs Riet.xx

Marion said...

Fabulous card Enfys and such a sweet image. Great little tutorial.

Jessica said...

Thanks Enfys, I have wondered about promarkers for quite awhile. I think they will be a much less costly set of pens. Gracie is lovely! Great video! Thanks for sharing.

Allison said...

such a sweet card

dj1952 said...

Thank you so much for the "how-to" on coloring with the promarkers. I almost bought several colors last week, but now I'm a little indecisive. I saw a video on YouTube comparing the Promarkers with TomBow markers. The TomBow are still much less expensive than Copic, but it looked like they were more versatile than the Promarkers. For one thing you could use a blending pen or water to blend colors. Have you ever tried TomBow?

I love your work. I think you are a very talented, awesome designer.


Debra (dj1952)

dj1952 said...

Enfyshttp I'm giving you a link to a very inexpensive shop for the promarkers. They are only $1.49 US.

I hope this will help other readers.

Thanks again,

Debra (dj1952)

dj1952 said...

I'm sorry to have to contact you in this manner, but I'm having problems with my email software. This is the site I mentioned about the differences in Promarkers and TomBow.


Debra (dj1952)

Sharon said...

Great card! Those colors are wonderful! So soft looking!! :)

Nannieflash said...

Hi Enfys, I hope you are enjoying your weekend with the grandchildren. I do so love this card that image is so cute and youve coloured it beautifully, the papers are fabulous. with love and hugs Shirleyx

Clare said...

Hi Enfys!!! your card is totally beautiful, so pretty. I love your blog and your creations are gorgeous. Must watch the tutorial!!! hugs Clare xxx

Velta said...

Oh how perfectly done Enfys!!! Your coloring with these markers is amazing...and your last 5 posts are just wonderful...Thank you for sharing...also LOVE those flowers :)

Velta said...

Oh how perfectly done Enfys!!! Your coloring with these markers is amazing...and your last 5 posts are just wonderful...Thank you for sharing...also LOVE those flowers :)

Serendipity Stamping said...

Ens, what a sweet little card with
Graci. Thanks so much for sharing your coloring with the Promarkers. I have a heavy hand w/markers and so far have stuck to my various pencils. May try these, they carry them at Keeton's in Bradenton (don't know if you have been there or not). I hope some other video tapers read this also and take note that the sound is very low, even though I have it at 100%, maybe because they are to far away from the mike? Thanks again and hope you are having great weekend. It is very hot after all today here in your second home area. Hugs.

Cherie said...

Enfys, Thanks so much for sharing this info with us! Your coloring skills are to be commended! Your card is gorgeous! Wish I would have had this info before spending so much money on Copics!

mckinkle said...

Super card En, love the soft summery shades youve chosen.

Keryn x

freetimegone said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful card and the video is wonderful. It is so fun to listen to you and watch you work. Some day maybe I will be able to color as well as you. I love the colors on your card too.

pcrusberg said...

Oh, I just love this card and the image. Thanks for the info on the markers and the video too.

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh darn, I already have the copics.. still trying to learn to color with them. Your video is just awesome. I picked up a few tips on coloring. Thanks for taking the time to share your amazing talent. Beautiful coloring.

Swimmom said...

Thank you for the ProMarker video! I just got some, never had Copics, and need all the tips I can get!

Debby said...

Thanks for the video. Incredible how fast you color with the markers, and how beautiful the outcome. You make it look easy. The card is lovely. Ummm now I think I need some of those markers!


love these markers! nice design also!

Peggy said...

Thanks Enfys. I was considering Copics but maybe I will try Promarkers instead. Everthing you do is beautiful. I have a couple of blog awards for you. Please swing by my blog to pick them up.

Peggy T.

scrapn_momof2 said...

Adorable card and great video. I picked up a few tips.

*BJ* said...

Love your coloring on the stamps. Thanks for the review on the markers.

RavensFan said...


I just ordered the promarkers thanks to you! I hope they are as good as copics. Can't wait to get them! Your card is beautiful, and so are your grandchildren. I enjoy your blog and thank you for sharing your creations with us.


CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [14 Jul 12:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Audrey Frelx said...

What a lovely card and you colored it beautifully! I have some of the copic markers but I'm not really good at using them. I have signed up for the Copic Marker class being given at the CHA Craftshow here in Illinois in the next several weeks. I hope to learn some techniques. If I can, I may look into those Promarkers because the copics really are very expensive. You did such a wonderful job and so fast on your video, I'm going to try it using my copics but I don't think it's going to come out too great. Thanks for sharing!

Hugs, my friend!

Elizabeth (Beth) Moore said...

This is a gorgeous card! I love it!