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Old 01-11-2019, 06:05 AM
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Finish marker work with watercolor.

I have a rather large work I want to finish, which is completely in markers and colored pencil.

But my markers are clearly running out of ink and I really don't feel like spending much on new copic markers right now (and my significant other asking me why I spend $100 on copic markers).

I have inks, oils, watercolor, gouache. (you see, this is why he (wrongly) thinks I spend a lot on art)

Watercolor seems like the closest thing to markers.

Good idea, or stop until I can afford new markers?
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:07 AM
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Re: Finish marker work with watercolor.

Gouache would seem to be the best substitute.

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Old 01-11-2019, 11:47 AM
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Re: Finish marker work with watercolor.

Thank you. I tried my gouache and watercolor on a strip of paper to compare, my markers do seem closer to gouache than watercolor, the color I am creating with my watercolor pans seems a bit too diluted compared to my tubes of gouache.
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Re: Finish marker work with watercolor.

Doesn't Copic sell refill bottles in single colors? That might be a more cost-effective way to finish it in a consistent way. Or maybe check out the Ohuhu or other super cheap knock-offs on Amazon. Some work out to about 50 cents a marker and reviews indicate they're pretty interchangeable.

Not to discourage you from watercolor, of course!
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:04 PM
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Re: Finish marker work with watercolor.

Why not purchase some cheaper alcohol based markers such as Prismacolor? It's considered a direct competitor to Copic.
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:07 PM
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Re: Finish marker work with watercolor.

Yes they have refill bottles, never tried them before though, they haven't been generally available in our art store. Most of the markers are actually W&N now too, brushmarker, they might stop selling copic me thinks, not sure.

Well.....I changed my mind again, I am finishing it with watercolor. The thing is, markers have this semi-transparency that allows the dark ink lines of my dip pen to shine through, and gouache doesn't do this (unless I of course add tons of water to my gouache, but why not use watercolor then). But with my watercolor my dip pen lines shines through just fine, due to the transparency.

Trying to turn my gouache into watercolor to get my marker transparency is harder than using watercolor. Then again, I often do the revers and turn my watercolor paint into gouache by adding white, I am a watercolor heathen.

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