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Prang Water Based Brush Markers - Vibrant Rich Colors for Illustration
What Are Prang Brush Markers
Hi there, do you enjoy the art of drawing and illustration? I love doing both of these activities and, because I am a freelance artist, I need great tools (different types of markers and drawing pencils used in illustrations). Prang water based brush markers can be a wonderful addition to your arsenal of tools. Right now I'm having a lot of fun with the Prang Metallic Brush Markers. These brush markers are not a true brush and are not a true marker tip. They are a bit of a hybrid and therein lies their flexibility. You could just color with them, but why do just that when you can do so much more. The ability to make calligraphic swirls and shapes from thick to thin is the Prang brush marker's forte.
Even if you've never been able to draw or write in a calligraphic way before, the shape of these pens will allow you to grasp the concept of calligraphy fairly quickly. Craft is still important; meaning, you just can't plunk your brush down on the paper, you have to be aware of what you're doing. Experiment with how much pressure you put on the brush as you lay color down. Pay attention to what happens as you lift the marker off the page. The deft handling of the pen will give results of delicate, medium or strong lines. You can lay one color over another to get great mid-tones or blend them out with a little water. I am experimenting with the metallic brush markers combined with color pencils for some marvelous tropical pictures. The metallic markers give just enough sheen and shimmer to my illustrations without making them look cheesy.
Prang Brush Marker Sets and Types
Prang Brush Markers come in sets of 2 (silver and gold), sets of 6 (metallic colors including gold, silver, blue, (a lovely peacock blue), green (beautiful teal) and mauve. They also come in the usual bright colors of red, orange, green blue, black and maybe a few others I can't think of right now. I really like brush markers because I am more of a painter than a drawer. They feel more natural for me to use. I can say with absolute sureness that these brush markers do not bleed through to the other side of the paper. They also are available in a set of 12 with colors including (mauve, metallic champagne, metallic mauve, red, black, orange, yellow, blue, green, purple, brown and sky blue). Prices are very reasonable with the silver and gold set costing around $3 to the set of 12 colors costing about $10. There have been mixed reviews on these pens, some people love them, and some wouldn't recommend them at all. The one common denominator with brush pens (any brand) is that they dry out fairly quickly. They will dry out whether they are alcohol based or water based. One trick that I use with the water based ink markers is to just set them in a container of water for a while, allowing the water to be absorbed up through the wick (the "brush"). I leave them in about an inch of water (or less) for about two minutes. This seems to help with the flow. They are acid free, inexpensive and a change from regular Sharpie Markers and "art markers" such as Prisma Colors and Blick Art Markers.
General Review Pros and Cons
These Prang Brush Markers are an improvement from water based brush markers of the past and as added bonus are kid friendly. They are non-toxic and fun to use. Acid- free and environmentally friendly and inexpensive, they're worth a try. They may not fit all applications, but I'm sure they'll fit some, especially delicate work. One drawback is their limited color palette. The most colorsI have found listed in a set are twelve. However, my art teacher would argue that you only need a few colors to make an array of endless colors! Just be sure to not let them dry out. It's probably better to order them direct from the manufacturer (Prang which is under the umbrella company Dixon), otherwise there's no telling how long they have been sitting on shelves at art supply and office supply stores.
I would say Prang can be used by professional illustrators because the colors are lovely, but, they are more for beginning or intermediate illustrators because they are not quite as durable as Prismacolor Brush Markers or Faber Castell. Keep in mind though, each brand has it's pluses and minuses. Go to www.prang.com for more information. May the creative muses be with you!