If you have seen my previous Instagram posts and stories about using some art specialty markers in murals or commission works or even windows (!!!), chances are, you've been wondering what are those big and chunky and labeling markers are! FYI, these are Painty, Acrylista and Posterman markers! Moreover, these set of pens that I'll be reviewing about are opaque pens. You can see how each variety of pens in different colros behave in white or black/dark surfaces (with paper in this review).
Disclaimer: What I've shared here are from my experiences with the said markers, I only have few colors with me so those are the only colors I can swatch. Please also take note that all mentioned markers here are "push mechanism" type of usage which means repeated pushing of tip shall be done so ink/paint will come out of the markers.
Posterman Biggie Markers
Zig Posterman Markers comes in 2 varieties: Illumigraph and Posterman. Their only difference is that Illumigraph pens are in neon colors and Posterman pens are in regular colors. I usually use them in murals--be it lettering or illustration. They both come in 30mm and 50mm sizes, too. Since it's broad type, it is best for italic or gothic calligraphy. In illustrations, I use them with brush and palette. Take note that it has waterbased ink so it isn't smudge-proof and when I used it on my glass windows, I can still wipe it off, so mistakes are welcome! Here are some photos of my works with these markers:
Zig Acrylista markers are basically acrylic paints in pen form. They are portable since they are easier to carry around plus painting with tip can make work easy. These pens' tips are that of felt material but can be removable. Initially, it's a chisel tip pen but when you remove or pull the felt nib, you can use the opposite side which has a bullet tip (see photo). As for its consistency, it's a "thin" or more flowy paint compared to those acrylic paints in tubes we can find in bookstores, probably the reason why Acrylista can be easily washed off. These pens can work on metal, leather, rubber, glass, ceramics, porcelain, paper and wood but I would say, it stays permanent on paper, leather and wood. A little intentional scratching on smooth surfaces like glass or rubber can make the paint chip off. I used it on my mug and Birkenstocks EVA (rubber):
As obvious as it sounds, Fabricolors are intended for fabric. There are actually 2 variants of Fabricolor: bullet tip type and brush pen type. The swatch I made here are from bullet tip type in which the liquid or ink has almost same consistency as Acrylista's. In short, it somehow falls between flowy acrylic and a chalk marker (can be used in smooth surfaces like glass and can be scratched off intently). Same as Acrylista, when felt nib frays, you can pull it out and use the opposite side. I just find Fabricolor's nibs easier to fray compared to Acrylista but thanks goodness, there's an extra felt nib provided in each pen (see encircled part in the photo).
I only have these Fine and Extra Fine (metallics) tips for now but I used to have the twin markers/twin tips that I got before. The nibs of fine tips are same as Acrylista's and Fabricolor's tips while extra fine ones are usually for metallic colors that are made of plastic tips. Painty pens claim that these are oil-based so it gets permanent on most surfaces like leather, paper, glass and metal. Metallics are my favorites, aside from they are the detailer types of pen (EF), plastic tips really glodes smoothly on any surface, too.
Here are some videos that I did with Painty Metallic Pens:
That's all for now! I think I should do a blog post for favorite tools real soon, don't you think? :)