Today I have a video reviewing the new Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers. I’m sharing my first thoughts and findings of these unique markers but I have plans for further investigation too so watch out for more from me on these.
It was the beautiful clean and simple design which first caught my eye. Serious kudos to the design and marketing departments at W&N as, let’s face it, there are a lot of markers on the market and if it hadn’t been for the gorgeous design and inspired marketing then I might have missed their arrival. However, having caught my eye and being from Winsor & Newton, a company with a nearly 200 years record of supply quality art supplies, my interest was well and truly caught! I was intrigued to know more about these markers that they called ‘no ordinary marker’. There’s a range of inspiring videos of various artists trying out the markers on their information page; I particularly liked the one of Katie Rodger the fashion illustrator.
Well the blurb described them as ergonomically designed and containing the highest grade, light fast, fine art pigments instead of dyes – more like the paints that Winsor and Newton are renowned for and light fast to 100 years.
In the video I test the markers on
- Neenah Solar White
- Winsor & Newton pigment marker paper
- Simon Says Stamp white
- Copic X-Press It
- Bazzill vellum
- Simon Says Stamp black
The Pigment Markers do not behave like other markers and on absorbent card such as Neenah, SSS white, Copic etc they do not move and blend much. However, the magic happens on non-absorbent bases such as the Winsor & Newton pigment marker paper and on Bazzill vellum. On these the pigment sits on the top of the paper and can be moved around and blended even to the extent that you can use your finger to do so. In addition you have the unique White Blender which mixes with the color to give a rainbow of options. Mix the white blender with the Carmine and you have a range of pinks, add in the Winsor Yellow deep mixed with the Carmine you have oranges when the white mixes with these two you can get shades down to the palest pinky peach which would be great for skin tones. The last marker to mention is the Colorless Blender which being translucent helps with blending while not changing the tone of the color.
I’m trying to be as impartial as possible (I bought these markers for my use) so here’s a summary:
- beautiful design
- pigment not dyes
- double ended with fine and chisel nibs
- 100 colors including 24 greys
- colors are indicated on the cap
- light fast to 100 years
- unique and behave more like paint
- the awesome white blender
- use the white blender as a base to use the markers on dark cardstock
- beautiful design but the round barrel means the markers roll around the desk
- double ended but only 1 cap color coded
- have to be careful that the inner edges of the caps don’t bump the nibs
- doesn’t move or blend as well on absorbent papers and can cause them to pill
- moves and blend beautifully on the pigment marker paper but this is only 20lb in weight
- white blender is not as opaque on dark colors as a white gel pen
Being so new these markers seem to fly off the shelf as soon as they arrive but, as I write this, Simon Says Stamp do have the sets and the colorless blender in stock. You get the fabulous white blender included in each of the sets.
I’d be very interested to know what your thoughts are on these new arrivals to the marker market so please jump in with any questions or comments below :D In the meantime I have plans for more videos on these; I want to investigate the W&N pigment marker paper more and in addition look at other marker papers and possible base options. I also want to investigate how these markers behave in other ways too – lots to be working on!
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