The Zig Posterman Biggie 50 mm and Biggie 30mm markers caught my eye at a local craft store. With coupons in hand I slowly collected the wide markers in many colors. The gold and silver biggies are especially sweet. If you want a nice metallic marker oil based paint looks the best, but water/acrylic-based markers are getting better all the time. What I like about Zig Posterman markers are the Biggies for XXL hand lettering or for making large swatches to doodle over. Zigs can be pretty opaque especially if you go over the line at least two times as I did in the cloud and bear face drawing below. The image may look a bit “ghostly” if you only apply one coat of paint marker over a dark swatch. The Zig Biggie markers can be messy after priming the marker to enhance the ink flow so be careful. The paint markers are water-based and become waterproof according to the company’s website.
Zig Marker opacity test: one stroke of a black Zig Biggie 50mm with two coats of white Zig on top. 150 lb Canson illustration paper was used for this test.
Here is an example of gold and silver over a pink swatch. Each paint marker is a Zig Biggie 50mm. I only did one stroke with each color. 150 lb Canson illustration paper was used for this test.
Zig Posterman has a wide variety of marker products to choose from, here is a link to their website: zigposterman.com, they also have some fun instructional videos.
In 2009 I joined Twitter and met many amazing artists, designers and doodlers from the UK. When I asked what materials they used on a drawing, “Posca” was a popular reply. I learned these water based paint markers are readily available in the UK the way a Sharpie is in the US. Soon after I purchased my first set of Posca markers and was hooked; these markers are very opaque and have vibrancy unlike any other I’ve ever used.
When I first started exhibiting my Posca paintings, I would list “Posca” as one of my media, but I would always get asked, “what’s a Posca?” Later I just wrote “water-based medium” on my descriptions, but if anyone wanted to know specifically what I used to create a certain painting I would fill them in on these amazing markers and where to buy them online. Over the years I have developed my own techniques with these amazing markers.
The water based paint marker market continues to grow; there are many brands to choose from such as Molotow, Montana, Zig Posterman and Liquitex, to name a few. Molotow and Montana offer paint refill systems, which is a great feature, but Poscas remain my favorite. The markers are unique in their opaqueness and eye-popping colors. If you would like to learn more about using Posca pens I recommend drewbrophy.com where you can buy markers and even a dvd.
More about Posca and other water based paint markers in future posts. If you have any questions or tips on using water based markers feel free to post a comment.
One of my first Posca sketches. Note the way the green and red cover the black.
A painting using Posca pens and acrylic paint from 2014.