Posca Pazoola!

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.

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.

A painting using Posca pens and acrylic paint from 2014.

2 Responses to Posca Pazoola!

  1. I love Poscas, too! I’m so glad you’re doing this – a great service to all who work with markers. Something I appreciate about Poscas is that, though they’re water-based, they become permanent when dry (though maybe this is true of other brands.) But when I hear “water-based” I always think of watercolors.

    • Yes, most water based paint markers become permanent when dry. Uni-Posca also makes oil based paint markers so I find it necessary to the reader know I am only writing about the water-based markers which are probably some acrylic-hybrid paint. Ah, if Posca only made refillable markers–we can dream.
      I still like to spray at least one coat of matte varnish on my paintings.

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