Micador is well known for its markers, but you’d be surprised how versatile they can be. With the right technique, many Micador markers can be used for watercolour applications. By soaking the nib of a marker pen in a little water, you can free the ink from the reservoir and unlock its watercolour properties. As a rule, the larger the marker nib the more ink will be released into the water.
At the same time, the better quality the paper the more the ink will move into it. In order to get the most from colour-splash "happy accidents" use our markers with water on Micador For Artists Rains Watercolour Paper.
Option 1: Get clingy
Secure a piece of clingwrap to a flat surface using tape. Using your markers, colour small patches directly onto the clingwrap. With your paint brush, mix a little water to a coloured patch on the clingwrap to make a small amount of paint. Transfer the paint to your paper for a watercolour effect.
Option 2: Straight on
Colour your marker heavily on your paper. Load your paintbrush with water and paint over your recent markings, moving the colour around to get watercolour effects.
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Option 3: Re-use!
If your washable markers have dried out, don't throw them in the bin! Ask an adult to help you remove the ink insert from the barrel with pliers. Soak the ink insert in a cup that is 1/4 or 1/3 full of water for a day or two until the water has absorbed what colour was left. Squeeze the inserts when you remove them to get more colour. That's it, time to paint!