Saturday, 15 June 2019

Winsor & Newton Water Colour Markers.

I had the chance to try out the full range of Winsor & Newton Water Colour Markers a few weekends ago, as part of a great day with the Sydney Urban Sketchers. We met at the Jasco offices and had a play with paints and pens. Thanks to Carla and the team :-)

This is not a tool I've used a lot, so it was good to see how it performed. The markers have a broad pointed tip and a brush tip. If you wash over them soon after drawing/colouring with them, they wash out as watercolour would. Leave them longer and the marks will be more distinct.

The pigments used are largely the phthalo pigments and other small particle sizes, so they can flow through the marker pen. Consequently many of the colours have been accurately named 'hue'. All but two are given an 'A' rating (Permanent) for lightfast, with Burnt Sienna and Lamp Black receiving AA rating.

Most are made from a relatively small number of pigments, so colour harmony should be easy to achieve.

Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers - Cadmium Yellow Hue, Gamboge Hue, Cadmium Orange Hue,
Cadmium Red Hue, Cadmium Red deep Hue, Pale Rose.

Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers - Lemon Yellow Hue, Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue, Cadmium Red Hue,
Alizarin Crimson Hue, Permanent Rose, Quinacridone Magenta.

Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers - Mauve, Dioxazine Violet (whoops - miss-spelt), Mid Blue,
Phthalo Blue (Red Shade), Prussian Blue Hue, Phthalo Blue (Green Shade).

I have a few markers to explore more with, so added a line with the 'fine' end of the pen to some of the swatches.
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers - Cerulean Blue Hue, Turquoise, Phthalo Green, Phthalo Green (Yellow Shade), Hooker's Green Dark, Hooker's Green.

Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers - Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Red, Raw Umber.

Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers - Burnt Umber, Sepia, Indigo, Payne's Grey, Ivory Black, Lamp Black.

These swatches were painted out in a Stillman & Birn Alpha sketchbook and there was no bleed-through.


  1. They aren't great.... better products abound.. including.. well.. watercolor pain!

    1. Yes it's so hard to beat watercolour paint :-)

  2. I wonder how they compare to the new Faber Castell's Albrecht Dürer watercolour markers. I love to put some W&N markers on a cerammic palette, add water, pick the puddle up and paint, especially flowers.

    1. I was given one of the FC watercolour markers at the Urban Sketchers symposium in Amsterdam so will do a test eventually.

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