One thing that’s definitely fun about learning mixed media techniques is that it’s an opportunity to learn about and play with lots of new art supplies. I consider myself fortunate to have a husband who agrees that an artist never has enough art supplies.
I love art supplies — especially when I can get them for next to nothing. That’s exactly what happened on Amazon’s recent Prime Day. I received an e-mail telling me that Amazon was giving me $10.00, and I was off and running, straight to my “Must-Have Want-to-Buy” list.
Between the $10.00 coupon and the Amazon credits I’d saved up, I was able to grab the first item on the list — Mermaid Markers — for only a few dollars.
I was excited to buy them, and delivery was promised for Saturday. I was ecstatic when the delivery showed up on my doorstep on Wednesday!
What are Mermaid Markers? Good question. They’re markers, yes. They’re much like watercolor brushes except that instead of filling them with water, they’re already filled with highly pigmented inks. The inks are watercolor inks — which I’d never heard of before — and they are very water-reactive, all of which means you can create some spectacular effects with them.
The set — as shown above — includes 12 markers, and I know I’m going to love playing with them and learning how to use them.
I first saw Mermaid Markers in a beginner’s art journaling tutorial. As soon as I saw them, I paused the video and added them to my Amazon shopping list. Here is the tutorial, so you can see for yourself why I’m so excited about these markers.
I spent a little time earlier playing around, just getting a feel for these markers. They are bright; they are brilliant. I find them somewhat unpredictable when I squeeze out a drop or two of color, but that’s part of the fun, for sure.
Here’s a little playtime practice to give you an idea of the beautiful colors.
I will definitely be playing more with these markers as I create new pages in my art journal.
Oh, did I mention that they’re refillable? Yes, they are, and that means these watercolor ink markers will probably be frequently-used items in my art tool-box.
Have you ever used watercolor inks? Have you tried markers like this? Any tips on how to use them?