Cafe Wednesday – Arrangements

This week I’ve been working with my acrylic paint markers again. I like the bolder stroke which, along with the blind drawing approach, acts against making ‘tight’ drawings.

Earlier in the week I drew a coffee shop table arrangement, with just the black marker.

Arrangement of glasses and a bottle of water, acrylic paint marker, 12 August 2014

Arrangement of glasses and a bottle of water, acrylic paint marker, 12 August 2014

Next up I tried both the black and the red markers, being bold and adding some of the reflections as well.

Glasses and a cup of sugar straws, acrylic paint marker, 13 August 2014.

Glasses and a cup of sugar straws, acrylic paint marker, 13 August 2014.

I can see this style of drawing being easily translated into a lino print. Not that I have been anywhere near the print workshop so far this year.



  1. Apparently, acrylic markers are very popular with graffiti artists (which would be why my local art supply place keeps them locked away) and painters who use them as an adjunct to regular acrylic paint. I got the recommendation from one of the people at the art shop who was also handing out samples of Liquitex paint markers – I suppose it’s not much of a stretch from making white-out .

    What I like about the acrylic markers is their fast drying time, which I find handy for quick sketches. I found them great for drawing while I was traveling. I also like the opaque coverage which is really good in both the brands I use. Another positive for the Liqitex markers is that they have a brochure which gives you the colour fastness ratings of all their marker colours, which I think is a sign of a real consideration for the quality of their product. Posca, on their website provide extensive listings of the effectiveness of their product on an amazing range of materials/surfaces. The markers worked well on my Moleskine sketchbook.

    The black is a Posca marker. I first bought some of this brand when I was traveling in Japan earlier this year, but I can get them here in Oz quite easily. They also have some really good metallics, which sounds hideous, but there is a heck of a lot of gold leaf used in Japanese traditional painting so I ended up using them a lot when I was trying to jot down some of the screens and wall-paintings that I saw while traveling. I have quite a few Liquitex markers as well. Liquitex also offers a choice of chisel or pointed nibs.

    The cost is about the same for one of these markers as the cost for those fancy Copic felt markers. I don’t know about you, but a lifetime of having felt markers dry out on me hasn’t encouraged me to pay between $6 to $10 for the privilege of having the same thing happen again.

    I’d definitely recommend giving the acrylic markers a test.



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