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      04.01.2014 20:49
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      You don't have to be a professional to do professional colouring with these beauties.

      WHY I USE LETRASET PROMARKERS:
      I use Promarker pens for colouring in images for my papercraft projects and have been using these for years, owning hundreds.

      WHAT THEY DO AND HOW THEY WORK:
      Letraset Promarkers are alcohol based permanent markers, originally designed for graphic designers and artists, for a professional finish to their designs and work.

      These pens blend perfectly together without leaving any lines, like your average felt tip pen or marker. They work on a variety of surfaces such as paper, card, vellum, acetate, glass, wood, metal and plastic and come in a large variety of colours and shades. You can buy many, but just one pen can also create different colours and shades, the more you layer up the colour, the darker it should become, best to wait for a layer to dry and reapply, if you are wanting depth with just the one colour, alone. Large variety of colours available, including special limited edition pens and a blender pen; which acts in fact as a rubber or blender depending on how it is used.

      However, although these pens are great for different surfaces they may bleed a little, there is special card you can buy that this doesn't occur on, but best to try out your surface with a small area first, that way if it bleeds you know to work a little further away from the outline to give it some maneuverability. Same with the colours, it is best to try them on a scrap piece of paper before applying to your work as the colours don't always match up correctly to the outer pen, same colour but slightly different shade due to it being printed.
      TIPS: I have found that colouring onto a white circular sticker, to fit the base of my pen, gives a more accurate colour to go by. You can also print off a blank colour chart from Letraset's website which you can colour in with your pens, so you have an accurate colour chart to go by, this is also especially useful to know which pens you own without having to route through your collection.

      These pens are duel ended with a rounded nib one end and a chisel tip on the other, you can however purchase some ultra-fine nibs which clip onto of the top of the rounded nib, for extra fine detail (Around £2.20 a pack of 3 with 3 of there own lids attached, you don't need to purchase these for every pen as they clip on and off, but make sure you clear off all of the previous colour before using it on another.)
      I own hundreds of pens but only one pack of the ultra-fine nibs.
      Although these pens are great being dual ended, each end does not share the same ink, so when one end runs out (which I have yet to find) then the other end should still be usable, which is a shame as I mainly use the rounded end and will be left with half a pen.

      Unfortunately at this moment in time these pens are not re-fillable like some of the similar ones on the market, but in my opinion they are cheaper and I personally prefer Promarkers to any of the others on the market today without breaking the bank.

      PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:
      They are available to purchase on there own for around £1.60 per pen or in various colour packs (some colours repeat over different packs so double check what you are getting) You can also get them in a different number of packs, mainly 3, 5, 6 and 12 pens; which is a cheaper way of purchasing them and available in most art stores and Letrasets website. (Often on offer)

      LETRASET'S SERVICE AND SUPPORT:
      Letrasets website includes most of the information you need to know about the pens themselves, gift certificates, store (including there other types of products and pens) stores they stock to, social networking links for them, contact details, terms and conditions, and even tutorials. I have contacted Letraset via email and got a pretty instant reply and a replacement pen for one that didn't work, which arrived in the post quickly. Very happy with their products and service, couldn't have asked more.
      (There is a list of what to do if you do come across a pen that doesn't work which is rare, but these fixes didn't work for me.)

      Lots of tutorials on various networking sites, video streams and blogs all over the web too if you need help deciding whether to purchase or how to use them.

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      14.05.2013 22:07
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      Very versatile pens used to create beautful projects for a range of hobbies

      I absolutely love my Pro-Markers they are fantastic for colouring and shading stamped images. They are dual ended alcohol based pens with a fine nib at one end and a larger nib at the other. This ensures you can easily colour even the smallest of areas with ease. They are quite chunky and easy to hold and grip even for extended periods and each is coloured according to the colour of the pen making it easy to select the one you want.

      This is a great starter set and was the first set that I bought. It costs £24.99 on the Amazon website. Promarkers are widely available in craft shops and online and can be brought in set or as individual pens at around £2 each.

      This particular set includes a great range of colours including; Henna, Ruby, Bright Orange, Canary Sky Blue, Indigo Blue, Lime Green, Forest Green, Amethyst, Rose Pink, Cool Grey 4 and Black. It also includes a black fine liner for free hand drawing which will nots mudge when used with the pens. As they are alchol based you do need to consider what inks you will be stamping with, in order to avoid smudged lines.

      Whilst this is a great starter set, be aware that in order to create shaded effects you really to need multiple hues of each colour, rather than just a single pen in each colour.

      Promarkers can be used on a variety of surfaces including card, glass, wood and other ink resistant surfaces and as such are used in a range of hobbies as well as cardmaking and papercraft.

      As well as colouring stamped images you can also use Promarkers to change the colour of plain white/cream coloured organza ribbon or silver peel-off stickers allowing you to colour match to your project. To colour ribbon simply lay on an old piece of card and colour. With peel off stickers ensure you colour before removing them from the sheet. Allow your ribbon and peel offs to dry for a short time before using to avoid marking your work.

      These pens are great for shading and colouring with real depth and blend beautifully. (They are frequently used in Manga comic style art). Some people prefer to apply dark to light colours and others light to dark it really is down to preference. Unlike with felt tips if will not show if you accidentally go over the same area twice.

      There is a wealth of information on the internet regarding how to get the most from your Promarkers as well as colouring guides. There are literally hundreds of colours in the range which is ever increasing and makes shading really easy. However in order to achive beautifully shading you really do need quite a collection which can be quite expensive compared to other colouring mediums used in papercraft.

      It is best to use quite thick card as promarkers will soak into the card and can be seen from the reverse. Also be aware of anything you have underneath when colouring in case it goes through.

      You can buy an ultra fine nib attachments to use with your Promarker pens to allow you to use as a standard pen for adding greetings or text. This is great as it allows you to fully colour match with your project.

      They are very versatile pens which can be used to create beautiful projects for a range of hobbies. I highly recommend these.

      This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.

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        16.02.2012 05:14

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        A suitable, cheaper alternative to Copic

        I've been using these markers for several years. They create a nice inked look and come in a vast range of colours. They're easy to use and cost-effective for beginners or people who might not want to splash out on a very expensive brand on a hobby straight away.

        There are a few small issues but nothing that can't be dealt with through practise:
        - the colours don't always match up exactly with the outer casing of the pen so I have to keep a test sheet to hand to avoid using certain wrong colours.
        - they tends to bleed very easily so it takes a bit of getting used to how close you can get to edges. They also don't create the smooth look as easily as other brands so you can sometimes find definite strokes that can be tricky to blend afterwards without darkening the colour.
        - they're double-ended and one end usually runs out before the other even if you use both equally, so it can be hard to decide when to replace the current one.

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        01.01.2012 15:43
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        Excellent value for money and very recommendable to anybody interested in this kind of art material.

        I have around 30 of these pens in a variety of colours. One thing I like about the Promarker range is that you are not limited to basic colours, rather much like other brands of pens. Although there is not quite as much selection as Letraset's Tria line, they are a great place to start if you are new to the world of inking.

        The pens are chunky and easy to hold, with a cap either end to cover the twin tips. One side features a large chisel-like nib, which is perfect for block colouring and filling out large areas. The other side has a smaller, more traditional pen nib which is round and comes to a point. This end is great for smaller details and colouring smaller areas.

        The colour consistency is good, and when used on clean paper comes out vibrant and smooth. The only problem I have with the colour is that it has a tendency to 'bleed', and is better suited for use on special bleed-proof paper. (You can buy pads of this cheaply from Letraset too.) However I have used them on other materials such as cardboard and wood, and have had good results. (Although I would recommend sticking to paper so as not to damage the nibs!)

        They create a professional finish, and on numerous occasions I have been asked if the work I have created with these pens was done on a computer! In the 3 years I have had these only 2 have become dry and run out. Go out and buy yourself some!

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          20.02.2011 17:18
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          a great investment for arty/crafty people

          I've always loved colouring books, crayons, felt tips etc so here I am, aged 58, still colouring in as I make a lot of greetings cards and love to craft!

          I have stashed away my felt tips, gel pens and crayons now though because of these Promarker pens the reults of which seem to transform what could be viewed at an amateurish and home-made project look more of a professional, hand-made one.

          They are basically alcohol based permanent ink pens which at first glance just look like ordinary felt tips but do not be deceived! They were originally marketed for graphic designers but are now much more readily available and can be bought online or at Hobbycraft and other craft/art shops. They vary in price from around £1.40 - £2 each or can be bought in sets. I often look on eBay but the cheapest price I have seen them is Amazon where a set of 12 costs around £12.55.

          One end of the Promarker has a very fine end which is brilliant for finely detailed work whilst the other end is flat and chiselled. The ink flows easily and smoothly and there is no clumping, smudging or blotching. I find that I can use them immediately because there is no need to 'get them going' before using on paper or card.

          They are well designed and comfortable to use (unlike some I've used) but the best thing of all is the results that can be achieved. You can layer up the same colour without having that awful stripey effect or blend colours together without the colours bleeding into each other.

          There are 148 colours to choose from which vary from white to skin tones, pastels through to vibrant and deep shades and finally a true jet black so I am sure that Letraset have catered for everyone in their range!

          I've been using the same set of pens for the last 2 years and they are still going strong although I use them 3 or 4 times a week. They have not dried up nor lost their intensity and the ends work as well as the day I bought them so even if they sound expensive you certainly get your money's worth.

          I cannot fault these Promarker pens and would recommend them to everyone who likes art and craft.

          Just a bit of advice though - do not let young children use them as they are too special :)

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            06.10.2010 12:32
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            Well worth the money

            I have been crafting for a very long time, although I am relatively new to this product. I've been using them every day for the last six months and as a crafter they have made such a difference to my results.

            Letraset Promarkers are an alcohol based permanent marker, but not just any marker. These are originally designed for graphic designers to enable a professional finish to their work. These absolutely do not compare to ordinary felt tipped pens in any way whatsoever!

            These pens come with double ended tips, a fine one for more detailed work, and a chiselled end for colouring large expanses of paper. They are quite a chunky pen and very comfortable to hold. Letraset has thought of everything.

            When colouring with these pens, the finish you get is fantastic. Imagine colouring, if you will, with a bog standard felt tipped pen. When you colour, the action of going back and forth leaves stripes on your work. Not so with these! The colours blend and although they are permanent, they are not at all opaque.

            You are able to blend with these pens and can build up the colour with the same pen. One layer of colouring over another will produce the most professional shaded effects.

            These pens retail at approximately £1.60 each, which is very expensive considering there are well over a hundred in a full set. However, you can purchase pre-sorted packs which work out at much better value.

            If you are considering purchasing these for your crafting needs there are other pens of this quality out there in the market place. Letraset Aqua markers (are water based and not many shades in the set) and Copics are two of the best, but these are much cheaper and get the same results, and the whole set is less expansive than a full set of Copics which will set you back around £1,600.

            In conclusion, these are the perfect pens for crafters, or those in need of a professional colouring finish. They are perfect for beginners and more advanced crafters alike and get the most amazing finish to your projects.

            Well worth the money!

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              18.08.2010 18:56
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              Excellent pens beat the competition hands down

              I have been crafting on and off for years now and always found it very difficult to get a good finish from felt tip pens, no matter how careful I was I always entered up with the same result - patchy and very amateurish...

              A friend told me about promarkers but for a long time I was put off by the price instead struggled on my old felt pens - eventually I gave in to temptation and bought a pack. With promarkers it is definitely the case of once tried there is no going back. They are so easy to use and really do produce professional results, gone is the patchy, grainy colouring of old. I do a lot of card making with stamped images and can now get the professional look I have never been able to achieve before with ease.

              Promarkers contain alcohol based ink which is great for soild colouring but also blend together beautifully without causing damage to your pen tips It is so easy to mix the colours you have to produce different colours/shades.

              Each pen is double-ended, with a broad chisel nib for large area fills and a fine bullet tip for more detailed work. A black fine line pen is also included in this set. If you are new to Promarkers this is a great set to start on as it offers a good range of colours to get you started. Be warned once you buy a set you will want more but with 148 colours in the range you will have plenty to choose from.

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              10.07.2010 19:49
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              Great product, easy to use and professional results!

              I'd taken my time in purchasing any Promarkers and the first set I bought was the skin tones which worked brilliantly! It has since snowballed and I have a number of different sets and I am amazed at just how good they are and how easy to use! I craft with both digital images that I print myself onto good quality card and also stamped images. I've not had any image 'bleed' with either type and the Promarkers have coloured the image wonderfully well. I always start with a base colour in the lightest shade that I have. For instance, colouring an elephant as the focal point for a baby boy card, I would start with a pale blue and then add darker shades where I want and need depth, building up a tone and shade to what then looks realistic and not flat. I do have the blender pen and find it useful in hiding anything that you've not quite managed too well but its not a necessity. With Promarkers, and even if you only have a few pens of different colours, you can add depth of colour by revisiting the same area a number of times - just let the ink dry in between!

              I've found Promarkers will work on a lot of different surfaces but they will not work on t-shirt transfer paper as it take the surface off. Bog basic felt tips work though!

              A really professional finish to any stamped or digital image or even if you want to colour white flower embellishments to match your backing paper! The opportunities are endless and you really can't go wrong!

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              19.09.2009 22:02
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              In my opinon, worth the money if you want a professional finish

              As an avid crafter, getting that professional finish when colouring in my stamped images is a must. I had been using other cheaper brands of pens for a while but always found I had lines on my work where I'd gone over the same area more than once, which I felt made it look childish.

              I had been reading about Promarkers on craft forums and websites for a while but had never bought any because they just seemed so expensive to me for marker pens (most shops sell them for around £1.60 per pen or around £8 for a pack of 5).

              I finally decided to take the plunge after reading that Hobbycraft had them on special offer for £4.99 per pack and as this seemed like a much better deal then I'd seen elsewhere, I got myself three packs of 5 pens, the Brights, Skin tones and Pastels collections.

              The great thing about these pens is that they are alcohol based, so no matter how much you colour and go over the same area on your card, it won't disintegrate or look like it's been coloured over many times, somehow the colour just all blends on the page to give a lovely smooth effect.

              Tthere are two different ends to these pens, a smaller nib for colouring in fine areas and a larger, broader one for colouring large areas quickly, which comes in very handy if you have a big space to fill in!

              One extra thing that I needed to get was a Memento Inkpad, as I was previously using Stazon ink and as this is a solvent based ink, I found that the alcohol based promarkers were making this bleed in some places and my images were looking a little smudged. After some research I found that as Memento dye inkpads are water based, my promarkers would not make this type of ink bleed.

              Letraset have recently released a range of 56 new colours taking the total up to 148 different ones to choose from.

              I am so glad that I bought these, I hardly ever use my previous pens now and will continue to build up my collection as they are well worth the money if you are wanting to get a really professional looking finish.

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                13.09.2009 19:40
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                Great alternative to Copics

                Around this time last year I decided to start making hand-made cards. Having created all of my own wedding stationery a few month previous and making thank you cards for the bridesmaids and best men I realised it was a good stress reliever after a hard, long day at the office.

                I quickly became a member of crafting forums and realised that there was plenty of items I needed to get to be able to develop my crafting abilities and one of these was to invest in some high quality pens or colouring pencils to use with digital images which could then be used on cards.

                I had heard a lot about Copics and was keen to invest in some until I saw the price which was around £2 per colour and with so many shades to choose from it would cost a small fortune to expand my collection and a lot of money that I really didn't have but after explaining to my husband that I would like something like copics for my birthday he said to find out what other brands were available and to compare them, this meant relying on other people's opinions and those more experienced than me which I was quite happy to do.

                I was disappointed that there was only 1 review on the pens and decided that I would have to ask people who I knew used them Promarkers and to view their work, I began to realise that promarkers and copics were very similar except at the current time they were half price in Hobbycraft £4.99 for a set of 5 shades.

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                Promarker Singles ranging from £1.45 upwards per single shade.
                Reds, Oranges, Browns, Yellows, Greens, Blues, Purples, Greys and Blacks are just some of the colour ranges available.

                Promarker 5 Pack ranging from £6.99 upwards
                There are 6 different colour schemes available for the 5 pack ranges these are:

                Pack 1 - Known as brights and contain vivid colours of Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Grass and Black.

                Pack 2 - Known as hues and contain primary colours of Royal blue, Poppy, Gold, Pine and Cocoa.

                Pack 3 - Known as Skin Tones and contain skin shades of Ivory, Satin, Blush, Dusky Pink and Cinnamon.

                Pack 4 - Known as Skin Accents and contain skin shades of Vanilla, Coral, Blossom, Pastel Pink and Shale.

                Pack 5 - Known as greys and are pales shades of grey right through to darker shades and are aptly known as Cool Grey 1-5.

                Pack 6 - Known as Pastels and are pale warm shades including Pastel Yellow, Pastel Blue, Pastel Green, Pastel Pink and Pastel Beige.

                Promarker Theme Set includes
                Sketching Set - Sky Blue, Cool Aqua, Blue Pearl, Cool Grey 3, Cinnamon, Pastel Pink, Pastel Pink, Saffron, Pastel Yellow, Gold and lime green.

                Hobby and Craft Set - Black, Henna, Ruby, Pumpkin, Pastel Pink, Canary, Meadow Green, Pastel Blue, Forest Green and Prussian.

                Garden Design Set - Red, Cocoa, Grass, Forest Green, Olive Green, Lime Green, Canary, Sandstone, Meadow Green and Pastel Blue.

                Fly-tying Set - Black, Henna, Ruby, Orange, Canary, Lime Green, Olive Green, Ice Grey 4, Cyan and Prussian.
                All sets contain specifically selected colours along with a black fine liner.

                Promarker 12 Set containing 12 pens and a fine liner. Set Includes:
                Henna . Ruby . Bright Orange . Canary
                Sky Blue . Indigo Blue . Lime Green . Forest Green
                Amethyst . Rose Pink . Cool Grey 4 . Black
                The lowest price I have found this set is at Amazon for £12.95.

                Each of the pen is double - ended, one end has a broad chisel end which is ideal for covering larger areas where as the other end is a fine bullet tip that is ideal for adding detail to your image, if you are a crafter or like using pens to create an art image then there are plenty of sites about to help with the shading and there is a blog specifically for Promarker Users which I have found helpful in creating beautiful images.

                The pens are permanent markers and on thin paper or card will tend to bleed through to the underneath so I would recommend having a bleedproof marker pad underneath to prevent ruining your work surface.

                The pens give a professional look and really add depth to your images and when you finally get the whole collection of pens you can create a fantastic shading effect and a truly professional image.

                Although I got my packs half price they are definately worthwhile investment as will last for a long, long time and will give you a more professional look.

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                  15.07.2009 18:37
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                  An alternative to Copics that's worth trying.

                  If you have read my review on Copic markers, then Letraset Promarkers fall in to the same category. Copics and Promarkers are the 2 most popular brands of marker pen in the papercrafting world right now.

                  Chances are you are either a Copic fan or a Promarker fan. I happen to be both! Like Copics, Promarkers are alcohol based inks. This means that if you're using them to colour in your rubber stamped images, you need to stamp using dye based ink pads (ideal range is Tsukineko Memento) so the image won't 'bleed' when it comes into contact with the markers. Promarkers are also dual tipped - one bullet tip for larger strokes and one chisel tip for finer detail. I tend to just use the chisel tip for colouring my images. Promarkers give you 'streak free' colouring (just like Copic) and that's one of their big plus points too.

                  There are 92 colours in the Promarker range. They create a really smooth effect and the colours have a more 'transparent' look to them than the rich and heavy Copics. I like how they create a 'softer' look to my images. Like Copics, i recommend buying more than one shade in each colour family so that you can 'layer' your colours to make your images looks more 3 dimensional. For example, i buy 3 colours in the same family - a light blue, blue and a darker blue.

                  Here are the advantages of Promarkers over Copic markers in my opinion.

                  1) They are cheaper. If you buy your Promarkers online you will pay between £1.59 (the cheapest i have found) and £1.99 per pen. Copics are priced at £2 and you won't find them cheaper.

                  2) More control. I find that the chisel nib on the Promarker is stronger and harder which gives more control when colouring small details and areas. This is a big plus for me.

                  3) The colour doesn't 'run' as much as Copics can do and doesn't soak through my card as much.

                  Disadvantages to Copics:

                  1) More limited range of colours. There are only 92 colours in the Promarker range and a blender pen.

                  2) They are not refillable like Copics.

                  3) Compared to Copics, i find they don't colour on as big a range of surfaces.

                  At the end of the day i think it's down to personal choice. They are both great ranges of marker pens and i have personally bought many from both ranges. If i HAD to make a choice though, i think overall i would say i prefer Copic markers. To me, they're just worth that little bit extra they cost.

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                  Ideal for everyday use in all areas of art, design and craft. ProMarker inks are alcohol based, this means they give incredible tonal range and can be applied to a diverse range of materials, not just paper. These permanent inks will produce vivid, bright colours right through to the subtlest pastel shades - the translucent inks can also be overlaid and blended, even further extending the range of shades and hues on offer. ProMarkers quality nibs and inks provide flawless colour lay down with consistent coverage and no unsightly streaking.