by Ellie Jakeman November 10, 2021
A Posca art pen is basically an odourless, water-based and water resistant pigment ink marker for most surfaces. It is very popular amongst artists, designers, calligraphers, illustrators and creative hobbyists. It is used by amateurs and professionals on all types of materials, hence its versatility and compatibility to use with other mediums. The acrylic paint is contained in a hard, hand held plastic tube with a polyester fibre applicator nib. Various shaped nibs are available, so you can always choose the right nib for the right project! Uni-ball POSCA Markers contain highly pigmented water based pigment ink that produce poster-like, vibrant and vivid colours. Once applied they are opaque and will dry like acrylic paint. Posca markers are water-resistant.
Yes. They are lightfast and water resistant and will write on virtually any surface from glass, primed canvas and wood, to paper and metal without any bleed. Once dry, the opaque colours can be completely covered with a new paint application, working colour over colour. Also, Posca markers are amazing for laying down opaque blocks of vivid colours next to each other. A graphic designers dream medium.
Whilst still wet, the acrylic marker paint can be diluted with a little water to create washes, either directly on the substrate or in a palette. Paint can also be blended when wet on the substrate to create new colour combinations.
Uni-ball Posca markers are lightweight and easy to transport, they can be used for painting indoors or outdoors. Take them on holiday or sketching days out. Using Posca art pens will allow you to start and finish a painting in one sitting as there is a very short window on drying times, only a few minutes at the most!
Water resistant Uni-ball Posca Markers are the ideal medium for customising many of your favourite objects such as skateboards, bedroom doors, bedroom walls, mobile phones, mirrors, lampshades, trainers, denim jacket, leather jacket, water-bottles, your bicycle and a whole host of other objects.
PC-17K Extra Broad 15mm tip; Extra Broad chisel/square 15mm tip. Available in 10 vivid colours, it has an extra-broad square shape tip, will create fat and thin lines, it is great for creating lettering and excellent for filling in large areas. Excellent for large scale artwork, murals, indoors and outdoors, great for using on walls, and windows. Used for Street Art, Graffiti Art, large italic style handwriting and large format work.
PC-8K Broad Chisel tip 8mm; Available in 33 vivid colours. Allows you to create thick or thin lines, neat curves and also tapered lines. Excellent for calligraphy, lettering and outlining, Street Art, Graffiti Art, Italic-style hand-writing and large format work. Murals indoors and outdoors. Replaceable tip.
PC-7M Broad Bullet tip 4.5-5.5mm; Available in 15 vivid colours, great for creating dots and smooth outlines, neat curves and great for blending and fine details. The rounded tip is excellent for precision on large art pieces on canvas or primed or unprimed wooden panels.
PC-5M Medium 1.8-2.5mm bullet tip; Available in 49 vivid colours with reversible and replaceable tip. Multi-purpose marker, produces neat and precise lines for detailed work, and for blending colours together. Used for colouring and lettering. Great all-rounder.
PC-3M Fine tip 0.9-1.3mm; Available in 44 vivid colours, reversible and replaceable tip. Used for extra fine detailing, designing, drawing, decorating and lettering. Great all-rounder.
PC-1M Extra Fine 0.7mm marker; Available in 29 vivid colours . Extra fine and precise bullet tip. Used for those extra fine details and designs. Used by card makers, designers, and illustrators. Can create tiny dots, curves, continuous lines and expressive strokes. Great for colouring.
PCF-350 Brush marker; Available in 10 vivid colours. Soft brush fibre tip, is ideal for brush script, calligraphy and colouring. Excellent for creating painterly marks and reaching areas that other markers cannot with its soft fine tip. Great for colouring and fine designs.
Always make sure your surface is dust and grease free before you start any project. The smoother the surface the longer the drying time, however Posca art pens only usually take a few minutes to dry in the right conditions. They can be used on almost any surface.
New art pens, releasing the Paint!
Before using your new Uni-ball Posca pen, you will need to shake your pen vigorously to mix the paint inside the tube. Then dab and press your new Posca a few times to enable the flow of paint to impregnate the fibre tip/nib. Don't flood the nib too much, or the paint will pool and flood on the surface. As soon as you see the paint being loaded into the nib, stop pressing down.
Once you can see the paint in the nib, do some tests on a spare piece of paper. Use a paper towel for any excess paint. Whilst waiting to use between colours, stand your pen (vertically with the lid on) on a flat surface with the fibre tip down. This will ensure your nib is fully loaded with pigment. If needed, you can shake your marker (with the lid on), between applications.
When you are finished using your Posca markers they must be stored with the cap firmly on. Most Poscas can be stored vertically or horizontally, apart from the brush-tipped Posca which should be stored horizontally if possible.
If your tip becomes damaged, it can be turned around or even replaced with a new tip bought separately.
Reversible tips: PC-3M and PC-5M
Replaceable tips: PC-1MC, PC-3M, PC-5M, PC-7M, PC-9K, PC-17K.
Most of the Posca tips are washable and replaceable or reversible. If you find one of your tips has dried out, you can soak it in a glass of water and then replace it.
Posca water based pigment ink markers are available in pin, chisel, bullet and brush tips, with a huge range of vibrant, opaque colours to choose from. There are a total of 66 colours, including 8 Metallic, 6 Fluorescent and 8 Glitter. Each marker will have a particular palette available for that size and nib type.
Black and White is available in every nib sizes.
The metallic colours are great for all craft orientated artwork and seasonal decorations. The neon colours will allow you to create some amazing birthday or occasional decorations.
The broad nibs will allow you to overlay colours to create subtle tones. For best results, wait until each layer is dry, then overlay your different hues. Or, you can work wet into wet to create gradients or blend your paints to create new colour combinations.
Complimentary colours will sing off the paper when laid down next to each other. Or you could work block colours close to each other on the spectrum to create harmonic palettes. Poscas are an excellent medium for creating vivid and bright flat geometric shapes and surface pattern designs.
If you love Uni-ball POSCA paint markers, you will adore POSCA pencils.
Uni-ball POSCA pencil's smooth finish allows for a range of tried and tested drawing techniques. The pencils blend, stipple, cross-hatch, and outline. They can also be used with water and turpentine to create washes of colour or mix blended colours on the paper.
Uni-ball POSCA has expanded its range to include Posca Pencils, giving artists, illustrators and crafters more creative options and possibilities. The new POSCA PENCIL & POSCA PASTEL ranges complete the Uni-ball POSCA colour collection and work beautifully on a wide range of surfaces.
These pencils have the same quality you would expect from Uni-ball POSCA, boasting amazing longevity, usability and naturally a fantastic colour range and coverage.
They have a unique formula and contain more oil than wax, making the colours ultra deep, punchy and vivid. Their innovative construction means the pencils are sleek and easy to use, sharpen like a dream and don't crumble or break when a heavy pressure is applied
Available in 36 stunning shades, these top quality art pencils have six levels of intensity and carry a deep, rich concentration on the page. They are adaptable too; they look great on light and dark papers and can be used with both water and turpentine to achieve a range of effects
The new POSCA PASTEL range completes the POSCA colour collection. Their unique formula contains more wax than oil, so colours are vibrant with a super smooth finish. This also means that POSCA pastels leave hardly any residue on the page. Colours can be blended and overlaid, you can stipple, colour block, cross-hatch, scratch and outline. Plus you can heat the sticks to create textured effects. POSCA PASTELS can be used on wood, glass and fabric as well as on pastel board and paper . The Posca pastels have a long and fine body and are used like a pencil, are ergonomic with a natural grip. They can be sharpened to a thin tip for detailed work or used to create shading and mark making.
This set includes all 24 POSCA PASTEL colours: White, Yellow, Bright Yellow, Light Green, Green, Emerald Green, Apple Green, Blue, Light Blue, Prussian Blue, Sky Blue, Fuchsia, Violet, Pink, Vermilion, Red, Dark Red, Dark Olive, Brown, Dark Brown, Light Ochre, Black, Grey and Light Orange.
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I have had a strong interest in the visual and creative arts since a very early age. After completing an Art and Design Degree and Post graduate studies I have taught Art and Design, Fashion and Textiles, Textile design , Fine Art print and Illustration for over 20 years. Before teaching I was a freelance artist and illustrator and decided 4 years ago I would return to freelance and commissioned work. I have created many domestic and commercial murals for hospitals and hospices. I work part time for ARTdiscount as a content creator and product tester.
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