Intro: How to Use Montana Paint Markers
I’ve recently began playing with Montana acrylic markers. These markers are a water-based, highly pigmented, they are a light-fast, high covering, water-proof, non-toxic and abrasion proof tool allowing an acrylic application to almost any surface. They do not contain any xylene and so do not have that strong solvent odor.To activate them you must pump them up and down for a short period of time.
What I really like about these markers are the different sizes and nibs you can purchase. They go from extra-fine to 15 mm and from a broad nib, bullet, chiseled, needle tip and calligraphy stylus. I find them comfortable to hold. I would like more color choices but you can always mix your own colors if you purchase refill inks and empty markers. The transparent marker bodies allow you to see the color you have created and how much paint you have left in the container.
The colors tend to be opaque and matte on most surfaces. The lighter colors are not as opaque. The fluorescent do not flow as well and their opacity is thus affected. I’ve really enjoyed them on canvas and gels. They work really well on any non-absorbent or non-porous surface. If you use porous surfaces the paint can set in. I have yet to play with them on wood and metal. In any case, you need to make certain your surface is dry and clean.
I personally like the extra-fine and fine point nibs for linework or outlining shapes. The larger sized nibs allow faster coverage of an area. If you have a bumpy surface, you get nice, broken lines due to the skipping of color. The nibs hold up nicely to aggressive use. These markers can also be used for airbrush work and brushwork. I’ll be trying them on transparent vinyl shortly for a special technique I have in mind. My only real recommendation would be to insure that you put back the caps as soon as you are done as the finer marker tips can dry up fast.
Step 1: Prepare All the Closely Related Colors Needed for the Project
Goal: outline,blend and integrate colors into the Montana Marker’s shape you will be creating. You will possibly require: Water, rag, brush, paints both Heavy Body, Fluids, coloring pencils and colored Montana markers. Any other products that will help you blend within the same color family.
The important thing is to find colors in the same color family.
Step 2: Activating the Montana Markers
Activate the Montana Marker by pumping up and down on the nib.
Step 3: Create a Shape With the Colored Marker
Push colors from your acrylic paint or coloring pencils into the edge or over top of your outline so that the colors blend into the shape.
Step 4: Experiment With Different Media
Use paints, both Heavy Body and Fluids, Vat Orange, Cadmium Orange to cover or integrate the colored outline.
Step 5: Create Soft Edges
While wet or drying you can remove some of the color around the outlined shape you created.
Don’t forget to cap your paint markers!