Posca markers | The paint markers for endless creativity
The Posca markers, you probably already know them. Since the 1980s, Posca markers have been very popular in the graffiti scene, but they are also increasingly being used for other creative expressions. The Posca paint markers are incredibly versatile, not only because there are no less than 66 paint colours available, but also because they can be used on a huge number of surfaces.
The unique formula of the water-based paint offers both matt and bright colours that last a long time. Posca paint markers can be used for both short and permanent execution, depending on the surface. Removing the paint works well on non-porous and smooth surfaces, but not on porous rough surfaces. The pens can be used on glass, wood, plastic, textiles, metal, paper, cardboard and most other surfaces. The markers draw finely on any material. This makes Posca a very accessible tool that brings artists and amateurs together around the same passion: creating. In this blog you will read how to use Posca in different ways, the various effects you can achieve with it and the surfaces you can apply it to.
How to use Posca paint markers?
First of all, you should shake the cap of the marker well before use. This allows the paint to mix well. Press the tip several times on, for example, a piece of paper, until the tip is soaked in paint. The pens are stored after use with the cap on, of course. The markers are available in 66 colours (including metallic, glitter and fluorescent) and 8 different sizes. For calligraphy, choose the PCF-350. For fine lines, use the PC-1M or PC-3M. The PC-5M and PC-7M are extremely universal and can be used for all designs. For quick coverage of large areas, the PC-8K and PC-17K are ideal.
What effects can I achieve with the markers?
Various effects can be achieved with the paint markers. You can of course use them on their own, but with these techniques you can achieve a lot more.
The Posca markers are also water colour markers! For a water colour or water colour effect, you can use a brush dipped in water before the paint dries. Use water colour paper for this technique. Sweep the brush over the wet paint and behold the beautiful effect. Water colour painting and drawing is incredibly easy in this way. This technique is ideal for water colours for beginners and advanced artists.
Create a unique tint by mixing the paint. As long as the paint is wet, you can mix the colours on the ground by sweeping them together with the tip or with a brush. If the tip gets dirty, you can easily clean the paint under the tap. You can then press the marker again several times to get the original colour back.
The dense, opaque Posca paint is perfectly paintable! Dark colours can be applied over lighter colours, just like light colours over darker colours. Do wait until the paint has dried before you want to go over it; fortunately the paint dries very quickly.
Create a splatter effect by blowing vigorously (and in a controlled manner!) on the paint-soaked Posca tip. It is advisable to test this technique on a blank piece of paper or card before you try it on your artwork. Practice makes perfect! This technique works best with broad tips: PC-3M, PC-5M, PC-7M, PC-8K, PC-17K.
On what surfaces can I use the markers?
Posca is a design tool for all surfaces, but they can be used differently depending on the surface. Here you can read how to get the best results for each surface.
Posca on fabric and textiles
Design your own trainers, backpack, bag, pillowcase, hoodie, whatever you like! Before you start working with your Posca markers, it is very important to wash the fabric in the washing machine to remove all the dirt. Do you want to design something that cannot be washed, such as leather? No problem, just wipe it with a damp cloth. It is advisable to put a piece of paper or cardboard under the material when you are working with the paint pens. When your work is finished and dry, you can make it permanent by ironing it inside out, without steam. Please note that you will not be able to remove the paint from your clothes. Place a piece of baking paper between the iron and your design for extra protection. If the material cannot be ironed, use a hairdryer.
Posca on wood
How cool is it to customise your skateboard, guitar or surfboard? Posca wood markers are great for use on wood, but on treated or varnished wood it is helpful to sand it down with sandpaper beforehand. With reused or recycled wood, it is advisable to clean it beforehand with water and a soft sponge and let it dry. Wood absorbs a lot of paint, so keep in mind that extra layers may be needed. When the paint is dry, apply 2 coats of water-based spray paint in slow circular movements. Please note: removing the paint from wood is not easy, so it is really permanent.
Posca on glass
Design your mirrors, windows, decanters and glasses. Before designing, clean the surface with a cloth, making sure it is completely clean. Line work gives the best result. Surfaces that need to be coloured will need several layers to make it completely opaque. It is possible to remove paint from glass. Removing the marker is easy with water or make it permanent by applying two coats of varnish. Use the pen to write or draw on glass.
Posca on ceramics
Give your boring old jars a new lease of life! Before you start your creation, clean the surface with a cloth and make sure it is dry. The result will be short-lived if the ceramic has been treated (e.g. glazed porcelain) and permanent if the ceramic is rough (e.g. fired clay). Rough ceramics are porous and will therefore need more layers. When the work is finished and dry, you can fix it. In the case of treated ceramics, you can fixate the design with a water-based spray paint and spray it in small circular movements at a distance of 30 cm. In case of rough ceramics you have to put them in the oven: let the oven heat up to 220°, then turn the oven off and lower the temperature to take the object out cold. To fix porcelain, proceed in the same way, but at a temperature of 160° for a maximum of 45 minutes. To optimise its life, a water-based varnish or a varnish glue can be applied. Afterwards, you only need to rinse it with cold water. Caution! You can no longer use the object for food purposes if you decorate it with Posca paint.
Posca on plastic
Decorate your phone case or lunch box. Posca paint adheres perfectly to plastic! There is not much preparation necessary, just make sure that the object is free of dust and grease. When your work is done, use two coats of spray paint.
Posca on metal
Customize your water bottle, watering can or bicycle. As with plastic, using the paint pens on metal does not require much preparation. Just make sure you have a clean surface and let your creativity run free. When your work is complete, spray two to three coats of water-based paint over your design. Removing the paint from metal is fine if it is a smooth metal. With rough metals, the paint is permanent.
Posca on minerals
It is very popular to decorate stones with unique designs and this is not surprising, because it is very fun to do! The stone markers are great to use, just make sure the surface is clean again and apply paint when your work is done and dry. They are markers for painting stones!
Posca on paper, cardboard and canvas
Back to basics! Of course it’s great fun to decorate your shoes and skateboard, but paper, cardboard and canvas are materials that are indispensable in the art world. There are no specific preparations for these materials, but you can always apply a paint primer or spray paint.