How to Color With Prismacolor Markers

Prismacolor markers are fantastic for adding detail to your art by being able to experience silky ink flow with fine tips. Artists love how much saturation they’re able to add to their DIY projects by using these alcohol-based ink drawing tools

How to Color With Prismacolor Markers

The Basic Method

  • Start by using one of your markers to draw two separate lines on a piece of marker paper. You can use the chisel tip or brush tip for this. 
  • Apply the same pressure all the way through whilst drawing the first line. 
  • Apply more pressure to the marker nib for the second line and gradually release the pressure as you get closer to finishing the line. 
  • This technique provides you with a visual aid that shows how the color on the first line is more even compared to the 2nd line. 
  • Next, use another one of your assorted colors and draw a square on the page. 
  • Fill the square using your colored pencils by using the same method as you did with the 1st line. 
  • The result will be even line widths without any gradients. You can use the fine tips to go back over areas that seem uneven and experiment with using different upwards, downward, or side-to-side motions. 


  • Grab some marker paper and write the brand of the markers at the top.
  • If you have several markers, you can use a separate page for each and write down the brand at the top of each page. 
  • Locate the code and name of the Prismacolor markers and write them down on the page. This helps you find the shade and tone of color more easily. 
  • Leave a small gap underneath the code and name so that you can scribble the ink color underneath. Be sure to apply varying degrees of pressure to bring out the lightest and darkest hues of that particular shade. 

This technique makes it much quicker and easier for you to see the different colors and shades of ink that you have whilst creating your image. 

Blending With Prismacolor Markers

  • Use a plastic palette and apply the brush nib to it until the ink begins to disperse. 
  • Then, grab another one of your assorted colors that’s a different shade but the same color. 
  • Dip the fine point into the previous shade’s ink to soak it up. Combining two distinct nibs of the same color but different hues is great for blending your artwork. 
  • You can create marker drawings on the page to see how the colors blend together. You can create transitions between the hues by holding the colored pencils at different angles and applying varying amounts of pressure. 
  • When it comes to double-ended art pens, you’ll find that there are distinct nibs capable of letting you easily use two colors. Try experimenting with one end of the pen before using the other end and seeing how it improves the quality of your coloring.

Also read: Best Markers for Coloring


After reading through our post on how to color using Prismacolor inks, we hope that you’re feeling confident about giving it a shot yourself. These handy methods can also be applied to Copic pens which makes them ideal for an artist who uses various art supplies.

There are different sets available, but the same techniques can be applied to all of their drawing tools, including double-ended art markers, the Prismacolor Premier set a fine-tip pen, and more.

The more you practice your blending skills, the better you’ll get! Remember to have fun whilst improving your sketch abilities and experiment with different tones and pastels.

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