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Testing DecoColor Oil Markers

December 13, 2011

Christmas came a few days early today when I received my order of DecoColor Opaque Markers. Unlike the acrylic markers I reviewed in my previous post, these are oil based. I picked out just three colors to test out in various point styles. The white has an “extra fine” point, the Rose Wood is “fine,” and the pastel peach is “broad.” Like the other markers these use pigmented lightfast ink.

The only instructions for these markers is to shake before using, and be sure to keep the cap on when you do or drops will fly all over the place. The ink also doesn’t wash out easily. They use Xylene as the solvent, so be sure to use in a ventilated area.

Are they opaque? Not so much, no. As you can see in the scan on the left I’ve laid down the rose wood color first, and then drew over this with the white and peach colors. The color stays transparent here. I can build it up some with more layers, but it doesn’t get that much more opaque. By the way, I’m using a 300# watercolor paper that accounts for the uneven texture seen in the white color. On the peach color, the white covers a little better as does the darker rose wood. I should also mention that the ink dries immediately.

Notice here how well these inks work on top of the DecoColor Arylic Marker (this is the English red color.) A single coat covers better here on the acrylic than on the oil markers, but is still transparent. They’re useful, just not all that opaque. Also in this scan you can see some marks made by a .005 Micron marker on the left side (slightly dried out) and a Hunt 512 pen nib point. The “extra fine” is about the same width as the .005 Micron. I would expect the DecoColor black to be nicely dark, so I’ll have to get one of those soon as well.

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