Now that I've had more time to play around with these fantastic new Ultra Fine Nibs for the Letraset Promarkers, I've come across some hints and tips that I thought I'd pass on.
Now, one question I'm asked a lot about these new tips is "do I need a nib for every pen?" well there's not a straight-forward answer to that one..... Letraset recommend that you use 1 nib for 1 pen, and if you only have a few promarkers then that's great, but for those of us who have more than just a few then that's quite a lot of nibs we're going to have to buy. So here is my solution to save a little money and/or space out those nib purchases.... I work from dark to light when I'm colouring, and most of the time (although there are exceptions to this rule) the smaller areas that need colouring would be the areas I would be colouring with my darkest shade of whichever colour family I am using at the time.
For instance, if I was colouring brunette hair, I would be using Walnut, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Tan and Almond (Walnut is my darkest shade here). I would probably be using Walnut at the roots, behind the head and at the tips - which are most likely to be the fiddliest areas to colour. So working on this theory it would be quite cost-effective to buy nibs for (for instance) 1 dark brown, 1 dark pink, 1 dark blue, 1 dark green etc etc or whichever colour combinations you use most.
It is possible to swap your nibs around on different pens - however you need to be aware that you'll have to scribble a little with the nib to flush the old colour from the nib and to let the new colour wick through - my advice would be to stick to the same colour family though.
So what else can these Ultra Fine Nibs do? well, for those of you who use your blender pen to introduce a bit of texture in your colouring then think of the possibilities with a fine nib - here are a few examples...
I have roughly coloured the dragon's skin with Olive and Pear Greens (Image is Draco the dragon from Whiff of Joy)
I used the normal bullet tip of the blender pen to create texture on the upper, lighter area by simply touching the nib to the paper for a second and repeating this all over. I then clicked the Ultra Fine Nib over the bullet tip of the blender pen, waited a few seconds for the blender fluid to flow and then repeated the touching of the tip to the paper on the belly area- you can see that the dots are far smaller and finer.
You could use your blender pen with ultra fine nib to create loads of different effects - give it a try, and I'd love to see how you get on. Why not try wee lines, doodles or patterns?
The nibs are also ideal for doodling, faux-stitching, writing etc, you are now no longer restricted to using just a black fine-liner, you can have any colour you wish :)