Tombow ABT PRO
Alcohol-based Marker

The new Tombow ABT PRO Alcohol-Based Marker is a permanent dual tipped art marker with a flexible brush tip and chisel tip in one. Similar in design to Tombow’s flagship Dual Brush Pen, the ABT PRO features a slender barrel for a natural, comfortable grip during use and is ideal for artists, designers and crafters.

ABT Pro features

Flexible Brush Tip and Broad Chisel Tip

Fast-Drying Permanent Ink

Rich, Vibrant Color Saturation

Great for Layering and Shading

Available in 107 Colors + Blender Pen

Slender Barrel Creates a Natural Grip

Ideal for Artists, Designers + Crafters

Layered Ink Won't Pill Paper

High quality japanese nibs

Flexible brush tip distributes ink consistently as pressure changes. Durable polyester chisel tip retains shape after heavy use.

Air-tight caps protect tips

ABT PRO Alcohol-Based Markers are designed with air-tight caps to prevent alcohol ink from drying out. Inner caps auto-center to protect nibs when re-capping markers.

Rich vibrant color saturation

Permanent, alcohol-based ink is fast-drying, vibrant and great for layering and shading. Great for creating fully saturated, rich color blends.

Professional quality markers

Professional quality markers are ideal for graphic designers, illustrators and professional artists. Permanent ink is long-lasting and won’t pill paper.

Great for skin tones

ABT PRO Markers come in 108 colors and include a wide range of skin tones for drawing a diverse array of people with unique hair, eyes and other distinct features.

Great for abstract art & illustrations

Use the chisel tip for quick sketches and abstract illustrations. The broad chisel tip is durable and great for creating consistently thick or thin strokes.

Great for fashion illustration

The consistent flow of ink makes the ABT PRO easy to use on marker paper and is ideal for fashion illustration. Rich pigment ink layers perfectly to create a range of vibrant color values.

Great for paper-crafting

ABT PRO Alcohol-Based Markers are great for paper crafting, card making, scrapbooking, collage and coloring stamped images.

Basic Techniques

Learn the basic techniques for coloring and blending. Practice these techniques and you'll be a pro in no time!


Using the brush tip, apply a light amount of pressure (using mainly the tip of the brush) to apply a light layer of color. Apply more pressure (using the full width of the brush) to apply a darker layer of color.


Use the broad chisel tip to create straight, consecutive lines to fill large areas. Apply one layer for lighter fills and multiple layers for darker fills.

Circular Strokes

Use the brush tip to draw small circular shapes to create an even distribution of color. This creates a more saturated fill.


Use the brush tip to create a base layer using even ink distribution. Layer the same color ink on top of the base layer to create a darker color.


Apply more pressure at the beginning of the stroke and release pressure at the end of stroke using a flicking motion. Use light, swift strokes to create a feathered edge for blending.

How to blend with one marker

Learn how to create seamless color blends using a single alcohol-based marker.

Step 1

Draw a shape and fill with ink using the lightest pressure to create the first layer of color. For best results, use a hard lead pencil to draw outlines to prevent smudging.

Step 2

Apply a second layer by starting from the bottom and filling the shape 2/3 of the way to the top. Use a flicking motion to feather color at the end of each stroke.

Step 3

Apply a third layer of color by adding slightly more pressure and coming up 2/3 of the way to the top of the previous layer. Repeat this step until you reach desired saturation.

How to blend with three markers

Create unlimited color gradients by blending light, medium and dark tones.

Blending Tip

The trick to creating seamless blends is to start using light pressure and gradually adding heavier pressure to darken colors so the paper doesn’t get saturated too quickly.

Step 1

Select three colors in the same blending family; a light, medium and dark tone. Colors shown in this example are P401, P403, and P407.

Step 2

Draw a simple shape and use small circular motions to fill it with the lightest color. This forms your base layer, which will become the highlights in your final piece.

Step 3

Select the mid-tone (medium color) to create shadows by applying color using a flicking technique, starting from the edge. Be sure to leave space for the lightest color to shine through.

Step 4

Select the darkest color to create the shadow. Start from the edge and use a flicking technique to blend the dark tone into the mid-tone. Be sure to leave space for the mid-tone to show through.

Step 5

To blend the two darkest colors, select the lighter of the two colors (mid-tone) and use a flicking technique to apply color in the overlapping areas.

Step 6

To blend the two lightest colors, select the lighter of the two colors (lightest color) and use a flicking technique to apply color in the overlapping areas.

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What people are saying...

Check out our customer testimonials and leave a review of your own.

Testimonial 1: The ABT PRO Alcohol-Based Markers have quickly become my favorite marker! They layer color extremely well. They also do not oversaturate your paper, giving you smoother color gradients and making them easy to use, especially for a beginner. I love using them to create florals, food illustrations and portraits. Submitted by Mandy Faucher Testimonial 2: Coloring stamped images for cards and papercrafting is my favorite way to use the ABT PRO Alcohol-Based Markers! The ink is vibrant and a little goes a long way. The fine point of the brush tip is perfect for tiney details and precise coloring. I love that I can get a beautiful blend using only two or three markers, unlike other brands where you need several tones of the same color to get a good blend. The ABT PRO markers make coloring quick and fun, and are great for beginners and pros alike! Submitted by Dani Manning Testimonial 3: The alcohol ink in the ABT PRO blends beautifully! I've been using them to illustrate and the brush tips are my favorite! I also really like the gray barrel, so it's easy to tell the different between the ABT PRO and the Dual Brush Pens. Submitted by Katie Smith
Testimonial 4: I love how vibrant the ABT PRO ink is, and the variety of available colors make them perfect for illustrating any subject. I particularly love using them for fashion illustrations and portraits! Submitted by Jessica Mack Testimonial 5: The ABT PRO Alcohol-Based Marker colors are bright, easy to blend and I love the color range they come in. Submitted by Smitha Katti Testimonial 6: The Tombow ABT PROs are just plain fun! I love using them for portraits, architectural sketches and food illustrations. The colors are vibrant and diverse, and they blend and layer beautifully. The brush tip creates really lovely organic strokes and the chisel tip is durable and great for different media. The creative possibilities are endless with the ABT PRO! Submitted by Grace Myhre Testimonial 7: I love using the Tombow ABT PRO to sketch people. The vibrant colors and easy blending are perfect for achieving stunning lights and shadows in skin tones and hair. Submitted by Jennie Garcia Bones

FAQs: What you should know

Alcohol-based ink allows you to blend directly without adding water. This goes for colors in the same family or two completely different colors. Unlike water-based ink, no matter how much color you add with alcohol ink the paper will not pill.

The ABT PRO brush tip is made of nylon and the chisel tip is made of polyester.

The ABT PRO is an alcohol-based marker that is water resistant and cannot be diluted or blended with water. The markers feature a brush tip and a chisel tip. The Dual Brush Pen is a water-based marker with water-soluble ink that can be blended and diluted with water. It features a brush tip and a fine point bullet tip. You can easily tell the difference between the two by barrel color – the ABT PRO barrel is light gray and the Dual Brush Pen barrel is black.

The ABT PRO should be stored horizontally.

The Tombow Marker Case mold will not fit the ABT PRO Markers. Because the ABT PRO should be stored horizontally, ABT PRO markers should not be used in a vertical case.

There are 107 colors along with a blender pen in the full ABT PRO set. The numbering system is similar to the Dual Brush Pens to enable you to quickly identify which colors are the same. There are 18 colors that are unique to the ABT PRO, including: P077, P191, P127, P282, P502, P539, P660, P633, P680, P683, P839, P907, P848, P881, P852, P987, PN69 and PN29. Due to the differences in ink formulation, colors may not be an exact match.

The ABT PRO Blender Pen is a colorless pen filled with pure solvent and no color which can be used for creating textural effects. The ABT PRO Blender Pen can also be used to “push” color around and remove or lighten ink that has already been applied to paper. Tip: Easily clean ink from barrel by brushing markers with Blender Pen.

Because alcohol ink can dry out quicker than water-based ink, we recommend a maximum cap off time of 15 minutes for the chisel tip and 15-30 minutes for the brush tip. If the pen dries out, replace cap on marker for 24 hours to revive the ink.

No, the ABT PRO is not refillable.

No. ABT PRO markers, like most alcohol-based markers use dye-based color. Open faced artwork can fade over time if exposed to direct sunlight. The effect is less for illustrations done inside a book, or illustrations that are hung away from windows and protected by UV glass.

Actually, alcohol-based markers cannot be completely acid-free because of the way the dyes are made inside the alcohol-based markers. The level of acidity will vary by color, however, when present the acidity level is very low.

A paper with a medium absorbency that lays down a smooth color field is what we like best! Some that we recommend include: HP Premium 32 Laserjet Paper, bristol paper, marker paper, smooth mixed media paper (more absorbent), watercolor paper and illustration paper.

Alcohol-based ink can be used on surfaces other than paper. This includes: glass, plastic, metal, fabric and many others. However, marker tips may fray after being used on rougher surfaces.

Yes, we recommend using a blotter when using alcohol-based markers to avoid damaging any surfaces.

No, alcohol-based inks will stain textiles and cannot be removed by washing.



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