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.