The tranquil—some would call it sleepy—bedroom community of Beachville lies ninety miles southwest of Toronto.
While largely overshadowed by neighboring cities, this village has acquired an intriguing history. It, for example, once hosted the largest open-pit lime mines in the western world! The villagers understandably ignore this footnote, concentrating instead on Beachville’s contribution to the origin of baseball.
Yes, the world’s first recorded baseball game was played in this tiny village. Sadly, this accomplishment has failed to provide the inspiration required to attract an influx of tourists. Probably because that crucial game was played 185 years ago, and the original baseball diamond has long since been converted to housing.
This village, situated in the heart of Southern Ontario, is surrounded by small farms and woodlots. The majestic Thames River runs through it, twisting and turning before reluctantly heading further west.
As you might expect, this scenic setting has attracted many serious artists. And when Ohuhu asked me to review a set of their water-based markers, I immediately checked with Christie Ludwig, a respected local painter, requesting that she run them through a series of tests.
Although Christie is always busy, I thought she might find the time. While Beachville is certainly a winter wonderland, when you’ve spent the whole morning shoveling snow, you don’t want to paint it in the afternoon. My assumption proved incorrect; nothing can keep Christie away from her easel and brushes. However, she agreed to take a close look at the marker set.
The set was packaged inside a soft black case fitted with a double zipper. The outer pouch is 10 inches tall, 7.5 inches wide, and 3.5 inches deep. Contained within are a pair of pockets, each holding 80 markers. The type and size of the case vary according to the number of markers ordered. While my package included 160, they are also available in sets of 36, 60, 100, and 120.
Each marker is 16 centimeters (6.3 inches) long with a diameter of about 1 centimeter.
They are fitted with dual tips, allowing the user to draw either fine or thicker lines. A small bag of replacement tips is provided.
A color swatch is also enclosed. Each color on this card is numbered, matching the figure inscribed on the corresponding marker. A blank color swatch allows the more finicky artist to exactly match the individual colors.
- Brand: Ohuhu
- Name: Fineliner art markers
- Set size: 160 (36, 60, 100, and 120 are also available)
- Type: Water-based
- Dual tip: Yes
- Spare tips: Yes
- Color swatch: Yes
- Carrying case: Yes
Water-based markers can be utilized in a wide variety of situations. Typical applications include line drawings, sketching, product design, calligraphy, manga, fine art, coloring, crafting, highlighting, rendering, journaling, doodling, lettering, card making, stamping, shading, and watercolor illustrations.
Comparing Water and Alcohol Based Markers
Alcohol-based markers are often referred to as permanent markers. Artists usually prefer them because they blend colors smoothly and predictably.
The ink of water-based markers is water soluble. They are typically filled with water and pigment or a combination of water, glycerin, and pigment.
These markers are great for watercolor art. And because the ink is made from water-based pigments, the color can be removed from hands, clothing, and canvas. They also take longer to dry than their alcohol-based counterparts, providing a helpful method for students to practice color application.
A balanced weight combined with a tactile surface ensures a pleasant experience.
My set of markers provided 160 different colors and subtle variations. The colors flow smoothly onto paper, and there is sufficient variety to fulfill an artist’s shading and highlighting requirements.
The artist can simply switch to the smaller tip if coloring within a tight spot and, because the same marker is being employed, the color used will match. The caps snap on with a satisfying click, ensuring they are correctly replaced.
Unless using properly laminated paper, the color will eventually seep through to the backside or onto the sheet below. This problem can be alleviated by using marker paper or thick paper. A scrap sheet can also be positioned under the page being colored to ensure the underlying sheet is not marred.
When using good-quality paper, Christie noted that bleeding did not present a problem unless she spread a thick coating of color onto the page.
My expert closely examined each of the 160 markers when they first arrived. She found no evidence of mold. Because damp conditions are ideal for growing mildew, markers should be stored in a cool, dry environment with their caps snapped firmly in place.
Christie liked this marker set. She found the wide variety of colors helpful for shading and highlighting, and the individual markers were easy to hold and control. Christie also noted that the dual-tip design is beneficial when working within a cramped space. The Ohuhu Water-Based Fineliner Art Marker set is recommended.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2023 Walter Shillington