Which ink is used and is it lightfast?

We use an alcohol-based ink for the stylefile marker which is almost odourless. The ink is not lightfast since the colour can fade under direct sunlight – which is also the case for all alcohol markers (light fastness can only be achieved with pigments within the colour). Storing pictures in dark and dry places can avoid that.

Does the alcohol-based ink harm the environment or health?

No, it doesn’t. The alcohol ink used has been tested concerning health and environmental risks and poses no health hazard when coming into contact with skin. But it is not food-safe and therefore only restrictively suitable for children.

Is there a refill of the ink?

All stylefile markers are refillable with our respective stylefile marker ink. The refill is already in planning and will be available in 2016.

Can I use the stylefile marker for every kind of paper?

In principle, yes, you can. But absorbent substrates can reduce the quality and durability of the colours. Standard copying paper for example absorbs more colour than necessary which may cause deteriorating painting quality and increased ink consumption. This is why we recommend using our stylefile marker blackbooks and sketchpads to achieve low ink consumption and ideal results.

For which target groups and fields has the stylefile marker been developed for?

In general, there are no limits to drawing with alcohol-based ink. Because of its good suitability for drawing paper, the stylefile marker is often used by designers (fashion, products, etc.), architects, artists and artist students, graffiti writers, illustrators and of course comic-strip and manga artists. Thanks to the standard and brush marker, as well as an extensive colour assortment of 130 colours, there are unlimited ways of being creative!

What is the difference between the ‘stylefile marker’ and the ‘stylefile marker brush’?

The stylefile marker is somewhat our ‘standard model’ due to its fine tip and a broad chisel tip. The stylefile marker brush also has a chisel tip, but additionally includes a flexible brush tip resembling a paint-brush with which a line with different widths and smooth transitions can be drawn. This is why the stylefile marker brush is perfect for curved and organic shapes. Its construction and paint quality is equal to the standard marker. However, the stylefile marker brush is additionally available in a few pastel shades and stands out due to its light-grey encasing.

What do I need the “blender” for?

If you want to create fluent and smooth transitions or lighten up colours. The best blend-effects will be achieved by using the blender immediately after the application of the paint.