Markers for all your arts and crafts projects.

Ultimate Guide To Markers For All Your Arts and Crafts Projects

Welcome! Prepare to become well informed!

After getting many requests from readers, we have put together this colossal markers guide for you.

We can guarantee this post will help you become a guru!

In this post, we share a wealth of information on best markers for drawing, sketching and illustrations.

We have a comprehensive guide to Copic Markers, Dry Erase Makers, Fabric Markers, markers to use in Adult Coloring books and Paint Markers and more.

Looking for something specific? See our table of contents below.

Markers for all your arts and crafts projects.

This post was last updated on 18 March 2018

Vector Illustration of 4 Markers with blue tips

 The Complete Guide To Copic Markers

Do you like drawing? If you ask most people this, they will say yes. So they should, drawing is an enjoyable pastime. There are many different instruments you can draw with, from a gray lead pencil to a thick permanent marker. If you are looking for the best markers for drawing, you've come to the right place.

Let us ask you a question. Are you an artist, who uses markers on a regular basis? Well, it might be your staple medium, the primary instrument you use to create your masterpieces. Now that is all good and well, but for you marker users out there, you might face a problem.

Let's face it; you are not five anymore. No doubt you used thick, chubby markers in your childhood. They are great for drawing simple pictures like stick figure versions of your family, drawings of your house and friends. However, you are not five anymore, are you?

Your world is a lot more complicated and varied than the simple one of your five-year-old mind. So, it is only natural that your drawings should reflect that. In turn, you are beginning to think that it was time for a slight upgrade. For example, something that's more versatile and suited to your complex masterpieces.

That is great! However, unfortunately, these are only thoughts in your head. It will take a little work to make your ideas come to life. So, like most of us, you fire up the computer and begin to scour the internet, looking for the markers of your dreams.

Now I do not know about you, but the vastness of the internet, and lack of helpful, comprehensive resources. It makes my head explode! This always seems to happen; it makes me want to scream. "Why on earth hasn't someone created a helpful resource?!"

For your sake, don't follow my example, and get all hot and bothered. I realized that others might have the same problems of finding the best markers for drawing and that made me all the more determined to fix it once and for all.

So, after hours of searching online, and scouring through who knows how many resources, I present to you, The Complete Guide To Copic Markers!

May the problem of never being able to find suitable tools for your drawings disappear forever.

Liubov Druma on Instagram Red Velvet Cake With White Frosting and berries drawn with Copic Markers
Stunning artwork by Liubov Druma created with Copics. Find more inspiration https://www.instagram.com/liubovdruma/ and her video tutorials at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTyWYT4iRoTDooclN2-mC1A/feed

What Are Copic Markers?

Copic Markers are a specific type of drawing marker. They are highly recommended as the best illustration markers for artists.

They were first developed for the Japanese manga industry by the Too Corporation back in 1987.

Initially created for fine art and design, then the Japanese comic industry (Manga & Anime) began using the products.

Copic markers are alcohol based with high quality permanent, non-toxic, acid-free ink.

The alcohol used in the marker is ethanol which is manufactured from plants. No animal products are used in the production process.

They are also environmentally friendly as they can be refilled, so no need to throw the plastic barrels away.

They are very popular with crafters and artists because they produce pretty smooth and easy-to-blend colors.

Copics are the best markers for artists who are looking for excellent pigmented ink that lays down well, with amazing blendibility.

Bridgette Copple on Instagram Copic Marker Collection
Artist Bridgette Copple's Copic collection. Check out her magical artwork here https://www.instagram.com/bridgiecopple/

Different Types Of Copic Markers

Now, as with many, if not all markers and other drawing instruments, Copics come in different types. To get the most out of them, and to make sure they make your art the very best it can be, it is essential to be well informed on the different types, and the differences between them.

Another reason to be well informed is when you make a purchase, you do not risk buying the wrong type. Which, as many people have discovered, is very important. They do say learn from other's mistakes! Also, each kind is suited to a specific use.

The most popular in the crafting industry is the Copic “sketch” marker. Crafters love these due to their flat oval shape, which means they do not roll off the table. They have two tips–a medium sized chisel for tight control and a brush-like tip.

There are four different main types of Copic markers, and they are all listed here, with a description, their features and what use they are best suited to.

To start you off, here is a handy infographic explaining the basics, and we get more in-depth down below.

 

Different Types Of Copic Markers - The Basics

 

Everything you need to know about Copic Markers.

Copic Classic

Vector illustration of Copic Marker with blue ink on brush tip end and blue ink on chisel tip end.As the name suggests, Copic Classic is the classic Copic marker, the first design, and product that was created. It is a Copic marker that is quite basic, but like the others, it is of exceptional quality. It looks like most markers you have probably seen in your life, with two nibs for drawing, one on each end of the pen. There is a broad tip on one side, and a fine tip on the other. This is an excellent setup because it is two in one, saving you space in your drawing kit.

Best Suited For: Copic Classic is quite versatile, but it is a basic marker. It is best suited to basic drawings, avoid them if you wish to do complex pieces. They are suitable for Quilters, Scrapbookers, and for journaling and mixed media arts.

Features:

Color Options: Available in 214 colors

Copic Airbrush System Compatible: YES

Shape: Double-sided square barrel

Refills: 9 refills from one Various Ink bottle

Nibs included: Broad nib on one side and a fine nib on the other

Nib options: Brush nib, Standard Fine nib, Standard Broad nib, Semi Broad nib, Soft Broad nib, Super Fine nib, Round nib, Calligraphy 3 mm nib and Calligraphy 5 mm nib

Copic Sketch

Vector illustration of Copic Sketch Marker with blue ink on brush tip end and blue ink on chisel tip end.This marker is the most popular style. It is a favorite with professional artists and crafters alike. Again with two nibs, one a medium broad nib and the other a super brush nib.

Best Suited For:  Fine art, Coloring large areas, Airbrushing, Rubber stamping, Mixed media arts, and Calligraphy.

Features:

Color Options: All 358 available colors

Copic Airbrush System Compatible: YES

Shape: Oval-barreled

Refills: 12 refills from one various ink bottle

Nibs included: Medium broad nib and super brush nib.

Nib options (Currently, Only 3 Are Available For Copic Sketch): Super Brush, Medium Broad, and Medium Round

Copic Ciao

Vector illustration of Copic Ciao Marker with brush tip on one end and chisel tip on the other end.These are similar to the Copic Sketch,  in that they have two nibs, one end a medium broad chisel nib and at the other end a super brush nib. A more economical option than Sketch but still providing excellent quality. The cap is child-safe with little air holes.

Best Suited For: Fine Art, Coloring Large Areas, Airbrushing, Rubber stamping, Mixed Media Arts, and Calligraphy.

Features:

Color Options: 180

Copic Airbrush System Compatible: NO

Shape: Cylindrical

Refills: 15 refills from one various ink bottle

Nibs Included: Medium broad chisel nib and super brush nib.

Nib options (Currently, Only 2 Are Available For Copic Ciao):  Super Brush, Medium Broad

Copic Wide

Vector illustration of Copic Wide Marker with wide chisel tip at one endNamed as they could be described, Copic Wide have a very wide tip. It measures 3/4". Great for coloring large areas with consistent strokes.

Best Suited For: Backgrounds and coloring large areas.

Features:

Color Options: 36

Copic Airbrush System Compatible: NO

Shape: Flat barrel

Refills: 7 refills from one Various Ink bottle

Nibs included: 3/4" wide nib.

Nib options: 18mm and Broad calligraphy

Our ultimate guide covers all you need to know about markers for drawing, crafting, fabrics and whiteboards. Your arts and crafts projects will be super colorful and we help you make informed choices about what you need. Check out the fabulous ideas and inspiration from top artists. They share some tips and tricks about their amazing artwork. Please share. Join now for creative craft inspiration. The best in craft delivered to your inbox every Monday - CraftyLikeGranny.com #marker #copicmarkers

Inspirational Artists to Follow On Instagram

We've featured the fantastic artwork that these fabulous artists create. Follow them and find inspiration!

 

Yui N | @freelanceyui

Yui N is a Japanese artist who specializes in beautiful drawings of people, animals, and creatures of the sea.

Most of her drawings are made using markers, but occasionally she does sketches with pencil.

 

 

@acuasketch

Gala loves to do watercolor and marker sketching.

She finds inspiration from nature and is keen to keep learning.

 

 

@Courtney Kreeber

Courtney is a cardmaker and stamper. Her website has useful tips and guides on different card making and stamping techniques.

Courtney loves using Copic markers in her designs.

 

 

@lynn_labs

Lynn is very passionate about lettering in all it's colorful glory.

She shares inspirational content on brush lettering techniques and the supplies she uses.

 

 

Kelsey | @budz.n.sudz

Kelsey describes herself as “Part-time Freelancer, full-time lover of animation, most of the time artist, all of the time random!”

See more of her designs on this website.

 

 

 

Judith |  @artby_judith

Judith Selcuk is a Product demonstrator and trainer. She does portraits, animal art, illustration and is an art teacher.

See more of her fabulous art on her website.

 

 

 

@mitts_artistry_and_design

Rachel Mitts of Mitts Artistry and Design loves to create art.

Find more of her designs on her website.

 

 

@bridgiecopple

Bridgette Copple loves to color!

Her designs use a variety of different color markers and she shares her beautiful work regularly.

 

 

@liubovdruma

Liubov Druma is an incredible Russian artist who specializes in pretty, whimsical drawings.

She shares lots of tutorials using Copic markers on her youtube channel.

 

 

 

Sachi Rome |  @sachistudioart

Sachi Rome is a Visual artist living and making art in Atlanta Ga.

She does commissions, mural art and more. See more of her artwork by visiting her website.

 

 

@artisticnugget

A lover of plants and drawing. Sharing creations based on nature.

 

 

 

Raynbowsend on Instagram

 

@raynbowsend

Capturing Candid Coincidences... Creative Collaborations... Convivial Coloring

freelanceyui Yui N on Instagram Elephant on a motorcycle drawn with colorful selection of Art Markers

For more colorful marker art follow @freelanceyui on Instagram. https://instagram.com/freelanceyui

Copic Color System

There are letters and numbers on the caps of the Copic Classic and Sketch and stamped on the body of the Ciao and Wide.

It is essential to understand what these letters and numbers mean. Sure having a color name may give you some indication of the color, for example, Holiday Blue but not how dark, light, bright the color is.

There are four distinct elements to the code system starting with the Color Family (Hue), followed by the saturation number, and then the brightness number. Underneath this code, you’ll find the color name.
It is important to note that the letters refer to the color family and the 1st digit is the saturation number and the second digit is the brightness number.

You read the code as YG six seven, not YG sixty-seven.

EG:

YG67

YG refers to the color family, in this case, YG stands for Yellow Green

Six refers to the color's saturation level or purity of the color. A low saturation number indicates a higher degree of color saturation - meaning a more vivid or intense color. A high saturation number suggests a less saturated color - meaning the colors will appear dull or washed-out when compared to the lower numbers.

Seven refers to the brightness number. This tells you the lightness or darkness of the color. The lower the number, the lighter the ink will be, the higher the number, the darker the ink will be.

The Color Name is the name given to the unique combination of the other three elements of the code - the color family or hue, saturation, and brightness.

This is the name given to the unique combination of hue, saturation, and brightness a color represents. From Pale Chiffon to Mellow Peach.  With 358 colors there are a fantastic array of colors and their respective names.

For more beautiful art by Bridgette Copple visit https://www.instagram.com/bridgiecopple/

This Hamster eating Pizza by Sandy Allcock is soooo adorable...

Copic Markers Are Reusable!

News Flash! Despite what you might think, and what others might think, Copics Are Reusable!

Let me repeat that, Copics Are Reusable! It is crucial, make sure you commit it to memory!

We've just saved you time, and money by telling you this. Why? Well, there is no point in buying multiples of the same color, as they are refillable! This will save you money, and in turn, time spent searching for new ones to buy. Another reason why Copics are consider the best markers for artists.

Now, how to refill Copics:

How to refill your Copic Marker

The beauty of Copics is that you can refill them with the company's 'Various Ink' refills. Along with the refill, a booster needle is included.

All Copics can be refilled using the 'Drip Method.' This method involves uncapping both ends of the marker; this avoids air bubbles. Holding the marker at an angle and dripping the Various Ink onto the broad nib, one drop at a time. In most cases, it takes between 20 and 30 drops to fill a dry marker. It is essential to check fullness every few drops.
Users have found when refilling they sometimes have some of the ink leaks over the marker. Go slowly and carefully. If there is excess ink, dab it with a tissue and clean any spills with rubbing alcohol.

Another way to refill your marker is to remove the nib and refill. Only remove the chisel nib and not the brush tip nib. This is important because the brush tip is made of two pieces of felt and it could be damaged if you remove it.

The Booster method is another way to refill your marker. Using the needle that comes with the ink, attach it directly to the ink bottle. Then remove the chisel nib, remembering the golden rule is not to remove the brush nib, place the needle inside the barrel and squeeze out ink until the desired amount is reached.

An important tip - it is better to underfill than to overfill.

Copic Classic takes 2-3cc's of ink

Copic Sketch takes 2 cc's of ink

Copic Ciao takes 1 -1/1/2 cc's of ink

Copic Wide takes 3-4 cc's of ink

acuasketch Gala on Instagram Blue and green colored humming bird in sketch book drawn with Copic Sketch Markers
For more beautiful artwork by Gala visit https://www.instagram.com/acuasketch/

Why Are Copic Markers So Expensive?

Purchasing Copics is an investment as they are pricey. The fact is they are exceptional quality and have been manufactured for over 30 years! They are the choice marker of professional artists.

They are famous for their smooth application, the colors blend well, and the ink doesn’t bleed, They provide the coverage of paint with the accuracy and convenience of colored pencils.

The best place to buy copic markers online is through Dick Blick, particularly when they have a sale and Amazon.

What Are the Best Copic Markers for beginners?

A couple of questions you need to ask yourself is -

How much are you willing to spend?

What will you be using your Copics for?

Many top crafters and artists say that beginning with a set of 12  is a good start.
If your budget allows buying a larger amount they recommend going with the sets of 36 or 72.

Copic Ciao is a more affordable option when first starting out, but as they are smaller, they run out of ink more quickly, so will need to be refilled more often. As mentioned above, they don't have the color code on the cap. On the plus side, they are available in 180 different colors!

If you are interested in drawing comic characters Drawing with Jazza has a great video on where to start.

Check out his video for why and what he recommends in starting with Copic Markers.

It is amazing what you can do with only 12!!

Primary Colors: R29 Lipstick Red B24 Sky G05 Emerald Green C17 Golden Yellow

Skin Tones: E21 Baby Skin Pink E11 Barley Beige E13 Light Suntan E57 Light Walnut

Grey Tones: C6 Cool Grey C8 Cool Grey N3 Neutral Grey N5 Neutral Grey

Michelle Houghton who is a well-renowned paper card/scrapbooking crafter recommends investing in 36 Copics, to begin with.

B00, B02, B04 (beautiful sky blues)
BG11, BG13, BG18 (mint greens) OR BG72, BG75, BG78 (sea greens)
BV00, BV02, BV04 OR BV11, BV13, BV17 (both reasonably similar blue-violet series)
V12, V15, V17 (pretty purples)
G21, G24, G28 (nice rich greens)
YG11, YG13, YG17 (grass greens)
Y11, Y15, Y19 (bright yellows)
YR04, YR07, YR09 (oranges)
R22, R24, R29 (the must have set of reds)
RV63, RV66, RV69 (raspberry pinks–this is a total preference ) OR RV21, RV23, RV25 (if you prefer bubble gum pinks)
E33, E35, E37 (this is a great starter set of Earth tones or browns)
E25, E27, E29, E00, E02 (the standard for skin tones–but there are TONS of options)
N1 (just to have one gray for simple shadows and edging images)
Plus a Colorless Blender number 37

Read more of Michelle's article here

A Copic Markers paper crafting educator, recommend these as a starting combination. This selection would be for those who have a bigger budget. 60 Copic markers would be a real investment, to begin with, and you would want to be very serious about using them regularly.

Primaries:
R32, R35, R37 (real red)

B21, B23, B26 (bright blue)

G12, G14, G16 (grass green)

Y11, Y15, Y17 (sunny yellow)

Expanded Color Palette:
R81, R83, R85 (pink-red combo)

B000, B01, B04 (teal blue)

YG11, YG13, YG17 (bright green)

Y00, Y02, Y08 (rich yellow)

Neutrals:
N1, N3, N5 (neutral gray)

E11, E13, E15 (reddish brown)

E40, E42, E44 (darker brown)

E51, E53, E55 (tan)

Light Brights
V12, V15, V17 (bright purple)

YG21, YG23, YG25 (lime green)

Y32, Y35, Y38 (yellow-orange)

YR61, YR65, YR68 (bright tangerine)

Country
B91, B93, B95 (soft country blue)

V91, V93, V95 (muted lavender)

Y21, Y26, Y28 (straw)

E71, E74, E77 (dark, weathered wood)

For beautiful video tutorials on using Copic markers with card making, head on over to The Daily Marker

Best Way To Store Copic Markers

With the money you have invested, you will want to make sure you keep them in the best condition possible.

The main thing to make sure of is that the caps are snapped shut wholly/tight when not in use.

Whether you store them flat or vertically, it does not matter.

Sandy Allnock's video on Copic Marker storage solutions that her followers shared with her is fantastic! Sandy also steps you through what she uses for her set of 358 Copics. Yes!! She has the whole set of colors 🙂

Features of Copic Markers Sets

  • Available in 358 colors
  • Copic also sells empty barrels with tips so you can make your custom colors by mixing their various inks.  Copic Markers are available in 4 different types
  • The alcohol base ink is refillable
  • The nibs of the markers are also replaceable should they become used or damaged.
  • The labeling on the side of the markers is embossed so will not rub off.
  • They have a fantastic shelf life! Copic guarantees a 3-year shelf-life for their markers.
  • The color consistency of the ink is exceptional. The colors you use will always match and color smoothly.
  • The ink is free of harmful chemicals and overwhelming odors
  • Say goodbye to tearing up paper as you try to blend colors. The alcohol-based ink formula of Copic markers makes blending on paper a breeze.
  • Perfect for paper-crafting projects due to the acid-free nature of the ink when the alcohol evaporates.
  • Copic Original and Copic Sketch work seamlessly with the Copic Airbrush System
courtney_kreeber on Instagram Card with text Forever & Always with Red Rose drawn with Copic Sketch Markers
See more of Courtney's beautiful card art https://www.instagram.com/acuasketch/ http://courtneyspapercrafting.com/

Commonly Asked Questions About Copic Markers

I live in hot, humid Mexico, will the hot weather effect my markers?

The good news is that the caps are completely airtight. If the caps are sealed tightly, they can be put in water or left out in the sun and will not dry out. As long as you do not leave them for a long time exposed to the sun, you will find yours will work perfectly well.

I've spent so many hours creating my masterpiece, will the ink fade over time?

Direct sunlight or bright lights will eventually fade the ink. Best thing to do is protect your masterpiece with a protective sheet or UV coated glass.

I realize that I can use paper with my markers but what other surfaces do they work on? I am keen to try them on a quilt I've made.

Great question! Crafters and artists have had great success with all sorts of surfaces from wood, leather, faux fur, and plastic. Many quilters have got lovely effects using their markers on their quilting fabrics. You would need to be careful with washing them, however, as some colors will bleed. If using your quilt as a wall hanging, be sure to keep out of direct sunlight or bright lights.

Can I use colored pencils and watercolors with my markers?

Absolutely! Use these additional media options after you've finished working with your markers.

Can I use other brands of alcohol-based markers together with my Copics?

The beauty of Copics is that they are designed to blend smoothly. Working with another brand of marker, you will not get the same smoothness and could be at risk of discoloring your tips with other marker inks.

Will the marker tips get other color inks on them when blending? 

Copics are designed to work together, and so different inks will not ruin them.

How long can I expect the marker to last before I have to refill it?

As you've probably noticed some papers suck up the ink more than others. Ciao is smaller and holds less ink than the Classic or Sketch so it would run out of ink more quickly. If you do a lot of large sections of coloring, like in a landscape, the ink will get used up more.

Best Alternative For Copic Markers

Copic Markers are expensive but so worth the investment if your budget stretches to these. If for the moment they are a little beyond what you can spend,  there are plenty of excellent quality alcohol ink based markers available.

Youtuber Baylee Rae reviewed six alcohol based marker alternatives for Copics in her super popular video. In her review, she talks about these brands Touch Twin Brush Markers, Tria Markers, Mepxy Brush Markers, Prismacolor Premier Markers, Fine Color Markers and the Spectrum Noir Markers.

If you haven't got the time right now to watch this informative video, here is a summary

Best Alternative For Copic Markers Video Review by Baylee Rae

Touch Twin Brush

-Ink is refillable
- 204 different colors
- Nibs are replaceable
- Ink is great quality
- Cap text is too small to read and not printed clearly
- Square barrel that is good quality but hard to tell which end has the nib
- Flexible brush tip that comes to a fine point (Make sure to get the brush nib option that comes in a white barrel)
- She found these to be the most like Copics and excellent quality

Letraset Tria

-Ink is refillable but only for 100 of the colors
- 200 different colors
- Nibs are replaceable
- Ink is great quality
- Cap text is too small and hard to see
- Round barrel which is comfortable but the caps fall off easily
- Three nibs, one really fine point, a chisel nib and the brush nib which she found was stiff and bent at the base
- hard to find in North America

Mepxy

- Ink and Nibs are not replaceable
- 200 different colors
- Ink is good but seems a little less pigmented
- The cap text is readable
- Square barrel of good quality
- Flexible brush nib that is softer and spongier than the others reviewed.
- Bullet nib on the other end

Prismacolor Premier

-Ink and Nibs are not replaceable
- 200 different colors
- Great quality ink with lovely saturation
- Text is small on the cap but clear
- Round barrel and plastic doesn't feel as good; caps have catches that stop them from rolling.
- Dual tip, one brush nib that comes to a fine point and other is a bullet nib.

Finecolor

- 192 different colors
- Not refillable and nibs not replaceable
- Dual-ended but no brush nib which is limiting.
- Good ink but seems less pigmented
- Unnecessary text on cap that takes up too much room
- Nice quality round barrel but rolls off desk.
- Not widely available but very economical
- Cheap alternative to Copics

Spectrum Noir

- 168 different colors
- Ink is replaceable
- Nibs are replaceable
- Good but ink seems a little less pigmented
- Easy to read text on the cap
- Hexagonal barrel and widest of all reviewed.
- Dual Ended but no brush nib which is limiting.

Spectrum Noir released their version of an alcohol marker with a brush tip called Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers since Baylee did her review. They must have listened to the call of artists wishing there was a brush tip in the Spectrum Noir range 🙂 They come in 216 different colors and have a brush nib on one end and a super fine nib on the other.

If you do have the time to watch Baylee's video is super informative and helpful.

 

Baylee also highly recommends Blick Studio Brush Markers as an excellent alternative to Copic Markers. She titled her video review as The Best Copic Dupe! She was blown away by how they performed, and although she didn't have as many colors as the Copics she owns, she was still thrilled with the ink and how the brush tip worked.

See more in her review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnEO22vwYP4

Best Art Markers

Apart from Copic Markers and the alternatives mentioned above, there are even more best color pens available to artists.

Tombow Dual Tip Brush Marker Pens

These have a water-based, non-toxic, acid-free ink available in 96 different colors. As the name suggests, they have two different ends, a nylon brush tip on one end and a fine tip on the other.  The flexible brush nib can produce thin to thick lines. The inks are not refillable, and the nibs are not replaceable.

Their blending capabilities are excellent, and you can produce a watercolor effect. Good to remember that the ink being water-based means they are not waterproof, so although you can get a watercolor effect, you don't want actually to use water with them.
Artists love the effects they can create with this color pen.

Original Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker System.

These quality alcohol markers made by Crafters Companion are available in 216 colors. The double-ended hexagonal barrel design helps to keep them from rolling off your table. Soft textured grips are located on each end of the barrel.

They come with a bullet nib at one end and a chisel nib at the other. Like Copics, the ink is refillable, and the nibs are replaceable. Many artists love brush nibs because it makes it easy to move color around when blending. There is the option to purchase brush nibs if that is your preference.

Users have found they blend well but are prone to bleeding. The ink spreads very quickly when touched on paper, the longer you leave it in contact with the paper, the further the ink will spread. This is good to know when first trying them.

Overall a great option for providing color in large areas using the chisel nib and the bullet nib for more intricate designs.

Spectrum Noir Illustrator Marker System

Spectrum Noir made by Crafters Companion released a new version of their alcohol marker system with the Spectrum Noir Illustrator Marker System. They must have listened to all the artists who preferred a brush nib. These include a small fine tip nib on one end and the other end a brush nib.

They share the same 216 color range as the original Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker System. The ink in these markers has up to 25% more than the original. The ink is refillable and the nibs replaceable.
The barrels have an ergonomic honeycomb design and are slightly thinner than the original hexagonal barrel design. These will lay flat on your table without rolling off.

The ink lays down beautifully with the brush nib and blending is a breeze. For more detailed, intricate areas, the small fine nib works very well. Like most alcohol markers they tend to bleed, so best not to use them on any double-sided image pages, like a coloring book.

Overall a comfortable marker to use for those with wrist injuries or arthritis. The blending capabilities are functional. It is important to note that for seamless blending the colors need to be from the same color family.

Chartpak

The large barrel of these markers holds quite a bit of ink, which is great if you are going to use them regularly. Available in 130 different colors with xylene based ink. Be aware that they will have a strong smell and users report that they tend to bleed. Good blendability particularly with the Chartpak Blender Marker. There is only one tip; however it has been designed, so it's like having three tips in one. Thus allowing you to create all manner of line thicknesses, plus the tips on the Chartpak Markers are replaceable.

Letraset Promarker Twin-Tip (Now branded as Winsdor & Newton Promarker)

Another alcohol based marker the Windsor & Newton Promarker, previously branded as the Letraset Promarker Twin-Tip, is easy to use and provided strong, vibrant colors. A pack of 12 make a good choice for the beginner artist.

Windsor & Newton ProMarkers have a nib on each end of the big round shaped barrel. One end is a fine nib, great for accuracy and the other is a chisel nib. The chisel nib can be used to color in wide areas but also if you turn the chisel nib on its side, you can create finer lines.

The ink is not refillable, but the nibs are replaceable. With the marker having a larger barrel, there's more ink inside so the marker should last a while, even if you are using them to cover large areas.

The ink can be laid down quickly and smoothly, and the vibrancy of the color is an advantage. Going over the same area, with the same color will produce a darker color.

Prismacolor Premier Art Markers

These are a popular brand among artists and come in a range of nib options. They contain alcohol based ink which is nontoxic. The brush tip is flexible, and the fine tip gives you the capability to produce detailed work. They come in a range of 196 colors.
The ink is not refillable, and the nibs are not replaceable which are some of the downsides.

Crayola

A well-known brand that has been around for ages! They have certainly been a favorite with kids over the years. The ink is non-toxic, and they are washable. That means that they are not waterproof so don't get water on your art. With the kids in mind, Crayola markers don't dry out with the caps off. A great economical choice and with a great range of colors, it won't be just kids enjoying the fun. These are one of the best cheap art markers.

art_byjudith on Instagram Lion Face in aqua and purple on Fabric created with Artline Fabric markers in aqua and purple
For more of Judith's beautiful artwork visit https://www.instagram.com/artby_judith/

What are Fabric Markers?

Quilters, Embroiders, crafters, and people who love to design their color work on craft projects/clothing have had great success with permanent fabric markers.

This type contains permanent colored ink that is specifically designed so that it does not wash out of fabric or clothing, or fade after numerous washes.

Some types of fabric markers are designed to be used in sewing where a temporary mark needs to be made. These are made with ink that will wash out.

The best permanent fabric markers come with various tips, from thin tips to thick brush-style tips.

Why use a fabric marker and not just a permanent marker?

Permanent markers are not specifically designed for use on fabrics. Sure they may not wash out from fabric or clothing, but the colors you can get are limited.

The beauty of fabric markers is they can be used for coloring in sections of your design, with more significant control, plus you get a much better choice of colors. 

Fabric Markers also work beautifully with stencils and rubber stamps.

Factors To Consider When Choosing Fabrics For Your Markers

Fabric Markers work best of materials/fabrics that are smooth.  Materials that are rough or coarse where there are lumps and bumps will mean the effects you create with them will not be as successful.

It is always important to test a scrap bit of fabric or if using on a garment; test somewhere out of sight.

What Can Fabric Markers Be Used For?

- For colorful, creative designs on clothing

- To use with stencils and rubber stamps 

- Great for tracing sewing patterns onto fleece 

- Temporarily mark the placement of closures, darts, pockets, appliqués, stitching lines when sewing

- Adding creative designs to stabilized fabric for quilts

- Adding handwritten labels to clothing

- Lettering on fabric

- Use on wood and leather

lynn_labs on Instagram colored hand lettering using different colored Sharpie Stained Markers
For more great art work and lettering inspiration visit https://www.instagram.com/lynn_labs/

How To Use Fabric Markers

Pre-wash your fabric first.

Make sure you have a test piece of fabric or test somewhere out of sight.

Take marker you are going to use and give it a little shake.

Place a piece of cardboard underneath the fabric you will be working on, to provide you with something firmer to work on and stop the marker from affecting anything underneath.

Apply the marker directly on the fabric.

A good tip to use is to draw your lines in a steady way. With the tip of the marker staying too long in one spot on the fabric, may lead to color bleeding. Plan out your design first, and this will make it easier.

Create your design and then once finished let the fabric dry for 24 hours.

Large green Leaves from different plants drawn with fabric markers
Stunning artwork created by @artisticnugget on Instagram with fabric markers. https://www.instagram.com/artisticnugget/

What Can Different Marker Tips Do?

Use a fine an ultra-fine tip for detailed designs and fine accents.

Fine bullet tip is excellent for writing and creating doodles or detailed work.

Brush tips work well for coloring in; medium sized lines and stenciling.

Chisel tips make large sized lines and work well for big designs requiring lots of coloring in.

Exciting Effects You Can Create Using Fabric Markers

Create watercolor effects by brushing water on to the fabric and then applying the marker.

Or after adding color to fabric, brush with water before the color has dried.

While color is still wet, other colors can be added to blend, shade and create a new color.

Caring For Your Fabric Marker Designs

Wash in warm water on a gentle cycle with a mild soap. Don't add fabric softener.

Line dry, don't dry clean.

budz.n.sudz on Instagram Fabric Marker Art White hat with flower design created with fabric markers
For more beautiful art by Kelsey Musgrave visit https://www.instagram.com/budz.n.sudz/ and https://www.redbubble.com/people/multi-pdesign

What Are The Best Fabric Markers?

Crafters swear by the following brands:

  • Tulip Fabric Markers
  • Tee Juice Markers by Jacard 
  • Fabrico Markers by Tsukineko
  • Sharpie Stained Fabric Markers
Rachel Mitts on Instagram Pink Panther drawn with Dry Erase Markers
For more wonderful art by Rachel Mitts visit https://www.instagram.com/mitts_artistry_and_design/ https://mittsartistryanddesign.squarespace.com/

All About Dry Erase Markers

What Are Dry Erase Markers?

Dry Erase Markers or Whiteboard Markers are those used on whiteboards.

They are a tool used by people all around the world to inform, communicate, plan, brainstorm and teach.

They typically have a thick barrel and a bullet tip or chisel tip for making text easier to read. They come in a variety of colors, and some have fewer odors than others.

Factors To Consider In The Best Dry Erase Markers

Will it be long lasting?

There is nothing more frustrating than going to a whiteboard ready to write and finding that the dry erase marker is dried out!!
Investing in a quality marker that is perhaps a little more expensive than one found in a dollar store is worth it.  A credible name brand marker's ink lasts typically longer.

What kind of board are you using?

Whiteboards are common and gaining in popularity are glass boards. Cheaper brands of dry erase markers with lots of use can sometimes leave a stain behind on a whiteboard. If using glass boards using a specific glass board maker may be the go.

Odor

Let's face it; you do not want to be affected by the smell of your marker when giving a presentation. Choose markers that offer low odor ink.

Ease of Cleaning

The last you will feel like doing at the end of a presentation or lesson is spending ages cleaning. Choose the ones that are easy to erase without leaving a stain behind.

Variety of Colors

The traditional blue, green, black and red all have their purpose but to add interest and vitality other colors can be called upon. Dry Erase markers are made in different colors and even neon!

How does it feel in your hand?

Dry Erase markers come in different sizes, shapes, and weights. How comfortable a marker is to use is an extremely personal choice.

Consider the Environment - is the marker refillable?

Some marker brands are refillable. This is an essential factor when you think about refilling a plastic marker instead of throwing it away.

What Surfaces Can Dry Erase Markers Be Used On?

Dry erase markers can be used on most non-porous materials, like whiteboards, porcelain, melamine, and glass.

Sachi Rome on Instagram portrait of woman drawn with Dry Erase Markers
Sachi Rome Follow her to see more amazing artworks at https://www.instagram.com/sachistudioart/ and http://www.sachistudioart.com/

What Marker Tips Are Available?

Most commonly found tip is a Bullet tip. This produces a stroke width of 2-3mm which is easy to read and can be used to create simple drawings.

Next is the Chisel tip. It can create three types of strokes from thin, medium to thick. The range is from 2-5mm

Thirdly a Fine Tip or Extra Fine Tip that is normally bullet shaped. These produce 1mm strokes.

Best Dry Erase Markers

Here are some of the top recommended brands:

  • Expo
  • Sharpie
  • Staedtler
  • Edding
  • Lyreco
  • Pilot
  • Pentel
  • Neuland
  • Artline
  • BIC

What Are The Best All-round Markers For Adult Coloring Books?

Adult Coloring Books indeed became extremely popular in recent years.  As mindfulness and art therapy gained traction, coloring books were aligned with the benefits those practices give. Pocket Mindfulness talks about the 10 Big Benefits of Adult Coloring  including:

- Relieves stress

- Exercises the Mind

- A Creative Meditation

- Replace patterns of negative thinking

- Self Soothing

- Reduces social anxiety

- Low-pressure activity

- Builds mental strength

- An easy way to relax and have fun

The benefits are all well and good, but if you don't have the right coloring tools, then the experience could be somewhat less fun and relaxing! No-one likes markers bleeding through paper and ruining other pages or the paper pilling. Our guide to the best all-round markers for adult coloring books provides you with all you need to know to have a fabulous coloring experience.

Best Brush Tip Markers For Adult Coloring In Books That Don't Bleed Through The Paper.

Often adult coloring books have designs on both sides of the page. With that in mind, you need a marker that won't bleed through to the other side. Adult coloring experts have found that the Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens don't bleed.

In ColoringKaria's Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens review, she demonstrates how these pens don't bleed through if you jump to spot 8:37 in her video.

 

The ink used in these markers is permanent pigmented India ink, they are water resistant and have high light resistance. The beauty is when the ink has dried it is smudge proof and waterproof.
As the whole point of coloring in apart from being creative is to relax, no-one wants to be overstimulated by strong odors coming from their marker! The good news with these is they are odorless.

There is a range of colored sets for Faber Castel Pitt Artist Pens. From individual pens to sets of 6, 12, 24, 48, 60 and 90 markers.

We've featured the set of 24 which gives you a lovely variety of colors and would make a great starter set.

Another advantage is they have the same color names as Faber Castel Polychromos Colored Pencils. So if you are fond of working with both markers and colored pencils, these would be the perfect combination.

Best Fine Line Markers That Don't Bleed Through Paper

Being able to add finer lines or color in small, intricate details is essential in some Adult Coloring Book designs. Again if the book pages are published with designs on both sides of the pages, you don't want the colors to bleed through.

Longtime coloring in artists recommends Stadeler Triplus Fineliner pens.
A gorgeous range of bright and vibrant colors including six neon colors in the pack of 36. They contain acid-free ink. If you accidentally leave off the caps after use, they do not dry out. In saying this, it is always recommended to replace any markers lid to ensure their long life.

Also highly praised by users are the Stabilo Ultra Fine Point Liners. A wide variety of colors in the 30 color set with very minimal bleed through. Some users experience no bleed through and put it down to the fact others press more firmly down with their marker. Made with water-based ink, these also can survive the caps being left off without immediately drying out.

High-Grade Artist Markers for Adult Coloring Books

As a part of this mega guide to markers, we've featured the Rolls Royce of the Artist Markers world above. We are speaking of Copic Markers which are often the choice for creating exquisite artwork. Yes, they are expensive and the top of the range but with good reason. The blending capabilities are extraordinary. They are also refillable, and the nibs are replaceable. They are worth the investment if you plan to dedicate your time and creative energies to producing stunning colored in designs.

A colorist's dream to have all 358 colors!!

Prismacolor Art Markers

Like Copics, these contain alcohol based ink but don't have the features of refillable inks or replaceable nibs. The color range is less than Copics with only 200 colors. Copics full range is 358 different colors. Many colorists swear by them and find these markers more affordable.

Copics Vs. Prismacolor

For a comprehensive look at Copics Vs. Prismacolor, Becca at Nattosoup Art and Process covers a huge amount of testing of the two markers.

Kuretake - Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen

These markers are a popular choice for coloring enthusiasts. They are made with water-based ink, and the brush tip is made up of individual bristles. The bristle tip feels different to other markers. They are excellent for creating detail and watercolor effects. They blend well and have bright color options. Nibs come in a range of options. Users are thrilled with the fact that they don't bleed and the ink dries quickly. The ink is not refillable, but most people find that these markers last a long time.

Jennifer McGuire Ink has an excellent video review of the Zig Real Brush Pen

And her subsequent follow-up video to answer all the questions she received about the first Zig Real Brush Pen review video.

 

Sakura Gelly Roll Gel Pens 

People who love to color in are in love with these Gel pens as they easy on the hands and don't skip or dry up. There are many packs available.

In the video below, Jennifer from Sea Lemon reviews the Sakura Gelly Roll Gel Pens and shows the effect from the different varieties that come in the set of 74.

They contain 14 Metallic pens of 0.4mm, 17 Classic pens of 0.3 & 0.4mm, 20 Moonlight pens of 0.3 & 0.5mm, 13 Stardust pens of 0.5mm, 10 Shadow pens of 0.7mm.

Jennifer demonstrates each of these types in a similar magenta color. Skip to 5:55 in the video or if you prefer, I've summarized what she discovers below.

Stardust leaves a slight, shimmer/glitter effect on top of the pink color
Metallic has a shimmery effect but is a little more purple
Gold Shadow starts off quite dark but when it drys, the purple color is the shadow, and the main color is gold.
Silver Shadow starts off quite dark but like the Gold Shadow, the purple color is the shadow, and the main color is silver.
Moonlight 10, this is Jennifer's favorite pen as it is opaque.
Classic 08, it looks similar to the Moonlight but is more transparent and redder in color.
Classic 06, same color as the 08 but in a smaller point size.

These pens are available in smaller sets also some fabulous tips on how to store these Gel Pens.

Markers/Pens for Coloring In On An Economical Budget

Pentel Color Pen Set of 36

These pens have water-based ink, and the fiber tip is made of durable material. The snug fitting cap clicks on to make sure the pens don't dry out when not in use. The colors are vibrant, but some users reported the darker colors tend to bleed.
As with all markers, it is essential to create your color chart as the colors shown in the casings are not always true to what the ink color is.

Papermate Flair Fine Tipped Markers

This set contains the basic colors you will enjoy using in your coloring artwork. Good for small areas and intricate designs. The water-based ink is quick drying, and most users have found it doesn't bleed too much.

Bic Mark-It Fine Point Permanent Markers

Designed with a soft rubber grip, these permanent markers are a great choice for your coloring projects. Low odor and good for fine details and intricate areas. The set of 36 colors are vibrant and fun. Be prepared for bleeding and always have a scrap piece of paper to test. No good for coloring books that have designs on both sides.

Sharpie Markers

These are very popular for people on a tight budget. They are a well-known brand and produce many varieties of markers. These markers bleed a lot, and for some coloring projects, this can be an advantage. For example when you want to color large areas, going just inside the lines, allowing the ink bleed out to the edges of the area you are coloring. This ensures that the ink won't bleed into adjoining areas.

More intricate designs with lots of small areas would be harder to color with these markers. Also, note they do not blend.

 

Follow @raynbowsend for more coloring inspiration

What Are The Best Markers For Mandalas?

In the artistic world of Adult Coloring Books, Mandala designs are plentiful and often very intricate. Some coloring book designers create whole books dedicated only to Mandalas. So for those of you who don't know what a Mandala is, they are intricate repeating patterns found mostly in circular shape. Many people find coloring in Mandalas very relaxing.
The best markers for coloring mandalas can be found above, in the best markers for Adult Coloring Books.

Final notes about best markers for Adult Coloring In Books...

Coloring is meant to bring pleasure and fun. Whichever markers you choose to use, they each will have slightly different qualities. Have fun testing them out and enjoy the coloring experience!

What are The Best Paint Marker Pens For Different Art Mediums?

Paint markers have a range of uses from creating menu boards, signs, street art, marking glass, fabric, wood, added to photographs and of course paper. Unlike other markers that contain ink, these are filled with usually with an oil-based paint. Once dry the surface of the writing or designs made by these types of markers are textural and raised slightly. Depending on which surface you are going to use them on, we've got some suggestions for the best paint markers each.

For Signs

Looking to create a stunning looking sign that's sure to attract the attention of your audience? Uni Posca Markers - Medium has a lovely range of colors, they are easy to control and have an opaque finish. If you want your beautiful hand lettering to stand out, then these markers are for you. Some considerations to note - these markers take a longer time to dry, but the paint will stay for a long time and remain vibrant. To remove the designs/lettering from nonporous surfaces, use water or household cleaners.

Another option is the Pilot Juice Paint Markers. The inclusion of Juice in its name gives you an idea of what sort of result you will get using these markers. A popular choice for creating bold and eye-catching designs, due to the opaque vibrancy of the ink. As they are fast drying and not permanent on non-porous surfaces means it is easy to remove.

For Photographs

Adding some text or embellishments with paint markers can add that special something to your albums of printed out photographs. The Sakura Pen-Touch Paint Markers works well with glossy pictures. Due to its quick drying quality, the worry of smearing is gone. Since these markers are really hard to remove, you need to be quite certain of what designs and lettering you will place on your photos.

If you have made a mistake, a good tip is to use a cotton swab dabbed in a little coconut oil to remove the paint without damaging a glossy photo.

Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers can jazz up your photos due to their vibrant colors and the sheen finish. Water and fade resistant, the designs and lettering you've created with these markers will last.

For Fabric 

Who doesn't love a unique, colorful, artsy designed T-shirt, hat or shoes? Get creative and go wild with your designs on fabric with Sakura My Name Fabric Markers. These highly pigmented markers produce a textured finish that stands out and is similar to the result of screen printing. The great news is that when you wash your creations, the designs won't fade or wash out. These have a strong odor so be sure to be in a well-ventilated area.

Another good option for fabrics are the Derwent Graphik Line Painters. Once dry the finish is like opaque nail polish and is intense in color. Create effects such as edgy dribbles, splatters, and crisp lines. These markers have great lightfastness meaning they won't discolor when exposed to light. Easy to control but be aware of random gushes of paint on hard surfaces.

Glass Home Goods

Paint markers have a wide range of uses, and that includes writing on glass products used in the home. Think of the fun you could have jazzing up your windows during special holidays, or your kitchen glass door cabinets. Great for labeling your glass bottles with your essential oil blends. Your guests will not lose track of their drink glasses at parties with their personalized glass! Sharpie Water-Based Paint Markers are fade resistant but will easily come off without too much hard work.

The Epoch Kobaru Wet Surface Paint Markers are another great option for glass. These markers have a semi-opaque, gel finish and can only be removed with oil. They have a strong odor so much sure you are in a well-ventilated area when using them.

Paper

The thing with using some paint markers, they can tear up your paper. You don't want that! Derwent Graphik Line Painters have smooth tips that users have found don't tear up paper. The beauty of these markers is that you can create different effects using a brush while the paint is still wet. Once dry your designs will be permanent and waterproof.

In addition to their vibrant colors, Derwent Graphik Line Painters possess smooth tips that will not tear your paper. Add details and texture to the paint by blending it with a brush while it is still wet. Once completely dry, the ink is permanent, waterproof, and suitable for layering.

Uni Posca Paint Markers PC-1M - Extra Fine Point is a great choice for adding detail to illustrations and are easy to control. Be aware that they do produce feedback.

Street Art

Krink K-60 Paint Markers have been around since the 90s and were first seen in the streets of San Francisco. Those artists keen to create a drippy effect on their tags got exactly this result from using this product. The paint is permanent and highly pigmented.

Molotow ONE4ALL Acrylic Paint Markers are designed to be long-lasting and engineered in Germany to have consistent delivery with every stroke.

Safety issues to be aware of with paint markers 

As mentioned above some paint markers have strong odors. It is important with any strong smelling products to always use them in well-ventilated areas.

What Are The Best Markers For Canvas?

The best markers for canvas are not ink pens because it's hard to get smooth lines and the ink can bleed.

Also, with canvas being a rough texture, the felt nibs of ink pens can be damaged. Artists suggest that you can have great success with fabric markers and paint markers for creating marker art on canvas.

Try Canvas craft projects such as hand lettering quotes, unique and original designs on canvas shoes and hats. Bold statement art using paint markers that stand out.

SDeniseT216 found she got great results using CraftSmart Paint Markers and Elmers Paint Markers. Watch her create this bold design on canvas using Paint Markers.

 

What Are The Best Brush Pens For Your Crafty Projects?

Brush Pens are a combination of having a marker and a paintbrush in one. The tip is a brush, and the body of the pen can hold ink. No need for having separate brushes and bottles of ink. Perfect for hand lettering, design, coloring books, doodling, and calligraphy.

There is a wide range available, and they differ depending on their tip types, firmness, fineness, flexibility, ink flow, and pigmentation.

Best Brush Pens For For Beginners

Choose a Brush Pen with a firm felt tip as they are easier to control. Some great options are

Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen - Black, Gray, and multiple colored Inks

12 different colors are available, and the ink is made of vibrant water-based dye. Has a flexible brush tip and is great for small writing in lettering, calligraphy, and any craft projects where you need a felt tip marker.

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen Soft Tip - Black, Black/Gray

They write on a small scale, making them ideal for place cards, envelopes, and long quotes, plus they feel really good on your hand. The special tip is made from an elastic material - elastomer. So when you barely apply pressure, you get lovely thin strokes, with more force thicker, stronger strokes. Due to the elastomer brush tip, it remains the same with varying amounts of pressure.

Sharisse from Pieces Calligraphy demonstrates this brush pen in her video

 

Kuretake Zig Letter Pen CocoIro Body and LP Refill - Black and multiple Colored Inks

These have been designed, so you get to choose the color of the body and then what ink you have inside. The bodies come in 16 different colors and the Ink refills in 11 different colors. Great for those of you who love having the option of customizing your brush pens. The brush tip is extra fine, so great for small writing, doodling or intricate designs.

Pilot Futayaku Double-Sided Brush Pen - Black/Gray Ink

The Pilot Futayaku is a twin tipped brush pen that features two colors- black and gray. Both tips are hard, one is fine and the other medium. The medium brush tip is more flexible than the fine. The brush strokes are uniform, regardless of the ink color.

Tombow Dual Brush Pens - Black and multiple colors available

These are water-based ink markers and don't smell strong and acid-free. One end has a fine tip great for intricate work and a large brush tip. The large brush tip allows you to create really fine lines and thick lines if you use the whole brush tip. Perfect for Bullet Journaling planning, calligraphy, hand lettering and watercolor.

Sharpie Brush Pens - Black Multiple Colored Ink

These are an economical choice and have bright colors. Great for lettering and Bullet Journaling. The brush tips are spongey. Good option for those starting out who have unsteady hands. Users have reported that the ink runs out quickly and they bleed, so make sure you have something underneath your work.

Prismacolor Premier Brush Marker Black and Multiple colors

These have a felt tip which is long and comes to a fine point and shaped like a paintbrush. The tip is flexible and allows you to achieve thin and thick lines. The barrels are almost pencil thin. With water-based ink in 8 colors, these are suitable for lettering.

What Are The Best Chalk Markers For Your Craft Projects?

For crafters, having chalk markers in their toolkit means they can create a whole variety of crafty projects. Chalk markers are an excellent way to get the 'look' of chalk but without the dusty residue. Great for using on Chalk Board vinyl labels, scrapbooking, event signs, on walls, windows, kitchen cabinets, garden pots and pantry jars.

We have the best liquid chalk marker suggestions that are non-toxic, easy to write with and erase easily. You will be super keen to take on crafty projects with these chalk markers.

What Makes A Great Liquid Chalk Marker?

With all the ideas you can use chalk markers for as we mentioned above, you'll want a chalk marker that can be used on as many surfaces as possible.

If you love color, then having a set of chalk markers with vibrant colors, perhaps even neon will be a fabulous choice.

Perhaps you will make a mistake in your chalk marker design and want to be able to erase it. Alternatively, you want to change the words on a sign. No-one wants to be scrubbing for a long time and perhaps damaging the surface where you've used the chalk marker as a result. Choose chalk markers that are easy to get off.

Creating bold lines or thin lines in your lettering and designs can be achieved with different tips. Reversible tips with bullet and chisel options are a feature of some of the markers we recommend below.

Chalk Ink 6mm Chisel Tip Chalk Markers

Available in packs and individually, they are made with safe, non-toxic ink. The colored versions are bright and vibrant.

- They work best on non-porous surfaces like glass, metals, chalk labels, and whiteboards.
- The markers have a chiseled tip for creating different lettering styles ranging from thin to thick.
- The colors can be combined and blended while wet.
- The “wet wipe” version will erase using a damp cloth.

Something to be aware of these chalk markers is not recommended for wooden chalkboard you did yourself with chalkboard paint. It could harm the surface since wood is porous.

Marvy Uchida 480-4A and 480-4B 6mm Bistro Chalk Markers

With two packs of 4 markers in each, the colors are bright and vibrant, and one out of the 8 is white. They are non-toxic and water-based.
- They can be used on Chalk Boards; dry erase boards, light boards, windows and windshields
- Easy to remove with a damp cloth

Super Chalks 4mm Reverse Tip Chalk Makers

Includes eight markers, one of which is white, they are odorless and non-toxic.

- They can be used on chalk labels, mirrors, and glass.
- Bright and vibrant colors
- Not suitable for Chalk Boards or DIYed chalkboards using chalkboard paint
- Easy to erase with a damp cloth

Crafty Croc Liquid Chalk Markers

A great option if you are looking for lots of colors in one pack, this is an 18 marker set, including white.
- They have a reversible tip, one end chisel, and the other bullet.
- Can be used on Chalkboard Stickers, Chalkboard Contact Paper, Glass, Tile, Plastic, Metal, Whiteboards, Card, Message boards and Non-Porous Surfaces.
- Not suitable for blackboards or use on DIYed projects using Blackboard paint as these surfaces are considered porous.
- easy to erase with a damp cloth.

Lindsay at The Frugal Crafter shares her artistic talents when using these markers in the video below.

VersaChalk Chalkboard Chalk Markers

Available in either packs of 10 Neon Colors or Classic Colors the water-based ink is high quality and completely non-toxic.
- Works well on glass, plastic, metal, ceramics, whiteboards, and chalkboards made from porcelain, slate, and plastic.
- Not recommended for use with chalkboard paint
- Easy to erase with a damp cloth
- Extra durable tips that are reversible, one end a bullet tip and the other a chisel tip

Gee Massman Water Lily with Winsor & Newton Watercolor MarkersWhat Are The Best Watercolor Markers?

Amazing watercolor effects can be created by using water-based ink markers/brush pens. Create beautiful backgrounds, sketching, and lettering in your craft projects. Here are some of the best watercolor markers out there.

Two bristle tip markers recommendations are the Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pens and Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. Their bristle tips mimic a paintbrush, and you can achieve a dry brush effect. The color range is more limited with the Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. The Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pens come in 20 different vibrant colors.

Royal Talens Ecoline Watercolor Brush Pens have a larger barrel and may remind you more of the markers you used as a kid! They have highly water-soluble based ink and a felt tip which produces thick and thin lines. The tips are reversible, so when one end starts to wear, you can switch over. They are available in 59 different colors.

Winsor & Newton Watercolor Markers are professional grade, with pigmented ink similar to traditional watercolors. With dual tips, one end has a bullet tip, and the other is a large brush tip. Achieving thin and thick juicy lines are made easy.
Gee Massam Art has a beautiful video on creating a Pink Water Lily with these markers.

 

Tombow Dual Brush Pens produce very similar effects to the Winsor & Newton Watercolor Markers. Although not marketed as a watercolor marker they achieve a watercolor effect with the use of the colorless blender. These also have dual tips, one being a fine bullet tip and a soft felt tip.

Spectrum Aqua Markers create watercolor effects, and when used with a water-filled brush pen, they can create beautiful designs. They contain high-quality water-based ink. One end has a very fine tip; the other is a felt brush tip.

Bienfang Watercolor Brush Pens is a great option for beginners or kids being a more economical choice. It has a real bristle brush tip.

CrownArt Dual Tip Brush Pens have one 2mm brush tip and a 0.8mm fine tip. They have a water-based ink and are great for journaling and backgrounds.

MozArt 12-Piece Brush Pen Set has a felt tip that produces broad brush strokes, and these can be used with watercolor paints and water. They have a water-based ink which is refillable.

Prismacolor Set of 12 Premier Double-Ended Art Markers, Brush Tip, and Fine Tip. Again not traditional watercolor markers, the effects achieved with these is akin to watercolor. The ink is alcohol based and has excellent blending abilities

Watercolor Marker Comparison

Although Judy Winsor's Home of the Wildly Passionate Creative blog is no longer available, her wonderful comparison video of watercolor markers on her Youtube channel is still available to learn from. In the video, she compares the Tombow, Letraset, Bienfang, Winsor & Newton, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Akashiya, and Spectrum Aqua watercolor marker products on watercolor paper. See how they perform in her various tests.

 

Best Felt Tip Markers And Their Uses

What are the best felt tip markers out there? It depends on what you are going to use them for. They are suited to some uses such as Drawing, Note-Taking, Coloring, Labeling and Hand Lettering.

With two types of tip materials, a spongy, fibrous one and a plastic one in a small metal cylinder. The plastic nib is suited to writing and detailed drawing. The spongy, fibrous nib is great for creating fine or thick lines and is great for coloring. Drawing with the plastic tips means you can create fine lines and intricate details. Thick strokes can be achieved with the spongy felt tips by using the side of the tip.

Nib sizes come in fine, medium and broad.

Most of the inks contained in felt tip markers are water-based or pigmented.

Some of the best felt tip markers for different uses are listed below:

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Drawing

When drawing with felt tip markers, Artists highly recommend two brands, the Sakura Pigma Micron Pen and the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pen. Both these pens have ink that comes out easily and dries quickly. Fine and intricate lines can be achieved with both, and they come in a range of colors.

Note Taking

When taking notes, it's essential to have pens that have fast drying ink. This prevents smudging. Two such pens that come highly recommended are Marvy Le Pen Marker Pen and the Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pen. Both brands come in a range of bright colors.

Coloring

The brands of choice for all your Adult Coloring Book coloring are the Stabilo Point 88 Marker and Pilot FriXion Colors Erasable Marker. The beauty of the Pilots are the ink is erasable so going over lines is fixable. The Stabilos come in 47 colors which any colorist will love.

Labeling

When labeling you want markers that will be able to be used on a range of surfaces, such as adhesive labels, glass and metal, and fabric. Two such brands are the Sharpie Permanent Marker - Standard Colors - Ultra Fine and the Zebra Mackee Care Double-Sided Marker Pen.

Hand Lettering

Have fun creating beautiful hand lettering with these recommended brands - Stabilo Pen 68 Marker and the Pentel Sign Pen. They both have spongy tips allowing for all sorts of effects for the letters you create. Available in a range of colors that are sure to brighten your crafting projects.

Children's Pens - What Are The Best Markers For Kids?

We all know that kids can get messy when they get creative! So when finding the best markers for kids, you will want children's pens that are easy to remove from skin and clothing, non-toxic and odorless. The shape of the tips is important as you want kids to be able to handle them with some control.

Childrens Pens Best Markers For Kids

Crayola Markers are a favorite with many kids. Available in a large range of bright colors, kids will delight in creating colorful and fun drawing projects. Crayola markers also have a metallic range.

Faber Castell is also a well-known brand for making markers with kids in mind. Faber Castell pens come in many shades, and children adore the connector pen sets from Faber-Castell. They have sturdy nibs and have washable, water-based ink.

Sargent Fine Tip Markers are a good choice for kids. Available in 50 colors, their fine tips enables children to draw finer lines. These markers are nontoxic and can wash out of most fabrics with soap and water.

Sharpies are also a great choice for vibrant colors and metallic options. They work on lots of surfaces such as leaves, pumpkins for Halloween and rocks. How many kids go through having a Pet Rock?

Gel Pens and Glitter Pens are a favorite with kids adding that special something to their artwork. Sakura makes some fantastic gel pens. Flair Glitter Pens are a good choice for adding a gorgeous sparkle.

Conclusion

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Jodie- Editor Crafty Like Granny

About Jodie- Editor Crafty Like Granny

Hi my name is Jodie. Thanks for stopping by 🙂 I am an Australian, currently living in Spain with my family. I love crafts and have met so many other fabulous crafters through this site. I love learning and helping others discover the joys of handmade. I have recently got back into craft after a lapse of a few years. The aim with our website is to reduce the amount of time people have to search for fantastic, helpful information, inspirational reading and craft news.

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