Coloring Book Markers: Zig Double-Ended

The new craze of coloring books has people searching for the best tools to bring color and life to their pages. There are so many kinds to choose from! Marker Supply is focusing several blogs on markers and more that are perfect for use in coloring!

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 PART 1: ZIG DOUBLE-ENDED MARKERS

We love dual tip markers because it’s like getting 2 pens in 1! And these water-based markers make great choices for coloring books, because the ink tends to not bleed through most papers- a great benefit if you have double-sided pages!

ZIG BRUSHABLES

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The Brushables are dual brush tip markers that feature a solid color on one end, and a 50% lighter shade of that color on the other end- making it super easy to color in two matching tones. The rubber brush tip works in larger spaces and all those super tiny spots as well!

Find them in color sets or a complete set of 24!

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ZIG WRITER

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The Zig Writer is a great marker for general writing and paper crafting purposes, but also has nice basic tips for coloring. On one side, find a rounded bullet tip, and on the other, a fine plastic tip. Comes in 48 colors!

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These markers also come in metallic and chalk pastel colors, great for both light AND dark coloring pages!

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ZIG FINE & CHISEL

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Another marker with great tips for coloring, the “Fine & Chisel” describes itself perfectly. You get a fine plastic tip on one side, and a slanted chisel tip on the other. Chisel tips give you nice control over how you color- the same tip covers both broad and narrow spaces!

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Have a look at some special “seasonal” sets featuring fun color groups of the Fine & Chisel markers!

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ZIG ART & GRAPHIC

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Although not found in the “Zig Memory System” like the other Zig dual tip markers, the Art & Graphic is one of our favorite dual tip pens. Comparable to the Tombow dual brush pen, it has a fine tip opposite a flexible rubber brush tip, making it great for many things- including coloring!
If you have coloring pages thick enough to handle it, the Art & Graphics blend like watercolor when used with a water brush like the Zig BrusH20, which makes for some awesome effects!
Try them in some brand new Art & Graphic color sets or find a large range of 80 colors individually!

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ZIG PHOTO TWIN

zig-photo-twin-markers-38Just one of the great finds in our Clearance Section– the Photo Twin markers are what we use in coloring books for just a little tint of color. Designed for adding color to B&W photos, a lot of the Photo Twin colors are on the pale side, while still giving a nice look! The large brush tip and smaller brush tip are perfect for those coloring books with tiny spaces. There are limited quantities of these markers left, so get ’em while you can!

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Stay tuned to the Marker Supply Blog for more coloring book marker highlights!

Hop on our social media pages and hashtag #MarkerSupply to let us know which markers you like to use!

Happy coloring, everyone!!

New Contest: The Coloring Book Craze!

We’ve seen them everywhere- COLORING BOOKS are all the rage lately! Kids have always enjoyed them, and we are happy to see adults joining in the fun too!

This month, Marker Supply is highlighting markers that we love using for coloring books. Check out the Coloring Book Section on our website, and stay tuned for more blogs about the different types of coloring tools we have- including water-based markers, alcohol-based markers, and pencils!

WIN SOME COLORING BOOK MARKERS IN OUR NEW CONTEST!

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Our current contest has several ways you can enter from now until August 17th. One grand prize winner to receive a complete set of all 24 Zig Brushables Markers! These double-ended markers have a solid color on one end, and a 50% lighter shade of that color on the other end. So in all, this set gives you 48 colors!! The durable, “rubber” brush tip makes it very easy to color larger spaces AND super tiny spaces as well. Zig Brushables are water-based, so they won’t bleed through your coloring book pages, and they are non-toxic- so kids can use them too!

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When the contest has ended, we will randomly draw ONE grand prize winner to receive the Brushables set. We’ll also pick THREE runners-up who will win an assorted coloring book marker pack! We will notify the winners via email, so make sure to check your inbox (and the spam folder too, in case it gets filtered into there!)

WAYS TO ENTER THE CONTEST:

You have a chance to earn multiple entries for our Coloring Book Contest, each by a different action.

*Sign up for our email newsletter!
Marker Supply sends out emails every now and then to let you know about new products, special offers, store closings, and more. Submit your email address and earn a contest entry! (Note: If you are already signed up for our newsletter- thanks! You can still submit your email address in that section and use it as an entry for this contest.)

*Tell us what you like to use in your coloring books!
Which markers do you like to color with? Check your favorites from off the list and earn a contest entry.

*Show us a page from your coloring book!
We love to see what your markers have made! Upload a photo of a page from your coloring book that you’ve colored to a social media website (Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter) with the hashtag #markersupply and then pair that photo with this entry option on the contest page.

Start earning your entries on our contest page HERE. Good luck! 🙂

Featured Artist: @SignJay

We’re wrapping up chalk markers and chalkboard month at Marker Supply with another featured artist!!

Aside from party boards (as featured in our blog about LA Sign Design), and the countless chalk marker projects you can do at home (some of which highlighted in our last blog), another big area that you may notice the art of chalkboard signs is in stores and restaurants! Windows, displays, grocery departments, event posters, menus, and more can have such a nice appeal to customers after they’ve been decorated with chalk markers!!

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We Markerland folks are always very impressed by the talented people behind those signs, and we are excited to feature a chalkboard sign artist who is very active in doing store display and event poster chalkboards!

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Rachel Humiston is from Richmond, VA and has been doing professional chalkboard signs since 2008.

“I got a job as a sign artist at Trader Joe’s. I didn’t have any experience- I actually had just graduated with a math degree, but I wanted to do well so I threw all my energy into practicing and improving. I didn’t know at the time I would make a career of it, but it is a practical kind of art form and in retrospect- that fits my personality perfectly!

The first piece I ever did was a 24 x 41 inch display for roasted red pepper and tomato soup and some crackers at Trader Joe’s. I still remember sitting on the floor drawing and re-writing the layout trying to make all of the information fit. It took days but thankfully I had a very patient boss who had faith and I got the hang of it. Eight years later we are still a team and I’m very grateful!”

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RACHEL’S RECENT WORKS

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“I actually finished the largest piece I have done to date just this week! It was a series of different size frames covering an area of approximately 11 x 12 feet for an event called Creative Marketplace where local artists and makers come together to connect and share their wares with the community. I’ve done a couple murals that were physically larger but this was the largest typography design thus far.”

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 SOME CHALKBOARD ART TIPS FROM RACHEL

“The projects I take on usually require a lot of information in a relatively small space, so the toughest part of the process is finding creative solutions to dividing up the text so it is both easy to read and also beautiful.
Once I have a good design, the rest is pure fun!”

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Getting started:
“I typically start by looking at my source materials- packaging, logos, etc. and visualize some ideas in my head first. Then I will do 2 or 3 very loose thumbnail sketches, to make sure I have enough room for all of my elements, and select the best layout. The sketches are comically simple because I’ve found that fine-tuning is best done on the actual board. I’ll then do the sketch on the board and move things around as necessary- this way I can see the design to scale. The exception is when you work menus- you need mathematical precision, so those sketches are much more in-depth.”

Correcting mistakes:
“If it’s a small mistake, I can correct it when I add the background color, outlines, and shadows by simply drawing over it. If it is something that needs to be completely changed, I use 91% isopropyl alcohol to clean the area. That sounds technical but it’s just the stuff you find in first aid kits. You can buy it just about anywhere- it’s inexpensive and works well. “

Working on chalkboards vs. glass:
“Chalkboards have some grit to them that helps to slow down the marker and gives more control. The smoothness of glass means the marker moves fast and loose. It also affects how I hold the pen- on chalkboards I rest my arm and wrist on the board for stability, but with glass the marker is the only thing that can touch. The surface I prefer working on is chalk boards, but if I’m working on glass I will lean towards script fonts- as their flow is more conducive to the surface.”

Spacing tips:
“Draw rectangles around the rounded letters like “O” or “D”- it makes it easier to compare the corners to see if they are even. Invest in a clear drafting ruler that is divided into grid- it will change your life!”

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CHALK MARKERS : RACHEL’S PICKS
(and some suggestions from us!)

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“I am a huge Woodcraft marker devotee- the opacity, vibrancy, and ease with which you can do multiple coats cannot be beat! They are incredibly versatile and can be used on so many surfaces. I use a ton of Gardenia, a lovely warm white. I use the chisel tip and the Big & Broad size in equal measure.
The Woodcraft markers are actually quite permanent even without sealing them. I have interior signs that have been up for 8 years under fluorescent lighting and they have not faded, chipped, or cracked!

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More recently I’ve expanded to the Uni Poscas in the 1, 3 and 5m sizes because they are perfect for crisping up the edges of the letters, great for outlining, and they work great over or under the Woodcraft markers.”

If you are looking to do some art for a store, restaurant, etc., we have what you need at Marker Supply! Try these special sets that might help you get started:


chalk markersZig Posterman Starter Sets come in 3 different sizes and each feature Zig Posterman markers in a variety of colors and tip sizes for you to try, as well as a great chalkboard cleaning tool- the Scrubs do-it-all wipes!

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Perfect little starter packs of the Zig Woodcraft Markers, the Food Menu Sets feature colors specifically picked to match a different food group theme!

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Thanks again to Rachel for sharing your work and advice with us!
Check out Rachel’s Instagram to see more of her amazing chalk marker art!!

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**ALL CHALK ART PHOTOS ON THIS BLOG ARE COPYRIGHT TO RACHEL HUMISTON and we are thankful for her letting us use them to show off her talent! 🙂

Have any chalk marker artwork that you’d like to share? Tag us #MarkerSupply – we’d love to see!!!

 

Chalkboard Home Decor Projects

We’ve seen how chalk marker art can be great at parties and special events (with our last blog featuring LA Sign Design), and you’ve likely seen chalk markers used on windows/displays/menus at stores and restaurants (stay tuned for our next blog featuring another great chalk artist!), but there is also PLENTY to be done with chalk paint & markers at home!

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CHALKBOARD FURNITURE/CABINETS
You don’t always have to go BIG with the chalkboard theme in your house by covering an entire wall or door. (We’ve even seen refrigerators turned chalkboard!) Try just transforming a piece of furniture & other smaller household surfaces with chalkboard paint, like the Brush-On or Spray-On paints from Krylon!

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Chalk desks are an awesome way to cut down on paper notes, to-do lists, etc. (and you are less likely to lose important info if it’s written right on the desktop!) They are also a fun addition to a kid’s playroom! (Water-based chalk markers are safe for kids to use!) Using chalk markers instead of regular chalk keeps these projects free of dust and smudging!

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Keep helpful information handy when you turn the inside of your cabinet doors into a chalkboard notepad!

One of our new products from Krylon also pairs very well with chalk markers. Chalky Finish” paints are like chalk markers in a spray paint form- great for doing larger pieces that would be tough to do with just a marker tip. Also, since it’s a spray paint, it allows a nice, even coverage of color on curves, edges, and all those tricky little places.

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After you are done using the “Chalky Finish” paint to go over the entire object, use chalk markers to draw on some details!
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CHALKBOARD PICTURE FRAMES
Grab some inexpensive photo frames at yard sales, thrift stores, etc. and paint the glass with chalkboard paint. (Or you can also use Strathmore’s Black Chalk Paper– an item we love from our sister company Paper & Ink Arts.)

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Any frame can quickly become a fun way for displaying your own artwork and quotes, and makes a fun gift idea too!

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Make some signs for different areas of your house, or just use them as a canvas for some chalkboard style wall art!

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The Pebeo Porcelaine Chalkboard Paint is specially made for use on dishes and other heat-stable bases such as glass, ceramic, porcelain, etc. Once baked on, it is dishwasher safe! Create a re-writable chalkboard surface to give your dishes some unique designs and keep track of multiple drink containers that would otherwise look alike!

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Hint: Use Pebeo or permanent, oil-based markers to draw on the sections of art/words that you want to always be there.
Then use erasable chalk markers for the temporary parts.

CHALK LABELS
Whether permanent or temporary, labels are a handy way to remember what’s what! Chalkboard labels have a great look in whatever area they are used in! Try the Marvy Easy Chalkboard Marker to turn things like paper, wood, cardboard, or terra cotta pots into a smooth black chalkboard surface! (This marker is also great for making chalkboard-style cards & gift tags!)

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DO YOU HAVE CHALKBOARD / CHALK MARKER ART IN YOUR HOME?
Show us your projects & decor on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!!
@MarkerSupply #MarkerSupply

 

Featured Artist: LA Sign Design

We are very excited about Marker Supply’s newest featured artist – Lacey at LA Sign Design!

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“My main passion is to keep the art of handwriting and cursive alive in the most creative ways possible.
I love technology but nothing beats handmade, in my opinion.
” –Lacey @ LA Sign Design

Lacey is the owner/artist behind her business, LA Sign Design, that creates a number of incredible chalk marker art projects- from store advertisements, to event posters, to menus, to our highlight of this blog: PARTY BOARDS!!

Handmade boards done with chalk markers are becoming more & more popular at birthdays, weddings, and other special events as a fun and unique way to decorate and display information to the guests!

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We asked Lacey some questions about her work as a chalkboard artist, specifically in the area of doing boards for special occasions:

How long have you been making chalk art boards for parties?
Professionally, since 2012, but I have loved to doodle since I could hold a crayon.

What objects do you use for your actual boards?
Mainly old wood-framed pictures I up-cycle into chalkboards. I purchase the picture frames from the local Savers or Goodwill, thrift sales, & auctions. I also cut sanded plywood in custom sizes for a variety of different projects.

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Are there surfaces that are easier or more difficult to draw on than others?
Since most my work is freehand, learning to write straight & evenly spaced on an already mounted chalkboard or surface is probably the most difficult to master. I create artwork on glass as well-this can be slippery & really test ones hand steadiness.

How big are your average-size boards and how long do they take to finish?
My mini chalkboards are popular as 8 x 10 inch picture frames. I’ve also created wedding programs that are 4 x 4 foot & photo-op standees that are 7 feet tall! Most signage only requires 1-2 hours of work (Prep, design, sketches, art, touch-ups, seal coat) but is determined more by the amount of writing & special designs required.

What do you use on top of a finished board to seal & protect it?
To really make a board last I offer my clients the option to seal coat with either a Matte or Gloss finish Mod Podge. Sealing is a great idea to preserve the ink from fading and really makes the writing stand out against the black chalkboard.

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BIRTHDAY BOARDS

Birthday chalkboards are stand-out party decor for kids AND adults of any age! Not only are they fun for the party itself, but they can remain treasured keepsakes to remember the event well into the future! Fill them with information from life at the present moment, and then you can always have a look back to your “time capsule sign!”

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We LOVE these colorful and customized kids birthday signs by LA Sign Design!!
(and congrats on the recent Blue-Ribbon-Win!)

You can also make chalkboard signs for different areas & activities at your party-
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WEDDING BOARDS

An elegant way to decorate for a couple’s big day!!

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Even simply using just white ink on a black chalkboard can still make beautiful pieces to introduce the wedding party, display the menu options, or have as backdrops for photos!

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“Wedding signage is becoming a fast trend and the markers seriously make all the difference on the big day. Brides are always so relieved to learn my “chalk” is actually water-proof & smudge-proof unlike regular chalk. I always have the option of Chalk Ink markers which are no-mess and dust-free in case they need the signage to be temporary. Doing the wedding program on a large chalkboard or refinished door is becoming super popular and cost effective compared to printing programs.” -Lacey @ LA Sign Design

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*Zig Posterman Medium and Big & Broad
*Uni Posca Fine, Medium, and Broad
*Sharpie Poster Paint Fine and Medium

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Sharpie Poster Paint (water-based) is the best marker I’ve found for white, red, and yellow colors. The pigment lasts and covers well over black surfaces. I like using Posterman and Sharpie markers so my chalkboard artwork is already smudge-proof & water-proof but not chemical-proof (ink can be removed with Windex). Postermans also work great on glass indoors & outdoors. Chalk ink (ex. Posterman Wet-Wipe) markers work perfect for a surface that needs to be reused or edited easily. The liquid chalk can be wiped clean with water and best part is no chalk dust!

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Lacey’s advice to those interested in chalk marker art:

“Make mistakes, fix them, & create some more!
My skills continue to develop over time with practice, studying new techniques, & faith in my freehand ability.

 If you are not as sure about your freehand skills, but really want to create a chalkboard sign, use this neat trick:
1. Find a quote, picture, or design online [or create one in Word] and print it off to fit your chalkboard.
2. Use a No.2 Pencil & cover the backside of this printed off picture with pencil.
3. Tape the paper to the chalkboard.
4. Use pencil to now trace pressing firmly over the quote & transfer the pencil from the backside to the board.
5. Remove paper & reveal a light outline of exactly where you need to color!”

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Thanks so much to Lacey for all of the insights into her chalkboard world! Keep up the good work!!

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To contact Lacey or see more of her artwork, check out her webpage HERE!
She also occasionally has giveaways for FREE mini chalkboards! Fun!!

©  ALL PHOTOS ARE COPYRIGHTED TO LA SIGN DESIGN.
Marker Supply appreciates her letting us use them in the blog!!

Chalk Marker Terms & Tips

Since it’s “chalk marker month” here at Marker Supply, we figured it would be a good time to go over a few basic details of these types of markers to help you pick which ones are right for you!!

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Some terms commonly used with chalk markers:

WET-WIPE / WET-ERASE: This type of ink is removable from non-porous surfaces with plain water. Just use a damp cloth and your marks will come off! Best used for indoor art, and for those projects that need to be re-written often- menus, calendars, etc.

WATERPROOF: The opposite of a wet-erase marker, this is the semi-permanent kind of chalk marker ink. Once dry, it should resist water- making it ideal for outdoor signage. Can still be removed from non-porous surfaces like glass and most chalkboards using a standard ammonia-based household/window cleaner.

VALVE-ACTION: A term for the type of tip mechanism used with most chalk markers. Before their first use, valve-action tips will have no paint in them. Get them started by gently pressing them in and out onto a piece of scrap paper several times to start the flow of ink (also known as “priming” the marker). This kind of tip prevents it from drying out- just give it a few pumps and it will refresh itself! These tips can also be easily removed and replaced if they become overly damaged.

FLUORESCENT: These markers have special color pigments that will have a “glowing” effect under a black/UV light. Zig’s Fluorescent markers use the name “Illumigraph”.
Notes about Fluorescent colors:
-Lighter colors will pop the most under black lights. Darker colors may still appear to be dark.
-Under a black light, white will glow with more of a purplish color.

OPAQUE: A common term with inks and paints meaning the opposite of transparent (see-through). Opaque colors will cover a surface completely, blocking out the background/other colors underneath.

POROUS vs. NON-POROUS: Chalk paint markers will bond permanently to porous surfaces- those with tiny holes that make the surface absorbent- such as paper, posterboard, wood, and fabric. Chalk marker paint can be removed from hard, non-porous surfaces such as glass, metal, and most chalkboards.

GHOSTING: On some surfaces, a faint mark (“ghosting”) will still be left behind after you erase your work. This happens with some colors more than others- metallics and super bright colors are often known to ghost. Painted chalkboards tend to have this problem because the “chalkboard” surface is more on the porous side. You can try a cleaner to help remove them, but usually these spots will need to be re-painted over. Using a primer under your chalkboard paint can sometimes help prevent marks from staining. It’s always a wise idea to test your marks in a small, hidden area first to see if they will ghost.

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Chalk Marker Tip Shapes & Sizes

Chalk markers come with a variety of different tip styles to choose from. There are jumbo tips for coloring big spaces, pin-type tips for tiny details, and tips like the chisel or brush- which make different size marks depending on how you hold the marker.
This handy chart will give you a better look at each one and where to find them!

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Find it at Marker Supply:

See the following list for a guide to what chalkboard art supplies we carry at www.markersupply.com!

THE SURFACE PREPS:
KRYLON CHALKBOARD PAINT -BRUSH ON
KRYLON CHALKBOARD PAINT- SPRAY ON
KRYLON PRIMER/SEALER
KRYLON CHALKY FINISH PAINTS
MARVY EASY CHALKBOARD MARKER
PEBEO PORCELAINE CHALKBOARD PAINT

THE MARKERS:
UNI POSCA
ZIG POSTERMAN
ZIG WOODCRAFT
ZIG ILLUMIGRAPH
MARVY BISTRO
MARVY DECOCOLOR ACRYLIC
MARVY GARDENCRAFT
SHARPIE POSTER
KRINK K-32
AND K-55
-PEBEO decoMARKERS (*NEW!* COMING LATER THIS SUMMER!!)

THE REPLACEMENT TIPS:
UNI POSCA TIPS
ZIG WOODCRAFT TIPS
ZIG POSTERMAN TIPS

THE CLEANERS:
SCRUBS DO-IT-ALL WIPES
ZIG CHALKBOARD CLEANER

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Win a Chalkboard Art Kit!!

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Don’t forget about this month’s contest!! Just submit your email address into our handy entry form HERE  for your chance to win a chalkboard art kit!! (Note: Your email will only be used to pick the winner and sign you up for Marker Supply’s email newsletter.)

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Tag #MarkerSupply in your chalk marker art/projects! We’d love to see what your markers are up to!!

CONTEST: CHALK MARKERS!!

This month at Marker Supply, we’re taking a look at one of our largest groups of markers:

CHALK MARKERS!!

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“Chalk” paint markers are starting to be used instead of traditional chalk in lots of places. They don’t have the messy dust, they don’t easily smudge right off, they can be used multiple ways on multiple surfaces, and they give you a larger range of colors!

For the rest of July, we’ll be highlighting our chalk markers and paints, interviewing a few awesome chalkboard artists, and showcasing several projects that use chalk art.

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And as for our MONTHLY MARKER CONTEST, this one’s an easy one. All you need to do to enter is sign up for our Marker Supply E-mail Newsletter! …and that’s it!! Use our handy entry form HERE!
Each month we’ll send you an email featuring some fun informational tidbits from our world of markers. News about what we are up to, new products we’ve added, blog updates, special offers, etc. etc…
(And don’t worry, your info is safe with us- we won’t give your email address to anyone else.)

Already signed up for our newsletter? That’s AWESOME. Thank you!
You can still enter our contest the same way, just put your email address into the contest entry form so you will be included in the drawing!

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**Sign up for our email newsletter = get entered to win a Chalkboard Art Kit!!**
Just submit your email into our entry form HERE!

At the end of July, we will randomly draw from all of the email entries.

ONE grand prize winner will receive a “Chalkboard Art Kit” featuring:
A can of Krylon Chalkboard Paint
-A 10-pack of Zig Posterman paint markers
-Sample packets of SCRUBS cleaner wipes
-And a Strathmore Black Chalk paper pad (available at our sister company, Paper And Ink Arts!!)

FIVE more runner-up prize winners will each win a chalkboard marker gift pack!

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So make sure to enter our contest, check back for more blog updates, and have some fun this month celebrating chalkboard art with Marker Supply!!

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~The Marker Supply Team

Have “chalk art” ideas that you’d like to share? We’d love to see!!
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Featured Artist: My Perk Me Up Cup

Marker Supply has encountered a variety of amazing artists over the years! We’re very happy and thankful to have so many loyal customers that love creating art with our markers.

To help highlight the works of these talented folks and the drawing tools they use, we are excited to have a series of Featured Artists here in the Marker Supply Blog!

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Artist: Samantha @ My Perk Me Up Cup
Project: Painted glass & dishware
Products: Pebeo Porcelaine 150 and Vitrea 160 Markers
One of our favorite Pebeo-painting mug artists is Samantha at My Perk Me Up Cup. She creates custom mugs with a LARGE variety of free-hand designs including characters, colors, and clever couples’ sets!  Her work is a great example that whether your pieces are simple or elaborate, done as a business or a hobby, they will stand out either way as being special & unique works of art!

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Samantha has been awesome enough to share with us some insight into her craft- about the markers she uses, as well as some tips and techniques:

What made you decide to get started with this mug-making hobby?
I saw a dragonfly mug on a TV show that I was watching, and fell in love with it, but could not find one like it anywhere. After searching everywhere for it, I found that it was a prop from a different TV show and they are not sold anywhere. I really wanted a dragonfly mug after all of my searching, but couldn’t find anything that I liked. So I thought to myself, maybe I could make one. And it took off from there.

You’ve got such a variety of designs! Do you have any favorites? Which have been the trickiest to paint?
I have enjoyed making each mug so far! They have mostly been special requests, but I would have to say I love the dragonfly ones the best.
I would have to say the watercolor horse mug that was requested was the trickiest to paint.

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How do you prepare your mug surfaces before painting?
I wash the mug with soap and water first and then wipe the mug with a paper towel and alcohol to ensure a clean workspace.

Which markers are your go-to choices for mug decorating?
I really like using Pebeo 150 ceramic paint markers. I find myself using the black fine tip marker most frequently. The fine tip markers are great for detail and writing names or phrases on the mugs. If I am painting a larger area I prefer to use the medium tip. I have used both [the Pebeo Porcelaine 150 and Pebeo Vitrea 160] and found that they both worked fairly well on glass. I have just noticed that you may have to go over your work once or twice with the 160 markers to make the colors pop.

You’ve also used Sharpie Oil-based paint markers for decorating.. How would you compare them to the Pebeo pens?
The Sharpie Oil-based paint markers are slightly easier to work with, but if you want to microwave or put your work in the dishwasher, some of the colors do not hold up. The black Sharpie’s paint started to crack after going through the microwave.

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Do you use any other tools to create special effects?
To get the water color effect I dipped a cotton ball into alcohol, then I pressed the Pebeo marker down until it released a small amount of paint. I dabbed it where I wanted the color, and also blew through a straw lightly as I dabbed the paint on the mug to spread the paint out.

If you make any mistakes while painting your designs, how do you erase and redo those spots?
Pebeo paints are so forgiving if you make a mistake. All I do is dip a Q-tip in alcohol and clean up the area. I have a two-year-old who climbs on me while I am working half of the time, so I had to learn this quickly.

About how long does it take you to finish decorating a mug?
The amount of time it takes to finish a mug depends on the design I’m doing. Some mugs have only taken me about 5 minutes to do, and others have taken me an hour or two. You have to let the mug dry 24 hours before baking, and then follow the baking instructions. You may need to adjust your baking time or temperature slightly, some appliances can vary.

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Have you had any issues with the finished artwork coming off when the mug is used/washed?
I have not had any issues at all with the Pebeo paint coming off when used, microwaved, or washed. The main issues that I have had was the black Sharpie paint chipping, and the gold fading after going through the dishwasher and microwave. I made a test mug with all of the colors of the Pebeo, Sharpie, and Painted by Me brands to test how the colors held up through various types of washing and going through the microwave. Through doing this I found out that you should not use dish soap with bleach because it will clean your work off of your mug.

Any other tips or tricks you have learned from your experience with dish painting?
I enjoyed trying different surfaces to paint on. Definitely buy a few mugs and practice. I keep a paper towel handy when I am using the fine tip Pebeo markers, if they start to flow a bit too slow I just press down on the paper towel a few times to get the paint flowing again.

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Thanks for sharing your work and your knowledge with us, Samantha! 🙂

*Check out more of Samantha’s mugs HERE!*

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Do-it-yourself dish art is such a fun trend in the world of arts & crafts. Just take a plain ‘ol mug, plate, etc. and give it a unique design- great for personalizing your own items, or a wonderful gift idea!

Marker Supply always recommends using Pebeo Porcelaine 150 markers and paints for your dish designing. After being baked on in a regular kitchen oven, your artwork will be permanent- even through washing!

(See our related blog comparing the use of different markers on mugs!)

Try the Pebeo line of dish-decorating supplies at MarkerSupply.com!!
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Have any dish art that you’d like to share? We’d love to see!
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Contest: Red, White & Blue- Which one’s for you?

Over the next month, we’ll be seeing a large amount of red, white, and blue as America gets ready for the July 4th holiday. So this has inspired us to do another contest here at Marker Supply!!

For this contest, we’ll put those 3 colors into their respective categories in the world of color tones:

* RED = Warm tones *

* WHITE = Neutral tones *

* BLUE = Cool tones *

All you need to do for this contest is:
-Tell us one of those color groups you prefer using in your own artwork and if there is a reason why -OR- Tell us how you’ve used those color groups to contrast each other in your art
AND
-Submit a photo of one of your art pieces using that tone group/contrast!

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Your art piece can be anything you’ve drawn, written, colored, etc. with markers, pens, or pencils.
A freestyle drawing, coloring book page, watercolor painting, a phrase written in calligraphy, or a project of any sort that uses markers! Be creative and let us see your favorite colored markers in action!

To submit your contest entry, you can email us HERE, or post your art piece to one of our social media pages:
* www.facebook.com/markersupply *
* Twitter @ MarkerSupply *
* Instagram #MarkerSupply *

As always, ALL entries will receive a free marker gift, so make sure that we have your mailing address! Include it in your email, or if you post your entry photo on our Facebook/Twitter/Instagram, send us a separate email with your address so it can be kept private.

The best part– after the July 4th holiday weekend, we will randomly draw a winner from all of the entries and that person will win a “grand marker prize”!!! Winners are always chosen randomly, because we find it impossible to pick favorites when it comes to all of your awesome marker art!!

Artwork copyright note: Marker Supply won’t use your artwork for any purpose without your permission. However, we love seeing our markers in action and sharing the great things they can create, so we may contact you to see if you’d be ok with us posting your art to our website, newsletter, etc.

So get going and have fun with this month’s contest!! We look forward to seeing what your markers are up to!!

~The Marker Supply Team

Flower Contest Wrap-Up

The month of May has come to a close and so has our “April Showers Bring May Flowers” contest.

Thanks to everyone who submitted their flowery artwork!! We have some awesome artists out there!!

Congratulations to Marcella in Louisiana, who was our randomly chosen Grand Marker Prize Winner! We hope ALL of you will enjoy getting your free marker gifts.

Stay tuned for our next Marker Supply contest!

SOME MORE OF OUR FLOWERY MARKER PROJECTS FROM LAST MONTH:

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Pebeo Vitrea Markers- specially designed to paint on glass!

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Grab an old canvas painting/photo and use it like a coloring book! Make your new “paint-over” image stand out with metallic or fluorescent colors!

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Making some flower collages on cloth books and bags with the Zig Decoupage Glue Marker: formulated to work well on fabric surfaces!

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Using the Zig Kurecolor Refill Inks for shaving cream marbling to try and make a Marigold garden card!

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 Oil-based paint markers (Zig Painty and Marvy Decocolor) for coloring on stones- makes great garden plant signs!

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A cute kiddo t-shirt made with the Zig Fabricolor markers!

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There are so many fun marker projects out there!!
Feel free to let us know what YOU like to color!

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