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National Letterwriting Month

April is here and so is “National Letterwriting Month”!!!

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The world we live in today has become more and more centered around technology and digital communication. Emails, texting, instant messaging, and social media are a common part of daily life, but can you remember the last time you received a handwritten letter? The instant relay of a message can be convenient for sure, but the personal touch of a physical letter can be a powerful thing.

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The 30 Letters in 30 Days Challenge

There are numerous organizations and blogs that celebrate this holiday by giving you “Letter-a-day” challenges, hosting things like “letterwriting to active military personnel” events, and more. The Postal Service even creates special stamps and sometimes kits for the occasion!

Last year we became aware of the #write_on campaign (sponsored by Sakura, the company that brings you great pens like Gelly Rolls and Microns) that challenges you to write a letter to someone every day of the month. We are so excited to participate and help to spread the idea that you should pick up some pens and markers and CREATE your messages on paper rather than using your phone or computer.

Taking the time to hand write a letter (or even to create a custom card or decorate an envelope) gives the recipient an extra sign that you care about them. And it sure is a good change from the usual mix of bills and junk mail that can often flood mailboxes.

All throughout the month of April, we encourage you to do some letterwriting. Whether it be a multiple page letter or a few sentences in a card, send a special person in your life something handwritten by you. It can brighten their day more than you could imagine! 🙂

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Send us your snail mail!

We LOVE getting “marker fan mail” here at Marker Supply!

See our blog post about this month’s contest HERE and find out how sending us something in the mail can enter you to win a giant set of Gelly Roll pens!

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Stay tuned this month for some writing/cardmaking product spotlights, special sales, and more!!

Check out www.markersupply.com to find some great tools to help you add even more special touches to your snail mail!

Gift Boxes, Bags, and Tags

The holiday gift-giving season is upon us, and all kinds of presents will be in need of packaging. But it’s not just for this time of year- try grabbing those markers ANY time you give a present to someone and turn plain ‘ol boxes, bags, and tags into unique works of art that help your gifts look extra special. 🙂

Some marker recommendations and projects that we tried this year at Markerland:

Ink Marbling

A super easy (and pretty fun) way to create one-of-a-kind marbling designs on paper surfaces is with Zig Kurecolor Refill Ink and shaving cream!

Just make a tray of foam shaving cream. Drop some ink here and there around the foam. Then swirl the drops around however you like!

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Then take your bag, tag, card, etc. (the thicker the better, to help it from curling up with the wet foam) and press the surface into the swirls. Pull it back up and scrape off the foam.

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You’ll be left with one-of-a-kind marbled art!

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Try it on craft bags, paper tags, cardboard ornaments, or handmade cards!

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Custom Ziploc Goody Bags

Take some simple Ziploc bags, doodle them up, and fill them with treats!

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Oil-based paint markers work best on these smooth, slippery surfaces, and will hold up when the bag wrinkles as it’s used.

Try the: Marvy Decocolor, Zig Painty, Pebeo 4Artist

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Re-Decorated Gift Boxes

Thrift stores usually have a ton of gift boxes- they just may not be the designs you want. Dollar stores have lots of them for great prices, but they are often only plain white or a single color. If you want to add a little more decoration, there are plenty of good, opaque markers that can cover the old box completely- letting you make your own custom designs for the occasion!
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Some markers we used for our boxes:
Marvy Easy Chalkboard Marker
Marvy Decocolor Acrylic
Sharpie Poster Paint
Posca Paint Markers

If you find an unfinished wooden box, see our Image Transfer Blog HERE to find out a fun way to customize it!

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Personalized Storage Boxes

Sometimes boxes can BE the gifts themselves!!

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We love this gift idea from Jennifer, for her daughter & friends’ Shopkins toys!

Again we found that using oil-based markers (like the Zig Painty markers used here) gave great permanent results on smooth surfaces like plastic.

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Have you made custom gift boxes, bags, or tags using markers?

Let us know how your project turned out!

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And check out www.markersupply.com for PLENTY more markers and pens you can use to help your gifts stand out!

 

Snowman Image Transfer Project

Something we have really been enjoying at Markerland lately is image transferring (putting a printed image onto a raw wooden surface). It’s a great type of project for anyone to do, and can help you create both awesome art pieces and fun handmade gifts! Try it out this holiday season!!

This very simple process needs only a few supplies:
-An object made of plain, unfinished wood
Zig Decoupage Glue Marker
-Image(s) on paper, from a book or a printer
-Small spray bottle filled with water
-Extra markers if you want to do any additonal decorating (optional)

From start to finish, you will need several hours, or overnight, to let the piece dry inbetween steps.

See our step-by-step process of making a holiday snowman wooden wall hanging:

Step 1:
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Choose your image from either a book, or print whatever you like off of the computer. Cut off as much surrounding paper as possible. Use the Zig Decoupage marker to generously cover the area on the wood that the picture will go onto, and then the top side of the image as well.

Step 2:
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Press the image(s) face down onto the wood. Make sure that the glue is covering all areas where there is color and that the entire image is making complete contact with the wood.
*Tip: If you have white in your image, like with this snowman, make sure it has a slight color tint to it, since there is no white ink that will transfer- it is just the white paper, which will later be rubbed away..

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With any image, especially if you are using words, remember that they will be flipped on the wooden surface, so be sure to print your text backwards!

Step 3:

Wait for the glue to TOTALLY dry. It will need several hours at least, if not left overnight.

Step 4:

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The image should now be transferred to the wood, so the paper is ready to be removed! The easiest way to do this is to spray it with water to soften the paper.

Step 5:
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Begin to rub the paper firmly enough for it to peel off, but gently enough to not remove the image as well. It may take several more sprays of water and a little time to get all of it removed, but afterwards- you will be left with your image on the wood!!

Step 6 (optional):
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If you’d like, you can use markers to add background color or special effects (like glitter), enhance the look of your image/text, or even to fix any trouble spots that may have peeled off. This can give your piece a much more artistic handmade quality, without needing too much artistic talent! 😉

(To finish this project, we used Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers, Posca paint markers, and Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush markers.)

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There are plentiful possibilities with this craft.. Try transferring your images onto other wooden objects like boxes, ornaments, picture frames, and more!!

*(See our coloring book image transfer blog HERE!)*

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Coloring Book Image Transfer Project!

All of this recent buzz about coloring BOOKS has left us also wanting to color on something other than paper.. so we at Marker Supply have been experimenting with a type of project called “image transferring”. Take a look at this super easy way to put any coloring page image onto a wooden surface!

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What you’ll need:
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*A piece of “raw” wood without a finish on it (no paint, glaze, etc.)*
*A one-sided page from a coloring book (Note: Everything in your original image will be flipped on the wood piece. Keep this in mind- as letters and numbers will appear backwards!)*
*Zig Decoupage Glue Marker (Find it HERE at Marker Supply!)*
*Spray Bottle & Water*

*and a few hours of patience, as your piece will take a while to dry before the fun part can happen. 🙂 *

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The Prep Work:

Step 1:
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Trim your image down to fit how you want it over the wooden object. Using your Zig Decoupage Glue Marker, apply an even, thick layer of glue that covers the wooden surface, as well as the paper image (the side WITH the marks on it).

Step 2:
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Place your image face down over the wooden piece. Press all over- the middle, the edges, everywhere- to completely stick each piece together. If any spot seems totally dry, you can lightly press the glue marker over the top of the paper and let some saturate through to that area.

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The Hard Part:

Step 3:
You wait for it to COMPLETELY dry.
This will take several hours, it’s usually a great idea to just let it sit overnight.
Yes, we know. This part is not fun. But be patient! 🙂

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The Reveal:

See, you did it. Good job waiting for your piece to be good ‘n dry!
And now even though it may seem silly, we are just going to get it wet again..

Step 4:
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Take a spray bottle and lightly coat the paper with a bit of water.

Step 5:
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Gently rub the wet paper. Bits of it will start peeling off of the wooden surface, however you’ll see that your image will still be left on the wood!

Step 5.5:
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This process can take a few rounds. You can apply a little more water whenever needed to help the paper keep rubbing off. Just don’t rub too rough, the image may start to come off.

And then.. there you have it! You’ve just made a coloring page on a wooden surface!
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Once it’s dry, grab those markers and get coloring! Or, give that one to someone as a gift and make some more!

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We’ve had a lot of fun with this super easy and awesome craft.
Stay tuned for another blog about more image transfer ideas coming soon!

Have you tried paper-to-wood transfers? Let us know how it turned out:
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(**The image we used for this Blog is from the Creative Haven coloring book “Fanciful Faces”.**)

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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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!!

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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Flowers-tinThis old cookie tin got a fresh flowery face using the oil-based paint markers Zig Painty and Marvy Decocolor!

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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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HOLIDAY DECORATING SERIES- PART 3- ZIG

The holidays are almost here! Everyone has been busy decorating, mailing out special cards, gathering family and friends… whatever your projects are this year, we want to help you find the perfect markers and pens to use!!

To wrap up our 3-part holiday blog series, find some neat ideas with products from Zig Kuretake!

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Zig Memory System

If you are looking for an assortment of pens for papercrafts, you don’t have to look much farther than the Zig Memory System! A group of products specially designed for projects like cardmaking, scrapbooking, etc- the Memory System has just about everything! Various double-ended markers with different tip styles, “2 Way” Glue sticks, fine line writing pens, metallic brush pens, glitter markers, calligraphy pens, embossing markers, multicolor sets, and more!

The dual-ended pens come with different tip combinations to let kids (and adults!) experiment with how to make a variety of marks!
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Browse the entire Memory System line HERE!!

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Zig Memory System markers are water-based and safe for kids to use! Try some of the dual-ended pens like the Zig Writer to let the kiddos color their own ornaments, or use with coloring books! Make sure to check out the Memory System Clearance Section to find some colors of the Zig Writer for only $0.98!!

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Thanks to Nathan for sharing his gingerbread man ornament!!

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Kurecolor Ink Marbling

Our blog featured this technique a while back, but we loved it so much we had to revisit it for the holidays this year. Zig Kurecolor Ink bottles are made for refilling the Kurecolor markers, but have other uses as well! Try dropping some ink into a tray of foam shaving cream.. swirl the drops around a bit.. and then press cardstock, envelopes, paper ornaments, etc. facedown into the mixture. Then lift up, scrape off the foam, and you are left with a beautiful marbled color design!

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Get creative trying to make different swirl patterns! Or add a mix of different colors!

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After the first pass with your scraper (you can use a squeegee, piece of cardboard, etc..) there may still be some shaving cream left over on  your paper. You can gently remove it after it has dried a bit. Trying to wipe it off right away can smudge the swirls of color.

*This technique works best on thicker paper. If you want the same look on plain papers, or multiple copies of the same designs, make a “master copy” with cardstock, then use a copy machine to print your own unique cards, stationary, even gift wrap!

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Decoupage Glue Pen

The art of decoupage was a big craze years back, and the craft has not gone away! Create some uniquely-made objects using scraps from books, tissue/wrapping/wall paper, magazine clippings, etc! Decoupage involves taking various cut outs/scrap papers and sealing them to an object, leaving a layered look with a glossy coat over the top. With the Zig Decoupage Marker, a glue/water mixture is already done for you and this craft becomes fast and easy!

A fun craft for any age! Create one-of-a-kind gifts.. or gift boxes! Also try decoupaging ornaments.. photo album covers.. flower vases.. See what interesting looks you can give any item with decoupage!

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Newspaper and magazines are full of holiday clippings you can cut out for your crafts.
Layer different pictures and letters onto ornaments, gift boxes, etc. using the Decoupage glue pen!
We also tried sealing layers of yarn into a shape with the Decoupage glue and it worked, leaving us another awesome handmade ornament!

Some Tips:
-For rounded surfaces, try to use softer, more flexible materials that will bend around the shape easily.
-Things printed from an inkjet printer, or colored with certain markers, are more likely to have their color bleed when the decoupage glue gets them wet, so use caution and test a cut-out first if possible.
-To give your piece added protection and durability, cover the top layer with a sealant.

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Zig Eraser Pens

One of our newest pens at Marker Supply, the Zig Eraser Pens work with alcohol-based markers on non-porous surfaces to create “reverse coloring” art! Color in a space or make a design with your colored markers (try the Zig Kurecolors or Zig Painty FX) and then write or draw over the color with the eraser pen to remove the color and make fun designs!
(Tip: Keep a piece of scrap paper or a tissue handy to clean the color off of the eraser pen tip after every few marks. This helps erase the color more completely in the first stroke. Depending on the thickness of the color, it could take a few passes to entirely erase the color coat.)

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Window Art

Doing any special decorating on surfaces like your windows, mirrors, chalkboard walls, etc.? Zig has MANY paint markers specially designed for that task! Have fun making some lovely holiday artwork for your home or business!

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Want your marks to stay on longer, maybe for outside windows in the rain or snow?
Choose a paint marker like the Zig Posterman or Zig Woodcraft. These will need to be removed with a household/window cleaner (or try the Scrubs wipes!) and should hold up if in contact with plain water.

Want your marks able to be removed more easily and without special cleaners?
Go with the Zig Wet Wipe or Zig Illumigraph markers. Their paint will wipe off with plain water on a damp cloth! Illumigraph markers are very fluorescent and look especially bright under black lights.

While Zig Woodcraft Markers work great for glass/chalkboard art, also try them for their traditional use: wood crafts!
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Oil-Based Zig “Painty” Markers

Doing any decorating that needs some heavy-duty painted marks? Try using oil-based permanent paint markers! Zig features the Painty markers, that come in extra fine, fine & medium bullet tips and a very large selection of unique colors. A version of the Zig Painty marker that we LOVE for holiday crafts are the Zig Painty Twin markers.

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These dual-ended pens are like having 2 pens in one!
Available in Gold & Silver with extra fine tips, or in Black & White with fine bullet tips.

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There are dozens of paintys to choose from- great pens for adding a fun splash of color to projects of many kinds!

**The Painty markers are Oil-based and contain Xylene. They are not appropriate markers for crafting with children.

**Plan to paint on a mug or other dishes? Oil-based paint will come off when it is washed!! Use the Pebeo glass/porcelain paint markers instead. See our previous blog about decorating with the Pebeo markers & paints!!

**See the Painty Clearance colors sections to grab certain colors of these markers for only $1.00!!

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See our previous blogs in the Holiday Decorating Series:
Part 1: Marvy Uchida
Part 2: Pebeo

Have any holiday marker crafts that you / your friends & family like to do? We love seeing what creative ideas you guys come up with! Post/tag us on our social media pages or email us!

Thanks for following our Holiday Decorating Series here at the Marker Supply Blog. We hope your holiday season is filled with lots of wonderful things!!!

 

 

HOLIDAY DECORATING SERIES- PART 2- PEBEO

With the holidays approaching fast, we’ve begun putting together a few lists of marker projects for holiday decorating! Whether you are entertaining guests for dinner, needing fun projects for the kids, or just wanting to make your house or office a bit more festive- keep your eye on the Marker Supply blog! We’ll be highlighting products from several different brands, and a few ways you can use them this holiday season!

Our holiday decorating series continues with new ideas from our Pebeo products!!

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Imported from France, our Pebeo line has some special products that work great for holiday décor!

The greatest feature about Pebeo paints is that when used on surfaces that can be baked in an oven, the painted marks will become permanent after baking- so items like dishes can be washed and your artwork will stay put!
(Click here to see our blog about comparing different markers on painted dishes and what happens to each after washing..)

Remember to be patient with your Pebeo projects.. If you are new to glass/porcelain painting, it can seem a bit tricky at first. Have some “practice” surfaces if possible to try out your ideas on! Thrift stores and dollar stores carry lots of pieces you can get for cheap! Try different paint brushes/applying techniques as you learn how the paint works on these smooth, glossy surfaces. And keep in mind that you don’t need to have a crazy, elaborate design for every piece. Even simple markings- lines, dots, etc.- can have a beautiful look to them!

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The various forms of Pebeo paint- markers, bottled paint, and outliner tubes!
Each available in a variety of colors!

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A few tips as you begin:
-Clean your pieces thoroughly before painting. Use soapy water or rubbing alcohol to fully clean and degrease, and then let fully dry, giving you the best surface to paint on.

-If you get these paints in a spot they aren’t supposed to be (marks outside of your design or paint dripped onto your table, etc.) you can clean them up with a little bit of rubbing alcohol. Try to catch them before the paint has dried for too long! Use tape or stencils to help mask off areas on your dish that you don’t want paint to go.

-For dish art: Pebeo paints are non-toxic, but aren’t recommended for use on the parts of dishes that come in direct contact with food. So make sure to keep your artwork on the outside, handles, edges, etc. that won’t be touching your food or drinks.

-During the colder months of the year, be careful when transporting or storing your Pebeo markers. Letting them freeze can damage them quickly. Don’t leave them in a car when it’s super cold, and make sure a package doesn’t get delivered then sit outside for too long if it has Pebeo markers in it.

Simple directions for baking painted pieces:
(For ornamental items that won’t be washed, handled a lot, etc., you won’t need to use the baking method. The marks will remain on your item after just air drying.)

-After painting your design on a clean, dry surface, let the paint dry completely (around 24 hours).
-Make sure your entire piece can withstand hot temperatures. (Remove all stickers, tags, ornament strings, etc.)
-Place item in a cold oven so it can heat up gradually. Sudden drastic temperature changes could damage the item. Heat to 350°F and bake for 35 minutes.
-Turn off oven and leave your item inside until the oven cools down. Removing the item while hot could cause the heated paint to smudge.
-Your painted design is now sealed on and should be washable, even in the dishwasher! To ensure it lasts even longer, you can wash your pieces by hand using mild soap, and avoid abrasive scrubbing pads.

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DISH ART

*Chalkboard name tags for drink glasses

Getting ready for a gathering of family & friends? To avoid getting people’s drink glasses mixed up with everyone else’s, try these fun ways of marking your holiday cups!

Paint a spot on your glasses with Pebeo Chalkboard Paint. Bake them to heat set the paint. Then each time you use a glass, mark who it belongs to with chalk or a removable chalkboard marker like the Marvy Bistro Chalk Markers! The chalkboard paint section will stay on when you wash it, and only the name will wash off- leaving it ready to be labeled again for its next user!

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Make a reusable checklist to label multiple drinks just the way each person likes them!
Use Pebeo paint to make the permanent background and checklist, and then use a temporary marker to mark on it.
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*Making custom mugs

‘Tis the season to be enjoying hot beverages! Why not design your own mug? Custom coffee cups make great gifts for people too! Grab a plain mug and let it be a blank canvas for any kind of design you can think of.

Draw or letter your own design!

Use the fine or medium tip Porcelaine 150 markers for more controlled writing & drawing, or try the Porcelaine 150 paints for more freestyle painting, stamping or stenciling, etc.

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The Porcelaine 150 outliners work well for embellishing fine details! These marks will also add a raised effect.

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Try painting with stamps, sponges, stencils- or a combination!

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Let the kids scribble a special gift for someone!

Lots of kids just LOVE to color! Let them try something different than a piece of paper- how about making a mug! Pebeo markers are water-based, non-toxic, and do not contain harmful chemicals like Xylene- making them safer for kids to use (with supervision, of course!). Have them enjoy creating a fun keepsake piece for you, or a treasured gift for family members!

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Special thanks to Laura, who shared with us the results of an awesome project she did with her 2 year old and Pebeo markers! What sweet mugs!!

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PAINTED CANDLE JARS

Candles are very popular over the holidays, and during the winter season in general. Give your candles a special, colorful glow by custom painting jars for them! Grab some empty glass mason jars, widemouth cups, vases, etc. and paint with the Vitrea 160 markers.

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You might need to make several layers of paint to get the color to look bolder.
Wait until the first layer dries before doing another, or the paint could smudge away.

You can also “pump” the valve-action tip of these markers several times on a surface to be used as a palette- pooling a bit of the paint so it can be applied with a paint brush or other tools!

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ORNAMENTS

Making your own ornaments and decorations can be a fun craft for the whole family! With glass & porcelain ornaments being popular (and easy to find at craft stores!), the Pebeo paints and markers come in handy for coloring these too!

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Our Certified Zentangle Teacher, Jamie, showed us how to transfer some Zentangle designs done on paper with the Sakura Micron pens, onto a porcelain ornament using the Pebeo markers. The fine line of the Microns was a little hard to mimic with the Pebeo markers, but the results still looked great! Using the “Ahh” and “Hollibaugh” patterns, (which sounded the most in-season!) she created this beautiful Zentangle-style ornament:

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See our previous blog for holiday decorating projects featuring Marvy Uchida products!
Stay tuned for one more blog in the Holiday Decorating Series, coming up soon!!

Have any holiday marker crafts that you / your friends & family like to do? We love seeing what creative ideas you guys come up with! Post/tag us on our social media pages or email us!

HOLIDAY DECORATING SERIES- PART 1- MARVY

With the holidays approaching fast, we’ve begun putting together a few lists of marker projects for holiday decorating! Whether you are entertaining guests for dinner, needing fun projects for the kids, or just wanting to make your house or office a bit more festive- keep your eyes here on the Marker Supply blog! We’ll be highlighting products from several different brands, and a few ways you can use them this holiday season!

This 1st Blog in the Holiday Decorating Series features products from Marvy Uchida!

The Marvy Easy Chalkboard Marker

This is one of several new markers here at Marker Supply, and we are excited about it! Chalkboard art is becoming so popular everywhere! This jumbo tip paint marker allows you to easily create a chalkboard surface on paper, wood, and terra cotta! Pair it with the Marvy Bistro Chalk Markers– which will wipe off with just a damp cloth- for easy sign making that you can use over and over!

(Tip: After creating your chalkboard surface, use permanent paint markers (Marvy Decocolor, etc) for the parts of your signs, decorations, etc. that you want to keep there. Then use a water-erasable paint marker (Marvy Bistro, etc) for any part you want changeable. Then when you wipe it with a damp cloth, everything will stay put except for what you want to change!)

Here’s how we used the Easy Chalkboard Marker for the holidays:

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*Dinner party labels!
These next few months are big for parties and all kinds of gatherings- make some easy paper card mini chalkboard signs to help keep everything straight!

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-Add some elegance to the table with fancy place cards!
-Label your food and drinks to help your guests find just what they like!
-Create some unique tags for your gifts!

*Holiday card photo bubbles!
Sending out cards this year? Make something extra special to fill the mailboxes of your family and friends! Cut out some thought or speech bubble shapes on cardboard or thick paper, then color with the Easy Chalkboard Marker. Use larger cut-outs with your friends as a “photo booth” style prop, or place above babies/pets to give them a voice for your photos/cards!

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You can also use some caption bubbles to make a little extra fun for your picture frames!

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*The countdown calendar!
Exciting for the kiddos that wait for Santa, helpful for a busy holiday schedule, or fun to see how many days left of the year- make a countdown calendar to keep track of the time until the day you are waiting for! Paint your chalkboard surface on an object, then use the Bistro Chalk markers or plain chalk to make your numbers & change them each day!

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Marvy Fine Writing Pens

Whether it’s for adding a splash of color to everyday writing tasks like lists and calendars, or if you are doing fancy lettering on holiday letters, cards, & envelopes, even if you just want a nice look when writing on dark paper- you’ll find some great pens from Marvy!

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*Marvy Le Pen
Great for plain OR fancy writing/doodling, the Le Pen’s have an extra fine plastic point
and come in a selection of 18 fun colors!

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*Marvy Gel Reminisce
Try these roller ball gel pens for your cards/lists/scrapbooks and more!
The metallics have an especially nice look on dark papers.

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*Marvy Calligraphy Pens
Available with fine, medium, and broad square tips- and in several different colors- these pens are a great choice for calligraphy and lettering. Doing crafts that need more permanent writing?
Use the Marvy Calligraphy Permanent Marker or the oil-based Decocolor Calligraphy paint pens.

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Marvy Fabric Markers

Marvy has a very large selection of fabric markers that work great for creating custom designs or decorations!

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The Marvy Fabric Markers come in 3 tips sizes and many colors. They are permanent without the need to iron/heat set!

The Marvy Decofabric Markers have a fine bullet tip and also feature a variety of colors and effects.

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Try some Decofabric sets made perfect for the holiday season!

Use fabric markers on clothing- Make special holiday shirts/hats/socks/shoes with your family!
Color on fabric placemats, napkins, or tablecloths- Add some decorative doodles to the dinner table!

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Try coloring some doilies- it’s just like little fabric coloring books!!

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Stay tuned to the blog for more project ideas featuring products from other brands we carry at Marker Supply!

Have any holiday marker crafts that you / your friends & family like to do? We love seeing what creative ideas you guys come up with! Post/tag us on our social media pages or email us!