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Coloring Book Markers: Pens & Pencils

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!

See Part 1: Zig Double-Ended Markers

See Part 3: Alcohol-Based Markers

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Part 2: Pens & Pencils

If you’re unsure about how your coloring page paper will handle using markers, you can always go with alternative tools such as gel pens and colored pencils!

SAKURA GELLY ROLL PENS

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The Sakura Gelly Roll pens are fantastic tools for adding special effects to your coloring books. You can use them alone or on top of already colored spaces. Color carefully however! The gel ink is very opaque (non-see-through) and will cover over the black outlines of your images.
Gelly Rolls come in classic colors, or try our favorites with fun features:
Gelly Roll Stardust with super glittery ink!
Gelly Roll Moonlight with bright, neon ink!
Gelly Roll Metallic with a sheen of colorful metallic ink!

Or try our new giant 74-piece Gelly Roll Collection!

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ZIG WINK OF STELLA GLITTER PENS

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Another great choice for adding some sparkle effects to your pages! These special glitter pens come in either a fine plastic tip, or a bristle brush tip, and along with their color, they lay down a nice amount of shimmer. Use them alone, or over already-colored pages! (The clear Wink of Stella markers are great for overlaying on top of color!)

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PRISMACOLOR PREMIER COLORED PENCILS

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The Prismacolor Premier pencils come in a large range of 150 colors and a variety of sets, allowing you to find just the colors you need! There are even different styles to fit your coloring needs, including the Verithin with a more narrow lead and the Col-Erase with an eraser tip! The soft cores and high color pigments make these super easy, artist-quality tools to color with!

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PRISMACOLOR WATERCOLOR PENCILS

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A fun type of pencil that will color normally as other colored pencils do, but when blended with water, the Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils with move along with the water and act like watercolor paints! You don’t need to use much for awesome blending and shadowing effects! (Tip: For best results, make sure your paper is thick enough or specially designed for use with watercolor mediums. When tools are used with water on too thin of paper, your pages can buckle, wrinkle, or tear.)

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POLYCHROMOS OIL-BASED COLORED PENCILS

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A special type of colored pencil from Faber-Castell, the Polychromos use an oil base rather than a wax base- allowing for super smooth color laydown and blending. The thick 3.8mm leads come inside a premium cedar wood casing, making these super strong coloring tools. They are available in 120 rich, permanent colors.

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KOH-I-NOOR TRI-TONE PENCILS

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A new and limited-time colored pencil line here at Marker Supply, the TriTone Pencils feature a blend of 3 different colors within each pencil tip- giving you some fun color effects! Color normally or twist the pencil as you color for a unique coloring style!

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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!!

 

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!

Some Tips About Tips!

There are a lot of things that factor in to picking out markers for different projects. The type of ink, what shade of which color, and a very important feature- the style of tip!

Do you need to do any small detail work, or are you needing quick coverage of large areas?
-Will there be a lot of extensive use or pressure applied to the tip that might damage it?
-Would it be helpful to make different size lines with the same pen?

Whether you know your specific project needs or not, you can have a lot of fun just experimenting with various-tipped markers!

Here’s a look at several different tips that our markers have, and some examples of how they can be used! It may seem like an information overload, but hopefully will provide some useful points of reference in finding your perfect pen!

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Tip Sizes
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Tip sizes are measured in Millimeters and range from the tiny .2 mm for extremely detailed work to the jumbo 50 mm for very broad marks. Extra fine point pens are numbered in growing sizes- 005 to 08:  005 = 0.2mm, 01 = 0.25mm, 02 = 0.3mm, 03 = 0.35mm, 05 = 0.45mm, and 08 = 0.5mm.

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Tip Shapes: Chisel vs. Bullet
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Some markers, even if they are the same size (medium, broad, etc.), come with a choice of which shape of tip.
Bullet shaped tips have a rounded edge for smooth, even lines. Chisel tips are slanted, allowing for both fine and broad edged marks to be made depending on how the pen is held- a go-to for many artists & calligraphers! Some calligraphy pens will also have a choice between square– tips that come to a straight flat edged point, and oblique– a slanted chisel tip.

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Tip Shapes: Brush
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A very versatile style of marker, brush tip gives you the flexibility of a paint brush- so you can create very fine marks and draw in detail- or by applying more pressure or holding sideways, thicker marks will happen and you can quickly color in larger spaces. If your project has cracks or edges, brush tips are great for getting color in those hard to reach places!
Pens with “Semi-Flexible” tips are more of a stiff brush style, but the tip will still be a bit bendable.
Some neat markers featuring this tip are the Zig Brushables– which have a solid color on one end, and a 50% lighter shade of that color on the other end! Very useful for doing lettering with shadows!

Try these pens for a Brush tip: Zig Clean Color Real Brush, Mangaka Flexible Cartoonist Pen, Fudebiyori Metallic Brush, Zig Brushables, Posca 350-F, Brush Writer II, BrusH20 Water Pen, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush

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Tip Shapes: Specialty Tips- Scroll, Dauber
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You’ll also find markers with unique tips that can help you make very creative markings!
In our newly-added KRINK product line, the K-60 is a bottle-shaped marker with a dauber tip. The squeezable bottle allows great ink flow control through this tip, however you choose to use it- even sideways and upside-down! Make broad strokes for a neat round writing/drawing style, ink blots, dripping street-art style signs, or fun “dot drawings”!
The Zig Scroll and Brush features a unique Scroll tip with 2 points- one making a slightly finer line than the other. Especially paired with the brush tip on the other end, this marker is as fun to letter with as it is to make little drawings on cards or in scrapbooks!

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Dual Tip Markers
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Already having talked about the Brushables and Scroll and Brush markers, keep your eye out for other “2-tips-in-1” markers! There are a variety of markers, especially in the Zig Memory System, that feature dual tips- a different kind on each end. A bunch of these markers are highlighted in the A to Zig instruction booklets – handy little guides for learning how to do different letters with different markers and their tips.

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A good little set to experiment with the Zig Memory System tips is the Black Twin Tips set!

The Zig Kurecolor Twin and Twin S markers (similar to Copic markers) feature a tip on both ends- a chisel and a fine, but choose from additional tips to change them into whatever style you’d like! Interchangeable replacement tips include Brush, Broad, Calligraphy, and more!

Other markers featuring dual tips: Prismacolor Chisel & Fine or Brush & Fine, Sharpie Twin Point, Sakura IDenti-Pen & Permapaque Dual

HINT: Remember to store your dual tip markers horizontally. If stored up and down, in a pen holder cup, etc, the tip facing up can dry out and become unusable.

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Common Writing Pens
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FIBER-TIPPED FELT – Many marking pens have fiber tips- porous, pressed material saturated with ink. Felt is a hard yet spongy fiber that is slightly flexible. Commonly found in a cone shape which gives it versatility- letting you mark with all sides of the tip. These pens will give you smooth, even coverage, but the tips are more prone to fray or dull with heavy use, can lose their shape, and will dry out very quickly if left uncovered- so remember to keep felt tip pens tightly capped!
Examples: Sharpies, Pentel Sign Pen

PLASTIC – A thin tip that dispenses ink evenly and smoothly. The hard, smooth plastic seals the ink inside the tip and keeps it controlled. The firmness of this tip means that it lasts longer- you can use more pressure and it will hold its shape.
Examples: Posca PC-1M, Pebeo Porcelaine, Zig Wink of Stella

PLASTIC IN METAL CASING – Extra fine plastic tip pens, sometimes referred to as pin or needle type, have very small, porous plastic tips inside a metal casing. Pens with tips like this will last the longest if written with straight up and down, at a 90 degree angle to the paper. Use caution not to use too much pressure with these tips, as they can bend sideways and break or stop ink flow.
Examples: Marvy Le Pen, Sakura Micron, Posca PC-1MR, Prismacolor Fine Line

BALL POINT / ROLLER BALL
The tips of ball pens have a metal casing that keeps the ink inside, until it passes around a metal ball when you write- which thins and evenly disperses the ink so you have great control over the marks you make. The fixed ball point can limit how you are able to hold the pen and make the marks you want, but the tip’s control of the ink flow gives the pen a much longer life.
“Ball Point” pens use a very thick oil-based ink, which tends to last longer and flows out of the pen with great control.
“Roller Ball / Gel” pens use a liquid water-based or gel ink that flows smoother and requires less pressure on the pen to write. Because of the thinner ink however, there is a higher bleed-through potential, and the risk of smudging is greater.
The KRINK K-66 marker has a unique type of roller ball tip- a long steel tube that allows for easy marking on rugged surfaces! It also features a squeezable bottle, which allows for writing upside-down and sideways- something that is difficult for most ball pens since they normally use gravity to pull the ink to the tip.
Roller Ball / Gel Pen Examples: Uniball Signo, Marvy Gel Reminisce, Sakura Gelly Roll, Sakura Souffle

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Pencil Tips
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Since pencils are a whole world of their own, stay tuned for our upcoming pencil blog!

A brief view on pencil tips-
With drawing pencils, you can experiment with the HB Graphite Grading Scale (mostly used in Europe) using the Prismacolor Turquoise Graphite Pencils. They use a scale from 10H (harder lead, lighter mark) to 10B (softer lead, blacker mark) with HB falling right in the middle- equivalent to standard #2 pencils.
With colored pencils, there are average-sized tip pencils, and a finer version called Verithin. For a unique pencil tool, try the Prismacolor Art Stix! The lead is just like a colored pencil, but there is no wooden casing- allowing you to have any shape of tip that you need! Use the whole side for broad coverage, or carve out a unique tip for your finer marks.

Keep an eye out for the more-in-detail blog exploring the art of pencils- including grading scales, shading and smudging, how to mix with the colorless blender, and more! Coming Soon!

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Sometimes tips get worn, damaged, or dried out after time and use. A variety of markers have replaceable tips that help you get the most out of your marker!
Markers like the Zig Kurecolors and Cocoiros also have interchangeable tips, so your same pen could be fine point and then another style, like brush tip!
See our replacement tip section and get your markers back to writing like new!

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What style of marker tip is your favorite? Let us know and feel free to share your artwork/writings with us!