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Coloring Cards by Between the Evergreens

Greeting cards are fun to give your friends & family for special occasions, or any time.. just because!

While attending RAW: Nashville’s Holiday Rawk Artist Showcase this week, we came across artist Elizabeth Lang & her company between the evergreens.

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Elizabeth not only does wonderful watercolor paintings & artwork featuring various trees, but she also makes some really awesome greeting cards- that you can color yourself!

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Whether you want to be the one to color them OR if you’d rather give them as gifts for others to color, Marker Supply has some great markers to use with these cardstock cards.

We chose to color her “Sweetbay Magnolia” card with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers..

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With the real bristle brush tip, it feels like you’re painting! The very tip of the brush gets in the tiniest of spaces, or you can angle the brush to color larger spots. Try using multiple colors- the ink is very easy to blend.

(Note: If you have a card made with watercolor paper, you can add a little water on top of the Clean Color’s dye-based ink and move it around- creating a watercolor look!)

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MORE MARKERS TO TRY FOR CARDS..

Our other marker recommendations for cards, depending on what tip you like to color with:

*Bullet/Round tipZig WriterSakura Gelly Roll Gel Pens

*Slanted/Chisel tipZig Fine & Chisel, Sakura Permapaque

*Rubber brush tipZig Brushables, Sakura KOI

*Colored pencils: Prismacolor Premier Pencils, Faber Castell Polychromos

*or browse through some more at www.markersupply.com!

(Note: Use caution if you like to do your coloring with alcohol-based (like Prismacolor or Copic) or other permanent ink markers (like Sharpies)- the marks will likely bleed through to the other side of cardstock papers!)

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For more information on the art by ELang and between the evergreens greeting cards, check out:

*Her WEBSITE

*Her ETSY STORE

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And as always, feel free to share photos of your colored greeting cards on our social media!
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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:

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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!)*

Have you tried the image transfer project? Let us know how it turned out on our social media pages!
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Some Metallic Markers We Love!

 

 

This month’s focus on metallic markers had us rounding up some of our favorites!
Here’s a closer look at some of our go-to metallic picks:

*Pebeo 4Artist Copper Marker*

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An impressive metallic marker that we fell in love with instantly. This oil-based copper paint pen makes smooth and shiny marks that look just like a melted penny! These markers can be used on multiple surfaces and give any craft a real WOW factor.

*Fabricolor Fine Tip Gold & Silver*

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When asked what our recommendation is for autographs or other markings on black/dark fabrics, our best pick is the Zig Fabricolor Fine Tip marker in silver. Its super light ink appears almost white but gives a brighter, slightly shiny appearance that really stands out. The Zig Fabricolor Fine Tip gold marker is a deep, almost bronze-like gold, with bright gold specks blended in that looks beautiful on all types of fabrics!

*Fudebiyori Metallic Brush Markers*
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With their soft and flexible brush tip, the Fudebiyori (Foo-dee-bee-your-ee) markers work very well for lettering as well as making other designs, borders, and more. The ink flows super smoothly from the tip, and brings incredible metallic colors to light or dark papers.

*Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pens*
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Glitter can be added to SO many things, making them stand out with a sparkle. The amount of glitter that these pens lay down along with their color is pretty amazing! They are available in a variety of different colors, and can be used alone or over the top of other colored areas. Plus, this pen is easily controllable with a squeezable barrel and real bristle-type brush.

*Gelly Roll Shadow*

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A special type of Gelly Roll, the “Shadow” roller ball gel pens have the unique feature of writing with a color that quickly turns into a metallic color (gold or silver) and leaves just a hint of the other color on the edges for a fun effect as you write!

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Have a look at these great markers and more at www.markersupply.com!

Special markers to use with a heat tool

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A heat tool can be very handy to have in the crafting world. Not only can it help to speed up the general drying time of some inks and glues, but it can also be used to make neat effects with special markers such as these:

* Zig Embossing Markers *

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Zig’s Embossing Markers are double-ended, giving you 2 tips in 1 pen!
They come in 3 different styles:

*Zig Emboss Calligraphy (2mm flat chisel tip & 3.5mm flat chisel tip)*
Great for calligraphy lettering & straight edge designs!

*Zig Emboss Writer: (.5mm extra fine tip & 1.2mm bullet tip)*
Great for standard lettering & fine tip designs!

*Zig Emboss Scroll & Brush: (split-tip scroll & flexible rubber brush)*
Great for brush lettering & other special designs!

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Embossing markers use a special ink that has a slightly “tacky” texture and acts as an adhesive for embossing powders (which come in all colors- even metallics, glitter, etc.)
Just write or draw something with your embossing marker and quickly apply some embossing powder on the paper over the top of your marks. The powder will stick to the ink, and you can easily tap off the excess.
Then use the heat tool over the powdered marks. The embossing powder will stay stuck to the ink and begin to melt in place. You are left with a smooth, slightly raised (embossed) image!

SEE IT STEP BY STEP:

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STEP 1: Use the embossing marker freehand or with a stencil to make a clear mark on your paper.

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STEP 2
: Sprinkle embossing powder over the ink (as soon as possible, to avoid the ink from drying out). Don’t be afraid to use plenty, to cover the entire mark.

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STEP 3
: Lean your paper and let the excess powder slide off onto a second sheet of paper. (Make a funnel with that paper and let the powder slide back into your jar for use next time!) Use a few gentle taps, then clean off any remaining extra powder with a dry brush. You only want powder on the ink marks- any extra will still melt where it is and leave a spot.

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STEP 4
: Turn on the heat tool and let it run for a few seconds to heat up. Then aim it right at your powdered marks and watch the powder begin to melt! (Make sure it’s not TOO close, to avoid burning the powder/paper.) The melted powder fuses to the paper with a slightly raised effect!

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STEP 5
: Admire your newly embossed works of art! Use this technique to add a special touch to handmade cards and more! Try embossing on light and dark papers, or over a watercolor background!

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* Marvy Puffy Velvet & Snow Markers *

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Add some texture to your paper and fabric crafts!

When used alone, the Puffy Velvet & Snow markers act like regular paint markers. Try heating up their marks with a heat tool! You’ll end up with exactly what the name suggests- a puffed up, velvety texture.

You can get 2 types of effects from these markers. If you use the heat tool right away, on very wet marks, you’ll get a bigger, bubbly texture. If you wait for the marks to be completely dry, you can get a softer, more even look.

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No matter which type of effect you prefer, they each add a fun dimensional look to any craft project!
And they come in a variety of 24 different colors, including bright fluorescents!

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Puffy Velvet markers are water-based and safe for kids to use! Just make sure an adult handles the heat tool part. (Heat tools can blow air that is over 600 degrees!!)

One of our favorite uses for the bubblier 3D effect as a kids craft- cartoon monster skin!

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Another fun use of the Puffy Velvet markers to explore is stamping! The ink puffs up enough to create a raised image that can be used with other markers or ink pads and act as a custom-designed stamp!

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* Heat Tool VS. Hair Dryer *

A quick note about using a hair dryer as a heat tool, since we see people often wondering about this.

While they seem similar, it’s generally not recommended to use a hair dryer in place of a heat tool.
The main reasons: Heat tools slowly release VERY hot heat in a concentrated area. Hair dryers use cooler air, and it blows much faster into a bigger space.

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Happy crafting, everyone!

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:
Post on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages!
@MarkerSupply    #MarkerSupply

(**The image we used for this Blog is from the Creative Haven coloring book “Fanciful Faces”.**)

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!

See Part 2: Pens & Pencils

See Part 3: Alcohol-Based Markers

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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!

post7signsSome amazing work done by Rachel- a.k.a. @SignJay

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!!!

 

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
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-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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Overview of Watercolor Markers

Watercolor is a timeless style of painting and sketching. Using markers instead of tubes of paint, etc. is a quick, simple, and more mess-free way to explore this type of art! This blog takes you through the markers we have at Marker Supply that are dye-based and will easily blend with water (and with other colors) to create smooth color gradations, shadows and fading effects, and of course- watercolor art!

(*All of these markers are water-based and should not bleed through most papers. However, it is recommended that if you are blending them with water to create watercolor style art, you use a thicker paper designed to handle the moisture.)

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Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker

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Colors Available: 80

Sets Available:
Set of 48 with Case and Bonus Water Brush
Color Tone Sets of 6
Color Scheme Sets of 4
Set of 6
Set of 12
Shade and Shadow Set of 20
Trend Set of 12
Grayscale Set of 20

Tip Style: Single-Ended, bristle brush

Currently a very popular watercolor marker, the Clean Colors have been recently featured on many craft blogs.  Its hair-like brush tip resembles more of an actual paint brush, which makes it easier to thin out the color as the stroke grows larger. Clean colors have awesome blending ability and plenty of light and dark colors to create gradation effects. Their color range also includes fluorescents and a variety of gray tones.

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Sakura KOI Coloring Brush Pen

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Colors Available: 48

Sets Available:
Set of 12 colors
Set of 24 colors

Tip Style: Single-Ended, Rubber Brush

A newer marker from Sakura, the KOI comes with its own fun and unique color palette. The brush tip is more of a sturdy, rubbery feel, but still flexible- allowing you to make thin or thick lines- but will quickly spring back to its original shape. This durable tip also makes these markers great for working with rubber stamps.

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Zig Art & Graphic Twin

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Colors Available: 80

Tip Style: Double-Ended, Fine Tip and Rubber Brush

A dual tip marker (like getting 2 pens in 1!) that has a rubber brush on one end, and a fine point on the other- a handy combo for coloring both larger and tiny spaces. Available in a wide variety of colors, very similar to the Clean Color range. The brush tip on these markers is a little longer and more “bendy” than the KOI. The ink is also very fluid when pressure is applied to the brush tip- making it a breeze to dab some color on a palette surface for blending just like real paints.

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Zig Calligraphy II Dye

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Colors Available: 15

Sets Available:
Set of 6
Set of 12

Tip Style: Double-Ended, 2mm Square and 3.5mm Square

Another double-ended marker that features 2 square (flat-edged chisel) tips in different sizes, common with writing many calligraphy font styles. The dye ink in this marker makes it possible to add some unique shadowing and other effects to your lettering!

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Prismacolor Watercolor Colored Pencils

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Colors Available: 36

Sets Available:
Set of 12 in metal tin
Set of 24 in metal tin
Set of 36 in metal tin

Tip Style: Sharpened pencil point

These special colored pencils from Prismacolor are water soluble and can create incredible blended effects and watercolor works of art. The pencil tip lets you apply pressures and shading techniques while drawing and writing that differ from what is done with markers.

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Sakura KOI Pocket Field Sketch Box

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Outside the world of markers is this handy watercolor tool- featuring 24 half pan watercolor paints, a water brush, dabbing sponges, and a detachable palette tray. It’s small and portable- perfect for painting anywhere you go! The lid forms an easel that holds postcard size paper- helping you capture the perfect little scene at the park, on the beach, or in the city!

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Blenders

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All of the above markers can be used with regular paint brushes and water, or try using them with any of these convenient blending pens!

Zig BrusH20 Water Pens: A refillable pen that holds water-  just squeeze the barrel and it flows out through the brush tip! Available in 4 sizes.
Zig Blender Marker: A dual tip rubber brush marker full of water-based blending solution. Works well for more subtle blending than using water.
Zig Art & Graphic Twin Colorless Blender: A dual tip (fine/rubber brush) marker, just like the other Art & Graphics, only this one has no color, just a clear blending solution.
Sakura KOI Colorless Blender Pen: A rubber brush colorless pen, great for blending and mixing colors. Sold as a pack of 2 pens.

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Techniques

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There are several techniques you can use to paint with dye-based markers:

-Use the markers to sketch out your drawing, then blend with a water pen to give it a watercolor look.
-Add a little water to the paper first, then soak in some color in places over the top of it.
-Briefly soak the color tip in water until the tip lightens. Then as you color, the shade will gradually darken.
-Touch the tip of a lighter color marker into the tip of a darker color until a little soaks in, then draw with the lighter tip for a smooth color-changing blend.
-Color a section with a darker color, then use a lighter color to blend it out.
-Dab the wet tip of a water pen over the colored marker tip, then apply to the paper from the water pen.

There are plenty more ways to create watercolor with markers! Let us know your favorite tips and tricks, and send us some of your painted watercolor works! We love to see what you markers are making!!

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