Dawn DeVries Sokol


{Oh My Gawd}

I am truly a pen/marker/pencil whore. There’s no way to put it nicely. So I’ll just say it. I decided to sort through my drawer today and pull out some markers, and what I found were a whole helluva lot of pens that need to be used! I found several pens of the
same sort, color, etc. What it shows me is that I don’t take inventory
before I go out art supply shopping.
So yes, it’s good to buy different marking tools and try them, but for God’s sake, USE UP WHAT YOU HAVE! !

Whew. Now that I got that off my chest, it’s time for another Marking Tools segment.

Markers and paint pens. I’ll be honest, I don’t use them that much. I haven’t had many good experiences on the marker front. I’ve TRIED, believe me. I usually just end up disappointed. BUT, don’t let that discourage you. I’m going to spotlight some, talk about results with others and let you decide.


Copic Markers: I recently talked with Teesha Moore about these, because I wasn’t getting the results I wanted. Actually, I love how they look on the page. BUT, they tend to bleed through to the back side of the paper. I asked Teesha about that, and she said she’s never had that problem. And we journal on the same brand of paper. My conclusion: I’ve used them over the blank paper, whereas Teesha usually journals over a watercolor background. So maybe having that first layer down prevents the seeping into the backside. Copics are REALLY expensive, so buy one to try it first. Copics have two different tips on one pen, as do the Prismacolors. Copics have a chisel tip and a brush tip. Prismacolors have a large chisel tip and a finer point tip. Both are pretty stinky, so if you have a really sensitive nose, definitely try them out before buying a bunch. I like the variety of colors the Prismacolor line carries. They aren’t quite as expensive as Copics. Again, I’ve had bleed-throughs with these. Below I used a Permapaque marker by Sakura to show you what that looks like. I think mine’s dried out a bit, though...It’s an opaque pigment marker, not stinky and has two tips as well. All can be found at Dick Blick or other art supply stores.


Markersample_2For the other markers I have, I’ve used them on a page previously painted with an acrylic. I wanted to compare to see how each one worked on acrylic. Sharpie Poster Paint Pens are good, as you can see...But make sure you get the water-based, not the oil-based. You need to shake these before using. The one that says “Painters”, well, I’m not exactly sure what that one is. Half of the label is pulled off the pen. I just tried searching for them online with no luck. If I find out, I’ll let ya know. The Galaxy markers wrote REALLY well on the acrylic and you can get them in a variety of colors. They also have glittery ones. They can be found at scrapbook stores, craft supply stores and even Target. Bic Mark-Its can be found at Target. They are comparable to Sharpie regular pens. The one I think wrote the best over the painted background is the Ultimate Marker by American Crafts. I will be using this one more. Label says they are acid-free and permanent. Looks like they are available at scrapbook stores. Same maker as Galaxy! The Pen-Touch by Sakura is more of a paint pen that you have to shake before using. Should be available in scrapbook stores, some craft stores and online. Didn’t like the American Crafts Precision Pen so much on the acrylic background; I think it’s better on plain paper. Says it’s acid-free, fade proof, waterproof and non-bleeding.The Zig Painty pen didn’t work as well either...both the Precision Pen and Zig Painty should be found at scrapbook stores.

So, there you have it...A day of markers. Make sure to play because I really think results vary from artist to artist. Depends on the other mediums you use on your pages.

Have a GREAT Thursday!