While I’m not sure permanent markers really count as a “craft product” per se, I don’t know a single crafter worth his/her salt that doesn’t have a stash of permanent markers. And while another brand has kind of dominated the market, I was really drawn in (pardon the pun) by the Bic Mark-it colors and design. Good enough excuse for me to shell out some cash for a new set of markers and PLAY!
For this review, I’m really focusing on craft applications. So, the first thing you need to know is that they are PERMANENT markers, and can be blended with alcohol. And while they aren’t SUPER stinky, they still have a moderate odor. If you are going to use them for any significant length of time, make sure you crack a window or turn on a fan. And use with caution around kids, because it WILL stain clothes, hands….you get the idea.
The first thing you notice that sets this permanent marker apart is the comfy squeeze grip. It’s a little thing, but the fact that it’s comfortable to hold is a plus!
Now, let’s take a look at the nib in the photo above. It’s a chunky felt cone-tip, which allows you to write with the point or make nice broad strokes with the side:
I tried it out on paper first- Glossy, Matte, and Watercolor. Nice color and coverage on all three papers!
So….how does it work on a colored cardstock?
Now, while this is NOT a fabric marker, I use permanent markers a lot in art quilts, atcs, postcards, etc. (Basically, things that don’t get washed.) I decided to work on an art quilt piece using some cotton fabric (curtain lining, to be exact.) I stabilized the fabric on a piece of adhesive-backed vinyl and went to town.
I really like the way this turned out. It wrote fairly smoothly on the fabric, and the nib didn’t get all fuzzy. Then, since I was on a fabric tangent, I decided to try a technique shared by my crafting friend Vicki O’Dell, in which you use alcohol to get a tie-dye effect on fabric. She likes to use knits (like tee-shirts), but just used quilters’ cotton for my example. First I drew some concentric hearts with the Bic Mark-its, then used painter’s tape to stretch it over a plastic tray. (This helps the alcohol spread.)
Then, using an eye-dropper, drip rubbing alcohol into the center of the design. (I use the mint-scented stuff, so it doesn’t give me a headache!) The alcohol starts to dissolve the ink, and capillary action disperses it… take a look:
I think I’m hooked on Bic Mark-its. They come in some amazing color families, such as Paradise Pastels, Earthly Expressions, Fashion, and the Classic Collection. Or you could ask Santa for the whole 36-color collection! They are priced at .99 cents USD at my local Staples, or $19.99 USD for the whole 36-color set. And there is a claim by Bic that the markers won’t dry out- even if the cap is left off for 14 days!
Move over, Sharpies. There’s room in there for Bic Mark-its, too!
Do you use permanent markers? Have you tried Bic Mark-its? I’d love to hear your opinions!
Disclosure: I bought these my own darn self!