I was so excited when I saw the Sharpie “Stained” fabric markers in my box ‘o stuff to review from Jenny!Â I’m a bit of a Sharpie addict, to say the least.Â I use them all of the time in my crafting and art journaling.Â My husband even knows that if he sees the giant pack of Sharpies in a thousand different colors on sale at Costco, he better get it for me.Â Sharpies are better than a dozen roses in this house.Â Yes, I said it.
I was really inspired by the packaging of the markers.Â It was doodle-crazy. Something that I totally love and identify with.Â I honestly wasn’t about to try out a pair of shoes but found a cut little drink-cozy at a local craft store.Â The brush tips are great because you really can get a fantastic, fine detail. If you want to color something in you can use the side of the marker to get more color on your surface.Â I did notice that the markers did bleed a bit on this project.Â To be honest, I would attribute it to a loose-knit weave and lower thread count of this particular fabric.Â One great thing I found with these markers is that the colors are buildable. Meaning you can layer them and get a more intense color.Â (See more examples farther down in post)
The first idea I had to use the Sharpie’s on was actually a project for my girls (ages five & six). At my local craft store I had previously seen special youth t-shirts to color in with fabric markers.Â We picked out a Princess and Tinkerbell t-shirt and were on our merry way.Â This ended up being a two day craft for the girls because there was so much coloring to do! (Great for those, “Mooooom, I’m bored” days!) The inks did not bleed out on the top of the fabric, as it did with the drink cozy above, but did bleed through the fabric to the other side when the girls got a tad overzealous with the markers.Â I did have the foresight to put a small rectangle of cardboard inside of the shirt before they started coloring.
Before I let the girls wear their shirts, I washed them. I did a normal cycle, with other clothing, warm/cold water.Â I also dried them on a medium-low heat.Â I was extremely surprised to see that the colors had NOT faded in the least.Â Really.Â I was shocked.Â I figured there would have been some color distortion but not at all.
I also did some scrap fabric tests.Â Here is a piece of muslin that I did a simple line draw test on.Â There wasn’t any bleeding and it barely went through the fabric on the other side.
Here is a peice of Claudine Hellmuth’s sticky-back canvas that I did another line test on:
I also did a three-layer color test on sticky-back canvas so that you could see how the colors intensified with each layer of ink you add to your project.
Although this is a fairly new product, I see the markers being offered online at Amazon for approximately $12.00 for an eight pack of markers. This to me is a great deal for what you’re getting.Â The markers are just over a dollar a piece and I can justify this. You can also check your local office stores like Staples, OfficeMax, Office Depot, etc… as they may carry these markers, too. Their online sites do carry them. The price is a bit steeper, about $15-$20 for the pack of eight.Â Some stores do offer a four-pack of the markers in basic colors (black, blue, red and green).Â I would hunt around for the best deal if you were to purchase locally.Â Twenty dollars seems a bit much to me (over two dollars for each marker)Â for them you have a specific need for them and you honestly think you will use them on a regular basis.
Overall, I’m very happy with the Sharpie Stained fabric markers;Â The colors are buildable in intensity, they have incredible fade-resistance, you can adjust the amount of detail or fill-in you want easily with the brush-tip, they are kid-friendly, and the best part, they open up the creativity doors when it comes to fabric crafting. I would eagerly anticipate any and more colors that Sharpie released of the Stained fabric markers in the future.
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