Three Things to Consider Before Buying Markers

Whether you’re coloring for work or for play, there’s are some keys to buying a selection of markers.

Two children drawing
If you’re looking for markers for fun and pleasure, consider water-based, washable versions to make cleanup a breeze.Crayola

Markers are every kid’s favorite coloring tool. Unlike colored pencils, they make their mark (hence the name “markers”) and are a bold way to bring something to life. However, kids aren’t the only ones who can enjoy markers. In fact, more and more adults are getting into adult coloring books that serve as a great way to relieve some stress and take a step away from the craziness of everyday life. Here are a few tips to help you buy your next set.

EXPO Low Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip

Water- or Alcohol-based

The base of your pens can mean the difference between permanently ruining something or having something that will wash out.EXPO

Alcohol-based markers are typically permanent markers intended to permanently color whatever the tip touches. These markers are geared more towards artists who know what they’re doing as opposed to kids who are having fun coloring. Water-based markers are the better choice for young ones or for those who are just coloring for fun, as they are much easier to wash out of clothing and off skin if messes happen. Water-based markers are great for coloring books because they don’t bleed through paper as much as alcohol-based markers do.

48 Colors Alcohol Brush Markers

Color Range

If you’re looking to get artistic, snag a pack with a rainbow range of colors.Ohuhu

For kids who are looking to color for fun, a wide range of colors is appreciated, but not necessary. However, if you are an artist looking to buy colors to create a work of art, then you want to go for a marker set that has a wide range of colors. This allows you more opportunity to blend your colors to make completely new ones, and to bring a different texture to your work.

Crayola Ultra Clean Washable Markers, Fine Line Marker Set, Gift for Kids
There are four main different types of marker tips.Crayola

If you only color for fun, chances are good you haven’t spent much time thinking about the tips of the markers. If you’re an artist, chances are good you’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the tips of the markers. Either way, it’s good to know that there are four main types of marker tips: fine, bullet, brush, and chisel. Each one provides benefits in different coloring situations, so if you’re an aspiring artist, it’s a good idea to get some of each style.

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