Welcome to day 3 of our Alcohol Markers Week!
By now, you may have decided to explore adding some alcohol markers to your stash. With a number of different brands available in the marketplace, how do you choose which are right for you?
We have compiled a chart below that has done a great deal of the research for you. Some of the factors included in the chart are:
Price: The price of each marker is very important especially since there are usually so many colors to buy. But you also have to factor in the “investment” that you are making. If a marker can be refilled at a fraction of the original cost and the housing is made to last a lifetime, then a higher cost per marker can be justified.
Color Range: For the serious colorist, color range is very important. Artists usually have an unlimited number of colors at their disposal if they are able to mix whites and blacks with colors and colors with each other. So artists who color with alcohol markers also want a full range of colors to use on their palette. Some markers have a broader range of colors than others so this might a determining factor when purchasing a specific brand.
Nibs, Refills & Accessories: Crafters can sometimes be tough on our supplies. We tend to go “off the page” occasionally, so replaceable marker nibs can be important. We also tend to have our favorite colors that we reach for time & time again, so refillable markers can be attractive for those often-used colors. If you really love a certain color, perhaps you’d like to consider purchasing it in a fine-tip for journaling or an extra wide tip for larger coverage areas.
Alcohol Markers Comparison Chart*
|Brand||# of Colors||MSRP||Nib(s)||Other|
|American Crafts Chromatics||66||$3.99/ea||Brush, Medium||No||N/A||No||Shipping mid March 2012||AC Blog|
|Copic Ciao||180||$4.79/ea||Broad (Chisel) & Brush||Yes||Yes||Widely available||Shop Copic Ciao @Two Peas||Ciao Info|
|Copic Sketch||358||$6.99/ea||Broad (chisel)|
|Yes||Yes||Widely available||Shop Copic Sketch @Two Peas||Copic Sketch|
|Dick Blick Studio Markers||95||$1.79/ea||Broad, Fine||No||No||Dick Blick|
|Kuretake Kurecolor Markers||118||$4.46/ea||Chisel & Fine||Yes||Yes||Mostly in the UK||Kuretake|
|Letraset Promarker||148||$12.95 set of 5 ($2.59/ea)||Chisel & Fine Bullet||Yes||No||Amazon,|
Simon Says Stamp
|Letraset Promarker @SimonSays Stamp||Letraset Promarker Info|
|Letraset Tria||300||$65.95 for 12 ($5.50/ea)||3 in 1: Chisel + Brush + Fine||Yes||Yes||Amazon||Letraset Tria @Amazon||Letraset Tria Info|
|Marvy LePlume Permanent||144||$2.99/ea||Brush only||No||Link||No||Marvy, Amazon, Simon Says Stamp||Marvy @Simon Says Stamp||Uchida Website|
|PrismaColor Premier||156||$4.45/ea||Chisel & Fine||No||Prismacolor @Amazon||Prismacolor Site|
|Spectrum Noir||168||$11.95 for 6 ($1.99/ea)||Broad, Chisel, Fine Bullet||No||Yes||Spectrum Noir Manufacturer||Spectrum Noir|
|Shin Han Touch Twin||168||$1.89/ea||Fine, Chisel & Brush||Colors||Yes||Amazon||Shinhan @Amazon||Shinhan|
One factor not easily reflected in a table is ink quality. This criteria can be very subjective depending upon your specific needs and preferences. Some of the factors to consider here are ‘blendability’ of colors, ink flow and absorption into paper. In addition, some of the alcohol ink formulas are different and will react differently when stamped on different kinds of papers and stamped alongside different kinds of inks.
The trick is to consider all of these factors together when making your shopping selections. What will YOU be using these markers for? Are you more interested in a huge color range for ultimate blendability? Or do you just need a few? Would you be comfortable creating your own color by blending your own? Will you be coloring stamped images as artwork, or cards created in bulk? Will you be using your alcohol markers to color embellishments and mixed media surfaces?
Regardless of your specific needs, I hope you find the above research valuable in your quest to finding the best alcohol markers for your paper crafting arsenal!
Already have a full supply of markers? Or on your way toward building it? Be sure to check today’s post at Craft Storage Ideas for a round-up of marker storage ideas!
Many thanks to this week’s guest bloggers Christine Ousley and Wendy Price for your advice as we compiled the above information.
*We used publicly available information to compile the data reflected in the chart above. It is accurate only to the best of our knowledge and we encourage you to independently confirm the information before making your final purchasing decisions.