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Lisa refers to herself as “an ardent artist and a chronic crafter.” By day, she is the Marketing Manager for C&T Publishing. By night, she runs her small side business, Lisa Liza Lou Designs, and feeds her addiction to the outpouring of inspiration and support that exists online amongst creative types. Lisa is totally and blissfully immersed in the art and craft industry 24/7…singing the praises of handmade every single chance she gets. Find her at her blog: lisa liza lou
Reported by Lisa Fulmer
I’m all about features and benefits… tell me what it does, but then tell me why I need it. In order to helpyou decide between the opaque markers on the market, I’ll run four different opaque markers each through four tests of features that can make or break my artwork.
1. The sniff test: Yes, I actually sniffed
Permapaque – no odor
Copic – faint alcohol smell
Elmer’s Painters – medium alcohol smell
Sharpie – instant headache
I would say that the key benefit of no odor is to be able to work in a small space for a long time without having to keep a bottle of Advil next to your Crop-o-dile.
2. The bleed test: On textured, absorbent watercolor paper, I drew a line with each marker, then held the tip firmly to the paper for a count of 10 to see how much the ink bleeds. Permapaque (black) – no bleed, the line and dot stayed pretty crisp
Copic (blue) – the most bleed
Elmer’s Painters (green) – no bleed, but it’s very wet…which makes the line uneven and a shade darker at the bottom where the moisture settles
Sharpie (burgundy) – a fair bit of bleed
The benefit of no bleeding is getting crisp lines and images, with color that stays exactly where you put it. I like to color the edges of my papers, cards, and board books to give them a more finished look, so any bleed at all is a dealbreaker for me with those projects.
3. The ebb and flow test: How smooth and consistent is the ink in larger image areas? Can it cover in one pass, does it leave lines? On smooth uncoated cardstock, I shaded a square and spiraled a circle.
Permapaque – good flow on first pass, still shows some lines with second pass
Copic – very nice flow on first pass, lines are well-hidden with second pass
Elmers – uneven flow in both directions, and excess moisture feathered the paper
Sharpie – very nice flow with minimal lines on both passes
Note that the markers with the most bleed also fill in the best. That bleeding comes in handy for covering larger areas without seeing line strokes. The benefit of good flow is that your larger areas of color are solid and smooth; they look more like paint and less like pens.
4. The wallet test: Bottom line—do I have to sell my car in order to afford a complete set? Sharpie – $1.50 each x 39 colors
Permapaque – $3.00 each x 20 colors
Elmer’s – $3.50 each x 19 colors
Copic – $7.00 each x 334 colors
Here are some ways I used Permapaques:
Thin purple edge on my greeting card:
Heavy black edge on my painted canvas book:
Rosebud drawing on an ATC (oil pastel background), with a thin red edge:
What are your favorite opaque markers, and how do you use them? Leave us a comment and let us know!
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