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Review | Mepxy Brush Markers

Mepxy markers are manufactured by a family owned business in Seoul, Korea and are now being sold in the United States.  These alcohol ink markers give Anime artists, calligraphy artists, and crafters more choices in alcohol ink markers with their growing product line.  They even have blog dedicated to artists with a fun gallery and ideas for using the markers.  I first learned about these from watching one of Linda Peterson’s “YouTube” video on how to transfer images onto plastic.  She is a well known multi media artist who makes some really fun “how to” videos that you can learn various techniques from.

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CHA Summer 2011 | Crafters Companion

Crafters Companion is the force behind some of our favorite tools and products like the Enveloper and Spray and Sparkle glitter spray. Now, they have come up with another gadget that we think will be a big hit with paper crafters, the Envelobox Creator. This handy dandy tool will allow you to create envelopes in over 120 different sizes that are perfect for three dimensional projects. It works with their Ultimate Tool or alone and retails for only $12.95 for a set of six markers.

The other new product that made my jaw hit the floor was their new Spectrum Noir Alcohol Pens. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “I already own alcohol markers and I love them, why would I need these?” Well, they come in 168 colors, are refillable and…wait for it…they retail for $12.95 per set of 6 markers.  WHAT?!

We can’t wait to test out both of these products for our readers! Will either of these cool new products be on your wishlist? 

Vendor Spotlight & Giveaway: Letraset Pro Markers

Reported By Wendy Jordan

Lately, I’ve been having a love affair with markers. I’ve been so intrigued by the fabulous coloring that has been making the rounds in the stamping industry. Imagine my happiness when I found out I would be reviewing Letraset Pro Markers, a marker that I had never heard of before. 

When I opened my package that had made it’s way across the ocean, I was pleasantly surprised to see two packages of Letraset Pro Markers, Fine Line Drawing Pens, Bleed Proof Marker Pad and Letraset’s product catalog.

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The first thing I did was pour all the Pro Marker’s onto my desk. I had to see what fabulous colors I had to play with. Pro Marker’s are packaged in sets of ten and categorized for what they would be used for . My sets are coloring medium for rubberstamped craft projects. Rubber Stamping Set 1 is subtle colors and Rubber Stamping Set 2 are bolder colors. Each set of Pro Marker’s includes a fine line drawing pen for sketching and outlining.

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I wanted to get started right away coloring an image. I stamped the first image with Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto the Bleed Proof Marker pad.

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The following digital images were printed with my inkjet printer. The markers colored the image perfectly. Their aren’t any dry lines in the coloring, I love that!

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I started to color this image with Poppy from Pro Markers Rubber Stamping Set 2 , but I didn’t have a shade lighter to achieve the color that I was looking for, so I grabbed a Copic and when I started coloring, the Copic marker was taking the inkjet printer ink and smearing it. I didn’t have that problem with the Letraset Pro Markers on the previous images.

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When I first started using alcohol ink markers, I went through about four different brands of paper before I finally achieved what I was looking for. I wanted to test the Letraset Pro Markers with different brands and weights of cardstock to test the bleeding through ( I have a very stained desk due to not knowing about “bleeding through” before). The following pictures show the backside of the paper after coloring with Pro Markers.
Letraset Bleed Proof Marker Sheets are specially treated paper to provide the best color you can get from alcohol based markers. When the paper is colored on, it will show through the other side, but will not bleed through to paper below or your desk top.
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100# –120# Gina K. Pure Luxury Card Stock, as you can see, no bleeding or soaking though.

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Stampin’ Up Whisper White, the lightest weight of all the card stocks used.

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100# Card Stock from Kelly Paper Company, you can see the bleed through is where the marker was in one area longer.

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Letrasets Bleedproof Marker sheets are coated on one side. If you are using the sheets to print images from your computer, you will have to pay a bit more attention to which side you are laying in the tray. The correct side of the paper is the smooth, white side and when you write or color on your paper, it will look like this. You can see the ink absorb into the paper and dry.

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When you write or color on the back side of the paper, you can see the ink sit on top of the paper and finally absorb, with this muted color.

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I couldn’t let an alcohol ink marker review go with out coloring on acetate. I places some of these fabulous Peel-Off stickers on a piece of acetate and got right to coloring. I found right away that some of the colors where a bit transparent, even with the white background. I chose some more bold shades and started coloring.

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If you color to many layers on acetate, the markers picks up the previous color as you go over the same area.

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Here is my finished project..

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I used Letraset Pro Markers on a piece of sticky backed Glitter Sheet.

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I colored a few other items I had rolling around. Plastic rhinestones.

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Pretty….
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I colored some ribbon…

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I put my new colored embellishments to use with my new colored images.

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Pros:

  • I loved the as the ink dried, it didn’t leave lines where the wet ink and the dry ink met, very consistent coverage
  • The round shape fit nicely in my hand and was never too big
  • The cap from the fine bullet shaped nib fit nicely onto the cap of the wider chisel shaped nib. Less time searching for the cap when I finished
  • Dual end tips, both with very functional purposes.

Cons:

  • The markers aren’t refillable, but are reasonably priced, so a replacement won’t need a small loan
  • The Pro Marker sets don’t come in coordinating shades, so getting started coloring where you need shading is challenging, but colors are sold separately to complete your color families.

I am so excited to continue using Letraset Pro Markers and continuing to find new and innovative way to use them.

Giveaway

The great folks over at Letraset are giving one lucky reader a set of markers. To enter this contest, simply answer any of the questions below or on the other Letraset review in the comments section of this article on our website.

Have you tried Letraset Pro Markers yet? What alcohol ink markers do you use? Have you found something fun to do that is outside of the box? Please share!

One entry per person please. Contest will close Monday, May 16th at 6pm CST.