Marker 101: How to Choose a Tip

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We love to MAKE with markers, that’s why we’re excited for our new Marker Bar! But if you’re a beginner, markers can be intimidating. They are more than just color, they also come in a variety of tips and inks.

So if you want to start a project, but aren’t sure which marker is right for you, then read on to learn about four different kinds of markers and how to use them.


1. Sharpie Marker Regular Set

Sharpie Marker Set

 From glass vases to your favorite pair of sneakers, these go-to permanent markers can write on almost any surface! The fine point tip allows you to create bold, detailed lines that will make any surface pop. With a wide variety of colors, we love these standbys for crafting, home décor and other creative projects. Find it in a set, or peruse for that perfect shade.

2. Tombow Dual Tip Marker Set 

Tombow Marker Set

Ideal for handlettering, these dual brush pens from Tombow feature both fine and brush tips. Use the fine point for precise details, then flip over to the brush tip for paintbrush-like strokes. This set also includes a blender pen, which can be used to achieve shaded effects – think ombré!

Maker Tip: Want to learn to handletter? Check out this beginner’s project.


3. Micron Marker Set

Micron Marker Set

Trusted by many for its writing precision, the Micron’s ultra-fine tip creates perfect details. And you can forget about fading, bleed-through, or smear! The archival quality ink is chemically stable, which is why it’s relied on by engineers, scrapbookers, and even scientists. It’s a great way to leave your mark!


4. Staedtler Marker Set

Staedtler Marker Set

These colorful, fiber-tip pens feature a triangular body, giving you the perfect grip. Feel free to indulge in a relaxed drawing and coloring experience thanks to this marker’s long shelf life. These non-drying pens can be left uncapped for days without drying. They can also be used with other pens to deck out your scrapbook pages.

Love these choices? Head over to our new, in-store Marker Bar where you can find them all in one place.  And don’t forget to share your doodles using #MakeItWithMichaels!


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