Self expression is all about demonstrating personality and feelings through creative activity. Teens thrive on it. Young adults are amazing at it. People crave individuality and often express it through their style and clothing. Let’s face it… self expression is fun!
A dramatic trend has emerged in the last few years as Sharpie markers are being used more and more for self-expression. Sharpie users have inundated the company with images of their colourful creations and used social media to show off their work. So now, the new Stained by Sharpie marker brings self-expression to a whole new level – on new surfaces and in new ways. These new fabric markers feature a fade-resistant ink developed for optimal performance on most fabric surfaces. Turn everyday items into something special. Jeans, shoes, t-shirts, hats, backpacks, pencil cases, purses… all these and many other fabric items can now be personalized anytime and anywhere.
Available in eight vibrant colours, no ironing on is required. The versatile brush tip creates both thick and thin lines, has the ability to shade for a graffiti look and provides the ultimate in creative precision. The brightly coloured ink is AP-certified non-toxic and resists fading on most fabrics during normal wash cycles. Simply machine wash the marked fabric and hang it to dry for best results.
I’ve been a huge fan of Sharpie products for a long time and these were as good as I expected them to be. These fabric markers are great fun, bright colors and easy to use. I’m a Sharpie junkie, I love the zillions of colors, the intensity, everything about Sharpies. Though I’m not a “pro” when it comes to fabric painting, these were very easy to use and control.
The colors are true to color for the most part except the pink and yellow seemed to have that bright highlighter tone. I liked the way the markers work on fabric. These fabric stain pens are a delightful addition to the Sharpie family of products. This set contains eight basic colors, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and black.
The ink is liquid and visible through the barrel of the marker. The nibs are more flexible and not as firm as a regular Sharpie marker. It’s as if you’re painting with the liquid fabric stain rather than marking with a permanent marker. The ink flows freely through the tip. I thought for sure the stain was going to bleed and that the colors wouldn’t be as bright after washing. To my surprise, I was wrong! The colors are still vibrant!
The stain didn’t run or bleed at all. In my opinion these aren’t as versatile as regular Sharpies though. If you want to create fine details in your fabric art, you might be better off using regular fine-tip Sharpies instead of the fabric stain version. Like any other product, if you’re not sure about using it on fabric, test on something else (an old t-shirt) before you go to use it on your project.
These have a brush like tip so you have to be careful not to push too hard when you draw with them or it will make a mess. I ended up with a bit of ink on my hands after my project was done. I felt like a kid that had been up to no good with markers! LOL Overall I am very happy with the results. It was easy to draw with these markers and the colors are very nice and bold. So far it has held up perfectly under daily wear and tear. This is a great buy if you want to customize clothing with pens.
Stained by Sharpie is available at Staples, Walmart, Safeway and other locations which you can find here. The markers are available individually and in 4 and 8 packs with prices ranging from $1.99 to $15.99 depending on the package.
Disclaimer: I was provided product for review purposes only. No other compensation was provided. The opinions here are my own and were not influenced in any way.