Scraft Artise Dual Tip Brush Markers – Review & GIVEAWAY!

I recently reviewed the My Days in Color coloring planner from Scraft Artise.  Today I’ll introduce you to another Scraft Artise product: their dual tip brush markers. Read on to learn about these markers, and to enter for a chance to win one of five great Scraft Artise bundles!

Scraft Artise kindly sent me these markers. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while using the markers. This post does contain affiliate links.

An Introduction to Scraft Artise Dual Tip Brush Markers

Scraft Artise markersThe Scraft Artise markers have a 0.8 mm bullet-shaped nylon tip at one end, and a 2 mm flexible nylon brush-shaped tip on the other. The bullet tip is great for coloring-in details, while the brush tip is perfect for coloring and blending; change the pressure you use, and you can create fine, medium or bold strokes. The ink is water-based and odorless.

scraft artise markersThe caps have neat anti-roll tabs that will keep your markers in place, even on sloped drawing surfaces. The barrel has a bit of heft to it, somewhere in between Tombows and Prismacolors, which makes them very comfortable to hold. The markers are packaged in a durable, firm plastic sleeve with a flap/tab closing that makes it easy to toss them in your bag or tote.

Scraft Artise markersThe barrel is marked with small icons to indicate which end is which. However, after a few months of use, I found the markings started to wear off, and with my not-so-great eyesight I ended up keeping the caps off while using them to keep from confusing them.

Colors & Ink

dual-tip markersThe Scraft Artise markers come in 12 colors: Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Lime Green, Green, Turquoise, Royal Blue, Purple, Brown, Gray, and Black. The colors are beautiful and ones that I use often! The color is not printed on the barrel, but the color-coded caps do accurately reflect the color of the ink.



With markers, color selection is important, but pigment is as well. Some markers’ colors are light, while others are bolder and vibrant. These Scraft Artise markers are definitely on the vivid end of the spectrum.

Performance

In the past, I have struggled to figure out how to get the most out of brush tips on markers. Depending on the amount of pressure and angle that you use, you can make very fine to very thick lines with the brush tip. This requires a steady hand and some practice, especially for finer, longer brush tips. Since the Scraft Artise brush tips are an “in-between” size, I had a much easier time getting a variety of stroke types.

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Shading & Blending in the Scraft Artise Planner

The ink dries fairly quickly, but there was very little banding as compared to lower-quality water-based markers. To even furhter minimize banding, use the side of the brush tip to reduce the overlap of strokes, or work in circular motions when you use the fine tip. However, purposefully creating banding can be great for shading.

 I noticed that on thinner paper, like 20 or 25-pound copy paper, there was some bleed through with multiple passes of the marker. There was no bleed-through on marker paper, like Canson’s, card stock or even the paper in the Scraft Artise planner.

For blending, I tried a couple of different techniques. First, I laid down a darker color and then “pulled” it into a lighter color with the brush on the lighter color (like in the flower in the picture above).

I also used the tip-to-tip technique: hold two marker tips together for a second in a vertical position, one pointed up and one down. Gravity pulls some of  the ink from the top marker into the tip of the bottom one making a nice ombre-like transition when you color. When I tried the tip-to-tip technique, the brush tips on these markers absorbed a lot of color; I got the best results when I just dabbed them together.

One of the things I love about these markers is the smooth application. The Scraft Artise markers were much less likely to tear or pill paper than other water-based markers. And there wasn’t any skipping.

Value
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Scraft Artise markers , Dover Mehndi Designs illustration

At the current price on Amazon ($15.97 for the pack of twelve) the Scraft Artise dual ended brush tip markers are $1.33 each. Artist-grade markers can be more than $3.00 each, and student grade ones such as Crayola can be under $0.75.  These markers are an affordable way to get great-performing dual-tip markers!

Verdict

Overall, I really like this set of markers.  They are easy to blend and the colors are vivid. In fact, they have renewed my faith in brush tips! If I could make changes, I think I would like a larger/bolder symbol identifying which end is which.  And I would jump at the chance to add more colors – maybe pastels? – to my collection.

I recommend the Scraft Artise markers as a great way to bring fun, vibrant color into your coloring, other paper-craft projects, and for everyday writing and doodling. 4★ out of 5★.

Thank you for reading this review and please feel free to comment below. I would love to hear your experience with these markers and how you like using them. Keep coloring and keep it fun!

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72 Comments on “Scraft Artise Dual Tip Brush Markers – Review & GIVEAWAY!

  1. My favorite is oil pastels, they glide so nicely 🙂

  2. I just started coloring, and I use colored pencils right now. Hoping to get better to use more.

  3. I enjoy using markers for coloring faster and more brilliant colors. Colored pencils and gel pens are great for a larger variety of colors and finer detail work. One day I’ll feel like bold & beautiful so I chose my markers, another day it may be soft and detailed day so it’s colored pencils, gel pens and my favorite glitter pens.

  4. Thanks for a fantabulous giveaway! A favorite medium of mine is water color pencils — love how the color blends with these!

  5. Water color colored pencils are my coloring choice at the present.

  6. We love colored pencils so we can adjust the shading easily.

  7. I love gel pens and colored pencils, a good variety of colors. I would love to try markers, these look like they are good ones.

  8. My favorite coloring medium is Colored Pencils because my skill level is higher. I am starting to learn how to get similar results with alcohol markers. Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. I like both pens and pencils . . . it probably depends on the coloring page and the mood I am in at the moment.

  10. My favorites are colored pencils. I have no problems with blending and make my work look so real. I also love using my Gel Pens to make my work pop. I have Crayola markers and tried using them and I did not like the markers. I had a set of famous brand that are cheap and they made me sick at my stomach due to the smell they threw off. I have been interested in getting a set of Touch five dual tip markers but afraid to try them because of the smell.

  11. Would like to try these markers. Thanks for the great review.

  12. Oh gee, I don’t think I have a favorite. I have so many different coloring mediums, and have a large collection. I love markers, fineliners for the bold colors I get with them, also gel pens. pencils are really fun when I want to get really creative and artsy.

  13. I have been using colored pencils but I have been wanting to try markers.

  14. I love using many different things depending on my mood but if I had to pick one it would be colored pencils.

  15. colored pencils are always great.markers are awesome.

  16. I’ve got lots of coloring mediums…. Chameleon markers, Spectrum Noir markers, but I’d love to win these so I can learn Brush lettering!!! I also use colored pencils, both regular and watercolor…Can’t get enough coloring!!

  17. I love coloring with pencils & markers, it’s so relaxing after a stressful day to sit & color after dinner.

  18. I like using metallic gel pens — love the sparkly colors

  19. I love coloring and painting and teaching my daughter how to make beautiful works of art!

  20. I really love gelly rolls and my Sivo pencils. I use a lot of different mediums. It just depends on what coloring. Thank you for the chance 😁

  21. I like the colored pencils that can be shaded or darkened for effect.

  22. I’m favoring markers right now, but I also love watercolor pencils. Awesome review, I’ve never heard of this brand. Great giveaway, thanks for the opportunity!

  23. My girls love colored pencils and I prefer gel pens.

  24. My favorite medium to use would have to be coloring pencils, I find that the pencils are great for detail work and as for the coloring markers, I like to use them every so often, especially when I am coloring a fairly large area, but, all in all, I’ll stay ith the coloring pencils.

  25. Hi Maureen,
    The pinterest entry for Scraft Artise says it does not exsist. I thought I’d let you know.
    Thank you again for the beautiful color book.My niece absolutely loved the bracelet.
    Have a nice weekend 😀

    • Thank you, Sue! I believe it has been fixed.

  26. I like using gel markers and colored pencils the most.

  27. I prefer to use markers if I have a book that they won’t bleed through. If the pages are thin, I use colored pencils.

  28. My favorite go to when coloring is gel pens and colored pencils. I love the gel pens for the shiny glitter and the colored pencils for the shading pictures. It’s too bad colored pencils don’t have shiny glitter in them like gel pens when coloring.

  29. I like to use bright colors when I’m coloring!

  30. My favorite coloring medium is colored pencils, although I do enjoy markers too – it all depends on the coloring page that I’m doing. And of course, I have to throw in some gel pen to add a little fun!!!

  31. I’m more digital in regards to coloring, so I love doing designs with vinyl stickers that are full of color! 🙂

  32. Gel pens ! I love them, especially glitter ones. pencils come in a close second 🙂

  33. I love fineliners as well as polychromos colored pencils!

  34. I use Flair pens now but would love to try these — it’s impossible to find Copic pens locally, which I’d like to try.

  35. My favorite is markers, they’re the most satisfying to use in terms of the physical activity of coloring. But if I want something to be really pretty, I use colored pencils.

  36. I typically use markers because I like the richness of the colors but I do occasionally use pencils.

  37. I prefer markers and gel pens.
    I never really learned to blend colored pencils or create bright vibrant areas of color.

  38. My favorite medium right now is watercolor pencils. I’m wanting to try watercolor paints next among other things. These markers look awesome, thanks for sharing!

  39. I color with the grandkids so we use the crayons. I would love to color with these.

  40. This is way to hard to find givaway for the promotion brush tip markers-

  41. I love Water colored pencils to use when coloring right now.

  42. I would really like to try these markers! They sound great!

  43. I love the dual tip markers and the colors really pop.. beautiful!

  44. I’m gonna have to order these scraft pens for my coloring , I have an inexpensive set for the grandchildren and I’ll get a set for me. The colors liook brilliant.

  45. its looks pretty good and the tip seems right to precise and small coloring pages templates.

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