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
The 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.
The 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.
The 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
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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