When I received an email asking me if I'd be interested in reviewing some new sets of permanent markers from BIC on my blog, you'd better believe I was interested. They sent me two sets of the new Mark-It Color Collections - ultra fine and fine point permanent markers in 36 colors each. I tell you what, for a girl who loves office supplies and scrapbooking products, it was like Christmas in October!
Now that I've had a chance to play with them (instead of just admiring their colorful beauty), I'm happy to present you with a full product review:
Description: Available inboth fine and ultra-fine point, the Mark-It Color Collections include 36 colors in each set. All BIC Mark-It permanent markers have acid-free ink (no added acid, no measurable pH), feature a rubber grip for comfort and control while marking, and will mark on almost any surface including glass, metal, plastic, coated paper, etc.
Each set of 36 markers also includes a sturdy, clear plastic storage case making storage and easy access a breeze.
writes on nearly any surface, including slick surfaces like plastic, glass and metal
excellent detail doodling and journaling possible with the ultra-fine tip markers
fabulous easy-to-use, sturdy storage case
includes a color available to match ANYTHING
passes the "eraser test" (draw guidelines w/pencil, write journaling w/marker, erase pencil marks = NO SMEARING! Yay!)
would prefer a slightly more opaque finish when writing on glass, plastic and other slick surfaces (gel pens or paint pens work better for that opaque finish)
can wash off of dishes when put in the dishwasher
Though I was dying to use these markers in a crafting environment, I started with something a little more practical and immediate -- labeling. Since they will write on nearly any surface, and the tip is fine enough for smaller, more detailed lettering, they're a perfect solution for labeling all my kids' stuff that travels with them from place to place like backpacks, sippy cups, snack containers, zip-lock bags and toys. With all the color options, it was easy to pick the perfect color to make a tone-on-tone subtle label for both of these water bottles:
Markers Used: Fandango Pink (fine) & Deep Sea Blue (fine)
Note: Initially I tried labeling the bottom plastic portion of the water bottles, which worked fine, until they ran through the dishwasher and the label washed off. The next time around, I labeled the rubberized top instead. After two trips through the dishwasher, the label has only faded slightly, though I suspect after 3-4 more washes I'll need to touch up the names. I've yet to find a marker that stands up 100% to the dishwasher. I guess that means the dishes are coming clean though right?
As I refrained from labeling every item in sight, I moved toward something a little craftier. I needed to mail photo CDs to some friends so I decorated the CDs (which were already lime green) with some doodles. I'm sure my girlfriends enjoyed the little colorful surprise in the mail.
Markers Used: Fandango Pink (ultra-fine), Hot Aqua (fine) & Hot Aqua (ultra-fine)
Next, I tackled a holiday-decor project - Christmas tree ornaments. First, I decorated a glittered Styrofoam ball ornament with polka dots, a hand-drawn letter and some ribbon. I knew the Styrofoam ball would be tricky, since it's a textured surface, but the markers did a remarkably good job covering the area and maintaining a fairly precise look.
Markers Used: Rambunctious Red (fine), Hot Aqua (fine) & Tuxedo Black (ultra-fine)
The second ornament is a clear glass ball on which I wrote an initial and name overlay. I filled the ball with white tulle to help bring out the monogram and added a ribbon to the top. Though a more opaque paint-pen might have been a better choice here, once I added the tulle filler to the ornament I ended up really liking the semi-translucent look the markers created.
Markers Used: Rambunctious Red (fine) & Tuxedo Black (ultra-fine)
As I turned my focus toward my true passion - scrapbooking - I realized these markers would be great for labeling photographs since they're acid-free and won't smear. PERFECT. I proceeded to label all of my daughter's 4-year portrait prints before handing them out to family members.
Marker Used: Meadow Green (ultra-fine)
Finally, this past weekend I took both sets of markers with me to a crop-night while I worked on several scrapbook pages. Glorious. There was nothing better than having any color I wanted at my fingertips, to match any photo, any patterned paper, and any cardstock. I used them for outlining, journaling, labeling and doodling. And I shared them with my friends - who loved them too. :)
Markers Used: Woodsy Brown (ultra-fine), Tranquil Teal (ultra-fine), Tranquil Teal (fine), Honey Brown (ultra-fine)
I have officially replaced my love of Zig Writer & American Crafts Slickwriter pens with the Bic Mark-It Color Collections
. Not only are they less expensive per marker, but the vast color selection and snazzy storage case seal the deal. Now, if only they'd come out with a mega-ultra-fine point set, I'll be first in line to get my set!
Want your own set of markers? You can buy them here:
As a special treat to my blog readers , Bic has offered to give away a set of both the fine point and ultra-fine point color collections to three (3) lucky readers - a $41.98 value! All you have to do is comment here and answer this question:
What's your first project going to be with these fabulous markers?
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The winners will be randomly selected and posted on Wednesday, October 27th. Good luck!