I had to jump on today and show you my newest product find – I love them that much! They’re Liquitex Professional Paint Markers. I found them at Michaels, in the art supplies section, but a quick peek online shows that they can be found at most art stores – DeSerres, Dick Blick, Curry’s, and the like. Their colours are amazing, and the paint is so incredibly pigmented. That’s one coat on those Studio Calico wood veneers and just look at them!
On paper, that’s plain old Recollections white card stock in the pictures, they leave a highlighter type mark at the end of the stroke. It’s more visible with the aqua and green than with the yellow. They’re not too wet – the paper didn’t warp, but the tip isn’t soft so I would expect that with multiple coats on paper you could end up roughing up the paper. On the wood veneers, the colour is super saturated but the texture of the grain is still visible. I’m not sure if with multiple coats the paint would start to sit on the surface more, but I’m so happy with the boldness of the colour that I didn’t feel the need to add additional coats. It dries quickly, about 2-3 minutes, on both the paper and veneers.
So, the details: the paint is a water-based acrylic, it’s lightfast, opaque, and it’s permanent. The markers shown have the smaller chisel tip, 2-4mm, but a broader tip is also available. They sell for about $8 CAD at Michaels, but I couldn’t find what the MSRP is – I find Michaels hit and miss on pricing for art supplies. Sometimes they work out to be the better deal, especially if there’s a coupon, and sometimes the art store has stuff a bit cheaper.
For me, I love how pigmented they are, the colours they come in, and how easy the pen is to store and use. Price wise, they’re not too different than other scrapbook products like Tim Holtz inks and paints or Heidi Swapp Color Shine mists. I’ll buy them with I have a definite project in mind, but unless I find them on a huge discount I won’t be stocking up. What I’m excited about is trying them out on chipboard. They have some stunning reds that would be just perfect for use on a December Daily. I’ll let you know how that works out :)
N.B. I have no connections to Liquitex or any retailers, and I bought these products of my own free will :)