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Posted: March 09 2010 at 1:51pm | IP Logged Quote Waverley

I have really enjoyed the thread on colored pencils and would love to hear recommendations for markers.

I recently bought the 20 marker set of Faber-Castells and we have enjoyed them. The color selection is nice, the color is vibrant on the paper, the triangular shape and grips make them easy to hold. The only draw back is that I could only find them in fine tip.

The Dick Blick store didn't have Prang and I was wondering if Prang made markers and if anyone had any experience with these in particular.

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Posted: March 09 2010 at 2:48pm | IP Logged Quote Christine

I do not know if Prang makes markers.

For my older children, I like Pentel. I have this set which comes in a nice package. A better picture of the pens and description can be found on the Pentel website (edited to add this link). I do not know if they sell a thicker tip marker.

For my younger children, I like Crayola because they are washable. In addition to Crayola's regular markers, my children also like Crayola's Pip Squeaks and their Color Switchers. I don't think that the latter are washable.

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Posted: March 09 2010 at 3:00pm | IP Logged Quote stefoodie

I know Prang makes markers and I've seen them somewhere (sorry, can't remember where), but don't have any experience with them.

here's a link

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Posted: March 09 2010 at 3:09pm | IP Logged Quote SeaStar

I got a nice set for my DC at MIchaels. It comes in a block and has 100 markers in it of many shades. The brand is Fibracolor.
After 6 months of continuous use they are still going strong. I think the set was $20, but I used a coupon, of course

Fibracolor marker set

This is the one we have

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Posted: March 09 2010 at 3:19pm | IP Logged Quote JennGM

I do find markers have a definite place in the art box! They are such a useful tool for posters, printing, outlines, and bright, brilliant colors.

Having dabbled in calligraphy for many years, I'm very partial to chisel tipped markers for most of my markers. And then I love Sharpies in every shape and color! But of course, they are permanent ink, so not something for little ones to use unattended.

My favorite calligraphy supply store carries and reviews various calligraphy markers. The Zig markers are quite popular, with different types, but I love the calligraphy-style ones. When I do scrapbooking and calligraphy these are the kind I like to use. Again, permanent.

Dick Blick has loads of different kinds. Remember those Sanford Mr. Sketch Smelly markers? Nice and thick points, lovely colors and wonderful scents (and washable). They also have non-scented, too. Those were my favorites growing up, and I was thrilled to find some this year again. I thought they didn't make them anymore.

I also like Crayola markers, except for the tips! I guess I'm the old fashioned chisel tip type of gal.

And a local art shop was closing and I bought out some various Pentel and Berol markers.

Another option in tips is the newer brush style tip markers. It opens a new world in markers.

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Posted: March 09 2010 at 3:41pm | IP Logged Quote lapazfarm

We have a really nice set of Prismacolor markers (from Dick Blick), which we love. The color is vibrant, they blend well, and they don't leave streaks when coloring in a large area.They also are dual-pointed, with thin on one end and a broad, chisel-point on the other. I love that feature.
They are, however, permanent and very stinky. Use them with caution around littles.
For just plain old coloring for the little guys, we use Crayola on sale.
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Posted: March 09 2010 at 5:03pm | IP Logged Quote Waverley

SeaStar wrote:
I got a nice set for my DC at MIchaels. It comes in a block and has 100 markers in it of many shades. The brand is Fibracolor.
After 6 months of continuous use they are still going strong. I think the set was $20, but I used a coupon, of course

Fibracolor marker set

This is the one we have


These look really nice!! Can you tell me what kind of tip they have?

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Posted: March 09 2010 at 5:14pm | IP Logged Quote SeaStar

Waverley wrote:
SeaStar wrote:
I got a nice set for my DC at MIchaels. It comes in a block and has 100 markers in it of many shades. The brand is Fibracolor.
After 6 months of continuous use they are still going strong. I think the set was $20, but I used a coupon, of course

Fibracolor marker set

This is the one we have



These look really nice!! Can you tell me what kind of tip they have?


They have a pointed tip.... if you click on the link and then look under the main picture, you will see a thumbnail pic of how the tip looks. They hold their shape fairly well, even after severe abuse from enthusiastic artists

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Posted: March 09 2010 at 5:25pm | IP Logged Quote Mackfam

SeaStar wrote:
I got a nice set for my DC at MIchaels. It comes in a block and has 100 markers in it of many shades. The brand is Fibracolor.
After 6 months of continuous use they are still going strong. I think the set was $20, but I used a coupon, of course

Fibracolor marker set

This is the one we have


This is one of the sets we have as well. They're a good quality, and I used my Michaels coupon as well. The kids love the wide selection of colors! We've had our set for a few years now and no sign of drying yet. These are the most used markers in our home!!!

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We have a really nice set of Prismacolor markers (from Dick Blick), which we love. The color is vibrant, they blend well, and they don't leave streaks when coloring in a large area.They also are dual-pointed, with thin on one end and a broad, chisel-point on the other. I love that feature.
They are, however, permanent and very stinky. Use them with caution around littles.
For just plain old coloring for the little guys, we use Crayola on sale.
Prismacolor markers


We have this set as well. It was gifted to us SEVERAL years ago. It is starting to dry out, but they are several years old - at least 10! They are TOTALLY permanent, so Theresa is right that they wouldn't do well in the hands of littles. But, they are GREAT for older children and large mapwork and projects. The fine point is great for labeling and fine detailwork, and if a child is coloring in a large portion of something the wide end of the marker is great! Another bonus is that these markers don't feather their color. That makes a big difference when a child is doing carefully detailed work.

My littles use the Prang Fun Pro Washable markers. I think they're probably pretty comparable to Crayola markers - there's nothing really spectacular about them.

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Posted: March 09 2010 at 6:45pm | IP Logged Quote SuzanneG

The only markers I keep OUT are washable....so Crayolas on sale for back-to-school, or Colorations Markers from Disount School Supply. And, yes, I did buy that HUGE box (they come in smaller boxes) and, it's the smartest thing I ever did!

My neighbor has the Prismacolors, and we LOVE working with them...I'd like to get a set for Christmas or maybe a birthday sometime in the next couple years.

My girls LOVE our Mr. Sketch Markers...they bleed like crazy though, so they ALWAYS have to have something under them, and not when the littles are around. That THICK THICK line that they make, makes them so great for "coloring in"....as opposed to a direct point. They make really beautiful creations with them!!!!!!!!   

Best-Buy Markers from Lakeshore Learning are really nice, but not washable, but the colors are really great!

Le Plume markers are very versatile. I'm not impressed with their durability, but my girls love to work with them. Thick, medium, thin lines, etc.

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Posted: Dec 09 2015 at 10:31am | IP Logged Quote CrunchyMom

Mackfam wrote:
SeaStar wrote:
I got a nice set for my DC at MIchaels. It comes in a block and has 100 markers in it of many shades. The brand is Fibracolor.
After 6 months of continuous use they are still going strong. I think the set was $20, but I used a coupon, of course

Fibracolor marker set

This is the one we have


This is one of the sets we have as well. They're a good quality, and I used my Michaels coupon as well. The kids love the wide selection of colors! We've had our set for a few years now and no sign of drying yet. These are the most used markers in our home!!!



These markers are a deal of the day on Amazon for $6 less than Dick Blick!

Amazon Marker Set

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Posted: Dec 09 2015 at 10:49am | IP Logged Quote JennGM

Thanks, Lindsay! I appreciate it! I have a son's birthday that these would be perfect.


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