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I recently purchased this *TOUCHFIVE Marker Set (60 Colors) and thought that I would do a little review of them here in case you are looking to try out a set of markers. So in true Rory Gilmore fashion, I made a pro/con list!
- Colors - This marker set comes with a lot of pretty pastels and bright colors, which is just perfect for me! They actually have a couple different sets depending on what kind of colors you are looking for though, I just chose the "animation" set because these were more fitting to my style. You can also choose white or black for the marker bodies, which doesn't change the colors included in the set, it's simply for aesthetic purposes as far as I can tell!
- Price - If you want to try out markers, it can often be very costly (especially if you find out markers aren't the medium for you)! Copics, Winsor & Newton, and Prismacolors are very expensive and would limit the amount of markers you could buy if you're on a budget. This set was a little under $30 and came with 60 markers total.
- Blending - These markers do have the ability to blend and don't come out all streaky, so that's definitely a plus!
- Bleeding - Honestly, I don't really consider this a con so much because I kind of think ALL markers will bleed through the back of the paper, but figured I should mention it here.
- Caps - Now this one IS bothersome to me, because some of the marker caps are ridiculously hard to take off! I'm really hoping that they loosen up over time (if that's even possible?). Others are normal, while some are very easy to take off. Basically, the caps are pretty fickle. However, even the looser caps are still closed securely so if you're worried they will dry out, I don't think that will be an issue.
- Fuzziness - Another one that I don't want to call a con but feel that I should mention, is that they can appear fuzzy around the edges if you use the wrong kind of paper. So technically this is the fault of the paper you use as opposed to the markers themselves, but I just wanted to forewarn you guys! I realized when I got these that I would have to search for some decent marker paper because all of the paper I have, from my sketchbooks, to mixed media, watercolor, bristol, none of them really work with these! However, I do have one book that works pretty well with these markers (meaning no fuzziness) but technically it's not even a sketchbook per se and I have no clue what kind of paper it is. If anyone can recommend some good marker paper though, let me know in a comment. I've looked at some dedicated marker paper but they were all very thin (18lbs) and I don't really trust in their ability.
Anyway, that's about it! Overall, I think these are a pretty good option to try if you're in the market for markers.
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