I want a set of alcohol markers, but they are so expensive that I thought I’d try a few different inexpensive types before I invest a lot of money. (or… instead of investing a lot of money?) I already have a few copics which I love but are way too expensive for the amount I’ll be using them, I think. Two days ago I posted a picture using the Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers… those are pretty nice. I don’t like the shape of the pen itself but everything else I liked. (It has hard edges) Plus you can get six pack sets at 40% to 50% off at Michaels with a coupon.
Yesterday I got a little set of “#coloring” markers by “art alternatives” from ebay… the 5 piece set was $7. I almost ordered another set as well, and now am glad I didn’t. The listing said New… either these are used, or they are crap. Or… both. Frankly if the nibs disintegrate like this while there’s still ink in them, new or used I can’t recommend them.
I liked a lot about them, but the brush tip texture is a deal breaker. The ink is nice, and the markers are a great size and shape for holding. They are dual tipped with a bullet end and a brush end (I really prefer a brush tip on my markers, as opposed to a chisel tip) They are round, and slim for an alcohol marker, but even round they won’t roll off a surface because of a little raised bit extending from the lids. They feel nice to hold.
I had planned to try a picture using only the markers, but I ended up adding some tombow water based marker again, and watercolor pencil as well. (just because of a lack of colors) The black is a copic marker.
Because I like the ink anyway, and the colors, I think I will use them, but I definitely won’t add to the set. The brush end just separates almost immediately to a thick broad smooshy mess, leaving it impossible to do any crisp lettering, so you can have a thick line or thin but nothing in between.