Fabric Marker Review: Sharpie Stained. I tested the Sharpie Stained Fabric Markers so you don’t have to. Read on for the full review!
Fabric Marker Review: Sharpie Stained
Hi friends! Alicia here from Sew What Alicia. I am back with a really fun fabric pen review that I can’t wait to share with you. I also created a fun project using a mermaid coloring sheet and a tote bag to really give these fabric pens a test run. I have a lot of tips and takeaways so keep reading to hear the fabric pens review for the Sharpie Stained Fabric Markers.
About the Sharpie Stained Fabric Markers
- The Stained by Sharpie fabric markers come in a set with 8 colors. Black, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and pink.
- The pens are a brush tip which makes them good for covering more fabric surface area.
- The brush tip writes thick and the ink has been developed to resist fading when washed.
I know what you are thinking, why can’t I just use a regular Sharpie? Let me save you the heartbreak, if you use a regular Sharpie on fabric it will bleed like you read about. Your straight line will be a zigzag mess of bleeding ink. Don’t kill your fabric, get a fabric marker pen that is designed specifically for fabric.
- Sharpie Stained Fabric Markers (get them on Amazon here)
- Lightbox – I used the Cricut BrightPad
- Blank Canvas Tote Bag
- Mermaid Vibes Coloring Sheet
Best Permanent Fabric Markers?
For this project, I printed the coloring page onto standard copy paper. Then I outlined the drawing on both the front and back with a regular black Sharpie. Marking the back helps to make sure that picture will show through when you use the lightbox. Tape the picture to your lightbox and then slide it into the tote.
Start transferring the design to your tote. If you are going to use a black outline there are a few things to note. If you go back and outline AFTER the color has been added it will give it a shaded darker look. The colors do bleed into each other if you add the darker color after the lighter color. You can see the slight bleeding of the black into the letters in the picture below.
You can go with this darker shaded look. Or simply draw the black lines first and then fill in with the various colors. Fill your coloring page in and then let the markers dry for 48 hours before you try and wash your piece.
Fabric Marker Tips:
- If you are drawing without using a template be sure to place a board or scrap paper underneath your fabric because the fabric pens may bleed.
- You cannot letter as you normally would with these pens. A short stroke is preferable to get the bright solid colors to show. A long stroke leaves streaks and has to be repeated several times to achieve full coverage.
- Be sure to use the darkest colors first and then add the lighter colors. The darker colors will bleed into the lighter colors if you use them second.
- Read the packaging for storage tips.
- Try different fabric types to test out to coverage. This tote is canvas which has a big chunky weave. This makes it one of the most difficult fabrics to get coverage on, which is why I wanted to test it out. A soft cotton would get better coverage but would also have a larger chance to bleed since the weave is so tight.
Sharpie Stained: Final Thoughts
So are these the best fabric pens? As far as fabric markers go these definitely pass my test. I have tried almost every fabric marker out there. When you compare them to each other this is definitely one of the best fabric pens on the market. That being said don’t go in with really high expectations. Fabric markers don’t cover like a regular marker would on paper. Fabric is a really difficult thing to “color” on in the traditional sense. SO yes I recommend these if you are looking for a good fabric marker. The color is as vibrant as fabric markers get and the coverage is just about as good as it gets.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN THERMAL TRANSFER SHEETS
Around the same time that I tried these Stained Sharpie markers out, I purchased another set of markers that I HAVE to tell you about. The artesprix permanent thermal transfer markers are seriously fabulous.
I created the bag shown above using them. Come over and check out my review of them and compare the results for yourself.
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