Karin DécoBrush Metallic Markers Review. An honest, unsponsored review of the trendy brush markers that are all over social media!
Karin DécoBrush Metallic Markers Review
I can’t scroll through Instagram lately without seeing Karin Markers all over my feed. Being the marker addict that I am, I had to buy some to try out…and share my thoughts with you all here on the blog, of course!
I also bought a set of the Karin Brush Marker Pros, but I’ll share my review of those in a separate blog post. (Spoiler: I purchased two sets so I could do a giveaway for one set!). For this blog post, I’m focusing solely on the DécoBrush Metallic Markers.
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Can you describe the brush tip?
The brush tip, made of a durable nylon-polyester blend, is very flexible which makes it ideal for brush calligraphy. I’d call the size of the brush tip medium to medium-large. Here’s how it compares to some other popular brands of brush pens I have in my marker stash.
What is the best way to store them?
The brand’s pamphlet recommends that they are stored horizontally with the caps firmly in place.
What are they filled with?
2.4 milliliters of a “liquid ink” that Karin Markers describe as a “non-toxic paint based on metallic pigments.”
Are they refillable?
Are they permanent?
Yes, once dry, they are permanent, light-resistance, and waterproof on most surfaces.
Any usage tips I should know?
If you want a more solid even look, be sure to shake the Metallic Karin Décobrush Markers before use. For a more ombré style look, do not shake first.
How many colors are there?
There are ten colors of the Karin DécorBrush Metallic Markers.
Which paper do they look best on?
I tested them on black, white, and kraft paper. They work on all of them but I think the black paper highlights their metallic shine the most.
Noteworthy: Since their tips are a nylon blend, you can use them on all kinds of papers. They’re not as delicate as the felt-tipped Tombow Dual Brush Pens (that’s not to say the Dual Brush Pens aren’t still my faves because they totally rock, too)!
What other media can I use them on?
The booklet that came with my set gives the following examples: wood, ceramics, glass, metal, and plastics. If the item you use them on will be exposed to the elements or washing, they suggest you coat the object with a layer of DECO COLOR varnish. Please note varnish is not food-safe so don’t use it on anything you’ll use to drink or serve food.
Do they bleed?
They didn’t bleed on any of the papers I tested them on. If we’re talking bleed-through, I could see them on the backside of the paper on the thinner papers, but they didn’t bleed all the way through to the next page. With the black journal, there was no bleed-through at all!
Do they blend well?
Inherently, no. But they’re so juicy you can work the ink around to create a blended look as shown below.
These markers are super juicy, which I love, but as a lefty, it means I have to have more patience than I usually do while they dry. That is the only con I can come up with!
Where can I buy them?
Karin Markers does ship internationally, and you can see the pricing and shipping options here.
Since I’m U.S. based, it was cheaper and faster for me to buy through Artistic Isle.
I hope you found this Karin DécoBrush Metallic Markers Review helpful. If I missed an FAQ you’d like to know, leave your questions in the comments.