Im not receiving any compensation from Sharpie for reviewing this product, I just saw it and wanted to try it.
Did you know that Sharpie makes fabric markers now? Apparently theyve been making them for awhile, but I just discovered them for the first time last weekend. I picked up 2 boxes of the Stained by Sharpie 4 count packages, though now I really want to try out the 8 count, because I really like the additional brighter colors.
My first attempt was to draw on knit tee shirt fabric.
I discovered that if you pull the fabric really taught (I used a small embroidery hoop), it gives you much more control over the markers, and theres less bleeding.
But I found that the best fabric to use with these markers is a woven fabric with very little stretch or texture. I used part of an old white sheet. I wrapped a piece of board in craft paper, and then pulled the fabric taught around the board and taped it in place. Im not much of an artist, so I stuck with straight lines, because one thing I can do is use a ruler.
The markers seem best suited for line art rather than large areas of filled with color. As you can see the coverage of the filled in diamonds isnt entirely even. I also had some issues with keeping the pressure even, which led to blotches/dots. Someone more experienced with sketching/art in general might have more luck than I did. Overall Im pretty happy with how well my fabric turned out, flaws and all. I kind of like that it isnt perfect.
I hear that the color holds up well in the wash, but I havent had a chance to test that out yet. I dont know what Im going to do with this piece of fabric, but I do plan on buying some additional colors to make custom throw pillows.
In completely unrelated news:
I got my final trading card to complete series A of Joe Sorrens trading cards. Im going to need an additional frame to frame them all. Hopefully I can pick that up this weekend. In other awesome Joe Sorren news, the Kickstarter is fully funded (with 48 hours left to go), so there will be a series B and C. I already purchased a few packs of series B. Exciting!!!
Also exciting I got myself a new toy. I bought a Silhouette Portrait with the Fabric Package Bundle using the promo code found here (its good until 5/31). I got a great deal on it, and I cant wait until it gets here! Im gong to be pinning Silhouette projects all week. If youve got a Silhouette, leave me a comment with links to some of your projects. Id love to see how other people have used theirs.