A bargain for Cardmakers, Doodlers and Coloring Book Lovers!
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I purchased the 60 pen set and they arrived quickly! I am delighted with my purchase and only wish that I had ordered the 80 pc set. Love the bullet nibs for coloring "doodle art" and stamped images. Others have mentioned that they bleed through the paper, and many of the colors are very close in hue... but these are the nature of all alcohol based "Art" markers. The are meant to flow and blend together smoothly. And having multiple hues of a color allows the artist to add dimension to an image. (For example, the multiple greys let you color a black dog that isn't just a solid blob of black).
If you are using these on the latest craze: adult coloring books: be sure and choose a book with nice thick pages, with images only on the front side of the paper. A cheap coloring book will have average weight paper and often printed on the front and back of the sheet. You could use water-based markers or colored pencils on them, but you still probably won't like the result. It might end up blotchy or be hard to lay down a rich layer of color (on average weight paper, I mean).
But these alcohol markers give a smooth even result, pretty close to what I get from my Copic markers that run $7 each pen! If you are just coloring images for fun or card making, I think you will be thrilled with these. Lately, I'm really liking the control of the bullet nib more than the Copic brush tips. I wish I could buy some add-on sets now, I like these so much!
Finally: I expected the zippered pouch to be a throw-away quality, but to my surprise, it's quite nice! I like the handle, zipper and the way the markers stand up in it. Once zipped closed, it's easy to lay it on it's side to store the markers horizontally if you want to. It's really a handy little storage pouch, which makes this set an even greater bargain!