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5.0 out of 5 stars An upgrade for diehard fabric doodlers, August 8, 2011
This review is from: Sanford Stained by Sharpie Fabric Markers, Assorted Colors, 8-Pack (1779005) (Office Product)
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That's not my verdict but that of my firstborn, who, starting in toddlerhood, evidenced a compulsion to draw on anything handy - paper, furniture, walls, herself... Thankfully, she grew out of the furniture-defacing phase early on, in no small part due to Sharpie markers. Since then, she's created a pretty impressive collection of shoe, shirt, jeans and handbag art, complete with fan art and literary quotes, and has become a serious connoisseur of various writing instruments (permanent and otherwise).

My kid's take on this new marker line: "An improvement: they don't bleed through the fabric as easily, or feather/bleed outside the lines as much." (This can be a big problem on stretchy tee/jersey fabric.) "Ink coverage is smoother and fuller, even when it's a younger, impatient kid who's coloring." (See my "character" image uploaded with this review.)

And there you have the high points. My younger tweens had friends over the other day and they were eerily "settled" for about 2.5 hours using these pens to decorate shirts. In that time, they used more than half of the ink in more than half of the pens for 5 shirts, getting close to exhausting the black colored pen. But that was probably the equivalent of a good 80 square inches of heavy black coverage.

I'd really recommend these particularly for parents of young kids over the paint or "puffy" pens, which can be very messy and harder to control, although supervision will still be needed with younger children. Just like regular Sharpies, these pens WILL permanently stain many surfaces.

I'd love to see Sharpie follow up with an expanded color palette. The current one consists of crayon box primary/secondary colors (red, blue, purple, green) and then highly "dayglo" (though not actually fluorescent) shades of pink, yellow and orange. So limited, but it's a nice start.
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