Guide: How to choose the best permanent marker – for both art and everyday use

Permanent markers are great for both everyday use and art projects. You need them for drawing, boxes, designs, labels and just to mark stuff. Here’s a guide om important things to look for when choosing a set of permanent markers for home, office or school.

Ohuhu 40 Colors Dual Tips Permanent Marker Pens Art Markers for Kids, Highlighter Pen with Carrying Case for Drawing Sketching Adult Coloring Highlighting and Underlining
An important consideration is to choose whether you need the markers for every day use or for art projects and design. Pictured: Ohuhu markers

What to look for when buying permanent markers

Tip#1: Art or everyday? For everyday use, a black sharpie will probably cut it, though you meet need with different thickness. But for art projects, you will need larger sets with different colors, and every dualtips for both underlining and detail.

Set: It’s nice to have a set if you lose a marker. Consider if you need 4, 8, 12 or 40 markers.

Colors: Markers come in more than black.

Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 12 Count
Sharpies come in more than just black. Here’s a set of 12 diffferent colors.

Metallic: Consider metallic markers for special art projects and a sparkly look. But beware, they don’t last as long.

Tip size / style: The tip size matters in how markers will draw. For fine detail, look at reviews about the durability of the tip. The tip style differs from brand to brand.

Tip#1: Art or Everyday? Sometimes, you just need a black sharpie.

Flip-chart friendly: Ready for meetings? Certain permanent markers like these Sharpies are made uniquely  for flipcharts. They have wider tips and come in multiple colors that are still visible to others. This is what you need for a great presentation!

Non-toxic: Look for non-toxicity if you want your marker to be good for your health. Especially if your kids use the markers.

Dualtip: Many art sets of permanent markers have dual tips. This is indeed very practical if you use the markers for doing artwork. For this type of work, you will need to alternate between different thicknesses.

Prismacolor 3620 Premier Double-Ended Art Markers, Fine and Chisel Tip, 12-Count
These prismacolor markers have both fine and chisel tips.

Carrying box or container: Larger sets often come in readymade durable boxes. You will quickly appreciate a good build quality of the container. Read reviews to make sure.

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