DecoColor Acrylic markers combine a high-quality paint marker with an inexpensive, all-purpose tool. While DecoColor also produces solvent-based markers, these acrylic markers are water-based, making them easy to wash up while still wet, but permanent once dry. Moderately priced, the markers come in 28 colors, (Including a selection of metallic pigments) available both individually and in a variety of package sizes. Best of all, unlike most other brands, these markers have a handy chisel-tip allowing artists to create a variety of lines with only one tip.
Developed by graffiti artist KR, the K-60 marker is a street artist's best friend and intended to cover large areas fast. While Krink provides a range of traditional markers, this version is actually a small plastic bottle with a broad, rounded marker-tip. These bottles allow artists to control ink flow by regulating the amount of pressure placed on the bottle, giving them more control over the ink. The markers come in 21 colors, including several metallic pigments. Their main drawback is their fairly high price, but the K-60 is refillable and artists can blend inks to create new color combinations.
Sharpie offers artists a high-quality paint marker great for posters and other art projects. This version is a non-toxic water-based marker although Sharpie also produces a similar oil-based marker. The markers come in several sizes of tips, from bold to extra fine. While some of the tips only have a limited color selection, the medium tip offers eleven primary and secondary colors as well as few metallic colors for a well-rounded palette. The markers are also fade-resistant with archival quality paints suitable for a wide variety of projects. They’re fairly inexpensive, though price varies widely with the size of the tips.
Posca Paint Markers offer a specially-designed valve to promote even paint flow and smooth color. The brand has been tested on numerous surfaces and works on a range of textures and materials; they’re even suggested for use on leather or eggshells making them truly universal. The paint is permanent on porous surfaces, but can be fixed with a varnish or by baking ceramics, while easily washing off glass and other non-porous surfaces. The markers come in seven sizes of tips and over a dozen colors which can be blended while wet, making them some of the most versatile paint markers available.
A highly versatile marker, the One4All paint marker offers one of the best color selections and tip combinations. The markers use an acrylic-based paint and can be refilled using either one of the standard 34 colors or an original color-blend. To make it easier for artists to blend their own colors, the brand even offers an assortment of empty markers, including its special 60 millimeter flat-tip for fast, wide painting. Some artists find that the paint is a little slower to dry, but it’s very opaque for good coverage. The markers themselves are fairly expensive, but the refills come at a moderate price, balancing out the overall cost.
The Copic Marker has a reputation as being a long-time favorite among artists. The highly versatile markers leave a clear, strong color, and are highly versatile. Each refillable marker comes with a broad tip and a fine tip, but both tips can be swapped out for any of Copic’s nine replacement nib styles. The markers are available in 214 colors, giving artists an extensive array of colors and shades to work with.
The Copic brand produces three other versions of this marker, including one which works with the Copic airbrush system, one with extra-wide tips for covering large areas quickly, and a less-expensive version with a more limited color selection. All said, the original offers the best combination of tip replacements and colors. This marker line is fairly expensive at almost twice the price of similar brands but with their overall quality many artists consider them well worth the price.
Coming from a name-brand art company, Prismacolor markers offer quality color at a fairly reasonable price. One version of the brush has a combination of a chisel tip and a fine tip while the other comes with a brush tip and a fine tip. Either version allows artists the ability to create a wide range of strokes. The markers come in a wide assortment of colors, with 200 unique shades and tones to choose from in a variety of packs in several sizes and color combinations. The markers are not a bargain brand like some general-purpose markers but they do cost less than most of these other top art markers.
Although the name implies a pen, these markers combine the best qualities of a marker, an ink pen, and a paintbrush. Like other double-ended markers, these markers come with a fine tip at one end but instead of the typical broad tip at the other end, these markers come with a special brush tip. The brush tip has a cone shape allowing for an excellent variety of strokes sizes and shapes. Tombow Dual Brush Pens come in 96 colors which may be blended together for a wider color selection, perfect for adding detail to designs. They are moderately priced, especially when bought in packages.
The Chartpak Ad Markers are a great choice for artists who prefer a single all-purpose tool to keeping track of multiple markers. The markers are available in over a hundred colors and each marker comes with a tapered nib. Instead of switching between different markers or nibs, this tip allows artists to create many different types of strokes by varying the marker’s angle. They’re available at a reasonable price, costing about as much as other markers which might require three or four tips to create the same range of strokes. The markers may leak sometimes or leave a faint odor so they might not be the best the best choice for detail work or use in small, enclosed areas. However, they offer artists vivid colors and versatility.
Letraset ProMarkers offer artists a fun, highly versatile marker for a moderate price. The markers are filled with good quality ink and a color palette of 148 colors to pick from. They are available either individually or sets of various sizes, from a pack of 6 to a set of 24 colors. Like more expensive brands, the Letraset ProMarkers have both a wide chisel tip and a fine tip. While their range of tips isn’t as large as other brands, they do offer a substitute nib with an ultra-fine tip. Along with the two original nibs, this makes it easy to fill in a large area or add detail to small sections of artwork. The markers use an alcohol-based ink, so they’ll work on a variety of materials, including wood, ceramic, or glass.