Trying out a new set of markers by “Chalk This Way” – the standard set of 10 markers with a mix of neon and regular colors: http://www.amazon.com/Premium-LIQUID-CHALK-Markers-Book/dp/B00CD33ML6/ref=pd_bxgy_ac_img_y
Pros: My favorite thing about these is that they can cover fully if you take your time with them. Expos, crayolas and every other dry-erase marker that I’ve tried leaves streaks when trying to fill in any solid. The saturation level is great – the colors are super bright and solid and don’t fade like Crayola’s are very notorious for. The lack of streaks put these at the top of my favorite marker of all time list. We’ll see how many uses I get out of them. They’re pricey, but they currently seem to be worth it, so for now I’m not putting price down as a ‘con’.
Cons: My least favorite thing is that once they dry, you are more or less stuck with the color. I was going to go back over the curly vines with black, but once the liquid chalk dried, it was like dragging a pencil eraser over the surface. Since that is a sensation I very much dislike, I stopped here. Next time I’ll have to do one item and outline at a time and just get it done before it dries. There is a reasonable about of time between drawing and drying, so I should be alright next time. It’ll be harder to do backgrounds and use the same markers for a foreground object, however. It takes about 2 minutes of shaking/tapping per pen to get them started the first time, but at least that lets me know that the pens were never used previously, even for testing.
Next test will involve more of a combination of expo’s and these new markers. I used some green expo here just because I wanted variation in color and a comparison.
‘Chalk This Way’ markers seem to do slightly better if put down horizontally rather than vertically. You have to tap the tip of the pen every so often to keep the ink flowing if using on a wall mounted surface. On the bright side, while marketed as chalkboard markers, they work great for white boards, which is why I didn’t know they actually existed until a few weeks ago.
I’ll be trying out mixing the white and black markers (while wet) to see if I can get any kind of consistent grey as well.
As much as I like having a GIANT WHITE BOARD to work on, I may have to suck it up and get another of my own. It just has too much previous writing on it, and it shows through.