Have you jumped on the Karin Markers bandwagon yet? It seems that they are EVERYWHERE that you see modern brush lettering. But, why? Are they really THAT amazing? Well, let me give you an honest review of the Karin Brushmarker Pro!
To begin, I want to introduce you to the NEW Karin Brushmarker Pro colors: NEON. How fun, right?! In this video, I share with you the swatches of these bright and bold neon colors. I also share with you some tips and tricks for lettering with Karin Brushmarkers, including testing out which papers work the best for blending the Karin Brushmarker Pro.
Original Colors vs. New Colors:
If we compare the neon colors to the original colors, there are a couple of differences. First, the neon colored markers have black clips and some black printing on the body of the marker. The original colors have a kind of translucent gray clip with silver printing on the body of the marker. The colors don’t appear to be printed on the body of the pen, but they do come with a label that has the printed color name. This is perfect for swatching those brush pens!
Karin Markers FAQs (and some extra things that are good to know!)
I want to answer a few FAQ about the Karin Brushmarker Pro here! If you have any questions that I didn’t answer, leave a comment with your question and I will try to update this post as needed.
Are Karin Markers really worth the price?!
This is a great question because brush markers for hand lettering are not always cheap! There is one main reason why I’m willing to spend a bit more on certain markers and that is when they last a long time! Karin markers are not ones that fray quickly.
In fact, I haven’t noticed any fraying on any of mine! I do like to use them on smooth paper, which is something that I recommend for any brush pen. Not only can it help preserve the life of your brush pen, but it also just feels amazing.
Of course, there are other things that I love about these markers. They are a great in between size of brush tip. They are also very flexible, which makes for really fun up and downstrokes. And they are SO juicy. So that, combined with their ability to hold up to my heavy-handed brush lettering, I would say that they’re worth it.
Is the Karin Brushmarker Pro a dupe of the Sharpie Stained Brush Pen?
A lot of people considered the Karin brush marker pro to be kind of a “dupe” to the Sharpie Stained brush pen. They do look somewhat similar, but the Sharpie Stained are actually much smaller of a brush tip. I personally don’t really think that they’re all too similar, but I do like them both! If you haven’t tried a Sharpie Stained brush pen yet, I’d HIGHLY recommend it. They are probably one of my favorite (if not my very favorite) brush pen!
Which paper is the best to use with Karin markers?
This can depend a bit depending on what type of lettering you are doing with these markers. They are super versatile. You can blend them by combining two colors together and writing with one pen. You can also do some blending where you switch colors after every stroke or letter.
These markers are also SO juicy that with some types of paper, they can even bleed a bit at the edges of the letters. In the video above, I tested out 3 specialty types of paper: Canson Britsol Paper, Cansons Bristol Vellum and Strathmore Mixed Media Paper. I hope that visual helps you decide which one works best for you. For everyday practice, I personally like to use HP Premium 32 paper. It’s my go-to for lots of different types of letters and pens/markers!
Where can you buy Karin markers?
Karin Markers ship worldwide from their website, but they are also available on Amazon as well. You can find the box that I have by clicking here. But I know that’s an investment, so if you want to try a smaller pack, here is a smaller set that is currently available with amazon prime shipping.
How do you store Karin markers?
This is a great question and if you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I actually did this one wrong.
What happened was, I did a promo in my Etsy shop where I gave away several of my favorite brush pens to some people who ordered hand lettering worksheets. I made sure to include a Karin Brushmaker Pro in each set because they are so great and I know that can be hard to come by! I wanted you guys to be able to test these out!
So after I had gotten rid of several of my brush pens this way, I realized that my box wasn’t full and it seemed a fine idea to store these in my other horizontal storage containers. And I actually did keep them stored that way for quite a while.
But then one day I shared an updated organizational setup and showed these markers being stored horizontally. And you all let me know that this was not right! Not only that, but the brand even sent me a message reminding me to store them vertically. It seems that the reason for this is to prevent leaking. I personally didn’t have any leak issues with my markers that were stored horizontally, but it is a risk and it is recommended that the Brushmarker Pro be stored vertically. So don’t throw away that box!
If you have already thrown away your box or just want one in general, here is one that I have that fits Karin Brushmaker Pros.
There is one exception to this rule: The Karin DecoBrush Pen. These come in a tin that has some foam that keeps them nice and snug horizontally.
How do you create beautiful hand lettering with Karin markers?
I know that I talk a lot about pens, but the truth about hand lettering is that it just takes practice! I have created a completely free 7 day hand lettering course to help you get started! You can join today by clicking here!
I also have lots of printables for you to trace my own hand lettering if you are wanting to practice my exact style! You can find my worksheets here!
Let me know, have you tried Karin markers? What did you think about them?!