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Artist Turns Rocks Into Doodlestones

(Update: Bryan Payne’s mother Barb just let us know that there is a DoodlestonesUK community on Facebook.)

doodlestoneOK, this is a project that should go global. We’re going to say right up front, we’d love to see this happening in the UK.

What “this” do we mean?

Doodlestones, a project created by a man in St. Louis, Missouri named Bryan Payne. He uses markers to draw faces and other features on small, flat stones, then hides them in places around town. Sometimes, he lays them flat in an unobtrusive spot, other times he uses Scotch mounting putty to attach them to surfaces.

(Payne told us he uses Faber Castell India ink art pens: “I love them, but wear the nibs down pretty fast.”)

Upworthy.com has done an excellent profile of Payne and Doodlestones. From the article:

Each stone comes from a river in his home state of Missouri. On each stone, he writes “#doodlestone,” the date, and “finders keepers.”

He posts photos of the doodlestones on the project’s Facebook page with small clues and geotags. People can use those clues to help hunt down the doodlestones. (You can see more photos of his doodlestones at Payne’s Instagram account.) They can also create and leave their own.

The Facebook page seems to have been started in early August and already has more than 3,000 likes. People are starting to post photos of their doodlestones, with hints about where they are hidden.

Payne told Upworthy he started it to connect people in the St. Louis area, which has been troubled since the shooting of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson last year. He seems to be accomplishing that.

It would be such a cool thing if a project like this would start in the UK. With so many wonderful and talented artists here, surely it would not be difficult.

If anyone were to do it, you can be sure that you’d get as much notice from Tiger Pens Blog as we could give. Projects like this should be celebrated. If anyone makes an attempt, please let us know.

Sharpie’s Not On Social Media Anymore

sharpieSo the Sharpie brand seems to have completely abandoned its social media accounts.

Arik Hanson at Business2Community.com made that interesting catch recently, writing that he discovered it while doing some research for a client.

When I first saw his article, I thought it might just be a mistake. Surely a huge brand like Sharpie would not just stop interacting with all the people who love using their products.

But after a little poking around, it became clear that he was right. The last updates on Sharpie’s social media accounts were:

These were significant accounts, too. For example, Sharpie had been on Twitter since 2008, had sent nearly 12,000 tweets and had 188,000 followers.

There’s no indication on any of them that Sharpie planned to stop using social media. They just…end. It’s almost a little eerie. Continue reading

Rehydrate A Dried Out Sharpie

rubbing alcoholI have exactly one permanent marker, a small keychain-sized one called the Sharpie Mini that works well for marking plastic freezer containers.

The last time I went to use it, it was laying in the kitchen drawer with the cap off. Not sure how that happened, but I’m just gonna blame the cat.

The keychain Sharpie was dead. It refused to write.

It wasn’t that old and hadn’t seen a ton of use, and it was the only one I had, so I turned to the collective wisdom of the Internet to fix it.

The general consensus was that when a permanent marker dies, it usually still has ink in the reservoir; the tip has just dried out and lost its absorbency. Continue reading

Crafty Easter Ideas

With so many colouring pens & markers to choose from, how about unleashing your creative talents for a spot of crafting over the holidays? 2008 Easter Egg Decorating

The tradition of decorating eggs dates back centuries & can be a fun pastime whatever the weather.

As any artist knows first you need to decide on your canvas, in this case it could be

Blown Eggs
1. Wash them with soap & water
2. Rinse & dry
3. Carefully make a hole in the bottom of each egg with a long needle or scalpel
4. Gently insert a wooden skewer through the hole to pierce the yolk
5. Make another hole at the top of the egg
6. Whilst holding over a bowl you need to blow hard through the top hole to empty the egg of its contents
7. When all that’s left is air rinse & leave the shell to dry
Paper Mache

1. First make your mix by adding flour to water (about 1/3 flour 2/3 water) until you have a thick creamy consistency
2. Using narrow strips of newspaper dipped in mixture, carefully layer onto a balloon (water balloons make a the best egg like shapes) until well covered.
3. Repeat step 2 with plain paper or tissue
4. Leave until completely dry, this could take a couple of days
5. Pierce the balloon & voila you have a blank canvass ready for decorating

If either of these options seems like too much trouble & you just want to get started you could try using hard boiled eggs or buying plastic or polystyrene shapes from a craft store.

When you’re ready to decorate & practice the art work I find Sharpies & Paint Markers are a good place to start, but there are many other top quality brands to choose from

Happy Easter

That’s No Sharpie, It’s A Survival Tool

pointie tactical markerA 3-week Indiegogo campaign to create a Sharpie look-a-like that serves as a survival tool – but not a marker – more than doubled its funding goal before it ended earlier this month.

The Pointie Tactical Marker looks like a Sharpie knock-off, including using Sharpie-style font for its name, but instead of a marker tip, the point is actually a steel spike. Continue reading

Sharpie Professional Marker – Review

Since turning their focus to markers 50 years ago Sharpie have produced markers for a range of uses. The Sharpie Professional is a permanent marker that apparently lasts 50% longer than standard Sharpies.


I have a Sharpie Professional Marker in black. The grey plastic barrel has yellow rubberised inserts which make for a non slip grip & the oval shaped design of the cap & barrel mean they won’t roll of working surfaces. There are 3 small raised squares positioned either side of the cap. These are in line with the yellow rubber section & make it easy to remove the cap if wearing gloves.

These markers have a versatile chisel tip that writes a 1.5 & 5.3mm line width. Designed for professional use, these Sharpies work on most surfaces & are suited to rough conditions so I’d expect to find them in action in warehouses or on building sites.


  • Can be used on wet, oily & non porous surfaces
  • Water & fade resistant
  • Last 50% longer than standard markers
  • Quick drying ink
  • Oval shaped barrel
  • Cap is easy to remove
  • Non Toxic

I usually like to add a written sample in the reviews but found it a bit difficult on this occasion. As I doodled I noticed that the ink did bleed through several pages, but as they’re designed for more heavy duty work I doubt that will be an issue for most users.

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Sharpie W10 Permanent Marker – Review

Sharpie markers have come a long way since they were introduced back in 1964. American manufacturer Sanford shined the spotlight on an emerging market & the first pen style marker in the form of a Sharpie Fine Point was born.

Sharpie W10 Permanent Marker

Markers can be used for a number of different tasks & projects, they can be found in a variety of styles, sizes & colours. It wasn’t until 2002 that the Chisel tip made an appearance, the wedge shaped point can produce both fine & broad lines depending on how it is held.

The Sharpie W10 Permanent Marker has

  • A hard wearing bonded chisel tip that lays down a 1.2 – 5mm line
  • Fade & water resistant ink
  • A reflow ink system & can still be used for up to 21 days if left uncapped

This marker is available in black, red, blue & green, the chunky barrel’s have colour coded grips & caps with a good ink capacity.

I like to use chisel markers for labels, storage boxes & the like, they also come in handy if I want to cover personal info before recycling etc. I found the W10 to be a smooth writer that also stood up to a water test following an unintentional spillage on the table.

Markers can be used on mirrors, glass, plastic, metal & fabric, they are also ideal for making the odd poster. Personally I’m not a fan of the art work that you see daubed on buildings but I’m sure the odd marker or two often finds it way into the pockets of the odd budding graffiti artist judging by the tag lines I see on my travels.

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Sharpie Pen Stainless Steel – Review

Marker pens have been around for ages, early memories of a pencil case full of felt tips conjure up rainy days sat around the table with a colouring book, oh how times have changed!

Sharpie Pen Stainless Steel

First glance of the Sharpie Pen Stainless Steel I expected to see a fountain pen, when I pulled off the cap to find a felt tip I was a bit surprised. Designed to be used for writing & drawing this pen is not your traditional Sharpie permanent marker pen.

This pen has a luxurious look about it & yet will still deliver the same bold, smooth lines as other Sharpie markers. The waterproof ink is non toxic as well as acid free it’s a deep black, no grey hues that sometimes disappoint. Although Sharpie claim it doesn’t bleed through paper some users seem to disagree. For my test albeit unrefined (scientist I’m not) I used a cheap notepad & even a piece of kitchen roll. Nothing was visible on the notepad & the bleed through on kitchen paper was minimal.

The matt brushed steel barrel is simple yet stylish, the logo doesn’t look out of place & the cap fits snugly with a firm click. A pet hate of mine is movement when caps are posted, no problem with this Sharpie there wasn’t a rattle to be heard.

This pen writes a fine 0.4mm line & is easy to refill, just unscrew at the grip & the complete section can be replaced.

Left lying on a desk I can imagine the Sharpie Stainless Steel Pen would be just the sort of pen to be “borrowed” It’s just a shame that black is the only ink colour available.


Sharpie Twin Tip Marker Review- Two for the Price of 1

Sharpies have come a long way since the intro of the 1st marker back in 1964. Today there are a whole host of offerings including liquid pencils, fabric & metallic markers in a multitude of colours.

Sharpie Twin Tip Marker

One of these examples is the Sharpie Twin Tip Marker, it has a 0.4 & a 1.5 mm tip, effectively a two for the price of one option. I found these tips to be durable, even in my heavy hand. The ink dries really quickly as well as being water resistant and will leave a permanent mark on most surfaces. I’ve chosen to check out a blue markers moves, its also available in black & red.

The wide end of the pen is covered by a cap housing a pocket clip. Replacing the cap needed some force, even then I wasn’t convinced it was secure, unlike the fine end where the cap clicked into place. The middle section is grey & embossed with logos & the AP certification stamp. Sight of this Approved Product mark should allay any fears of poison or health issues, having been given the seal of approval by medical experts following a toxicological evaluation.

Now strange habit that it is I like to sniff the tips of my marker pens. Not something to be condoned & I should add its not something to be tried at home, but I know the risks & don’t make a habit of it!Probably to be expected the larger tip has the strongest “scent” as the 0.4 tip is so fine.

I found the caps on these Sharpies a little annoying I wonder if the same can be said by former US President George W Bush who according to the Sharpie Web site is a loyal fan of the brand.


Using PrismaColor Markers To Guide Wayward Mates

fairy wrenLet me just preface this post by saying: I take no responsibility for any ideas that anyone may or not get from reading this.

NBC News had an interesting story from Australia detailing how ornithologists were able to affect the mating habits of two subspecies of fairy-wrens simply by using Sharpie-like markers on them.

According to the story, the males of fairy-wren subspecies have orange back feathers while the males of the other have red.

Both sets of birds tend to mate within their subspecies to nest and raise their young. However, the females also like to play the field. Continue reading

Ink Pen Brands Take To Pinterest

In the mood to procrastinate a little…or a lot? Try browsing the Pinterest pages of  some of your favorite ink pen makers.

Copic Markers – Stuffed full of content, including lots of tutorials and drawing techniques using Copics, examples of Copic art and suggestions for projects.

Lamy Pens – This one is straight Lamy pen porn, with 170 photos of the various pens in the Lamy range, like the Safari, Pico and Al-Star, all in high def.

Ohto Pens – One of the weakest pen company Pinterest pages. A few random shots of Ohto pens and miscellaneous office supplies, and one odd pin of someone’s ultra-modern laundry room.

Pentel Pens – While this one doesn’t have a ton of content, it’s one of my favorites because the content it does have is pretty cool. Lots of examples of artwork created with Pentel products, including an awesome drawing of Batman. Also a few photos of Pentel pens and a section looking inside other people’s journals.

Pilot Pens – Another one chock full of great pen stuff, mostly photos of pens, handwriting and other things that people do with pens. Also, a series of photos from New York Fashion Week showing celebs using Pilot pens. I recognized Tamara Tunie from Law & Order: SVU and Bill Brochtrup from NYPD Blue. And, in the ‘My Favorite Pens’ section, there were photos from Azizah at Gourmet Pens!

Rotring Pens – Stocked mostly with Rotring pen porn, and some Rotring artwork. Look for the dancing turkey in red thigh-high stockings.

Sharpie – Hands-down the busiest Pinterest page of the bunch, with more than 500 items pinned. You’ve got everything from Sharpie product porn to DIY Sharpie projects to sports cars painted with permanent marker. My favorite was the section on shoes that had been customized with Sharpie.

Stabilo Pens – This page is mostly advertising photos showing Stabilo pens in various settings like classrooms, the office, etc. However, there is also a neat collection of photos of Stabilo pens in travels around the world, everywhere from Disney World to the Roman Colosseum. The section with Stabilo pens as fashion accessories is kind of cheesy, though.

Staedtler Mars – You might find this one a little ‘meh.’ But you might enjoy the entries from the kids’ coloring contest. And the photo of the giant Staedtler pencil sculpture from New Zealand is pretty neat.

Tombow Pens – Not much in the way of pens, but absolutely loaded with content for crafters. Pages and pages of examples of craft projects, some videos on using Tombow pens in crafting and random photos of interesting designer items. Martha Stewart would be right at home here.

There are probably plenty of Pinterest pages we missed, but those should keep you busy. And if your bosses catches you slacking off…don’t rat us out.

One Direction’s Message To Sharpie Fans

Disclaimer: This post does not mean that we condone boy bands. We aren’t 14-year-old girls, so we don’t. But we acknowledge their existence.

So apparently Sharpie held a big contest to promote its partnership with One Direction during the group’s US concert tour. Fans were asked to make signs, decorate hats and otherwise get creative with Sharpies as a way to say ‘hello’ to the boys in the band.

The contest ended recently, the winner was named and One Direction made a couple of videos on behalf of everyone’s favorite marker.



Cool perk to the grand prize winner: Getting to ride in a Mini Cooper limo painted with Sharpies.


Sharpie Fine Point Marker Pens Review

As I sat reminiscing with friends we got chatting about how our mums always used to place name tags in our clothes that were marked with indelible ink. This made me wonder what I would use should I need to undertake a similar exercise.

The Sharpie Fine Point Marker Pens are a pen-style permanent marker & have a 1.0mm tip that are apparently resilient to abrasions.  I take this to mean they have a strong hard wearing tips. These markers contain quick drying waterproof ink that will make an impression on a range of surfaces including glass, metal, plastic & foil.

Sharpie Fine Markers

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7 Crazy Things People Do with Sharpies

We all love Sharpies…and why shouldn’t we? They’re brilliant, incredibly versatile little tools, used around the world for everything from signing autographs to creating beautiful artwork.

Interesting to look at and fun to wield, sometimes just saying “Sharpie” can make a person smile. And even the CIA loves the smell of freshly Sharpied government documents.

But a few of the things that people get up to with Sharpies are just, well, weird. In some cases, that’s weird in a good way, more like “unusual,” maybe. In others, they’re real head-scratchers.

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Mystery Artist Uses Uniball Pen to Draw Pigeons All Over Bangor, Maine

For the last several months, an unidentified street artist has been pasting up drawings of pigeons – and hummingbirds and shopping carts and other objects, too – around downtown Bangor.

From the Bangor Daily News:

The pigeons first appeared in mid-July…four months later, there have been more than 60 examples of pigeon art in downtown Bangor. A pigeon drinking a Budweiser pasted to Leadbetter’s Mini Stop on Ohio Street. A pigeon crying a river of tears pasted to a wall inside the Kenduskeag Stream canals. Picasso-themed pigeons on the side of Domino’s Pizza on Clinton Street and on the doorway of the Main Tavern on Main Street. A connect-the-dots pigeon at the corner of Hammond and Columbia streets.

He draws his artwork on paper and sticks it to walls with wheat paste that makes it easy to remove. Continue reading

5 Pens that Should be in Every Survival Kit

Since I live in Florida, every year about this time, I have to start thinking about what I’m going to do if a hurricane suddenly turns its unwanted attentions my direction.

Part of the preparations include packing some bags in case there is an evacuation. And this year, mulling over the list of necessary items, I got to wondering, what pens would be the best ones to go in a survival kit.

It could only be a few pens. When packing for survival, every piece counts. So, how many pens would do it? No more than a fistful, at the most. So, five pens. Five good writing instruments to see me through any eventuality, from being stranded on a deserted island to facing the zombie apocalypse.

After some serious thinking, this is what I came up with. Continue reading

Totally Random Pen Stuff

• Look for more youth-oriented marketing from Sharpie in the months to come, according to the New York Times.

Directed at teenagers, the campaign also includes new print, TV, Internet and cinema advertising, extensive use of social media, and new packaging, markers and colors.

Apparently, Sanford, maker of the ubiquitous permanent marker, feels that it has been aiming ad messages at adults, even though teens are the ones who get the most use out of Sharpies. So, now the ad focus is going to shift to young people and the creative ways they use the popular markers, the Times reports. Continue reading

Sharpie Pen Grip Review

When it comes to writing I am somewhat of a traditionalist.  There are a few people I know who like to experiment with different colours.  So for fear of being called a creature of habit I’ve decided to put the red Sharpie Pen Grip through its paces.

Sharpie Pen Grip

All of you pen enthusiasts out there probably already know that Sharpie make a variety of pens & were the first to make pen style permanent markers. This grip fine point is a pen in the true sense of the word, suitable for everyday writing & a cross between the original & retractable versions.

Here are my comments on some of the features & benefits

Won’t bleed through paper – this was tested on a very fine notepad with paper that was almost see through, it performed well.

Doesn’t smear – This is always something that interests left handed writers, who often find a trail left by the palm dragging across the page.  In most cases it seems to be the number one reason to buy or not to buy a particular pen.

Soft grip barrel – I am getting used to the comfort of writing with the soft grip barrels that many pens have & this Sharpie is no exception.

Fine point tip – helps you to produce consistently accurate writing.  This pen would be useful for taking notes, writing in diaries etc. taking up less space than one of the thicker tips.

Water resistant - a plus for this pen is the fact that it is water resistant.  Having tested the claims by splashing the page with water, it did remain legible, so I can vouch for that point.  However, rubbing a damp finger over the page resulted in some staining.  Maybe this has something to do with the fact that Sharpie state “ink will become permanent after setting, it can be easily erased for several hours after writing on many glossy (non-porous) surfaces”

The Sharpie Pen Grip is stylish, it has a silver cap which has colour coding at both ends & a ring around the barrel to identify the ink colour.  The cap fits tightly on the barrel & closes with a snap, this gives the impression that it shouldn’t dry out too soon.  Having said that, some students are reported to have been disappointed that it didn’t stand the test of time when taking copious notes.

One thing that did take some getting used to was the fact that it is very light to hold.  I can only liken it to holding one of those balsa wood model planes.

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Completing this review in red was novel, it is something I had always been taught to be rude.  Maybe I am showing my age & this is just an old wives tale that has been passed down, because it no longer seems to be the case.

So what is the verdict? I may just start using coloured pens when writing my diary.

Sharpie Launch New Fabric Marker

Sharpie have just launched their latest range of markers, these are a fabric marker with the slightly unusual name Stained by Sharpie.

Stained By Shapie Marker Pink

These are obviously aimed at appealing to the younger generation as staining on fabric is usually associated with something unwanted happening to your clothes.

As for the markers themselves they have a brush tip and a specially developed fade resistant ink designed specifically for marking most fabric surfaces.

Stained by Sharpie Fabric markers are available in eight bold colours and the ink is resistant to fading with normal washing.

Got an Ink Stain? Here’s an (Almost) Freebie to Help

Pens can be a little messy, especially if you’re an absent-minded doodler or have kids. Getting those stains out can be a frustrating process involving everything from hair spray to lemon juice.

That’s why we were intrigued a few months ago when the Stain Hotline, a company in Michigan, offered free bottles of its ink remover called Ink-B-Gone. The product is supposed to remove just about any kind of ink – including Sharpie permanent marker – from walls, furniture and leather. Continue reading