Curator Prime’s preference of coloring implements is a set of markers. This article was written to share her experience and some colorings using what is currently her favorite affordable option, the Crayola Pip-Squeak Skinnies Washable Markers.
Decoding the Descriptive Name
Crayola Pip-Squeak Skinnies Washable Markers – quite the mouthful, however depending which retail establishment you visit, any of the above may be used to identify this package of sixty-four markers (purchase), and each part of that mouthful is actually quite useful.
Be wary of larger “packs” of these markers, as they are likely two sets of the same meaning you will receive duplicates, not additional unique colors.
Manufactured by Crayola (official website), this was the package that was found to have the most unique colors.
The Pip Squeak refers to the fact these markers are shorter than standard markers.
The Skinnies refers to the fact these markers are less thick than standard markers.
For smaller hands, neither of these are an issue – adding the cap to the back of the marker gives added length for stability if desired. For those more comfortable with a larger diameter to hold when coloring, and still wishing to have a shorter marker, there is a non-Skinnies, Pip Squeak version available.
As CuratorPrime only colors on paper, she cannot comment as to how Washable these markers truly are.
These coloring implements are water-based (compared to alcohol-based markers such as Copics), therefore streaks and obviously darkened areas if colored a second time with the same color can be very noticeable depending upon the paper being colored. That said, that quality can be very useful as every color therefore has a light and dark version, effectively doubling the color options available.
The darkened lines in the wooden fence were deliberately created by coloring a vertical line with the marker at an angle to obtain a large strip of color, and then overlapping the subsequent strip of color just a bit. What could have been an unsightly streak is now a desired detail that adds to the overall piece.
Depending on the paper, again, you may encounter some bubbling or warping or page-curling as paper is afraid of water and heavy coloring with water-based markers scares it. This can be remedied by pressing the colored page under large, heavy books which can be found in every household (or so Curator Prime hopes).
The following colorings were all created using Crayola Pip-Squeak Skinnies Washable Markers so you may see how these markers react to different papers. They come from a variety of adult coloring books and each piece credits the artist, book, and has a purchase link should you wish to color it for yourself.
Official Game of Thrones Coloring Book (coloring work in progress) – purchase
Artists: John Howe, Levi Pinfold, Adam Stower, Yvonne Gilbert, Tomislav Tomic
Treehouse Coloring Book – purchase
Artist: Emila Yusof
Note: the original illustration does not have a striped sky. Curator Prime decided she wanted more contrast for the clouds and added a Blue Sky striped sky.
Roots of the Wild Coloring Book – purchase
Artist: Jeanette Wummel
The Art of Charles Robinson, Volume 1, Coloring Book – purchase
Artist: Charles Robinson
Note: you may view all of the illustrations in this book because it is published by Vintage Coloring and this is the Vintage Coloring website
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