Monday, July 28, 2014

Some thoughts on Distress Markers

Happy monday!

Hope your week started just as wonderful as mine (I have 3,5 weeks off - yay!).

Today I'd like to share some thoughts on Distress Markers. I got my markers on Saturday and played around a LOT - but don't really get the point of having Distress Markers. Don't get me wrong, I had lots of fun. They're easy to use, come in all the great Distress colors and have a fine tip so you can write sentiments or add accents in matching colors, but I have to say I am not too happy with the coloring results, because

  • the colors aren't very bright after using water
  • some of the colors don't blend well and you see the strokes too well
  • some color even change when they are in contact with water
See my video for all the details on that:

I tried to take a good photo of how ripe persimmon changes after using water (and drying):

Crazy, right?
But as I said in the video: I'll still buy more. I really love the idea of writing something in the same color like I stamped or colored and I think they're fun to play with. Some colors are really awesome and react well - maybe I'll make a chart some day - hehe :)

What are your experiences with Distress Markers? Do you like them? Even love them? Or have you ever been disappointed just like me? 

Well, I didn't give up and created a card using them. For the orange I had to add Distress Ink from my inkpads (Some brushed corduroy and spiced marmelade), but the result is nice, right? The sentiment is from Mias Stempelküche  - she has many beautiful German sentiments ;)

Thanks for stopping by and taking time for my thoughts :)


Friends in the wood


  1. Thank goodness someone else has had the same experiences with Distress markers I've had! I've not had good results and am sticking to my ink pads. Great card, Jo x

  2. Ich hab mir auch schon überlegt ein paar zu kaufen! Bin mir aber noch nicht sicher! Aber deine Karte ist super schön,wie immer!!

    1. Zum kolorieren lohnen sie jedenfalls gar nicht. Leider :/

  3. I bought all the Distress Markers as soon as they were released because I had always been impressed with Tim Holtz/Ranger products, but I have to say the distress markers are a HUGE disappointment! I feel the same way you do, they don't blend well, leave streaks and lines and some of mine came already dried up. I am beyond unhappy with them and wouldn't recommend them to anyone, I have watched videos of other using them by coloring onto either a clear stamping block or a craft sheet and then picking the color up with a water brush and that seems to make it a little better, but I am still not impressed. I will stick with regular watercolors and save my money next time.

    1. Thanks Maureen, I'm glad I'm not the only one. So many of my friends seem to love them...

  4. I'm no colorista, but I do like the distress markers.

    your card is ADORABLE

    1. Amy, how do you use them? Do you put them onto an acrylic block first? I really wonder why people love them - I want to find out! :)

  5. I only have some of the distressed ink pads and I love how they look but I can't comment on the markers. I'm glad you have been honest about your experiences. Just love your card...beautiful!

  6. Beautiful card as always! I love the bright colors with the black :) I use my distress markers mostly to stamp images for watercoloring but I could probably use my pads instead. I never coloring directly with them on anything because they don't blend as nice.