These Bright and Bold Brush Tip Markers Create Beautiful Results
We gave the Crayola Brush Tip Markers a test drive to see if they’re worth adding to your coloring toolkit.
By Thea Voutiritsas
Flexible brush tip markers have a unique appeal: They allow colorists to create both ultra-fine and thicker lines simply by changing the amount of pressure applied. While there are plenty of high-end brush tip markers out there, Crayola offers a slightly more affordable version. Crayola Brush Tip Markers come in a set of 32 brilliant colors, each with a flexible yet durable brush tip. And at $18.49 on Amazon (Prime eligible!), they’re a pretty great gateway marker into the world of brush-tip coloring.
Our first impression of these markers? They’re pretty sleek! The slender black-barreled markers are light, easy to hold, and the color range is pretty impressive. We weren’t, however, sold on the packaging. Inside, the markers are separated into four smaller boxes sorted by color family. While that sounds nice, it’s pretty annoying to keep organized and find the colors you need. Packaging aside, we put the markers to the test—specifically, the paper test.
The Paper Test
We tested the Crayola Brush Tip Markers on three kinds of paper to find out the faults of these brush tip markers. In our classic paper test, we’re looking for three major marker sins: bleeding, pilling, and streaking. However, we keep our eye out for a few other things as well, like the durability of the brush tip and the quality of the color payoff. Here’s what we found:
Standard Copy Paper
The 20-pound uncoated copy paper was our first contender. When we first started coloring, the ink appeared quite dark but dried a shade or two lighter and came off surprisingly streaky looking—especially in large areas. The ink was also extremely wet, saturating the paper and causing it to warp as it dried. On top of that, the markers bled through the paper like crazy. This marker and paper combo is definitely a no-go for double-sided coloring pages. One redeeming quality? The markers didn’t cause any pilling.
Digital Copy Paper
Next up, we put a sheet of 28-pound coated (aka digital) copy paper to the test. Thanks to the paper’s coating, the ink glided on smoothly. However, it was a bit difficult to control. The slightly thicker paper also allowed noticeably less bleed-through, but not enough to make it usable for double-sided coloring. The paper also warped a bit less from the wetness of the ink, but still came out pretty crinkled. Overall, this paper wasn’t a huge step up from our last round.
Next, we whipped out our 60-pound cardstock. The uncoated and slightly toothy surface of this paper made the markers easy to apply and control. However, the thick paper absorbed quite a bit of ink and made the colors appear much less vibrant than in our first two tests. The good news? Minimal bleed through! Just a few speckles made it through to the reverse side of the paper. Plus, the paper didn’t warp from the wetness of the ink.
The Crayola Brush Tip Markers can create beautiful, crisp, precise lines and have a vibrant color payoff. The marker tips are both durable and flexible, but their intense ink makes them a better match with heavier paper, like cardstock, to avoid warping.
If you’re not familiar with brush-tip markers, they take a little getting used to. Once you get the pressure control down, they’re great for detail work. You can apply more pressure to use the side of the brush tip to cover large areas. It works, but comes off a bit streaky and deposits more ink than you may actually want to use.
Some of the ink colors don’t quite match the color indicated by the marker cap, which can be a little annoying. We recommend creating a color swatch guide on a separate sheet of paper (or just scribbling on some scrap paper) before you start coloring for a more accurate picture of what color you’re about to use.
In the end, these are great for intermediate colorists who want to expand their library of colors and marker styles and are comfortable using a more challenging marker tip. They’re also cheaper than a lot of the high-end, artist-quality brush tip markers that you might see at craft stores, making them a great stepping stone on the path to those more advanced (and expensive) tools.