Happy Fourth of July, Sharpie patriots! In honor of this most American holiday and the fact that this year’s independence celebrations fall on a Thursday (ahem, #tbt), we have gone into the Sharpie vault for some of our favorite projects and added some NEW ones to the mix!
Shine from sea to shining sea with Sharpie!
Uncap your shades! One of our most popular and worthy of #tbt!
The necklaces come in five bold neon colors: Pink, Orange, Blue, Yellow and Green — just like their Sharpie marker muses. And they ALL glow under blacklight – the markers, the necklaces – all of them! Make these neon accessories part of your summer fest wardrobe or add anytime you just need that extra pop of neon!
To make this deal even more dazzling, each necklace purchase comes with a FREE coordinating Sharpie Neon marker*. Buy two or more necklaces and you get the WHOLE Sharpie Neon 5-color set!
You can stop rubbing your magic lamp because Project Canvas is granting you the ultimate trifecta of Sharpie splendor; sweet new kicks, celebrity swag and uncapped Sharpie creativity. Oh, but it doesn’t stop there—you even get a FOURTH bonus wish: it is all for an AWESOME cause!
Project Canvas is a socially conscious company that promotes creativity amongst youth by supporting underfunded creative arts programs in public schools and to kick off their program, they are auctioning off celebrity designed sneaks! These A-list sneakers are being auctioned off through Wednesday in support of the Urban Arts Partnership, so, if you have a pretty penny to spare, hop on over and treat your feet!
Here’s a little taste of who’s uncapping what’s inside for charity!
Spring is right around the corner, I can feel it… (as I watch the snow falling from my window) and I am totally on board with blogger, Kristen Turner from Glitter and Glue, and am all for starting Spring a little early!
So bring on the color and start popping your collar with Kristen’s brightened up button-downs and Stained by Sharpie!
Ed Roth has been Sharpie’s partner in crime for a LONG time and we LOVE him for it–not to mention the exclusive stencils he made JUST for us a few years ago–and couldn’t believe we hadn’t already interviewed this Sharpie stenciling genius!
Ed recently got his hands on some of our new Stained by Sharpie fabric markers for the launch of his NEWEST book; Stencil 201 and he even made us a little video …( keep on scrolling to check it out!)
Who DOESN'T love a stencil self-portrait? Ed Roth, ladies and gentleman.
Tell me about yourself!Where are you from? Interests? Likes? Dislikes? Pet Peeves?
My name is Ed Roth. I grew up in Northern New Jersey, 20 minutes from NYC. I had crafty parents, you know, in that suburban way. Mom did ceramics, Dad painted murals on the garage walls with left over house paint, etc…With their influence and being a bored suburban teen, I would raid thrift stores and buy old furniture and refinish it- paints, stains, faux finishes, you name it as well as up-cycling clothes. I was the kid that wrote his favorite band names on his Converse with, yep, a black Sharpie!
Personally, I live for design and art and have a need to be creative. After working for decades for tv networks and ad agencies as an art director and animator, I then started my own design company, Stencil1, in 2004 in Brooklyn, NY.
A stencil isn't enough for THIS face. .
Likes? Well, I like design with soul. Clever street art. Customized belongings. Things with meaning.
Pet peeves? Overly designed items or spaces. Good design doesn’t have to be over the top.
What inspires you and your work? I usually find inspiration in my design work from things outside my field such as music, a trip to the museum, being in nature, traveling , vintage shopping, being in Brooklyn. For example, a trip to the Museum of Natural History will inspire the need to make an octopus stencil!
How would you describe your style? Eclectic. I’m all over the place but have always liked nostalgia, nature, pattern, urban imagery, graffiti and pop art. Hence the range of stencil designs on the site!
Stencil and send!
You have done it all, including working as a graphic artist, animator and gallerist; as well as what we love you for, your stencils- what is it about stencils that really jazz you up?
How flattering. Thank you. I love perpetuating the art of stenciling. I love their history – their use for political outcry, their highly decorative use in castles of kings. It’s a tool without clear definition. It’s also so utilitarian, it allows someone who may not feel comfortable drawing to make art and be creative, it provides satisfaction. I love seeing how everyone who uses one of my stencils will have a different end result. Love it.
How did you get started? In late 2004, I was needing a break from ad agencies . I had run a successful art gallery in Williamsburg with friends and wanted to continue doing something art related. I wanted to design a book. I did just that. I made a prototype book of 50 stencils. I shopped it around to publishers who liked it but weren’t sure how to produce it. I decided to just sell the stencils individually so I built a website (my other background is web design). I got press right away on CoolHunting.com, then the NYTimes, then Blick Art Materials called and wanted to carry Stencil1. I have figured it out along the way, slowly growing the company, adding designs, adding art supplies. Then I started making books with Chronicle Books. We released Stencil 101 in 2008. Since then, we released Stencil 101 Décor, Stencil Stationery, Stencil 101 Journal, and now Stencil 201. Next year you will see Stencil 101 Style. I continue to release new designs on Stencil1.com
Your stencils are super trendy and, not only hit the basics when you think of a “stencil,” they also have a cool edginess to them; how do you come up with new ideas?
I think sometimes it’s simply what I like but also I have always been a trend watcher.
Do you have a personal soft spot for one of your designs in particular?
I have a few favs. I love my 7 foot grizzly bear! I recreated him in a small size for Stencil 201, this way he can fit right on your shirt! My Stencil Graffiti Mini Sets are also some of my favorites since they were some of the first designs I put out and I think define Stencil1. People seem to like these since they are smaller and super easy to use.
Get grizzly with it... can you imagine? 7 FEET!
How do you use Sharpie markers in your work?
Well, With the release of Stained fabric markers, I am like a pig in the mud, haha. I do a lot of t-shirt design work, many of my stencils are really designed with apparel in mind. Sharpie has made customizing t-shirts way easier with these new fabric markers. While painting is great, everyone can use a marker with perfect results. The tips of these markers are more brush like with a point so you can stencil into fine details or fill in larger areas easily. I used the markers at by events for people to stencil with, amazing results. Make sure you watch the video!
Favorite Sharpie? Why?
I guess now it would be a black Stained fabric marker because it’s basic, multi-surface and allows me to customize t-shirts, canvas sneakers, anything really.
Best part of your “day job” and if you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
Well, the best part of being the Stencil1 owner is getting to create creative tools that people use to make things with. I love seeing what people make, it feels like you provided someone some fun.
If not this, I would still have to be creative. Textile designer? Landscape architect?
If you could have one super power what would it be and why?
Fun question! Maybe to spray paint out of my wrist like Spiderman throws webs!
What trends do you see making it big in 2012/ what are you pumped about in 2012 ( in the art world, in design, whatever)?
Trends for 2012 – I think customizing your wares and space is a big movement. The quest for authenticity. I am very excited about 2012 as I am reaching out to do a lot of collaborative work. I will not only be introducing more stencils, art tools and supplies but also working with companies to create apparel, décor, and home items.
Tell me about the video and background on the event !!
The video here was shot the day of the official book launch for my new book Stencil 201. I always have a DIY event during my book signing so people can be creative. I partnered with Etsy to have their craft nite coincide with the signing at Powerhouse Arena in DUMBO. I tested the project at my studio. I cut up canvas into patches and provided Stained by Sharpie markers with stencils from Stencil 201 as well as some other Stencil1 designs. Some even brought their own canvas bags and t-shirts to customize. As you will see, the crowd really enjoyed it!
For more BOMB dot com (this phrase is making a comeback! trust me…) stencils and to check out his books, be sure to stop by his website and check him out on Twitter and Facebook.
EXCLUSIVE Sharpie perk alert! Be sure to LIKE Stencil1 on Facebook to receive the special discount code exclusively for Sharpie lovers… AND for 20% off be sure to join his mailing list (scroll down and its on the left!)!!
Sharpie fan and fashion fanatic, Erica Domesek, has made a career of transforming expensive fashion trends into doable DIY projects. She sees it, she likes it, she makes it, is her motto.
Is it any surprise, then, that Sharpie is one of her favorite DIY staples? Sharpie discovered her three years ago and invited her to join the Sharpie Squad, a group of some of Sharpie’s most passionate fans.
This year, Erica will be featured in Sharpie’s new print ad campaign, along with the standard-issue pencil case she transformed with Sharpie into a ready-for-recess — or the runway — purse using brand new Stained by Sharpie fabric markers. Stained markers are formulated for use on most fabrics and include a brush tip for expressive strokes.
Erica's print ad featuring her plain jane pencil case turned chic clutch.
This bag may look like something off a New York runway but you can make it your own in a few simple steps, with a few simple items and Sharpie, of course!
1- Draw the outline details
2- Begin shading in top flap
3- Continue to fill in, varying the pressure with the markers to create a lighter shades in the bottom corners.
4- Use a ruler to create a quilted effect. Outline with black and begin adding studs.
5- Place studs where lines intersect, and add stitching detail with dotted straight lines around the interior border.
6- Mark where the grommets will be inserted.
7- Cut slits for grommets.
8- Insert grommet top and bottom and align together.
9- Hammer grommets together.
10- Insert chain through all four grommets.
11- Use a safety pin to join ends of chain.
12- Add the last touches… a fun tassel on the chain and use Stained markers to create faux hardware that mimics a real clutch. P.S. Glue a gem to finish it off!
The Sharpie Squad’s own, Erica Domesek has been getting a ton of well-deserved buzz lately! As you know, Erica is the founder of the highly original DIY brand, P.S. -I Made This… Last year at Fashion Week, we teamed up with Domesek to create Sharpie’s first-ever DIY pop-up bar and ever since we can’t stop hearing about all the great opportunities Erica has had the been involved with! Romping around town, looking fabulous, she’s been working with some big-time publications including Teen Vogue, Glamour, GQ & Who What Wear, just to name a few!
Most recently, this DIY rockstar has even published a book of her own, titled, P.S. -I Made This… The book features original projects, taking inspiration from looks straight off the runway and recreating them with materials from the hardware store, craft store and even her own junk draw! Erica breaks down each project in an easy way, accompanied by tips and resources from the author herself. Watch the book trailer right here and then hop over to Amazon to pick up your own copy of P.S. -I Made This…
Thank you to the incredible group of GCSU students who allowed Sharpie to be apart of their Style Your Sole Event, and thank you for being passionate young role models who are making a difference in the world – one step, one shoe, one Sharpie at a time!
Click to read what GCSU had to say about the event
I’m handing the Sharpie blog over to one of our Squad members today! Sure you love my writing…but it’s refreshing to get a new voice on the blog. every so often. For the next several months, (almost every Wednesday) I will pass the blog torch to one of our inspiring, super cool, muy interesante (sí sí) Squad members, giving them the chance to do basically whatever they want with the Sharpie Blog! In doing so, I hope to give the Sharpie Squad yet another creative outlet, while also allowing you the opportunity to get to know each & every one of them a little better.
Now that you’ve gotten the rundown, let’s kick this thing into gear. Sound the trumpets, turn on the bat signal, alert the media - our first-ever guest blogger, Hanna Agar is on stage! Hanna is a 2nd year Squad member, is extremely creative & talented and… how about we hand the mic over to Hanna to tell you the rest - Take it away Miss Agar! *(Warning you might be blown away by what you are about to see.)
Hi! I’m Hanna Agar!
Here is a little bit about me…
My art pictograph
I am labeled a photographer, but I would like to think that I am more than that. I am a craftsman, a painter, a performance artist, a stylist, a fashion designer, a set builder, and a light sculptor. I create scenes, narratives, performances, metaphors, and I document them through photography. I like to create very dramatic, mysterious, provocative, almost disturbing images that entangle as many skills as I can possibly manage to juggle to construct something more than just pressing a button.
I draw inspiration from stories and theater, from creepy nooks and crannies, from basements and thrift stores, and from my instinctive response to environmental trashing. After taking a psychology class I began thinking more and more about what goes on in people’s minds. This prompted me to begin my newest body of work in which I give people writing assignments that I integrate into photos or use in performance installations.
Documented performance installations are something I find very compelling. It allows me to create something more than just a photo. I can create an experience. These experiences I find to often be slightly therapeutic in that they require the subjects to really look inwards and think about themselves. Each subject is alone in the experience and takes something different away from it. That is my gift to them. These performances are not rehearsed. I am compelled by these installations because the results that occur are unpredictable and unique. The process could be repeated hundreds of times and each time would be different. I enjoy these performances because while each image is in itself interesting, the entirety of the experience becomes truly fascinating.
Another element that weaves its way into my art is recycling. This initially began while I was working in a photo studio and noticed that after the white background paper became slightly dirty it would be cut off and thrown away. This always horrified me. What a waste. Here was this ten foot long role of semi-used paper lying crumpled in the dumpster. I took it upon myself to be the savior, the resurrector of forgotten and abandoned material. I started using these salvaged chunks of paper to line little nooks and crannies and to transform them into three-dimensional canvases. These first creations emerged as documented performance installations as you’ve seen above, but then continued into creating not only sets but also costumes and props. After reusing these materials I recycle what is left or store it away until inspiration strikes again.
When I first received my invitation to join the Sharpie Squad I had two thoughts.
It was a joke from work (I worked for two years at a photo studio called Sharp Photo and Portrait and we referred to ourselves as “Sharpies”).
It was spam.
After getting over the shock that this was for real and overcoming my intimidation of feeling under qualified after looking at how accomplished all the other Squad members are I began to settle in and enjoy this experience. When I would tell people about being a member of the Sharpie Squad the most common reaction was, “Oh, my god! I love Sharpies” …Yep, me too! Since I had just graduated from college with my BFA in Photography and was experiencing a lull in creative job opportunities, joining the Sharpie Squad motivated me to keep going with my artwork and continue with my series of writing assignments. Being on the Squad also motivated me to finally put a website together, which, drum role please, you can visit at www.hannaagar.com
For me being on the Sharpie Squad is a great way to transition from college to the “real world”. The next step in my transition will be my move to NYC this fall where I hope to hone my skills as an assistant to some awesome photographer. The next step…who knows? But I can’t imagine my life continuing without some form or other of creative and exciting experiences.
…and that’s how you Uncap What’s Inside. Thanks Hanna!You have an amazing talent.