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Stars and Sharpie Forever

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!

Stay shady and check out the tutorial here!

Check out the tutorial on how to make these short shorts with Stained by Sharpie!

Flashback!

Perfectly patriotic pockets!

via Sharpie.com

What's red and white and Sharpie all over?

Via StyleGawker 

DIY with Sharpie?? We think its the American way!

Inspiration via asos

Anchors away with Sharpie Paint Markers!

[via Monogrammed Bows and Salty Toes]

Red, white and bows. We couldn't say it any better!

Via Sorority Sugar

Stay cool, America!

Via Reality blog

Sharpie paint just got patriotic!

As teenVOGUE.com said- Don’t let fireworks steal all the attention this summer!

Via teenVOGUE.com

Captain America kicks? Yes, please!

Via Instructables.com

And for the grand finale…

Fireworks are better in NEON!

Via Sharpie 

Be bold, be bright and happy 4th!  Be sure to follow us on Pinterest for more ideas, tips and incredible feats of Sharpie!

 

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Coasting into Spring

Getting antsy for Spring to come? UGH we are, too (can you tell?)! For those of you that already skipping through town in your perfect spring getup, I would like to introduce you to the Sharpie green-eyed monster. Hello.

So, to brighten up this cloudy weather, we thought of the perfect way to add a little color in our lives…SHARPIE COASTERS! These artsy, one-of-a-kind additions to your coffee table will make any appreciative guest marvel at your OBVIOUS skilled craftsmanship as you chuckle to yourself and shove your Sharpie markers out of sight.

In just a few easy steps, you can create these beautiful tiles quickly and for less than 10 bucks! hollaaa! What you’ll need:

You may also want to purchase felt and glue for the bottom of the coasters and a shiny varnish to seal it.

Find white ceramic tile at any hardware store (they should be under a dollar each). Make sure to clean the surface thoroughly with soap and water.

Color with Sharpies! Pick a combination of dark and vibrant colors to create contrast. There are no wrong choices!

Use a stirring spoon  or eyedropper to methodically drop small “pools” of alcohol onto the tile. If you drop too much, the colors will all blur together and you won’t get any circles or patterns. Let dry! It can take up to half an hour, so just be patient!

If you think you added too much alcohol, you can go back and add more to create new “pools” on top. It will bloom again!

Seal it using a spray fixative first. Hold the tile at least 6 inches away and spray lightly over it. If you spray too closely or too much, the ink will reactivate and blur again. Do it in layers. After that, you can use a varnish or polyurethane to seal it with a glossy coat! Shine, baby, shine!

As a finishing touch, glue felt to the bottom of the tile to prevent the edges from scratching your table.

IF you’re really feelin’ crazy, you can add MORE Sharpie on top of the sealed layer!

 

 

Thanks for the inspiration, 52 Weeks blog!

http://52weeksproject.com/post/29302076841/guest-post-alcohol-ink-dyed-coasters

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Call of the Wild

Your phone case is boring.

There I said it. I feel better, how about you? No?

Don’t worry–you may be committing social cellular suicide every time you whip that puppy out now, but I am here to help– and so is Denise Herida from, Unexpected Expectations!

Denise recently whipped out her wild side with this tribal design inspired iPhone case.

Image via Unexpected Expectations

 

Image via Unexpected Expectations

Well, doesn’t she just look super stylish and trendy!?

Want to be as cool as Denise and spice up your own cellular carry-all? Just pop on over to Unexpected Expectations for the full 411 ( may have taken this a little far, but sometimes you just gotta commit ;)

Happy DIY-ing, pretty people!

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QR Codes Unlocked

It’s new, it’s everywhere, it’s a square of black tech-y looking dots. It’s a QR (Quick Response) code and they are popping up everywhere.

From NY Fashion Week to Sharpie’s own print campaigns, these little data hubs are the gateway into a new world full of opportunities to unlock exclusive content from your favorite brands, including Sharpie! Now, the question is what do you do with them? Well, fear not because we are here to give you a step by step tutorial on how to unlock all the secrets of the QR code!

Lets start with a quick glance at our own beautiful renditions featuring this year’s advocates; Erica Domesek for Stained by Sharpie, Mark Rivard for Sharpie Mini, Cheeming Boey for Sharpie Pen and  Sharpie Liquid Pencil

To check out the secrets that lay just behind this tiny digital door:

1. Whip out that smarty, smarty, smartphone (iPhone, Windows Mobile, Nokia, BlackBerry, and other app-based phones with a camera built in)

2. Boot up your favorite QR reader, or, in the event your phone didnt come pre-loaded with this handy little app, you can download one, like RedLaser, ScanLife, Barcode Scanner, Shop Savvy or i-Nigma. (Caution: some code readers work better with certain devices. For instance, BlackBerry users may have greater success with i-Nigma and ScanLife.)

3. Point your camera at the code…

Scan ME!!

4. Congratulations! You are one step closer to revealing a whole new world of exclusive content AND look like a digital baller doing it. While you’re at it, scan the Sharpie ads above for a behind the scenes look at all of our advocates (yeah, I had to)!

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DIY with Domesek: From Pencil Case to Chic Clutch

DIY Queen: Erica Domesek

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! 

  

Et Voila! You’re ready for a night out on the town or a day in class; either way you’ll be stylin’ with Stained by Sharpie fabric markers! Check out more amazing D.I.Y. creations from Erica on her blog, P.S. I Made This… , follow her on Twitter or find her on Facebook!