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!
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!
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 )
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!
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…
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)!
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!