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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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Daniel Roberts is out of this world

We love Facebook, beyond the unlimited stalking opportunities it allows,  it ALSO introduces us to amazing, out-of-this-world artists like Daniel Roberts!

We had the amazing opportunity to chat with Daniel about his work and his unique Sharpie style. .

Check it.

1. Tell me about yourself! Where are you from? Interests? Likes? Dislikes? Give us the good stuff!

First and foremost, hello, my name is Daniel Roberts from Las Cruces, but currently I’m now living in Albuquerque, NM. I am turning 22 in April, I obtained my associates degree in Business Management. I have completed/sold well over 50+ canvases as well as I’ve created custom art for a select few. I have participated in approximately 5 local art shows including two in downtown El Paso, TX. I have developed my portfolio over the past 8 years.  More than money, I want people to simply see my art and view it as they may. Enjoy it. Every single one of my canvases I have created is made 100% Sharpie products. People always ask me why I create my Sharpie Art, I tell them “because when I actually start creating with a blank canvas and my Sharpie markers, I forget about the rest of the world, forget about my problems and insecurities, about failures and an uncertain future, about everything, I lose myself in each canvas…”  Each one of them tells my story; you just have to use your own imagination to bring them to life. My work is unique, original, and overall expressive. My ideas, imagination, and creations become alive through Sharpie markers. ENJOY!!

2. What inspires you to uncap what’s inside? How do you use Sharpie markers in your work?

My inspirations and signature art twists, come from different parts of me which are influenced by the different beautiful images of life that surround me. A select few icons that are my muses include Alexander McQueen, Marco Mazzoni, Alex Pardee, High Fructose & GQ Magazines, Brandt Peters as well as other inspirational artists. Music has also been a huge part of my inspirations.

Each and every one of my canvases are made with 100% Sharpie markers. As a final touch and when I decide I’m finished with a final piece, I like to spray paint the boarders with black spray paint to create a perfect fitted frame. This also helps contrast perfectly against the vibrant Sharpie colors on the canvases.  I’m always keeping imagination, creativity and the arts alive!! These are only a few things what inspires me to uncap what’s inside!!

3. You create some amazing blended looks with the marker ink, any tips on how to achieve this?

I ALWAYS get asked how I am able to manipulate the Sharpie Ink into such a smooth coating. I would love the share my secrets with the world, but that is something I’m also very proud of. I enjoy knowing that it is such a mystery, kind of like chefs “top secret recipes.” I like having a unique medium that I truly enjoy creating with. This gives my art an interesting edge, as well as brilliant colors. My personal tip, black Sharpie markers are the key to bringing all of my major and minor details a life.

4. Favorite Sharpie?  Why? 

By far, my favorite Sharpie markers are the original Fine Point Sharpie. I love the outstanding variety of colors. I have different art supply boxes and bags FULL of black and colored Fine Point, Retractable Sharpie markers, Twin Tip, and of course the Chisel Tip. I use nothing else but 100% Sharpie for my pieces! I recently fell in love with the black Sharpie King Size marker; this truly helps me with a lot of my major detailing, considering my bigger sized canvases.

5. How would you describe your style of art? 

I would describe it as Nontraditional–Urban. New Age. Unique Art. I create and design beautiful images, but there is a darker, sicker twist to each piece. I create things that don’t exist, but I really wish they did. I like to incorporate elegance and beauty with a touch of obscenity and vulgarity. When I start to create a canvas, I like to find ways where imagination and creativity can be explored with images never seen.  [D.R.]

6. Your work is pretty whimsical and other-worldly, how did you get started?

All of my life I have found that different art comes from different minds. I remember creating my first few art pieces throughout school with acrylic, pastel, oils, and other art supplies, but I never found my true medium that inspired me to explore further. I was 13 when I started creating with my Sharpie markers. I was leaving my mark with Sharpie everywhere; it was around 14 when I discovered my ability to manipulate the Sharpie ink. That’s when my entire world and visions of art changed. I truthfully started to appreciate the colors and details in each piece. I already loved creating with my little monsters, box-headed figures and strange images, but my “Top Secret Art Recipe” was what brought each character to life and pushed me further to explore my limits as an artist.

7. What projects are you working on currently or can you tell us what you ARE working on next?

Currently, I am working as a barista for Satellite Café in Albuquerque, NM. I’ve been selected to participate in creating the marketing flyer for “Live in the Living Room”, which is different events that are featuring local artists, actors, and musicians that come to perform for in our café. I also have been searching for different art galleries in New Mexico and around the country to try and participate in a show or even just get help in pointing me in the right direction for my kind of art. And always, I’m continuously working on different canvases around my house, which accumulate all of my wall space!! My Sharpie Art is my passion, my inspiration is everywhere!

8. Do you have a soft spot for one of your pieces in particular?

Well, of course I have my favorites, but each canvas contains an emotion of me. My heart, mind, body and soul go into each piece, my life and experiences (good and bad) are what influence my art. There are both happy and very detrimental pieces in my art collection. The titles of each canvas can also usually say a lot, but overall, your imagination is what really shows me as an artist I am telling you a story. I want people to view my art and focus on something nontraditional and let their minds explore.

Want to more? Check out all of Daniel’s work by becoming a fan of his on Facebook and checking out his website!

Want to OWN one of these other worldly peices? Shoot him a note at bleepy00012@yahoo.com

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Pour it On

When Sharpie advocate Mark Rivard gets tired of illustrating skateboards he gets a little crazy (A GOOD CRAZY!).  His new painting takes “Sharpie Art” to a whole new level.  Mark shared his process with us and the resulting painting spawned an entire new series from Rivard.  Rivard took some time to share with us a little more about what drives his creative process and how he’s evolving from his skateboard roots…

 

I was sitting around the studio one day just waiting for an idea to hit and I noticed my trash was overflowing.  I had a number of empty cans just waiting for somebody to clean them up and instead of doing just that, I piled them onto a canvas and starting dripping layer after layer of paint over them. (Inspiration really can strike anywhere…)

After a few weeks of layering paint the result was really interesting to me.  You had to really look closely to see what the object was under the paint.   It had a very Jackson Pollock style and lose feel that I was very attracted to and I wanted to explore further.  I started doing other objects like cassette tapes, old cell phones, wine corks, and even a pair of stilettos.

 

I was really enjoying the concept and seeing a series developing.  I’ve started to do some of these paintings with product and branding in mind as well.  I looked at companies that are using artist as tools to promote their product, then looked at the color and shape of the actual product and created an interesting mix of product and fine art.  It didn’t take long for me notice the extremely large stock of Sharpie’s lying around my studio and the second the idea hit, I was off and running.  For this particular piece there are about 30 or so Sharpies under, roughly, 50 layers of diluted acrylic.

 

The interesting thing is this painting is still changing and evolving long after I put the final signature on it.  The ink from the sharpies took on a life of it’s own and began to release from the pens which created a really unique affect.

 

That’s my favorite thing about art, when you open your mind up all of the sudden art is everywhere.  A pen isn’t just a writing tool in the right hands, it’s a possibility!

 

 

 

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Classic Marker; New Media

Our intern, Caitlin ( @inktern), has continued to earn her Sharpie stripes, and after doing a great job on her first interview, she is taking another crack at the blog! Read on for Caitlin’s interview with Sharpie artist Nicole Bishopp.

It used to be difficult to get your art work out for the world to see.  Art galleries, art shows or maybe the occasional print article was an artist’s best chance at gaining a following. The digital world and social media has changed all that. Today’s featured Sharpie artist shows us how.

Nicole Bishopp is a mom, an illustrator, a social media enthusiast and most importantly (at least in terms of this blog) a Sharpie Marker artist. She maintains a website, a Facebook page, a Twitter account, a blog and a Tumblr all dedicated to her artwork. Nicole embraces the far reaching potential of social media outlets to showcase her art to the world. Constantly updating her Facebook page with new work for fans to comment on,  her social outlets allow Nicole the opportunity to sell her artwork and create custom pieces for those interested.

                                       

Expressing her feelings through the intricate details of her work, she never sets out to draw something specific, it is common for her work to become mesmerizing and for different creatures to appear as her drawings advance. The thick, bold, expressive lines of her art are amazingly done with simply the classic black Sharpie Marker. The Sharpie family may have dozens of colors to choose from, but Nicole makes her statement with the original black Sharpie Fine Marker. Her work helps show what you can start with even the most basic Sharpie Marker.

Here is some more of what Nicole had to say: 

How did you get started using Sharpie Markers: I have always loved drawing with Sharpie markers. I have tried every marker out there and Sharpie is the best because it has the crispest line and one marker will last me an entire drawing.

Where do your ideas for your pieces come from: Most of my ideas just happened. I draw and things appear in the drawings. I draw to express my feelings. I would have to say the tone of my work is mesmerizing, mind melting, a puzzle for the eyes, psychedelic maybe, in your face (bold), makes a statement.

How long does it take to do a piece: Surprisingly it only takes a good 4-5 hours to complete one drawing. Sometimes I will start a drawing and stop half way and then finish it the next day. I never start over I just draw over something if I don’t like the way it looks.

How the heck do you keep up with all your digital sites: Actually, I spent a lot of time learning about online marketing and it actually all links together. Plus the key is having a smart phone. I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the posts and such on Facebook if I didn’t have my DRIODX.

What’s Your Motivation: I started drawing again after the birth of my son. There were many sleepless nights so drawing was my way to stay sane during that period. Then it turned into “my time” to get away from the daily routine. Now it’s just to relax and to unravel from the day’s events.

Favorite Sharpie: Hands down the Original Fine Point Black! The point on this pen can do super tiny detail to big areas all in one drawing.    

   

Your work was just featured in a few galleries. How cool was that?: I just started putting my stuff out there is March of this year and it’s amazing how quickly it was received by the Facebook art community. It was so cool to see people request my work to be featured! Every time I get a feature it just makes me want to do better and create something even more amazing.

                                              

Where is your career heading: Well currently I am working on a lot of commission requests and getting my work ready to show in Fort Collins, Colorado and Wenatchee, Wash. I am also planning on launching some new products with my designs in the fall/winter.

If there was one place your art could take you, where would it be: I think it would be really fun to own my own product line with my designs that businesses could use on their products (for example surf, skate, snow shops) as well as on like t-shirts, skateboards, shoes, really anything you could put a design on.

Want to learn more about Nicole? You can find her on Twitter and Facebook or contact her via e-mail at nicole.bishopp@gmail.com.

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Glamour’s Secret Stash

Secret's out! Glamour uses Sharpie for scuffs too!

Glamour Magazine’s June issue features Sharpie markers as a must-have secret style weapon to always keep at your desk. Check out what else is in Glamour’s arsenal of must-have items and why you need them at Glamour.com. While you’re online, order up some Sharpie markers to stash at your desk!

Share what some of your must-have items are for work or school - Leave your comment below!

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Sharpie Meets the Queen

Take a look at something new by Phlat Club Member scraighamilton made with the Phlatprinter 3. A few of us at Sharpie watched this video twice over with our jaws dropped. Watch as the plotter makes this queen of spades come to life with only a few Sharpie markers.  (Hey, can we get 10 of these in the office, please?!)

Check more out : http://www.phlatforum.com

[via Reddit]

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Sharpie BanDONT’s

I know the Sharpie Bandits are so 2009, but I’d like to revisit the topic for a moment after coming across a Sharpie DIY project featured on Instructables.com not too long ago.

DIY No-Sew LOOT Sack

www.Instructables.com

Instructables.com offers a How-To on making a “No-Sew LOOT Sack.”  (This is a pretty cool idea that you could take in several directions, outside of the “loot” theme, it’s just up to you as to where you want to take it.)  But staying in line with the $$$ theme, reading this How-To reminded me of the infamous “Sharpie Bandits” ..

For those of you who don’t remember, here’s a recap:  October 2009, two male 20-somethings, from Carroll, IA needed to inject a little excitement into their lives.  What to do? What to do?  …How does that age-old saying go? “When in doubt, Choose Burglary.”  Ah yes, that’s the one.

Long story short, things didn’t pan out so well for this dastardly duo.  The Carroll Police Dept., responding to a call that two men had attempted to break into a home, stopped a car matching the caller’s description to find the two would’ve been crooks behind the wheel.  Here’s the catch, these two geniuses voted against your standard ski mask & ladies’ stockings and went with a unique disguise option…

    They drew all over their faces with black permanent markers! 

Read the full story at BoingBoing.net

It’s been 9 months and this still baffles me!  Tell me, who in their right mind (or wrong, for that matter) would think of this and say, “Yeah……YEAH! This is it, this is genius!  What a fail-proof plan” ?  And to that point, how is the one guy capable of convincing the other that this is in fact a good idea? 

I choose to believe that these “Sharpie bandits” just love Sharpie markers SO much that they cannot even entertain the thought of not incorporating Sharpie into every second of every day.  Well boys, if this IS the case, next time, I would advise you to go for the Sharpie DIY LOOT Sack option instead of playing connect the dots on your faces for a number of reasons:

  1. Sharpie does not promote Sharpie products  on skin.
  2. You could use the sack as a mask.
  3. Could use it as a good ol’ run of the mill loot sack to lug out all those valuables. 
  4. After getting caught (which you obviously you will) you can use the LOOT Sack to shield your face from the blinding flashes of the paparazzi.

WARNING!  DO NOT participate in any criminal activity and DO NOT Uncap What’s Inside if you’re going the Sharpie Bandit route. 

DO Uncap What’s Inside for constructive, creative, good-for-the-community-and-yourself purposes! :)

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Win a Set of Caribbean Colored Sharpie Markers!

SPRING BREAK! That time of year when people travel the world to get their bronze on, hit the beaches, and have fun in the sun!  Oh how nice it is to put on your swim trunks, slip into those bikinis and just relax… Oh but wait, if you’re anything like me and @SharpieSusan, you are trapped at home, watching MTV Spring break, possibly shivering because the carton of Ben & Jerry’s is making you cold and the heat just isn’t cranked up high enough..

It may not be as great as a trip to Cancun or a cruise to the Tropics, but how about letting Sharpie bring a little warmth your way with a set of

5 Limited Edition Caribbean Colored Sharpie markers! 

CALLING ALL  Sharpie Facebook Fans! 

Tell us your Spring Break Sob Story about why you’re missing out on a vacay this year for the chance to win set of 5 Limited Edition Caribbean Colored Sharpie markers.  Beginning Wednesday March 3rd through Friday March 5, 2010 at 5PM (CST) @SharpieSusan and @SharpieWhit will be reading your sob stories posted on our Facebook page.  Of all those submitted, we will pick the TOP 35 whiners to win the Limited Edition Caribbean Colored Sharpies!

BEST WHINERS WIN :’O

Cruise on over to Sharpie’s Fan page and whine away!  Tell us why you are missing out on Spring Break for the chance to win a set of 5 Limited Edition Caribbean Colored Sharpie markers!

 
 
 

THESE COULD BE YOURS!

Become a fan of Sharpie at

http://www.Facebook.com/Sharpie

 

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…While Visions of Sharpie Pens Danced in Their Heads

From my experience, stocking stuffers can be a tricky thing.  Giving gifts to loved ones is half the fun of the holidays and let’s be honest, you usually don’t hear that “Oprah gave the audience new cars” scream of delight when revealing the value-pack of socks and scratch-off lotto ticket.  Oftentimes, stocking stuffers are chosen because they convienently fit in the stocking itself but why not chose something that 1) fits nicely and 2) is a gauranteed winner!  Hmm..now what could that be?

Sharpie markers actually do make perfect stocking stuffers when you think about it!    There are an assortment of tips, colors, styles and types to choose from with different uses and purposes.  With such a wide variety of Sharpie products, everyone on your holiday list will be thrilled!

TheSharpieFamily

Have you seen the new family of Sharpie Pens?  These will definitely bring a smile to anyone’s face!

Pen Family

Take Sharpie gifting to a new level by personalizing your markers with a phrase, name, quote…anything you want to say!  Choose from 8 different colors and even choose a graphic to match!  Visit www.mysharpie.com to play around with the styling of your custom Sharpie markers! *Order by December 16th to receive your personalized Sharpie markers in time for Christmas.

MY SHARPIE SITE

 

How are you giving Sharpie markers as gifts for the holidays?  Share them with us at the blog and post your pictures to the Sharpie Fan page on Facebook!

Unwrap What’s Inside this Holiday Season with Sharpie!

Happy Holidays!