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Choose a set of water-based markers to doodle and practice calligraphy without permanently staining your clothes and work surface. These art markers are more affordable than alcohol-based marker pens and use odorless, kid-safe inks. Their non-toxic water-soluble inks are also easier to remove. Staples carries a wide selection of these markers from leading brands of art supplies, which are also perfect for any office supplies of school supplies order. 

Enjoy the Convenience of Illustrating With Water-Based Markers
These art markers usually come in packs containing pens of different colors. Most packs have 3 to 10 colors, but you can find some sets with over a hundred individual markers with varying shades of primary and secondary colors. To widen the range of colors you can get from your water-based art markers, pick a set that includes a blender marker. This pen has colorless ink that makes it easy to layer different colors to produce new hues. The ink in dry erase markers come mixed with water or a mixture of water and glycerin. It produces vibrant colors and is also opaque, waterproof and fade-resistant. This non-corrosive acid-free ink is ideal for calligraphy and fragile art papers.

Consider Tips When Shopping for Water-Based Markers
The tip of a permanent marker determines the thickness of the lines it writes. For example, a marker with a conical tip delivers broad strokes and is ideal for drawing wide lines. Fine and ultra-fine tips are well-suited for detailed sketching. Some water-based art markers have both types of tips. A twin-tip marker has a brush tip on one end and a fine tip on the other. It is a more versatile writing and drawing instrument than a single-tip marker. Get twin-tip markers if you draw on heavy art papers like watercolor paper.

The material used for a chalk marker tip is also an important factor to consider. Nylon is a popular tip material for art markers. It is durable and can deliver fine, medium and bold strokes according to the amount of pressure applied the user. Nylon fiber brush tips also transfer most ink colors accurately onto paper. For an even flexible art tool, look for a marker with a nylon tip that self-cleans after color blending.

What Is the Difference Between Water-Based and Watercolor Markers?
A watercolor Sharpie marker is a type of water-based marker commonly used for professional illustrations. While most water-based art markers are for students and adult coloring books, watercolors are for making exhibition-grade paintings. Watercolor markers use pigment-based inks while other water-based markers usually have more affordable dye inks.

Are All Water-Based Markers Washable?
No. Not all water-based art markers are washable. A washable water-based marker uses an ink with a less-staining dye that washes out of fabrics and off of skin easily. While such ink dyes are convenient for school kids, they are not suited for professional and hobbyist artists and calligraphers. Washable markers have a smaller ink dye selection than non-washable ones. Their colors are also less vivid and more likely to fade.

Can You Use Water-Based Markers With Alcohol-Based Ones?
Yes. You can combine both types of markers as long as you use the alcohol-based marker first and layer the water-based one on top of it. This is because alcohol dissolves water-based marker dyes and will smear them. There is no such reaction when you put water-based inks over dyes dissolved in alcohol.
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Uchida Bold Point Water-Based Marker, Assorted, 4/Pack
Item : 298506
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  • Assorted colors that are easy to see from across a room
  • Pigmented, opaque and fade-resistant ink for superior results
  • Pack of 4 markers
11.79 $11.79
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Tombow Primary Twin Tip Point Water-Based Marker, Assorted, 10/Pack
Item : 298989
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  • Primary dual brush markers are apt for fine art techniques
  • Comes in assorted colors for vibrant designs
  • Nylon fiber brush tips ensure durability and flexibility
18.99 $18.99
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Staedtler Lumocolor Waterbased Markers, Fine Point, Black, 10/Pack
Item : 1021444
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  • Black Ink
  • Fine Point
  • Write on overhead transparency film or such glossy surfaces as photos, transparency sleeves, slide frames, cromalins, glass, acrylic and vinyl
33.29 $33.29
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Tombow Secondary Twin Tip Point Water-Based Marker, Assorted, 10/Pack
Item : 298990
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  • Secondary dual brush markers are apt for fine art techniques
  • Comes in assorted colors for vibrant designs
  • Nylon fiber brush tips ensure durability and flexibility
18.99 $18.99
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Tombow Portrait Twin Tip Point Water-Based Marker, Assorted, 10/Pack
Item : 298992
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  • Portrait dual brush markers are apt for fine art techniques
  • Comes in assorted colors for vibrant designs
  • Nylon fiber brush tips ensure durability and flexibility
18.99 $18.99
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Color Splash Conical Point Water-Based Marker, Assorted, 192/Pack
Item : 15514
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  • Broadline markers can be used in DIY projects
  • Comes in assorted colors for vibrant designs
  • Conical tip makes it easy to draw wide lines and broad strokes
73.29 $73.29
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Sharpie Water-Based Glitter Paint Marker Extra Fine, Assorted, 3/pk (1783275)
Item : 410873
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  • Assorted ink colors: blue, aqua & light pink are perfect for art projects
  • Extra fine point for detailed writing applications
  • These water-based glitter pens are ideal for home and school use
9.99 $9.99
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Crayola® Pip-Squeaks® Skinnies Marker, Assorted, 16/Pack (58-8146)
Item : 683860
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  • Skinnies markers for kids
  • Comes in assorted colors
  • Sold as 16 per pack
6.49 $6.49
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Cra-Z-Art® Neon Broadline Marker, Assorted, 8/Pack (10112-48)
Item : 1558823
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  • Neon broadline markers are great for drawing or decorating
  • Comes in eight super brite colors
  • Sold as 8 per pack
3.99 $3.99
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Bulk Buys BAZIC 8 Color Broad Line Jumbo Washable Markers Case Of 24(DLRDY245906)
Item : 24022788
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  • Product Type - Marker
  • Piece of 8
  • Case Pack - 12
99.99 $99.99
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Bulk Buys BAZIC 10 Classic Colors Broad Line Jumbo Watercolor Markers Case Of 24(DLRDY245923)
Item : 24023211
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  • Product Type - Marker
  • Piece of 10
  • Non-toxic
124.99 $124.99
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DDI BAZIC 10 Color Fine Line Washable Markers Case Of 144 (DLRDY245479)
Item : 2600241
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  • Type of Marker: Washable Marker
  • Color of Ink: Assorted
  • Tip Style: Conical
248.79 $248.79
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