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It’s a New Day! Notice anything different? There’s been some major changes to the website. The look is a little different. The major portion of the changes are under the hood. I am no longer using Wordpress. Instead, this is now a static website. That removed all of the crazy maintenance and overhead that Wordpress required. That means I now have more time to create art! Instead of the menu just below the words “Tandika.

If you have been tangling for a while, I be there are tangles that you don’t like. Don’t worry, it happens to everyone! There is a new group on Facebook that you can join that can help you to change a tangle you hate… into one you love. You can get tricks and tips for drawing them differently and enhancing them, or maybe using them in an entirely different way!

In this final installment of Marker Madness, I want to talk about storing all those markers I talked about. If you remember from the previous articles, almost all pens and markers should be stored horizontally. This is particularly important for double-ended markers to insure a good flow of ink to both nibs. The first option that is sometimes available is to store the markers in the container they came in.

Many artists and crafters have not heard of the Too company. It began in 1919 as the Izumiya Art Supply Store in Shibuya, Tokyo. In 1950, they incorporated as the Izumiya Limited Company and in 1965 began exporting art supplies to Europe and the U.S. The Magic Marker Corporation of Japan was established in 1968 as a joint venture with Magic Marker Corporation in the U.S. The COPIC design marker was developed in 1987.

I already told you some of the history of the Kuretake company in the post about the ZIG Real Color Brush markers. Today I want to talk about another of their products, this time in the Memory System product line. This line of products was designed to preserve memories and archival materials. The ZIG Memory Writer pens have been around for years. The available colors change from time to time, but the twin-tipped, Memory System Writers are a staple in almost every scrapbooker‘s toolset since 1977.

The very first Sharpie marker was a black, indelible ink pen introduced by the Sanford company in 1964. Since that time, the brand has grown to include almost 40 different colors and more than 100 products. While you‘re most familiar with the ubiquitous black marker, today we‘ll take a look at a different critter in the Sharpie lineup. I‘ve been using the Sharpie Water-Based Paint markers for art journaling for some time now.

The Faber-Castell company was originally established in 1761 by a cabinet maker named Kaspar Faber. While the company produces many different products, their primary focus is on wood-cased pencils, producing over 2,000 million per year. They are the world‘s largest pencil manufacturer! The company is still family run by the eighth generation member, Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell, who took over as head of the company in 1978. Today we‘re going to take a look at the Faber-Castell Pitt® Big Brush Pens.

The Winsor and Newton company began with the partnership of a scientist, William Winsor and an artist, Henry Newton, in 1832. They developed the first glycerine based, moist watercolor cakes which they started selling to other artists in 1835. Prior to this, artists either had to buy their paints from a “colourman” or had to grind their own pigments and mix them with various mediums, such as gum arabic.

The Kuretake company was established in 1902, so it‘s a company with a long history of making art products. The original name was Kuretake Sumi and began with the production of “sumi” brushes. The Kuretake ZIG Corporation was established in the United states in 2014. Now days, they make a wide variety of pens, brushes, watercolors, inks and markers. A line of products that may be of particular interest to tanglers (people who like to create Zentangles) is Kaleidolines.

The Tombow brand has been around since it was founded in 1927. The parent company celebrated it‘s 100th Anniversary in 2013. They began with the production of pencils and sharpeners and manufactured those for over 20 years. The production of felt-tip and ball-point pens began in 1958, and the solvent-free Tombow marker in 1974. The ABT Dual Brush Pen, originally in 72 colors was launched in 1984. I‘ve been using Tombow Dual Brush Pens for as long as the company has been making them.

Today‘s marker review is all about Ranger‘s Tim Holtz® Distress Markers 61 Color Canister Set. This is a set of 61 differently colored, double-ended markers. I purchased these on line from Amazon because they weren‘t available in any local store that I knew of. They arrived in a couple of days. The markers arrived in a cylindrical plastic container with a removable black plastic top. There were two stickers on the sides of the container reminding the owner to store the markers horizontally.

For the first set of markers, let‘s take a look at a very affordable option: Crayola Washable Super Tips Markers, 100 count. This is a set of 100 differently colored markers. I purchased these markers at a local Walmart store. They were not prominently displayed. They were on a bottom shelf, below the hanging and flat display for other Crayola products. Unfortunately, I don‘t remember the exact price, but it was under $20, which is very reasonable for this many markers.

Welcome to March Marker Madness! Throughout this month, I‘ll be taking a look at all kinds of markers and sharing what I find with you. What is a marker? Well, there is some variation in definition. Google will tell you that it is “a felt-tipped pen with a broad tip.” Wikipedia goes a bit further and says it is “a felt-tipped pen used for drawing and/or coloring.” Dictionary.com has the longest, most thorough definition, “Also called marker pen, marking pen.

New Portal

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Welcome to the new website for Tandika.com! You‘ll notice several things that are the same, and a few that are different. I am still creating Zentangles on a regular basis. You will be seeing them, but not necessarily on the exact day they are created. On Thursdays, you will see an older tile, billed as a throwback. I‘ve been tangling for 6 years now, and it‘s interesting to see what has changed, and what remains the same.