Friday, 24 October 2014

Permanent Marker

As I've mentioned in the past one of my favourite things to do growing up was to colour.  One of the best birthday gifts I can ever remember getting was a set of smelly Mr. Sketch scented markers.  I loved those things so much.  I could make drawings of anything yellow for  lemons to the sun, smell like lemons and it blew my mind.  Those were simpler times, sigh.  A group of us spent several hours last Saturday night working on a home made pizza costume for Jack's outfit (yes, this was the only thing he'd agree to be for Halloween and I will post photos) and it rekindled my love of markers.  This post is inspired by our wild and crazy Saturday night...sadly we were using unscented markers.



Image Courtesy of Mr. Sketch


Here are 15 Awesome Things That You Probably Didn't Know About Markers


  1. The history of permanent markers dates back to 1910. At that time, Lee W. Newman patented the first marking pen.
  2. The first modern permanent marker was developed in 1952 by Sidney Rosenthal. 
  3. On April 22, 1953, Rosenthal filed for U.S. Patent No. 2713176, an invention that was described as a "marking device".
  4. Crayola makes about 465 million markers every year.
  5. In Australia a marker is called a "texta".
  6. One of my favourite books to read to the minions is Purple, Green and Yellow which talks about what happens when protagonist Brigid colours herself with permanent, never come off, maybe even after your dead, markers.
  7. “All books are colo(u)ring books, if you are in possession of a childlike imagination, and a box of markers.”  ― Jarod Kintz
  8. Mr. Sketch scented markers were introduced by Sanford in 1965.
  9. Despite being active for nearly 50 years, Mr. Sketch released their first television commerical about how they extract their scents earlier this year.
  10. Mr. Sketch offers packs of markers including 8, 12 or 18 different colours/scents. (eight year old SaraBeth would lose her mind with excitement over the 18 pack).
  11. Stain Removal: Permanent markers aren't always permanent, when permanent marker gets mistakenly used on a hard surface, try using a little toothpaste to remove the mark. Rubbing alcohol and hairspray saturated on an ink fabric stain and carefully blotted, then washed, should get the stain out.
  12. You can fix dried up markers by using a water and alcohol solution to extend their usefulness as found here
  13. “Black holes are darker than magic markers, but not as black as my mood.” - Jarod Kintz
  14. For 20 Great Project Ideas using Sharpies visit Happiness is Homemade.
  15. For a list of 34 Things You Can Improve Using Sharpies check out this list on BuzzFeed.

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