Crayola Dual-Tip Ultra Fine Brush Markers, 32 ct

Last updated date: October 17, 2019

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8.5

Crayola Dual-Tip Ultra Fine Brush Markers, 32 ct

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We looked at the top Markers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Marker you should buy.

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Overall Take


In our analysis of 30 expert reviews, the Crayola Dual-Tip Ultra Fine Brush Markers, 32 ct placed 12th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Customize your writing, drawing, and coloring with Crayola signature brush & detail dual-tip markers. Each dual-tip marker features a brush tip and an ultra-fine tip and delivers two vibrant complementary colors for twice the versatility and double the coloring fun. Perfect for artists of any age, The 16 dual-ended markers come in a decorative tin that helps ensure they stay in pristine condition between uses. Sketch, write, draw, and blend colors with the versatile Crayola signature brush & detail dual-tip markers.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.3
4 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.8
721 user reviews

What experts liked

I like the maneuverability of the brush, especially fresh out of the box. You can write large and small.
- Pretty Prints & Paper
November 16, 2017 | Full review
Perfect for artists of any age, The 16 dual-ended markers come in a decorative tin that helps ensure they stay in pristine condition between uses.
- Allale Reviews
My 7 year old daughter chose these off the shelf, she is an avid artist and uses them for drawing and coloring every day. Other friends have since seen her using them and as a result we have bought this set 4 more times as gifts for her friends since everyone has been so impressed with them. They have lasted a decent amount of time, she has used up a couple of colors in the 6 months she has had them.
- Crayola
I had my son try these out and he loves them! He has been creating some cool pictures with the dual tips and loves how they write and feel. They come in a nice fancy tin for storage that is slim. It is a great addition to my son's craft center. He's only 6, but these markers are a great alternative to paint!
- School Specialty

What experts didn't like

Sensitive to water and moisture – because they are still washable, not light-fast
- Pretty Prints & Paper
November 16, 2017 | Full review
I was excited to buy these markers as I saw on the back of the package that they were used for some brush lettering. However, upon using them I found them to be awful for calligraphy. The markers aren’t flexible and they fray almost immediately, even if you’re not using them for lettering. They were ruined after a couple uses. Save your money!
- Crayola
I love crayola and have used their products sonce childhood but these were not anything spectacular. I liked the packaging and presentation but they were just regular dual tipped markers. When it says "brush tip" thats what I expect but really its just a thick felt tip rather than being soft and fluid( think individual bristles). Good color payoff but Crayola needs to re-evaluate the brush tip.
- School Specialty

Our Expert Consultant

Amy Markham   
Artist and art educator

Artist and educator Amy Markham is the creator of Starling, a podcast dedicated to helping artists develop depth in their creative practice. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Amy has been an art educator since 2001. Today, she teaches middle school art at a school outside of Memphis, Tennessee. Her personal artwork explores myth-making and symbolic understandings. Through her brand, Starling Creative Living, she leads others to explore art production as a method for enriching their life experience.

An Overview On Markers

Markers are not only excellent for creating a variety of art projects. They are also handy for labeling your children’s clothing before they go off to camp, listing the contents and expiration date on the leftovers you’re placing in a freezer bag and making a bold yard sale sign that will attract traffic to your yard sale.

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Which type of permanent marker set you choose is dependent on the type of project you’re using it for. Here are a few suggestions for what to look for while you shop for a new set of markers.

Begin by examining the marker’s cylinder. Large cylinders are best for tiny hands to hold, while adults would do best with a slim cylinder, as that allows for more control. Others have a triangular cylinder that keeps them from rolling off your kitchen table.

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Consider the number of markers needed and how many different shades there are in the set. For example, you may come across a marker set that has 100 markers. However, some of them may be duplicate colors, and others may have shades that are more subtle. This is fine for a classroom of children, but not for someone looking to create a piece of art.

Make sure the chemicals used to make the marker set are non-toxic, especially if you plan on giving them to children. The product will either say “non-toxic” right on the packaging label or contain an AP certification symbol instead.

You’ll also want to make a choice regarding water-based vs. alcohol-based markers.

“Markers like the Crayolas you grew up with are water-based,” says artist and middle school art teacher Amy Markham. “These are inexpensive, but limited in their abilities. Most artists prefer alcohol-based markers because they blend easily, offer bright colors, dry faster and don’t leave streaks.”

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Review the marker’s tip to ensure it will draw the type of line you need. “There are broad tips, brush tips and fine tips with a range of sizes and shape in each of those,” says Markham. “Broad tips are good for laying down large areas of color, where a fine tip will be best for detail. Brush tips are very versatile and can create both thin and thick lines as can chisel tips.”

Check that the ink resists bleeding through the paper you’re drawing on. Some models, for example, are water-based and designed not to bleed.

Look for any extras that the marker set may offer. You may find a package of markers that also comes scented. Another bonus you may come across in your search is a set of markers that comes with its own container. This eliminates the need for you to have to buy a storage bin.

The Marker Buying Guide

  • Always use care when working with permanent markers, as the ink will stain any clothing it comes in contact with. If you do get a smidge of ink on your favorite shirt, spraying the stain with hairspray and blotting the area is your best bet at removing it.
  • Should any of the markers in your set dry out, you don’t need to throw them out. You can actually restore them using a few tricks. First, stick the tip of the marker in a bowl of warm water and wait five minutes before removing it. Let it air dry just enough for the water to evaporate, but not the ink. Your marker should then be ready for use. Second, drip two drops of white distilled vinegar over the tip of the marker if the water wasn’t enough. Wait a few minutes before checking that the marker is again ready for use. Third, dipping the marker’s tip in rubbing alcohol works the same as the vinegar tip above.
  • One way to recycle old markers is to find a new use for them. For example, you can take the marker’s cap off and use it to cut out small circles from a lump of Playdough, or use a bunch of caps to make a jump rope. You can also take the marker’s tip and set it in a bowl of water to create watercolors that can be used for painting.
  • Acetone can be used to remove permanent marker ink that accidentally gets on a glass surface.
  • While most markers are sold in a storage box, they aren’t always sturdy. If your box rips or comes apart, you can use an alternative storage method. They actually make marker stands and marker trays, but zipper pouches and small plastic containers work just as well.
  • If you narrow your choice of marker sets down to two, look to see if either one has a satisfaction guarantee. This way, you’ll be able to request a refund if the markers don’t live up to your expectations.
  • When shopping for markers, it is important to consider how many markers you get in each set. A 12 and 40 count set are naturally going to cost less than the sets that offer 72 and 256 markers.