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phill
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As the title of the post would suggest, what brand of marking pen have you found to be the best to add details to balloon sculptures?
Typically I use "Sharpie" brand pens, but have had the trouble of them rubbing or flaking off after the balloon deflates a bit.
Thanks in advance for the help.
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I also use the Sharpie brand markers. If you're going to deflate to put inside a clear, then I'd recommend using the Sanford brand Dry-Erase markers. The Ink in those doesn't rub off as badly when deflated.
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I remember about 3 to 4 months ago this subject came up. You may want to do a search and get the inputs from there. I also use the Sharpie. I know that if they deflate the ink gets wet again but I like the quality of the pen plus most of the times it only deflates long after the time I gave it away and I have never had anyone come back and complain. I get many repeat customers since I have been working at the same restaurant for over 4 years.
Ron Reid
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I use the Jumbo Sharpie or the Chisel tipped Sharpie. You can get them both at Walmart. They make nice, big thick lines.

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Jewls
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The Expo II Dry erase markers work well and come in many colors... The painters fine white pen works great on dark colors too. Takes a bit more dry time. The Pexmapaque white has a wide and fine tip and works well too. These are available at craft and art stores.
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Qualatex has come out with a line of balloon markers in black and a number of sparkly colours.

I have found they work really well.
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Has anyone tried any kind of white marker? I was thinking that maybe one of those white out pens might work for this. Just curious. Smile
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Jewls
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Barry,

As posted above I have had good luck with these.

The painters fine white pen works great on dark colors too. Takes a bit more dry time.

The Pexmapaque white has a wide and fine tip and works well too. These are available at craft and art stores.
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