Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Book Review :: Sharpie Art Workshop

Sharpies at the ready...

Sharpie Art Workshop 

by Timothy Goodman 


published by Rockport

Did you know that Sharpie markers were first invented in 1964 (as a refinement of the earlier Magic Marker felt tip pen) and were the first permanent marker pens?

No? Me neither! I also didn't know that some 400 million Sharpies have been sold worldwide (I own 28 of those...)

Sharpies can be used on a variety of surfaces from paper, card and canvas to glass, ceramics and even metal. This, coupled with the bold colours and lines of Sharpie markers have made them the go-to medium for artists and designers and autograph hunters worldwide.  In his book, Sharpie Art Workshop, graphic designer and Sharpie fan Timothy Goodman explores the world of Sharpie markers and the artists that use them.

As the title suggests he also offers inspiration and ideas for your own Sharpie creations from mini canvases to drawing on shoes or creating a skateboard masterpiece!

This isn't so much a how-to or instruction manual as a creative and inspirational resource book showcasing the fascinating and innovative ways these versatile marker pens have been utilised.

If you ever wanted to make your mark with Sharpies this book could set you in the right direction!

I thought I'd have a go drawing on a ceramic bowl   (picked up from the charity shop for 30p) - I am no artist but I loved how easy the pens are to work with and instant drying means no smudges!

I can see many more Sharpie decorated plant pots and bowls happening very soon...

I have one copy of Sharpie Art Workshop to give away - just leave a comment here telling me what you would draw on with your Sharpies. Make sure you include either an email address, Twitter or Instagram ID so I can contact you if you win!
Winner will be picked by at random from all valid entries.
Competition closes 20th September 2015 at 7pm GMT and is open to everyone. Good Luck!

ps: you might want to check out Timothy Goodman Instagram account @timothygoodman to see more of his fab Sharpie work including his excellent series 'Memories of a Girl I Never Knew'.


  1. Wowee! Great flower pot lovely! What a good idea too, I would have never have thought of using a sharpie on ceramics but now the possibilities are endless! I will definitely be having a play with that, I see decorated mugs in my future!

  2. this sounds like a terrific book! and you plant pot bowl is a great idea, I've tried this on mugs before, love how easy it is to draw onto the ceramics and make something personalised, but it's a little tricky making it so they survive a wash! thanks for hosting this giveaway too, i have my fingers crossed :p jenny xxx
    @riley_jl - twitter

  3. I'm so rubbish at drawing. Any of my creations would be awful. It's a fab book though.


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