Review: Crayola Silly Scents Marker Maker

Crayola introduced the Silly Scents line this year. It consists of colored pencils, crayons, and markers. They also introduced the Silly Scents Marker Maker to make custom markers! Crayola sent me this Silly Scent Marker Maker to review. To say I was excited was an understatement. Part of the magic about this Marker Maker is the markers end up working and looking exactly like regular Crayola markers. This has to be hands down my favorite toy from Crayola! Read on to find out why.

What Comes In the Box?
The box consists of enough supplies to make 16 custom markers. It includes 3 marker ink and a color chart for different combinations of colors, 16 scratch and sniff stickers, 2 marker boxes to keep all the markers in, instructions, and 24 stickers to color.
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How Does It Work?
Crayola supplies marker ink, and all the components/tools to make custom markers. I had my kids help me make the markers and they loved it.

Before we started we gathered all the supplies in one area to minimize the potential for messes. The marker consists of a barrel, cap, inner core, tip, and plug for the bottom of the marker.

The first step was to put the marker tip in the barrel and then put it in the marker snapper (the blue piece).
The next step to was fill the measuring device with ink to 15 units with the desired color.  I found when we mixed colors it was useful to stir with a toothpick to get a uniform color. After that the inner core was lowered with tweesers into the liquid slowly so it would not spill. The core consists of plastic on the outside and a spongy core on the inside that was very good for soaking up liquid.
Once all the liquid was in the core, the core was placed into the barrel and then into the snapping device with the plug on the bottom. The device was pushed down until it snapped two times or the plug was firmly in place.
After we snapped the markers we left them upside down for five minutes or until the ink was at the tip.

And guess what? All the markers worked and they all were true to the color they were supposed to be.

What Did I think?
We LOVED the marker maker. My kids loved helping. After I made the first marker they knew the steps and were able to do many of the steps with me. The marker maker process taught my kids many important lessons. The marker maker would be good if used in a classroom setting too with each kid being able to make a marker.
  • Manufacturing Process: My kids learned how to make something. The next time they look at a marker they will know exactly how it is made.
  • Color Combinations: My kids learned about mixing colors to make different colors of markers. My daughter even suggested we make brown and came up with the color combination to do so on her own, 5 of each color.
  • Capillary Action: My kids learned about capillary action when we had to wait for the ink to be absorbed in the core and then later into the marker tip.
I was amazed we made actual Crayola markers, not a different form of the marker. I looked at a regular marker later and all the components were the same. This was not the case when we used the crayon maker. The crayons are smaller or different shapes than original crayons. We were also amazed how easy it was to make markers. It was also not very messy at all. 

Here are the markers we made. They write like a regular marker! We have made 7 markers so far and the kids can not wait to make more. I bet we will be getting lots of refills for the marker maker.

What Would I Change?
There is not much I would change about the Marker Maker. The only suggestions I have is for some kind of stirring device when mixing color. A toothpick worked fine for us. The other suggestion is to have more scents available. The colors can be mixed, but there are only three base scents. It would be fun to make lots of different scents.

All in all we loved the marker maker. I bet you will do. Look for it on along with lots of other fun crayola toys. 

Collecting Information
What is collectible in this box? I would have to say the stickers are probably the most collectible item. They are small and individually numbered from Crayola. The marker box and ability to make your own markers will probably be collectible too.
Boxes: Crayola Silly Scents Marker Maker
Other  Boxes: There are other marker makers
Year: 2017
What's Inside the Box: 16 custom markers. It includes 3 marker ink and a color chart for different combinations of colors, 16 scratch and sniff stickers, 2 marker boxes to keep all the markers in, instructions, and 24 stickers to color.
Purchase Information: Received from Crayola
Where to buy:
Style Numbers: 74-7270 (Marker Maker), 74-7240 (Stickers and box), 74-7210 (Ink)
Code Numbers: 74-7270-0-200 (Marker Maker), 74-7240-0-151 (Cherry Stickers), 74-7240-152 (Watermelon Stickers), 74-7240-153 (Pineapple Stickers), 74-7240-154 (Grape Stickers), 74-7240-155 (Apple Stickers), 74-7240-156 (Banana Stickers), 74-7240-157 (Blueberry Stickers), 74-7240-158 (Strawberry Stickers) 74-7210-0-134 (Yellow Ink), 74-7210-0-142 (Blue Ink), 74-7210-0-138 (Red Ink), 74-7240-0-250 (Marker Box)
UPC Numbers: 071662272401
Manufacturing Location: Made In China with Ink from USA

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Review: Crayola Signature Markers, Colored Pencils, Gel Pens and Coloring Book

Have you heard of the Crayola Signature collection? When I heard about it I instantly wanted to try it. Crayola was super nice and sent me all of the supplies in the picture below in exchange for an honest review. It was like Christmas when the package came. Seriously. I told my husband over and over again how excited I was. I even went out and bought two more coloring books so my kids could color with me when I was coloring for this review. We have had a fun week coloring at our house. My kids have loved everything.
What Is Crayola Signature?
Crayola Signature is a collection of supplies similar to Crayola Escapes and Aged Up Series made especially for adult coloring. The different sets include; 20 Detailing Gel Pens, 16 Dual Tip Sketch & Detail Markers, 24 or 50 Blend & Shade Colored Pencils, 16 Brush & Detail Dual-Tip Markers, a 40 page Creative Lettering Inspiration Pad, and a Calligraphy Set. I received everything in the above picture to try out.

Each set comes with a beautiful tin. The Gel Pens and Dual Tip Markers fit pretty snug, the colored pencil tin did not. I do not know if it came a little damage and that is why it did not fit. The other two seem to fit fine.
Gel Pen Tin
Dual Tip Marker Tin
Colored Pencil Tin

Inside each tin there are two trays that stack on one another. There are spots in each tray for each supply. The gel pens and markers fit in snug. The pencils do not. The trays are made of a flexible plastic.

Below are some pictures I colored with each set from the coloring book and my review.

Crayola Signature Gel Pens Review and Color List
Did you have Gel Pens when you were young? I did. I threw out my set a couple years ago because they were not working anymore. These Crayola gel pens were hands down better than my other gel pens. Two words: Glitter and Metallic. The effects were amazing! The  gel pens were super pretty and sparkly. This picture does not do them justice. For some reason it is hard to capture glitter on camera. It was my favorite picture I colored. It took the longest and was the hardest on my hand to color, but it turned out beautiful.

The Gel Pens come in Metallic and Glitter. There are 9 Metallic colors and 11 Glitter colors in the package. The Gel Pens come in the same shades with the Metallic colors being lighter. I used both Glitter and Metallic colors in the picture above. I loved the shading effect when I used the glitter and metallic gel pens together.

How did they color? The Glitter Pens were easier to color with. The ink came out easier. I definitely had to apply a fair amount of pressure for both types to color in everything, but less for the Glitter Pens. As it happens fairly often with gel pens, ink does not always come out smoothly. The following tips can be used to help the ink come out better.
  1. Clean tip with Isopropyl Alcohol
  2. Run warm water of the pen
  3. Scribble on another piece of paper.
Even with having to help the ink come out better I LOVED THESE PENS and would highly recommend them. To me they seem to work like a normal gel pen, but the colors are AMAZING.

Color List: Glitter: pink, red, orange, yellow, green, sky blue, blue, violet, gold, silver, black, Metallic: pink, red, orange, gold, green, sky blue, violet, gray, silver
Crayola Signature Colored Pencils Review and Color List
What is special about these colored pencils? Crayola specially formulated them to color on dark paper. The effect is amazing. It looks like coloring with chalk. The pencil has a smoother and thicker laydown than normal colored pencils. The lead goes quickly. I had to sharpen three of them to complete the picture. But that is a good thing. It means the color comes out very smooth.

It was interesting to note that I could color over other colors with black, but I could not color over black. I loved the effect of these colored pencils on the black paper and will definitely be using these again.

Color List: Mahogany, Raspberry, Ruby Red, Red, Red Orange, Orange, Yellow Orange, Light Orange, Harvest Gold, Mango, Goldenrod, Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Lime Green, Yellow Green, Spring Green, Jade Green, Green, Pine Green, Teal, Robin's Egg Blue, Green Blue, Turquoise, Cerulean, Sky Blue, Blue, Light Blue, Violet (Purple), Orchid, Maroon, Mauve, Magenta, Pink, Bubblegum, Salmon, Brown, Light Brown, Peach, Sand, Tan, Bronze Yellow, Dark Brown, Taupe, White, Gray, Cool Gray, Slate, Black
Crayola Signature Dual Tip Markers Review and Color List
The Dual Tip Markers come in 32 colors. I practiced my block lettering, practiced calligraphy skills, and colored a picture. The thin tips were not as thin as a pen, but produced very fine lines. They could also be used to fill in a section, but were a little harder than the other tip. The other tip is a regular Super Tip or Thin Tip marker from Crayola. It can be used to color in sections or think for detail work.

 To make the block letters I used the ultra thin tips. I used both ultra thin and Super Tips for the calligraphy practice. I used a white colored pencil to highlight. It was super fun to learn the techniques and practice. I feel like I could do calligraphy now. I have always done block lettering, but it was very cool to see an official method for it. I loved practicing all the different ways to fill in the letters, add embellishments, and add shadows.

My daughter loved this picture, but there are so many things I could change about it. I usually like to do a test page first to make sure I like all the color combos and such. But I did not do that with this one. I would make the lettering all yellow, and do different colors for the flowers. And maybe use more different colors for the leaves. I did combine colors for this picture. The purple flowers and orange lettering were combos of colors. I think it turned out okay, but feel there are so many things I could have done better.

Color List: black-gray, brown-golden beige, coral reef-melon, raspberry-carnation, magenta-hot pink, primrose-flamingo pink, violet-wild orchid, ultra violet-purple mountain, indigo-battery charged blue, blue-blue lagoon, robin's egg blue-turquoise surf, jungle green-kiwi, green-electric lime, marigold-yellow, tiger orange-orange circuit, brick red-lobster red
What did I think?
I loved all the sets. If I had to pick one I would pick the colored pencils. There is no other colored pencil product in the Crayola line right now that will color the same on black paper. The Gel Pens would be next because they were so pretty. I loved the Dual-Tip markers too. My daughter loved the gel pens the best, my son the markers. He said, "The markers are so much easier to color with." All the supplies have similar color palettes and can be used together to color one page. The coloring book the sets come with gives lots of instructions and examples. It even comes with color pages inside to give examples. There are 4 pages of instruction and many pages to practice the techniques that were taught.

What Would I Change?
I would add another black pages coloring book to the set. I found myself wanting more pages. I would add more colors to the marker set. And I would make the gel pens a little smoother. I would maybe add a pencil sharpener with the colored pencils because I definitely needed one. I would make it so the colored pencils were not as loose in their tray. And I would made the trays out of a harder plastic. One of them was already starting to tear.

All in all I LOVED this set of adult coloring supplies from Crayola. These sets are good for all coloring levels. Advanced colorists and beginning colorists will love them and be able to make some really pretty pictures. If my daughter had not already seen it it would be a perfect Christmas present for her. It is super hard to shop for 7 year old girls. This set would also be a perfect present for anyone that loves adult coloring. Make sure to get the adult coloring book to go with it.

Collecting Information
This line is perfect for collectors. The tins are really nice. The colored pencils are a new type of specialty colored pencil from Crayola. The Gel Pens are also one of the biggest selections of Gel Pens Crayola has ever offered. They have made them in the past, but not with this much variation. I think collectors should definitely picked these sets up.
Box Information: 20 Crayola Signature Detailing Gel Pens, 16 Crayola Signature Dual Tip Sketch & Detail Markers, 50 Crayola Signature Blend & Shade Colored Pencils, a 40 page Crayola Signature Creative Lettering Inspiration Pad
Year: 2017
Purchase Information: Received from Crayola for Review
Where to buy: Currently available at any place that sells Crayola products. I have seen them at Target, and Aamzon
Style Number: 68-2005 (50 Colored Pencils), 58-6503 (Detailing Gel Pens), 58-6511 (Sketch & Detail Dual-Tip Markers), 99-0026 (Creative Pad)
Code Number: 68-2005-0-300 (50 Colored Pencils), 68-2005-0-900, (50 Colored Pencils Tin), 58-6503-0-200 (Detailing Gel Pens), 58-6503-0-900 (Detailing Gel Pens Tin), 58-6511-0-200 (Sketch & Detail Dual-Tip Markers), 58-6511 (Sketch & Detail Dual-Tip Markers Tin), 99-0026-0-960 (Creative Pad)
UPC: 071662320058 (50 Colored Pencils), 071662165031 (Detailing Gel Pens), 071662065119 (Sketch & Detail Dual-Tip Markers Tin), 071662500269 (Creative Pad)
Manufacturing Location: China (Gel Pens and Tins), Brazil (Colored Pencils), Malyasia (Sketch & Detail Dual-Tip Markers)

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Crayola 50 Pip Squeaks Washable Markers: What's Inside the Box

Overview and Review 
 What do I think of the Crayola Telescoping Mini Marker Tower, 50 Pipsqueaks markers? I think the markers are super fun for kids. There are fifty different markers in fun named different shades. My kids absolutely love pip-squeaks. They love the names, they love how small they are. The newer versions of pip-squeak markers have a character on the side. My kids love how playful and fun they are.

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Crayola Wedges Cones & Domes Markers: What's Inside the Box

Crayola came out with the Wedges Cones & Domes markers in 1993. These markers feature 3 different tips on the Crayola marker. One is a wedge marker good for filling in lots of spaces. This one is still used today. Most notably it has been used on the Power Lines and Silly Scent markers. The cone tip which is most like the current marker tip can be used for making thin and thick lines. The dome tip is good for outlining. I have not seen this tip used recently. The pictures for this blog post were provided by Stacy Hodges.

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30 Special Edition Sharpie Permanent Markers

I do not know how this is my very fist Sharpie post EVER because I LOVE sharpies. But it is. This is the 30 Count Sharpie pack. There are 15 Fine Point Permanent Markers and 15 Ultra Fine Point Permanent Markers. The colors are included on the back of the box. If you know me you know I love when they include colors. I can not wait to use these markers to color. Sharpie ink is super bright and absorbent. These markers will bleed. It is best to color on top of something perishable or not important because it will be bleed through.

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Crayola Mini Packs: What's Inside the Box

Crayola loves to make promotional packs of their products consisting of 3-4 items. In 2014 they came out with 3 Twistables crayons and 3 Dual Color markers for Walmart. Crayola had made Twistable crayons in the past, but they had never made Dual-Color markers. I have not seen them since. I wonder if it was to test it out to see how the product would do. I hope they make some of them in a big box soon.

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