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These are water based markers with a hexagonal barrel and a 0.4mm fine tip. They have a colored snap on cap. Stabilo ® point 88 ® Fineliners can be purchased individually or in a variety of different sized sets. They come in 30 colors.
- Vibrant colours
- Good colour range
- Hexagonal barrel makes the marker is easy and comfortable to hold and won’t roll off a flat surface.
- 4mm fine tip makes these markers very good for coloring fine details and intricate designs
- Water-based fast drying ink which doesn’t smear
- They have identifying numbers for each of the colors printed on the barrel
- Colour on cap is not always a good indicator of the ink color
- Limited bleed through or shadowing on many different qualities of paper
- Can be scratchy and stiff to use Not great to use for coloring large open spaces due to the very small tip.
- They can tear up or pill different papers if you colour over the same spot more than once.
- Tips are hard and it can take quite some time and use before they soften up and start to feel like they flow more smoothly across the paper.
$$$ – typically AUD $20.01 – $50.00 / US $15.01 – $40.00 / £10.01 – £26.75 / €13.26 – €33.00
Conclusion / Recommendations
- These are good fineliners with a good vibrant color range.
- I do find them to be quite scratchy and they do take a really long time and a lot of use before they soften up enough to feel really smooth across the paper.
- There are some great colours in this fineliner range that differ to those found in the Staedtler ® triplus ® fineliners (334 Triangular fineliner). The Stabilo ® point 88 ® Fineliners have a pale skin color, a navy blue and a dark turquoise which I find really useful.
- These are good markers to use when coloring anything with small details and intricate designs.
- I do use mine frequently and often in combination with my Staedtler ® triplus ® fineliners (334 Triangular fineliner) due to the different colours and shades available in both ranges.
- These markers do need good fine motor control to get the best out of them so if you’re not used to using fineliners, there could be a learning curve when you first start using them. This also means they may not be the best choice for you if you have fine motor issues.
- I recommend making a color chart. Make sure you subscribe to theColoringInn.com so you can access my pre-prepared Stabilo ® Point 88 ® Fineliners color chart template for free.
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