If you’ve followed me for a few years you might remember a past post where I did a comparison between the Tombow Dot Marker and the Zig Kuretake. Well I might need to go back and update that post, because I’ve found a 3rd contender: the Leisure Arts Dot Art Markers!
Leisure Arts Dot Art Markers
There are 12 colours in the pack and a good variety of rainbow colors.
Just like with the Zig dot markers, you can create dots of varying sizes depending on how much pressure you apply when pressing down with the dot end. After trying them out I was able to do 4 dot sizes.
The markers look similar to the Tombow brush pens and are also dual tip. Instead of the brush pen it has the dot end which can also be used to draw a fat line (e.g. as a page border). The other end is fine tip if you want to write headings, or would be good for underlining if you are using a small page size, minimalist planning style or just prefer thin underlines.
The Leisure Art Dot Markers had bad bleed through in my Plum Paper dotted notebook…
But did really well in my Archer and Olive (160GSM paper).
Only a tiny bit of ghosting on the tangerine dot when I pushed down a bit too hard with the marker.
Leisure Arts Dot Art Markers vs. versus Tombow Dot Markers vs. Zig Kuretake
How do these Leisure Art Dot Markers compare?
The colours are a good combination between the bright Tombow’s and the more muted Zig dot markers.
I love the Tombow but they can only do 1 dot size, at least with the Zig and Leisure Arts you can do multiple dot sizes.
The Tombow fine tip end is a much finer tip than the other markers so if you want to use them as pens not just for headings or decoration, you could do easily do that.
All markers bled through the Plum Paper but 160 GSM dotted notebooks were able to take the ink without it coming through the backside of the page.
If you don’t like the style of the Archer and Olive, here are some other 160 GSM notebooks I recommend:
In terms of price, the Tombow and Zig are far more expensive (almost double the cost of the Leisure Arts) – and unless you want to use dot markers all the time, the extra cost may not be worth it.
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- Review of the Speedy Stencils by Sunny Streak (plenty of weekly and monthly layout ideas)
- Favorite brands with functional sticker books for planning and bullet journaling
- Where to find discs to make a discbound planner or notebook (downloadable comparison)
- Daily versus weekly planners: which is right for you?
- 50 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Planner
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