Back to School Basics
I have always harboured a passionate love of nice pens and markers. Growing up I used to use my Paper Mate pens and Sharpie markers at school to doodle beautifully intricate henna designs on my binders and notebooks. I loved to paint my hands with the deep, rich hues of natural henna as a child. It would be reserved however for fancy occasions such as weddings or the two festivals of Eid.
Doodling allowed me to connect with my South Asian roots and express the individuality I grew up admiring as a child of Pakistani/Indian immigrants. I love the bright hues and intricate patterns on my shalwar kameez or saris (traditional South Asian clothing). I grew up loving to replicate those patterns in the margins of my notebooks, on scrap paper and when I was bored, on my arms or legs.
I have passed on my love of doodling to my kids. I smile when I see them adorn their own notebooks, cards and binders with intricate doodles of their own. We always have a small container of Sharpie markers and Paper Mate pens in our kitchen drawers. They are great for writing small notes to include in school lunches, wishing them good luck on a test, telling them how much I love them or simply saying sorry when necessary in bright, pretty colours.
Sharpie permanent markers are also great for labeling containers of leftovers. I love sending my friends or family home with goodies after a dinner party or tea party at my place. I also love my containers. This is why I use Sharpie permanent markers to label my containers that way my loved ones get to enjoy leftovers and I have a good chance of having my container returned to me. The fact that they are fade and water resistant definitely helps.
Ms. B loves making beautiful cards, colouring bright, bold mandalas and scribbling notes using Sharpie markers and Paper Mate Ink Joy gel pens. It seems like we can never get enough in our home. She takes her pencil case filled with Sharpie and Paper Mate products to her friend’s place and they spend an afternoon colouring giant mandalas together while munching on snacks. These brightly coloured mandalas make great gifts for loved ones.
With back to school around the corner, I love that I can pick up my Sharpie and Paper Mate products from Walmart. They are the go to back to school supplies that my kids beg for.
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Excuse me now while I go doodle my heart out.
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