Carl - I haven't had as good results as you with the sharpie markers. I've tried so many different writing mediums. The paint is the only thing that I have found that seems to last for over 2 years. I had written with a sharpie on some of the labels made with blinds and buried them in the roots of the plants when I planted them out in my garden bed. I had to dig them all up the following year and I could barely read most of the labels they had faded so badly. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me.