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How to Paint With Sharpies

Sharpies are renowned for their ease of use and ability to permanently stick to nearly any surface. They are also used to make crafts. There are also Sharpies that are paint markers. They come in a variety of colors, with some being water-based and others oil-based.

Sharpies require no clean up or brushes

Things You Will Need

  • Sharpie Paint Markers
  • Paper
  • Craft Items of Your Choosing

Sharpies are renowned for their ease of use and ability to permanently stick to nearly any surface.  They are also used to make crafts.

There are also Sharpies that are paint markers.  They come in a variety of colors, with some being water-based and others oil-based.

Water-based Sharpie paint markers are great for paper while oil-based is good for other surfaces, particularly porous surfaces that are hard to paint or mark on.  They come in bold, medium, fine, and extra fine tips.

  1. Remove the tip of the marker and hold the Sharpie Paint Marker upright, with the tip pointing toward the ceiling.
  2. Press the tip of the Sharpie down gently to release any built-up pressure.
  3. Replace the cap of your Sharpie Paint Marker.
  4. Shake the marker vigorously. This mixes the paint inside the marker, which may have begun to separate over time.
  5. Remove the cap once more and gently press down on a piece of paper until the paint begins to flow out of the tip. Your Sharpie Paint Marker is now ready to use.
  6. Mark over any spot you want painted gently with your Sharpie. For small areas, a fine or medium tip marker is best. For larger surfaces, the bold point is best. For writing, the extra fine point provides a thin line of paint.
  7. Tip

    The ink in Sharpie Water-Based Paint Markers is archival quality, meaning that they contain no acid, which can eat through paper over time. They are safe to use on paper surfaces without fear of erosion. The Oil-based markers, however, are not archival safe. Sharpie Paint Markers dry almost immediately, so they don't need to be left out while wet, like traditional paint.

    Warning

    Sharpie Paint Markers can bleed through very thin paper, so only use the fine or extra fine points on thin paper, or use medium or thicker paper for the bold pointed markers.

    If you are painting on a soft surface that can scrape off, be sure to clean the tip of your Sharpie off with a damp towel or cloth. Failure to do so could result in the scraped debris getting into the tip, clogging it and possibly rendering your marker useless.

Things You Will Need

  • Sharpie Paint Markers
  • Paper
  • Craft Items of Your Choosing

About the Author

Melissa Martinez has been a freelance writer and copy editor since 2003. She specializes in Web content and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle" and is now the section editor for a minor league sports news wire. She attended Seattle University.

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