How to Seal Sharpie on Canvas

When it comes to sealing Sharpie ink on canvas materials, you may have had some trouble getting it to stay permanent. If so, you’re in the right place. This post includes the best methods that you can apply to get your Sharpie ink to stay permanent on canvas materials. 

This can be excellent for making arts and crafts projects with Sharpie markers that last. Read on to find out more.

Sealing Sharpie Marker Ink To Canvas Shoes

Mod Podge is one of the main ingredients that will help you keep your permanent marker ink on your canvas materials for the foreseeable future. 

  • Start by using your Sharpie pen to draw your design or write your desired phrase. 
  • Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge after the ink has been left to completely dry for a little while.
  • The Mod Podge works to provide a layer of protection for your ink that ensures it doesn’t smudge easily.
  • Make sure to only use a thin layer of Mod Podge otherwise, it can alter the color of the ink and take a long time to dry. 
  • If you use too much, apply some paper towels to your fine art for it to dry properly.


After reading through our post on how to seal Sharpie on canvas, we hope that you’re feeling more confident about giving it a shot for yourself. The steps are simple, which means that you can start creating as soon as possible!

These tips work for various Sharpie markers, which includes water-based and alcohol-based options.

…and always remember, make sure you have fun when using these ideas.


What’s the best Mod Podge to keep Sharpie on canvas?

We recommend using the red or yellow label options when it comes to sealing Sharpie marker art on canvas. 

Are there other effective sealing agents for Sharpie markers?

There are some alternatives to Mod Podge which can have varying degrees of success. One of the popular alternatives is acrylic paint. However, the results that people have had from this make it an unreliable recommendation

You can also use hair spray to seal the ink on the canvas. The alcohol content in hairspray can make it an effective sealing agent. Make sure to only spray a thin clear layer of the solution and let it dry completely. 

Waterproofing fabric spray can be effective to seal Sharpie markers on canvas shoes. Spraying a little onto your art drawings can go a long way for sealing the Sharpies to canvas surfaces.

Can you use paint on permanent marker ink?

Painting over your Sharpie art can be a fantastic addition to your artwork. When it comes to applying water-based paint, make sure to use a small quantity with each application otherwise it can break down the ink and cause it to smudge and bleed.

Acrylic paints can also be used to help seal oil paints and permanent markers on a canvas surface, such as shoes.

It’s also important to only apply paint once the ink has completely dried. Moreover, if you’re applying a sealant, such as Mod Podge, you should add it to the canvas as the very last step. So, you would use the Sharpie to create a design, followed by a layer of paint, and finally, you’d apply the Mod Podge.

Can you use other markers for designing canvas materials?

There are some alternatives to using Sharpie marker pens for this type of project. A popular alternative includes Prismacolor markers. These pens can retain their color when applied to canvas. 

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