How to Use a Paint Marker

Paint markers can be incredibly fun to use for a wide range of arts and crafts projects. People love using them because they’re amazingly versatile – you can use paint pens on fabric, glass, paper, stone, and ceramics for detailed artwork with a consistent flow for all kinds of DIY projects.

If you find using a marker easier than painting when adding details, then paint markers would be a great choice to consider. The post below outlines how to use a paint marker so that you can feel more confident about implementing them into your work. 

How to Use Paint Markers

  • Paint markers are full of paint and come in a fantastic selection of colors that allow you to be as creative as you like. The paint is usually acrylic paint, water-based paint or oil-based paint, and you can find these markers across most art supplies stores and online shops. 
  • Using oil-based paint pens or another type of paint pen comes down to personal preference.
  • Start by holding down the nib of your paint pens against some paper.
  • This helps the paint inside to start flowing. 
  • If you’re interested in painting on different kinds of surfaces, acrylic paint pens would be your best option. Just make sure to spot-test it on a smaller section of the fabric before continuing. 
  • When using these acrylic paint pens, you should be aware that the paint can take a little while to dry. This is especially the case when it comes to smooth surfaces, such as glass.
  • Using paint pens on rough surfaces, such as fabrics, paper, or wood leads to quicker drying times. 
  • The highly pigmented ink also produces vibrant colours that look fantastic for all kinds of craft projects and creative designs.
  • When it comes to decorating plates, glasses or mugs that are going to be used for decorating, make sure that your acrylic paint markers are rated as food safe. If not, it may be best to use the ceramics and glasses as decoration instead of them being used.
  • To ensure that your paint stays on ceramic surfaces, you can bake them safely in the oven. This will ensure that the design stays permanent and that it’s less prone to smudging. 
  • Furthermore, you can use varnish sprays on other surfaces, such as plates or mugs. Using a varnish spray will help the paint to set on the surface properly so that it doesn’t fade away over time. 
  • If you plan to put these items in the dishwasher, the designs may come off. Therefore, handwashing them gently is best to preserve your designs. 
  • Due to how paint makers have opaque paint, you can be extremely creative when it comes to layering colors. This means that you can add multiple colors to one design and see how well they go together. 
  • If the paint is still a little wet, you can even experiment with blending different colors and shades.

Also read: Best Paint Markers


So, that concludes our post on the various ways to use paint pens. Hopefully, you’re feeling more assured about some of the fun ways that you can use them! 

There are many brands available, including Posca paint pens, Sharpies, Flymax, and more.


Are paint markers safe for children?

With adult supervision, paint ]markers and permanent ink marker pens are safe for kids to use, as long as they’re non-toxic.

Can you use acrylic paint pens for rock painting?

Yes, acrylic paint pens in a paint marker set are among the best paint pens to use to create paintings on rocks and other non-porous surfaces. Oil-based markers and acrylic marker pens provide the best paint flow for different surfaces, including rocks.

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