If you are a geode resin artist and need to paint the fine geode lines in between your resin pours, add extra accents to the sides of your free form geode art, and cover up happy accidents, then you need a good set of paint markers or paint pens.
We have been making lots of geode resin art for our tutorials so we've had a chance to try different brands of paint pens!
Not all paint pens and markers will work the best for resin. After making geodes for the past several years, we have some good choices to share with you from our own experiences and then we also found paint markers that have really great reviews from other geode resin artists who have used them on their creations.
There's a huge difference between quality paint markers and cheap markers. You might think you are saving money, but in the long run, the cheap markers don't hold up to regular use on resin. Especially when you are going over the rocks, gems and glass parts. So invest in a good set from a reputable company.
Also, check out our blog for more tips and tricks for working with epoxy resin. We have quite a few articles, including some great tutorials and product guides.
Before you use any marker on your geode resin art, be sure to try out a test piece first to make sure that your marker will work with the technique you are trying. Always practice on small geode pieces first when trying out a new product.
These paint pens are perfect for geode resin art because they have a fine tip so it's super easy to get those fine geode lines. We like this particular set because it comes with six pens so if you are making a ton of geodes to sell, you will always have some spares on hand. Nothing like running out of a white pen when you need it!
Watch our tutorial of us creating some beautiful geode resin art below. In our YouTube video, we use the Sharpie paint pens to draw our lines on at the end. See if you like how it looks!
These paint pens are a favorite among many geode artists. These opaque felt tip markers can write on resin very easily and this particular set comes with some beautiful metallics. The full color pigment ink in these paint pens is non-toxic, lightfast and waterproof. And is excellent for vibrant linework in your geode resin art. If you are looking for a paint marker with bright and bold colors, you will love this set! Especially the gold and silver colors.
This set is water-based so be sure to do a test before adding resin over the top of these paint pens to make sure that the resin you are using won't cause them to run. But for finishing work as the last step, they write on nice and smooth.
This is our top pick for metallic markers. This 3 pack of paint markers gives you three colors. Gold, silver, and copper. The gold looks amazing on dark surfaces and when we drew lines onto a cobalt blue piece, it was stunning! If you can only choose one paint pen set out of this list, we highly recommend this set. I personally use the gold paint pen the most. It's one of the best gold paint pens that I've tried. We had a chance to review the gold leafing pen and we have a full blog post and review right here.
Another great set for fine lines and detailed work for your geodes. This is an oil-based set that comes in 15 different colors. The white color is the one we use the most from this set to paint on the geode lines. If you want a quick tutorial on how to prime paint pens properly, we have a guide here on the water based markers (same process for these oils). We had a chance to really put this set through some testing and love the results. These paint markers have nice bright bold colors and for the price are a great buy.
A great find from Germany! These metallic paint pens are of premium quality and will cover resin completely. They have a flowmaster pump system so you can refill them! Their formula will dry very quickly so if you need to layer your lines, no problem. You can use these paint pens on light and dark surfaces.
Just make sure you are ordering the right size because the metallics come in 2mm and 4mm sizes.
So those are our top 5 paint markers and paint pen sets. We love using paint pens, there are so many possibilities and we invite you guys to keep checking back here for more project ideas. We are constantly filming and producing videos for our readers. If there is a certain tutorial you would like to see here, let us know in the comments below.
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