Hi and welcome to our Sharpie paint pen review. If you are wondering how to use the Sharpie paint markers, you can come to the right place! We are taking a closer look and review at a set of Sharpie water-based paint markers. We tried these paint markers out on a few projects and would like to share how they performed with you today. This Sharpie paint pen review has a ton of helpful information on how you can use Sharpie paint pens for your art, projects, and more. And we will also show you how to prime a paint pen properly. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the full Sharpie Paint pen review and unboxing video.
Paint markers and paint pens are high pigment markers that write in water-based paint & pigments or oil-based paint. Paint markers and paint pens are popular with artists and crafters because they have a full pigment load that can be applied to many surfaces like rocks, glass, metal, wood, ceramics, canvas and more. That means projects come to life with bold and vibrant colors. Paint pens are the popular choice for scrapbooking, art projects, posters, painted rocks, and signs because they are easy to use and glide on smoothly.
If you love to paint rocks, paint pens are a good choice. You will find yourself using them time and time again. Paint markers and paint pens look especially amazing when they are painted onto dark or black surfaces as you will see in one of the tests we did.
Paint pens and markers require a few steps to get them ready for use. The initial priming will only need to be done once. With the marker facing up, press the tip all the way in and release. Then put the cap back on and shake the paint marker for about 10 seconds. There’s a little ball inside of the marker that mixes everything together. Always mix the paint before using the markers, especially if they have been sitting for a while.
Now the markers are ready to be primed. Sharpie paint markers have a spring-loaded tip so as you press down, the paint will start to make its way down into the tip. On a piece of paper press down, press down, press down. You will start to see the paint coming down into the tip. Keep doing this until the tip is fully saturated with paint.
Be patient because it can take a bit for the paint to start flowing into the tip of the marker. This is an important step so that your paint pens perform as they should. If you hear of paint pens not working properly it may have been that the initial priming wasn't done right. So just make sure the tip is FULLY saturated and you should be good to go.
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Once the tip of the paint pen is fully saturated with color and you can draw lines that don’t break up, it’s fully primed and ready for use.
This paint marker set comes in a fine tip size that's similar to the size that you would get on a regular sharpie marker. Paint pens come in many tip sizes so be sure to check the details before purchasing.
The water-based markers are good to use on paper because they dry very quickly and the pigment is also easily removable on glass. If you are looking for something more permanent, Sharpie also has oil-based markers too and you can check the prices on Amazon. Here's a tip when you are shopping for these paint markers. The water-based markers have a blue band on the bottom and the oils have a pink band.
When we tested the paint pens on regular paper we found that the pigment didn't come through the paper like regular sharpies, just a bit of ghosting showed through. If you are using a thicker paper, they won't show at all. See how they performed in our review on the Archer & Olive dotted grid notebooks on our YouTube channel. The paint marker test starts at 4:51.
These paint markers worked especially great on glass. This is a fun way to make personalized wine glasses for friends and family. Another cute idea would be to use these markers to write on water glasses or cups if you were having a tea party or birthday party. To clean the paint off, use soapy water and a scrubby sponge. These paint markers clean up really easily with an abrasive sponge and not so well using just paper towel.
The colors of these paint markers are really bright and bold on dark surfaces, but be aware that the red looks more pink than red when I tried it on this black foam core but the other colors were pretty much what you would expect.
If you have a large pen and marker collection, it’s very helpful to swatch them out when you purchase a new set. That way you can flip through your swatch book to find the perfect pen for the project you are working on. You can download this template for free. get it here
We hope you found this Sharpie paint marker review helpful. If there’s a product you would like us to check out be sure to let me know in the comments and we’ll do our best to get it in. Till next time, have a beautiful day.
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