Sharpie Paint Pens

Sharpie paint pens come in different colors, tips and types of ink.  Paint pens are versatile and can be used for art projects, crafts, autographing and more.  Read on to learn more about different types of paint markers.  Chances are, you’ll probably find them useful for more than one project.

Water-Based Paint Markers

Sharpie paint pens come in water-based ink and oil-based ink.  If you plan to use them with kids or paper projects such as scrapbooking, posters, signs or other heavy weight paper, then water-based paint markers are what you will want.

Sharpie water-based paint markers are archival quality, acid free and opaque.  Its opacity means you can use them on dark papers and the marker color will remain true.  These water-based paint pens are available in many colors as well as fine and medium points, paint glitter, metallic and pastel colors.

These markers are also AP Certified which means they are “Approved Products” according to the ACMI (The Art and Creative Materials Institute, Inc), an international association of art, craft, and creative material manufacturers.  Products that are AP Certified have been evaluated by a qualified toxicologist and deemed non-toxic and safe for children.

Oil-Based Paint Markers

Permanent oil-based paint markers can be used on virtually any surface.  You can use them on metal, pottery, rubber, glass, wood, plastic, stone, and more.  Whether you’re an artist, crafter, parent or student,  you’ll find these markers versatile and easy to use.

These oil-based paint pens are available in 15 different colors.  You’ll find these colors to be rich and true whether you are using them on light or dark surfaces.  They are also AP Certified and xylene free.

These markers are resistant to water, fading and abrasion.  They are also quick-drying.  However, user reviews often advise waiting 24 hours to let the ink set.

Oil-based Sharpie paint markers are available in the fine, medium and bold tips.  the following colors are available in the tip size listed:

fine point

  • aqua
  • black
  • blue
  • brown
  • green
  • lime green
  • orange
  • pink
  • purple
  • red
  • white
  • yellow
  • silver
  • metallic gold

medium point

  • aqua
  • black
  • blue
  • brown
  • green
  • lime green
  • magenta
  • orange
  • pink
  • purple
  • red
  • white
  • yellow
  • silver
  • metallic gold

bold tip

  • black
  • blue
  • red
  • white
  • yellow

Everyday Uses for Sharpie Paint Pens

Paint pens are excellent for labeling everyday, household items.  Children’s clothing, backpacks, and hats are things that are commonly labeled.  Kids also love to personalize shoes with paint markers.

Paint pens are also great for touching up everyday items.  Since oil-based paint markers can be used on virtually any surface, you can use them to touch up scratched furniture or even cars.  Consider using more than one coat,  or spraying with a sealer for even greater longevity and endurance.

Sharpie paint pens are also great to have if you plan on going to a book signing or a ball game where you might be able to get an autograph.  Among fans, it’s commonly known that blue bic pens are great on baseballs, but footballs and basketballs are best autographed with silver or black paint pens.

Artist Tools

Artists can often be picky when it comes to tools.  Everyone has their own preferences and various brands can differ when it comes to ink flow, weight of the pen, and width of the barrel.  Opinions about performance are often tied to personal preference.

Therefore, if possible, try out other paint pen brands as well.  Deco Markers, Krink, Krylon (metal leafing pens), Oilbar, Jacquard Tee Juice Markers, Elmers Opaque Acrylic Paint Markers and others may work out better for you depending on the project.

With that said, there does seem to be a cult following for Sharpie markers among artists.  From street art to fine art, Sharpie markers have found their way into a mural inside a New York hotel, art in museums, kids’ sneakers and public space art.