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A paint marker is a type of marker pen that is used to create permanent writing on a variety of surfaces such as paper, metal, stone, rubber, plastic, and glass.

Paint pens are used for a variety of purposes. Their most general usage is on windows, and they are often used to advertise sales or discounts meant to bring prospective buyers in. Restaurants often hire a professional artist to "paint" with the markers on their windows. Another popular use is for tire lettering, where auto enthusiasts use the markers to customize the look of their tires.

Paint makers to create art

Paint Markers have gained more general usage in the arts and crafts community for a variety of uses. These uses include sign design, on photographs in scrap booking, on clothing, glass home goods, as well as traditional art and street art. When deciding what to use paint markers for, an artist should also consider this list of qualities of different paint marker brands: removability, odor, pigmentation, and drying time

You can find a verity of paint markers including paint markers, art markers, white fabric markers, acrylic paint, oil-based markers, and acrylic markers.

Office Corporate supplies a wide range of paint markers with different brands. Any school supplies or office stationery and office supplies you are looking for you can find them here. We even give you reward points after every order you place. We try to be your first stop destination and provide you with the best quality stationery supplies and school supplies. One of the best brands for paint markers is Posca pens.

Discover your inner artist with Paint Markers

Painting with regular acrylic paints can be a headache – it can be messy, expensive, and time consuming to set up and pack up. An alternative that you might want to consider is paint markers. Paint markers have many benefits and use. But what exactly can you use them for, and which brands and styles are the best? Keep reading to find out!

Benefits of using paint markers

  • First and foremost, paint marker pens can be used on basically anything! They can be used on a variety of surfaces (rough, smooth, white, dark etc) and materials (fabric, glass, paper, wood, metal, leather, pottery, plastic etc), so the possibilities are endless. Try decorating t-shirts, backpacks, canvas shoes, mugs and pencil cases to add a personal touch. Rock painting is a popular activity with paint markers – kids love it, and they can make fun paperweight gifts or decorations for their bedrooms.
  • Many paint markers are non-toxic and water-based, meaning that they’re very safe for all ages. They provide a permanent paint solution while still being easy to wash off skin with warm soapy water. Just make sure that you wear a paint smock or apron when using paint markers – once the paint is dry it won’t come off clothes. Also, check whether the pen you buy has paint that is dishwasher safe. Many are, but you won’t want to risk the paint fading.
  • Paint markers are permanent on most surfaces. Porous surfaces work especially well with paint markers (wood, stone, brick, paper and fabric) and you can be assured that your artwork will last. Glossy surfaces (glass, metal, porcelain, mirror etc) are a little trickier – the paint will be permanent, but can be susceptible to cracking and chipping, especially when exposed to the weather. A trick to help with this is putting your ceramic/porcelain/glass object in the oven to “set” the paint. Just make sure that your item is oven-proof! Another option is varnish spray to seal the paint.
  • One of the main pros that paint pens have overpainting with a brush is that they tend to be less messy and finicky. You don’t need to clean brushes or wash palettes and plates. It’s as simple as putting the lid back on the pen when you’re done. This also reduces the waste from traditional painting, where leftover paint can dry or get washed down the sink. 
  • You (generally) have better control over a pen than a paintbrush with paint. This can lead to neater lines and a more finished look.
  • Paint markers are good value for money; they use highly pigmented paint, have durable fiber nibs and are made with a spring-like system that controls the quantity of paint that comes out of the pen. A well-made nib will give you a steady flow with a clean action.

Paint Marker Techniques

There are many ways to use paint markers – the only limit is your imagination! A good paint pen can produce many brilliant effects. Some of these include:

  • Blending: Even though paint markers dry quickly on most surfaces, acrylic paint markers can still be blended to make new colours, quite like the traditional paint counterpart.  This, however, does need to be done while the paint is still wet. Blending means that you can mix and make a large range of colours that exceeds the colours that you have in your pack of pens initially. This also saves you purchasing colours that you don’t need.
  • Layering: As simple as it sounds, this just means putting one colour on top of a different colour. This is achieved when the paint is dry – if the paint is still wet the colours risk blending. Layering works especially well with paint markers because they dry super-fast on most surfaces. If you buy a good-quality pen, you will generally only need one layer of the same colour (the paint is completely opaque, giving a good amount of coverage). Some dark surfaces, however, might need an extra coat, or alternatively, you can paint a white undercoat before painting the colours. This often means that the coloured layers are brighter and more vibrant with a brilliant finish. If you don’t want to waste all the paint in your white marker pen, try doing an undercoat in regular white paint and then using the coloured markers over the top.
  • Outlines: Paint markers work well when you need to make outlines and borders. You will need to invest in a fine nib marker for this; the size will depend on the overall size of your design. Some finer paint markers, however, don’t create a super straight line. Consider trying permanent markers, fine liner pens, or glass markers if your paint markers aren’t created a fine-enough outline or border for your work.

Recommended products

  • Artline 400 Permanent Paint Marker - Perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. The paint dries quickly and is the weather, water and fade resistant. The paint also comes out completely opaque even on dark or translucent surfaces.
  •  Sharpie Paint Marker Xtra Fine – Ideal for fine outlines and borders on your artwork. Works on opaque, glossy, light and dark surfaces. Keep in mind that this product is oil-based, not water based.
  • Uni-ball PX-20 Paint Marker – This product creates vibrant colours and boasts a waterproof finish on all surfaces. It’s oil-based, permanent and opaque, which makes them perfect for industrial environments or any heavy-use projects. Heat and resistant proof with a glossy finish.
  • Uni Posca Paint Marker Chisel Tip - The wide chisel tip of this marker is ideal for drawing curves and covering wide areas in a short space of time. It has an 8mm chisel tip that helps you trace “clear curves with a graphic calligraphy effect”. This pen is also available in a wide selection of colours.
  • Pilot Pintor Paint Marker – This product is water-based and dries super-fast. However, it is also easily removable with water or rubbing alcohol on non-porous materials, which is extremely handy.
  • Osmer Paint Marker Fine Tip – Perfect if you need fine tip paint for more delicate work. Can even write on bitumen and concrete.

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