This month’s focus on metallic markers had us rounding up some of our favorites!
Here’s a closer look at some of our go-to metallic picks:
An impressive metallic marker that we fell in love with instantly. This oil-based copper paint pen makes smooth and shiny marks that look just like a melted penny! These markers can be used on multiple surfaces and give any craft a real WOW factor.
When asked what our recommendation is for autographs or other markings on black/dark fabrics, our best pick is the Zig Fabricolor Fine Tip marker in silver. Its super light ink appears almost white but gives a brighter, slightly shiny appearance that really stands out. The Zig Fabricolor Fine Tip gold marker is a deep, almost bronze-like gold, with bright gold specks blended in that looks beautiful on all types of fabrics!
With their soft and flexible brush tip, the Fudebiyori (Foo-dee-bee-your-ee) markers work very well for lettering as well as making other designs, borders, and more. The ink flows super smoothly from the tip, and brings incredible metallic colors to light or dark papers.
Glitter can be added to SO many things, making them stand out with a sparkle. The amount of glitter that these pens lay down along with their color is pretty amazing! They are available in a variety of different colors, and can be used alone or over the top of other colored areas. Plus, this pen is easily controllable with a squeezable barrel and real bristle-type brush.
A special type of Gelly Roll, the “Shadow” roller ball gel pens have the unique feature of writing with a color that quickly turns into a metallic color (gold or silver) and leaves just a hint of the other color on the edges for a fun effect as you write!
Have a look at these great markers and more at www.markersupply.com!
We’ve seen how chalk marker art can be great at parties and special events (with our last blog featuring LA Sign Design), and you’ve likely seen chalk markers used on windows/displays/menus at stores and restaurants (stay tuned for our next blog featuring another great chalk artist!), but there is also PLENTY to be done with chalk paint & markers at home!
You don’t always have to go BIG with the chalkboard theme in your house by covering an entire wall or door. (We’ve even seen refrigerators turned chalkboard!) Try just transforming a piece of furniture & other smaller household surfaces with chalkboard paint, like the Brush-On or Spray-On paints from Krylon!
Chalk desks are an awesome way to cut down on paper notes, to-do lists, etc. (and you are less likely to lose important info if it’s written right on the desktop!) They are also a fun addition to a kid’s playroom! (Water-based chalk markers are safe for kids to use!) Using chalk markers instead of regular chalk keeps these projects free of dust and smudging!
One of our new products from Krylon also pairs very well with chalk markers. “Chalky Finish” paints are like chalk markers in a spray paint form- great for doing larger pieces that would be tough to do with just a marker tip. Also, since it’s a spray paint, it allows a nice, even coverage of color on curves, edges, and all those tricky little places.
CHALKBOARD PICTURE FRAMES
Grab some inexpensive photo frames at yard sales, thrift stores, etc. and paint the glass with chalkboard paint. (Or you can also use Strathmore’s Black Chalk Paper– an item we love from our sister company Paper & Ink Arts.)
Any frame can quickly become a fun way for displaying your own artwork and quotes, and makes a fun gift idea too!
Make some signs for different areas of your house, or just use them as a canvas for some chalkboard style wall art!
The Pebeo Porcelaine Chalkboard Paint is specially made for use on dishes and other heat-stable bases such as glass, ceramic, porcelain, etc. Once baked on, it is dishwasher safe! Create a re-writable chalkboard surface to give your dishes some unique designs and keep track of multiple drink containers that would otherwise look alike!
Whether permanent or temporary, labels are a handy way to remember what’s what! Chalkboard labels have a great look in whatever area they are used in! Try the Marvy Easy Chalkboard Marker to turn things like paper, wood, cardboard, or terra cotta pots into a smooth black chalkboard surface! (This marker is also great for making chalkboard-style cards & gift tags!)
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Marker Supply has encountered a variety of amazing artists over the years! We’re very happy and thankful to have so many loyal customers that love creating art with our markers.
To help highlight the works of these talented folks and the drawing tools they use, we are excited to have a series of Featured Artists here in the Marker Supply Blog!
Artist: Samantha @ My Perk Me Up Cup
Project: Painted glass & dishware
Products: Pebeo Porcelaine 150 and Vitrea 160 Markers
One of our favorite Pebeo-painting mug artists is Samantha at My Perk Me Up Cup. She creates custom mugs with a LARGE variety of free-hand designs including characters, colors, and clever couples’ sets! Her work is a great example that whether your pieces are simple or elaborate, done as a business or a hobby, they will stand out either way as being special & unique works of art!
Samantha has been awesome enough to share with us some insight into her craft- about the markers she uses, as well as some tips and techniques:
What made you decide to get started with this mug-making hobby?
I saw a dragonfly mug on a TV show that I was watching, and fell in love with it, but could not find one like it anywhere. After searching everywhere for it, I found that it was a prop from a different TV show and they are not sold anywhere. I really wanted a dragonfly mug after all of my searching, but couldn’t find anything that I liked. So I thought to myself, maybe I could make one. And it took off from there.
You’ve got such a variety of designs! Do you have any favorites? Which have been the trickiest to paint?
I have enjoyed making each mug so far! They have mostly been special requests, but I would have to say I love the dragonfly ones the best.
I would have to say the watercolor horse mug that was requested was the trickiest to paint.
How do you prepare your mug surfaces before painting?
I wash the mug with soap and water first and then wipe the mug with a paper towel and alcohol to ensure a clean workspace.
Which markers are your go-to choices for mug decorating?
I really like using Pebeo 150 ceramic paint markers. I find myself using the black fine tip marker most frequently. The fine tip markers are great for detail and writing names or phrases on the mugs. If I am painting a larger area I prefer to use the medium tip. I have used both [the Pebeo Porcelaine 150 and Pebeo Vitrea 160] and found that they both worked fairly well on glass. I have just noticed that you may have to go over your work once or twice with the 160 markers to make the colors pop.
You’ve also used Sharpie Oil-based paint markers for decorating.. How would you compare them to the Pebeo pens?
The Sharpie Oil-based paint markers are slightly easier to work with, but if you want to microwave or put your work in the dishwasher, some of the colors do not hold up. The black Sharpie’s paint started to crack after going through the microwave.
Do you use any other tools to create special effects?
To get the water color effect I dipped a cotton ball into alcohol, then I pressed the Pebeo marker down until it released a small amount of paint. I dabbed it where I wanted the color, and also blew through a straw lightly as I dabbed the paint on the mug to spread the paint out.
If you make any mistakes while painting your designs, how do you erase and redo those spots?
Pebeo paints are so forgiving if you make a mistake. All I do is dip a Q-tip in alcohol and clean up the area. I have a two-year-old who climbs on me while I am working half of the time, so I had to learn this quickly.
About how long does it take you to finish decorating a mug?
The amount of time it takes to finish a mug depends on the design I’m doing. Some mugs have only taken me about 5 minutes to do, and others have taken me an hour or two. You have to let the mug dry 24 hours before baking, and then follow the baking instructions. You may need to adjust your baking time or temperature slightly, some appliances can vary.
Have you had any issues with the finished artwork coming off when the mug is used/washed?
I have not had any issues at all with the Pebeo paint coming off when used, microwaved, or washed. The main issues that I have had was the black Sharpie paint chipping, and the gold fading after going through the dishwasher and microwave. I made a test mug with all of the colors of the Pebeo, Sharpie, and Painted by Me brands to test how the colors held up through various types of washing and going through the microwave. Through doing this I found out that you should not use dish soap with bleach because it will clean your work off of your mug.
Any other tips or tricks you have learned from your experience with dish painting?
I enjoyed trying different surfaces to paint on. Definitely buy a few mugs and practice. I keep a paper towel handy when I am using the fine tip Pebeo markers, if they start to flow a bit too slow I just press down on the paper towel a few times to get the paint flowing again.
Thanks for sharing your work and your knowledge with us, Samantha! 🙂
Do-it-yourself dish art is such a fun trend in the world of arts & crafts. Just take a plain ‘ol mug, plate, etc. and give it a unique design- great for personalizing your own items, or a wonderful gift idea!
Marker Supply always recommends using Pebeo Porcelaine 150 markers and paints for your dish designing. After being baked on in a regular kitchen oven, your artwork will be permanent- even through washing!
With the holidays approaching fast, we’ve begun putting together a few lists of marker projects for holiday decorating! Whether you are entertaining guests for dinner, needing fun projects for the kids, or just wanting to make your house or office a bit more festive- keep your eye on the Marker Supply blog! We’ll be highlighting products from several different brands, and a few ways you can use them this holiday season!
Our holiday decorating series continues with new ideas from our Pebeo products!!
Imported from France, our Pebeo line has some special products that work great for holiday décor!
The greatest feature about Pebeo paints is that when used on surfaces that can be baked in an oven, the painted marks will become permanent after baking- so items like dishes can be washed and your artwork will stay put!
(Click here to see our blog about comparing different markers on painted dishes and what happens to each after washing..)
Remember to be patient with your Pebeo projects.. If you are new to glass/porcelain painting, it can seem a bit tricky at first. Have some “practice” surfaces if possible to try out your ideas on! Thrift stores and dollar stores carry lots of pieces you can get for cheap! Try different paint brushes/applying techniques as you learn how the paint works on these smooth, glossy surfaces. And keep in mind that you don’t need to have a crazy, elaborate design for every piece. Even simple markings- lines, dots, etc.- can have a beautiful look to them!
The various forms of Pebeo paint- markers, bottled paint, and outliner tubes!
Each available in a variety of colors!
A few tips as you begin:
-Clean your pieces thoroughly before painting. Use soapy water or rubbing alcohol to fully clean and degrease, and then let fully dry, giving you the best surface to paint on.
-If you get these paints in a spot they aren’t supposed to be (marks outside of your design or paint dripped onto your table, etc.) you can clean them up with a little bit of rubbing alcohol. Try to catch them before the paint has dried for too long! Use tape or stencils to help mask off areas on your dish that you don’t want paint to go.
-For dish art: Pebeo paints are non-toxic, but aren’t recommended for use on the parts of dishes that come in direct contact with food. So make sure to keep your artwork on the outside, handles, edges, etc. that won’t be touching your food or drinks.
-During the colder months of the year, be careful when transporting or storing your Pebeo markers. Letting them freeze can damage them quickly. Don’t leave them in a car when it’s super cold, and make sure a package doesn’t get delivered then sit outside for too long if it has Pebeo markers in it.
Simple directions for baking painted pieces:
(For ornamental items that won’t be washed, handled a lot, etc., you won’t need to use the baking method. The marks will remain on your item after just air drying.)
-After painting your design on a clean, dry surface, let the paint dry completely (around 24 hours).
-Make sure your entire piece can withstand hot temperatures. (Remove all stickers, tags, ornament strings, etc.)
-Place item in a cold oven so it can heat up gradually. Sudden drastic temperature changes could damage the item. Heat to 350°F and bake for 35 minutes.
-Turn off oven and leave your item inside until the oven cools down. Removing the item while hot could cause the heated paint to smudge.
-Your painted design is now sealed on and should be washable, even in the dishwasher! To ensure it lasts even longer, you can wash your pieces by hand using mild soap, and avoid abrasive scrubbing pads.
*Chalkboard name tags for drink glasses
Getting ready for a gathering of family & friends? To avoid getting people’s drink glasses mixed up with everyone else’s, try these fun ways of marking your holiday cups!
Paint a spot on your glasses with Pebeo Chalkboard Paint. Bake them to heat set the paint. Then each time you use a glass, mark who it belongs to with chalk or a removable chalkboard marker like the Marvy Bistro Chalk Markers! The chalkboard paint section will stay on when you wash it, and only the name will wash off- leaving it ready to be labeled again for its next user!
*Making custom mugs
‘Tis the season to be enjoying hot beverages! Why not design your own mug? Custom coffee cups make great gifts for people too! Grab a plain mug and let it be a blank canvas for any kind of design you can think of.
Draw or letter your own design!
The Porcelaine 150 outliners work well for embellishing fine details! These marks will also add a raised effect.
Let the kids scribble a special gift for someone!
Lots of kids just LOVE to color! Let them try something different than a piece of paper- how about making a mug! Pebeo markers are water-based, non-toxic, and do not contain harmful chemicals like Xylene- making them safer for kids to use (with supervision, of course!). Have them enjoy creating a fun keepsake piece for you, or a treasured gift for family members!
PAINTED CANDLE JARS
Candles are very popular over the holidays, and during the winter season in general. Give your candles a special, colorful glow by custom painting jars for them! Grab some empty glass mason jars, widemouth cups, vases, etc. and paint with the Vitrea 160 markers.
You might need to make several layers of paint to get the color to look bolder.
Wait until the first layer dries before doing another, or the paint could smudge away.
You can also “pump” the valve-action tip of these markers several times on a surface to be used as a palette- pooling a bit of the paint so it can be applied with a paint brush or other tools!
Making your own ornaments and decorations can be a fun craft for the whole family! With glass & porcelain ornaments being popular (and easy to find at craft stores!), the Pebeo paints and markers come in handy for coloring these too!
Our Certified Zentangle Teacher, Jamie, showed us how to transfer some Zentangle designs done on paper with the Sakura Micron pens, onto a porcelain ornament using the Pebeo markers. The fine line of the Microns was a little hard to mimic with the Pebeo markers, but the results still looked great! Using the “Ahh” and “Hollibaugh” patterns, (which sounded the most in-season!) she created this beautiful Zentangle-style ornament:
See our previous blog for holiday decorating projects featuring Marvy Uchida products!
Stay tuned for one more blog in the Holiday Decorating Series, coming up soon!!
Have any holiday marker crafts that you / your friends & family like to do? We love seeing what creative ideas you guys come up with! Post/tag us on our social media pages or email us!
Making a personalized mug, bowl, plate, etc. for someone (or for yourself!) using markers is a fun craft that creates a special, unique piece and can be a great gift! Here are some tips to ensure your artwork lasts..
A common mistake people make when creating artwork on dishes that will be used and washed is using the incorrect type of marker. Permanent ink markers like Sharpies are PERMANENT, right? On some surfaces, yes- but on things like glossy dishes, that get washed over and over, an ink marker’s marks can begin to fade quickly. It’s very important that you use markers that are designed for the surface you are decorating on.
DECORATING YOUR DISH…
-Make sure your dish is clean and dry before starting to paint.
-Using tape or stencils is a good way to keep the paint only where you want it to be. Sketching out your ideas and designs on paper first can be helpful! Even better is having an extra “practice piece” dish to try painting on first. Thrift stores are great places to pick up not only cheap practice dishes, but some good AND inexpensive dishes for your actual project!
-The paint can start to dry very quickly so keep some Q-tips nearby for doing little touch ups if you make a mistake as you are drawing.
-Markers give you great control for drawing details, or if you are using paint- get creative with what you use to apply it- different size/shape brushes, sponges, splatters, stamps, droppers, etc.
-Cheaper mugs sometimes can work the best because the glaze isn’t as expensive and while baking, the ink design will melt more easily into it and last longer.
-Many marker inks including Pebeo paints, even while being non-toxic, recommend that you don’t paint on the parts of your dishes that come in direct contact with food. If you are doing a design on the inside of a plate or bowl, use that dish for decoration only, or to serve wrapped food like candy or cupcakes.
-For decorating Glass, try the Pebeo Vitrea 160 markers! They give glass dishes great glossy or frosted effects!
-Try using the Pebeo Chalkboard Paint to create a chalkboard-like surface that you can re-decorate on again and again!
BAKING IN THE OVEN…
The process of baking your decorated item will seal on the artwork, making it dishwasher and microwave safe! (IF you use paint suitable for dish decorating!) After painting on your design, let it dry for 24 hours (and make sure all stickers on the bottom are removed!) and then put the dish in a cool oven, heat to 300° and bake for 35 minutes, then let it cool back down while still in the oven. (Doing it this way will avoid sudden temperature changes that can damage certain dishes.)
It’s never a bad idea to stick with handwashing your custom painted dishes, but lots of dishes these days tend to find themselves being put through a dishwasher. Here are a few mugs we made using several types of markers. We baked them all in the oven to set the ink. …And then this is what happened to them after being put through the dishwasher just one time…
So the winner by far is the mug decorated using Pebeo Porcelaine 150 markers! Have a look at the color selection with these paints and markers and find the right one for your project! Happy decorating!
Have you made a personalized dish with marker art? Let us know which markers you used and how well the project worked for you!
Recently at the Marker Supply office, we turned one of our walls into a chalkboard using Krylon’s Brush-on Chalkboard Paint. Take a look at the process and see how fun and easy this can be to do yourself!
(Don’t have a whole wall to make a chalkboard? These steps can be followed for a variety of surfaces- tabletops, boards/mirrors for signs, shelves, flower pots, mailboxes, etc. And for even smaller crafts, Pebeo Chalkboard Paint is great for making chalkboards on mugs, photo frames, and more!)
First, we taped off the edges of our wall to keep the paint in its place. Laying towels or garbage bags on the carpet below to catch drips is also a great idea! Have a window open or a fan blowing to help with ventilation. Make sure your surface is clean and smooth, and primed. Applying a primer to the surface to be painted will seal it, making the surface less porous and much better for becoming a chalkboard! Make sure your primer has dried for at least 4-6 hours before painting over.
Then, using a roller or brush, apply the first coat of paint to the wall. Let it dry for a few minutes and then give it a second coat. Brush-on paint should be dry to the touch within 20-60 minutes, but may take 24 hours to dry completely. If you use spray-on paint for your project, the drying time will be shorter. At least 2 coats are needed to make an effective chalkboard. Some surfaces do the best with a 3rd coat of paint, to be applied after the 2nd coat is completely dry. Krylon Chalkboard paint can be cleaned off of your hands and painting tools with warm, soapy water.
When the painted wall is good and dry, time to “chalk it up”! Take a piece of chalk and color sideways with the broad edge over the surface of the board, and then smear the marks around. This is called “seasoning”, a process that will fill in any pores of the wall, sealing them and allowing the markers to be applied on and cleaned off more effectively. It will also help prevent “ghosting” of marker ink. Wipe the chalk off with a damp cloth and let dry.
Now your new chalkboard surface is ready to use! Have fun! When you are ready to change your artwork, chalk and some markers can be removed using only a soft cloth & water, but other markers will need cleaner to get them off. Try our Scrubs do-it-ALL wipes, and use the Zig Chalkboard Cleaner Marker to remove dust and any stubborn leftover marks!
KEEP IN MIND:
*Be careful using certain markers, such as metallics, on painted chalkboards- the contents in the ink may cause the marks to “ghost” onto the wall and be hard to remove. A tip with using metallic chalk markers is to first apply a “base” with a white paint marker and the write over it with the metallic one. This will help keep the metallic ink from reacting as strongly to the chalkboard surface. When using a new marker, try it on a small test area first. If it stains, that spot will need another coat of chalkboard paint.
*When cleaning your board, use DAMP cloths- avoid anything soaked with too much water or cleaner. Really wet cleaning methods can damage the painted surface.
*After painting or cleaning, remember to let the board dry before marking with chalk or markers. The surface is softer when wet, which could cause the marks to soak in and become permanent.
Doing a small craft like a mug? Follow a similar process with Pebeo Chalkboard Paint!
1. Make sure your surface is clean and smooth. If not painting the entire item, have your design thought out- using stencils can be a helpful way to make sure everything will fit and look the way you want. Stencils or painters tape will make it easy to apply the paint only where it needs to be!
2. Using a paint brush, foam brush, or mini roller- apply a coat of the paint. Let it dry a little and paint on another coat.
(If you are making a mug or other porcelain project, try our Pebeo Porcelaine Markers and Paints to add extra designs or words around your chalkboard section!)
3. If doing a mug or other dishes that you intend to use and wash, let the item dry completely (about 24 hours) then bake the painted item at 350° for 35 minutes. This will make your chalkboard surface dishwasher and microwave safe!
4. If you’ve baked your dish, let cool completely. Take a piece of chalk and rub it all over the painted surface in order to seal the pores of the paint and make the chalkboard more effective to draw on and to clean. Wipe the chalk off with a damp cloth and then you are ready to go!
Since chalkboards aren’t just for chalk anymore, check out some of our markers that work great on chalkboard surfaces!
–Zig Posterman, Wet Wipe, and Illumigraph Markers
–Zig Woodcraft Markers
With the Krylon Chalkboard Paint for walls & signs, Pebeo Porcelaine Chalkboard Paint for smaller crafts, a variety of markers for use on chalkboard surfaces, and even special wipes to clean your boards, Marker Supply has all you need to enjoy doing a project like this yourself!