I hate to admit that I’ve never before used paint markers- must be something to do with the fact that I was never in a sorority! However, my world has opened up to paint markers, and I’m glad.
Elmer’s Painters, in particular, are opaque colors in a convenient marker form. To get them started, you need to shake the pen, then depress the felt marker tip until it recedes back into the tube. The paint will begin to flow through the tip, and then you’re ready to go!
I decided to start off trying it on plastic- my good friend told me that back in the day, she and her sorority sisters used paint markers to write their Greek letters on everything, including plastic tumblers. I couldn’t imagine that acrylic paint could stick to such a smooth surface, but I was wrong! I added some silly decoration to a retainer case, and it adhered well. Once it was dry, I could scratch it with a fingernail, so it might need a sealer coat to make it permanent.
For the next project, I decided to try it on glass and glazed ceramic. I love the idea of being able to decorate mugs or votives for the holidays and seasons. Again, I was surprised how well the paint glided on the surface and it’s nice opacity. Here’s how it the Elmer’s Painters performed on glass:
One note about the mug, though: I did run it through the dishwasher about a week later, and all of the paint came right off. The upside of this is that you could have guests decorate wine glasses or mugs for a party, and then wash them clean for the next one!
I also thought to try them out on some metal bits (this one is from an old vegetable steamer I’m going to use in some altered art- again, it covered well. There were a few places where it got a little streaky, and I found that it was better to wait until the piece was completely dry before adding a second coat. If the paint is damp, it will lift off when then marker tip runs over it again.
I also gave the markers to my littlest one (she’s 5) and let her decorate some craft sticks with the markers. Sadly, I didn’t get pictures of her creations, but she used them just the way she uses kid-type markers. I think the colors dulled a little on the raw wood, but I have a feeling if you primed the wood (or paper mache) first, the colors would really pop! I can also see my elementary-school-age son using these for school projects.
So, I really enjoyed the markers and feel like they’d be a great addition to your crafting tool box. I played with the primary and neon colors, but I’d love to see how the Pearlescent and Metal Leafing colors perform!
Some fast facts from the manufacturer:
- Opaque acrylic paint markers.
- Ideal for use on wood, plastic, clay, glass, metal, foam board, fabric, and terra cotta.
- Permanent & streak free.
- Non-toxic and acid free.
- Available in Ultra Fine, Fine, and Medium point.
- Available in sets and open stock.
- Sets retail for $10-11.50 (ish)
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