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Does Sharpie Work over Acrylic Paint?

does sharpie work over acrylic paint

People are always looking for new and creative ways to make their acrylic paintings pop. Markers and pens are great tools to keep in your arsenal for making your paintings look unique. A popular marker brand is Sharpie which can lead to this question.

Does Sharpie work over acrylic paint? The answer to this question is most definitely yes! Many people over at this art forum have stated that Sharpie is great for outlining your pictures before painting them.

Outlining your painting in Sharpie can help the rest of the colors in your painting pop and stand out. Here are some Sharpies that will do the job. Remember, when using black permanent markers, the ink is only permanent after it has completely dried. If you plan on outlining your art before painting, make sure you have given the ink enough time to dry.

If you do no let the marker completely dry, you may risk the ink bleeding or smearing into you paint. Sharpie usually dries in a few seconds, but in that time, you can treat the ink like paint if you smudge or wet it to create various effects.

What Is the Best Black Permanent Marker to Use over Acrylic Paint?

As we all know, Sharpie is one of the most popular brands of permanent markers on the market. They have a wide variety of types and colors of permanent markers which can satisfy almost everyone’s taste.

When choosing the best black permanent marker for your painting, you first need to ask yourself if you want to use a thick or thin marker. I like to use fine point tip Sharpies when I really want to add noticeable details within my paintings.

Fine point markers really excel when it comes to adding intricate details to your paintings. Some examples of when you would use this are when you are drawing eyes, tree branches, and anything else that is very small and detailed. Sometimes that extra outline in marker can give your painting that extra oomph that it was missing.

Using a regular sized Sharpie would be preferable when outlining your entire painting before painting, and is what I would recommend. This size of marker excels at outlining larger pieces of your artwork.

If you have never tried using Sharpie on your paintings, then you may be missing out. Permanent markers are great tools that everyone should add to their bag of tricks. If you take the time to use them when they are applicable, you may be surprised at how good your paintings look when you are done.

How Do You Remove Sharpie from Acrylic Paint?

So you’ve probably made a mistake or didn’t like the way your painting turned out after using Sharpie, and are wondering how to fix it. It’s okay, it happens to the best of us. Luckily, there are a few things you can try to fix your painting instead of totally scrapping it.

Paint Over It

This is probably the easiest method to correct your painting. Depending on how much marker you need to remove as well as how finished your painting is, painting over it can be the best method. This would probably be the preferred method if your painting is near done.

If you have a painting that is still early in development, then you may benefit from a different method since there is less risk in ruining it.

Nail Polish Remover

Nail polish remover has many uses in the arts and craft world. Removing permanent marker is one of them. I would recommend using nail polish remover if you are in the early stages of your painting so you don’t risk ruining your work.

Place a small amount of nail polish remover on a cotton swab and gently rub it in the areas of the marker. Make sure to take your time and use only the tip of the swab to control the amount of nail polish remover on your painting.

Rubbing the just the tip on the permanent marker should help lift the marker from your painting while keeping the paint intact.

Lysol Disinfectant Spray or Hairspray

Using hairspray or a Lysol spray are both great ways to remove Sharpie from your painting if you don’t have any nail polish remover lying around. Simply spray the area that has the marker you want removed and wait about 30 seconds.

After you have let it sit for some time, grab a damp cloth and wipe away the ink. You may have to repeat this process a few times to fully remove the ink from your painting. Just be cautious when using this method as hairspray or Lysol may react negatively to certain types of paint, and could cause your paint to melt or get gooey. It’s best to test this out on a sample piece before using it on your main piece.

I hope you guys found this info useful. Don’t forget to check out my other articles that answer all your questions for paintings with acrylics.

Happy painting!

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Annick's passion has been painting with acrylics since her youth. She has a lot of experience with all sorts of projects, from simple acrylic painting to advanced techniques like acrylic pouring.

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