Making Art With Sharpies

March 9, 2012

Making Art With SharpiesCould you use Sharpies to make murals on furniture or walls? How would you seal it so it would hold up to washing? I was wondering if you could use Sharpies to paint on a child's size table. I would need to be able to seal it with some kind of clear coat so it could be washed as needed. (Like tole painting with Sharpies)


By Tammie


March 12, 20120 found this helpful

I recently saw a post in a blog (somewhere), whereby the Blogger had created "Birch trees" in her hallway simply using black Sharpies. It took her a total of 6 Sharpies in thick and fine point. It was all free-hand.
The blog I saw, had done a copy of another Bloggers' hallway.

So I betcha' you'll find it in a Google search or check U-Tube. Great ideas there too. Just google Sharpie Birch trees or hallway birch trees (that sort of thing)

Sharpies are "perma" so I shouldn't think you'd need to seal it. BUT- should you want to, why not just use a clear varethane or some such paint.
If your nervous to free hand...light pencil it first - whatever your artwork choice is.

The best thing is to paint it all away with a good quality primer coat.

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March 12, 20120 found this helpful

Large areas of color will be streaky with regular Sharpies. I your design has that, use Sharpie PAINT markers. If you don't have your Sharpies yet, you might consider doing the whole thing with the paint ones. I know you can buy them at Michael's.


As far as sealing your work, I recommend it in case you use a cleaner that will harm it. Use a polyurethane or varnish spray and give it a couple of coats. Hope that works for you.

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On a recent shopping trip to Ikea with my daughter and her children we saw these beautiful black and white graphic pillows on sale for $5. The kids wanted to get one each to decorate with markers. I got one too, to share in the fun.

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