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How to Choose Professional Paint Markers for Expert and Novice Artists | Artistro

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There is almost no desk where paint pens or markers are not presentĀ because it's a perfect tool for any artist. Yet, for the most part, it's only artists that genuinely understand the value of professional paint pens because they are the niche tools that they primarily use for any kind of artwork they want to create.


The first paint pen was probably the felt tip marker, and it was created in the 1940s. This marker was mainly used for labeling and artistic details. Then In 1952, Sidney Rosenthal started selling his "Magic Marker," which consisted of a glass bottle that held ink and a wool-felt wick.

The use of paint pens became more popular in 1958, as people used it for lettering, labeling, marking packages, and creating posters.

Highlighters and fine-line markers were first seen in the 1970s. And it was also in that period that Permanent markers became available. It wasn't until the 1990s that Superfine-points and dry erase markers gained popularity.


parts of marker


Markers are quite popular not only amongst art professionals but for beginners and amateurs alike, and that is because they come in a wide array of pigments and are suitable for almost any surfaceĀ including:

  • Fabric
  • Textile
  • Canvas
  • Metal
  • Pottery
  • Treated wood
  • Plastic
  • Stone and rocks
  • Polymer clay
  • Terra-cotta.

Another reason why they are also popular is that paint pens are easy to use and dry quickly.

Their effortless application of color makes markers well-suited to doodling, sketching, and gesture-drawing. Markers can also blend smoothly, making them capable of photorealism and abstraction.

Thankfully, markers have also experienced a considerable spike in interest in the past few years due to the adult coloring trend. Colorists love the wide range of color choices and the convenience of different tip shapes. This demand has triggered an explosion in the number of marker products on the market.


Markers are not only are they perfect for sketching, drawings, and paintings; they also dry quickly and produce vibrant colors that do not fade over time.

Asides the fact that Paint pens come with different tip shapes that are millimeters in size, some even have dual tips that can be used interchangeably to create different details.

Also, the shape of the tip of a marker is fundamental in creating different drawing details on large projects like big canvas or murals.


types of markers


Some of the most commonly used tips are:

  • Fine marker and extra-fine marker tips. Extra Fine marker tips are the smallest, and they are used to create tiny sharp lines on artworks, while fine markers are ideally used to create fewer details on drawings and art pieces.
  • Other tip shapes include bullet tip markers that have a round bullet-like shape and the chisel tip marker, which are used to create thick and sharp highlights. Chisel tip markers are best used in card making and are ideally used to create thick and sharp highlights in calligraphy and other lettering arts.
  • Brush tips draw like a paintbrush and are used to either create thick and sharp highlights in drawings and paintings.

Paint pens are also made out of different pigments to produce a durable finish on any surface they are applied on.

They can also be differentiated based on the pigments and surfaces they work best on. For glossy photographs, pen paints that are bold and thick are used to make subtle sheen details and highlights that are fade resistant.

The best paint pens for fabrics produce a vibrant and textured finish, and they are made out of pigments that can resist feathering. They work best on white and pastel colors and also on thin fabrics like white cotton.

For glass objects and surfaces, water-based paint pens and acrylic pens work best to make an alluring semi-opaque finish that is water-resistant.Ā 

Acrylic paint pens work perfectly on plastic surfaces and light-colored surfaces to produce a shiny mirror-like finish once it dries up. They are also ideal for rock paintings, wood paintings, ceramic, and also glass paintings.

Paint markers are best on nonporous surfaces and are commonly used for street art. They are highly pigmented and can also be used on other surfaces like paper, canvas, and metal. Paint markers were inspired by the spray technique of street art, and their pigments were designed to last long.

Oil-based paint pens, also known as permanent markers, are used to create paintings on stone and metals, and their pigments are much harder to remove from surfaces when compared to water-based paint pens or markers.

With that being said, it is important to know that the pigments in paint pens differ in terms of longevity.

And that is the reason why one of the tests to carry out for markers is lightfastness, which is the ability to resist color fading. Most art pieces made out of dye-based markers will fade over time as light, oxygen, and humidity gradually break the chemical bonds of the molecules that produce the color.Ā 


best paint pens for any surface

If you're planning to make drawings and paintings that you hope to preserveĀ  for decades, you should avoid using:

  • Markers that get their color from dye.
  • Dye-based markers that are more susceptible to fading than pigment markers.

That is why at Artistro, we have collected the best paint marker set that would suit your art and craft needs.Ā 

Our brand offers a huge line of acrylic markers for rock painting, the best seller in this set. For every set of paint pens, we have collected the most popular colors, and these markers are very pigmented so that everyone can realize their creative potential with everything they need at hand.

Not only do they cover the surface from one layer, but they are also fade resistant and do not smudge.

For paintings or art and craftsĀ Artistro has a 5, 12, 15, 30, and 42 sets of acrylic paint pens with an extra-fine tip that would work great for your rock, stone, glass, wood, and ceramic painting.

There is also an oil-based paint pen line that we provide at Artisto.

We have 15 pack oil-based markers with fine tip for your fabric, ceramic, porcelain, glass, wood, and canvas painting.

Kids are not left out, too; we have paint pen kits that they would use for their crafts during the holidays and for assignments. There are also fun colors like glitter, silver, gold, and metallic markers that they can easily apply for their projects.

For markers to be certified as food-safe, they must comply with FDA approval. Our markers have not been sent to FDA for this request.

That is why we do not recommend using our markers in contact with food. This implies that it is not safe to serve food with the glass and ceramic dishes painted with our markers.

Except for this omission, our paint pens are exceptional for everyone, and they offer every buyer the potential to bring out their creative Geniuses.


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