Does A Sharpie Work On Canvas?

Last updated on September 14th, 2022 at 10:50 pm

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Last updated on September 14th, 2022 at 10:50 pm

Sharpie is a brand of writing implements manufactured by Newell Brands, a public company, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Originally designating a single permanent marker, the Sharpie brand has been widely expanded and can now be found on a variety of previously unrelated permanent and non-permanent pens and markers formerly marketed under other brands. 

This article focuses on the legacy Sharpie permanent marker line.

Sharpie markers are made with several tips. The most common and popular is the Fine tip. Other tips include Ultra Fine Point, Extra Fine Point, Brush tip, Chisel tip, and Retractable tip.

The alcohol based Sharpie marker can definitely be used on canvas. However the Sharpie will soak into the canvas and dry pretty quickly. 

First, you will want to lay the canvas down on a paper towel or some other material that will protect your surface. You can then gently mark strokes onto your canvas surface. You will notice that the Sharpie ink soaks into the canvas. At this point you will probably need to take a paper towel and dab it on the ink, so it will dry fast.

You should use the Sharpie with bigger nibs to mark on canvas, because the smaller nibs may clog easily with the fibers from the canvas. When you stroke the marker on canvas, you can also blend it with another color while the first color is still wet. 

You can also get creative by using several more Sharpie colors that you can blend into your artwork. 

The technique of layering up the Sharpie colors could be used to make your art look like embroidery. Make your art unique, bright, and bold with these Sharpie markers on a canvas. 

Besides being beautiful, Sharpie markers on canvas will last a long time.

A Sharpie marker can be used on canvas since it can easily transfer its ink to the canvas. The amount of slowly evaporating alcohol mixed with the ink is tiny, but it is just enough to transfer the ink.

The ink is usually a non toxic dye that can be transferred onto any surface using this alcohol mixture. After it dries, the ink stays in place unless it is removed with a solvent such as mineral spirits, turpentine, alcohol or acetone. 

Solvent could be used for an amazing bleeding or running effect on your canvas after you have finished using the Sharpie. This would add a little drama to your painting or drawing.

You can also use oil based paint pens over Sharpie acrylic pens that have been used on a canvas surface. A Sharpie can also be used to outline the art you have created on canvas.

 Outlining your painting in Sharpie can help the rest of the colors in your painting pop and stand out.

You can even use a Sharpie on a canvas that has been coated with gesso. This is called priming and helps the fabric canvas appear smoother. When the gesso is dry, you can use a Sharpie to sketch out your baselines. 

You will not see any kind of bleeding from this method since Sharpies work well on rough or on smooth surfaces.

If you want to layer watercolors on top of each other and you are adding Sharpie lines, you will need to seal each layer. Use a UV resistant acrylic spray and lightly spray your painting. 

After that, you can go back and layer more watercolors on top with no bleeding. If this paint isn’t sealed with a matte sealer before using a Sharpie, it can start to lift and mix with the next watercolor layer added. 

If you have made correction lines using a Sharpie over the matte sealer, it usually will not bleed. This is all due to the acrylic sealer that has fixed the previous layer, so it stays in place.

Oil paint is another thing that will affect Sharpie lines or drawings, if you are using a solvent to smooth out or thin your paints. This can be solved by using an acid free varnish in between layers. It will not dilute or melt your Sharpie lines or drawings, making it bleed on the canvas. 

Essentially this spray protects the Sharpie ink from bleeding when you are using oil paint solvents. It also seals the Sharpie color onto the canvas, so it becomes more waterproof. 

There are several brands of sealers or varnish that can be used. Some can even be purchased online.

If you draw tracing lines with a Sharpie over the top of acrylic colors, a Sharpie line won’t run since it is waterproof. But when you decide to use paints that can make a Sharpie line turn back into a liquid, you have to be careful, especially when solvents are used that will make Sharpie colors become muddy or runny.

Will Sharpie Stay On Canvas Shoes?

Whether you are bored or artistic, one way to express your style is by doodling on plain canvas shoes. Sharpies are great for this project because they are formulated to adhere to even canvas shoes with little or no bleeding.

Sharpie will stay on canvas shoes as long as you use a sealer after you are done marking on them. The sealer will prevent the Sharpie from running when you wear the shoes. 

To seal in the Sharpie ink on the surface of the canvas shoes, it’s a good idea to first clean your canvas shoes so that the coating that is placed on the shoes in the factory can grip well to the markers. Then, doodle your designs on your canvas shoes. Leave the Sharpie markers to dry for 24 hours.

Once you are finished with your Sharpie artwork on your canvas shoes, apply a waterproofing fabric spray. Stand about 6 inches from the canvas and then spray on the waterproofing. 

This will ensure that if the shoes get wet your Sharpie artwork will stay in good condition.

You can even be creative and add layers of Sharpie art as you feel like it. Just remember after each layer of art to add the waterproof fabric spray.

If you make a mistake or decide to change the thickness of the lines on your shoes you can use a cotton swab with a bit of alcohol to dab at the lines. 

This would make the Sharpie ink run, so make sure you have a cloth or paper towel handy to blot the ink as you work.

Last updated on September 14th, 2022 at 10:50 pm

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