Can you use Sharpies to paint rocks? (plus experiments and insider secrets!)

Can you use Sharpies to paint rocks? (plus experiments and insider secrets!)

Hi this is Carissa from I Love Painted
Rocks and today we are gonna talk about sharpies! Can you use sharpies on painted rocks and if you can how do you do it? To get started we made a test rock which
we painted with a black heart in the middle and that add a bunch of different
colored dots around the outside so that we could see how they would each react
differently. Once those were on, I painted half of it
with Mod Podge and then we got our sealer that we’re gonna use. I put
this rock on a piece of cardboard and sprayed it after it had completely dried
with the sealer. The side on the Left doesn’t have any Mod Podge on the side
on the right had a coat of Mod Podge which had been applied and had dried
completely. As you can see it’s totally smearing. So we kind of watched
it a little bit and then I did hit it a couple more times with the sealer
because I thought this was such an interesting reaction on the side that
didn’t have any Mod Podge, where the Sharpie is really going all over the
place. okay so this rock is completely dried now – both the Mod Podge and the sealer and you can see that the side without the Mod Podge has totally smeared
everywhere. It’s even wrapped around to the back of the rock, it ran over the top
of the part that had the Mod Podge it’s a mess. But on the side that had Mod
Podge on it it’s not doing so bad. Some of the smudging is because on the side
without Mod Podge, the ink actually ran over the top but you can see on the edge
where the Mod Podge wasn’t quite as thick that it did smear a little bit you can
kind of see where the edge between the Mod Podge and the rock is but for the
most part the Mod Podge protected it. So you can use sharpies on painted
roads but there’s a secret that you need to know in order to make sure that you
can preserve your art and it doesn’t get ruined. So for our test rock, one side has
just sharpie, one has one coat of Mod Podge and one has two. Then we hit it with the sealer. Now that it’s dry we’re gonna check it out. The sharpie only side is a mess. It smeared all over wrapped around to the bottom. It really reacted
the sealer and different colors will smear different amounts. When you flip it
over you can see that one coat of Mod Podge did protect it a little bit
some spots look okay but some spots really still smeared and then the side
with two coats of Mod Podge. This one looks great. There’s no problems with it.
There’s no running. It looks awesome. All the ink is intact and hasn’t caused any
problems. So it seems like two coats of Mod Podge – that’s the way to go. I hope you guys learned a lot from our science experiment today. If you like
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  • Sherry S.S. says:

    Yes I had found this out the hard way. I ruined several painted stones, but the stones I ruined I noticed were the stones I had used Posca paint pens on. I thought that they were true acrylic paint pens, much to my surprise they evidently aren’t. LoL I usually use craft acrylic paint most of the time, but I use the Posca paint pens for trimming, narrow, tight or small areas because my hand isn’t the steadiest these days. So I repainted a base coat on those stones I ruined and begun to do some testing and found out what you are describing. Now if I buy or use any new thing like paints, markers, pens, most any & everything I use I do some of my own testing before I do anything that is worth keeping. LoL. 😊 I became so discouraged after that happened and thought very seriously of just quitting and giving away a small investment of paints, brushes, stones, paint pens, etcetera, etcetera… But I’m glad I didn’t, just chalk it up to lessons learned 😊

  • Sherry S.S. says:

    I’m so glad to see you sharing this for others coming along, it will save others some very discouraging moments 😁

  • Nancy Sellers says:

    Thank you!! So good to know.

  • joezilla911 says:

    Very helpful! Thank you!

  • Owl Jones says:

    I can see two problems that might not be the Sharpie pen's fault. Ok, so first – rocks are porous – the ink will spread (run) if it gets back into a liquid state again. Ok, secondly – you have to let a Sharpie pen completely dry before trying to coat it. Not sure how long you gave it – but when I was using Sharpie pens to "paint" fishing lures ( on foam, also porous ) I had to let the Sharpie ink dry for at least 24 hours before trying to put any kind o varnish or epoxy on them. If I didn't wait that amount of time, it would run and smear every single time. ( you can also coat the surface with regular old Elmer's clear glue and then put on the varnish or epoxy, but that's another step that still takes an extra 10-15 minutes). Good luck with your rocks, all!

  • Suzanne Cowan says:

    Thank you 🙏

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