January 05, 2024

How to Use Acrylic Markers


by Hana Sugasawa

At Ignite Studio, one of my favorite kit’s we have in the library is the Acrylic Marker kit. In this blog I will be sharing some helpful resources and tips, as well as three project ideas for some inspiration. Read on to learn how to use acrylic markers.

What are Acrylic Markers?

Acrylic Markers are filled with water-based, opaque acrylic paint. They come in an assortment of bold and rich colors. One of the best things about these markers is that you can enjoy the fun of painting, without the mess of getting water cups or paintbrushes. They’re easy to use on a variety of surfaces, including paper, wood, textiles, glass, ceramics, rocks, and more!

Ignite provides paper with our kits for creating drawings. However, you’re always welcome to bring in your own materials and personal projects to decorate!

What’s Inside Ignite’s Acrylic Marker Kit

Ignite’s kit comes with everything you need to get started on a drawing, including:

  • Assorted Paint pens
  • Pencils
  • Mixed Media Paper
  • Eraser

The kit will also come with an instructional book, How To Draw 100 Graffiti Arts, which include step-by-step drawing and lettering prompts that can introduce you to ways of lettering in a bold graffiti-style where these markers can really shine.

Image source: POSCA

Acrylic Markers have a variety of application methods.

Image source: POSCA

How to Us Acrylic Markers

Some tips before getting started. With the cap on, shake the marker a few times. Depending on the type of acrylic marker, there may be a ball inside. With POSCA markers, you will hear a clicking sound indicating that the paint inside the marker is being mixed.

Prime and test the marker. Press the tip a gently a few times on a spare piece of paper until the tip is filled with paint. Test the flow on your spare paper. If the line is clear, your acrylic marker is ready. It is useful to keep a cloth at hand to clean the tip easily or absorb any excess paint.

Re-priming: If the paint flows less freely during use, remember to put the cap on first before shaking again.

Cleaning the Marker / Troubleshooting: If the marker is dirty, try running the marker tip under the tap for a few seconds, and re-prime and test the marker.

If you need additional help, or the markers are running dry, please bring it to a staff member & let them know!

3 Acrylic Marker Project Ideas

Learn How to Paint a Beautiful Sunset Silhouette Rock with Posca Paint Pens || Rock Painting 101

Create a Silhouette painting of your favorite memory or a place you want to visit this year. Follow along with this tutorial by Rock Painting 101 to learn how.

How to Create a Vibrant Pattern Illustration with POSCA Pens | Hobbycraft

Create some vibrant patterns that could be perfect for a card or illustration. Learn how to create your own unique pattern illustration with great tips and advice from Hobbycraft.

Hand Lettering Mail Art -Posca Marker Envelope Ideas

Add a unique and personal touch to an envelope or package this year. Check out this beginner-friendly envelope lettering idea by Vivian!

I hope this blog was able to give you some inspiration to get started using acrylic markers. Come visit the Ignite Studio & create some colorful crafts for the new year! Our kit has everything you need to get started. Happy Making!