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Staples provides a wide range of paint markers, along with other office and school supplies, including luxury pens and pencils, for scrapbooking and fine arts and craft projects. The ideal marker combines the ease of use of a pencil, and it comes in a wide array of colors and tip sizes. The essential elements to consider when choosing the right marker for your needs include the type of marker, size of the tip, the shape of the tip, and the ink-based formula, among other features.

Choose the type of paint marker
Waterproof markers work best for outdoor projects like painting store window signs since the paint doesn't come off in the rain. The marker leaves a bold semi-permanent mark that's also ultraviolet (UV) light-resistant for long-lasting quality. The waterproof paint pens are also suitable for both wet-erase and dry-erase markers on the same canvas.

Choose a wet-wipe marker for temporary signs and displays on nonporous surfaces. The wet-wipe pen marks come off with a damp sponge, and the pens are ideal for restaurant menus and bar-top displays. Highly fluorescent colored markers offer brighter and cleaner marks on dark surfaces and are also removable with a damp cloth. The fluorescent paint marker is ideal for back-lit menu boards and displays on LED flashing boards.

Consider the size of the tip
The fine and extra-fine paint pens are recommendable for thinner lines and precise detailing. The medium tip marker is the most common nib size, and it works best for both delicate and bold markings. The broad tip marker covers a larger area and is ideal for murals and big canvas projects.

Decide between water-based, oil-based, and acrylic-based paint markers
Porous surfaces like wood and paper are suitable for use with water-based paint markers since the ink dries quickly. Oil-based markers are resistant to abrasion and wear, and they're ideal for nearly any surface.

Acrylic-based pens offer durable and more saturated markings, which are also resistant to light exposure. They're recommendable where opacity is a top priority in an art or crafts project. The alcohol-based marker provides a more transparent pigment on porous surfaces and is ideal for light fabric painting.

What shape is the tip?
Choose a bullet tip marker for writing and coloring projects. The inclined end of the chisel tip paint marker makes both thinner and thicker lines and is recommendable for calligraphy and other lettering techniques. The brush tip marker allows the user to vary the line thickness by controlling how hard they push the tip during use. They're ideal for coloring and hand lettering.

How do you clean a dirty paint pen tip?
Remove the tip and clean it with tap water. When you're ready to work, replace it in the proper position. For non-removable tips, soak the tip in tap water for a few minutes.

How long do the ink markers take to dry?
Porous surfaces soak up and dry the ink faster than smooth surfaces. Generally, it'll take a few minutes.

How do you refill the markers?
A syringe works best for alcohol-based markers and water-based markers. Use a small funnel for acrylic and oil-based pens, or any other thicker liquid.
Sharpie Art Metallic Paint Markers, Extra Fine Tip, Gold/Silver/Copper Rose Ink, 3/Pack (1783278)Sharpie Art Metallic Paint Markers, Extra Fine Tip, Gold/Silver/Copper Rose Ink, 3/Pack (1783278)
10.69
Item #410870
Model #1783278
  • These water-based paint markers are perfect for adding a bold touch of color to any project
  • Assorted metallic colors include gold, silver, and copper rose
$10.69
3/Pack
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Uni Paint Marker, Fine Point, White (63713)
3.85
Item #497834
Model #63713
  • This paint marker is perfect for adding a bold touch of color to any project
  • White paint for marking on dark backgrounds and light shade adds definition to your work
$3.85
1Each
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Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker, Medium Tip, Assorted Inks, 5/Pack (1770458)Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker, Medium Tip, Assorted Inks, 5/Pack (1770458)
17.79
Item #645323
Model #1770458
  • Quick-drying ink marks on virtually any surface
  • Ink is AP certified and xylene-free
$17.79
5/Pack
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Sharpie Paint Marker, Medium Tip, Black Ink (SAN35549)
3.51
Item #SAN35549
Model #35549
  • These paint markers are perfect for adding a bold touch of color to any project
  • Create clear black lines with these markers, which are well-suited for a variety of office tasks
$3.51
1Each
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JAM Paper® Fine Line Opaque Paint Markers, Light Blue, 2/Pack (7665897a)
8.89
Item #24310411
Model #7665897A
  • Color: Light Blue
  • Marker Tip: Fine Point
$8.89
2/Pack
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Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker, Bold Point, Black (35564)Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker, Bold Point, Black (35564)
5.42
Item #487643
Model #35564
  • This paint marker is perfect for adding a bold touch of color to any project
  • Create clear black lines with this marker, which is well-suited for a variety of office tasks
$5.42
1Each
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Uni Paint Marker, Medium Point, Yellow (63605)Uni Paint Marker, Medium Point, Yellow (63605)
4.54
Item #500975
Model #63605
  • This paint marker is perfect for adding a bold touch of color to any project
  • Yellow color is attractive and adds a splash of creativity and fun to objects
$4.54
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Uni Paint Marker, Medium Point, Red (63602)
4.38
Item #500934
Model #63602
  • This paint marker is perfect for adding a bold touch of color to any project
  • Red ink marker stands out easily on any light-colored background
$4.38
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Uni PX-21 Paint Marker, Fine Point, Black (63701)
3.28
Item #497784
Model #63701
  • Paint marker writes on almost all surfaces including metal, wood, glass, and plastic surfaces
  • Create clear black lines with this marker, which is well-suited for a variety of office tasks
$3.28
1Each
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uni Posca Water-Based Paint Markers, Broad Chisel Tip, Fluorescent Green, 1 Countuni Posca Water-Based Paint Markers, Broad Chisel Tip, Fluorescent Green, 1 Count
6.99
Item #2837235
Model #SAN63833
  • Brilliant, water-based paint pen helps you personalize every surface
  • Vibrant fluorescent green color is perfect for rock painting, posters, arts, crafts, metal and more
$6.99
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