If you are a Sharpie fan, you will love this. I’m not only going to delight you with all sorts of Sharpie ideas for kids (and for you), I’ve rounded up some unbelievably creative things people have made with Sharpies.
Then we’ll round everything out by letting you know how to remove Sharpie stains from skin and fabric. You’ll need to know this at some point.
Sharpies are one of my favorite art-making tools, and have been for decades. I think since they’re so ubiquitous, most kids will naturally pick up a Sharpie at some point in their early childhood and marvel at the departure from their good old washable Crayolas.
Easy Sharpie Ideas
Sharpie art and craft ideas are everywhere. Since the markers are permanent, they’ll stay put on a myriad of surfaces, and people have tried them on probably every surface known to man. Let’s start off with some easy Sharpie ideas and move onto the more complicated projects.
It doesn’t get much easier than laying down a doily and Sharpie-ing over it. The results are lovely.
Simple as can be, but delightfully adaptable, this easy drawing project only requires markers and paper. You’ll love making these right alongside your kids.
As if you needed an excuse to buy metallic Sharpies, they look fantastic on fall leaves. It becomes a bit obsessive when you start to gather leaves to draw on, so remember a bag when you venture out on your nature walk.
I couldn’t add the leaf-drawing idea without also including Sharpie rock drawing. Use regular Sharpie markers for this only on light rocks or those you’ve primed. Make your way over to all these amazing rock art ideas after basking in Sharpie ideas.
You’ve seen all the Sharpie mugs out there, right? Make some. Here are some pretty gold marker mugs, but follow these directions when making Sharpie mugs:
- Wash your mug well with soap and water
- Use Sharpie oil-based paint markers
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes
- Let it cool completely before washing. (Actually, let it cool before taking out of the oven, so the mitt doesn’t smear the ink on the handle.)
Kathy Barbro from Art Projects for Kids came up with this awesome project using tin cans and Sharpies.
Despite looking gorgeous, these Sharpie tie dye tiles are basically the easiest things ever to make.
From Alisa Burke- blown out, doodled Easter eggs. So cool.
Beautiful, vibrant Sharpie art on photo paper – find the details on Happy Hooligans.
Such a good idea! And you don’t have to just use these for Christmas; check out this Sharpie silhouette project.
Similar to the mugs above, but this time on glasses. Don’t these look really pretty?
Sharpie Art – The Next Level
When you or your kids are feeling a bit more adventurous, move onto the next level of Sharpie art. These are basically still just using markers, the challenge comes in practicing your techniques or tackling a much larger scale project.
Oh do I love a doodled journal cover with a lot of cool objects on it. Isn’t this beautiful work by Mary Scarlett?
Yes, we do all need to recreate this Sharpie wall design. I love this whole area she’s created. Yum.
Um, this bag. Art by Korn.elia on Instagram
Make some Chihuly-inspired art with Sharpies and plastic cups.
Who knew a big piece of wax paper could be transformed so beautifully with markers?
This is a wonderful use of Sharpies and a fun-looking kid art project.
Labyrinths are fun to draw, and you can make them super colorful with a bunch of Sharpies.
Make amazing little eye-popping drawings in your sketchbook, like Cara Wrrr.
How about practicing your lettering using Sharpies and tweaking it on the iPad? Beautiful work by Alyssa Wigant.
I make most of my tangle art projects using Sharpies, because I love to draw with them. Try this out if you like to doodle.
Pointillism is fun and relaxing, and Ultra Fine point Sharpies are perfect for making all these thousands of dots.
Wow. Do up a skateboard deck with Sharpies like Anthony Simm Skate.
Professional Artists Using Sharpies
Let’s check out how far some artists have pushed their craft using Sharpie markers. Many of these people are doing mind blowing things with permanent markers.
George Ramos spent 2 weeks drawing on this Lamborghini. I think a great idea would be to encourage your kids to do the same to your car. Yes, definitely.
This work by Charlotte Mann is unbelievable. While she just lists her medium as black marker pen, you can easily imagine this being Sharpie.
No doubt you’ve seen his work, and he seems to be drawing mostly comics now, but I have to include the hand-drawn cups of Cheeming Boey here. They’re classic Sharpie amazingness.
How to Remove Sharpie
Let’s just assume that like me, one day you found a beautiful bunch of Sharpie drawings on your bathroom heating vent and wondered just how you would remove them. Or you woke up after a kegger with an unsavory message scrawled across your face. Either way, here’s how to remove Sharpie stains:
Sharpie comes off of skin with alcohol, but don’t douse your kid with whiskey just yet. First try hand sanitizer, (it contains ethanol), and if that doesn’t work, try rubbing alcohol. I’ve heard that acetone nail polish remover works as well.
Sharpie FAQs include mention of trying this product to remove Sharpie stains from fabric, and it gets great reviews. I’ve used this stuff to get lots of horrible stains out, but have to admit I haven’t tried Sharpie yet.
From Other Surfaces:
Plastic: try coloring over the Sharpie with a dry erase marker and wiping it away. Or try rubbing alcohol if this doesn’t work.
Glass: rubbing alcohol works wonders to remove Sharpie from glass.
Wood: Try baking soda toothpaste, rubbed in gently with a paper towel or cotton ball. I would not use alcohol or hairspray, as this can ruin the finish of your table.
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