My painting style is very detailed and a lot of my work has very small objects with lots of detailing. I also fine line pen on many parts of the painting and at present I also simply use a fine liner brush and cut back in with other colours until I am happy with the finish. I have often thought it would be much easier to use a pen that I can fill with acrylic paint to use just like a fine line marker. Does anyone know if such a thing exists? I know nail artists use pens but I'm not sure if these will be suitable.

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I was asking myself the same. Maybe someone knows more about it. But I think that acrylic colour is too thick to use it as a fine line marker. Maybe you can try Inktense pencils from Derwent, that could work. And it is also waterproofed, once it is dry.

Have you tried inktense yourself and if so have you used them with acrylics? The reason for asking is because sometimes when I have used other types of paints or markers you can struggle to get the acrylic to go over them as well as you can with acrylic on top of acrylic. And even if I leave them for a sufficent drying,sometimes they can smudge.

Hi Stephen,

I believe Sharpie has come out with some fine line paint markers, but I've never tried them so I can't give you any more info than that.  You could also try an opaque ink or gouache in a technical pen. 

As for the Inktense pencils, the colors are permanent so you could probably paint other them, but they are transparent so that might be an issue.

For super fine detail in my pictures, I use Sigma Micron pens.... the smallest is 005 which is .20 mm  it is archival and permanent and works really well.  The point is so tiny that you can barely see it!!  It is available at craft stores or art stores.

Good luck

The Micron pens are really very effective. I've often used them in paintings. I do zentangles with them as well. They are 100% permanent and do not smudge,

I use Sharpie paint pens, but I've never seen them fine enough for what Stephen is needing. Perhaps they exist, but my art supplies store doesn't carry them.

 

I'm not sure if this is what you're looking for, but DecoColor has a line of acrylic paint markers: http://www.dickblick.com/products/decocolor-acrylic-paint-markers/ The tips are chiseled, so you can do fine lines or wider lines.

I have 6 different colors of these acrylic paint markers but I haven't used them on top of an acrylic painting yet.  I noticed the Blick website advises: "Although these are acrylic paint markers, we do not recommend using in conjunction with actual acrylic paint."   I plan to experiment anyway by using them on top of dried acrylic paint.  So far I've only used them with mixed media projects on paper, and I like them.

what are sharpie paint pens?

It says on your link not to be used in conjunction with acrylic paints. They have a couple "bullet points" on the description
 
Thaneeya McArdle said:

I'm not sure if this is what you're looking for, but DecoColor has a line of acrylic paint markers: http://www.dickblick.com/products/decocolor-acrylic-paint-markers/ The tips are chiseled, so you can do fine lines or wider lines.

I have 6 different colors of these acrylic paint markers but I haven't used them on top of an acrylic painting yet.  I noticed the Blick website advises: "Although these are acrylic paint markers, we do not recommend using in conjunction with actual acrylic paint."   I plan to experiment anyway by using them on top of dried acrylic paint.  So far I've only used them with mixed media projects on paper, and I like them.

Christina, yes, I mentioned that in my 2nd paragraph. :)

Just an update on the DecoColor acrylic paint markers: I tried them on top of a dried acrylic painting on canvas, and they adhered well. I'm pleased with how it turned out.  I think when Blick advises that they not be used in "conjunction" with acrylic paint, they are advising not to use them "in tandem" with acrylic paint - not to let the nibs of the markers touch wet acrylic paint, which could likely damage the markers. 

I think these acrylic paint markers will be handy for adding extra details as a top layer to a painting.  I'm not sure how well it would work to paint over the markers, but I'm comfortable using them as a top layer.  Tomorrow I'll varnish them with brush-on varnish and see how they go (whether it's better to use brush-on varnish or spray-on varnish).

As a side note I don't think the acrylic paint markers would do well with blending - I think they are mainly meant to provide a flat surface color.

Thaneeya, they give a very flat appearance, too. It's almost impossible to put a light colour paint pen over a darker colour because the lighter colour just disappears even with a couple of coats. However, if Stephen is looking for a black liner, they should work well if he can find the fine point ones.

Christina, just ask for paint pens at your art supply store and they should be able to direct you. They are marker style medium, but with acrylic paint instead of ink.

lol. so you did. sheesh, im loosing it.

Thaneeya McArdle said:

Christina, yes, I mentioned that in my 2nd paragraph. :)

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