Lettering on Different Surfaces

Lettering on Different Surfaces

When it comes to calligraphy, we love our classic dip pen, paper, and ink, but sometimes it’s fun to switch it up and add lettering to other surfaces! If you are looking to letter on something that’s not paper-based, check out our guide below to know which pen to use!

Materials:

SURFACE: Windows, Glass, Mirrors, and Acrylic/Plexiglass

We Recommend:
For water-resistant/semi-permanent lettering, try:
Oil-based paint pen
Acrylic paint marker
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleedproof White, with calligraphy pen/nib

If you’re looking for temporary lettering, try:
Chalk Pens
Water-based paint pen

SURFACE: Chalkboards and Wood

We Recommend:
For water-resistant/permanent lettering, try:
Acrylic paint marker
Oil-Based paint pen

If you’re looking for temporary lettering, try:
Chalk Pens
Chalk paint with brushes
Chalk sticks/pencils

SURFACE: Canvas

We Recommend:
For water-resistant/permanent lettering, try:
Oil-based paint pen
Acrylic paint marker
Acrylic paint with brushes

In general:

Chalk Pens: work well on blackboards, glass, mirrors, some wood, canvas, and more

Acrylic Paint/ Paint Pens: work well on glass, wood, ceramic, metal, plastic, fabric, terracotta, walls, and more

Oil-Based Paint Pens: work well on wood, metal, glass, plastic, pottery, stones, and more

Water-Based Paint Pens: work well on paper, windows, and glass.

Happy Lettering!

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