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Elmers Painters

{Reported by Paula Gilarde}

I recently came upon Elmers Painters - opaque acrylic paint markers. They claim to make decorating easy and fun :) Painters are filled with real acrylic paint and are work on practically any surface. Elmers says that they are ideal for use on wood, plastic, clay, glass, metal, foam board, even fabric and more. They are permanent & streak free. They are also non-toxic so they are ideal for children to use and acid free if you are concerned about that with your scrapbooking. They are available in Fine and Medium point. I got the Bright Colors 5 pack which includes Black, White, Blue, Green and Red.

The painters are really easy to use - just like any regular marker. The markers are sealed pretty tight so it takes some time to get them ready to use. You need to shake well and depress the marker point to "juice" the nib. I found this took quite a bit of time. Once they got going however, they kept working without any trouble. The paint dried pretty quickly - faster than using regular acrylic paint.

They seem to be pretty solidly constructed - at least they don't fall apart! I can't say how long they will last as I haven't been using them pretty long. I will come back and update this post in a few months to report how they are holding up.

Initially I was wondering how useful paint markers would be. I'm not a big paint or marker user but I decided to use the markers in a variety of different applications where I would typically use paint (or markers). On this card for example I colored in the Jenni Bowlin alphabet stickers using the red pen -- I've tried this with regular marker before and the fine point was a good size for this application. Then I used the red marker on the coaster-board letter. This took a little while longer than if I had used paint because I didn't need the precision of a fine tip but the lack of mess was definitely a bonus. I was pleased with the final color. I also tried painting the little chipboard butterflies - I wasn't as impressed with the results here. The white didn't provide good coverage and both colors left hairs on the chipboard.

Supplies: Kraft card base (Target), DCWV cardstock, Bella Blvd patterned paper, Jenni Bowlin letter stickers, Gin-X coasterboard letter, Heidi Swapp chipboard butterflies, Elmers painters.

I then tried using the markers on metal. I had silver heart shaped brads that have been gathering dust and I decided they would be perfect candidate for my make-over! A quick rub and voila, instant colored brads! I did give the white heart a second coat because the first coat wasn't opaque for my liking. I even gave the black one some white polka dots to make it stand out against the black background.

Supplies: Bazzill cardstock, American Crafts thickers, Making Memories brads, Jenni Bowlin label, Elmers Painters.

The markets are a little too thick to use as journaling pens (at least for me!) but they work well for drawing lines etc. I used the white to create a border on the black cardstock above. I just went around once - to get a brighter white I could have gone over the line twice.

supplies:Core'dinations and Bazzill cardstock, KI Memories patterned papers, American Crafts alpha stickers, Studio Calico stamps, Heidi Swapp acrylic crown.

Finally I decided to test them on stamps. I inked some alpha stamps using the Painters. The impression was as clear as with ink and less of a smudge factor than regular acrylic paints. I also tried using the markers on a different medium - the acrylic accent. It worked perfectly.

The Nitty Gritty
Product Name: Elmers Painters
Manufacturer: Elmers
MSRP: $16.71
Available at: Marker Supply,, Rainbow Resource Center*
also available at local craft stores such as Michaels, AC Moore etc.

1. No mess and clean up is a snap :)
2. So easy to use and ready to go immediately
3. Bright vivid colors - what you see is what you get.

1. The colors available are pretty limited
2. I noticed tiny hairs when painting on chipboard - similar to what would happen if you tried to use any regular marker. I can't really recommend these for use on chipboard.
3. I think an ultra-fine version of these markers would be great, especially in white but I found out that Elmers has discontinued the ultra-fine ones.

What do YOU think? Do you use paint pens? What do you use them for and have you tried Elmers painters?


Theresa said...

I have not used paint pens before, so I can't give any type of comparison or tips for usage.

But this review was very helpful - I like that idea of adding another tool to my arsenal!

DeniseHunter said...

Thanks for the review. I haven't used paint pens in years, but I like the idea that I could use them on metal. I'm not sure that I would spend my scrapbooking budget on this kind of product.

Amanda Profumo said...

I love paint pens! I have only tried the DecoColor brand, but I will have to try these Ehlmers pens! I wouldn't have thought to use my paint pens in scrapbooking... brilliant! Great tutorial!

Betsy said...

I love these! They are great for doing personalized decorations on Buttons and chipboard as well!!!

stinker said...

i have 2 sets of these (different colors) and LOVE them! i think they're great for coloring chipboard (so much less messy than regular paints and a great way for my daughter to join me in scrapping) and i use them all the time to make doodles on letter stickers, photos, backgrounds, etc. i found them MUCH cheaper at walmart.

Scrapycandy said...

These sound perfect for chip board!

Tricia said...

I used paint pens years ago - too long to remember what brand. They were a little awkward so I have never replaced them. I'll keep an eye out for these while I'm shopping.

Rhayne said...

I like the idea of an opaque white pen but it looks like the previously reviewed sharpie is still tops.

As always, thanks for taking the time to give a review!

Kimmie said...

i love these. I buy mine at Walmart for around 10.00

Aly D said...

great review paula! good to know that their safe for kids and acid free. another product i'm adding to my "to buy" list...i'm going to go broke from all these great reviews...LOL!

Dixie Supler said...

I've bought mine at Wal-Mart over a year ago. Love them. I use them on chipboard that has the protective coating on them, and no fuzzies. I can see where they might with plain chipboard, but it took just fine to the coated chipboard that I've used.

Melanie Stanczyk said...

I just bought some last week from Michael's. But I bought my separate and bought some very cool colors: pink, purple, aqua and black. I used a 20% off total purchase so I saved a bit off each one to make them a little more affordable. Right now I'm using them for Heidi Swapp clear shapes.

Vicki said...

Thanks for the review. I like the idea of using them to color brads. Very cool.

Kim said...

Great info! I would buy these to use on chipboard! Such a bother getting them inked. The pens would cut down on the ink I get on my fingers!

marla said...

I have never used paint pens they sound like fun to use though. I like the fact that they arent as messy as using paint.

JulieP said...

I've used them to decorate plastic beach buckets for my daughter's birthday party last summer. They were great for that but I haven't tried them in anything sb related.