Sharpie Art with Photo Paper: create glossy stained glass artwork with sharpie markers and photo paper!
If you’re looking for easy art techniques for kids, you’ll love this one. We just LOVE Sharpie projects here, and today, we’re creating glossy, vibrant stained glass art with Sharpies and photo paper! This simple art project is great for all ages! Toddlers can doodle with their sharpies on a piece of slick photo paper, and older kids and grown ups can get really creative making vibrant colourful designs and pictures like the these!
I’ve never actually seen photo paper used as an art canvas before; it was something that I kind of came up with by accident. I was trying to think of an art project that the hooligans could make and frame for Mother’s Day, and it occurred to me that photo paper would be perfect for framing. After all – photo paper is meant to be framed, right? So I was turning that thought around in my brain, and that’s when it hit me: SHARPIES and photo paper. I know how smoothly a Sharpie slides across a plastic surface, and I wondered if it would do the same on a glossy piece of photo paper. I tried it out, and ohhhh myyyy. It sure does! And with the photo paper being glossy, the shine and intensity of the marker ink was just gorgeous! And so the idea for this unique art project was born!
To make Sharpie art with photo paper, you’ll need:
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Creating our glossy stained glass art:
If you’re working with young children, you’ll want to protect your work surface with a plastic table-cloth or newspapers. Sharpie ink is permanent, and if your little one happens to scribble outside of his photo paper, you want it staining your table top.
It’s probably a good idea to have your child wearing clothing that you’re not too worried about too. Sharpie ink doesn’t come out of clothing, as far as I know.
To create their art, the hooligans drew whatever they wanted on their photo paper. Colouring on photo paper is a such a cool experience. The markers glide so smoothly over the glossy surface!
For my art, I used a black sharpie to make my outlines, and then I filled the areas in with the colours of my choice.
Aren’t they so cool?
These photos really don’t do the project justice – you can’t actually tell how glossy and reflective the artwork is. You’ll have to take my word for it. These turned out amazing. They really do look like stained glass.
As you can tell, I found this art process to be a little addictive!
We never actually did end up framing our art for Mother’s Day; we opted instead to make these gorgeous Sharpie/Rubbing Alcohol Bookmarks instead. I do think these drawings would look great in a frame though. And they WOULD make a great gift for a child to give a parent or grandparent. Hey, Father’s Day is right around the corner!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.