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Is It Okay to Use Copic Markers on Shoes?

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created 09/21/2018 8:50 am by JediJerboa
last reply 09/23/2018 1:18 pm
Context: I have some white Converse sneakers that I want to decorate for my sister, so I needed some permanent markers to do it. And while I have a ludicrous amount of Sharpies, Copic markers give a greater color range. But from what I’ve been told, Copic markers are alcohol-based, and probably would not react well to the conditions of life, especially rain. Still, I’m curious about how they will sink into the fabric.

So, should I use Copic markers for this or no?
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JediJerboa
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09/22/2018 10:08 am
Level 51 Grandmaster Grump
Azie
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Nah, there are specific materials that are made for this that won't react to light and moisture.

Fabric markers and fabric paint are the way to go here.
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09/22/2018 10:15 am
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garlicbreathinator
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Alcohol inks would wash out, but sharpies would work fine. I've even done custom colors on my shoes with sharpies before. If all else fails, you can mix and overlap the sharpies. Good luck!
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09/22/2018 10:20 am
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Azie
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Really, you actually got good results with Sharpies? Every time I've tried to use them on fabric, they bleed A LOT.
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09/23/2018 1:18 pm
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JediJerboa
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You do have to account for that and you must apply less ink than you usually would. I've also used paint markers, but those were just for show.

Think of it like watercolor. If you apply too much, it goes everywhere and it messes a lot things up. Oh, and lightest colors first. And if all else fails, just use a black sharpie.
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09/22/2018 10:29 am
Level 15 Journeyman Engineer
garlicbreathinator
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Must have been the fabric of the shoes. Not sure how it would work on converses though...
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09/22/2018 11:15 am
Level 51 Grandmaster Grump
Azie
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That's actually what I was using them on. They might be better for man made fibers like polyester. Cotton canvas has a pretty thick weave. Maybe that's why.
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09/22/2018 2:45 am
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StarSaffire
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From what I've read online, No, the weather and wear and tear would destroy your art. You might get away with sealing them, I'm not familiar with fabric, but I have experience with alcohol ink in general, you always have to seal it. I'd say it's best to be safe then have your artwork slowly get destroyed

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