Perm. Marker inside mirror OK?

Sherry Lee

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Jun 25, 2002
Phoenix, Az.
Doing even more mirrors...these happen to be black. Can I use black Permanent Markers for painting inside the frame? I like Sanford's the best. It says it is permanent on most surfaces, highly water resistant and dries quickly.

When I have colored frames for mirrors I use Prismacolor pens. I'm finding it's rather expensive because the wood just soaks up the ink.

I started out using markers, the regular ones and those huge fat ones. Then I started using India ink and a small flat brush. That went a whole lot faster than markers. Now I use acrylic black paint and a brush instead of India ink. I thin the paint down so it flows nicely off the brush.

Markers don't really cut it, they are expensive and run out of ink quickly. They are also a lot slower and harder to apply to the wood than using a brush.

I use craft acrylics (the same stuff I use to color mat bevels) and small fome brushes.

I don't agonize over trying to match the frame color. Maybe I should. I usually use black, though I once did that with a white frame.

When I was done, I looked at it and said, "What WAS I thinking?"
Oh, it's WONDERFUL spending New Years Day with TG!!

I'll always think of bringing in the New Year with FG II, John and Ron!

Thanks loads! Must put 'work with acrylics' on my 2004 list of goals!!
Hey, did I miss a party?? :eek:

I hope you all enjoyed the festivities. I had to spend most of the afternoon slogging through sand with the dog (WET dog) and throwing sticks into the surf until my arm ached!!

I just hope all of you appreciate the sacrifices I am making for you to live comfortably in your state of choice. (Well, SOMEBODY has to be a Floridian besides Wally and Deb and Linda R. and .............)

It isn't easy being a weekend/holiday beach bum. :cool:


P.S. Although I agree with J and R, did you notice that I answered your question quite succinctly and with a certain flare that exhibits my brief exposure to using markers to color the inside of frames. I usually just leave them bare and hope for the best! :D
I figured you misunderstood the question and thought Sherry was asking for a recommendation for an effective deodorant.
I have switched from markers and then black acrylic paint to BLACK GESSO which is already thinned enough to flow and I use Q-tips for the application. Works like a dream, plus you have the Q-tips right there to swipe away boo-boos.

I repaired an old frame recently which held a wonderful antique beveled mirror. This mirror looked like it had been chewed rather than cut, and the edges were mostly scalloped and pointy. The original framer had painted not only the rabbet but also the edge of the mirror, to cut down on the reflections. Unfortunately, he used tempera paint, which came off when I cleaned the mirror. But the gesso on the swab did the trick again.

I LOVE black gesso! I use a lot of it for many applications.
I use a foam brush and acrylic paint. Very quick and easy to clean up.....
What a riot! Yep, always looking for deodorant upgrades - even though in Arizona, the sweat dries immediately, it's still a good idea to stay ahead of the problem! :cool:

Acutally, Framerguy, I'm beginning to think you have one big party going on at Fort Walton!! We should all go there, but actually, it is a perfect day in Arizona...ok, no beach, but it's LOVELY! I'm going to 'soak it up' and try to bottle some for next August!!

Thanks everyone for the great help!!
I like a black or brown acrylic with a bit of silver or diamond dust powder mixed in to mimic the reflection, that can hide any minor flaws you might get in your cut. Gesso tends to flack and has a very distinct matte finish, now if you want to do a nice clear acrylic seal over it after painting that would increase both durabilty and sheen as well. Black paint, then the apporpriate colour rub & buff and a sealer