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Pens for writing on wood...

Hello, craftypeoples!

I was wondering if anyone had any idea of a good type/brand of pen that can be used to write on wood without bleeding, and preferably permanent.  I've been scouring the Internet and I also checked the tags here, and didn't find any suggestions, so I figured I'd ask.

My friend is having a wooden puzzle at her wedding with a pic of her and her hubby on it, and guests can sign the back of the pieces, but we need pens that will work properly on the wood without making too much mess or making the writing illegible.  Also I don't think she intends to seal the backs of the pieces after the writing is completed, so permanent would be pretty great.

Any ideas are greatly appreciated!



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Oct. 7th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
Could you just use an extra-fine Sharpie or paint pen?
Oct. 7th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
Sharpies bleed on unfinished wood big-time. :/
Oct. 7th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
I'm really kinda falling in love with the Sharpie pens when I want a nice, thin line that won't bleed - however, it's gonna depend on what kind of wood you guys are using. Pine's pretty quick to soak up any liquid, for example, so you'll want to do some trial runs (check out lumber yards for scrap). You may also want to treat the wood beforehand.
Oct. 7th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
I second this. I use sharpie pens on EVERYTHING now.
Oct. 7th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
I would give the back a light coating of a matte-finish acrylic sealer...then the Sharpies should work well without bleeding. Test first, of course.
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Oct. 7th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)

No bleeding, no sealing. Ink. It does still have uses.
Oct. 8th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
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Oct. 7th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Would a paint pen work? You might still get as much bleeding as with a Sharpie though.
Oct. 7th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
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Oct. 8th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
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Oct. 8th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
Sharpies work very well, as do paint pens. We've used bpth with success.
Apr. 26th, 2017 04:45 pm (UTC)
My daughter has a large wooden "S" that she was her friends to sign at her senior party. She doesn't want to paint the letter but wants the natural grain look to show through. Should we put a clear varnish or light stain on the letter before or after everyone signs it with permanent markers at the party?
Apr. 26th, 2017 04:53 pm (UTC)
What a great idea! Seal it with clear varnish afterwards. If you seal before, the writing won't "take". I recommend oen or two light coats of spray varnish, as brush strokes could smudge the writing.
Oct. 9th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
The most epic pen ever is a space pen!!

Sadly, they're expensive - or at least mine was. I got it at the Capital Building in 2002 lol. They were designed to write in space - no matter how hot, how cold, no gravity, on just about any surface (seriously, butter.), even upside down. They're insanely awesome but work perfectly!! (and I've never had a problem with the ink bleeding or running - the one I have is guaranteed to have like 15,000 miles of ink in it. (Trivia fact: we spent millions developing the pen. Russians used a pencil.)

Otherwise... Zebra pens (found at walmart and the like) write fairly well! Gel pens, I'm not sure, as some tend to run (may require some esting lol)

Someone could offer to seal the puzzle pieces before and after, that might be the wisest idea. Even better, that will help protect the picture and words. :)
stephanie perrotti
Feb. 10th, 2017 03:26 am (UTC)
Sharpie on stain wood

We are making a Wedding guest book and will be staining the wood black.. what type of finish do we need with stains so we can use a sharpie?
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