PSA: Be REALLY careful you don’t scratch your acrylic!
Lettering on acrylic is a great way to practice your calligraphy and lettering skills and get you geared up for windows and other display signage. So this week, I want to delve into what TO use and what NOT to use when working with this medium!
Before we get started, I just want to note that although it’s ok to use a Stabilo Aquarellable Pencil when marking up a mirror or other glass surface, I’m going to say it again, acrylic scratches suuuuuper easily.
First things first…
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- Basic 8×10 Sheet of Acrylic (a.k.a. plexiglass, also found at
hardware stores!) and a Sheet of Black Paper to Place Behind for Visibility
- Grid Paper or Tape (for guidelines)
- For Removal:
- Paper Towel
- Coconut Oil
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NOTE: this next part is going to assume that you know your calligraphy basic strokes. IF YOU DON’T, you need to watch THIS VIDEO right away…. seriously. Stop this video right now and watch this one first!!!!
Now let’s get started!
You’ll notice in the images below, as we get down to the last one, the letters go from really opaque to barely opaque at all.
In order of easiest removal, we have:
Now for the removal process!
The easiest to remove is, of course, the chalk marker, and you can easily remove it with a simple dry paper towel wrapped around your finger. Just swipe across and voila!
Spray a little Windex…
The oil and acrylic, however, need a liiitttllllee more elbow grease, which is great if you are looking for more permanent display options!
Now if you make a mistake or for some reason need to remove either of these two, good ol’ acetone does the trick!
If you are looking for a less stinky, more eco-friendly option, coconut oil works to remove these last two as well. It does take a bit more time, but it will come off!
Once you’re acrylic is sans calligraphy, spray a little more Windex on it and it’s as good as new again!
Hopefully, that was helpful for you and gives you some clarity on what pens are best to use on acrylic depending on your project!
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