We have loads of paint pen art ideas! In the tutorials below we take our paint pens to rocks, but you can use these easy art designs on any medium you want!
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Paint Pens for Beginner Art
To say we LOVE paint pens is an understatement… Paint pens are perfect for an art beginner!
- There is no prep or clean up. Just open them and create!
- They come in lots of different sized tips so you can create so many different styles and designs.
- The are like drawing. If you can doodle with a pen you can paint with paint pens
- Water-based pens can be blended together for different colors and shades. They can also be manipulated with a brush and water!
Getting Started with Paint Markers
If you have never used paint pens (paint markers) in the past there are a few quick things to learn. Check out this video to see how to burp them, prime them, and a few other tips!
Paint Pen Art Supplies
Don’t have any paint pens yet? Shop for paint pens in our Amazon store! The first pack I bought was the multi-pack. You get your basic colors in different sizes.
Easy Art for Any Surface
Not into rock painting? That’s ok! These paint markers (paint pens) write on all sorts of surfaces too! Fabric, wood, and more! Most of these designs can even be used with other kinds of pens as well!
Paint Pen Art Ideas
There are over 100 tutorials below to check out. Have fun looking around!
Paint Pen Art for Beginners
Check out all of our paint pen art tutorials to create fun rock paintings or other crafts.
We have so many we will sort them into categories for you!!
Tips and Tricks
Paint Pen Tips and Tricks
In this section you will see some of the techniques you can learn and use to create amazing paint pen rocks!
You can create a really beautiful watercolor effect around your designs using paint pens!
Make your paint pens look just like watecolor with this tutorial.
Want the look of alcohol ink but using paint pens? Check out this tutorial.
You can blend paint pens with a brush! Some colors work better than others so this rainbow is a great place for you to see just how to make it work.
We are touching tips on our paint pens to get a lovely blend between colors. This technique can be used so many ways!
We are sharing 2 techniques in this tutorial. How to create a washed out blended base coat and how to create a fun silhouette of anything all with paint pens!
While in this tutorial I filled with acrylics you can use your paint pens for that. The main reason for giving you this tutorial to look at is how we use our extra fine tip black to create the fun lined mandala designs and circles!
Fan Favorite Paint Pen Tutorials
Over the years some tutorials get a lot more love. These tutorials have been shared time and time again. Perfect for beginners to try!
Grab your black and a couple colors for this fun flower vine tutorial!
We create the design and fill it in with paint pens in this step by step tutorial.
He is adorable and can be done in any color combination you like!
Make anything break out of your rock with this tutorial. The little shadow is created using paint pens and makes this rock pop!
Grab some bright colors and create some fun graffiti inspired word rocks! This is great for doing personalized name designs as well.
One of our oldest tutorials and I still see them being painted and shared in groups everywhere! Such a cute flower to create over and over again.
Grab some glitter paint pens and take your cute unicorn up a notch! This simple design for beginners is perfect to paint and give to any unicorn lover you know.
Don't be too scared to touch the tips in wet paint! It can give you lots of beautiful variations in color, like in this fun apple blossom tree tutorial.
Start to blend those colors together to get some amazing sunset silhouette rocks! You can add anything in the forfront of these!
Paint pens work perfect for creating these fun tiger stripe designs.
He's simple, cute, and once you see the tutorial you will be painting him in no time!
Making the waves ripple into shore using paint pens is a fun way to learn how to water down and blend your paints. Use this tutorial to start a fun beach themed rock!
Check out this step by step panda tutorial.
Doing fine line work is a breeze with an extra fine tip paint pen.
This zentangle style design is a fun pattern to master and easy with extra fine tip paint pens.
Another great one that you will need an extra fine tip pen for. This one looks tricky, but once you see it broken down you will be able to master this fun heart design.
Grab all the colors of the rainbow to make this fun heart design!
Grab your pink paint pen and create this fun flamingo!
Try something new with your lettering like these bubble letters!
Spread some peace around with this fun tutorial!
He is the perrrrrfect design to try... sorry had to.
This beginner dog has an easy to follow story to help you remember the steps.
4 Pens... a very cute word rock!
Sloths are the cutest! And they are pretty easy to paint with paint pens...
This op art heart works great with paint pens and that black shadow (done with pen) really makes it pop!
Grab all the colors you see in a beautiful sunset to make this fun design.
In this tutorial let your imagination fly with fun swils and designs.
Follow along and paint a palm tree.
Start with basic letters and a fun base coat. Then we show how to give those letters a more hand-lettering style!
Here is a more specific dog to try.
Mix and match fun colors to paint snails.
Easy Flower Painted Rocks
This flower design is done with your extra fine tip black.
Break apart your shape to make a fun mosica pattern with your paint pens.
Ombre Pointillism Hearts
Pick one color and white to make a fun ombre dotted design.
This cute jelly bean pun design is quick and easy to make with your paint pens.
Stripe and design this fun heart!
Use pointillism for a fun base coat for this easy word design.
Paint loads of these beautiful striped paint pen hearts blending with the tips of your pens.
Get a little blending in while making this fun high contrast design.
This turtle painting is sure to make you smile!
Cute Fruit Designs
All these cute fruit designs are simple using your paint pens.
Follow along and paint your very own fox!
We have a quick hack to make this rainbow design so easy!
Leave behind a fun heart on this radial design tutorial.
This sun is sure to bring a smile to your face!
We have another pup for you to check out.
How to paint a cactus step by step.
Want to add a bit of color to your cactus? Check out this fun tutorial.
Simple and sweet wildflowers that are so easy with paint pens.
How to Paint a Llama
Once you see this easy to follow tutorial you will be painting llamas on everything!
Follow along with these fast tips to make your won black and white mandalas.
Spread some Hap-PEA-ness with this fun design.
Blend your colors and create beautiful seahorses.
Follow along step by step to paint your own koala.
Stack your fine and extra fine tips to make fun word rocks.
Extra fine tip pens make great dotting tools for this fun pointillism heart design.
Bring the dots inside your heart shape for a second pointillism heart idea.
Grab your glittle pens for this sun set tutorial.
Build your shapes and fill them in with your extra fine tip pens.
This funky lettering style takes a bit of shading and some well placed arches.
Start with a spiral... end with this fun design!
Perhaps you want more of a rainbow themed spiral...
Or maybe start your heart with a spiral.
Another design that uses a bit of shading to make the design pop.
We used crosshatching to fill in this fun octopus design.
We have some fun hacks to make these designs easy!
Follow along to paint your own seashells with paint pens.
You can't be mad at these grumpy monsters... they're just too cute!
Make that heart fin inspired with this fun design!
These paint pen tutorials are all themed for a specific holiday!
If filled my design with acrylic, but it could have been done with a gold paint pen. The main reason for sharing this tutorial is to show how to make the awesome broken rock and shading with your extra fine tip pain pen.
I love a good dangle design.
These little gnomes are ready to spread some love for Valentine's Day!
These cuties are perfect to share to spread some love around.
Create your design with your extra fine tip paint pens. Then fill with colored pens or acrylics.W
One more heart idea... in case you needed more.
How to paint a basic shamrock.
Take your shamrock up a notch with this rainbow mosaic design.
This gnome is ready for St. Patrick's day.
Create a cascade of colors for this beautiful Easter cross rock.
Here is a cute chick you can paint around Easter!
This cute bunny is sure to bring a smile.
Making this mandala design is easier than it looks with your paint pens!
We have a whole bunch of patriotic rocks all in one place! Perfect for the 4th of July!
These gnomes get ready for all the holidays...
Mix and match colors with your whites to make these fun mummies!
Haunted house silhouetts are so fun to paint for Halloween!
Dress up some candy corns to trick-or-treat!
A fun little dangle Halloween dangle design!
Our not so scary witch to paint.
This fun turkey rock is perfect for Thanksgiving!
This painted turkey is great for beginners.
Work on your lettering with this give thanks design.
Follow along to paint this pretty nativity silhouette for Christmas!
How to paint a Christmas tree with paint pens.
Paint a festive Christmas wreath.
Our unicorn is ready for Christmas!
Of course our gnomes got a Christmas makeover.
This patchwork tree is too easy with your paint pens!
- If you are using this tutorial to paint a rock, make sure to seal your painted rocks before putting them out into the world!
Pin this rock painting idea to your favorite Pinterest board!
I hope you have a chance to try this painting tutorial! Take a minute and pin it to share and save it for later!