Painting on glass and fabrics

Gloria Bastos is joined by Rehana Moola of Silveray Sharpie. She shows us how to use these vibrant markers on different surfaces such as glass, fabric, wood, cellphone covers, ceramics and so much more. She will teach us various techniques such as tracing designs using carbon paper, colouring in, creating different colour effects and combinations, blending colours and so much more

By Rehana Moolla

Silveray Stationery Company

Protea Fabric Bag


  • Sharpie permanent markers in a variety of colours
  • A pencil and Carbon Paper
  • Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
  • Paint brush
  • A piece of fabric to be sewn onto a bag
  • Picture of a Protea


  • Step 1: If your free hand drawing skills aren’t great you can trace a Protea onto your fabric using a pencil and carbon paper.  
  • Step 2: Colour in the Protea using Sharpie pens in a selection of colours. Use the darker colours to create natural shadows and the lighter colours to create the highlights.
  • Step 3: To create a water colour effect you dip your paint brush in a little bit of the Alcohol and paint lightly over your colours. This will cause the ink to run and look like water colour.
  • Step 4: Once you’ve got the water colour affect you can outline your Protea with a black marker so it is more defined or just leave the soft edges if you prefer – It’s up to you. Your picture is now complete and ready to  be sewn onto a bag of your choice.

Decorative Dinner Plates


  • Sharpie oil based markers in a variety of colours
  • A white, glazed, dinner plate
  • Carbon paper
  • A pencil and sticky tape
  • An image printed on normal paper


  • Step 1: Preheat your oven to 140̊̊̊⁰C. Wash your plate to remove any dust or oils on the surface, and dry it completely.
  • Step 2: Place your carbon paper down on the plate, matt ink side down. Secure it in place using sticky tape and place your printed image on top of the carbon paper.
  • Step 3: Start tracing your image onto the plate using a pencil: Try to work as carefully as possible because you’ll only remove the carbon paper and image once you’ve finished tracing the entire image.
  • Step 4: Once you have finished tracing the image remove the original picture and carbon paper. You should have a blue outline on your plate now. Be careful not to smudge the lines. Begin drawing your image onto the plate using the Sharpie colours of your choice. The pens take a few seconds to dry so be careful not to smudge your work by leaning your hand on the plate as you work, rather work in smaller sections.
  • Step 5: When you are completely happy with your plate, place it in the oven on 140⁰c for 40min.Remove it from the oven and let it cool. The oven sets the colours, but it’s better to use this as a plate for special occasions and not for everyday use as the colours may eventually fade.

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