Before there’s any misconceptions I am not getting married!! 🙂 However my wonderful sister is and I’ve been trying out a lot of crafts that would be handy to save a few quid (further blog posts to follow!). This blog post came about because a friend of my sister wanted some advice on writing on ribbon as part of her wedding favours.
This blog will save you trying out different pens/paints because I’ve already done it below for you 🙂
I knew straight away that ink/paint would bleed when applied to ribbon. If you’ve ever really looked at ribbon there is a like a grain on the surface which makes it quite difficult to write/paint on.
So the first thing I did was checked online for a few tips and the tip I found was to spray the ribbon with hairspray so that’s what I did. I’m sure there are other/better ways but the aim was a cheap and hassle free way.
What I did was try different pens with and without the hairspray to see which worked best.
Important to note – you need to let the hairspray dry before writing or painting. Also the hairspray makes the ribbon a little stiffer then it would be without the hairspray but no were near as stiff as it would be if you used Mod Podge or Glue.
As you can see I tried 8 different ways. So here is what I tried:
1. Oil Based Sharpie – For newbies, these pens are not the basic sharpie pens, they specifically say Oil Based. They are nearly like paint pens.
2. Normal Sharpie – These pens are the normal sharpie pens you see in Easons etc. (I believe Mr. Price now stocks black sharpies) Was a disaster for writing on ribbon anyway!
3. Oil Based Sharpie WITH hairspray – You can see it’s a hella lota better from ribbon number 1 which is without hairspray. If you take your time and are careful not put too much pressure on the pen I think it could look even better then it does in the picture.
4. Normal Sharpie WITH hairspray – It’s a little better with the hairspray then without.
5. Textile Paint – Keep in mind I am not the best painter and painting on a tiny ribbon doesn’t help!
6. Textile Paint WITH hairspray – Less bleeding with the hairspray but worse painting from me! I would not recommend paint unless you are using a really wide ribbon or you have a surgeon’s steady hand! (and the patience of a saint)
7. Normal Biro Pen – Worked pretty well considering it’s the cheapest option.
8. Normal Biro Pen WITH hairspray – This for me is the winner or them all! Crazy that the best tool is a normal everyday pen and hairspray!
So there it is….I would think that number 8 or number 3 would be the best option but you would have to make your peace with the ribbon being a little stiffer. I couldn’t get the oil based sharpie pens in Easons so I had to purchase them from Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sharpie-Oil-Based-Markers-Colored-1770458/dp/B003YDYO1Q/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1463527493&sr=8-2&keywords=oil+based+sharpie
If you didn’t want to make your peace with stiffer ribbon you could try transfer paper (like for T-shirts). Print off the names and iron on the transfer to the ribbon. Mr. Price sells transfer paper 🙂 Whatever you decide, one thing you will definitely have to make your peace with is the fact that this is no easy task and will take time and patience (and a lot of it at that!) 🙂
If you have any tips for writing on ribbon please share in the comments below.
Lots of crafty love