Testing Metallic Drawing Materials (on Black Valentine’s)

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We’ve had metallic crayons for the last couple of years and loved them, but for some reason never tried them on black paper. Why not? I have no idea. But it was a big oversight on my part. Metallic art materials look great on a black background!

I recently picked up a few new metallic art materials to try out and decided to test them all side by side and share the results with you.

Feel free to chime in at the end with your own experiences with metallic art materials—I obviously haven’t tried them all!

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First, we started with these three (pictured above):

And then also tried these two:

All of these drawings and tests were made on hearts cut out of black poster board, (left over after we cut out our heart crowns), by the way.

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Here Daphne is drawing with the Crayola Metallic FX Crayons. They work okay but the color is rather light, even when you’re pressing hard. Out of all the materials we tried, I’d have to say we were the least impressed with these.

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The Crayola metallic colored pencils worked better and showed up fairly well on the black. We haven’t tried other brands of metallic colored pencils, but were pretty happy with these. And the price is decent, at under $4.

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The Jolly Metallic Push-Up Crayons are awesome and are easily my favorite out of all the metallic drawing materials we tested. The color is vibrant, the coverage is excellent, and the crayons are easy and fun to use. At $8.99 the price is definitely more than some crayons you can buy, but we’ve been using these push-up crayons (both regular and metallic) for a few years now and I think they are well worth the price.

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My kids, who have always seemed to prefer the ease of drawing with markers (over crayons and colored pencils), really liked these Crayola Gel Markers. They aren’t strictly metallic, but they are meant to be used on dark paper so I included them in our comparison.

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Here’s one of Daphne’s drawings with the Crayola Gel Markers (although the flower was started with the Crayola Metallic Crayons).

I wasn’t as crazy about the gel markers as the kids were, but they do show up well on dark paper. And since I bought them, they have gravitated to them more than the other materials.

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The Playcolor Metallic Tempera Paint Sticks show up great on black and glide on smoothly. Because of the chunky size, I’d choose them for working large more than on these small Valentine’s though.

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Also, they are a little soft and goopy. My girls like them, but I am not as impressed with them as I am with the regular tempera paint sticks that I raved about recently.

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All in all, testing metallic drawing materials on black hearts was a fun exercise!

Testing Kids Metallic Art Materials on Black Valentines -- Which ones work best?

I should have included our beloved metallic Sharpies in this comparison, but didn’t. And we have some metallic paints that we love, but I’ll save those for a different post…

I’d love to hear about your experience with metallic drawing materials! Do you have any that you like?

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  1. says

    Thank you so much for all the useful information! My kids (ages 7 and 9) love when I come home with new art materials (I love how quiet they become!) I’m definitely going to try the Crayola gel markers- since they are easy to come by.
    p.s. I’ve been reading your blog since way before Daphne was born- love it!

  2. Dena says

    Hi Jean, I just bought black posterboard, construction paper, a heart hole punch and Faber-Castell Metallic Gel sticks… which look like your paint sticks. We are doing the project on Friday. Thanks, this looks so fun, I like how it’s on black paper for something new and different and the end results look great too. I think I might purchase the Jolly push ups. Thanks!!

  3. eileen says

    Yes, silver metallic sharpies show up very well. There are also these silver “paint markers” that you shake which create a lovely contrast. And of course, glitter glue.

  4. Julie says

    Do you know if craft stores such as Hobby Lobby or Michael’s or art stores such as Dick Blick sell the Jolly metallic push up crayons? Thanks.