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Inking dice with a paint marker

Tonight’s dice inking project: a ruby Gamescience set I found in my dice box, and a big, beautiful Armory d30 Guy Fullerton​ gave me. I used an extra-fine point Sharpie white paint marker (paid link) on these.

Ultra-fine point is a great size because it fits the grooves on most dice perfectly, and it’s my inking weapon of choice. But as far as I know, Sharpie doesn’t make an ultra-fine point marker in white, and extra-fine point is as precise as it gets in the world of white paint markers.

The paint is more forgiving of slip-ups that permanent marker by virtue of being easier to wipe off, but it tends to ink around the grooves as well as inside them. I’m willing to bet a few weeks of being used, and bouncing around with other dice, will take care of that.

2 replies on “Inking dice with a paint marker”

I’ve used toothpicks dipped in paint, and an ultra-fine point pilot dipped in paint before now, but the best success I have when recoloring dice (silver numbers don’t work well for me and some of my variegated dice need different colors on different faces to show my old man eyeballs what I just rolled) is just Liquitex medium viscosity paint, maybe slighty diluted with water but usually not, globbed on and wiped off with a paper towel. I’ve used whiteout too in extremis.

My two oldest dice were both “inked” with paint, and they’re still holding up almost 30 years on. I’m pretty sure I used a toothpick, too!

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