Give Your Things a New Lease of Life with POSCA Pens!

Shoes decorated with Uni POSCA markersPOSCA should stand for Pretty Orsome Scribbling Collection for Art. We don't know what POSCA actually stands for (if indeed it does, which it probably doesn't), but this seems as good a phrase as any, especially when you realise how versatile they are! These markers are filled with water-based paint, so not only can they be easily removed from non-porous surfaces such as glass, they'll stay put if varnished or heated, which is great for things like porcelain, wood and fabric. There are lots of tip types and sizes, from the delicately fine 1MR at just 0.7mm right up to the big and beefy 17K which paints a 15mm line width; and, of course, a multitude of bold and brilliant colours.

Shoes decorated with Uni POSCA markersJust to give you an idea of what they're capable of we invited Emma, an A level art student, to give us the lowdown on one of her projects.

Hello! My name is Emma, and I was studying A level art when lockdown came into effect. Although my course ended abruptly, I decided to continue with my project. I designed cycling shoes and then painted them at home.

For my A level Art final piece, I chose the topic of ‘Bicycles’. This led to me discovering artists who use cycling shoes as a canvas. I decided to use this technique for my final piece, as my dad is a keen cyclist and owns many pairs of cycling shoes (Emma - I hope your dad knows you purloined a pair of his shoes…?!) I used POSCA pens as they allowed me to easily apply the paint as well as use bright colours. This technique would work on any type of shoes, not just those for cycling. So here's what you do. You will need:

Shoes decorated with Uni POSCA markers
  • Shoes
  • Acetone (nail varnish remover)
  • Cotton wool pads
  • POSCA pens
  • Masking tape (Washi tape like mt tape works well)
  • Acrylic finisher


  1. Firstly, wipe all areas of the shoes with acetone, using a cotton wool pad
  2. Then use masking tape to cover any areas of the shoes that won’t be painted
  3. Take your first POSCA pen, shake it and then press down on the nib a few times to activate the flow of paint
  4. Start drawing. Use one colour at a time to reduce smudging and cross-contamination
  5. Once the design is complete, outline with a fine black POSCA pen
  6. Then apply an acrylic finisher and leave to dry
  7. Finally - wear the shoes!

Shoes decorated with Uni POSCA markers

22 April 2020


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