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Marker hacks you need to try!

Marker hacks you need to try!

Amylee’s fun and Creative tip for Markers

Learn how to customise broad tip paint markers to create a new way of drawing! It’s really easy and fun! Marker hacks you need to try!
I carve my pencils, so why wouldn’t I carve my marker as well? This strange idea came to mind after having used a marker with broad tip. I found the mark a little boring and I wanted to have more fun with it…

Marker hacks you need to try!

I had a pen cap on my desk so I then started using it to carve the tip to create a new one. Wow, it’s crazy, now when I draw…it changes everything! I can draw original or multiple lines in a single gesture. A very useful tip for hand lettering or graffiti!
Here is my step by step guide.

  • Level: Easy
  • Prep time: 1 min
  • Paint marker: acrylic

1/ Materials you will need

Marker hacks you need to try!Marker hacks you need to try!

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2/ How to use it?

The idea way is to work with brand new markers to avoid getting paint on your fingers (otherwise use latex gloves).

  • Take your marker and pull the rectangular tip out of the plastic body.
  • hold the small block of foam between your fingers and with the other hand use your tools to carve the tip.
  • The foam is difficult to cut, the texture can cause it to fray. So, to carve it, DO NOT remove or cut the foam, instead compress it to reshape it.

Marker hacks you need to try!

  • Press on the sides or in the middle of the rectangular shape, enjoy creating a new toothed shape.
  • Take the marker and put the tip back in its place.
  • Now, you can start drawing, after pumping up and down on the tip.

Did you know? The tip of big markers is easily removed. There are 2 usable sides A and B. I keep one rectangular side and I shape the other so and I can switch them according to my needs.

Marker hacks you need to try!

GREAT TO KNOW – to avoid damaging my freshly formed tip, I start my marker with the tool held under the foam tip. Once the tip is soaked with colour I can then use my marker properly.
After use, the paint in the foam will dry slightly and help maintain the toothed shape.

3/ Some samples from Amylee’s studio…

You wish you had illustrated examples? Here we go, just for you!

Marker hacks you need to try!

Marker hacks you need to try!

Marker hacks you need to try!

Information for this article was provided by professional fine artist, Amylee Paris. You can visit her colourful portfolio or follow her on Facebook and Instagram

Find all Amylee’s posts published in GreatArt online Magazine by clicking here!

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  • The one thing I find difficult when painting is to be definite. This is obviously difficult due to my MS which actually improves the painting though when I come to the finishing touches such as the signing of the painting it becomes very difficult indeed.
    Would a marker hack therefore be useful ?