Amylee’s fun and Creative tip for Markers
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…
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.
PREP TIME: 1 min
PAINT MARKER: acrylic
1/ You NEED
- Liquitex Paint Marker Set with broad tips.
- Sharp tools for carving the foam tip (screwerdriver, fork, metal ruler…)
Most of these products are currently available at GreatArt Online or in their art supply shop in London Shoreditch.
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.
- 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.
GREAT TO 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.
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 MY STUDIO
You wish you had illustrated examples? Here we go, just for you!
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