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Giving second change for my markers and buying new ones

I've been really into Inktober. Even more then I waited to be. I waited to have more problems with keeping this daily schedule, but surprisingly, only one day was hard to get anything done. I've been focusing to drawing so much and haven't really felt like writing. I think it's partly because, I've just been drawing and not doing that much anything else.

I've used almost completely my original markers. I had my first Sharpies ever and they used to be enough for me. Just because I didn't used to draw with them. I basically used those just for writing. They are okay and good for practicing, but now I'm needing more and I'm waiting from mail, my new Winston&Newton's Promarkers. I read and watched Youtube videos about, what would be the best for me. Copics are known to be the best, but the price is just way too much. I trust to Winston&Newton as brand, based of their other products, like paints. Also some artists actually prefer them, over Copic. Will see. I might get a couple Copic to see myself! Ultimately the price was the reason why I got these. They are the best I can get and not too much if this drawing phase goes over. Now it doesn't look like it, but it's realistic. Also I'm still learning and all my works aren't the best. I can think it again later in future, if I keep drawing. I have so many things I like to do, that it's hard to have time for everything.

So I'm still waiting them and wanting to draw, so I had to look how to give second life for my old Sharpies. I got rubbing alcohol, that is basically ethanol based liquid. Just remember that this is just for alcohol markers. I worked over the sink, so it was easy to wash afterward and because rubbing alcohol is flammable and solvent, so you need to consider it while working. So this is what I did. I used pliers to pull off the tip. Got alcohol to plastic syringe. Dropper is more common, but I didn't had one. I added 2-3 drop per marker and pushed the tip back. I used more to those that were more dry. You don't want to add too much, because it makes the pigment to be lighter. This amount didn't effect to it.  At this point I noticed that rubber gloves would be smart idea! I had paper towel to clean my fingers and the ink that leaked from the marker. One thing is to remember that you get ink also to pliers, so I worked the order that I didn't had to clean those all the time. Like from light blue to dark blue.

I was really happy how well they worked so it was good first aid, but the problem came back soon. So I keep adding the alcohol while waiting the new ones! The idea why it works is that usually the solvent in the marker ends before the ink itself. The smell is awful so remember to have good ventilation and maybe have windows open. In Twitter @FromMadeByMeri


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