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I post daily (photos of my journal pages, things that inspire me and personal bits and pieces) to inspire and encourage others. I have always believed that if I can do it, so can you.

You'll find resources (my favorite supplies, books, slideshows of my art journal pages, favorite bloggers, etc...) listed along the right hand side of my blog.

I've been teaching both in person and online workshops for more than twenty years. You can find out more about my classes by scrolling down along the right hand side of my blog. I strive to make classes accessible to everyone (both beginner to advanced).

I love teaching and truly believe that deep down inside everyone is an artist, capable of creating something. There is power and knowledge in the act of creating something with your own hands, made from your own heart and head.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Paint Markers and High Altitude

I've spoken a lot about my favorite paint markers over the years (yes, I'm looking at you water based Sharpies, Molotow and Montana markers!) I've suggested many times that when you first buy a paint marker that you should "burp" it to get the air flowing. Well, one thing that I could never figure out (and this has been happening for MANY years) is how to stop the paint markers from "throwing up" (or leaking) all over the place when one goes from low altitude to high altitude. 

Last week, one of my wonderful Colorado students suggested that before you use a marker that has gone from low to high altitude that you take a paper towel or rag, hold the pen tip up and press down on the nib once. This will get the air flowing throughout the marker. Yes, the pen will leak a little bit when you first do this but it stops immediately. Afterwards, as needed, shake and pump the tip on scrap paper before you  use it on your page. 

I hope that this helps you as much as it helped me! Just say no to leaky markers!

More on My Favorite Pens Here (lots of links!)
Derwent Graphik Line Painters


Emily Cline said...

Great idea! I actually kinda like the "paint pen vomit" -- takes away my control and gets me outta the box.. on the airplane! :)

Anonymous said...

good to know