Markers are useful for a wide variety of purposes. You can use them to label various items around the house, and you can use them for art projects. The problem with most markers, however, is that they usually dry up very fast. If you are making art projects that require plenty of colored markers, try making your own homemade markers. Here’s how.
- Prepare. Start by making sure that you have covered your work table with a layer or two of newspapers to make sure that you don’t stain your table with paint. Also wear disposable plastic gloves while making the homemade markers, so that the paint will not stick to your skin. Finally, make sure that you are wearing old clothes that you won’t mind getting a little bit soiled with some paint. For the project, you will need a glue pen, a small bowl, a funnel, your paint of choice, and some turpentine.
- Clean the pen. Start by removing the leftover glue from the glue pen. Most glue pens have water-based adhesives, which mean that you simply need to unscrew the cover and then put the glue pen under a faucet with some running water to get all of the glue out. Try to use a new glue pen if possible, because the glue will be softer if you are using new glue pens. Close the cover and shake well if there are some stubborn smudges of glue on the glue pen.
- Mix the paint. After cleaning the glue pen, simply let it dry on top of some clean towels. Next, take some paint of your choice and combine them with some turpentine on a small bowl. Turpentine will work with almost all types of paints. You can use powder based paints such as poster paint and tempera, or you can use acrylic. These will allow work well with the glue pen. Choose the colors that you want, or make your own colors by combining the paint with others. Be sure to add around four caps of turpentine to the paint to keep it from coagulating.
- Funnel. After you have mixed your paint, pour it into the glue pen while using a funnel. Make sure that you do not fill up the markers with too much paint, because you need to add another capful of turpentine to the paint before closing it all up. Turpentine is very important in order to keep your paint fluid and to soften it up so that it will flow easily through the glue pen. If you think that the paint is too thick, simply add a little bit more turpentine.
- Cover. Once you have filled up the glue pen cartridge with the paint and the turpentine, screw the cover back in and start using your markers for your art projects. Keep in mind, however, that this marker will be quite drippy because the glue pen opening is naturally quite large.
With these steps, you should be able to create your very own homemade markers that you can use for art projects at home.