Until I saw what could be done with them on Pinterest, I’d never even heard of ‘Sharpie’ pens. Old hippie that I am, I was particularly attracted to the idea of using them to tie~dye some old T~shirts.
The instructions required the use of ‘rubbing alcohol’, which I was unable to source on the Island. So I substituted surgical spirit ~ the lovely lady in the chemist’s shop assured me it was almost the same, except with added camphor.
Rather than tackling an entire garment straight away, I decided to test it out on a small square of ‘waste’ material, (why follow the tried and tested methods when you can make up a totally new one?)
Surprisingly (or maybe not) it didn’t turn out the way that I expected. But I liked the effect so much ~ particularly in reverse ~ that I pasted it into my journal anyway.
Then I used them on paper:
Once I’d discovered that ‘Scratchies’ would be a more accurate name than ‘Sharpies’, I began to investigate other brands of alcohol ink markers. Before long I’d acquired quite a collection:
I didn’t really get the hang of them until I’d watched some YouTube videos ~ a rich vein of inspiration, handy hints and tips. I still haven’t used them ‘properly’ ~ but here are some early attempts at blending:
And this is a very simple picture that I doodled:
That’s all for now, folks! Next time I plan to show how my sketching practice is progressing, so I’m off to sharpen my pencils (and tidy up those markers.)