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    Tuesday
    Aug102010

    Testing White Sharpies

    "Ages ago, Alex, Allen and Alva arrived at Antibes, and Alva allowing all, allowing anyone, against Alex's admonition, against Allen's angry assertion: another African amusement . . . anyhow, as all argued, an awesome African army assembled and arduously advanced against an African anthill, assiduously annihilating ant after ant, and afterward, Alex astonishingly accuses Albert as also accepting Africa's antipodal ant annexation."
    ~Walter Abish, Alphabetical Africa

    Test 1: mandala in Sharpie extra fine water-based white paint marker, then watercolored, 5.5x8" Exacompta sketch journal

    Test 2: mandala in Sharpie extra fine water-based white paint marker, then watercolored, 5x8" Moleskine watercolor journal

    Test 3: mandala, Sharpie extra fine oil-based white paint marker, then watercolored, 5.5x8" Exacompta sketch journal

    Test 4: mandala, Sharpie extra fine oil-based white paint marker, then watercolored, 5x8" Moleskine watercolor journal

    Sharpies as a watercolor resist? No such luck. #WHITESHARPIEFAIL. You can see the faint outline of parts of the mandala, but that's it.

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    Reader Comments (7)

    Unfortunately, I've learned the hard way that the Sharpie water-based paint pens are NOT waterproof, and I, too, was a bit bummed. Hugs, Terri xoxo

    okay, I'm laughing at the hashtag! But very true and descriptive. I wouldn't have known there was a mandala there unless you told us! but I love the colours. What happens if you go over your mandala again with the white sharpie, now that the colour is dry?

    08.10.2010 | Unregistered Commentersophie_vf

    Oh, I love this experiment! I love resist inks and would love to find a normal pen/marker that works as well as masking fluid!

    08.10.2010 | Unregistered Commenterchel

    That's a lot of "A's", in that quote!! Oh Boy!! Good experiment for the sharpies! Would've been quite cool if they could resist.

    08.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEden

    Gelly Roll Glaze pens by Sakura make a fabulous resist. There's both a clear and a white available. My solid white was in the set of 6 and the clear was in the full-size set, I think.

    08.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterTamera

    I think it gives a lovely effect, even if it's not what you are after in terms of resist. I agree with Tamera about the glaze pens. In fact I'm going to get mine out now and have a play :-)

    08.11.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSam

    Terri, I use the water-based paint pens to write words on art journal pages, but they are the top layer so haven't had them run. Hmmm.... now I need to rethink that.

    Sophie, I'd expect that one or the other of the sharpies would look fine over the watercolors - unfortunately I can barely make out the mandalas after painting. In fact, I was drawing blind, could barely see the white ink as I drew!

    Chel, Yes!!! I know there are wonderful resists, but I am always trying to find something new for a new effect. I still need to try frisket...

    Eden, The quote just cracked me up. I think the author actually wrote a longer bit using this type of alliteration(?).

    Tamera, I LOVE sakura glaze pens. I mean it! I haven't found a set with the white one, my small set (via Blick) had the clear but not the white. So it's tricky to find the white.

    Sam, I used the glaze pens for my recent accordian books and the texture added such an interesting dimension. Just bought a new set!

    ~ Thanks, all! Tammy

    08.11.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

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