Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sharpie Markers! - ReMe Retreats' Favorite Art Supplies - Day One

Today we'll kickoff the "ReMe Retreats' Favorite Things - Art Supplies!" Series.  In no particular order; Jodi, Penny, and Jean will take turns sharing a few of their creative must-haves.  In the following, we'll begin with Jean's Ode to Sharpie Markers.


Journal Page in Sharpie by Brittany Gabel.
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My sister, Janet, is 18 months younger than I am.  As the children of practical parents we often had duplicates of the same toys and clothes, and Mom and Dad would use a Sharpie Marker to distinguish our individual treasures.  This is my earliest memory of a Sharpie Marker at work, and for as long as I can remember, Sharpie Markers have been strategically placed around our home.  

Sharpies were sacred and taboo then.  Sacred, because they held the mystique of something reserved "for adults only".  Taboo, because our parents recognized the inherent danger of them in our creative little hands.  My coffee table, which was once my parents coffee table, still bears the mark of some of my earliest work underneath its top, a self portrait, strategically placed where I was certain that no one but me could see it! 



As I began to identify myself as an Artist, Sharpies played an increasing role in my life.  I used them in Artist Trading Cards, Inchies, and in other Mixed Media works.  Their bold mark making ability and the extensive array of colors in which they were available thrilled me to no end!

During my transition into the world of jewelry and metal arts, Sharpie Markers served as my earliest form of patina.  This was in the days before I knew that a patina was a patina.  I would color my finished metal piece with a Sharpie Marker and wipe ink from the high spots of the piece with a bit of alcohol.  This is a technique that I still use from time-to-time today.

Today, Sharpies rule when it comes to a resist in my metal etching!  When I travel to teach, I always bring several dozen, and  I generally keep two or three different colors and point sizes in my purse just-in-case I need them.  
Etching with a Sharpie Resist results in consistent deep results.


Journal Page in Sharpie by Patty Sieck.
And of course, Sharpie makes more than permanent markers!  There are water based paint markers, oil based paint markers,  counterfeit detectors, metallics...and neons...and highlighters... oh my!  

In closing, and for the sake of full disclosure, "Hi.  My name is Jean, and I'm addicted to Sharpie Markers."  

(Please respond together with, "Hi Jean!".)
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Please share your love of Sharpies with us.  How do you use them?  Which is your favorite?  Do you too fear a world without Sharpies?!?!?  


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18 comments:

  1. I'm using a Sharpie as a mandrel for wire clasps.

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    1. I do the same, Donna. Great minds! :-) I love to find and promote alternative uses for ordinary things. It provides a great low-cost alternative to those who are trying to build their collection of tools on a budget.

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  2. Pinned to my Pinterest board ReMe Art Retreats

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    1. Thanks again for participating, and for all of your shares, Donna!

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  4. The sharpie is the wonder marker of every day life. It's the one labeling to that kept me safe in our move. Long after the sticker labels fell off the boxes, the sharpie written address remained. Thank goodness!

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  5. Sharpies are amazing! I use them for damn near everything. From marking dates on freezer foods to artworks that are difficult on other types of pens and even labeling my dogs beds for kennel stays! Whomever invented Sharpies should receive a group hug.

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  6. Shared on my FB page but unable to copy the link from my tablet.

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    1. Thank you again for participating and sharing, Victoria!

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  7. I have one water based white sharpie paint marker which I love! I need more!!

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    1. If one is good, more is better, Ali!!! :-)

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  8. My daughter keeps stealing my Sharpies! I prefer the thins. I like to use the black and white Sharpie paint markers for detailing. I haven't tried to varnish over that ink yet. I'm too scared!

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    1. Don't be scared, Ellen! Even if the results aren't exactly what you'd expect, they'll still be fabulous! (And if you're REALLY scared, try it on a sample piece first. ;-) )

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  9. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/241435230000880200/

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    1. Thank you again for participating and sharing, Ellen!

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  10. Sharpies...love and hate them all at the same time! Love that they are permanent....hate that they are permanent! Love that they write so amazingly over just about anything...hate that they write over just about anything (then are wrecked and can't use them anymore)!

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