Color Technique with Sharpie Markers on Tiles

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This article is written by Kim Kelley

I was looking around on Pinterest the other day and saw a tile that had some beautiful colors on it, that said they used Sharpie markers to achieve it! So I clicked on the Sharpie site and decided to try it.

Here is a list of what I used:

~ 4   2” x 2” tiles

~ Sharpie markers

~ Rubbing Alcohol

~ Stampin’ Up scripture stamp:  Romans 12:12 and Philippians 4:13

~ Versamark watermark ink

~ White embossing powder

~ Heat gun

~ Teal and Yellow paint

~ Finishing spray by Krylon

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Products

I started out with 4 marble tiles that I had in a kit. They are meant to be used as magnets for the fridge and are only about 2” x 2”. sharpie markers on decorative tiles

Tiles and Sharpies

Then I chose a few Sharpie pens and started to color. Not knowing how the marker would react to the alcohol I just scribbled it on, over lapping some of the colors. sharpie markers on decorative tiles

My coloring 1

sharpie markers on decorative tiles

My coloring 2

Then comes the fun part, using an eye dropper I started to drop the alcohol in spots and then cringed! It left dots. So I quickly added more alcohol, but covering the whole tile in one layer. It seemed to smooth it out a bit. sharpie markers on decorative tiles

Tiles with the Alcohol 1

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Tiles with the Alcohol 2

I let it dry for a few days because to be perfectly honest I was scared to try the Versamark on them. After 3 days I inked up my stamp, added my powder and it smeared, just what I was afraid of. So I wiped off the ink and started over with the markers and alcohol.  After allowing that to dry I added a finishing spray by Krylon, let that dry a day and restamped them. This time after adding the powder and using my heat gun it worked. sharpie markers on decorative tiles

Embossing Powder

Upon looking them over I decided I did not like the look of the edges, just too messy. So I choose a teal and a yellow orange color to paint the edges. sharpie markers on decorative tiles

Tile edges 1

sharpie markers on decorative tiles

Tile edges 2

sharpie markers on decorative tiles

Painted edges

After painting the edges and letting them dry for a few days I noticed they had a dull finish. I know I should have left it, but any one who knows me, knows I can never leave well enough alone. So I added another layer of the finishing spray hoping it would make it shine…but if I am being totally honest here, I love the bold color this technique gives you but trying to add a stamp or ink to the top of it may be a bit much. Because after I added the finishing spray the stamp part, which was a white embossing powder ended up a bit yellow. Doesn’t look bad, but not exactly what I was going for. sharpie pens on decorative tiles

Final project 2

Life is short, do something creative every day!

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Kim Kelley is borderline obsessive about her crafting and her art. She loves mixed media art because you are free to go beyond your comfort zone, using your imagination and exploring an anything goes mind set. Kim loves to learn and explore new techniques and hopes that any art she creates leads someone to find their inner creative artist! Sites: itsallaboutcrafting.blogspot.com and www.facebook.com/kimscraftyconcepts

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Doodling: More than Mindless Drawing

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This article is written by Melanie Statnick

Doodling is More than Mindless Drawing finds Melanie Statnick

Lately I have been doodling in sketch books on legal pads and more. To the doodler a canvas can be anything. When I’m talking on Skype I doodle, “watching” TV I doodle, talking on the phone, even when I think of articles to write I doodle. The mind drifts the pen drifts. To the experts and the English dictionary doodling is “absentminded drawing” Clearly doodling gets no respect. This is defiantly not an accurate description of doodles.  Artists and non-artists have been writing books on how to doodle in art and how doodling is important in the work place and in schools. Companies are being taught how to use the white board more effectively by doodling along with their presentations in meetings providing a visual aid.

Doodles on the white board are used in schools from grade school to universities for students that need a visual aid.    When you were in school how often did you doodle in the margin when you were supposed to be paying attention?  How often did you get caught?

Doodling can be More than Mindless Drawing

Doodling can be More than Mindless Drawing

Studies have shown that people who doodle at times when they are supposed to be paying attention retain 25% more detail than non-doodlers. Drawing and doodling engages the mind, helps us think and improves concentration. It’s been proven to aid in memory retention. It occupies the mind from drifting into unwanted thoughts at times like meetings and lectures and prevents us from daydreaming.

Doodling can be More than Mindless Drawing

Doodling can be More than Mindless Drawing

Morley Safer said “Dull people don’t doodle”.  Perhaps he’s right? When you post your doodle art online Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram…Does it get the same fan base love as your “other” artwork?  Can you tell if your audience takes it seriously? When I doodle I’m getting better at my skills. My hand retains memory and my “other” art becomes better and it’s so relaxing.  Doodle on sisters and brothers, doodle on anything.

Doodling can be More than Mindless Drawing

Doodling can be More than Mindless Drawing

Famous doodlers include John F Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and Mark Twain

Doodling can be More than Mindless Drawing

Source Credit: CBS News The higher purpose of doodling 6/22/14

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Melanie Statnick is a Canadian Mixed Media & Collage Artist out of North Carolina. Melanie creates art daily from her private studio. Her style is fun, whimsy and eclectic. Melanie is also an Art Instructor for local venues and community colleges for students of all ages. Learn more about Melanie: www.melaniestatnickart.com

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