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Monday, April 25, 2011

Make Your Own Liquid Watercolors



Can you guess what is going on in the photo above? I am recycling old dried out markers to make liquid watercolor! And look how gorgeous it turns out:



To do this, all you have to do is soak your old markers, head down, in a cup of water. I left these over the weekend and they are nice and bright. I had some old gel markers and they worked really well. I especially liked the white gel markers mixed with the purple and blue to make a cornflower blue. Have fun, experiment, save money, and recycle all at the same time!






The original idea for this came from this website: Artapotamus

16 comments:

  1. I haven't done this before, but I have done the opposite. I will sometimes soak old markers in liquid watercolors to make them work again. I especially do this with my black markers, which always seem to dry out first.

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  2. I love this idea, is there a way to share this through google blogger? thanks

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  3. Great tip, Holly!
    Clemencia, I am not sure. If you are a follower and have your own Blogger account, you can have this appear on your blog roll. Or, you can link to it.
    Does that help?

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  4. Love this! Thanks for the tip!

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  5. I am going to try this, thanks for the idea!

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  6. Ha ha! I saw that same post at Artapotamus and immediately tried it out. I took pictures and never posted, but they looked a LOT like yours. I didn't think of trying the gel markers though, and now I'm kicking myself that I threw them out. I've been mixing colors so I have a gray-green, a gorgeous blue-violet, and an amber brown with an orange glow among others. It works so great! Why didn't I think of this years ago?

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  7. what a good idea! I didn't know you could do this. Mama Winger is also a preschool art teacher, and I'm going to share this tip with her! I'm going to share you on our facebook page- you've got so much good stuff going on! jill (Things With Wings)

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  8. What do you store it in afterwards? Does the color seperate from the water after it sets for awhile? hmmm...

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  9. Mr. E-
    I store it in old liquid watercolor bottles. Since it is the end of the year, I was able to condense what I already have and put the new in the empties.
    The only separation I have seen is with the gel markers- the heavier material that makes it a "gel" marker sinks to the bottom and looks milky. But, once you shake it up, it is fine again.

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  11. Love this idea!! I will definitely be doing this with my classroom's old markers!! I wish I had kept all my old baby food jars because they would be perfect for storing....How do you know the water to marker ratio?

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  12. Thanks so much for all the wonderful tips. We teachers need all the help we can get!!

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  13. I'm going to try this as liquid water colors are so expensive. Wish I had saved all those old markers!

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  14. What a great idea! I am always looking for new ways to recycle things in the art room. I have to try this out soon. :-) Thanks a lot for sharing.

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