TURNING DRY MARKER INTO WATERCOLORS

I'd like to tell you that the only paint we use in the household is hand ground pigment that comes from the earth, but I can't. Maybe someday I will reach that point! The realities with the kiddos is that they receive thoughtful gifts. One of those things has been markers. I think it is a common shared experience that at some point in your life you have gone to draw with a marker only to get that drab, dry, chalky effect on your paper. In the spirit of using every morsel of everything until it's death I am going to tell you one more thing to do with that marker before you toss it into the landfill!

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  • Get your dry marker
  • Place it into a container that has a secure lid
  • Put some water into it
  • Place the marker in the container. Let the marker bleed the remaining color into the water. This may take an hour, or you could leave it overnight. 
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This was after a few hours. I then took the marker out and placed the lid on the container to be put aside for the next time we were going to paint.

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Then painting can begin. The bright pink in the middle is NOT the watercolor marker paint. The lighter pink everywhere else is. This is a painting in progress of a bat going for some saguaro cactus fruit. 

It's a great way of extending the life of a marker that is not longer up to the task of a juicy drawing utensil! If you find yourself with a bunch of different colors of markers, you could use it as a color steeping exercise. Make your own custom colors!