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Sarah

Distress Markers

Has anyone used the TH distress markers?  Are they like pro-markers in terms of blending etc? Is the finished effect as if you have used an ink pad or is it more felt tippy? Thanks!
margaret rorie

I really like them - they are the same as the distress inks so produce a watercoloured effect which I like. I also like the fact they come in the same colours as the inks. The pens are double ended with a fine tip and a brush one. I like to use them directly onto stamps so you can get different colours for flowers and leaves. I would say they are different from Promarkers but I don't use Promarkers. Have a look online as I'm sure Tim will have some videos! Hope this is useful.
Sarah

Thanks Margaret - that's really helpful.  And good idea to look for videos.  I have a few promarkers and use them occasionally, but I think I would get on better with colours that tied in with my distress inks and that looked a bit more inky/painty.
Beckyb

I agree with Margaret I don't use them as much as I should do but they are handy to have around and they are good. xx
vonny

I don't have either but did think Promarkers were alcohol based?? And distress markers are water based? Not sure about this but would mean they have very different charecteristics.
I still use Marvy pens as my water based pens or I use DI ink pads by tapping them on my craft mat then painting with them
Sarah

Thanks Vonny.  That's what I do too (paintbrush and bit of ink on a block). I was wondering whether in fact there is any difference - apart from the convenience of having a pen?
margaret rorie

I use the distress markers as watercolours when I don't want too much colour by scribbling a little on a tile . You are right Vonny that they are water based so different from Promarkers.
Mickie

I have to confess I don't use my Distress Markers much as some of the colours are not true.  When I want to watercolour with Distress I drop some Reinker onto a tile and use that as a palette.

Do agree with Margaret - Tim Holtz has made some really good tutorial videos and they're accessible on YouTube.  Whatever did we do before YouTube Wink
vonny

quite shocked to hear that some of the colours aren't true . I think re-inkers are a good buy as you can also put a few drops in a mister bottle with water and make a colour spray (and of course re ink your pads)
Mickie

Absolutely Vonny.  I do agree with you re the Reinkers.  Did you know that you can add mica powder (Cosmic Shimmer, Perfect Pearls etc) to your spray bottle along with the reinker?  If I'm using Cosmic Shimmer I add a drop of Glossy Accents to the mix as I don't believe that Cosmic Shimmer has a binder.
Beckyb

Never thought about adding glossy accents so thanks for that tip Mickie.
vonny

I tend to get annoyed with mica in spray bottles as it bunges up the spray. Hadn't heard about the glossy accents tip tho so thanks for that Mickie
Great that this thread has started up again -well done Sarah  Smile
Sarah

Have never bought a reinker - sounds like I should!  Maybe a mister bottle too?
margaret rorie

Reinkers are great for the colours you use a lot - really refresh your inkpad.
vonny

definitely a mister bottle Sarah -makes adding water easy e.g. wrinkle free distress technique where you press 2-3 DI ink pads on to a craft sheet, spray with water then swipe your cardstock through. Or colour background with DIs, put stencil over, spray with water. Wait a few seconds then either heat to dry, dab or just leave to dry itself.
Bet the others have uses for spray bottle too!
Mickie

I do have a Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer that I only use with water. It is the only one I have come across with a lockable trigger so doesn't leak if you knock it over or when travelling. It holds more too.  Also it is possible to spray a fine mist or droplets

However, I have a few spray bottles bought from Boots/Pound shop - they are so cheap that if they get clogged beyond redemption they can be thrown away. that is once you have transferred the contents to a replacement bottle!

Quick tip No 1: If the nozzle (the sprayer bit) is blocked, holding it under a running tap often clears it. I use warm water.

Quick tip No 2: If the tube is blocked, then you can cut a little bit off the bottom - I.e cut away the blockage. So long as the end of the tube is in the liquid it will work.

Hope that helps
Sarah

Thanks for the advice. Will start with shop as was going there anyway today.
vonny

if you are spraying inks it can be a good idea to use a cardboard box as a spraying booth as the spray often has a mind if it's own -I've got an unused pizza box that works well
Sarah

Ah yes, had an oversized shoe box I used to use for spray glue! something like that I guess.
Miriam

Tim does some fab tutorials.

I agree with Mickie though - I got rid of my markers because of the colours.  I found using the inks with a water brush gave me a better colour.

I know lots of people that love them though.

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