I find myself dabbling more with mixed media techniques these days. My friend Judy and I were emailing about various techniques when I mentioned Copic markers and airbrushing. I had read in one of Linda & Opie O’Brien’s books about airbrushing with Copic markers.
Copic markers have been around for a while and are a bit pricey. I spent a bit of money years ago on a couple sets of Prismacolor Markers which were the “go-to” marker for use on polymer clay. I use them once in a while, though not on polymer clay. Most of the time they lay in a pile in a Rubbermaid container on the floor of my studio. So the thought of buying even more expensive markers that I may or may not use wasn’t appealing to me.
But the idea of airbrushing with a marker seemed intriguing and has been in the back of my head for a while.
Anyways, my dear friend in her mixed media wisdom suggests using one of those cans of air that you use to clean computer keyboards and other tight spots.
Ding! Off went the light bulb.
I pulled out a sheet of scrap paper, grabbed a bright pink Prismacolor marker from the box, took out the can of compressed air from under the studio sink and proceeded to experiment.
And darn if it didn’t work!
Now the Copic marker system is a little fancier, with a holder for the marker and can of air that attaches to it. You can even get a kit that attaches to a compressor. But by placing the plastic straw into my can of compressed air and aiming it at the tip of the Prismacolor marker, I was able to achieve some cool splatter and spray marks.
The larger splats on the right and left of the page (circled) are the result of spraying the broad tip of the Prisma marker. The smaller blobs (marked with squares) were the result of spraying through the fine tip.
Now Copic markers are refillable. I imagine the Prismacolor markers may dry out over time when sprayed excessively with the compressed air. But this little experiment may be fun to use in some mixed media pieces that don’t require a large area to be covered.
Next I’ll have to try blending colors.