Shading with Pen….or what I do with those Old Microns

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A lot of us that Zentangle or Doodle use Micron pens.  And if you do use Micron pens, you know how easy it is for those nibs to get crushed if you exert too much pressure on them.  And if you’re as addicted to this art form as many of us are….you know we go through a lot of pens.  Don’t throw out those pens that are a little past their prime – there is still some life left in them!

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It’s another snowy day in the Northeast, and I’m perfectly fine with it.  I don’t mind the snow and I know I’ll look back on the winter fondly when the heat of the summer sets in.  Today was not only make a video day, but I did finish a project I had been working on, too

watermarked March

I did this piece on Rendr No Show Thru paper and I’m not a fan.  First, this paper has a weird grayish cast to it.  It does indeed not bleed thru, but the paper is on the thin side.  It hasn’t won me over from my Strathmore Bristol Vellum at all.  I’m happy with the way the actual work came out – I just wish it was on Bristol.

I don’t think Winter is really done with us yet, March is certainly sweeping in here like a Lion!

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  1. Nice tip, Chris! I have learned how to recycle my Microns, taking them apart and turning the inside, the actual marker part, around so that the bottom becomes the top, or that at the tip. But, it doesn’t work if the tip has been crushed, it’s still not long enough to flip around.Your idea of using them for shading is perfect! Thanks for a great video!

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      • It is – the work is down, instagram responded immediately and took care of it. I’m not sure if her account is disabled/gone but I don’t see it anymore – thanks again. This has been a popular piece for thieves – this isn’t the first one, but it’s the first one I’ve been able to take action against.

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