|Recycled Soda Tab Earrings colored with Mepxy Brush Markers|
I really enjoyed crafting with the Mepxy Brush markers (from the U.K.) because of their versatilty, ease of use, quality, and excellent color selection. Above is a pair of recycled soda tab earrings that I made using the markers to color the metal.
The Mepxy markers are now being sold in the United States in art stores. The markers bring Anime artists, calligraphy artists, and crafters a new choice in alcohol ink markers. Mepxy even has a blog dedicated to anime artists with a fun gallery and ideas for using the markers.
The set that I got is the Mepxy 12 colors basic set which includes:
- B06 Peacock Blue
- L07 Natural Green
- 006 Cadmium Orange
- V06 Iris Purple
- C05 Cyan
- M09 Magenta
- P04 Lavender
- W07 Light Mahogany
- G07 Vivid Green
- N18 Sepia
- R08 Vermilion
- Y06 Bright Yellow
- 00 Colorless Blending Pen
- Marker Blending Palette
The inks are also translucent which makes blending the inks very easy to accomplish. I did a sample blending using two of the colored ink markers and the colorless blending brush.
The colorless blender pen is used to remove excess ink from the image or to blend colors.
Like the other quality alcohol ink markers in the market place, these markers come with two tips. The marker has a fine brush tip on one side
and a wide chisel tip on the other.
I read on the Mepxy website that the ink is toner friendly and won't react to it nor would it remove images from it. So I did my own test on this. I used five colors and none of them lifted the image from the paper.
I also tried the Mepxy markers on wire hooks. I used the markers to color the wire in various colors and it worked perfectly. This also worked well on plain metal staples.
Then I tried it out on a cut up piece of aluminum soda can that I had run through my Big Shot machine. This also worked really well.
For my First Project, I decided to make some simple Soda Tab Earrings with materials I had on hand.
Next, I decided to try test them on some plain cloth flowers. I took apart the flowers and used the yellow color to paint the center of the petals. I let them dry for about a half hour. Then I proceeded to wet the outer surface of the petals (one at a time) with the colorless blender pen which was immediately followed by inking the surface with the orange marker.
Then I decided to see how these would work on canvas that has been prepped with gesso.
For my second project, I used the markers to make a page in my altered art journal. First, I colored the background with the markers. Then I stamped several designs onto the page. I filled in the color on the skull with the Mepxy markers. I could layer the ink without blocking out my stamped images by doing only one coat. I quickly finished off the page by adding some simple embellishments.
|Mepxy Alcohol Ink Markers used in Altered Art Journal Pages|
My third project was to use the markers over various card stock to see how it would hold up. As you can see in the photo below, it worked great on the canvas, card stock, and the various trims that I combined to make a fun wall hanging for my daughter.
- Immediately place tips back onto markers so they do not dry out.
- Do not use with Staz On ink, because it can react to it.
- These are rich colors and will seep through cheaper quality paper, so take that into consideration when planning your projects.
- If you decide to color soda tabs with alcohol ink pens, you have to clean them and sand them to get alcohol ink to stick. Then you need to heat set it. The intensity of color you get depends on the amount of ink you use and the brand of ink you use.
- I found the ink adhered differently to different types of metal. So I recommend you do a test first to make sure the alcohol inks will work on the metal you are planning on using.