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When an alcohol marker has dried out, it is by no means to be thrown into the trash! There is usually still ink in it, only the solvent has dried. You can make a dried out alcohol marker fully usable with this simple little trick.
  1. Pour some rubbing alcohol into a glass jar and put the marker in it, so that the tip of the pen is completely covered in liquid. Keep it there for about five minutes.
  2. Put the cap of the pen back on and hold the marker tip-side down for at least two days.
  3. Take the marker and color!

After recovery, the tone is usually slightly less opaque than before, but on the other hand this means you get beautiful pastel shades, which are often hard to find.

This image was colored with the two markers shown in the first picture, after they had been revived.

Coloring was started in the middle of the picture, and it appears that in the beginning the tone is less opaque, but it deepens and stabilizes soon. However, the tone remains more pale than the original.


Equipment: Alcohol markers and rubbing alcohol
Book: Mental Images vol 1