Wow Barbara. That sounds complicated to me LOL.
I'd be too scared to try!
But you're possibly right about the upright thing.
I didn't know about using the side of the nib and I don't even know what I do? I'll have to think more about it next time.
I have had it happen a few times but the main culprit is when I'm doing hair. I've done almost all of a brunette's hair it's looking pretty good, but I think, I might make it just a bit darker. I get the E39 out and it goes really kind of thick and shiny on it and just kind of looks like it sits on top of the card.
I probably am using the tip because I'm doing that "flicking/feathering" type thing that I've seen people do on hair tutorials.
Perhaps I'm holding it too upright and doing it wrong?
Thanks so much for your advice.
I'll keep trying