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Old 10-17-2016, 03:51 PM   #16
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I do have a decent set of Sharpies... but haven't had much luck blending them either. Do I need a blending pen? Special paper? =(
Yes! You need to have the right paper! Makes a huge difference! There are papers specifically for alcohol markers. You will want this no matter what brand of marker you use.

I have been getting sets of Spectrum at Consumer Crafts when they go on sale for 5 bucks for a 6 pack. They dont do all of them that way though. there are 3 (?) packs of 20 something. Until I am sure I love them, I wont go there.

I also went with Tombows dual tips. Brush and fine. Water based. Much cheaper and you can get them individually. I got them at Dick Blick on sale.

I am now hoping for zigs for the holidays to add to my water based collection.

I have never found sharpies to blend easily. I like the fine tips for detail work but not blending so much.

Blending is not something you just do. People practice this for a long time. I still have not mastered it either. If you can find just a basics class you can do live it would probably make a huge difference.
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