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Old 08-22-2019, 06:20 AM   #1
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I did a search for help with this and didn't find any results so thought I'd just throw it out there. I have never owned a blender pen but last spring our SU demo did a workshop and asked us to bring one. My friend that goes to these things with me said she had three she'd never used and she'd give me one. Well, I failed miserably with the thing.........I do okay with colored pencils and the blends and the few copics I have but now I've used the blender pen 3 different times and it hasn't been good. My question is........can these things be too old? My friend said she's had hers for at least ten years. Thanks for any help.........Diane
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Old 08-22-2019, 08:22 AM   #2
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Let's start with... what kind of blender pen(s) do you have, and what are you trying to blend?
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The pens are Stampin' Up and we were using the Stampin' Up ink.........she had owned the pens for a long time and she purchased them on ebay, so I was thinking they could be pretty old. Or maybe blender pens are my point of failure.........thanks.
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I think they can dry out. I saw a recipe to make blender refill. I'll see if I can find it.
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I wrote this down a couple of years ago but never made it. 2 tsp. Glycerin, 4 tsp. Distilled water, and 1/2 tsp of rubbing alcohol. Pull nibs out and soak in solution.
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I wrote this down a couple of years ago but never made it. 2 tsp. Glycerin, 4 tsp. Distilled water, and 1/2 tsp of rubbing alcohol. Pull nibs out and soak in solution.

My SU ones wore out several years ago, and I haven't replaced them with SU. I did find Marvy ones on a clearance rack and bought a couple. I think they dry out quickly. Thanks for the recipe! I will give it a try and see if I can revive one laying in my drawer.

If you are near a Michael's, I think you can purchase a Tombow blender pen by itself in the marker racks. They are around $3.50.
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The pens are Stampin' Up and we were using the Stampin' Up ink.........she had owned the pens for a long time and she purchased them on ebay, so I was thinking they could be pretty old. Or maybe blender pens are my point of failure.........thanks.

I am glad you didn't say SU blender pens with Copics. LOL. That won't work.

Unfortunately, I don't have any experience with the SU blenders, so I'm glad muscrat and lovinpaper had some info for you.

Since SU inks are dye inks, you should be able to do some blending with a plain water brush, but you'd have to be careful to avoid pilling on regular paper/cardstock.
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I don't have the Copic blender pens, but I do use Promarker pens and have their blender. Which many have pointed out is totally misnamed, as it's actually more of an eraser, than a blender. Don't know if thats useful info for you?
I also saw a video- I *think* it was Simon Hurley- who filled a Tim Holtz Blender pen with Gamsol/Zest It pencil blending solution, and it worked really well for them.
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I am not a big colorer but blender pens used with markers or ink pads is my go-to if I have to color. The pens dry out after a while. I open a new set and dedicate each pen to light, medium, dark colors and use them up relatively quickly (not years). They need a light touch to blend and it is so easy to learn.
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I don't have the Copic blender pens, but I do use Promarker pens and have their blender. Which many have pointed out is totally misnamed, as it's actually more of an eraser, than a blender. Don't know if thats useful info for you?
I also saw a video- I *think* it was Simon Hurley- who filled a Tim Holtz Blender pen with Gamsol/Zest It pencil blending solution, and it worked really well for them.

My Copic instructors said Copic’s blender pens shouldn’t be called blenders, that they’re pushers.
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Thanks so much for all the good info. My blender pen seems to have fluid but I'm keeping that recipe in case it starts to dry out. Maybe I just need to sit down with the thing and practice more..........Mary Beth said a "light touch" and that could be part of my problem.

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Also, depending on the cardstock you're using, it's possible to work an area so much that the paper starts to pill up. Try not to go over a particular area too much. HTH
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Lindsay Weirich, the Frugal Crafter, offers a fun and in depth way to refill/recharge blenders, Versamark-type pads, various ink/pigment markers and pads. A treasure trove of info. Take notes, there's a lot packed in here!



Look her up on You Tube under Frugal Crafter and her channel for art supplies.
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when I went to my first ever SU party, they used the blender pens to pick up color from the box of chalks and that gives a very soft looking coloring for the project.

I have never tried to use them with the inks, I am more likely to use the aqua brush with water based inks. ( it gives you a faux watercolored look)


and those pens do dry out over time. so, I bet that was a whole lot of the difficulty. The marvy blenders seem to be about the same thing to me and you can buy those one at a time since they do dry out.
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I wrote this down a couple of years ago but never made it. 2 tsp. Glycerin, 4 tsp. Distilled water, and 1/2 tsp of rubbing alcohol. Pull nibs out and soak in solution.
I used this recipe today and it has revived my blender pens
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