About Calligraphy Paint Markers

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Calligraphy paint markers differ from regular paint markers in that the paint markers have a much thicker tip, they require regular shaking to mix up the paint inside, and they create much thicker and less detailed lines. Learn to use a calligraphy paint marker with information from an art store general manager in this free video on art supplies.

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The question is what about calligraphy paint markers? Before we talk about calligraphy paint markers we need to understand the difference between a regular calligraphy marker and a paint calligraphy marker. Regular calligraphy marker is very fine and detailed and is very good for small things and a calligraphy marker has a very flat and distinct flat shaped head, tipped so when you are going down one way you get a very fat line and you are going the other way you get a very thin line and then when you go ahead and do whatever you get the beautiful calligraphy strokes so you go from fat to thin very quickly. That's what a regular calligraphy marker does. Now when we talk about a paint marker that is a calligraphy marker you need to understand the difference. A paint marker is not dealing with very thin ink and very, a paint marker is actually putting paint down as if you had like it on a brush so it is much thicker. The advantage with a paint marker is the paint marker is very opaque and will go on many different surfaces and what we have here is a calligraphy marker here and one here but that is what the tip looks like before we charge it with ink and the paint marker again, a calligraphy paint marker or any paint marker is full of paint. It doesn't work like a regular marker so what you need to do is you need to mix your paint up and you need to be patient and mix it thoroughly. Impatience will be your downfall with a paint marker but you want to shake it real good and get the paint mixed up and again patience is a virtue. You get your marker thoroughly shook. You want to push the tip down like that just for a second, shake your marker again, push it down again. You want to look at the tip and see if any paint has come down there. Again patience, you can't go quickly here. If you go too fast and you pump the tip too hard and too quick paint will gush out so you, patience is a virtue. Now I have paint in the tip of my marker and I'm ready to use it. Now I am going to work on this black board to illustrate that a paint marker for the most part is very opaque on dark colors so see I have got my calligraphy tip here and I am going to do a letter, I can do and see you can get some really beautiful results with a calligraphy tipped marker. One of the drawbacks with a paint calligraphy marker you can't go very fine because it is throwing out paint but it can do some beautiful work on a larger scale. Again this is on a paper surface, I could work on metal, glass, wood, just about anything except for waxy or a chalky surface.


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