A foam marker sprayer is used to add accents to scrapbook pages, picture matting, drawings and other paper crafts. The foam markers have a short lived lifespan when forcing air through the foam. Preparing homemade foam markers saves money and allows for custom colour mixing. Coloured indigo ink is used to make do-it-yourself foam markers. Coloured indigo ink is available at many local hobby and craft stores. It is also available on the Interent.
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Things you need
- Old foam markers
- Needle nose pliers
- Indigo ink
- Glass container
Save the used markers for the particular sprayer. Sprayers use different markers. It is important that the marker has the right size barrel and tip for the sprayer to work properly.
Remove the foam from the marker barrel. Different type of markers require removal of the metal tip, removal of the end cap or separation in the centre. Look at the marker and determine the opening point. There is a possibility of ruining one or two markers before the proper technique is attained for removing the foam centre.
Place the marker's foam centre in a glass dish. Make sure the dish is large enough so the marker rests flat on the bottom of the dish.
Pour the desired coloured indigo ink over the foam centre until it is covered completely. Allow the foam to sit in the ink for 15 minutes.
Carefully pour the coloured indigo ink into its container. Close the indigo ink.
Pick up the soaked foam centre and insert it into the marker barrel. Secure the foam in the marker.