How to revive a dead alcohol based marker

I’m a huge marker fan; in fact, I have a vast collection of Copic, Ohuhu and ADAXI markers, as you probably already know by now. With so many markers, it’s inevitable that a few of them will run out of ink. 

Often when a marker seems to stop working, it’s not the ink inside that has run out, but rather the tip has dried out. Alcohol-based markers tend to dry out more often than their water-based counterparts, since alcohol evaporates faster than water.

How to fix it

  1. Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol (the kind you use to disinfect wounds and grazes) into a bowl. If you don’t have rubbing alcohol, you can also use nail polish remover – it’ll work just as well.
  2. Take the top off the dried-out marker and soak it in the alcohol for 15 minutes. During this time, you may see some ink diffusing into the alcohol – again, this is normal, and just means the ink is flowing.
  3. Put the top back onto your marker and let it sit – tip up – for about a day or two. After this time, test out the marker on some scrap paper. If it works, it’s just like new!

Besides, try to follow @adaxiarts to draw with simple strokes every day and get connected with people via drawing.

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  • Bramble Reply

    Just got my alcohol markers back out after a couple years of avoiding them 😬 Obviously quite a few of them dried up, ive just finished drowning the tips in nail varnish remover so im hopeful this will fix them up, thank you.

    January 3, 2023 at 8:42 pm

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