Introduction: Zen and the Art of Making a Marker.

This instructable is not merely here to teach you how to make a home made marker, but to school you on the rebellious free thinking behind it.

Back in the day in New York, when making your own marker first became an inspiration and guerrilla, graffiti tactics and skills where handed down from writer to writer...

We learned to use carbon paper from post office labels, bank deposit slips or whatever we could find that had a sheet of carbon paper in between so we could make our own ink. You see... back then, as opposed to now where we use predominantly (if not entirely) 'carbon-less' paper... Carbon paper was a very useful way of making copies of your signature on checks, information on forms you filled out and even tickets cops would issue you. We would also use what we had or could find for the marker container and acquire the chalk board eraser for the tip from school.

You use whats already in your environment. It doesnt have to be carbon paper, a plastic bottle or specifically a chalkboard eraser... but it deepens the point of it all that you didnt have to work in order to get money just to pay for a marker, just so you could create and express yourself.

The act of making your own marker in and of itself is the activism.

This instuctable is open to collaboration Share your thoughts, post your improvements and ideas. Keep in mind, the idea is to create a tool for expression out of materials that are easy to find and re-purpose.

Sustainable freedom of expression.

PixelHustler.

Step 1: What You'll Need...

Rubbing Alcohol
Blue carbon paper
A rubber band
Chalk board eraser
Plastic bottle or other container for your marker.

Step 2: Making the Ink...

Step 3: Oops...

Step 4: Making the Marker Tip...(1)

Step 5: Making the Marker Tip...(2)

Step 6: The Marker...

Step 7: You Didnt Hear It From Me...

Comments

author
foobear (author)2013-08-27

like this very much and also interesting insight into a whole nother world.

author
ilpug (author)2011-03-01

why not just use normal ink and dilute it?

author
pixelhustler (author)ilpug2011-09-20

You can use just about any ink, you dont have to dilute it... but this is how we made our own markers/ink back in the 1980s in New York.

author
ilpug (author)pixelhustler2012-04-08

Huh, a bit of history, that. Good idea, although as you said it is probably out of date.

author
bones1 (author)2007-10-02

how long do you shake the bottel

author
pixelhustler (author)bones12011-09-21

You dont have to shake it. Just let it sit for a day or 2.

author
bones1 (author)pixelhustler2011-09-21

Thanks for the reply and for the instructable, it's been a very informative reference over the years. I was wondering if you could help me, i have been using a different recipe (its still carbon based) I use finely, finely crushed charcoal as the base and red wine as the bulk (imagine you already know this is there anything i can do to improve it?). You cant get rubbing alcohol over here tramps kept drinking it. my question is, what can be used as a liquid agent in carbon based inks? thanks for any help and

author
TaGgEr420 (author)2007-09-04

yo thats bomb, im goin to try makin some huge fats. thanx bro

author
pixelhustler (author)TaGgEr4202011-09-21

Your very welcome.

author
skip2mylou (author)2007-09-07

right after i saw the last image, i was like "that's phenomenal". truly amazing, i really appreciate the historical background. ive been writing... err words... for about 3 years so im still a toy, but i strongly believe that in order to fully appreciate it, uve gotta know the history and respect those that came before them. so thanks for the history lesson and thanks for making the instructable so easy to follow. question: why only blue?

author
pixelhustler (author)skip2mylou2011-09-21

That particular carbon paper is the only carbon paper that will work. The color you get is the color it gives you. The more carbon paper...the darker the color.

author
nkk07 (author)2008-01-10

could yu use water based paint??

author
pixelhustler (author)nkk072011-09-21

Absolutely...

author
Remote Man (author)2008-02-02

pretty much THE sexiest instructable ive seen in a loooong time. 9/10!!

author
pixelhustler (author)Remote Man2011-09-21

Much appreciated. Thanks!

author
sharlston (author)2009-05-20

does the ink leak out?

author
pixelhustler (author)sharlston2011-09-20

It partly depends on the ink and how well you bind up the erasers....but generally speaking... no. You can tip it and turn it upside down and it wont leak. Gotta store it up right when your not using it though.

author
RefStone (author)2010-06-25

Enlightening but I'd have to make the alcohol myself or dumpster it to get into this. Sauce and spice is the way to go. Smear on some mustard and throw dirt on the wall; or the like. Good read.

author
potato413 (author)2008-07-08

not very. alchol based ink isnt too great. i hear pilot has a superpermanant ink but I like ink more. krink works well in theese too and is easy to make.

author
biofueljunke (author)potato4132010-04-17

pilot ink is amazing the black dosent fade to bad and stains anything even some plastics

author
biofueljunke (author)2010-04-06

you could just get some griffin or kiwi and save the shoepolish for ur home made and throw bucket paint into the applicator... ok dont throw paint pour it in with a funnel

author
benitbaby1 (author)2008-12-02

i made the ink differently.
i made it with alcohol and cut up peices of sharpies and pens and i put some dot 3 in there.
but this is a good idea also.
and your tag would look better is you made drips.
(_)

author
fancypenguin845 (author)2008-04-25

wow is cool... you could find some permanent ink and it would be like a mega sharpie

author
Charles IV (author)2008-03-26

Where do you get that blue carbon paper?

author
robodud3 (author)2007-12-20

hey great instructable nice tag 2 but also in my marker my ink is alot like this add some old crappy cut up bic ink like rip em out of the pen cut em into tiny bits and throw them in adds som texture 2 the ink and makes a little darker

author
Pyrowuzzup (author)robodud32007-12-29

i just tried this it works pretty well. comes out as a dark purple. i didnt have any carbon paper. i used an old hollowed out hand grenade for my container. looks kind nice.

author
robodud3 (author)Pyrowuzzup2007-12-30

kool glad to see it worked out for some one ells 2 i think the carbon paper might make it a litlle less dark purple (i used yellow paper i swiped from skool)

author
royal armstrong (author)2007-12-01

diy or die

author
hendrix13494 (author)2007-11-25

nothin to fancy i like it alot

author
hendrix13494 (author)2007-11-20

fresh tag

author

i agree.

author
sk8er6 (author)2007-11-22

what brand carbon paper did you use? i know that violet/black no longer work. i've always used ball pen ink mixes. stains hard.

author
Ock (author)2007-11-20

how permanent is the ink?

author
Hardee (author)2007-11-11

Instead of whatever ink/paint you used, use a mixture of 2/3 paint and 1/3 thinner or mineral spirits

author
lemonie (author)2007-08-06

That's pretty cool. I woud never have though of anyone doing this, but that's fat.
And I suppose you have your choice of 'fumes' and you can turn the marker into fire...

L

author
Weissensteinburg (author)lemonie2007-08-06

Or, light your words on fire.

author

Hey... that would be cool... even more incentive to try this!

author
MattyMumbles (author)2007-09-26

I never even thought of carbon paper ink. I always used india ink (just black ink) cuz it was always handy. Kiwi shoe polish containers are rad too, they've already got a mop on 'em so no need for the eraser. Rusto(leum) Aluminum paint with paint thinner, and some brake fluid also makes an excellent alternative to the incredibly expensive 'KRink' mops. But theres nothin like writin' with a marker you made from start to finish.

author

good concept but it needs to be elaborated on greatly

author
drake (author)2007-08-07

I wonder if you could buy this mega marker

author
pixelhustler (author)drake2007-08-16

Of course you could, but theres no fun in that.

author
LasVegas (author)2007-08-06

Just don't use it on my wall or any place you haven't acquired permission. Thanks.

author
cry_wolf (author)2007-08-06

Nice, plenty of old school recipes, most originated in New York. I'd prefer making this than going out and buying a tub of GROG inks. Saved me some cash! But it seems a bit diluted, not so strong like a Montana ink would be, thats really thick.

author
dantheflipman (author)2007-08-06

I really like this instructable, it gets me thinking about other ways i could make this :D I may post pictures on my marker later

author
JakeTobak (author)2007-08-06

That's really cool, I may try to make one some day with Fluorescein

About This Instructable

15,355views

54favorites

License:

More by pixelhustler:Zen and The Art of Making a marker.
Add instructable to: