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Tipping Scales With Paint Markers

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by RTF, Sep 17, 2016.

  1. RTF

    RTF Active Member

    Is it just me or does every paint marker go to shit I pick up. Doesn't matter what brand or what color. I'm 3/4 the way through scale tipping on a brown trout and all of sudden the pen doesn't want to function normal anymore. Shake, press down, paint begins to flow but wont flow all the way to the tip. The all of a sudden one big blob. I seem to fight and fight with these pens all the time! Ugh!.
  2. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    I think one is better off using brushes and paint. I never liked the pens.

  3. RTF

    RTF Active Member

    The pen tip is what I like and I get better control when tipping. Much cleaner and much crisper scale. The ink within is nothing more then metallic hobby paint as far as I'm concerned. I gave up yesterday fighting the pens. What I did was just release a glob of ink onto a paper plate from the pen. Then just dipped the tip of the pen into the silver ink and went at it. It worked out well and I didn't have to worry about a big glob of ink/paint dropping onto the fish while doing it the conventional way. Kind of like going back to the pen and ink well days.
  4. torka

    torka Member

    I would try soaking the tip of the pen in some solvent. might work. or do it periodically as you are using them to maybe flush the drying paint.
  5. TroutScout

    TroutScout New Member

    When the tip starts to clog and makes big drops of paint you can pull the felt tip out of the pen and reverse it, the opposite end of the felt tip will be like new and work until it clogs, then reverse it again, and so on. Be careful to hold the pen upright so it doesn't spill during the exchange. Use a needle nose or paper towel to hold the tip during the swap.
  6. JL

    JL Taxidermist for 64 years

    Why not just put hobby paint on a plate and use the pen tip if that's what you like. or use the paint and a trimmed toothpick as an applicator?
  7. den007

    den007 Active Member

    Any felt tip pen is too hardsh for my taste. Diluted paint, paint plus metallic powder, whatever applied with a brush is a better option.
  8. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    CJ if you like the control of pens, depending on the color needed and application you can also use colored pencils with the tip dipped in water often to magnify the intensity of just tipping "dry" with pencils. Letting the water bead a little to hide any pencil marks. I oftentimes create the spots on many species with this method as well. Just an FYI if you're not already using this method it may be something you'd like to give a try. Good luck!
  9. RTF

    RTF Active Member

    Thanks FishArt for that tip. I was scale tipping a brown with silver metallic at the time this thread was written. I went out and stocked up on pens to say the least. I also use water color pencils too.
  10. I found the refillable ones to be better than the others. You can put thinned down liquid scales or a concoction of your own.