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How to Keep Spray Inks from Clogging

Ever had a bottle of spray ink clog?  It happens to me all the time, with any brand. I had assumed it was just the way the world was until I talked to the good people at Marabu.  They rocked my world with one simple way to keep spray ink nozzles in good working order.

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Using the Trio of Thorns stencil, I created a piece of colorful collage paper that will be used on an upcoming art journal page.  Hint, be sure to be subscribed so you know when it comes out.  The paper, which is very thin, makes it ideal for a collage paper because gluing it down will be a breeze.

Where did I get this ideal paper? It’s the insert from a recent prescription for Tamiflu.  Thankfully, this stuff has helped me almost get over what was making me sound like Wolfman Jack last week.

How to keep spray ink from clogging

When you’re all finished using the spray ink for the day, turn it upside down and give it a couple of pumps until nothing comes out.   I like to use every drop of color, so the cleaning created the start of a future art journal page.

This made perfect sense to me when Celia at Marabu said it.  After all, this is what I do for spray paints, why not spray inks.  Thank you Marabu for giving me the best advice I have ever heard about spray inks!

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  • Marilyn Mae February 9, 2018, 3:34 pm

    I tried this technique right after watching your video this morning from the cold Northeast and it works. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Sally Eeds February 9, 2018, 5:40 pm

    I have a bunch of clogged bottles so I guess I’ll still need to unclog those the old fashioned way (in a cup of hot water). Now I know how to keep them unclogged! I use a lot of sprays and now that I know they won’t get clogged I’m going to try those acrylic sprays. 👏👏👏👏👏👏

  • CHERYL February 9, 2018, 7:37 pm

    OMG! WHERE WERE U 2 DAYS AGO WHEN MY INKS WERE CLOGGED? I GOT SO FRUSTRATED I POURED ALL THE INK OUT RANDOMLY ON PAGES AND TOSSED THE BOTTLES. HEY, I HAD FUN PLAYING ANYWAYS. THROWING THAT STUFF DOWN ON PAPER IS SO LIBERATING! THANKS FOR THE GREAT TIP!

  • Anita rhynes February 9, 2018, 8:11 pm

    I love watching your videos and learning new things, thx. I have a dumb question: what is an art journal and what do you use it for when it’s done? Thx for all you have taught me.

  • Kathy Stacy February 9, 2018, 8:21 pm

    Excellent tip! I also wanted to ask – I love your colorful clothing. You always look so nice. Is that your own artwork?

  • Vicki February 10, 2018, 1:02 am

    Love the tip, Carolyn! Such an easy fix!

    Also love your shirt. Can you share the brand…looks like baseball shirt styling.

    Vicki

  • Florenel February 10, 2018, 3:33 am

    This is a super fabulous solution !
    Thanks so much!
    Not only for this but for all your very inspiring ideas.
    Florenel.

  • Luvcreatincards February 10, 2018, 3:38 am

    TFS this tip it makes so much sense but I have never thought to do that before you shared it. LOL

  • Andrene February 10, 2018, 7:35 am

    Just like spray paint (duh)….brilliant! No more spray pump surgeries 😉 TFS Carolyn

  • Carol Baxter February 10, 2018, 11:56 am

    Literally yesterday there was “blue smoke over my house” because my spray ink would not spray.
    Thank you for telling me how to unclog my spray inks (I have a bunch). Hoping this will also work for my expensive hairspray :). THANK YOU!

  • Mary Beth Shaw February 10, 2018, 1:31 pm

    Great information!!

  • Amanda J Read April 15, 2018, 11:56 pm

    Ive never heard of this technique but I’m fed up with sprays clogging. I shall try this and keep my fingers crossed.
    Thanks Carolyn