DIY Blender Refill Tutorial

Most readers will know that I am a fan of using a blender marker to blend out colored pencils. The reason that it is the top choice for me is that it is less taxing on my wrist, which often pains from pencil use due to an old injury.

I use both alcohol and water based blender markers for blending colored pencils. One of my favorites though is the Tombow blender marker because it has two nibs (small bullet and brush) and it has a thin barrel which, for me, is easy to hold. Tombow design their products to work together. If you have seen my review of the Tombow Irojiten penciils you will have seen that I use the Tombow blender marker there as recommended by Tombow.

Of course, because I used them so often they tended to dry out. I would then replace them and keep the ones that were a little bit worn for colored pencil blending and keeping the newer ones for use with my Tombow markers

Of course, I bought quite a few Tombow blender markers over time using the newer ones with the markers and the older ones with the pencils. Each time, it would mean taking a trip to the local art shop to buy another marker. Sometimes they had no stock left so I would have to wait. The problem with waiting for me, is that by the time I then get the thing that I am waiting for …I’ve already moved on to another project.

Not wishing to constantly buy blender markers and trying to do my best by the environment, I searched around online for a recipe to make my own refill liquid. There are numerous recipes online but I really liked this one from Stampbusters because it used a teaspoon. As our house is construction chaos at the moment it means that it was easier for me to find a teaspoon rather than my measuring set!

What You Will Need

    • teaspoon to measure with
    • small jar to mix
    • small jar for leftover fluid
    • container to soak insert in
    • blender pen to refill
    • pliers

Recipe for Blender Fluid Refill

      • 1/4 teaspoon alcohol
      • 2 teaspoons glycerine
      • 4 teaspoons distilled water (not tap water)

What to do

      • Mix all the ingredients in your small bowl
      • Use the pliers to remove the nib from your marker
      • the opposite end until the foam insert comes out
      • the foam insert into the container
      • Pour your blender fluid over the insert
      • Let soak for 5 minutes, maybe 15 if it is super dry
      • Half way through, check to see if the foam has soaked up the blender goodness. If it is dripping, it should be removed. It should feel spongy. Try not to over   soak it.
      • Half way through the soaking, pop your brush end in if it is dry like mine. If not, leave this step out
      • Insert the foam back into your blender pen and attach your nib.
      • Test out on a scrap of paper to ensure the fluid is moving in the barrel. If you have left it for too long try and use up some of the excess on scrap paper
      • Save your leftovers in a small jar for future refills

I hope the tutorial above has been useful to those that love their Tombow blender markers as much as I do.

Happy coloring x


About the author


I'm Lea and I love everything to do with coloring! If it is a coloring book, a poster or even a bookmark that you can color in, I'm all over it. Of course, a girl has to have some pencils, markers, gelly rolls, pastels and what not to make those pictures pretty and I love those as well.

Whilst my coloring style lacks skill, I am enthusiastic and focused on enjoying the moment and having fun.

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