Using a Sharpie to Straighten Your Lines

It happens to the best of us – you are trying your best to paint a straight edge, but it ends up being just a tiny bit rough or crooked. So what do you do? Well, it depends on how “off” your edge or line is. You will have to repaint that area in some cases. But if things are only off by a tiny bit, you might be able to fix it with a Sharpie

If you have followed my customs for any period of time, you have likely noticed that I am a big fan of the Ultra Fine Point Sharpie. It makes strong black lines that are only slightly thicker than factory-produced minimate lines. Although the lines are a little too glossy, these Sharpies are the best tool for fine details outside of a tiny paintbrush.

So how can you use them to fix crooked painted edges? Let’s start by looking at the graphic below, which represents a painted minimate area at around 5 times it’s original size.

As you can see, the edge is a little rough. But take a look at the distance between the highest point of the rough edge and the lowest point:

When reduced to minimate size, a straight Sharpie line can be drawn directly in between these two points, thus covering up all rough places along the edge:

But you might say, if I cant paint a straight line, how am I supposed to draw a straight line with a Sharpie? Well, we are more used to using a Sharpie than a brush, since we use pens a heck of a lot more often in our daily routines than we use tiny paint brushes. If you can’t seem to draw straight Sharpie lines, try speeding up the pen stroke. You are more likely to get a straighter line with a faster stroke.

I hope this helps you!

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