Bleeding Sharpies Shellac
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I'm interrupting the garden gate series to delve into a matter that arose in the comments on a previous post, where I mentioned that I sometimes use a black Sharpie felt-tip pen to make the stripes on inlaid bees.
A couple of readers responded that applying shellac on top of the marker would dissolve the ink, leading to smudges.Having used this technique many times over the years without producing smudges, I was stumped.
After reading the comments, I went to the shop and made a couple of marks on a piece of red oak scrap.(Typically I'm using white oak for the inlaid bees, but not always.) I let one dry for an hour before applying a film of Zinsser Bull's Eye amber shellac with a foam brush (because I didn't want to get out the shellac brush for an experiment).
There was no smudge.With the other mark, I applied the shellac over the marker right away instead of giving it an hour.Still no smudge.In case the smudging was dependent on multiple brush strokes, I worked over the area a few times with the wet foam brush.
Still no joy in the smudge-production department (which translates to...