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When I first started this blog I had a cheapie point and shoot camera and it did the job, albeit, not very well. The first photos on the site are grainy and dark and I really didn’t know any better. One day I realized it was time to up my game and I got my very first DSLR camera. I’m now on my third camera in 4 years of blogging and I suppose I am somewhat hard on cameras!
It’s not easy when you’re a craft blogger to keep your camera free of all sorts of stuff. You’re always going to get over-spray when spray painting something and things like super glue on your hands will most definitely glue you to your camera (there are 2 places where my finger prints will always be on this camera :).
This camera has been very, very good to me. It’s definitely been my favorite and I feel like I’ve been able to grow as an amateur photographer using it. It was always terribly embarrassed taking it out in public because it was crazy how much STUFF was on the silly thing. Stray pieces of glitter would glint in the sun at the zoo and I’d notice people looking at the paint on the bottom of it taking pictures of the boys at the park.
Since I had just grabbed a package of Sharpie oil based paint markers in fun, bright colors at Michael’s it seemed the perfect time to give my old gal a fun makeover. I’m going to start off by telling you that my camera is no longer under warranty so I don’t have to worry about voiding it because it no longer is in place anyway. I don’t think I’d ever do this with a new camera and keep in mind that it just might void your warranty if you do.
For this project you will need:
- Sharpie oil based paint markers
- Alcohol & cotton swabs
First things first I needed to clean my camera which, for some strange reason, I never considered doing before! Grab a small amount of rubbing alcohol and rub it onto the camera using cotton swabs. You don’t want to soak the camera’s surface, just dampen and rub any dirt away with the clean end of the cotton swab.
Even if your camera isn’t as filthy as mine is it’s a good idea to clean the surface so the paint adheres directly to the camera instead of anything that might be on the camera, like dust you may not be able to see.
Now even with a good clean this sucker was filthy and it’s likely you won’t need to follow this step but just in case you do…
Take a black paint marker and push the nib down onto the surface of the camera until paint begins to pool. Using a clean, dry cotton swab push the paint around the camera to cover any ugly spots.
Before I tackled this I asked a camera shop if they would be willing to clean the inside of the camera if I had painted on it and they said they didn’t see why not. This camera is about 3 years old and it is filthy inside and really needs a clean. I decided that since it would be cleaned soon anyway that I could take the lens away from the body without worrying too much about getting dust inside. If you don’t want to get yours cleaned I might suggest that you keep your lens in place so as not to get the interior dirty when doodling.
When working with your lens be super, super careful. You don’t want to accidentally seal the sucker shut! I decided to just completely stay away from the part of the lens that turns to come out just to be safe. I didn’t accidentally get it stuck like how you can paint a window shut.
Boom! Now the paint is glossy and your camera body may be a matte to begin with so it might look different that when you first bought it but you can’t deny that it looks SO MUCH BETTER than it did just a few pics above, amIright? You’ll need to allow your camera to dry at least overnight.
Just in case you need a little bit of help on how to get your Sharpie paint markers a’ flowin’ this is how it works: Remove the cap and push the nib down into the marker. Replace the cap and flip the marker over shaking vigorously up and down. Press the nib onto a clean piece of paper repeatedly until the paint begins to flow down the nib. This takes a lot longer than you might expect so prepare to be patient!
I decided to doodle on my camera with simple marks like dots and dashes. Feel free to get as crazy as you want with your design.
As you work around the camera be careful not to wipe away or smudge any of your wet paint.
In some areas and on some textures making perfect marks is absolutely impossible. See how my green lines are crazy wonky? In the end there’s so much going on that you can hardly tell so don’t sweat the imperfections.
Doodle on both the body and the lens, making sure that you don’t accidentally paint over any important marks you’ll need for operating the camera or serial numbers.
Allow the paint to completely dry and put your camera back together.
Now isn’t that so much fun? With the help of my Sharpie paint markers it’s all sorts of covered in paint but now I won’t be embarrassed of crazy smudges because I MADE these crazy lines and dots happen :)
Even the backside of this guy got some fun color added in!
Oil-based Sharpie paint markers are opaque which is perfect for this project and they work on just about any surface including metal, pottery, wood, rubber, glass, plastic, stone and more. It’s resistant to water, fading and abrasion plus it’s Xylene free making it a good choice for something you handle frequently.
It’s pretty darn exciting that I was able to make my camera so “me” and I absolutely love it! What do you think? Are you ready to doodle all the things?!?
Oh, and a quick tip!!! All Sharpie Paint Markers are BOGO 50% off at Michaels June 5th through 11th and again June 19th through 25th while supplies last.