If you’re like most people, you probably have at least one set of markers and a stamp set. But if you want to get the best out of your neon sketches, you need to use the right tools.
Use a pen that is as close to your finger as possible.
When you hold a pen, the pressure you apply to the ink on the paper is transferred into the ink on your skin. This makes it very easy for you to get ink on your fingers. If you want to avoid this, use a pen as close to your finger as possible. For example, if you are using a ballpoint pen, make sure that the pen’s tip is not too fat so that it doesn’t slip out of your fingers easily. But if it is too thin, it will be less likely for the ink to transfer from your fingers onto them.
Use a pencil with soft lead for better control in neon sketching and etching.
When using a pencil, make sure that there is no lead left behind in between its point and the tip of the pencil so that there will be no way for any ink from your fingers to transfer onto it.
Keep your hands clean and dry.
If you have a habit of touching your face, you need to ensure that you don’t feel it while working on the paper. If your hands are dirty, the ink on them will transfer onto the paper. Water will also move onto the paper if they are damp and ruin your work. To avoid this, make sure that your hands are clean and dry before you start drawing and etching neons.
Use a soft eraser that is moistened when etching neons.
When using a soft eraser, especially a damp one, make sure that it is not too wet so that it doesn’t leave behind any ink on the paper’s surface, which can ruin your work later on. Instead, use a damp eraser moistened with alcohol or acetone at least once. The alcohol and acetone will help remove the ink from the paper’s surface.
To sum up, if you want to get the best out of your sketch and etch neons, use a set of markers and a stamp set. If you want to avoid ruining your work and if you want to make sure that your hands are clean and dry before starting, then use a pen that is as close to your finger as possible, keep them clean and dry, and use a soft eraser which is moistened with alcohol or acetone. But most importantly, don’t touch your face while working on the paper.