Bringing Markers Back From the Dead — Mouthwash Edition.

When I got my long-awaited medusa piercing, my good friend [&face stabber], Hippy, advised me to use mouthwash to ward off infection.
That night, my lovely boyfriend brought back the most horrible product to enter an orifice.

Blood. Swelling. Sticky. Non-Alcoholic.  Boo. :[

Blood. Swelling Gums. Sticky. Gross.

I tried to return it after my mouth began bleeding and my gums got swollen and raw… but Miss City Girl forgot that in the middle of nowhere, there is no such thing as returns. The General Store is far too cheap and totally  unconcerned with the state of my mouth.

Whats a girl to do? I couldn’t just toss it — that would make me feel SO guilty.
The amount of time, energy and materials that went into creating the product, the packaging and then shipping it to the Yukon was just too much.

So I did the only thing I could do.  :D

*~~Toss it into my box of random art supplies/liquids/shiny objects and wait for inspiration ~~~*

AND NOW  the most horrible mouthwash product I have ever used has found purpose in my life!

I got lots of pens donated to me for art-making. For a challenge, I was also sent a lot of dead, dried out markers and highlighters.

I made it a goal to use as much from what she donated as possible for the piece
I am making as a thanks for her help↓


in progress…

I dipped my un-lidded, unloved markers into a capful of mouthwash.

What came next, you ask?
MAGIC! That’s what!

The markers could mark again! The highlighters, high on life were trailing fluorescence all over my sketchbook!

The 'gutted' markers absorbed most of the mouthwash.

The ‘gutted’ markers absorbed most of the mouthwash.

Its amazing and yet so terrifying knowing that mouthwash can revitalize the dead. What makes me feel best about this discovery is that I can find a use for that which I despised and wanted to throw away.

Reusing. Recreating it’s purpose. Re-CYCLE-ing!

And so, my friends.  The moral of this long story is:

Mouthwash+DeadMarkers = ZOMBIE MARKERS.

xxx. AriseToTrash.