Thursday, July 16, 2015

Messing Around with New Markers

This is one of my new favorite tools! Fabulous, incredible, so easy...the Zig Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Markers are worth the investment! I bought the 12 pack set because I wasn't sure how I would like them. I wish I had bought a larger set.

Here are a few of my first play times with the markers:

 I heat embossed the floral pattern with black embossing powder onto watercolor paper. The stamp is from Impression Obsession. "Hello There" is from Stamping Up!. I added color in small marker "swipes" to lay a little color down. Then I used a ranger water pen to move the color around. This is probably my favorite way to play with these markers so far. I also used a white embossing powder and a clear embossing powder to try to get a resist look...I prefer the black embossing powder makes the colors more alive.

This was my very first out-of-the-package creation. I was laying down colors and blending them out with a water brush to get a feel for how the colors looked and blended. This is also on watercolor paper. The sentiment stamp is from MFT, Written in Watercolor (it's one of my new favorite stamp sets!).

This card started with a Simon Says stamp set, Scribble Flowers, embossed onto watercolor paper. I thought the larger areas would be fun to color. They were. And then I got carried away adding color to the background. I just couldn't stop! The Zig markers make it very easy to add color, quickly, to a large background. They endlessly blend with water, and they are very easy to control where the color is going. The sentiment also comes from a SSS set, Big Scripty Greetings.

Another card using the same stamps as the above card...what is interesting to look at is this is on regular cardstock, not watercolor paper. See how the blending isn't as smooth? Watercolor paper is the key to getting a really great watercolor look with these markers...even just blending one color into another...watercolor paper! I'll say it again...WATERCOLOR PAPER! But this isn't bad...

You are probably thinking..."What the heck...?" This all hand drawn (except for the sentiment stamp from MFT). Originally I had drawn messy circles on the watercolor paper...with the paper turned long side at the top and bottom. I even colored the circles in. AND THEN I turned the paper and thought..."hmmm, could be a weed garden" (because that is the only garden I have currently in my yard). It's messy. It's crazy. And it was so much fun to do...just call it a journaling page card! I used a black gel pen to draw with, and once the ink dried, I didn't have problems with it smearing. The sentiment is heat embossed on top of the drawing.

These markers would be fabulous for coloring in any stamp meant to be colored. On watercolor paper,  the blending ability is so easy. Like watercolor, if you are unhappy with the intensity of the color you can blot it away with water and a cloth. The pens can be used on wet and dry paper, layered on top of each other, blended together to make new colors, ...truly a versatile medium!

Where to get them? The prices for these markers are crazy! Amazon has the best prices on sets, but you may have to wait to get them from Japan. I waited about 2 weeks for mine. About $2 a marker (in sets) is a good price. I have also bought several markers in singles. My favorite place to buy the individual markers is Ellen She has incredible shipping speed, a decent shipping cost, and a fair price for the single markers.

What do you think? Are you going to try them? Need  more inspiration? Check out Jennifer McGuire. She is the one who "sold" me on these markers. This is a really good post with videos.

GO make something!


Friday, March 6, 2015

Doodling with Stamps

Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! This idea/technique is brilliant and so much fun! I first saw this technique on the February Paper Trey Ink release. Ashley Cannon Newell made this card. Honestly, I looked at what she made and looked at the stamp set she used...and didn't get it at all. It is unusual to be so stumped. I guess I wasn't the only person who asked "How did she create that card with those stamps?". She made a "Make It Monday " video to explain her idea and process. (Take a look here.)
I always like to try out a new technique by recreating the original look as closely as simplifies the learning process for me. Once I have the technique down, then I start experimenting. I have a stack of stamps I want to try this with! For this card I used Paper Trey Ink's Rosie Posie stamp set with Distress inks. "Hello There" is from Stampin' Up! and is embossed with black embossing powder.

Paper Trey Ink "Make It Monday" videos have a challenge associated with them, and you can see how other people are using the technique. Want to find some more inspiration? Scroll down to the end of the post and start looking at all the fabulous cards!