Thursday, 29 March 2012

Coming soon.... ZIG Cartoonist!

We're excited to be launching a brand new range!
A whole new range of pens, inks and nibs designed and manufactured in Japan specifically for use in Manga art, Comic Art and Illustration. 

More details soon....

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Basically Bare Tutorial - Basically Spring "Flying High" by Kim Dellow

Here's another tutorial for you using our "Basically Spring Bundle" from last weeks Create & Craft TV show.

Flying High Card

You will need:
Basically Spring Bundle, or the following individual items:
ZIG Painty Pens (Soft Pink, Clay, Tropic Blue)

Kraft Card Blank (15 cm by 15 cm)
Old book pages or newspaper
Spare card and paper
Alphabet stamps
Black Ink pad
Seam binding ribbon
Paper Distresser
Hole punch
Sponge (e.g. Inkssentials Cut-n-Dry Foam pad)
ZIG Posterman pen (white)
Inkssentials Glossy Accents
PVA glue and brush
Plastic bag
Double-sided tape
Silicone glue

Step By Step

1. Protect your work desk with an old plastic bag and use the PVA glue with the brush to stick strips of old book pages or newspaper onto spare card.

2. When the old book page collage is dry, cut it into a 13.5 cm by 13.5 cm square and cut out a cloud shape from spare paper to use as a mask.

3. Hold the cloud mask on the old book page collage and dab the ZIG Painty Tropic Blue pen onto a small piece of sponge; before the ink has time to dry, dab it onto the collage around the cloud mask.

4.  Repeat step 3, moving the cloud mask as you cover the old book page collage. Once you have your cloud background, stick the panel to the card front.

5.  Peel off the protective covering from the acrylic balloon in the Basically Bare Up Up & Away set. Doodle some flowers on one side with the ZIG Painty Soft Pink and Tropic Blue pens.

6.  Finish the balloon by dabbing the ZIG Painty Soft Pink pen onto a small piece of sponge and then dab the sponge onto the balloon.

7.  Remove the bits of spare card from the chipboard basket in the Basically Bare Up Up & Away set and paint with a white ZIG Posterman pen. Once it is dry, add dabs of the ZIG Painty Clay pen using the sponge.

8.  Colour the felt trim directly with the ZIG Painty Tropic Blue pen. Stick the balloon parts together with Glossy Accents and then to the card front with silicone glue.

9.  Cut two ‘button’ holes in the smallest chipboard flower from the Basically Bare Bare Basics Blossoms and Leaves kit and paint white with a ZIG Posterman pen. Once it is dry, decorate it with the ZIG Painty Soft Pink pen directly and using the sponge.

10.  Stamp and cut out the sentiment, distress the edges and stick to the card front. Finish with the ‘flower button’ threaded with seam binding ribbon.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Basically Bare Tutorial - Basically Spring "Bird in the Hanger" by Kim Dellow

We hope you got the chance to tune into our Basically Bare show on Create & Craft on Friday!  As promised, we'll be giving you lots of ideas and inspiration for your kits.

The first one is a tutorial using the "Basically Spring" set. The set includes 3 sets of embellies and 3 ZIG Painty pens.  There are still a few kits available to purchase on the Create & Craft TV website.

Bird in the Hand Hanger

You will need:

Basically Spring Bundle or individual items:
ZIG Painty (Soft Pink, Clay)

Kuretake ribbon
Patterned paper
Sponge (Inkssentials Cut-n-Dry Foam pad)
Inkssentials Glossy Accents
Glitter glue

Step By Step

1.  Pick out the small felt bird, medium and large acrylic birds, and medium and large chipboard birds and wings from the Basically Bare Stack-a-Bellies Birds.

2.  Cover the chipboard pieces with patterned paper and edge them with the ZIG Painty Soft Pink pen by dabbing the pen onto a small piece of sponge and, before the ink has time to dry, dab it onto the shapes. Stick the wings to the bird fronts.

3.  Cut four small squares from patterned paper and edge with the ZIG Painty Soft Pink pen and sponge. Stick these squares to a different piece of patterned paper. Use the Glossy Accents glue to stick the acrylic birds (don’t forget to remove the plastic protection film) over the paper.

4.  Once the acrylic birds are dry, edge with the ZIG Painty Soft Pink pen and then add a layer of glitter glue to the front and let it dry.

5.  Colour the small felt bird directly with the clay ZIG Painty pen, then use the Soft Pink ZIG Painty pen over the top but leave a little heart shape at the breast of the bird. Add glitter glue to the heart.

6. Cut a slightly larger bird shape from the patterned paper using the small felt bird as a template. Then cut a ‘reverse bird’ from the patterned paper to cover the back of the larger bird. Stick the felt bird to the ‘right way round’ paper bird.

7. Use the acrylic and chipboard birds as templates to cut ‘reverse birds’ from the patterned paper to cover the back of each bird. Then edge all the ‘reverse birds’ papers and the back of the birds with the ZIG Painty Soft Pink pen. Set all the ‘reverse birds’ to one side.

8. Take a 90 cm piece of ribbon and fold in half. Tie a knot in the top leaving a hanger loop and lay out the ribbon on your work bench.

9. Use Glossy Accents to stick each bird to the ribbon then let them dry. Turn the hanger over and stick the ‘reverse birds’ on the back of each bird to cover the ribbon and finish the hanger.

We'll be back with more Basically Bare tutorials later this week!

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Basically Bare on Create & Craft!

Crafting with Kuretake is back on Create & Craft this Friday, 23rd March at 8am!

Sky 671 | Freeview 36 | Freesat 813

or watch online!

Not only will will it be a ZIG pen frenzy, Basically Bare will be making it's TV debut!

You can check out the full range of Basically Bare items at the Kuretake Shop, and we've put together some exclusive mixed media Basically Bare/ZIG kits for the show.

Make sure you join Nikky Hall for an hour of messy fun!

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Friday, 2 March 2012

Kuretake Challenge 2: DOODLE MANIA!

This month we're going Doodle crazy with the theme:

Doodle Mania!

We'll pick 3 winning challenge entries at random, here's what you could win!

1st Prize

2nd Prize

3rd Prize

A few little rules:
1.  Blog posts must mention Kuretake and/or Basically Bare and which products have been used.
2.  You must link to the actual blog post, and not just your blog.

Before you get doodling, here's some inspiration from our Design Team:....
 Please click their names/photos to check out how they created these on their blogs.


Good Luck and get DOODLING!

Please submit your entries below:

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Valentines Blog Challenge - The Winners!

Thanks to those who entered our Valentines Blog Challenge!

We've harnessed the power of Random.Org to pick our 3 winners...


2nd Prize

3rd Prize

Well done to our winners! Please email me or DM me on Facebook with your details so we can get your prizes sent out.

Pop back to the blog later today as we'll be announcing our next blog challenge!

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