Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Bring some joy to your life...

Since I've been on a roll this weekend, I figured I'd get a jump start on next month, especially as it's just a few days away anyway.  I do have a quick question, do you know yet what the themes will be starting in January?

Today I have a fun mini-canvas project. It's the perfect size to be hung from a door knob as decoration.  Or, If you have that really large gift, it can work as a package tag by simply adding a small tag with the recipient's name.  So let's jump on in, and I'll show you how it was made.

I started with three 4in x 4in mini canvases.  I painted all three with my red ZIG Painty FX pen.

While the paint was drying, I cut three pieces of burlap to 3 1/4 in x 3 1/4 in. Once the paint was dry, I adhered the burlap to the canvases.

Next, I painted my chipboard letters with a black ZIG Painty FXpen. These pens make painting so easy. No brush, no pouring paint.

To add a bit of detail to the canvas, I used a ZIG Posterman ExtraFine pen in white to doodle a simple border on two of the canvases.

Next, I adhered the chipboard letters to the canvases.

You know all of my projects have bling and this one is no exception.  I used my ZIG Wink of Stella brush pen in Glitter Orange to add color and shimmer to two chipboard bells.  Just a light coating of ink and they have a magnificent shimmer.  This is my first time using the Winkof Stella brush pen and I have to say I'm hooked!

Now, we just need to pull everything together.  I added flowers to the corners of two of the canvases, then added the chipboard bells to the remaining canvas.  Lastly, I layered and adhered the canvases to each other and added a bit of ribbon to use as a hanger.

Closer and closer we get to the festive day.  Are you ready?

As usual Jamie Pope never fails to inspire me. Jamie's ideas are so different and very creative. 

If you would love to try the ZIG Painty FX or the fabulous Wink of Stella Glitter Brushes then take a look at out UK shop site here where UK delivery is only 99p and for European its only £7.99.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Manga Starter Kit bought to you by ZIG! 

Not long left of our discounted Manga Starter Kits

These kits will show you the basics of creating Manga with a step by step guide whilst using products from our range designed specifically for Manga. 

Get yours today for £21.75, normally £28.99. 

There are three to collect and contains two Mangaka Fine Liners and 10 Kurecolor Fine and Brush. 

Not only are you saving already but if you purchased each item separately it would be a total cost of £36.74. 

Go check them out now from our shop site here

Christmas is getting closer...

We're getting closer and closer to the big day, so of course I have another Christmas project, a card this time. So let's jump right on in, and I'll show you how it was made.

I started with a Kraft cardstock card, 4in x 9in in size.  Using the 2mm tip of my ZIG Fabricolor pen in Cobalt Blue, I created a simple doodle around the edge.  Even though this pen is made for use on fabric, it works perfectly on paper too.  I chose this pen because the color was a perfect match to the baker's twine I had chosen.

Next, I punched around the edge of a piece of white cardstock cut to 3 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in.  Set aside several of the punched snowflakes for use later.  Then I used the brush tip of the same pen to ink the edge of the whit cardstock. The adhere the white cardstock to the kraft cardstock base.

Using the brush tip of the same pen, I inked and stamped my sentiment and several snowflakes.

Next, I adhered several of the punched snowflakes using my ZIG 2Way Glue pen.  I also added a piece of baker's twine around the card.

Lastly, I drew over each of the snowflakes with my ZIG Wink of Stella pen in Glitter Clear.  I can't tell you how much I love this pen.  Such an each way to add a bit of glimmer.

A simple yet adorable card.  Now, the only question is who do I give it to?

Thank you Jamie for another gorgeous post. Go check out Jamie's blog here.  Or if you too would like to buy these products to produce a similar card then please go to our online site here. 

Monday, 25 November 2013

Latest Design Team Member

I am again super excited to introduce you to another new Design Team Member, Gina Rose. Please check out her blog here As you will Gina’s blog is very new but I am hoping you will support her as much as I tend to.

Here is Gina’s first post for Kuretake UK Ltd. I hope you like it as much as I do…

Write up by Gina... 
These ZIG Brushables are such fun to use….A colour at one end and a tint at the other.  Combining the 2, then adding some detail with a ZIG Millenium black 0.1 makes for a very happy page of fun!

Thank you Gina, we look forward to seeing more of your fantastic and colourful work :)

Friday, 22 November 2013

Emboss for Christmas 

Hello fellow bloggers and readers. Here I have a fantastic post from Design Team Member, Jamie Pope. Take it away Jamie... 

Are you getting ready for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? If you're anything like me, you're just itching to put up the Christmas tree and decorations.  However, I'm making myself hold out until after Thanksgiving.  Wouldn't want to overlook turkey day :)

Since I'm in a Christmas mood though, I thought I'd make a quick project.  And by quick, I mean less than five minutes!  Perfect for a last minute gift or decoration.  How cute would a set of these be as a hostess gift for a party? Or how about for that one person you forgot to buy a gift?

So let me show you how it was made.

Start by gathering your supplies.  You'll need a clean glass tea light candle holder, stamps of your choice, a ZIG Emboss Writer, a heat tool, embossing powder, corn starch and tweezers. 

Because the glass holds static very well, I dusted the glass with a thin layer of corn starch to keep the embossing powder from sticking in places I didn't want it.

Next, I simply inked my stamp with my ZIG Emboss pen, stamped my image on the glass, covered it with embossing powder, then heated the powder until it was melted.  I used three different sized snowflake stamps and randomly stamped them around the glass.  Repeat the stamping and embossing until you like the look of the glass.

I previously mentioned you would need tweezers. Glass holds heat for a long time.  I used the tweezers to hold the glass still so I could stamp and heat emboss the images.  No burned fingertips.  And don't ask how I figured this out, because if you did I'd tell you it was the hard way.

As you can see, the finished project is simply adorable.  I plan to make several more and use them as a runner down the center of my dining room table.  Just think how it will look at night with all the candles lit.


Thank you Jamie for such an inspiring post. 

If you too would like to purchase our ZIG Embossing set it can be found here

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Bloggers and readers... 

A quick daily question for you...

Have you tried our Clean Colour Real BrushDo you like it or not? Thoughts please.

Just in case you don't know these pens are made from a water based dye which is odourless and xylene free. These brush pens are fantastic for illustration and sketching. The brush tip makes it so easy to create both thick and thin lines. 

With 80 colours to choose from you'll be sure to find the colour you are looking for. 

Thank you :)

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Question Time... 

Quick question: Metallic Inks, yes or no? GO!

Please add a yes or no to the comment box below.

Thank you :)

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Hello readers, sorry we've been quiet lately. We've been in Japan :) A blog post will follow of our travels over there. What a fascinating place. 

Anyway I digress, here is a new post from a new Design Team Member. Her name is Milla Kallio based in Finland and this is her blog I'd like it if you gave her all a warm welcome please. Milla's work will be shown more from January on wards... :) 

Back in September I published a blog post asking for readers opinions on fluorescent colours and Milla replied which led me to have a browse of her blog and hey presto we have a new design team member. Her work is fantastic, this piece is what originally caught my eye: 

For now here is a step-by-step tutorial based on a Christmas Card (write up and images produced by Milla). 

Here’s what you’ll need to make the card: a card base (10.5 x 14.8 cm), a panel of white cardstock (5 x 14 cm), a panel of golden cardstock (5.4 x 14.4 cm), a star stamp, a sentiment stamp, black ink, doublesided tape and a KuretakeZIG Wink of Stella pen in Gold.

Start by stamping the star stamp randomly on the panel of white cardstock with black ink.

Colour the stars with KuretakeZIG Wink of Stella pen in Gold. I coloured the stars twice to get a really deep lush golden colour.

Attach the panel onto the golden cardstock with some doublesided tape.

Attach the panel onto the card base with some doublesided tape.

Stamp the sentiment on the lower left hand corner with black ink. The sentiment stamp I used says ‘Christmas Peace’ in Finnish.

And here is the finished card! Clean and simple with some lovely glitter, perfect for Christmas. 

I absolutely love this card, its festive and sparkly - perfect :) 

If you too would like to create a card similar to this then please visit our shop site here

See you all soon for another fantastic and inspiring post from Kuretake ZIG UK. Bye for now :) 

New Design Team Members...

I am super excited... we have new Design Team members! 

I can't wait to show their lovely work off to you all but for now you'll have to wait. I will let you all know soon...

Maybe, just maybe i'll show you a sneak peak of a new members work today... 

Okay I definitely will, I'm just too excited to keep their work quiet. 

Watch this space :)

P.S. Christmas is fast approaching, what are you working on? What products are you using? Let me know :) 

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Learn Manga with Kuretake!

Ever wanted to draw Manga? Not sure how its done? Want to learn? 

Then try our Manga Start Kit! This kit will show you the basics with a step-by-step guide including 12 pens from our fantastic range designed just for Manga artists. 

There are three traditional designs to collect and they all include two of our popular Mangaka water-based fine liners and 10 Kurecolor alcohol-based markers for Manga. Also included is a step-by-step guide helping you to create Manga artwork. This kit can be carried anywhere thanks to its handy case.

Buy from our online shop today for the limited price of £21.75, usually price £28.99. Hurry this offer will not last long. 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Stamping made easy with Kurecolor

I wanted to share a project showing how easy it is to use Kurecolor markers to stamp. The alcohol markers give a really clean crisp image when stamped and you can mix the colors. This is a super simple card that can be made in duplicates with any sentiment and left blank inside for notes. You could do a set of 10 and wrap with pretty ribbon and make a great gift, just add some envelopes!!!

I chose a fern stamp and used two colorsof the markers. I chose Cadmium Red and Cadmium Orange. I stamped onto ivory cardstock cut 10x7 inches.

Using the lighter color first, cover a good portion of the stamp. With the darker, finish the image blending a little where they meet.

I stamped 3 on the left side of the card. I then stamped a sentiment at the bottom. To finish I just used the fine tip and made a border around the edge with the Cadmium Red.

This is really fun to do, you can play around with lots of images and lots of colors too!!! These twin tip markers are very versatile! Thanks so much for stopping by!!! Patti Hamil