Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Just For Mum

Mum's are great!  So at this time of year thoughts turn to our Mum's as Mother's day is just around the corner (well in the UK!) 
So here I am today to share with you a little card I made for Mothering Sunday

I just love all the different typed of swirls, dots and flowers that you can create with these pens.  
First I drew some swirls using the scroll side of the 'scroll & brush' pen.
Next I blended two of the pens together and then drew some more swirls.  Blending to pens together is really simple and gives some great effects.  You can see a video {HERE} on how to do it.

Then I added hearts and flowers with the pens and accented some of them with the Wink Of Stella brush.  There is another video {HERE} on how to make the flowers on the Kuretake website.

I wanted to change my white alphabet to something that would fit in with the colour of my card so i painted over the letter with the Zig Wink Of Stella pen.  Before it dried I lightly  rubbed my finger over the top to remove the deep colour.  It still left a soft sparkle on the letter though!

I finished the card off by outlining the edge of the white card with the green brush & scroll pen and added some adhesive gems.

There are more tutorials on the Kuretake website so if you'd like to learn more then head on over {HERE}
Have fun creating

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Loving this little cherub... 

Newest design team member Estella Dee sent me this St. Patrick's Day inspired artwork. Hope you like it as much as I do.

Write up by Estella Dee...

I've been having a hard time coming up with a good subject to sketch for my March projects (inspiration has just not been on my side, in the past week or so), and I have to redo my sketches a couple of times, until my sketch pad was thiiiiiis thin.
Luckily enough, I have managed to sketch a subject that satisfied me. More importantly, I have my Kuretake graphic markers to lighten up my mood (I am still using my good ol' reliable KC-1100, I just love them. Lol).

In this sketch, I used several colours and techniques to achieve shadows and highlights in a manga art.
The first thing anyone should consider in rendering your manga art (or any cartoon) is a good "line art" or sketch. And this is where inking comes in, when a sketch is inked properly, everything will run smoothly. Inking is one of the things which I am not a fan of, but with an awesome ink, it's pretty fun. I have yet to try the ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka Felxible for inking, I have a feeling that they'd just be perfect for manga art.

When you already have a good sketch to work with, I would suggest to apply your light colors first; your yellows and flesh. So that even if you do go over the edges you could still cover it up with your darker colors. I normally start with my skin tones, for this sketch I used the KC-1100 #423 (Vanilla) as base and for the skin shadows the KC-1100 #200 (Pale Pink). After rendering the light areas, you can then work with your darker colors. In this case, my darker colors are #505 (May Green), #506 (Ocean Green), #553 (Emerald Green), for the uniform, #W.07 (Warm Gray 7) for the leggings, and #406 (Cadmium Orange) for the hair.

Applying shadows on the hair can be tricky, but always, remember the number one rule is shadowing: you must know where your light is, that way, you'd know where the shadows will fall. Another tip for creating great shadows is to know where your highlights should be. Highlights are important, because they provide more depth to your sketches. There are several ways you can add highlights to your sketches, one is by applying a lighter shade to the base color, or you could also use a blender, like what I did. When I add highlights to this sketch, I used the tip most part of the Board Tip for more perception.
Lastly, I guess, don't be afraid to shadow (or highlight) your manga art. I know it could be intimidating at times, but have fun with it. Don't think too much about it, commit mistakes, so that the next time you encounter shadowing it would be better. I promise.

Have fun with your markers. I did. Lol.

First Day of Spring

Spring is in the air especially with this fabulous project by the colourful design team member Gina Rose

Write up by Gina

I really enjoyed creating this fun project for today, the first day of Spring! (Hurrah! I love Spring, don't you?!).
I have been avidly adding to my collection of pens just lately, as I just love all of the differing kinds available from Kuretake ZIG!
The black outline drawing is using a ZIG Millennium 1.0 so smooth and lovely to use.  I then used a combination of ZIG Clean Color brush pens with the ZIG Brushables for the start of my colouring.  As the ZIG Clean Colors are water based and the ZIG Brushables are waterproof, they are comfortable side by side as they will not run into one another!
Once dry, I used the ZIG Millennium again, and drew more patterns over the top, for the stripey and circular details.  On the darker green areas, I added some silver pen 'dots' with a painty marker.
For the springy stems of the flowers, I used the thinner end of a green ZIG Art and Graphic Twin, and then ZIG Millennium again, and also for the flower outlines.  Flower colourings are a combination of any of the colour pens.  The smaller words are with ZIG Millennium plus light blue ZIG Clean Color.

Finally I added a sweep of ZIG Brushable in Platinum around the edges of the letters, plus a yummy and zingy sweep of the amazing ZIG Wink ofStella clear brush, for added sparkle!  I think this really helps to make those colours POP!  

When playing with your pens, have an adventure!  Make doodles and practice shapes!  Keep the doodles you like, and refer to them when working on more finished and planned designs.  For my letters today, I made them into a tubular look, by finishing the ends with oval shapes to suggest a 3D element. 

Make your pens work hard for you!  Enjoy all of the exciting effects and combinations..... but I warn you, you'll be back for more!

Have Fun!


Spring Time

Today is the first 'offical' day of spring though all around I have started to see spring sprouting from the ground.
I love all the wild flowers that are around but one of my favourites has to be the Bluebells when they appear. 

To create the background of the layout I used some sequin waste which I coloured on with a green Zig Posterman pen.  As the surface is non porous it takes a while to dry leaving you time to stamp it on to your cardstock.

After creating the background I built up my layout using the Kuretake Scrapbooking Papers.  
To create some little flowers I again used the sequin waste as a stencil and coloured in some some of the whole before drawing petals on a few with a Zig Millenium Pen

I have some fabulous sticker alphabets but not in the colour that I wanted for this layout.  It was so easy to change them to my desired colourr using the Kurecolor pens!  Just simply colour over them before removing them and adding to your layout.

I added some punched out flowers from the scrapbooking papers to add some depth to the layout.

Hope you are inspired to get your cameras out to get snapping some spring flowers and to be able to try out some of these techniques.

Thanks for stopping by

Friday, 7 March 2014

A crafty project by Jamie Pope

I was at the craft store a few weeks ago and found a pack of burlap covered canvases and had to have them.  Burlap offers such a wonderful texture. I finally had a chance to get in my scraproom and play and I knew immediately what I wanted to use.

We all know spring is right around the corner, so of course I wanted to bring out all the colors of spring on the canvas. So lets get started and I'll show you just how easy it is to recreate this canvas.

I started with my White ZIG Painty FX pen. I wanted very clear brush strokes, which is an affect I couldn't achieve with the pen tip.  Easy fix though.  I just held the pen down on my craft mat until the paint flowed out.  I then used my foam brush to apply it to the canvas.

I did the same thing with my Pink ZIG Painty FX pen, only this time I added a bit of glitter into the paint.  I can't have a project with out any shimmer :)

You guessed it, I did the same thing with my Light Blue ZIG Painty FXpen.  I also added a bit of glitter into the paint again on this round of color.

Next up, I added a few medallions in the lower left hand corner and a punchinella strip across the center of the canvas.

Now, I'm going to set the canvas aside and work on a couple of embellishments.  I used my Yellow ZIG Painty FX pen to color a felt bird and my Light Blue ZIG Painty FX pen to color the smaller chipboard bird.  Set these aside to dry.

Once the paint is dry, I used my White Chalk Pastel ZIG Writer and Black ZIG Writer to make the eye for the bird.

Now it's time to start adding the embellishments.  I simply layered on a heart and a floral spray.

As the last steps, I added the two birds, a few more flowers and the sentiment.

I'm ready for this long winter to be over, and this canvas has all the colors and signs of spring to welcome in the change of season.

Thank you Jamie for such an inspirational post.