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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Letraset Ultra Fine Nibs-Review & Giveaway + Bleedthrumanade

Letraset Ultra-Fine Nibs-Review & Giveaway + Bleedthrumanade & Weekly Challenge.  Wow!  I've got a lot to get through, so I better get cracking!  If you are here just for the giveaway, scroll down past the zentangle drawings.
The Review:  If you haven't heard, Letraset now has Ultra-Fine nib attachments for their Promarker.  They come in packages of three and Paul at Letraset was kind enough to send me a couple of the 3-packs. (Ahh--a couple of packs.  You see where this is going.  But be patient and read on. There's more to the giveaway!)
The minute I heard about these nibs I knew what I'd do with them--tangle.  Ever get tired of a black line for drawing your zentangles?  Now, you are only limited by the number of your Promarkers!
As you can see from the insert above, the nib is an attachment that you screw on over the bullet point of a Promarker.  It goes on easily (even for me!).  The flyer says that the ink starts flowing within seconds.  I found it began to flow immediately.

I couldn't find the actual nib size anywhere, but it looks to be about .2 or .25.  A very nice size for filling in those small areas.  I'm comparing it here to Letraset Fineliners, and the two nibs that every Promarker has.

So, I immediately sat down and did a bleedthrumanade (Got lemons, make lemonade. Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade).  I used Stonehenge Vellum finish paper.
It isn't recommended that you switch the ultra-fine nibs between pens because you could get color contamination (although Neil Burley, aka perfectly4med, has done so without problem. You can read his review here.)  I gave some thought to the colors I wanted to use for my lines, and settled on Plum, Terracotta and Cool Grey 4.  I lOVe the results!
The Cool Grey 4 is great for both the lines and for shading with the other two colors.  The terracotta gives a definite, but understated line that enhances withoutgrabbing the focus.  
The Plum is bit harsher, providing a strong contrast to other colors.
I'll be getting more of these nibs!  They open up new dimensions in my tangling.  I don't see the need to buy one for every color, but I'd like one for most of my darker hues.  They'd also be nice for the yellows or very lightest colors that most easily get contaminated.  Easier to get into those tight spots without overlapping onto darker colors (what?  Put down light colors first to avoid contamination?  That would be cheating!).   If you want to know more about these nibs, you can read these other reviews at Paper CookiesPixie's Crafty Workshop, or watch this video by weewiccababe.

And now for the Giveaway!
The Prize: One lucky winner will receive-
One 3pk of Ultra-Fine Nibs;Fine Letraset Promarkers-Buttercup, Grass, Sky Blue, Honeycomb, Amethyst;One Letraset Fineliner
One 3.5" x 5.5" (8.9 cm x 14 cm) Moleskine Plain Notebook.
One 5.5" x 8" (14 cm x 20 cm) Pen & Ink blank Sketchbook.
The Rules: Leave a comment with your name and a way I can reach you.  You must comment here or at my Life Imitates Doodles Wordpress blog.  If for some reason, you can't comment at either of those send me an email a lifeimitatesdoodles[at]  If you don't leave both the name and a way to be reached, you won't be entered.  Open to anyone.
When:  The giveaway closes 12:00 midnight PST, July 31st.  I'll post the name sometime on Monday August 1st.
A request: This is NOT required, but if you follow my blog and haven't connected with GFC and you can, please consider doing so (or subscribing to my Wordpress blog).  Mostly because I love seeing those numbers climb, lol!  But really, it's not required or expected.
And last, but not least, these zentangles are my entry for Laura Harms' Weekly Challenge #32.  Edited to comment, that I just realized I didn't remember that you're supposed to use certain tangles.  Ah well.  Have to re-do!