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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]gmail.com.  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!

43 comments:

  1. Oooh, looks great Sandra! A chance to try these markers, and a moleskine, and a sketchbook? Oh yeah, I'm entering :D You know me, but for the rules: Tammi Rapp and you can reach me on facebook or my blog or tsrapp1700 at gmail dot com

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  2. Lovely tangles. The colors are awesome. Thanks for sharing, both your art and the goodies! Cari
    craboin "at" chartermi.net
    Wordpress blog: copper country crochet

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  3. Yummy, yummy, I want to play. Contact me via my blog or facebook - Sue jacobs

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  4. Woo!! i love playing with new pens!! (contact me on facebook or through the bloggity blog!!)

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  5. Hi Sandra... I just received my order of Letraset Promarkers and I can hardly wait to play with them!

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  6. Hi Sandra, looks great! And great jobs you did with them. You cab contact me on facebook (if you are willing to include europeans to the give away).

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  7. I hoping some of your luck runs down to me and I win this fabulous prizes!!!

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  8. Your new tangle patterns are awesome! I've not had the chance to try the letraset markers yet, so count me in on the contest. How sweet of you to give all these goodies away! Angie Gamble on facebook or smilin (at) earthlink.net

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  9. These look like a lot of fun. I'll have to see what I can find here. Please enter me in the contest!
    Margaret Bremner
    margaret.bremner.artist AT gmail DOT com
    Now to check out this week's challenge!

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  10. How generous of you...of course I want in. You can reach me through BethS2006{at}gmail{dot}com

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  11. Would love to win! I'm Peg ... pegchr@yahoo.com

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  12. How can I resist a contest given out by Sandra. Count me in. You can contact me at flickr as you well know. By the way....as always your pieces are fantastic, inspiring, and welcoming!

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  13. They sure look like alot of fun! Love the pieces you created! And thanks for all the amazing info you send out into the blogosphere each day! I'm learning so much! (and you can contact me thru pumpkinspun.com/musings/

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  14. Lovely 'manade! I haven't slipped into Promarker ecstasy yet, but winning would be a sign from the universe for me to dive right in! I love your blog!

    edie
    purpleone at g mail dot com

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  15. I would love to be able to use the promarker, my pens are not fine enough todo the tiny tangles. I am on a very limited income, so this would be a real treat for me.
    Luv your work, I have learned so much from you--a big THANKS to you.
    zenpen shirley
    shirleymccarty57@yahoo.com.

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  16. Oh my goodness, you gorgeous gal! What great markers these seem to be...looking at your artwork I have been lusting after them for far too long! I've followed you since I started my blog six months ago and I must say, you have one of the most art-intensive and generously sharing blogs around. Thanks for the chance to win thee markers!

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  17. Oh - how cool to have giveaway stuff! I think these would be a lot of fun to experiment with for tangling… I'm a follower and in meetings for it :)

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  18. Also, have your blog linked up to my blog over on Marsha Neal Studio…

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  19. These look like so much fun...I have never had a moleskine before but have read so much about them, I think I will have to buy one soon (unless I win this great contest! :)) All the other stuff looks great!
    You can reach me at miraculousmosquito (at) gmail (dot) com, or at my blog: http://www.miraculousmosquito.blogspot.com

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  20. count me in!!! thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. I'd LOVE to have a chance to try the Letraset markers - they are not available in Canada, and I've been holding off ordering any from England, since the shipping is so expensive, so please please please consider me for your giveaway :)

    I do follow all your work (and love it) on Flickr, and I also subscribe to your blog with great pleasure. You do wonderful work, and greatly add to our tangling knowledge with your patterns and explanations. I hope you don't think I'm just buttering you up - I really mean it, and I hope my past comment history shows that!
    thanks for offering the giveaway
    I can be reached at ruby at opaltones dot com
    my real name is Jess Blackmore.
    thanks again for offering :)
    Jess/Ruby Opaltones

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  22. Love your Zentangles and the giveaway is awesome!!! I always follow you and your wonderful creations!! :)

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  23. Oh, I'd love to try those markers! You can reach me on Facebook

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  24. Hi Sandra! Love your blog and all the great ideas you share and how you inspire others. Thanks for letting have a chance for the Letraset markers - they're on my wish list of supplies to get! You can contact me at my blog: http://ptrish40-zekesden.blogspot.com/

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  25. Cool... Thanks.... You can find me on Flickr
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/la_tigress/

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  26. Oh such a nice prize to win. Good luck to all who enter.

    Sandra, your blog is great, and I love your creativity.

    Esther > geminidolly@yahoo.com

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  27. oh oh oh...I'm in!!!
    Jo in NZ
    playcentrejo@gmail.com

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  28. I would love to try these markers! Where do I find them if I don't win?

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  29. Thanks for offering up a chance at these great prizes. My name is Lesley and you can get in touch at les342 @ yahoo.com

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  30. Always inspired by you wonderful work. Thank you for sharing with us. Would love to win these great prizes. Lise Pederson I am on flickr lise.pederson

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  31. Hi Sandra, Beautiful work as usual. Can't wait to try the new products. You may contact me@ TangledUpInArt.blogspot.com :-)

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  32. beautiful art you make, would love to win this. You ca reach me at c.weiland@home.nl

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  33. Hello, I'm new to drawing and have been followig you for awile now. I really like your drawing style. This is a very generous giveaway. I'd love a chance at this giveaway. Thank you!

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  34. Been following you for months - thanks for all the links every day. You have helped me so much on my zentangle journey! Love to try these pens. contact me at annhathaway57@gmail.com.

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  35. Wow, how did I miss this one! Thanks for the reminder...in on the last day-yikes. Sue Clark tangledinkart@yahoo.com Thanks!

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  36. Hi - I follow you all the time - you are my 'catch me-up' person on what's going on in the zen world. Thanks for putting this contest together. I'd LOVE to win and be able to try these Letrasets. I'm crossing my fingers!(which makes it hard to zentangle today...) Ruth Dailey,
    rodailey@yahoo.com

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  37. Count me in - I'd love to win. Thanks for the chance.

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  38. Woo hoo, great giveaway. Thanks a bunch for the opportunity to win. You can reach me through my google profile.

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  39. Hi - found you completely by chance when I was looking for the new Letraset flexmarkers. Would love to be entered into your draw for free goodies, and am now a follower. I can forsee hours of fun browsing your blog. you can contact me via my blog or jenkomaggiemay1@yahoo.co.uk

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  40. I love my Letraset ProMarkers. They are much better than the more expensive ones I have tried. My hands shake slightly and these markers feel right and seem to help a lot when I am coloring an image. Thanks for the opportunity to win this giveaway.

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  41. Wow sista! What a fantastic giveaway! Love your blog and all the links. I can be reached at www(dot)thebrightowl(dot)com

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  42. WOW what a great giveaway...LOVE, LOVE all your links..thanks for sharing all them. I can be reached at cyprrt@gmail.com Cathy

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  43. Hello namesake! Love your art,your zentangles are inspiring, I just became follower 305 ;)

    Nice giveaway, thanks for hosting it!

    Sandra

    sandhuf at gmail dot com

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