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A first look at the Pilot Fude-Makase Color Brush Pen #Pilot #Jetpens #BrushPens

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My latest order from Jetpens.com included a Pilot Fude-Makase Color Brush Pen - Extra Fine tip in Sepia.  I haven't had the time to really test it out, but so far I like it.

The tip is a hard rubber with a little flex to it.  In my Rhodiarama, on smooth, fountain-pen friendly paper, it gives a consistent bold line, but wasn't good for getting the wispier lines that I like for my shading.

The ink is water-based, dye-based, and the pen comes in several colors.  The Sepia has more of a red-tone than I expected, but it's a pretty color, nonetheless.

The barrel of the pen is an off-white with Japanese characters.  If I buy more, I'll need to label the colors.  There is a see-through section so you can tell how much ink is left, which is nice.  I wish the pen were refillable, though.


Time will tell how sturdy the tip is.  One of the problems I often encounter with the fabric-tipped pens such as the Micron, is that portions of the tip will flatten and obstruct ink flow.  I…

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My Artwork has been featured on the Jetpens blog!

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Rusted Book Cover How-To

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I've had a few people ask me how I achieved this rusted effect for my book cover.  Unfortunately, I didn't take photos while I was doing.  Fortunately, there are several ways to get a similar effect and other people have made videos. 

You could probably achieve this look with water-based products, but the steps would be different.  The techniques here are based around acrylic paints.

I'll write down the exact steps I took and products I used, but you can get to a similar look if you have:
a dark surface--for instance, black cardstock or paper covered with black gesso or black paint
Yellowy Green OR Teal paint
Orange, Yellow, and Brown Paint  OR reddish-brown and yellow paint
Optional: Something to add pebbly texture and something to add glimmer or sheen
Optional: Ephemera and embellishments, such as chipboard, resin, stickers, etc.

Links to various method tutorials:

Cheap & Easy
Dave Lowe Design Faux Rust Painting -Quick, Easy and Cheap video
Creating Faux Rust ~ DIY w…

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Zentangle
Weekly Zentangle Challenge 142
Zen of Tangling-Chance to win various Zentangly prizes.  Can enter daily.

Tutorials
Creating Backgound for Cards using Gelatos & Paper Crafter Crayons
Eroded Stamping, Gears & Bones…Spooky!
Gesso & Smooch Spritz technique
Watercolor Painting for Beginners

Giveaways
ArtistcellarBlog Hop- giving away stencil sets to two winners
Copic Marker Spooktacular Giveaway October-Each day in October, 3 winners will each receive one Anniversary Edition Copic Sketch marker. Enter once per day for a new chance to win!
Big Craft Sponsership giveaway (Facebook)
Spool Tree Kit (facebook)
Cheap Joe's Art Stuff--limited edition Prismacolor Colored Pencil Set (Facebook)

Miscellaneous
Fountain Pen Day 2013 Contest

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Zentangle
TanglePattern Tire Treads (and 'The Beauty of Zentangle' coming soon in German)
How to draw tanglepattern 8's Parte Dos

Tutorials How to make a simple latticein Silhouette Studio - video
TuesdayTips, Floating with Acrylics
inspirationwednesday (the story behind the journal) {Project}Wednesday: Distress Stain Resist


Giveaways Copic MarkerSpooktacular Giveaway October-Each day in October, 3 winners will each receive one Anniversary Edition Copic Sketch marker. Enter once per day for a new chance to win!
WinHydrangea Hippo's kit for October "Fall Together" (facebook)
Chanceto win $200 worth of Hazel & Ruby Craft Products Why Not Win Wednesdaywith FabScraps


Miscellaneous FreebieFriday - Colouring Page

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Ghost Waves

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There's a blanket of low-lying fog along the Oregon Coast. From our room you can see frosty sky above and, from out of the mist, ghost waves crashing along the shore.  I keep expecting the Flying Dutchman to emerge, sails drooping, with the moans of the condemned wafting above the sound of the waves!

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The Jetpens giveaway for a set of Hi-Tec-C Maica gel ink pens is now closed

The Jetpens giveaway for a set of Hi-Tec-C Maica gel ink pens is now closed.  Winner will be chosen, and prize delivered by Jetpens.  I'll let you know who it is as soon as I know!

For more information on these pens, please read my review of Hi-Tec-C Maica.

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Hi-Tec-C Maica Giveaway ends Sunday Noon PST

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My giveaway for a Hi-Tec-C Maica Set of 6 colors from Jetpens is almost over!  It ends Sunday at Noon PST! 

I decided to squeeze in one more drawing before then.   Usually I see some image in my work, but I had trouble deciding what this one was.  I finally decided it was a bird's view looking down from a telephone pole, lol!


Nega-tree-ve

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I know I've been focusing on the watercolor-like wash I get when using Hi-Tec-C Maica gel ink pens, but I love using them as good old gel pens too!  This drawing was done in a Whitelines notebook.  Even though the paper has a grayish tone, the colors came out vibrant.

My giveaway for a Hi-Tec-C Maica Set of 6 colors from Jetpens ends Sunday at Noon PST! Good luck!


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Haunted Seas--Design Team post for VLVS #VLVS #VivaLasVegaStamps #SakuraOfAmerica

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Check out today'sViva Las VegaStamps! Design Team post to see how this oil pastel painting ended up as a mermaid skeleton instead of a lighthouse!





Coelho Vineyards Chicken Coop

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This is what I was doing yesterday instead of looking up links for you.

I went plein air painting with a group of people.  The day was glorious.  Sunny, no-coat weather with just a hint of chill in the morning.  It was a long drive there so we didn't have as much time to paint as I'd hoped, but it was worth it driving through Oregon wine country admiring the fall colors.

At the vineyard, there were goats, chickens, turkeys, pigs and rows upon rows of beautiful grapevines.  So what did I paint?  The chicken coop! In my defense, the lesson being taught was in perspective and I liked the perspective here.  I also thought I'd have time to do a second painting.  But there was  a wine-tasting in the afternoon, I'd forgotten about.  Ah well, I got to taste some fabulous wines!  All in all a wonderful day.



Pumpkins in Apricot and Orange

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Have you entered the giveaway I'm hosting for Jetpens?

You could win a set of the Hi-Tec-C Maica pens I used to create this piece..  This time I used a 4"x6" sample piece of Stillman & Birn's Gamma paper.

I made a wash with the  Apricot Orange and Orange pens, and then carved out the shapes with Brown, Blue and Blue Black pens.


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Young White Poplar

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I picked up an old book on the anatomy of trees in art.  I want to improve my knowledge of how trees are.  The way they branch.  They way they stand.  The shape and textures of their leaves.

Since I'm hosting a giveaway this week for a Hi-Tec-C Maica Set of 6 colors from Jetpens, I thought I'd use them to do a sketch.  This was done in a Stillman & Birn Zeta sketchbook using the Blue-Black, Brown and Baby Pink Maica pens.



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Review of SoHo Urban Artist Professional Colored Pencils Tin Set of 12

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Recently I won a set of 12 Soho Urban Artis Professional Colored Pencils from Colored Pencil Magazine.  Well, not so recently!  I was working on this review when my PC went belly-up, and by the time I was up and running again, I forgot that I hadn't posted it.  That's the trouble with working on more than one review at a time.

I just happened to notice the draft yesterday, and remembered the picture I was working on.  Rather than wait to do more work and take photos, I decided to write a very quick review.


The Soho Urban is Jerry's Artarama's brand.  I received the set of 12 which comes in a tin box.  The colors are Permanent White, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Medium, Crimson, Sanguine, Light Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Violet, Cobalt Violet, Permanent Green Deep, Permanent Green Light, and Ivory Black.

These pencils sharpen well, without breaking.  They are soft. Not as soft as Coloursoft, but softer than Prismacolor.  They're less waxy than Prismacolo…

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Gel Wash How-To #Jetpens #artTutorial #zentangle

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 The Jetpens giveaway is now closed.
Winner will be chosen, and prize delivered by Jetpens.  I'll let you know who it is as soon as I know!
For more information on these pens, please read my review of Hi-Tec-C Maica.

Since Jetpens did all the work for the giveaway, I thought I'd share a 'how-to' for the occasion. I've been getting some questions about how I get my Gel wash watercolor-look, so I thought this would be a good time to share the technique.


First: Not all Gel pens work for this method.  The Hi-Tec-C Maica isn't the only gel pen that will.  If not using the Hi-Tec-C Maica, you'll need to test before using a gel pen on something you want to keep.

Second: The key to success is lots of water.  Even with the Hi-Tec-C Maica a gentle swipe with a wet brush won't produce the wash.  This technique isn't difficult, but you do need more water than you do with water-soluble colored pencils or crayons.

For the purpose of this tutorial, I've used …

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