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Showing posts with label Letraset Promarkers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Letraset Promarkers. Show all posts

Thursday, February 9, 2012

My entry for the Letraset Coloring Challenge #6

Letraset has a new coloring challenge going.  The line art is adorable and I couldn't resist.

Let me say, for the books, I just love Letraset's Pastel Beige Promarker color.  It's a wonderful neutral that goes with almost any color.  It's almost like Tofu (only it doesn't taste as good.  As bad?) in that it adds body without masking the flavor of the colors you are using it with.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Kitty Cat Unravels the Rug

I was trying a couple of new things here.  I had some blank index cards and wondered how my Letraset Promarkers would do on them, and I also recently received a sample of De Atramentis Pale Blue fountain pen ink that I wanted to try, so I used it to tangle everything but the cat.  I used a Kuretake No 8 Fountain Hair pen for the cat.

The Promarkers don't have the glow that they get on some paper, but they aren't bad.  Love the De Atramentis Pale Blue fountain pen ink.

Tangles used are Yuan by CZT Margaret Bremner, Bitten by CZT Carole Ohl, Zazzy by CZT Sue Clark, Basketweave by CZT Suzanne McNeil, the official tangle Bales, my own Raisin8s and some noodling with tangle possibilities.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Carmelized Onions

It's been a busy week.  Hard to believe it's only 10 days into the New Year.  I haven't had the chance to do too much tangling, so even though half of this is a bleedthrumanade, I decided to post it.  More fun with my fountains pens and Promarkers.

Letraset Promarker, Diamine Chocolate Brown Ink, Diamine Twilight ink, and Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses Ink.  I used my Lamy Safari, Lamy Vista, and Noodler's Flex pen in my Rhodia dotWebbie.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Steampunk Warehouse

I used five Viva Las Vegas Stamps, and then colored with Letraset Promarkers.  Tangling was done with Micron Pigmas and Promarker (using UltraFine tips).  Done on Bristol paper.  I'm thinking about adding to this with Creative Paperclay® embellishments made from molds of washers and screws and such.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Two New Patterns in the Steampunk Series--Background #1 & #2

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

One of the hallmarks of Steampunk design is 'busy'.  Design overlaps design, and there's almost more detail than the eye can make out.  I decided I needed to come up with some designs that could fade into the background while still being busy, but could also be adjusted to be part of the decoration.

There have been several variations of Background #1 posted, so I'm calling it a tangleation of the official tangle Florz, even though it goes quite a bit beyond that.  I don't recall seeing Background #2, but it's a simple idea so someone has probably thought of it, too, lol!

Letraset Promarkers, Micron Pigma, Kuretake No. 8 Fountain Hair Pen done up in a Rhodia dotPad.

I was playing with my new fountain pens for this second pattern--a Lamy Safari and a Noodler's Flex pen.  The inks are Black Swan in Australian Roses and Twilight. Done up in a Rhodia dotPad.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bleedthrumanade with Eels and Bedrock & Review of Whitelines Notebook

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the free paper samples (temporarily not available) I received from Bureau Direct.  One of those papers was from a Whitelines Notebook. I was intrigued with the sample, and immediately ordered an A5 size from them.

I couldn't tell for sure but the cover appears to be a coated cardboard, but it's very sturdy without being heavy. The binding is glued (Whitelines calls the style Perfect Bound), and it does not lie flat, which is the only real flaw I found.  I found the Orange and White design appealing, and I like the feel of the notebook in hand.

The paper is a light gray with white grid lines (you can also get a lined version).  There is less glare, and the lines don't interfere with your writing or drawing as much as the traditional dark lines do.  The blurbs say that the lines don't photocopy, but they do pick up on my scanner.  This white on gray is supposed to be helpful for people with dyslexia, and the paper itself is Swedish totally Carbon Free Paper.­ (which means no Carbon Dioxide­ from fossil fuels is being emitted during production).

I did a bleedthrumanade (Got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade) with my Letraset Promarkers and a Kuretake Disposable brush pen.  I decided to only color half the page, to get a feel for how the white on gray did with both Black & White and Color.

The scan is true--in some areas, the white lines almost disappear to the naked eye.  Surprisingly, they disappear most where the patterns are busiest.  I think the brain can't deal and just evens the white and gray to one shade.  Promarkers are very translucent colors so I wasn't surprised that the white lines show but again, the brain tends to ignore them.  If I don't look closely and specifically for the white lines, I don't notice them.  The colors themselves didn't seem to change because of the gray, but I don't think they were as bright as usual.

This would be a great book for organizing or practicing your tangles.  You would need to work on a surface so that you can hold the book open, because of the binding. I like the the white on gray for the novelty of it, but the more I look at it, the more I like it because it's easy on the eyes.

Emerging from Bedrock-Front

Friday, December 9, 2011

Bleedthrumanade with Big Eggs and Energy

Got lemons? Make lemonade.  got Marker Bleedthru?  Make Bleedthrumanade.
Layout created with MyMemories Suite V3.
I'm tired tonight, and I think I need to work on this a bit more but I wanted to get it posted.  
Haven't done a bleedthrumanade for a while--Rhodia 'R' Pad, Letraset Promarkers and Micron Sepias-Brush, Graphic & Pigma.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bleedthrumanade with Fashion and Friezes

Got Lemons, make lemonade.  Got Marker Bleedthru, make Bleedthrumanade.

Ingredients: Moleskine Sketchbook, Letraset Promarkers, Micron Graphics & Pigmas, Pentel White Sunburst Gel Pen.

Bleedthrumanade with Zipper & Microscope

Got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade.
Ingredients: Letraset Promarkers, Micron Graphic Pen, Micron Pigma Pen, Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, Pentel White Sunburst Gel Pen, Moleskine Sketchbook.

Monday, November 28, 2011

2 New Tangles, Rhodia DotPad No: 16: Review and Rhodia 'R' Pad No. 16 Giveaway

The winner of the Rhodia 'R' pad giveaway is Duchygirl37.

There's a giveaway coming up later in this post, and some new tangle patterns, but first the review.

Karen from Exaclair generously sent me a Rhodia dotPad No. 16 and Rhodia 'R' Pad No. 16 for review.  Thank you, Karen!

The Rhodia dotPad No  16

The facts, just the facts, ma'am
Top staplebound
Paper- White 80g vellum, ph Neutral, acid-free
Dot grid (5 mm)
80 sheets
Microperforated - light lilac dots
Black cover
No. 16 size 14.8 x 21 cm/ 6" x 8 1/4"
(also available in 8.5 x 12 cm, 3 3/8" x 4 ¾"; 21 x 31.8 cm, 8 ¼" x 12 ½" and 42 x 31.8 cm,16 ½" x 12 ½")

Now, the nitty gritty
The first thing that might catch your eye about the Rhodia dotPad are the heavy duty staples and score lines along the top.  They give the appearance of a sturdy product, and indeed, the Rhodia dotPad exceptionally sturdy.  Both front and back have a soft-cover, and the back has a strong cardboard piece to add stability and strength.

I'm using a photo from my current 'R' pad because the orange cover shows up better, and you can see how the score lines on the cover add flexibility.  The dotPad doesn't lie flat with this binding, and if you write or draw in it, using the portrait orientation (you may have trouble writing on the back.  I tend to use the portrait (6"h x 8 1/4" w) when drawing or writing on the front and then switch to a landscape orientation (  8 1/4" h x 6"w) when I'm working on the back.  That might be disturbing for some.

The dotGrid is awesome!  The dots look gray to my eye, but if I blow them up on the scanner I can see that they are a light lilac color.  It's very easy on the eyes and definitely less instrusive than a full grid.

The scanner barely picks them up.  In fact, I had to run a scan at 600 DPI to get them to show!  You can see from the scan that there was no feathering or shadowing with any of the pens I used, and the Lumocolor is the only that bled.  And the Lumocolor bleeds through most paper.

The paper is vellum, so it has some weight without being stiff or as heavy as a cardstock.  It's silky and smooth with little texture, so your pen glides across the page.  I won't say it's smudge-proof but I've yet to have anything smudge on me with either this dotPad or the 'R' pad I've been using for quite a while.

Next up, I tried out my Letraset Promarkers.  They did bleed through, as always, but the colors really glow on this paper.  I was inspired and decided to see how this paper works for designing tangle patterns.  I found that the dots help guide the eye but are easy to ignore if you don't need them.

When doing this pattern space your circles far enough apart so you'll have plenty of room to complete the 'icicle' in the (sideways) flames.  Lots of room for varition by changing the size of the circles, the height and width of either the flames or the icicles.

Whew!  I get to working in one of these Rhodia pads and just can't quit!

The idea of the dots got me to thinking, and I saw this book on String Art in the store, so another pattern was born--well, re-idealized, might be a better word.  String Art has been around since man had boards, pegs and twine.  I know that other tangles patterns that look very similar to this have been posted, but I don't think any of them follow these steps, so I went with it.  If you do know of anyone else that has used steps like this, please let me know so I may give the credit to them instead of myself.

Even though the dotPad has dots, I didn't want to go dot-to-dot.  I wanted to place 'pegs', and just use the grid dots for what they are best for--guiding the eye.  So I placed my own dots, pretending they were pegs.  Then I pretending that I was weaving twine between the pegs as I drew my lines.

You can vary the pattern by varying the length of some spires--make one round of spires all one length, make the all the second set longer, and the third set longer yet.  I would advise keeping all the spires in one round as close to the same length as possible.  Add details inside the circle and the spires.  Change the last step and fancy up the border.

This makes me think of Bridge Mix being made--chocolate covered raisins & almonds & brazil nuts and hazelnuts. Ahh!
If you don't like the feel of working on Graph paper, but do like something to help you keep track of your tangle steps this would be an excellent paper to use for organizing patterns or for practicing them.  I don't find the dots intrusive at all, and find they only add a sense of texture to my color work.

If you want to learn more about the dotPad, especially if you are into fountain pens and premium inks, check out these other reviews.  But come back!  There's still the giveaway coming up!

Other Reviews of the Rhodia dotPad
Pencil Revolution Rants of the Archer
Spiritual Evolution of the Bean
Ink Nouveau

The Rhodia 'R' Pad
Karen also sent me an 'R' Pad.  I already have one, and have written a Rhodia 'R' Pad Review, so check it out if you wish to know more.  A lot of it is similar to the review of the Rhodia dotPad except that it comes with 90 lb paper is ivory rather than 80 lb white, and it comes in black or orange covers, with either blank or ruled paper and has 70 pages versus 80.  And, no dots.  The 'R' Pad I'm giving away has blank pages like the one in my 'R' pad review.

I was sorely tempted to keep this new one for that time when I've filled my current one. But, nah!  I can't do it, knowing there are some of you out there who have yet to experience the 'R' Pad.

 So, I'm giving it away.

Leave me a comment and I'll enter your name.  Your entry will be assigned a number, and the winning number will be chosen via the random number generator.  Entries end at midnight PST on December 5th. The winner will be announced on the 6th.

You know, even though I've been sick, and ache like I've been trampled, I 'feel' good!  I love doing these reviews and I love having these giveaways so I can share my excitement with you.  Life is good!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Bleedthrumanade with Dustmites and Fishes

Got Lemons, make Lemonade.  Got Marker Bleedthru, make Bleedthrumanade.
Ingredients: Rhodia 'R' Pad, Letraset Promarkers, Sharpie Fineline Pen, Pentel White Gel Pen, Unity Itty Bitty Stamps.

Don't forget to enter the MyMemories V2 Digital Scrapbooking Software giveaway that I'm hosting!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Bleedthrumanade Recipe Tutorial

I've had a couple of requests lately for instructions for doing a bleedthrumanade.  I have done some steps in the past, but decided to use the opportunity to play around with the MyMemories V2 Digital Scrapbooking Software (see my Giveaway!).

I think the bleedthrumanade process is simpler than people expect it to be, and I hope this makes it clearer--I'm simply taking advantage of the fact that color from alcohol markers shows up on the back of page, lol!

Here are the completed pages, so you can see them better.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Kissing Gourami Zentangle®-inspired art

Sorry for the fuzzies--the spiral binding makes a 2 page spread hard to scan.
Pentel Pocket Brush pen over Letraset Promarker over gesso in Mead Day Runner.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Link: New ProMarker Ultra-fine Edition – HAIR

The HAIR colour set  contains Chesnut, Walnut, Ginger, Pastel Yellow & Buttercup.  Great for hair, but these would make a fabulous bleedthrumanade too!
Each ProMarker Ultra-fine Edition set also contains 5 ultra-fine nib attachments, and these are perfect for adding shading and texture to small areas of hair.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Review of Tim Holtz Papillon Stamp Set

A couple of weeks ago, I won a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.  A marvelous stamp set.  A beautiful stamp set.  It has butterflies.  Really beautiful butterflies, and marvelous background stamps with the names of cities and words pertaining to butterflies.  Don't take my word for it--look at that beautiful set!  I've been stamping with joy since I received it!

The set is made of pink rubber with a foam backing, and the cut is deep, intricate and clean.  No more than you would expect from Tim Holtz!

They're large stamps (I've provided a picture of the set stamped on an 8x11 in sheet of paper to give an idea of size).  Large stamps can be a challenge.  It isn't always easy to determine how much pressure, or if you've applied pressure to the whole stamp.  I've been practising.  I don't always worry about a perfect image, since my style is pretty rough anyway.  But I want a perfect image when I want one, lol!

For the first bleedthrumanade I did with the stamps I used a new journal I found at Marshalls fro $5.  It's a Valentina, Made in Italy, 9x13 in light card stock sketchbook, and the paper is fantastic for about anything you want to do to it.

The drawback is the size.  There aren't too many pages, but it's still heavy and very hard to hold on to while drawing.  The stamps came out wonderfully.  I even cut out butterflies from another piece of paper and glued them on for a 3D effect, but I had a difficult time tangling in the book.  I also had a hard time getting a picture.  The sketchbook is too big for my scanner, and it was hard to prop up and get entirely into frame for a photo.  The paper was also pretty thick for a bleedthrumanade and not much color came through.

I didn't think this first example properly showed off the stamps in the photo, so I did a second example in my moleskine, which was much more manageable, and more properly shows why I'm so excited about my stamp set.