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Clean Color Real Brush Pens: Splashy Background

In case you missed it – the Pharrell Dance Party post
has a big giveaway, check it out HERE!

 

I’ve been inundating you guys with my experiments with these new markers….are you getting tired of them yet?

Splashy Background with Clean Color Real Brush Pens

I decided that since these Zig markers love to swim so much, I’d let them. As soon as you give them a sideward glance with water in your hand, you can almost see them get giddy! It was a little challenging when I saw them get so light with water and dabbing – but I think I found a good solution to add nice rich color back in! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

I love the star stacker dies – and I think I’m going to keep them nested together. The outline stars are so much more interesting than regular full stars, too! They really set off the sentiment from Winnie and Walter nicely too.

This card was made for Operation Write Home‘s final sketch…it’s hard to even fathom the “lasts” that are happening right now, as it’s been such a big part of my life for so many years. This is the last sketch; I scheduled the last Facebook post; I ordered the last flat rate boxes; and so many other final things. One moment I’m sad about it all, and the next I look at a giant pile of mail and all I want to do is rush to August 1st because I’m so tired! I keep telling myself, I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength…I can do this for one. more. week.

Sandy Allnock Splashy Background Clean Color Pens

I’ll still be doing a lot as the cards have to be mailed out to heroes for a long time, as we’ve gotten far in excess of what was needed – wow! All the other parts of closing the organization will commence next too. And through all of this, I am just so grateful to everyone who has participated – none of the 3million+ cards would have been sent without so many generous crafters and donors!

You can go see the Sketch post HERE – and join in one last sketch challenge with OWH!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Zig Clean Color Marker Background

 

Clean Color Marker vs Distress Ink Background

I went through Jenn’s Pinterest (easier than looking through a blog and scrolling page after page) – and I saw her fishy card HERE. I had been looking for the perfect opportunity to use my new Lawn Fawn fishies – and this was it! I decided to see what happened when working larger than an image, coloring an entire background on this paper. And I compared it to Distress Markers too, so I hope that helps those who haven’t liked the “texture” they get with the Zig pens – this shows a good side-by-side. Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Same thing, Distress markers & inks

The Distress Marker version was an interesting test – when I started it in the video, I had NO idea what was coming. Had I left it with just the marker, I might have gotten it to work if I kept scrubbing at it with the brush. But once I swiped on a little ink from a pad – bam! I loved it.Sandy Allnock Distress background card

And the side by side – I think I like parts of both. The Zig color is really fun and intense, and I like some of that drybrush look. The transparency on the Texture Paste is fab! But after adding the fish, I think I have to love the Distress version better, since the colors are more muted….it’s a little less of a bombardment of the eye that the Zig version finished out to be.

Clean Color Vs Distress Comparison

But I think both work GREAT in different ways – now it’s a matter of figuring out when to use which one! I promised you the colors for the fishies…here you go!

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And don’t forget to go see Jenn and enter to win, just look at all the sponsors! And if you want to see more of this month’s party, just check out #creativechickblogiversary

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Winner!

My apologies for not getting the winner listed in the post yesterday – eeep! Travel really did a number on me, I can’t even remember what day it is anymore! But at least I know I’m home, so I can remember what state I’m in now. LOL. Anyway – the winner of the Inktense Pencils is Mendi….email me your address and I’ll get them packed up to send out!

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Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

 

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Starry Night by VanGogh – in Inktense Pencils

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Inktense Pencil Starry Night

I wanted to see if I could replicate the look of Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting – it’s always intrigued me with its textures and swirling colors, and it seemed perfect for these little bears to look out over that kind of scene! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Wasn’t that crazy fun? I love how the pencil gets all soft when it’s on water….so cool.  The Inktense Pencil colors I used: Felt Green 1530, Sienna Gold 0240, Tangerine 0300, Tan 1720, Sea Blue 1200,  Sun Yellow 0200, Charcoal Grey 2100, and Ink Black 2200.

Sandy Allnock - Starry Night Inktense Pencils

Inktense Pencil Color Lists

See the chart below for swatches of all the colors. There’s no easy answer to tell you which set to buy “first” except the 72…there’s a very common list in EACH set, so if you start with a small one, you’ll end up with duplicates. I’ve uploaded an Excel doc with the color lists HERE.

Set of 12: Sun Yellow, Tangerine, Poppy Red, Fuchsia, Deep Indigo, Sea Blue, Teal Green, Apple Green, Leaf Green, Baked Earth, Bark, and Ink Black.

Set of 24: Sherbet Lemon, Sun Yellow, Tangerine, Poppy Red, Chili Red, Shiraz, Fuchsia, Violet, Iris Blue, Bright Blue, Deep Indigo, Sea Blue, Teal Green, Apple Green, Field Green, Leaf Green, Mustard, Baked Earth, Willow, Bark, Charcoal Grey, Black, Antique White and a non-soluble Inktense Outliner.

Set of 36: Sherbet Lemon, Sun Yellow, Sienna Gold, Tangerine, Poppy Red, Cherry, Chili Red, Shiraz, Fuchsia, Red Violet, Mauve, Violet, Iris Blue, Bright Blue, Deep Indigo, Peacock Blue, Iron Blue, Sea Blue, Teal Green, Apple Green, Field Green, Leaf Green, Iron Green, Ionian Green, Felt Green, Tan, Saddle Brown, Indian ink, Mustard, Baked Earth, Willow, Bark, Charcoal Gray, Black, Antique White and a non-soluble Inktense Outliner.

Set of 72: Sherbet Lemon, Sun Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Sicilian Yellow, Golden Yellow, Sienna Gold, Tangerine, Cadmium Orange, Burnt Orange, Poppy Red, Chili Red, Cherry, Shiraz, Red Violet, Fuchsia, Mid Vermilion, Scarlet Pink, Hot Red, Carmine Pink, Crimson, Deep Rose, Mauve, Thistle, Violet, Dusky Purple, Dark Purple, Deep Violet, Lagoon, Navy Blue, Deep Blue, Peacock Blue, Iron Blue, Iris Blue, Bright Blue, Deep Indigo, Sea Blue, Teal Green, Dark Aquamarine, Green Aquamarine, Mallard Green, Vivid Green, Beech Green, Hooker’s Green, Light Olive, Spring Green, Fern, Iron Green, Ionian Green, Apple Green, Field Green, Felt Green, Leaf Green, Amber, Oak, Red Oxide, Madder Brown, Dark Oak, Mustard, Tan, Saddle Brown, Baked Earth, Willow, Bark, Indian Ink, Sepia Ink, Chinese Ink, Payne’s Gray, Neutral Gray, Charcoal Gray, Ink Black, Antique White, and a non-soluble Inktense Outliner.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Nacho in Clean Color Marker

 

Isn’t Nacho THE cutest dog stamp evah! He’s new from Stamping Bella…and I just adore his puzzled expression! I think I look like that a lot of times. Say whaaaa?

Coloring Nacho

I wanted to test out some things with the Zig Clean Color Pens….lots of you have been asking for more info on them and why certain things aren’t working so well for you. So today I have two more tips:

  • Try some coloring with large images, and see if that makes a difference. Coloring this large dog was much easier than some of the small images I’ve worked on.
  • See the video for some ideas of what happens to a few of the colors with water…that might help if you’ve had a couple surprises!

Check the video out below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

Here’s a nice closeup of the texture when you don’t use water – and just how hard it is for me to stay in the lines, apparently!

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And the version with water and a brush – yeeep! More practice, ma! Nacho went ghost-like on this one. LOL!

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So as you can see – you aren’t alone if you’ve got a few challenges. I’ve been doing much more practice since shooting this video a few weeks ago (yes, I’m ahead! woohoo!), and I can definitely say practice helps. Keep on working at it, you can do this!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Magnetized Clean Color Pen Bookmarks

 

If your kids are anything like me when I was a kid – bookmarks make reading more FUN! And with a magnetized bookmark, the fun is amped up even more!

Magnetized Bookmark – with Clean Color Pens

The idea behind these bookmarks isn’t mine – I made these in a ministry eons ago, and thought of them when looking at that long strip of scrap left over when I trimmed down my 9×12 watercolor papers! I use lots of those scraps for color swatches, technique testing, etc – but I folded one in half and it reminded me of the bookmarks! Since it’s summer and kids need encouragement to read, maybe this is a little project you’ll want to do, too. The kids can even paint their own! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Sketches & Colors

Since we now have a bunch of small images on strips, what to do with them…..? I figured I’d share some CAS Sketches! The color panels on some of these were made by using other scraps of watercolor paper, and using the same Clean Color Pens on them so they’d be all matchy matchy! Below the sketches are pics of the pieces I colored – and in the captions the colors are listed.

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sketch2

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Sandy Allnock TGF Bear Tags
Clean Colors used: Bears 061, 060, 067 …Pink sweater 027, 024….Purple sweater 080,081….Honey 052
Sandy Allnock - Wood Friends Tags
Clean Colors: Nuts – 065 064, 060, 061……Squirrel – 066, 064, 091…Deer – 062, 061….Grass – 045
Sandy Allnock - Cuddly Thanks Tags
Clean Colors – Bird 032, 031 …. Tree trunk 096…..Fox 024, 070, 091

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Hope you enjoyed my little Scrap-Wrangler-inspired project…have a great summer of reading!

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Watercolor an Arbor – Art Impressions

 

Art Impressions has had a beautiful set of watercolor stamps for a long, long time – some of you have known and loved them, others have been watching me share them on Instagram or teaching them in classes. And others of you – well, you are dying to get started. And I have a plan to hopefully help you get started without getting sidetracked!

Sidetracked? What does that mean? Well after all the AI watercolor classes I’ve taught, I’ve heard a lot of people say they bought a lot of the stamps, but just don’t use them. What?? Stamps not getting love?? That’s so sad! And what I’ve discovered from interviewing students is that they either:

  1. bought stamps that challenged their level of skill, and then they got intimidated, OR
  2. bought too many stamps and couldn’t figure out where to start, OR
  3. bought not enough stamps that don’t make a complete card.

My suggestion: watch my video below, first! And if you’re new to these stamps, I’d suggest starting with one of the small sets AI launched this year. Students in my classes are feeling very successful with them – because the number of stamps is limited (so you’re not overwhelmed) but are cute enough they make really great cards! Some of my favorites – Spring BasketFlowering Mailbox, and Open Window. If you want to add some options for flowers and grasses try the Flower Set or the Foliage Set, but you can do a great job with just the stamp sets alone.

Watercolor an arbor

Today’s project is an intermediate level painting – a watercolored arbor….it’s a beautiful stamp and  lends itself to lots of layouts and using all kinds of flowers and scenery around it! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube:

These are some of the large paintings (about 11 inches wide) created at demos….these make lovely gifts, so if you get into creating these watercolors, you can check off your Christmas list! (I did make the mistake of not making them a nice 8×10 size, so you might take ‘standard sizes’ into account to make framing inexpensive!)

Sandy Allnock - Watercolor scene

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I haven’t linked to every one of the flowers and containers – though many are in the supply list below in this post.

A word about the watercolor paper used here – it’s Fluid 100, which is really nice paper, but it’s what’s called an “Easy Block.” That means it’s a block – it has adhesive to hold it flat on the pad so you don’t have to tape it down to anything to keep it from curling – but an Easy Block is only adhered on 2 sides. Lots easier to remove from the block than a pad that’s attached on 4 sides!

SUPPLIES

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links are used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.   

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Gumball Shaker Card + 7 tips for Clean Color Pens

I’m back with another card from the new Lawn Fawn release! This one shows off the Zig Clean Color Pens as well – with some tips for those who have been struggling with these new markers.

Gumball Shaker Card

When I saw this stamp set, it just screamed out to be a shaker – with all those happy little smiley gumballs bouncing around in the shaker! For today’s watercolor paper, I used Montval, and painted with THIS brush. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Tips for Clean Color Pen coloring

I’ve been hearing lots of folks having a rough time with these pens once they arrived in the mail. (That’s why I recommended really just picking up a few first!) Here are a couple tips – more to come as I learn more, too.

  1. After shooting this video and working with the pens more afterward, I thought of a great analogy: Clean Color Pens are to watercolor markers what Inktense Pencils are to watercolor pencils. Lots of intense color that usually moves quickly; a few colors in the Zig line, just like Inktense, “move” better/faster than others. Think of them that way and it might get easier.
  2. When adding water, be careful when coloring areas next to other wet areas. Most of these markers like to run! Anytime you add water, start with less than you think you need. You can always add more later.
  3. To lighten color, re-wet as needed and dab off with a rag or paper towel.
  4. When choosing colors to purchase, I would choose darker shades rather than lighter – you can always lighten by adding more water, but the pale colors will stay pale.
  5. Sometimes it’s tough to soften the line that certain colors create when you color on the paper. I’d mark those colors with some washi tape so you know which ones to save for techniques where you WANT that effect, or ones to try again another day with different paper. (More coming soon on a system I’ll be using to mark my pens. I’m going to use it a while before sharing it to be sure it works the way I want it to.)
  6. It IS possible to blend very different colors – but you may end up with baby poo where they meet. And if those colors really run, you can get poo across the entire image! Try picking analagous colors, those seem to blend the most easily. See the color chart at the right – Analagous colors are adjacent to each other on the color wheel.
  7. The paper you use may have a LOT to do with blending/not blending. Try others – the cheap stuff, the medium or expensive stuff. Try the same color combos and compare them–that’s the only way to figure this out. This is what happens when a new medium comes on the market, we need to test.  See THIS post for more info on watercolor papers.

If you have questions about specific colors in the Clean Color Pen line, leave them in comments. I’m finding I have trouble with different colors than some friends of mine, and I’m curious to know if there are some that are problems overall, and if some might just be my pens. Research! Agh! :0)colors used

The colors used in this video are 025 Pink; 081 Light Violet; 024 Wine Red; 050 Yellow; 031 Cobalt Blue; 041 Light Green; 084 Deep Violet033 Persian Green; 027, Dark Pink.

 

Sandy Allnock - Gumball Shaker Card

SUPPLIES

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Hope you liked my lil sweet candy gumball shaker card!

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How to mix skintones with Zig Clean Color pens

 

Have you fallen prey to the Zig craze? These Zig Clean Color pens are unique – and I hope today’s project will help you see that you can do some amazing coloring with just a few colors!

Mixing skintones with Zig Clean Color pens

One of the troubles with all the other water-based markers, IMHO, has been that I haven’t found many do skintone colors particularly well. (Same for watercolors, without mixing your own.) And since I do love to color people, that’s a struggle!

So while playing with the 12 Zig Clean Color pens (I specifically used the set of 12 for this one, just so you know you don’t need the big sets even if you want them), I decided to play around with ethnic skintones, without using Zig’s flesh colors (the 12 set doesn’t come with any). You can use this technique to mix skintones out of your other water-based pens too. And just so you know, sets JUST arrived at Ellen Hutson, so you can either get a 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, or buy them one at a time – or a combo – it’s all up to you.

Check out the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube…and then come back and read more below.

While this video was made using the Zig pens, and the colors are much brighter – other watercolor pens on the market can do some similar color mixing, too; you’ll just need to do some experimenting to get the right mixes and right amounts of water. Note that this card is painted on Canson XL watercolor paper (fyi, extremely cost-effective), it’s not as white as the Ranger’s and that could make a difference color-wise, so adjust as needed.

And the masking fluid I used is THIS one with this applicator nib – but you can also use a version that comes in a bottle too.

Sandy Allnock Zig clean color pens

Upcoming note about these pens

I’m working on a hex chart for these, so hang tight if you’re trying to pick between colors and don’t know which reds, which yellows, etc. I know it’s a challenge to figure out which the heck colors you want. Hoping to get that posted in the next couple weeks!

I’m also going to be doing more videos with these over time – I know others are sharing things they are finding out about them too, but I’m looking at them from my crazy-artist perspective, so you’ll get a little different info from the likes of me. So far they aren’t replacing my love of pan watercolors, if you’re wondering. I’m really curious how long they’ll last, since they aren’t refillable…I’m going to sacrifice a pen soon and find out how many strokes it takes to get to the center of the lollypop – I’ll let you know when I know!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

I hope you’ll try this kind of color mixing with your Zig clean color pens or other watercolor markers – whatever brand you own!

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Watercolor Hibiscus – Zig Clean Color Pens

 

Is it summer yet!?!? Oh my. I’m ready now that I got to create a watercolor hibiscus card! Many thanks to ZIG for sharing a few of these dynamo pens with me. It’s an expensive gift, since now #ineedtobuyallthecolors!!

Watercolor Hibiscus Card

Zig sent me a few of their Clean Color pens, and I started out testing them on some different papers. I discovered the pens definitely like watercolor paper most….I guess I would too if I were a pen like these! The colors are SO vibrant…and they say “Real Brush” on the sides of the pens, and they really mean it. These aren’t your average foam-type nib, they’re actual bristles! You can use them with or without water – just look at how beautifully they turn into watercolor by watching the video below on coloring the watercolor hibiscus stamp by Technique Tuesday – or check it out HERE on YouTube in HD.

I loved seeing that the pens can be purchased individually – buying a set can be a little pricey (even the set of 12 here or here is a mini investment), so we can collect them one-by-one like we do our Copics, yay! (I might need a hex chart for these…lol) Be prepared to be gentle with water around these markers…the instant they get wet they’re ready to play! But it does dab off pretty easily on the paper used on my card.  It was definitely great to see that the ink I stamped with didn’t bleed at all, too.

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Some of you probably want to know what my black watercolor brush is – I’m leeeeeaning heavily on the Silver Brush brand right now; it’s a blend of natural squirrel hair and black synthetic filament – I find I get good control, the shape springs back after each stroke, and the tip is precise. I have some more brushes I’m testing (omg you should have seen my purchase the other day…one or two of each brand! cha-ching!), but if you’re chomping at the bit – there’s a set of three HERE (a 1, 8, and 3/4 wash) – or you can also buy any of the line individually HERE. I’m partial to a 2, 4, and 6 myself, with an oval wash – 2 and 4 are used on this card.

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Supplies

Affiliate links used throughout this post, at no cost to you. Read more.

One other thing I hadn’t yet mentioned – if you like painting a watercolor hibiscus, you might also like the rest of the Technique Tuesday florals – check them out HERE. I didn’t even know they had a monthly stamp!

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Ellen Hutson Bloghop: How to stamp on vellum – with dies!

 

Welcome to the Spring 2015 Essentials by Ellen Release BlogHop! I’m so happy to be a part of it….I’m so proud of my friends Julie Ebersole and Ellen Hutson for taking the leap into producing more awesome products to help our wallets stay lean! Today for my hop cards, I want to show you how to stamp on vellum – with dies!

 

How to stamp on vellum with dies

When I received the new release stamps and dies from Ellen Hutson, my mind went right away to big bold floral cards. And oddly – to pink and purple!? (Who has taken over this body?) And also to the vellum that Ellen makes, too – it’s nice and thick, makes inks look even softer from the back, and since in my card shared in their newsletter didn’t have a video companion, I wanted you to see the vellum in motion. Thus, stamping with dies was born for my cards! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

These cards were helped along by the Craft Assistant and Magnetic Material of course…I’ve shown the use of them with airbrushing, but they made all the difference in holding the paper steady so I didn’t get fingerprints or grease on the paper. It really is amazing what you can do with these products when it comes to learning how to stamp on vellum!

Giveaway

The bloghop fun begins in the CLASSroom and there is also a Grand Giveaway! To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, and at every stop along the hop by May 5th!  Winners will be announced May 8th.

I am the lucky one to give away the Amazing Women stamp set! WOOHOO! Since my cards are intended for amazing women in your life, write a comment in the form of a quick note “to” an amazing woman in your life, then go email or text her that comment. (Why not, right? We really do need to encourage each other more!)

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Keep hopping!

Next stop on this amazing bloghop full of inspiration: Joni Nina Andaya! (And if you don’t already subscribe to her and stalk her Instagram, I’d highly recommend it!)

PS: Last week’s winner: Linda S! You’ll be hearing by email about your prize. Yay for you!

Supplies

Listed below are all of the items I used in these cards…as well as links to all the items in the new release. Affiliate links are used in this post, click here for more information.

 

Wasn’t that fun? Once  you learn how to stamp on vellum with dies, you can make a whole sheet to get a bunch of cards out of it! I love when multi-use takes the cost out of our craft supplies.