Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Doodling with ZIG Brush Writers

Today I would like to share with you the fabulous ZIG Brush Writers. 

These Brush Writers are filled with ink and they flow so beautifully on to the page. The fine tip is made up of little bristles and you can achieve a variety of different sized lines with them.  I have really enjoyed doodling with them and creating some fun flowers.

Here you can see the different line widths that the Brush Makers can make to create the stems, leaves and petals.

To create the flowers, lightly press the tip of the pen on to the paper and then flick it upwards, as though you are doing  'tick'.  Repeat this as you turn the paper. 

You can then mix the colours to create a centre for the flower.  
Of course being named Brush Writer we need some writing!  These pens are perfect for creating some fancy writing which would be fab for adding titles on a scrapbook page or in a journal.

Here I mixed in the stunning gold brush writer.  The metallic Brush Writers are simple stunning, the rich ink allows smooth lines and the position of nib allows you to add some flourishes and swirls to your lettering.

You can find more information and purchase these pens {HERE} or if you are liking the metallic versions then you can find them {HERE}

Thanks for stopping by

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Mixed Media Tag With ZIG Cartoonist Inks

Hi Everyone, Kim Dellow here with a little look at the fabulous ZIG Cartoonist Inks in action. Now you have probably seen the new ZIG Cartoonist range on the blog recently, the range covers inks, tools and pens specifically designed for Manga and Cartoonists. But they have lots of other applications too and I wanted to show you how they can be applied to a mixed media project, so I've used the ZIG Cartoonist Sumi Ink and the ZIG Cartoonist White Ink for this Butterfly Tag.

As you can see I've also done a little bit of recycling too with old book pages and packaging.

I've covered the tag background with a coat of Gesso then used the ZIG Cartoonist Sumi Ink and nib to add the border. But that is all I've done to the background. The focal point on this tag is an ink blot butterfly and I wanted to share with you how I made it.

You Will Need:
(Pipette - optional)
Old book page
Spare paper
White Card

To start you might want to practise making your ink blot Butterflies on spare paper before committing your old book page.

Fold the spare paper in half and use the dip pen and nib to draw a line with the ZIG Cartoonist Sumi Ink to act as a guide to drawing out the rest of the butterfly. You want to work relatively quickly so that the ink remains wet and a bit of trial and error will give you an idea of how much ink you need to get the kind of blot pattern you want. You can also experiment with the pipette to draw the butterfly too if you want a bolder ink blot.

Fold the paper at the pre-made fold and use your fingers to smooth and spread the ink out. Open the paper again to reveal your ink blot butterfly.

Now you can do the same on the old book page, just remember that each ink blot butterfly is unique!

I have another tip to share today and that is the making of the sentiment.

Spread the ZIG Cartoonist Sumi Ink with the back of the nib onto some white card and let it dry.

Write out the sentiment in the ink using a brush. Once the sentiment is dry tear the sentiment out letting the white card show and it is ready to stick to the tag.

Hopefully that has whetted your appetite for the ZIG Cartoonist inks, if so then don't forget to check out the full ZIG Cartoonist range.

Have fun.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Kuretake on Create & Craft TV today at 6pm


We're back on Create & Craft TV at 6pm today, 21st July

Tune in on Sky 671 or online 

Today's show is hosted by Leonie and Nikky Hall!  Here's a sneak peek as to what's on their show...

ZIG Cocoiro colour sets....

ZIG Calligraphy Starter Sets...

Great deals on ZIG Calligraphy and ZIG Scroll & Brush Carry cases...


The sold out ZIG Memory System Starter Set is back!


NEW! ZIG Memory System Christmas Essentials.....

Check out the full show line up here!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Colouring stamped images with ZIG Cartoonist Kurecolor Fine and Brush pens

I was first introduced to the Kurecolor Fine and Brush pens at the CHA-Winter 2012 show in Anaheim, California.  I love alcohol ink pens and these pens did not disappoint. They have a great fine tip for writing and and brush side for coloring in images.  As these are new and I only have a few colors I thought I would do a simple tutorial to show how great they work to color in images.

I stamped this image on plain white, uncoated 110 lb cardstock with black pigment ink-mainly because it is easier to emboss with than dye based inks.  This is an old stamp that I have had forever from Stampington. I decided to heat emboss the image with clear powder.

I don't know if you can see the difference but the black looks much darker.

I colored in the image with Kurecolor Red Fine and Brush pen.  It covers beautifully and without any streaks.  I used a ZIG warm grey Fabricolor Twin pen to add the shadow.  I love how this turned out and this would for for any of your cards, scrapbook pages, and even mixed media (primed) canvases.  

Here is one more angle just you can see detail a little better.

I having been using ZIG writer pens for years since I started in the industry and these new pens are a great addition to my ever growing pen collection.  I can't wait to get some more and see what I can create.  If you did this with clear ink and clear embossing powder or white embossing powder you would get a resist effect which loos really great on old book paper.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Using ZIG Art and Graphic twin pens

I thought that while sharing my layout with you I'd show you how I used my Art and Graphic twin pens to create it. 

As my base I took an A4 piece of watercolour paper (all my layouts are on this size).  I scribbled patches of colour on my craft mat and sprayed with some water to make a puddle of colour. 

I then swiped and dipped my paper into it randomly to add colour.  I let each colour dry on the paper before adding the next so as not to contaminate colours. 

To add interest to the background I added some stamping.  I coloured directly onto the stamp with my pens. By doing this you can add several colours to the stamp at the same time if you want to but as I only wanted a background image I stuck to using one colour.

I wanted to add some stamped images to my layout so I used a waterproof ink to stamp onto watercolour paper and scribbled some colour from the pens onto a plastic lid.  I used my waterbrush to pick up some colour and paint onto the image.

Mixing and blending colours is no problem and here while the paint was still wet I blended in some bright red to the flowers.

I cut out my images and layered them up on the layout.

Here's a closer look at the background stamps again.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and it's inspired you in some way to use the Art and Graphic twin pens.  
I also used Artists Sketching pens to add the border and journaling. The stamps used in this tutorial are by Sarah Hurley and are called Woodland Whimsies.


Jaine x

Design Team Call: Kuretake ZIG are looking for new UK Design Team members!

Do you love ZIG pens, and want to be part of the Kuretake Design Team? Well, here's your chance!....


We're looking to expand our UK Craft Design Team so are looking for crafters based in the United Kingdom that are either familiar with ZIG pens or enthusiastic enough to start using them!

We're looking for cardmakers, scrapbookers, mixed media artists and anyone that uses ZIG pens in a creative way! You don't have to be on any Design Teams at the moment (everyone's got to start somewhere!) but you do have to be enthusiastic and committed to using ZIG pens in your work

What we ask from our Design Team members....

  • Actively promote Kuretake ZIG products on your blog by regular use and mention of our products. (At least 3 posts a month)
  • Participate in 1 monthly Kuretake blog challenge
  • Create tutorial posts for Kuretake ZIG blog (max 1 per month) 
  • Be active on facebook and/or twitter
  • Make samples for workshops, demos and exhibitions - often at short notice
  • Be willing to run your own workshops (with our support) and demos for stores (if possible)
  • We're also looking for a new face for some of our Create & Craft TV shows!

What's in it for you?
  • You'll be one of the first crafters to get your hands on new ZIG products (and we've got LOTS planned!)
  • We'll add your blog link to our blog, and share your work on our blog.
  • Our Design Team are a super friendly bunch, so you'll be joining a fab team and we work hard to support and promote the work of our DT members

If you would like to be considered for a Design Team position, please email me with a link to your blog and a little bit about you by Monday, by 6th August. We'll announce our new DT members by the end of August.

Our new Design Team members will join for an initial period of 6 months, with the possibility of this being extended.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Distressed Metallic With ZIG Painty Twin

Hi All, Kim Dellow here and I'm just popping in to share a couple of techniques I used in the 'Olympic Grunge' ATC I made for the current 'Going For Gold' challenge.

But my tutorial today is about how to make the distressed metallic look with the ZIG Painty Twin Gold and Silver pen.

You Will Need:
Black paper
Metal picture hinges and brads
Inkssentials Cut n' Dry foam or a make-up sponge
Embossing folder (Cuttlebug Clockworks)
Die-cutting machine
Sandpaper or nail file

So if you haven't already, prime your ZIG Painty Twin pen by pressing the nib down on spare paper until the ink begins to flow.

Then use the gold end to colour the black paper with gold ink and let it dry before running the paper through your die-cutting or embossing machine in the embossing folder. 

Then use the sandpaper to sand the raised areas and the edges.

Keep sanding until you are happy with the effect.

You can also add a little touch of distressed gold to the metal picture hinges and brads by pressing the ZIG Painty Twin pen into the sponge and then quickly dab it onto the metal. 

There you have it. Hope you find this little look-see useful.

Have fun creating and don't forget to enter the  'Going For Gold' challenge, you still have a couple of days to get your entry in.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Basically Bare Inspiration!

Hello dear friends!
kissinia here again :)

Today I would like to introduce you the Basically Bare range.
What do I like about these embellishments?....
Their simple designs, high quality and enormous possibilities to use them practically anywhere!

Let's have a look!

Art Journals:

Here you can also see some gold sparkle on the wings, clay, buttons and fabric.
I used ZIG Painty Twin for it.

Some Kurecolor Alcohol Ink on fabric creates this beautiful mess...

Felt element of Basically Bare is decorated with gold ZIG Painty Twin.

Here I used Painty FX and Zig Opaque Writer for Journal.

Kurecolor Alcohol Ink on clay and zipper.

Now to my Layouts where I also used some Basically Bare embellishments.

And on cards too!

Hope you found this useful!
Have a great day and stay inspired.


Full range of Basically Bare albums and embellishments are available at the Kuretake Shop!