HAPPY MAIL!! Chameleon Color Tops Kickstarter Kit

Super excited to finally have my Chameleon Color Tops from the Kickstarter program a few months back.  No big unboxing .. lil man tore into this box the second we got it haha.  He likes Happy Mail as much as his momma does.

Ok..so for those who of you who don’t know what a Kickstarter program is.. a brief explanation.  Kickstarter is used by companies to raise funds to get new products into production and I guess probably gauge the public’s response to an idea to see if it is worth continuing with before committing to Big $’s  in production.

Anyone who was involved in this one will tell you… the public responded… in a big way lol.  this project was open for funding for a month.. and met it’s initial funding goal in the first 2 hours of  going live.  If you are a Chameleon Pens fan… that would come as no surprise to you at all LOL.

Various reward levels are available to suit funding partners of all budgets.  Funding commitments started at $10,  all the way up to a whopping $400+ for those people who just wanted it all. Each funding level had it’s own rewards associated with it.  Basically you select how much you want to pay in to fund the project and you get the rewards on offer for that level BEFORE they go on sale to everyone else.  Much as I would have loved to go all out for the “LOT”, I just didn’t have the funds available to do that * sigh.  But I did jump in and get my  Color Tops… and then on top of the regular rewards there were also goal rewards. As funding offers flew in .. a new goal level  reward was added in…so on top of my color tops… I also received a bunch of extra goal rewards. The detailer pen, an additional blender pen, extra tips and color cards… there was also free online classes offered which we all received  when the funding period closed.

Ok so..what did I pay? and what did I get …  a $70 pledge got me the full range of  the brand new product “Color Tops” plus the extras mentioned above.  If you know what tip to tip blending is, and already know the concept behind how Chameleon Pens work…. then this will  be easy to understand.  Instead of coloring with one color and achieving your tones with the blender tops on each pen…. you can now tip to tip blend EASILY, ACCURATELY AND ….in COLOR!!!   yup.  The exact way you blend with your current Chameleons using clear blender.. but in color.

I am not going to gab on forever about this right now… expect a new post real soon, probably with video. If I can find a quiet minute to make a basic one I will.

One Happy Crafter… thanks Chameleon Pens!!!  comes as no surprise you blew the funding goals out of the water again this time.  And for all of you who missed out on the Kickstarter again this time… The new products will be available soon 🙂  If you haven’t seen these pens before…and this is your  first time hearing the name … WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN !!!!  lol

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Time to burn your rubber stamps?

Not literally !! lol

I picked up this Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner Pyrography tool at Michaels Stores with a coupon the other day on one of my bargain ventures..it’s just a cheapie one and comes with 4 tips.  I wasn’t sure if I would still enjoy it; or get to use it much, so didn’t want to spend too much… but it’s actually a nifty little tool. I haven’t done any pyrography since I was in my 20’s …. and it shows lol. But I think I’ll be having a play with this and all the wood blanks I seem to collect haha.

You don’t have to be a fab artist to enjoy pyrography there are a tonne of patterns available..and if you just want a quick way to get a design on your piece… grab your stamps and an ink pad.  Alternatively, use the method I showed in a previous post  to transfer the design using your printer and a laminating sheet.

I had a quick play and just used this W174 Patient Pup stamp I picked up on Christmas Clearance and a brown pad to stamp this lightly on the back of my desktop easel for a guide..gave it a quick wash of color with some markers when I was done.

another fun way to use all of those fab stamps in your collection… practise practise practise !

KennyK and my ‘AHA moment’

Now I know there are a few of you who  already started humming  “Take on me”  ….even if only in your head.  Admit it, you know the song and  you secretly wished some hot guy would drag you off  into the pages of a  magazine.. or hot steamy romance book.

* whistles innocently.

Or if you are one of  our male crafters.. maybe you want to be him instead and drag some cute chick off to woo with your sketchings. but that just sounds like the weird dude at the park… so … let’s not go there lol.

Well…  here we are 30 years later.. and we’re not watching those sketchy scenes anymore. Most of us are either drawing them, or coloring them.  I have to say, Morton Harket still looks pretty damned hot… I saw some recent pics and he scrubs up pretty good LOL.

Anywho, I digress… back to the project

and what a project this one was! as you can probably tell it’s inspired by…. AHA …. yup I had my AHA moment.   Now  this one was a doozy;  it was quite a process just to get to this stage and I have a feeling by the time I finish matting and framing this guy, there is gonna be a second white mat  with some comic strip style layout  surrounding him and his black mat board.  I guess we shall see…. one day.

I’ll show  more details below.. but the quick run through on this one…

Canson Mixed Media Paper, colored with Chameleons, over color with Crayola Color Escapes Pencils… scanned, reprinted, background depth using a  black Zig Scroll & Brush pen.. additional shading and outline definition  done with a charcoal gray Color Escapes… signed .. matted.. BINGO

I find it useful to take progress pics as I work, so I can sit back and look at them  on my comp as I drink my tea and take a break.  For some reason it really helps me look at it with a more critical eye  and helps me spot areas I may need to work on, better than looking at the actual project.  It also gives me a more accurate view of projects that are meant to be viewed at a distance…. like  framed art etc.  When I get up and walk off to do something…. I find propping up my work and leaving it in full view  for a few hours, or days helps when I feel I am just not quite seeing the problem…. but I know it’s just not quite right.

I have a tendency to ruin  projects by not knowing when to stop “trying” *sigh…. so I try and give myself breaks at strategic points, to  avoid that happening so often.

What I really love about this particular project, is that the various stages of progression gave me some ideas  on other  things I wanted to try with this concept.  One of them being a version with only the skin colored in markers and pencil and the rest black and white/graycale.  I think that one will look really cool.

Anyway enough of my ramblings, let’s face it…..I just like to goof around and try things. Some work, some don’t….sometimes they all work for you… for different reasons and you have to decide which one to go with first. The only thing that matters is having fun and trying new things and NOT trying to compete with other crafters and constantly comparing your work to others. when it  comes to art and creativity…. the rule is

…. THERE ARE NO RULES !!

….so here are the progress snapshots and the final  project  matted and ready to frame…or maybe double matted THEN framed later lol…and some product links for anyone interested.

I printed light by adjusting the layer opacity in my graphics program on Canson Mix Media paper and then colored with Chameleon skin tone marker NU00.  I know I know.. one shouldn’t color with markers on papers designed for  other media…. but I have refills …and I can, because I want to …. I am such a rebel !!!   LOL remember THERE ARE NO RULES!!


I would be lying if I said I recall exactly what colors I used at this stage.  I know the blue for the pants was BL4 Cornflower Blue.. but I used a mix of grays  for the hat, leather straps and chaps.  One of which I am pretty sure was  the CG8  Cool Gray from the original 22 pen set  and the others  came from the gray tones  5 pack.  Background was sketched in with pencil.

I tried detailing the outline with a fab new pen I got just before Christmas, it’s called a Bimoji Marker and this is the fine tip one… and I really like the look of it on  the test piece on the right.  Comp crashed and I got a print fail… so decided to use it as a test sheet.  but it wasn’t quite gellin with what I had in my head for this particular piece.  But this is definitely something I am going to  use on another project, I love this sketchy look with impact.

In the end I compromised and did the detailing and outlines with a charcoal gray pencil. because I printed this as a soft print with light lines, It  needed to be brought out in the coloring instead.  This is the first time I have really tried the no outlines /soft outlines style… and I actually like it… for SOME projects.  I think it really depends on the individual project and images as to whether pen, or pencil works best.

One last quick note… since I obscured the background with this sketchy AHA inspired  look, don’t forget to add your artists signature back in somewhere on your piece.  Mine is tucked up under the mat, but will also be added to the back on a label with details.  Since this piece may well end up as an Abandoned Art Project at some point, I want to make sure credit is assigned to  the artist… the one and only KennyK.

………. and so, here he is “Tex” by KennyK

This is one of my mystery DT projects from the January 2017 Crafty Awesomeness Challenge which you are more than welcome to come enter.

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Sympathy card drawn with a Chalk Marker pen on the Cricut Explore

I adapted this CUP cut file to draw the design on my Cricut Explore, as opposed to cutting it.  Love this effect!

I imported the SVG file into Design space, created a duplicate and used the contour feature to create a cut file of the outline, I then switched the original from cut, to write and used a Zig  dual tipped chalk pastel marker pen to draw the design.  I added in some tiny pearl cabochons and a sympathy sentiment die by  Gina Marie Designs.

This would look great done in a black pen  on white then colored with markers too.
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I love the versatility of these over the edge card cut files.  This one I re-proportioned to create a square card, instead of the original rectangular card.

Cut File  OVER THE EDGE FLORAL BORDER 10 by Apetroae Stefan

Zig Chalk Pastel Marker ( requires the Chomas Creations marker adapter for use in the Cricut Explore..not available for the ONE)

Gina Marie Designs Sympathy die

Zig 2 way glue

Cricut Explore 

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Be Beautiful – layered card with watercolor effect

This is my latest project and features  an image by Cute As A Button “Wedding Day” and a bunch of  things from my latest craft hauls.  This is my December Inspirational Project  and also  my No. 3 Sketch with extra credits for the Message Board Sketch Challenge.   Some of the ladies and I are old friends from the Cricut Message Board days and this is a continuation of an old challenge on there. It’s a just for fun  monthly sketch challenge and all are welcome to come hang out and play.

I wanted to try something I’d been playing with the other week, the watercoloring with printer ink.. but expanded on the idea by including some of the new Zig Kuretake Manga ink I just got.  I picked  this particular ink for the fact it was water based, so I knew it would dilute and work with this technique.  It is a fast drying ink that becomes waterproof once dry and  smudge free with Alcohol markers.  Exactly what I need!  I also picked up a Fine H2o brush in this packet…  I have tried cheap versions of these which work.. ok.. but this one is definitely a much higher quality.
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I gave the image a color wash with just water and the printer ink, then I slowly layered in a diluted ink to add in more depth and shadow.   It has a very subtle color because I  diluted it and then absorbed the excess as I worked,  but straight out of the bottle.. this is black as black can be. If you let it soak in instead of absorbing  it … the colors are also more pronounced.

The reason I picked up this ink is because  Artists all have their own style of drawing, some use thinner lines than others and that effects the amount of ink you have to pull from the printed image.  I have a gorgeous set of  Gansai Tambi watercolor paints I could have used..BUT  I wanted to experiment… PLUS these inks are waterproof once dried AND I can use the ink with various writing/drawing tools.

k let’s face it.. I just wanted to play with something new lol.  Wait till you get to see the other bottle of ink I picked up….

I added in some really subtle color on the image using my Chameleon Pens
NU00, BL2, BG1 & GR1.

This image was printed on  a Canson Mixed Media sheet  through the Epson Eco Tank.

ok.. now onto  the card itself.  I am not really  a fussy card maker..  but I do like to play around with ideas and try new things out, so now and then I’ll get a bit “fluffy”.

I had some fab new dies from Gina Marie designs I wanted to try out and so I mixed it up with some of those, some GM’s from a previous order, a die from my latest Blitsy order and some  Cheapie imports from Ebay.  And then I  had a play with my Martha Stewart punches….  for good measure.

Starting at the back and working forward..

Silver Glitter card stock,  local dollar store
Blue Recollections Card Stock  with  Martha Steward border punch set. If you want a continuous border, these punches all come with cutting instructions and sizes so you can get perfect  borders.  For this project I  wanted to play with an off cut pattern, just to add a little interest to the background.
White 110lb index Card
Blue Recollections Card Stock
Image is popped on a layer of Darice Foam
Image is die cut with the new Mini Hearts Square set from Gina Marie Designs

On top of that are 3 cuts from the Gina Marie Flower Branch Die.. 2 were inked with a blue pad..one darker than the other for  some contrast and pearl cabochons were popped in the smaller centers for some subtle bling.

The butterfly and beautiful  cuts are from Gina Marie
The “Be” sentiment is from Blitsy
….and finally the small leafy sprigs came from Ebay.

I used  a mix of glues and tapes… details and links for the products used can be found below for anyone interested.

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And now for the details:

Image  –  Cute As A Button “Wedding Day”

Recollections 65lb card from Michaels
Lawn Fawn Scripty”Be”sentiment Die Blitsy

Gina Marie Designs “Beautiful” sentiment  & Butterfly Set Scrapbook Warehouse
Gina Marie Designs Mini Hearts Square set Scrapbook Warehouse
Gina Marie Designs Flower Branch Scrapbook Warehouse


Leafy sprigs My regular Ebay Seller
Martha Stewart Border & Corner Punch Set ….Michaels  used to have them or you can get them on Ebay


Chameleon Pens  - ChameleonPens.com
Glitter Card Stock  - Local $ store , 3 sheets for $1.99 silver, gold & green
Recollections card - Michaels

Fine tip H2o Brush CraftingAbility.com
Manga Ink CraftingAbility.com
Photo Tape CraftingAbility.com
2 Way glue Crafting Ability.com

Neenah White  110lb card stock -Amazon
Canson Mixed Media 7x10 pad Amazon
Pearl Cabochons Amazon
Darice Adhesive foam


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Floral overlay border edge acetate card

This is one of the new  CraftsUPrint  cut files I picked up and made into an acetate panel card.  It’s another cut file by Tina Fitch called Swirl Sided Card and it is available in various cutting machine formats. I cut this on my Cricut Explore using Recollections Black card for the background and  110lb Index stock for the swirls.  I bet it would
look gorgeous with black velvet paper on White too.

I scored this at an offset so that I could add in an acetate window and bottom border, then added in some  small punched flowers with pearl centers.  Then I finished it off with a sentiment die from my recent Ebay Haul, again in 110lb white card stock.

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What I love about these style of cut files is that they are very flexible and can be used in various ways, not just the way the original file comes.  I moved the score line and added a window to this one with a base strip.  But I also ran a quick test piece through my Cricut to show you  how you can switch it out from cut to write and achieve effects like this too.
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This is  a Zig Embossing writer pen, they don’t fit the original  pen holders for the Cricut… but they work fantastic in the Chomas Creations  Adapters I have. This is the Marker Adapter and so far it has fit all of my Zig pens  from my Memory System Collection and the embossing pens. That means it also fits the Zig Chalk Writer pens….which I love.  You can see some pictures from past projects below this post. Please Note…. the Adapters do not fit the Explore ONE as it has a different holder and housing from the Original Cricut Explore, the Air and ..possibly the Air 2.  These adapters are available for a variety of machines, so if you have something other than an Explore… check the  site and see if your machine is one of them.  There is however an Engraving tip for the Explore ONE.

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I didn’t powder up this sheet so you can see some stray embossing powder…. That was deliberate.

A. it was  a test piece… and B. It gives me the perfect excuse to  show  people who are new to embossing powder  what to expect…and  how to avoid this.   If you are embossing projects, you need to coat your paper with a resist prior to stamping, or writing with embossing inks.  You can buy special little powder puffs, but I find Johnson’s baby powder works just as well.   Simply dust a thin coating over your paper before you emboss.  I use an old makeup brush, or an old face clothe… sometimes just my hand.

 

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Anywho… just thought I would show you a few extras while I shared my latest card.  With all the new Cricut owners again this holiday, I thought it was a good time to show off  some of the fab cut files that are available to machine cutters and also some of the cool accessories and extras that you  may not have seen before.

Details on where to get the products used in this post are listed below.  If you have questions about something specific… feel free to add a comment  🙂

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Products Used:

Cut File Swirl Sided Card by Tina Fitch, available at CraftsUPrint.

Small flower die is a cute little insert that comes with the Gina Marie Designs  X Stitch Rectangle Die set.

Pearl Cabochons are sold as nail bling .. but these and the rhinestone and studs I have are great for crafting projects too.  I linked to a previous post  that has all of the details on this bling.. for anyone interested. Also if you do a search for Rhinestone, it pulls up a bunch of past projects that they have been used on.

Acetate sheets  25 sheet pad 9×12″  by Dura Lar

Sentiment Die Sentiment die set

Recollections card – Michaels
Chomas Creations Cricut Explore Adapters 

Cricut Explore die cutting Machines

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Sizzix Big Shot

 

Zig Embossing pen can be  bought as single or in a multi tip pack with chisel, Calligraphy, brush, scroll and writer tips for hand applications too.

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Happy Mail….Spice up your life with some “zig-a-zig-ah”

Soooo…. all you closet 90’s Spice Girl fans… are you singing yet? lol…. was too cool of a post title to pass up on that one lol..and so appropriate…I had the ultimate “Zig a Zig Ah” moment when I opened this one up.

As mentioned in the previous post about Gina Marie dies… I had some tough choices to make with my little spending spree .. this time the Zigs won out.  That is not to say the Expanded Chameleon Pens set is off the table…. it’s just  biding its time hahaha.

So regulars on the blog are well aware of my love of Zig Kurecolor pens  .. I only have a handful of colors out of the 130 something color range. Have.. let me rephrase that, HAD…. only a handful….I now have TWO handfuls lol.  As some of you are also aware, I do review products for ImageAbility now and then and they also sponsor prizes on the blog…but let me  just say I do also buy my own and they get  treat just the same.  What you get is my opinion based on my preferences and my style and my experience when using them…nothing more, nothing less.

This time I scored both my own purchase… and a few extras kindly  added in by the CraftingAbility  team.. thanks guys  🙂 I love surprises in my happy mail.

…so the important stuff….what did I get?  Well for starters I picked up 14 new colors in  my Kurecolor pens.  Now for those of you who haven’t seen these in previous posts, these are not the refillable version… these are the Zig Manga Kurecolor pen version with the fine tips… but .. between you and me.. you can refill them and they are the same colors as the refillables… so you can order refills too.  I love the tips on these, the fact that they are slimline and that they fit in the Cricut adapters I have, should I ever feel the need. ….so this is my pen of choice when it comes to the Zig Kurecolors.  Although these do not have replaceable tips… technically.. lol..I find the Kurecolor tips to be VERY durable.. so that is not really a big concern of mine.

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  • Light Gray
  • Pale Gray
  • Warm Gray 1
  • Warm Gray 5
  • Blue Gray 1
  • Marine Green
  • Mid Green
  • Green Shadow
  • Nutmeg
  • Light Brown
  • Pink Haze
  • Blood Red
  • Carmine Red
  • Burnt Sienna

 

 

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  • Bimoji Marker pen – fine tip
  • Mangaka Marker Set – 3 tip sizes. these were a very welcome suprise as I use these type of detailer pens a lot. and this set has 3 tip sizes… so I will definitely be playing with these.
  • Another surprise in my packet was this Twin Black tips set – if you ever saw the Memory system kit I have… these are the same tips selection..but all black. Scroll, brush, fine, writer,calligraphy and chisel.  Each pen has two tips..either two of the same in 2 sizes, or 2 different tips. Definitley a welcome surprise for someone like me who likess to draw and write on the Cricut.  these have  definitley been  the better pens as far as durability goes for that purpose as the tips don’t seem to be affected at all, unlike other pens I have used on it.
  • Then we have one of my favorites…if you ever saw my post on embossing pens you have seen one of these. When I got mine I could only get my hands on a dual tip fine & chisel pen… so this time I ordered the writer as it has two sizes of writing tips.  What I love about these and a lot of the Zig pens is that they work perfectly with my Amy Chomas Pen & Marker Adapters and are awesome for embossing on my Cricut.  ImageAbility decided I needed to brush up on my hand writing skills I think because Steve kindly upgraded me to include the full set of Zig Embossing Pens.  The full set includes the writing tips, the calligraphy tips as well as the fine and chisel and the scroll and brush tips.  I guess I best get practicing LOL
  • Black Fabricolor twin tip Pen

 

Now I couldn’t place an order without  grabbing some Photo Tape Refills.. I LOVE this tape runner.  My Xyron Megarunner is fabulous for most paper craft projects, but I find this Zig Photo Tape to just have a little extra something, something for things like the foam sheets… and regulars know I love to pop my foam sheets on a lot of projects.

….also included in this image is a couple of different sizes of the 2 way glue.  I have the big applicator tip, but wanted to try out some of the smaller tips  too.

And something that has me very excited…. double sided tape.  Steve kindly threw in a reel of the commercial grade tape they use in another branch of the business after listening to me moan about wanting a really heavy duty tape for my foam  and needing something that came in wide reels.  It’s always handy to know a man who knows a man …. so I will be testing this out too.  I threw a quick 1 inch strip on a piece of card and foam and so far, as I can tell… I could probably stick myself off the ceiling with this stuff lol.  I need wide tape in big quantities at an affordable price… so 3 sheet packs just don’t cut it for me.  I have one other  reel I just ordered and should be here by Monday… I picked it up at a discount online and  it’s 6 inches wide.

It will be interesting to see how they compare since one is marketed for commercial use and one is marketed for craft use.  My biggest pet peeve is I really want it to  have release paper on both sides… but I guess I can always add my own secondary release paper to these rolls.  Stay tuned for updates on these tape reels later in the month if you have been looking for similar products.zig_adhesive
Then  I found the extra goodies I wasn’t expecting.. I found a canvas tote bag, which is perfect for the Fabricolor pen I ordered. And something   that had been mentioned in a recent email and was definitely of interest to me…. a ChalkFlex sheet and white wet erasable chalk marker.  Now this is a bit different to the original chalkboard vinyl I reviewed last year and have used in various projects since… this one isn’t black.  It’s a really deep slate gray and has a subtle texture to it.  Really looking forward to trying that one out.

 

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almost forgot to include this one…. this is one of the wet erasable Chalk Pens, to go with the chalk board sheet.

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….and there we have it… that is today’s happy mail from CraftingAbility.com and Cohas.com  ..time to get busy and have some playtime me thinks.  Stay tuned for more posts and projects and a closer look at some of these new pens in action.

Some products in this post were provided free of charge for review & project purposes.

Twas the night before Christmas…. WAKE UP MOUSE !!!!

Here’s a fun card I did featuring Not A Creature Was Stirring by Cute As A Button. Because of the way this image is cropped, it was perfect for a shaped card.  I  tweaked this in my Graphics program to create a mirror image and combined them to make a front and back, imported this to Design Space and did a print and cut on my Cricut Explore.

For those of you who don’t have time to color any extra cards for Christmas, this one also comes in a pre-colored version.  Mine is colored with a mix of Chameleon Pens and Zig Kurecolor with a touch of Wink of Stella  for bling bling.
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Confessions of a Chameleon Pen owner

confession time…

As a lot of you already know, I love my Chameleon Pens, but I haven’t really ever taken the time to really get to grips with the whole blending chamber thing… I use other methods to achieve the results I want.  BUT… earlier this week I found myself sat in an apt with no computer, no internet and no tv.. NADA Just a crate, a magnifier light some pre-printed images and my pens… and my desk top easel balanced on my knees.

…and very spotty 4G service on my phone.

Sooo.. guess who went through all of her pens testing them out and playing with blends.. <<< THIS GAL. Well let me just say it had it’s pros and cons…

Pros..it’s actually pretty dang cool… It’s really not rocket science and with a bit of patience and practice… it’s pretty quick and easy to get results.  The blending function  actually promotes a more relaxed style of coloring as you have to be patient and  not rush into it willy nilly scribbling away like a mad thing lol…even a 5 second blend..it’s just that subtle pause in the mania of things.  It gives you time to actually look at the images you are coloring  and take time to see where the shadows  and  highlights should be and just take it easy and chill.  I kinda needed that after the last few crazy months.  I think I’d kind of lost the enjoyment in coloring lately  as it was all about “having to get it done”  instead of just doing it for the pure enjoyment.

Cons.. I waited a year to find that out and some of my original set pen chambers were dry…and my clear blender refill was at the other apt. ( some of you know I am in the process of moving )

But I did have two of the newer 5 pen packs too so I did get to play. Considering my lack of desk, or proper seating and the fact it’s my first REAL time actually doing this… I am impressed.

Now I really want to get my hands on the full set… AND a lot of refills for my clear blender. As soon as I got home, I cleaned out the new bottle I had refilling all the dry chambers I could… so now I need to get more to finish up my set.

Just goes to show that sometimes you really should try, try, and try again…. and not just give up when it doesn’t quite work out the first time.

This was my tester piece

I did this one with the new gray tones pack I won … it’s a Power Poppy digital stamp.  I shall be playing with this a lot more now and incorporating it into my usual style. Excited to see how well the techniques compliment each other on a single piece.
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I don’t feel so bad about tackling that gorgeous coloring book that came with these pens in my prize now.  WHEN I have time.
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