I recently purchased another set of Poetique Refillable Brush Pens -- now that I know I get get them to work in the eBrush. Life just got a little better and I'm looking forward to creating some new backgrounds with the markers and some new silk screen stencils I have sitting on the craft table.
I reached out to my contact with the company that sells the pens and learned that the company does not provide a swatch sheet for their pens. SO,...... I decided to make my own and then I won't have to figure out what colors would work best for the project being created.
You could do the same using Excel, Numbers or Google Sheets. Easy peasy and the 48 count set still fits on a single sheet of paper. I also liked the fact that I could print the template on a piece of 140 lb watercolor cold press paper (cut to US letter size) with ease using the rear tray feed on my printer.
The pens in the four trays aren't in numerical order or necessarily ordered in the same color family... so I did a bit of re-ordering by numbers with the pen color name facing up. The 48 count box has a good assortment to choose from. I am also excited to know that there are ink refills available for each of the pens. The brush nibs work really well and you can accomplish most of what you want to "paint" with this single nib.
This made it much easier to create the chart. Pen numbers and pen name are in the row below the swatch of the color. some of the colors are pretty intense and others are lighter.
Leave a comment or reach out via FB messenger if you would like a copy of the file. A swatch chart will be available for the 24 pen set shortly.
In the meantime, have a crafty sort of weekend and coming week!
While preparing another article for The Artistry, I decided to try something I haven't done for a while. I got out the eBrush and the Tombow markers to see how they would work with the silk screen stencils I was making.
SUCCESS! The design for this stenciled card front is from Ikonartstencil.com and is one of the free files they have on their website under the resource tab.
There are quite a few files available in pdf or svg format. I used SCAL5 Pro to set up the files for printing. The next step of creating the silkscreen stencils is a breeze. I'll have a full tutorial on that coming up in a couple of weeks on the Artistry.
I love the option of being able to reuse the stencil multiple times. Using the eBrush allows for even more flexibility in colors and easy clean up especially when applying the color to paper. Similar results can also be achieved using acrylic paint and a foam brush, but the clean up for the markers is much easier and quicker. (wink - no brushes to clean!)
Thanks for dropping by and hoping you're enjoying some creative time or have some scheduled soon. Keep nurturing your own creativity! It really is good for the soul!
Day 4 reveal is underway! Thanks in advance for stopping by to check out the new tag and to catch up on the rest of the tags, drop by the FB page for more.
This tag started out on stark white AC smooth cardstock. Once again, dipping into a 6 in pad of paper for some additional interest, 2 strips were cut from 2 papers and secured to the tag. Dry-brushing some white acrylic over the tag, softened the papers a bit and pulled the two patterns together. Edges of the tag were blended using some Old Paper distress ink.
The focal piece for this tag is from Dreaming Tree's Lavender Greetings. Cut from white cardstock, the 3 pieces of the image are colored using Ohuhu markers and Craftwell's eBrush. The colors are rich and vivid.
Once the coloring was finished, a small embossing tool was used to add a little more texture. If desired for a little shimmer, add a touch of Pearl Ex to the floral portion of the cuts and a few drops of Crystal Nuvo.
A wrapped ribbon on the stems finishes off the focal piece. Add a few mini gems (nail art kit), sequins and Nuvo drops as desired to finish it off. Let dry and add your ribbon hanger.
Not quite finished yet, but getting there. The last post for this birdhouse featured adding the color to the roof. For this post, I added a bright cheery yellow Ohuhu marker to the house in hopes of bringing some cheer to what is normally a pretty dreary January around here. More details and the final project coming soon.
Once again, I used the eBrush and the hacked adapter. If you're a copic marker user, make sure that you have a second adapter on hand.
Need to hack an adapter? This youtube video that Mitsyana (UpOnTippyToes.com) created is a super reference video. You'll find more helpful hints on the eBrush page on Facebook. Link below.
Craftwell, is offering a special deal this first week of January! If you've been wanting an eBrush, now's the time to get it!
Head over to the Facebook eBrush, AirBrush Fun page for all the details. The special is only good until January 9, 2021! This is a fabulous deal, so don't miss out. Order yours today!
And while you're waiting for your eBrush to arrive, hope you have some creative time set aside for some play time. I'm looking forward to sharing more eBrush fun with you in the weeks ahead as well as other fun ideas that have been filling my mind in recent weeks.
It's been a couple of weeks and a trigger thumb flare... so working on this project has been a bit of a hit and miss as far as crafting is concerned.
The new markers posed a bit of a problem in that they didn't fit into any of the adapters made for the eBrush, however I was able to hack one of the Copic adapters to work. You can learn how to hack the adapter in this youtube video The barrels of the markers are the same shape as the copic markers but differ just enough not to fit into the adapter.
The markers are from Ohuhu. They're a good price for the larger bundles and are juicy from the get go. The only drawback to using them is you would need to buy bundles in order to replace individual markers once the color was used up in an individual marker. They aren't refillable and the nibs cannot be adjusted like some other brands.
The color I got while spraying was perfect with a limited amount of fiddling to find the sweet spot for each of the pens I used. This is a sneak peek of the roof after using the eBrush and a warm gray to color.
More to come as I continue to work between the flares.... In the meantime, I hope you're carving out some creative time and nurturing that part of your being this season.
Stress relief -- played with the clay for a couple of hours and it was so much fun. I'd forgotten how much good it does! :)
I conditioned the clay (warming it up a bit and making it more pliable. I used a pasta machine setting of 5 for the sides, roof and stones.
I covered all but the base of the birdhouse with the clay. TIP: Use Bake and Bond on the wood to secure the clay. Lay the clay gently to make sure you don't get any bubbles. Trim as needed with your clay blade or an exacto knife for those tight spots.
Texture the clay here and there as desired and then following the manufacturer's directions the project was baked at 275 for about 20 minutes since I did have some spots that were slightly thicker than 1/4 inch.
thatched roof view
Next up is adding color. I still haven't quite decided on the medium yet... acrylic paint with a brush, eBrush with markers or paint or the airbrush. Might need to play a little and see which one I like best. I see a little more clay play today to test the best color application.
It's that time of year again - with all the chaos that Covid-19 has been causing, this challenge has offered a bit of respite during this period of self-isolation and social distancing. The first cases of the virus wreaked havoc in the stores as people hoarded certain items and made it nearly impossible for the general public to have access. One of the items was toilet paper -- and in true crafter fashion Whimsey stamps offered this digital freebie!
eCal3's Print 2 cut feature was perfect for this tag using the digital image from Whimsey Stamps. Creative Fabrica's font library provided the font, name of font. Font was "filled" with the line fill command and printed (I had originally planned on using the foil quill, but my quill broke and I didn't want to wait for the delivery (yeah, some days it's just like that.) You just have to keep crafting.
Rembrandt colored pencils were used to color Dudley and the print 2 cut feature was used to cut both the tag and Dudley.
Run the lower 1/3 to 1/2 through an embossing folder and the Big Shot for a little extra texture. I decided to add a little more dimension using the eBrush and a light gray marker. Just a little color added enough dimension.
Using some strategically placed pop-dots place Dudley as desired on the tag and embellish as desired.Add a for a hanger.
Hop on over to the eclips/ecal FB page to see what others are making this year. It's time to get some more crafting on! Hoping you're finding some time to do the same. Enjoy!
It's been a while -- and this project has been in the making for several months. Just kept hitting some snags with the build. I do need to thank Sandy Stark from SimplyCraftySVGs.com for the hexagon box and base. They're perfect!
Print, foil, cut and assemble the box and base, leaving the top of the box off. Do not glue the box and the base together yet. You'll have two pieces.
Add music to the EZSound Box according to manufacturer's directions from the instruction card in the packaging or from the video on the website. It's really easy!
Position the music box without the turntable attached on the top of the foam, with the turntable spindle as near the center of the foam as possible. The spindle should be facing up. Trace around the box with a pen.
Place the EZSound Box on the top farthest from the music box and trace. Using a craft knife or box knife, trim out that area. Trim out the area for the turntable as well. The foam and boxes should fit snugly in the foam.
Secure the foam and boxes in the hexagon box. Glue the hexagon box to the base. Using a little dye or pigment ink pad, apply a little ink to the top of the spindle of the turntable box. Carefully lay the top of the box centered and press lightly. This will mark the placement of the hole in the top. Using a punch, place that hold and glue the top to the tabs of the hexagon box. Secure the turntable to the music box spindle. you will need to turn the turntable to wind it up so it will spin. I have about 1/4" of space between the top of the box and the turntable.
Add your choice of decor to the turn table.
Spring always reminds me of my Grandmother's yard and the violets that grew wild in the grass. I'm using a file from Dreaming Tree from the Alluring Florals Bundle - African Violets (file pieces were reduced by 50%). The leaves were from a file from Lia Griffin's site (paid membership).
Hope this inspires you to do a little Spring crafting. Nurture your heart and soul with creativity this week.