Thursday, 26 September 2013

Feast your eyes on this!

Wow I have got to show you this FANTASTIC artwork... 

This work has been created by Derrick Nesbit who has been buying our ZIG® products for many years. 

Derrick's most loved products are the ZIG® Posterman range, the Kurecolor alcohol markers and Art and Graphic Twin pens. These products are what he has been predominately buying from Kuretake ZIG® for many years and uses a lot of in his work. 

I spotted his work this morning and asked my colleague Rachel who sells to Derrick, whether or not I could blog it and luckily he said yes. 

Take a look at the following and let me know your thoughts... 

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Baby Boom... 

Fancy making a keep sake for a friend who is expecting? Then take a read at the following step-by-step process emailed to me by design team member Jamie Pope. 

So let's get started on how this adorable wall hanging was created.  I started with a piece of acrylic which I colored with Kurecolor Ink in Dull Blue.


Next, I outlined the edges of the acrylic with a Painty FX pen in white.  Set the acrylic page aside for a couple minutes at this point to let the paint dry.

Next up, I created some background texture.  I added a piece of Punchinella, some doilies, baker's twine, and letter beads. Easy peasy so far, right?

Then I simply stamped a baby image on white cardstock and colored the diaper with my ZIG Brushables pen in Pure Yellow.  Then, to add just a bit of glimmer, I went over the yellow with a ZIG Wink of Stella pen in Glitter Yellow. I outlined the edges of the cardstock with a ZIG Fabricolor pen in Cobalt Blue. Then I adhered the layers of cardstock and patterned paper together using my ZIG 2 Way Glue pen.

Now, it's just a matter of adding the finishing touches. I attached the stamped piece using a mini clothes pin.  Lastly, I added some flowers, a butterfly charm, and some ribbon so the piece can be hung.

So now you have an adorable addition to a baby shower gift.

Thank you Jamie for sharing this with us, we love it :)

If you too would like to create something like then, then check out our online shop where you can find everything you need. 

Thanks for reading, see you tomorrow for another inspiring post. 

Monday, 23 September 2013

Review of Vellum Writer...

Last Thursday (19th September) I opened our facebook account (like us here and saw that the illustrator Ashley Masog had written a review of our ZIG Vellum Writer. Here is the write up...

As an avid user of Micron pens when it comes to inking, I absolutely had to write a review of the Vellum Writer after picking one up. Simply said,
I can honestly say that my brand loyalty has been switched. These pens are great, for many reasons.
1. They’re archival, which is pretty important for a lot of people. It means the hours upon hours you spend on inking won’t fade over the years.
2. They work splendidly with non-photo blue pencils! This is the main reason I decided to try them out. Unlike Microns, where they dry up after continuous use with the pencils, the Vellum Writer doesn’t dry or lag when being used on top of them. They’re perfect for illustrators and comic book artists.
Overall, if you’re someone who does a lot of inking, or someone who simply wants a reliable pen, I’d suggest checking these guys out! You can find them at Michaels or your smaller art supplies stores.

I would just like to thank Ashley for the write up, we really appreciate positive feedback like this. 

Thanks again :) 

Take a look at our online shop here for more interesting and spectacular products. 
ZIG Kurecolors working their magic as usual... 

The lovely Janie Drake shared this me this morning and I just had to share it with the rest of you. I think it is a great idea. At first I thought the second image was a completely different door knob but low and behold ZIG Kurecolor inks have worked their inky magic as per usual. 

Janie after cleaning her front door noticed her door number looking a little old and unloved so thought she should add some TLC to it with ZIG Kurecolor inks. They have taken this slightly old number and transformed it into something rather special. 

Jaine used Blush741, mid brown 764 and Beige 732 and I think the results are very impressive. Why not have a go yourself using our ZIG Kurecolor Inks. Buy them from our UK Shop site here. 99p UK Delivery or £7.99 European Delivery.  


Friday, 20 September 2013

The following images came from Market Research. On monday I emailed several customers asking for their particular thoughts on a manga starter kit. A lovely man named Brian Petrie who works for the Scottish Sun replied with his thoughts and in the process told me... 

"I've been a cartoonist for around thiry years and when I discovered Kuretake pens a couple of years ago it was the pen I'd spent my life waiting for. The best ever. The mangake flexible fine, is the only one I use, perfect for the lines I require."

I thanked Brain for his fantastic comments and asked him to send me some images of his work. This is what he sent... 

Don't you just love it? If you would like to purchase the mangaka flexible fine then take a look at our online shop site here.

Would anyone find a manga starter kit beneficial? Would you buy one? If so how much would you spend? Would you buy it from our online shop site? Let me know your thoughts below or email me at  

Have a fantastic weekend :) 

Thursday, 19 September 2013

New Home Doodle - Kim Dellow 

I stumbled across the following on our Kuretake Twitter feed the other day and I just wanted to blog it. I think this is so cute. 

I think that I'm just going to claim this week as Clean and Simple (CAS) week here on my blog! My last couple of makes have definitely been CAS and today is no break from that. It's a little doodle card, that I'm quite fond of. There isn't much to it I've just used a couple of pens, the ZIG Calligraphy pens and the ZIG Millenium pens.

Now you might recognise it as it was one of the samples I made for the Kuretake Create and Craft show I did last year but I hadn't got around to putting it up on my blog until now that is. 

Thank you Kim for letting me share this on our blog. 

If you too would like to see for yourself what our fantastic products can do then take a look at our online shop here where UK Delivery is only 99p and European Delivery is only £7.99. 

All the best :) 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Scrap booking Page at its best...

Hello you lovely readers, 

Its Wednesday, its half way through the week so lets the turn the page to this... One of the best scrap booking pages I have ever seen. Its so vibrant and personal...

Write up and creation by Beckie Dreyer...

Products Used :
Wink Of Stella Brush – GL . Pink 025
Kurecolor Inks – 221 Light Pink, 225 Pink, 229 Dark Pink
Scrapbooking paper – Japanese paper set 1
Cat Sticky Notelet

There is no chance of the summer brightness disappearing with these beautiful scrapbooking papers from Kuretake.  They are simply stunning and delicate.  Each A4 sheet feels like a piece of soft fabric and tearing it produces a stunning effect once layered up.

Here is how I made this layout...

Cover a huge area with newspaper or something you don’t mind getting marked with the Kurecolor inks. Take a piece of white card and splatter the alcohol ink on to the page.  Please take care when doing this.  I used three different colours 221 Light Pink, 225 Pink and 229 Dark Pink.

Make up your layout as desired using the backing page that you have created.  If desired rip the paper to give a soft effect.  This paper also looks fab being cut through a die cutting machine!

I then drew my title with the black Wink of Stella pen giving it a subtle glittery outline.  Next I took the AWESOME Wink of Stella brush in GL.Pink 025 and coloured in sections of the lettering.  Again you will love the glitter effect!!!

These papers and the Wink of Stella brush pens are just perfect together and I’m sure you’ll have a heap of fun creating with them too.

Have a sparkly day.


If you would like to get your hands on these fantastic products then take a look at our online shop site here. 99p UK Delivery and £7.99 European Delivery. 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Mark that page... 

Do you enjoy reading but hate creasing the page to remember where you are? Well why not take a look a look at this book mark designed by Spanish Design Team Member Cuchy Sanchez. 

Step-by-step process is as follows:

1. Start stamping a rubber stamp on a piece of dictionary/book paper. Use permanent ink. Leave it to dry.
2. Colour a piece of gessoed cardstock with ZIG Art & Graphic Twin pens. I used # 13, 5, 35, 200, 53
3. Spritz some water and make the ink run
4. Pour a pinch of salt  over the ink. See how it absorbs the pigment. Let it dry
5. Once dry, remove the salt. 

6. Cut and glue the image previously stamped

7 and 8. Color the image with ZIG Art & Graphic Twin pens and blend the colours with a ZIG H2OBrush. I used # 53, 49, 72
9. Write the text with the White Opaque writer for journal and ZIG Millennium
10. Add a bit of shine with the transparent Wink of Stella Glitter Brush

Take a look at our online shop here for all your art material needs including the above products :)

Monday, 16 September 2013


Hi readers :)

I hope you've had a lovely weekend. With the children back at school why not create something a little different?  Design Team Member Beckie Dreyer has sent me this lovely creation using our ZIG Kurecolor Inks and Painty FX Sign Pen. Here is Beckie's write up...

Jazzed Up Water Bottle 
Products Used
Plastic Water Bottle
Sequin Waste
Masking tape

Hi There, with school back in full swing I thought it was time to camp out in the craft room and make a little back to school project to share with you.
My daughter buys these water bottles at school and even though they are great they are the same as the person who sits next to her.  Yes I could just name the bottle, but I am a crafter, I am a doodler and this is a blank canvas...

I then wrapped a length of sequin waste around the centre of the bottle securing it in place with some masking tape

Take an adaptor and add some 229 Dark Pink Kurecolor Ink to it.  Gently dap it all over the sequin waste.  Repeat this with the 508 GreenKurecolor ink but only dab in certain places.


Next take a painty fx white pen and doodle on the top section of the bottle.  I drew some swirls hearts and flowers.  I added some dots and also coloured in some the sequin dots with the pen too.


Gently remove the sequin waste and hey presto a water bottle that won’t be lost on the school table!

Thanks for stopping by


Thank you Beckie for a great idea :) I dare say a lot of people will be having a go at this :) 

If you would like to buy any of these products from us, check out our online shop site here

See you all soon. 

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Fancy seeing a demonstration?

Are you in Croydon today? 

Pop in to see Danielle as seen on Create and Craft demonstrating with Grainne in Hobbycraft from 11:00-15:00. 

They will be demonstrating our Calligraphy range as well as our fantastic Wink of Stella glitter pens and also our Art and Graphic Twin Water Colour pens

Let me know if you popped by and what you thought :) 

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Fancy seeing a demonstration?

Are you in Maidstone today? 

Pop in to see Danielle as seen on Create and Craft demonstrating with Grainne in Hobbycraft from 11:00-15:00. 

They will be demonstrating our Calligraphy range as well as our fantastic Wink of Stella glitter pens and also our Art and Graphic Twin Water Colour pens

Let me know if you popped by and what you thought :) 

Friday, 13 September 2013

Fancy seeing a demonstration?

Are you in either Maidstone this Saturday or Croydon on Sunday? 

Pop in to see Danielle as seen on Create and Craft demonstrating with Grainne in both Hobbycraft stores from 11:00-15:00. 

They will be demonstrating our Calligraphy range as well as our fantastic Wink of Stella glitter pens and also our Art and Graphic Twin Water Colour pens

Let me know if you popped by and what you thought :) 

Monday, 9 September 2013

Fluorescent Colours... 

Hey guys and gals, 

Two quick questions... can you help me? 

1) Do you use fluorescent colours in any of your work?

2) What sort of work do you do? 

If you could email me at or reply at the bottom, I would really appreciate it :) 

If you also have pictures of your creations, please send them to me, i'd love to see what you do :)

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Getting inky.

Alcohol Inks

A lovely blog post from Jaine Drake. Get a cuppa and have a read... 

I decided it had been far too long since the last time I used my alcohol inks. A one time favourite of mine, I've been so pre-occupied recently with other things, the alcohol inks have been neglected in a box on the shelf. An empty glass candle holder and a plastic hanging heart found in a craft shop were just the incentives I needed to get messy again.

I started with the heart by blending the Lemon Yellow and Red together then with the smallest spot of Carmine and lots of blending solution I ended up with a wonderful pinky purple heart which I sprinkled with glitter while it was still tacky.

The result when the two halves were put together was a shimmering hanging heart which, if my photography skills were up to the task, you would be able to see it shine and twinkle in the sun.

The glass candle holder I turned upside down on a piece of kitchen paper and let the colours drip down giving this streaky effect. 

Have fun with your alcohol inks and freshen up those old candle holders. 

A lovely post for a lovely weekend, thanks Jaine. It makes me want to get the Kurecolor Inks out and do something similar :) Check out these inks from our Kuretake online shop here.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Fancy Joining Our Design Team? 

Are you...
 An illustrator? 
A designer?
A paper crafter?

Have you used our high quality art products? 

Interested in joining our design team? 

Then read on... 

As you may or may not be aware, we use this blog to show case our amazing design team members and their fantastic creations. We are always on the look out for new designers and therefore we're asking you if you would like to join our team?

If so please email me your details, with a link to your blog if you have one (no worries if not) and also send images of any work you have done recently. We would also like to know if you are part of any other design teams. No worries if you are not a paper crafter; we love all work. Our blog is to provide a variety of art works and educate people about our fantastic high quality products. 

Send me your details today at or find us at Facebook or Twitter

Look forward to working with you soon :)