Friday, 30 October 2015

Halloween Card by DT member Sharon

Materials Used:
10.5 x 15cm white tent fold card blank
Tando Creative chipboard spider and web
White, black and orange card
Lil’ Inkers Stitched Alphabet die set
1.       Push the nib of the white Posterman pen onto a craft mat to release some of the paint onto the mat.
  Use a fine paint brush to paint the spider’s web with the white paint.
Do the same with the black Posterman pen on the spider.
Mat and layer the orange, black and white card onto the card front.
 Die cut the letters from black card.
 Use the Zig 2 Way glue pen to attach the letters, the spider and the web to the card front.  Then add some Clear Wink ofStella brush pen to the web and spider for added shimmer.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Transport by DT Member Daniel

- 0.3 Lead Pencil
- ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka 01 + 005
- ZIG Cartoonist Black Ink 60
- ZIG Cartoonist Pen Nib G-Pen + Nib Holder
- ZIG Cartoonist Brush Pen No. 22
- ZIG Clean Color Real Brush [Carmine Red]

For this Inktober piece, I considered the assigned theme of Transport
and wanted to create a piece that expressed the sense of discomfort
that is generally felt when using public transport. I thought about getting
swamped by rush hour traffic, the odd characters and litter found within
the vehicles that transport us and how disturbing it can all sometimes
For this illustration I had the idea of showing a group of people inside a
subway in a somewhat contaminated setting, going on with their
activities to make the time pass throughout their journey.
The gas masks they wear for protection depicts the sense of
disturbance in what would be a normal situation. The 1984 references
add on to that.

- Step 1: I started sketching out the characters for the drawing using the
0.3 Lead Pencil.
- Step 2+3: Once the sketch is complete, I then move on to inking the
characters using a selection of ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka pens. Once
the characters are outlined, I move on to work on shading, using the
ZIG Cartoonist Brush Pen No. 22. I emphasise the textures by plotting
out the tip of the ink brush.
- Step 4: Once that is done, we now have a finished inked version of
the artwork. Which leads us now to the final process for this piece,
colouring! The last element to add on is the spot color. Using the ZIG
Clean Color Real Brush in Carmine Red, I coloured in specific
elements on the illustration to highlight their traits.
- Step 5: Et Voilà! I present you with the finished piece that I have
entitled Toxic Transport. Hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Tower of Hercules by DT member Julia

Good Morning. For my project I have drawn the Tower of Hercules , one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world.

Step 1. Make a pencil drawing.
Step 2. Draw outlines with Millennium fine-liner.
Step 3. Applying colour with Clean Color Real Brush and blend with BrusH20.

Step 4. I then used the colour Black from my Gansai Tambi watercolour set to paint in darker areas, like the grass around the lighthouse.
Step 5. I mixed the white and black paints to create a grey which I used paint the clouds.
Step 6. With a White POSTERMAN Marker, I highlighted parts of the lighthouse. 

And that's it ! I hope you liked it and come to visit this beautiful monument of the Galician coast. 
Thank you.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Inktober Day 21 - Flowers by DT member Veerle


Today it’s my turn to show what I made and share it step by step. Since the theme is Inktober I wanted to show how I , as a stamping girl, love to use the inks in my Zig Clean Color markers in a different way. I love to use them to color in my stamped images but I also love to use these inks to stamp with.

As first step I used a waterproof ink to stamp the base for the stamp I’m using today: the outlines of my flowers. Be sure to use an ink that is waterproof since there will be water used in the next step. Also use a watercolor paper to get the inks to blend nicely when we put them on the project.
Next step is to color directly with the Clean Color markers onto my second part of the stamp.  I used different shades of red: 023 Scarlet red – 020 Red – 260 Deep red.
Best stamps to color onto are rubber stamps. Clear stamps get the color pulled up in tiny dots so it’s not easy to get a nice stamped image. Especially with detailed images.
When my stamp is completely covered with ink I spritzed some water on top of it to get all of my colors to activate.
After stamping the ink onto the card it could happen that the ink didn’t blend as well as you wanted it to blend.  You can see some spots in the right top flower and the flower at the bottom  stayed white.
Since this ink stays reactive to water you can easily fix this problem if it bothers you. Take a wet brush ( not to wet) and blend the colors. If there is not enough color just scribble with the Clean color marker onto a sheet of plastic and pick up some color with the brush. This way I made the white spots disappear.
This shows you how important the use of water is in this technique.  To demonstrate how important  I stamped my text stamp ( “Kusje” means little kiss J )using a different amount of water. I used 052 Bright yellow - 023 Scarlet Red - 260 deep Red to color my stamp.

The first time I stamped Kusje I colored it in and only breathed onto it. You know when you used to breath onto mirrors or windows so you could write your name into it? That kind of breathing I also did on my stamp to get the inks activated enough to get them stamped. You can see it stamped nice but the colors didn’t really blend with each other.

The second time I used the same colors but I sprayed a fine mist of water onto my stamp and I gave my inks some time to react with the water and each other.  Not a big difference with the first stamped image. You can see the colors blend a little better but the color is not as bold anymore since the ink is a little thinner now there is water added.

The last time I went all the way and sprayed to much water onto my inks.  Just to show you can really get the colors to blend completely and you can get a watercolor effect if you really want to.
I chose to spritz just a fine mist onto my stamp to use it on my project. Before stamping I also tilted my stamp a bit to get the colors to move and blend a little bit.

And this is my final result. Using the inks in my Clean Color markers to stamp and use their ability to react with water to blend the colors.
I hope you give it a try. It‘s really fun to see how different your results can get when playing with the amount of water. And you see, ink doesn’t only have to be used to draw something.

Used materials
Zig Clean Color: 052 Bright yellow - 023 Scarlet Red  – 020 Red - 260 deep Red
Watercolour paper
Waterproof black ink
Rubber stamps
Spray bottle filled with water


Monday, 19 October 2015

Inktober Day 19 - SeaLife by DT Member Maxine Jones

Stage 1: Using a sheet of smooth stamping paper, apply Gansai Tambi watercolour paints with a very wet brush – I used a blues and greens. Blend the paints on the sheet.
Stage 2: Spray with water and the paint will form a mottled effect. Leave to dry (or if you are impatient, like me, use a heat tool).
Stage 3: Stamp images to create your composition. Trim to fit your blank card base.
Stage 4: Stamp seahorses, colour with Gansai Tambi watercolours and Winkof Stella brush Gold, and fussy cut.
Stage 5: Colour in using the Gansai Tambi watercolour paints – they will dry opaque over the background! I added a couple more stamps to the background. Add the cutouts and sentiment to your card front and mount onto card blank.
Stage 6: This was a fun card to make and hope you like it. I really enjoy using the Gansai Tambi Watercolour paints, they are so opaque, compared to most watercolours, and enable you to layer up over existing colour. The Winkof Stella brush is not only good for colouring in, but for adding a border, as I did here with the sentiment. You can also mix up on your palette, or craft mat, with the Gansai Tambi watercolours, to give a little extra sparkle in places!

"We are a way for the cosmos to know itself" by DT member Julia

Step 1: Drawing the outline of illustration in pencil, then apply water to the paper.
Step 2: First apply the darker blue tone Gansai Tambi, No.67.
Step 3:  Apply more colours to mix and create texture. No.53, No.32, No.139.
Step 4: Colour the mountains with Clean Color Real Brush Clean 092 Blue Grey.
Step 5: Use a small brush to paint the smallest details.
Step 6: With a White POSTERMAN Marker dot the stars and draw details of the drawing that want White. The pen is opaque and covers well over already painted areas. 
Step 7: With a MILLENIUM fine-liner pen I defined some boundaries.
With a Wink of Stella Brush Pen, I added a bit of sparkle to the picture creating a hint of magic. 
and finally ... the result !!