Monday, 30 November 2015

Patricia's Christmas Diorama

Hello there, fellow readers! I hope all of you are having a nice day. Patricia here with a slightly different project.
I will show you how I made a little diorama out of a wooden box I altered, mostly using my ZIG Woodcraft markers. As the 
theme this time is Christmas related, I tried to give it a seasonal look.
Let's start! Firstly, apart from my wooden box, here I show the products I used:
From left to right:
- ZIG Water Colour System H20 Brush (Detailer Tip)
- ZIG Memory System 2 Way Glue Pen
- ZIG Cocoiro Letter Pen (Extra Fine, Black)
- ZIG Wink of Stella (999 - Clear Glitter)
- ZIG Posterman Pen (0,5 mm Extra Fine, White)
- ZIG Clean Color Real Brush (064, 022)
- ZIG Woodcraft Markers (6mm – Chisel Tip; 102 – Silver Metallic; 624 – Burnt Umber; 000 – Arctic White; 343 – Forget Me Not
; 446 – English Cucumber)
So, I started painting inside the box, mixing my Woodcrafter pens and the Posterman pen with water, trying to work out 
some faded colour for the background; I intended to paint a pair of snowy mountains at the back, giving texture (marking 
small dots, placing small stains, leaving short strokes of paint, etc).
Also, left a bit of paint (From my ZIG Woodcrafter marker called Arctic White) on a paper scrap, and before it got completely 
dry, I patted it against the part that's supposed to be the floor of this small forest I'm painting, so it looks like snow it's there.
I collected sticks that have fallen from the pine trees, and painted them with the Arctic White, in a way that it looks like 
snow, again :)
Cutting them at the right measure so they fit perfectly between the two panels inside the box I tried to make them look like 
trees. I did safe them using my ZIG 2 Way Glue pen. Looks like the landscape is getting alive!
Drew some Christmas-ish socks with my Cocoiro, then painted them with some red strokes (ZIG Clean Color Real Brush (022). 
These will go hanging from a thread I coloured with my ZIG Woodcraft Marker 102 Silver Metallic. 
Placed some glue behind, so once I folded the narrow paper flap I intentionally cut along with each sock, 
it stays hanging from the cord.
After placing and glueing the sticks that look like tall trees now, I drew and coloured a red fox with my
 ZIG Clear Color Real Brushes, and placed in its right place in my diorama.
It was time to paint the other inner lid; I tried to painted it looking like a window, so I used my ZIG Woodcraft Markers once 
again, (624 – Burnt Umber; 000 – Arctic White; 446 – English Cucumber).
And added a pair of two sticks I painted like they're snowy trees. 
Gluing some star-shaped charms, then I added clear glitter with my ZIG Wink of Stella on the trees.
Painted white the outside of the box, adding dash lines in silver and green. Then applied my ZIG Varnish Marker 
(not pictured in the products' photo), to intensify the finish, increasing the brightness of the colors somehow. 
My project is finished after I added red sequins and a bit of green tinsel at the top of the lid that looks like a window,
 trying to look like a piece of mistletoe. I also sprinkled glitter all around, and then it's ready.
I hope you all enjoyed reading how I made this little diorama/shadow box with such a festive scene to decorate 
my room on Christmas :D Thank you for reading me :)
Merry Christmas for all!

Friday, 27 November 2015

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year by Julia

Step 1. I do a pencil sketch.
Step 2. Paint the trees with Gansai Tambi watercolor paint, using two tones to create more depth and texture.
Step3. Drawing details with white POSTERMAN .
Step 4. With a fine brush paint smaller details.
Step 5. I make the letters with black watercolor and brush
Step 6. Colour in the star with Wink of the Stella Brush Gold.
Step 7. With Wink of Stella Clear I add more glitter across the card.
And finished!

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Christmas Card by Sharon Curtis

Materials Used:

15 x 15cm white card blank
Wink of Stella Clear Brush pen
Watercolour card
Black card
Zig 2 Way glue pen
Apple Blossom Nativity Scene die
Cut a piece of watercolour paper to measure 14x14cm, and apply Gansai Tambi watercolours to create a night sky background.   Use the metallic gold paint towards the bottom.  Set aside to dry.
Put some of the white pearlescent paint onto an acrylic block, then using a paint brush, flick the paint over the background.  This will give a sparkly, star effect.
Die cut the nativity scene from black cardstock.
Add some Zig 2 way gluepen to the reverse of the die cut, then affix onto the watercolour background.   Trim any excess watercolour card from around the die then stick to the card front.
Then add some Clear Winkof Stella brush pen to the star for added shimmer.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Create your own gift card envelope with Jo Nevill

With Christmas fast approaching I’m trying to get organised and make the gift card envelopes I shall need.  These are so simple and yet add something special to your gift.

As you can see, I went for non-traditional colours !!
Products used :

ZigWink of Luna – Silver

To make this gift card holder start with a piece of cardstock measuring 7 ¾ x 5.  Score at 2 ½ and 6.  The patterned paper on the top measures 2 ¼ x 4 ¾ and the smaller piece on the bottom measures 1 ½ x 4 ¾.  The piece on the inside for your greeting measures 2 ¼ x 4 ¾.   Fold the bottom piece up and apply adhesive to the sides only so that you can insert your gift card.
Next, stamp out your Santa 
Using the flesh coloured KurecolorMarkers, colour Santa’s skin.
Using the Lilac Art and Graphic Marker, colour Santa’s clothes.
Finish colouring the rest of your Santa.
Die cut some snowflakes from silver glitter card and attach to the top flap of the gift card holder with the ZigTwo Way Glue Pen.
Give your Santa some sparkle by covering his clothes with Clear Wink of Stella.

Heat emboss your sentiment with white embossing powder and either cut or die cut a fishtail.
Stamp some snowflakes on the inside greeting panel and go around the edges of your greeting panel with the SilverWink of Luna pen.  I also added some “splats” of silver too !!
Wrap around a piece of metallic twine and hold in place with your Santa which is attached using foam tape.  Your gift card holder is now complete.
I hope I have inspired you and have fun making your handmade gifts.

Thank’s for popping by !

Friday, 20 November 2015

Will you be on the Naughty or Nice list this year? by Anna Vuong

For my Christmas themed project, I wanted to draw a scene of Christmas Elves preparing presents. I started the composition with a loose sketch using a mechanical pencil.
I start to ink the pencil outlines using the ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka Flexible Medium pen and the Japanese Brush Pen No. 24. I alternate between the two pens to experiment with line variations. The Japanese Brush pen allows for versatility in line work with the smooth flowing ink and the Mangaka Flexible pen helps tidy up any wonky lines.
When completed with the inking, I erased the un-needed pencil lines, leaving a clean image ready for my selection of colours.
I start laying down my base colours using the Brush tip of the KureColor Fine & Brush markers for wide coverage.
After the base colour is dried, I apply another layer using darker colours from the same colour range to create shadows. I use the Fine tip for this task as I want precision in the darker colour layering.
For the fine hair details on the boy elf, I used the Fine tip of a darker colour to layer quickly over a lighter base colour with firm and sharp straight strokes…

…and I use the Brush tip of two similar colours to create a softer shade for the girl elf by first edging the darkest part of the shadow with the darker colour and while the ink is still wet, switch to the lighter shade and stroke the still wet darker ink outwards so it blends with the lighter shade, creating a fading effect.
Using the Wink of Luna metallic pens, I coloured in the present box and ribbons, giving the image another colourful layer of vibrancy.
To add even more sparkle and shine to this piece, I used Gold and Silver Mica inks with a thin detailer brush to add details to the elves’ garments. I swirled the brush around quickly to create scattered and faded silver patterns on the girl elf’s dress and cap and brushed on a thick layer of gold for the boy elf’s outfit’s trimmings.
I wrote random names on the elves’ list using the Mangaka 05 pen and round off small details of the piece such as the freckles on the boy elf’s nose and adding highlights on the eyes using the ZIG White Ink 30 and a fine brush.
I finished off the image by adding a frame of bow ribbons and holly and berries and added a thin layer of glitter over the bow ribbon using a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen for more sparkle.
DONE! Will you be on the Naughty or Nice list this year?
For this piece I used ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka Flexible Medium, Mangaka 05 and Japanese Brush Pen No. 24 for outlining, ZIG Cartoonist KureColor Fine & Brush Pens for the main colours, Brilliant Gold and Brilliant Silver Mica inks, ZIG White Ink 30, Wink of Stella and Luna pens for adding details and sparkle.