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Review | Tsukineko All Purpose Ink

I was extremely excited when I was asked to review Tsukineko All Purpose Ink. I am a painter and love doing pen & ink and ink washes. It’s always great to try out new inks to see what they can do!

This is how the Tsukineko website describes their All Purpose Ink:

Due to its blendability, washability and versatility, this quick-drying craft ink has become a favorite among fabric artists. And because it’s water-based and non-toxic, All-Purpose Ink is fun for artists of all ages. Use it on wood, paper, leather and other porous surfaces too. All-Purpose Ink must be heat set on fabric for permanence. Heat set between color applications to prevent bleeding. Or layer colors to achieve a blended ‘watercolor’ effect.

Ink Set UpI wanted to do a monochromatic ink painting of the Savannah riverfront. I was asked to produce a piece of artwork of the riverfront, in hopes of starting a painting or drawing workshop. I felt this project would give me an ample opportunity to see exactly what these inks could do. Continue Reading →

Review | BIC Magic Marker Window Markers

My children love drawing and painting on windows. Naturally when I was sent the Bic Window Markers my children were very excited. According to the packaging on the markers: “BIC Magic Marker Window Marker features highly visible ink designed to adhere to glass! The vivid colors are perfect for both transparent and dark surfaces and removes with a wet cloth.”

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Review | Americana Clear Chalkboard Coating & Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paint

I admit I have a slight chalkboard paint obsession, I personally think chalkboard paint is one of the coolest ideas ever (the other being glow in the dark paint). I had heard wonderful things about clear chalkboard paint but I was skeptical that there was any way it could work as well as regular chalkboard paint. But I was willing to give it a try, so I was extremely excited when the Americana Clear Chalkboard Coating arrived in the mail.

chalkboardCoating2Reading the front of the bottle, it states “Transform everyday surfaces into a chalkboard” which gave me a great idea. My son just started Preschool and he wanted a red lunch box with Spider-Man on it. I looked everywhere for a red lunch box with Spider-Man and had no luck – I found every color but red. Finally I gave up, and decided to transform an old red cooler lunch box I had and make it into a Chalkboard Spider-Man Lunchbox. I also had several other projects in mind with the chalkboard paint. Continue Reading →