- Flame Red
- Gold Ochre
- Straw Yellow
- Fern Green
- Twilight Blue
- Royal Purple
- Rose Carmine
- Lamp Black
- blend with water
- achieve colour graduations
- a handy color chart
- how to use the blender marker
- what types of paper work best with the markers
- brief description of the nibs
|AquaMarker Blender Pen|
I decided to test the markers on cold-pressed watercolor papers to see what type of results I would get.
First Project – Tag
The ink will not stain the stamp, if you clean the stamp immediately after using it. I used the stamp above and applied the ink directly to the stamp to stamp the image onto the box. The AquaMarker pigment inks showed up great on this cardstock. The box came out great. I glued some buttons and rhinestones to the box. Then used some of my favorite ribbon to finish wrapping up the gift box.
- Work fast, these pigment inks do dry up quickly.
- Use a paint brush if you want to control the amount of water you get on your project.
- There are some great YouTube videos on how to watercolor using the AquaMarkers and other similar markers. You can compare results with other brands while watching these great videos.
- You can take the small circle stickers they sell at the office supply stores and place them on the nib covers and color them in with the corresponding nibs to make spotting the right color easier.
- These colors are completely portable, which is a plus when you want to work outdoors or to take traveling for those last minute inspirations.
- Easy to use.
- Can be purchased as individual markers or in sets of 5 or twelve on the Letraset website.
- They are addictive and you will want to play with them a lot.
- They are not easy to find.
- You have to be mindful of the type of paper you use these on.
Reported by Lisa Fulmer
When I was at the CHA Super Show, I picked up a couple of these Style Stix wedge brushes by Loew Cornell. It’s a stiff, tapered sponge brush available in various widths, good for “stripes, petals & swashes.” Style Stix also come in cone or dome shapes – in addition to painting, they are said to work nicely for shaping clay.
I started playing with stripes and found that the sponge does not pick up as much paint as I thought it would, perhaps because it is so much more dense that a cosmetic sponge or craft sponge brush. It does make a nice straight line, once you get the right amount of paint loaded on. It leaves a little ridge along the edge, which may or may not be desirable. I liked using the tip to make little stitch marks.
I worked with acrylic paints, both alone and with a little acrylic medium blended in. Style Stix releases the paint quite differently than brushes or sponges…takes a little getting used to, but once I did, I started having fun with the textures.
Then I wanted to play with the “swash” aspect, so I poured a puddle of shimmering ink on my paper and used the tip of the Style Stix to feather it all out. Now I liked that the Style Stix is not absorbent; I was able to move the ink around yet still keep it looking streaky. This will make an awesome background for an ATC!
After a lot of painting and rinsing and stubbing and squishing, my Style Stix really took a beating. But I was happy with how nicely the edges stayed sharp, they didn’t turn nappy at all.
I think my favorite way to use the Style Stix though, is as a blending tool for pastels and chalk powders. So much easier to work with than a paper stump – the tapered edge give lots of fine line control, and the texture and density of the sponge is perfect for gently moving the colors together.
- Inexpensive and sturdy
- Variety of widths
- Interesting way to add curves, lines and texture
- Perfect density for blending dry mediums
- Tapered wedge shape is pretty limited to making flower parts
- Takes some time to get used to how it loads and releases paint
Reported by Heather Strenzwilk
Stippling was one of the first techniques I learned as a newbie stamper back in the 1990’s. I was mesmerized when I watched the owner of the local stamp store create a beautiful sunset with a brush and a few shades of dye ink.
Natural (boar’s) hair stipple brushes are available from several companies under various names and in various sizes. As an avid stippler I own several brands (Toybox, Stampin Up and Dove) of brushes in assorted sizes. The brushes are all very similar in appearance and the bristles are similar as well. For this review, I am highlighting Dove All-Purpose Brushes because they are currently available in 4 sizes.
There are 4 standard sizes of Dove All-Purpose Brushes:
- #2- 1/2 inch diameter
- #4- 3/4 inch diameter
- #6- 1 inch diameter
- #8- 1 1/4 inch diameter
The brushes feature a smooth natural wood handle, boar’s hair bristles and an orange plastic ferrule. The wooden handle has a drilled hole to increase the owner’s storage options. Proper care will prolong the life of natural hair stipple brushes. I store mine bristle side up in a holder on my art desk. I have stipple brushes that are 10+ years old that work as well now as they did when I bought them. I own at least one of each size but #6 size is my favorite, followed by #4. They allow me a fair amount of coverage but also the ability to apply color to a certain area. If I stipple Twinkling H2O’s, I use the smallest #2 brush because it fits the smaller pots better.
Many stipplers (including me) prefer to designate 1 brush for each color family. Natural hair bristles will stain but as long as they tapped off between colors, the staining should not muddy the new color. Many seasoned stipplers recommend working from light colors to dark colors to minimize any chance of transferring color from the artwork back to the ink pad.
There are several ways to clean natural hair stipple brushes. The first is to simply tap (or pounce) the brush on clean paper or a dry paper towel. Another way is to lightly tap it on a baby wipe and then remove the dampness with a dry paper towel. Others swear by swirling the brush in the palm of your hand along with a drop of dishwasher detergent and some water, rinsing the bristles under water until all the soap is gone. I prefer the “tap- off” method, but once in a while I do wet the tip of the bristles with water- being careful not to wet the full length of the bristles. Professional artists recommend allowing brushes to dry on a flat surface so the dampness doesn’t travel to the collar area and loosen the bristles prematurely. Lastly, never use the brush until it is completely dry.
- A single brush can create various looks ranging from a light dusting to intense shading
- Brushes are very easy to care for and are very portable
- Economically priced and if properly cared for will last many years
- If the brush is stored improperly the bristles may get bent or damaged
- The bristles stain (they work just as well though)
- Techniques can be time-consuming and require considerable effort to create a very smooth, solid background
Dove All-Purpose Brushes are durable and dependable natural hair stipple brushes and they can be used to create a variety of looks. These brushes are easy to take care of and are portable and lightweight. Dove All-Purpose Brushes are available directly from Dove and range in price from $1.95- $3.75. They are also available from Creative Images Rubber Stamps ranging from $2.50- $4.50.
Do you have a preferred brand of stipple brush? Share your thoughts with our readers!