Friday, 19 September 2014

Today we would like to share our recent appearance in the Redditch & Bromsgrove Standard. We wanted to thank everyone who was able to attend our Open Day earlier this month! We managed to raise over £2,000 for the Alexandra Hospital's League of Friends Charity.

We will be holding more open days and demonstrations in the near future, until then we will have some more tips and tutorials to post soon also.

Kuretake UK  Team.  

Friday, 22 August 2014

Happy Friday everyone!

Today we would like to share with you our Calligraphy training sheets, just left click on the image, save and print them off to practice creating beautiful calligraphy flowers!

The calligraphy sets are now 25% off on the E-commerce site until the end of August, with their unique blending capabilities these pens are a must for Crafters. 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Create Watercolour Images With ZIG Cleancolor Real Brush Pens

Create This Stunning Card - It's Simple!

Card Created by Danielle Curzon
Cleancolor Green, Light Green & Brown and Wink of Stella Green & Brown 
Stamp by Hobby Art: Fauna & Flora

1. Spray the card with a water spritzer

2. Using the Cleancolor Green, Light Green & Brown quickly add patches of  colour to the damp paper.

3. Use the Wink of Stella to add a few areas of brown and lime green.

4. Blend together in circles using the Brush H2O

5. Add further depth with the dark green Cleancolor

6. Blot away excess colour and moisture with a kitchen towel.

7. Allow to dry.

8. Stamp your image directly onto your background.

9. Colour the image using Cleancolor by applying the colour onto acetate and then picking it back up with the Brush H20. 

Also produced with Clean Color Real Brush


Friday, 8 August 2014

How To Colour Stamps With Alcohol Markers


   ZIG KURECOLOR Dual Tipped Alcohol Markers

Alcohol markers are a must have for all dedicated stampers, they allow you to achieve seamless colouring with incredible gradation of colour and a perfect "printed" quality. They will not buckle or damage your paper and withstand being worked intensely.

We recommend using  good thick card stock as alcohol markers will bleed through and for this reason we suggest you mount your images.


We have used: 

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MARKERS: Pale Colours Set of 12 ZIG  KURECOLOR Dual Tipped Alcohol Markers.

STAMP:   BELLS from Hobby Art

1. Stamp your image using a black pigment ink stamp pad (permanent). Amend the image with a ZIG millennium fine liner as this will not smudge when using your alcohol markers. Allow the ink to dry completely before colouring your image.

2. Using Pale Yellow 100  as a base colour in the leaves.

3.Add small areas of shading with 120 Barium yellow, be sure to leave plenty of the base colour showing.

4. Work with 501 Pale Green and 520 Green Shadow  to add further depth.

5. Immediately blend over the top of the join with 120 Barium yellow to remove any "colouring lines". This will give an even gradation of colour.

6.Use the same technique for the flowers, using 330 Pale Blue and adding 340 Haze Blue at the tops of the flowers to about half way to the tips. Blend together over the colour join immediately to fuse the colours- do not allow the ink to dry. 

7. Continue to add detail using 341 Shadow Mauve from the tops of the tips to about a third of the way down. (so the gradual change in the colours is visible). Finally add 602 Lilac to the very tops of the flowers and blend together.

8. Using the palest colour 330 Pale Blue dot the pen into the flower to displace the ink and create a "petal" effect.

9. Color the background and frame using one of the complimentary colours in  the pack. A good rule of thumb is to use colors that sit opposite each other on the color wheel.

 A really useful website about colour theory is


Always Remember...


*Colours will fuse better if working quickly while ink is still wet. Therefore, work on one petal at a time.

*If you wish to add detail that will NOT blend allow the ink to dry completely first.

*These pens dry fast and once the ink is dry it is permanent and will not budge!


Thursday, 31 July 2014

Beautiful Butterfly Bag!

Fabric Art has never been so easy, using our unique ZIG Fabricolor Pens you can create your own version of this beautiful butterfly bag.

 1. Outline your image using Laundry Clear Pen. This will gradually fade away or can be removed with water.  If you choose to draw your outline in Fabricolor Twin remember to iron before colouring in or your outline might smudge!                                                                

2. Using your ZIG Fabricolor Twin pens shade the inside of the butterfly, blending the three complimentary pinks. Always start with the lightest colour and then add the medium shade in this case the pink.

3. Add your purple outline sparingly and detail on the wings, use  long strokes and then blend downwards with the light pink to gradate the colour.
4. Outline and add detail with the black ZIG Fabricolor.
Work slowly to get a thick and opaque line.

5. Add detail and highlights to the wings with the opaque silver and white ZIG Fabricolor and then blend a number of these with the pink Fabricolor Twin. The Fabricolor will work over dark colours due to its  opacity.

6. Iron the image to make it colour
fast and permanent.



ZIG FABRICOLOR Water based pigment ink. Non bleeding. Acid Free. Permanent after ironing. Ideal for light and dark fabric.

ZIG FABRICOLOR TWIN Water based pigment ink. Can be blended. Acid Free. Permanent after ironing

LAUNDRY CLEAR Non permanent for fabric. Gradually fades away or can be erased with water. Waterbased dye ink.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Five Common Crafting Mistakes You Really Should Avoid!

The 5 biggest crafting mistakes...

By Rachel Howard-Louvaine

OK so it's happened to us all, we have invested hours of our precious time and used copious amounts of our expensive art & craft products and what do we have at the end of it all? Well, to be frank, nothing short of a disaster.  It's at times like this when, if you are like me, you just can't seem to work out what went wrong. So here we have collected together the FIVE biggest crafting  mistakes so you can avoid them in the future.


1. Not knowing when to finish... 

So it looked great about three hours ago and now? Maybe you should have left off those extra gems and stopped drawing and redrawing that flower. Overworking your design can be the kiss of doom, turning a fantastic piece into a mess.  Sometimes less REALLY is more. 

 PRO TIP:  If this does happen, deconstruct your item and use individual parts for new projects.







2. Using an inadequate products.

It was so much cheaper, it looked like a bargain. But after one wash those fabric pens disappeared like magic and all your hard work with it. And its not only fabric markers to consider, acid in pens (which are not of archival quality) damage the materials they come into contact with and the colours fade if the inks are not lightfast. Unfortunately it's true what they say, "You get what you pay for."


3. Perfectionism 

Have you ever spent so long thinking about a project, trying to get it perfected in your mind that you never actually get started? You are not alone. The most accomplished crafters are those that just get stuck in, knowing that they will most likely fail along the way but are prepared to do so. By opening themselves up to the possibility of failure they are allowing the creative flow to reach its full potential. These "try it and see" crafters break all the rules, they do not criticise their ideas scaring them away quivering  into a little corner of their brain, they welcome them all with open arms. 



4. Lack of preparation.

Not to be confused with point 3,you might think this is somewhat contradictory and on the surface you are right. But what this is really about is ESSENTIAL preparation, not the procrastination we discussed previously. I am talking about "cutting corners", we have all done it, when we are pushed for time or just impatient. Will anyone really notice if I don't bother with that primer? In short YES! Don't skip essential steps as further down the line it will come back and bite you. The finish won't be as good, or the product won't be as long lasting or worst case scenario the whole thing will be ruined forever. "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.’, Abraham Lincoln.


5. Poor Colour Choices

We need a blog post of its own to explore this one fully- and so we shall next week! But in the meantime remember these top tips 
* Use shades and tones of one colour
*Use analgous colours: Colours that are side by side in a 12 part colour wheel
* Use complimentary colours ; Colours that are opposite each other on a 12 part colour wheel
* Use colours based on nature
By following these simple rules you can avoid hideous clashing horrors that make your eyes hurt!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Create This Stunning Owl Card

You will need:  
  • Kuretake ZIG Wink of Luna Brush pens: Copper, Green, Black, Silver and Light Green
  • Owl Stamps by Hobby Art  (product code :CS066D)
  • Black Card
  • Water colour paper (for background)
  • White card (for owl)
  • Kuretake ZIG Brush 2O
  • Kuretake ZIG Two Way Glue
  •  For Extra Detail: Kuretake ZIG Wink of Stella Brush Pens in Gold and Clear

Creating The Background:

  •  Spritz the watercolour paper with water.
  •  Roughly add colours to the wash.
  •  Mix around the paper with the Brush 20.
  •  Dab excess off with kitchen towel.
  •  Add streaks of colour and build up layers.
  •  Allow to dry completely.





Owl,  Stamp & Colour:

  • Using your Owl Stamp from Hobby Art, stamp the image. 
  • Touch the ends of the ZIG Wink of Stella Silver and ZIG Wink of Luna Silver together to create the graduating effect seen here.
  • Repeat the technique with the ZIG Wink of Luna Silver and Black to add detail to the tail end and  feathers.
  •  By touching the the tip of the ZIG Wink of Stella Clear with the ZIG Wink of Luna Silver  a paler shade of silver can be achieved for the owls face.
  •  Allow to dry and cut out image.

Putting it all together:

  • Stamp the branch image directly onto the background.
  • Colour using ZIG Wink of Luna (We have used copper and dark green here)
  • Stick your owl onto the background using Kuretake ZIG Two Way Glue
  • Stick your background onto your card using Kuretake ZIG Two Way Glue

Kuretake ZIG  Products used: Kuretake ZIG Wink of Luna Brush pens: Copper, Green, Black, Silver and Light Green; Kuretake ZIG Brush 20; Kuretake ZIG Two Way Glue; ZIG Wink of Stella Brush Pens in Gold and Clear.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

 Lots has been going on at Kuretake UK and we are excited that we have lots of  hints and tips on Instagram.


Check these out on our website:

ZIG Art & Graphic Twin

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Hi everyone

This morning we have a tutorial sheet for a card recently shown on Create and Craft TV. Hope you all managed to see the show, if not we will be on again soon.

Right click and View Image / Save Image for higher resolution.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Decorated Eggs

Good morning!  
I have always loved looking at all the different coloured Easter eggs that appear around Easter time.  So this year I decided to have a go myself.

*** These eggs are for decoration purpose only ***

First of all your need to 'blow' the yoke and egg white out of the egg!  
Next I filled a old plastic food package with water and dropped in some different coloured {Kurecolor Ink}.

I then gently placed my egg in the water and rolled it around, allowing the ink to cling to the egg.  You need to be fairy quick when doing this but at the same time being careful with the egg!!

I then left the eggs to dry before I started to decorate them with more solid images using the {Zig Painty Pens} and the gorgeous {Zig Wink of Stella Brush Pens}

So now I have my own decorated eggs for decorating this year.

Thanks for stopping by