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

Friday, 4 April 2014

Easter Friends with Art & Graphic Pens

Hello there!  Not long till Easter and if like me you enjoy sending cards then you are probably starting to make them.

Here is a card made using the {Zig Art and Graphic} pens. These pens give great effects when you add water to them.  After stamping the image in black and embossing it with clear embossing powder I scribbled the brown pen on to a non porous surface.  Here I am using a glass mat.  Next I picked up some of the colour using the {Zig Waterbrush}

Colour in each of the bears applying more colour where you require shading until you have coloured everything in.  Mat the finished picture on to cardstock when dry.

The {Zig Art & Graphic} pens can create a mottled background too.  For this you need to colour a mixture of pens on to the glass mat then spritz it with some water.  Then gently lay your cardstock on top and the colour will transfer to it.  You will need to leave it to dry before you glue anything to it.

When it is dry then you can add some patterned paper and the topper and your card is finished.

Thank you for stopping by today

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Just For Mum

Mum's are great!  So at this time of year thoughts turn to our Mum's as Mother's day is just around the corner (well in the UK!) 
So here I am today to share with you a little card I made for Mothering Sunday

I just love all the different typed of swirls, dots and flowers that you can create with these pens.  
First I drew some swirls using the scroll side of the 'scroll & brush' pen.
Next I blended two of the pens together and then drew some more swirls.  Blending to pens together is really simple and gives some great effects.  You can see a video {HERE} on how to do it.

Then I added hearts and flowers with the pens and accented some of them with the Wink Of Stella brush.  There is another video {HERE} on how to make the flowers on the Kuretake website.

I wanted to change my white alphabet to something that would fit in with the colour of my card so i painted over the letter with the Zig Wink Of Stella pen.  Before it dried I lightly  rubbed my finger over the top to remove the deep colour.  It still left a soft sparkle on the letter though!

I finished the card off by outlining the edge of the white card with the green brush & scroll pen and added some adhesive gems.

There are more tutorials on the Kuretake website so if you'd like to learn more then head on over {HERE}
Have fun creating

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Loving this little cherub... 

Newest design team member Estella Dee sent me this St. Patrick's Day inspired artwork. Hope you like it as much as I do.

Write up by Estella Dee...

I've been having a hard time coming up with a good subject to sketch for my March projects (inspiration has just not been on my side, in the past week or so), and I have to redo my sketches a couple of times, until my sketch pad was thiiiiiis thin.
Luckily enough, I have managed to sketch a subject that satisfied me. More importantly, I have my Kuretake graphic markers to lighten up my mood (I am still using my good ol' reliable KC-1100, I just love them. Lol).

In this sketch, I used several colours and techniques to achieve shadows and highlights in a manga art.
The first thing anyone should consider in rendering your manga art (or any cartoon) is a good "line art" or sketch. And this is where inking comes in, when a sketch is inked properly, everything will run smoothly. Inking is one of the things which I am not a fan of, but with an awesome ink, it's pretty fun. I have yet to try the ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka Felxible for inking, I have a feeling that they'd just be perfect for manga art.

When you already have a good sketch to work with, I would suggest to apply your light colors first; your yellows and flesh. So that even if you do go over the edges you could still cover it up with your darker colors. I normally start with my skin tones, for this sketch I used the KC-1100 #423 (Vanilla) as base and for the skin shadows the KC-1100 #200 (Pale Pink). After rendering the light areas, you can then work with your darker colors. In this case, my darker colors are #505 (May Green), #506 (Ocean Green), #553 (Emerald Green), for the uniform, #W.07 (Warm Gray 7) for the leggings, and #406 (Cadmium Orange) for the hair.

Applying shadows on the hair can be tricky, but always, remember the number one rule is shadowing: you must know where your light is, that way, you'd know where the shadows will fall. Another tip for creating great shadows is to know where your highlights should be. Highlights are important, because they provide more depth to your sketches. There are several ways you can add highlights to your sketches, one is by applying a lighter shade to the base color, or you could also use a blender, like what I did. When I add highlights to this sketch, I used the tip most part of the Board Tip for more perception.
Lastly, I guess, don't be afraid to shadow (or highlight) your manga art. I know it could be intimidating at times, but have fun with it. Don't think too much about it, commit mistakes, so that the next time you encounter shadowing it would be better. I promise.

Have fun with your markers. I did. Lol.

First Day of Spring

Spring is in the air especially with this fabulous project by the colourful design team member Gina Rose

Write up by Gina

I really enjoyed creating this fun project for today, the first day of Spring! (Hurrah! I love Spring, don't you?!).
I have been avidly adding to my collection of pens just lately, as I just love all of the differing kinds available from Kuretake ZIG!
The black outline drawing is using a ZIG Millennium 1.0 so smooth and lovely to use.  I then used a combination of ZIG Clean Color brush pens with the ZIG Brushables for the start of my colouring.  As the ZIG Clean Colors are water based and the ZIG Brushables are waterproof, they are comfortable side by side as they will not run into one another!
Once dry, I used the ZIG Millennium again, and drew more patterns over the top, for the stripey and circular details.  On the darker green areas, I added some silver pen 'dots' with a painty marker.
For the springy stems of the flowers, I used the thinner end of a green ZIG Art and Graphic Twin, and then ZIG Millennium again, and also for the flower outlines.  Flower colourings are a combination of any of the colour pens.  The smaller words are with ZIG Millennium plus light blue ZIG Clean Color.

Finally I added a sweep of ZIG Brushable in Platinum around the edges of the letters, plus a yummy and zingy sweep of the amazing ZIG Wink ofStella clear brush, for added sparkle!  I think this really helps to make those colours POP!  

When playing with your pens, have an adventure!  Make doodles and practice shapes!  Keep the doodles you like, and refer to them when working on more finished and planned designs.  For my letters today, I made them into a tubular look, by finishing the ends with oval shapes to suggest a 3D element. 

Make your pens work hard for you!  Enjoy all of the exciting effects and combinations..... but I warn you, you'll be back for more!

Have Fun!