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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils

Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Faber-Castell/ Polychromos
  • Item number: FC110012
  • RRP at time of writing: £20.75 for set of 12

Reason For Buying

The one’s in the picture were a gift from my friend but I have since bought the larger 36 pencil set. I wanted to use these for looser drawings like doodles and perhaps some colouring images

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Comfortable diameter in the hand
  • Smooth feel of colour, feels a bit like a wax crayon as colour goes down

Cons

  • High wax content means they can be tricky to blend
  • Results vary considerably from surface to surface

Build Quality

Faber-castell have always been excellent quality and these pencils are no exception. The tins are well designed and hold closed well, yet are still easy to open.

Value for Money

Good, these pencils aren’t cheap but they are pigment rich and fine art quality so worth the investment

Would I buy it Again?

After getting used to the 12 set, I went for the 36 set to increase the choice of colours. I am considering adding a few individual pencils for certain colours but I’m not looking to invest in the 72 set.

Summing up

Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils; open tin of 12

Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils

These pencils are an acquired taste, they are smooth like crayons, but the high wax content have made them tricky to get used to. If you are interested in them but not sure weather they will be for you, I’d highly recommend buying few individual pencils and try them on the surfaces you most use to see if they work well for you.

Have a look around the web, there are a lot of talented artists that achieve fantastic results with these pencils so I feel it is my lack of skill rather than any fault of the product that I found them a bit of a struggle to use. My dexterity let me down with these as I think the trick to them is layering and burnishing, which I couldn’t manage.

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Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a birthday card I made using Serif Craft Artist software.

This was the card with some Polychromos highlights in areas

This was the card with some Polychromos highlights in areas

The image is from the Hearts and Roses collection, which has become a bit of a favorite of mine. Hope you like it. I’ve added some highlights to the shadows with the Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, which worked well over this card-stock.

For comparison, this was the card before I added the highlights, I think the highlights help the design, what do you think?

This was the original card before the Polychromos highlights were  added.

This was the original card before the Polychromos highlights were added.

Best wishes

Billie :)

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Today I would like to share a free download with you. A calendar page for May 2014.

Free calendar page; May 2014

Free calendar page; May 2014

How to Use

  • Click on the image to open the calendar picture to full size.
  • Click on File, then choose landscape option for paper orientation.
  • Click Print

To Change the size of the calendar

  • Click on the image to open the calendar picture to full size.
  • Right Click and choose ‘Save As’ from the list of options.
  • You can print it as, is or open a Word Processing program and insert the image. (Once it is on your machine.) This will give you more control of the final size of the calendar page.

Feel free to tell your friends about this offer and forward them a link to this site. If you missed this month’s calendar page you can find it on the Calendar Downloads page.

Let me know what you think, of these calendar pages. If comments suggest this is popular…it just might become a regular feature.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Just wanted to share a picture of my beautiful new Filofax Swift, its in the personal size.

Filofax Swift Personal sized organiser

Filofax Swift Personal sized organiser

Fell in love with this design as soon as I saw it because I love birds. The cover is a twill fabric with the design printed on. On the inside there is an embossed birdcage to follow the design through to the inside. I had this on my wish list then took the plunge and bought it when it went in their sale, I could resist no longer :)

Inside the Filofax Swift Personal sized organiser

Inside the Filofax Swift Personal sized organiser

Given how happy this design makes me it is my new happy place. I’m using it to gather inspiration, happy thoughts, and creative ideas. I rushed over to Daisy Trail and treated myself to their Aivery digikits and designed some page prompts to keep me positive and help my mojo when it struggles.

Close up of the inside of the Filofax Swift Personal sized organiser

Close up of the inside of the Filofax Swift Personal sized organiser

More about the motivational pages in later posts.

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Sadly since writing this, this design has sold out on the Filofax website.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Chinelo Bally, who is one of the lovely lady’s in The Great British Sewing Bee has kindly given this interview to become this months Featured Artist. Read on to find out more about her and her work.

Chinelo Bally

Chinelo Bally

I discovered her work thanks to The Sewing Bee on BBC 2.  I loved how she was making her own patterns to her own designs. For those of you who haven’t yet found Chinelo, here is a little more about her an her work.

Who you are:

Chinelo: I am a passionate lady who believes in going for her dream and making it reality.

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

Chinelo: I live in Essex in the UK

What you do:

Chinelo: I am currently setting up my bespoke fashion label “Olivia Kabani” I am currently taking orders for bespoke garment and also working on my website.

What got you started in your creative journey?

Chinelo: I have always Loved fashion and I have always been interested in putting my own signature on clothes. Like you I was never fully satisfied with shop bought clothes so I decided to get a sewing machine and started learning.

What inspires you:

Chinelo: I draw inspiration from any and everything, I love colours, texture, shapes, so I’m constantly being drawn to the unique beauty of something. I have designed a dress that was inspired by red velvet cake; the rich red against the cream and the velvet name given to the cake just made me imagine this dress.

If money, time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

Chinelo: I would love to have a boutique where people come to buy my ready made lines and also have bespoke garments made, but not solely for major occasions.

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

Chinelo: What I love most about my creative work is the fact that I can see a fabric and transform the 2d cloth into an amazing garment. When I were, or when I see someone wear something I have made, it just fills me with so much fulfilment. I have a strong support network in my family and friends, they all know and support my future plans, emotionally mentally and physically.

Links

To find out more about Chinelo and her work, please visit her blog and website, details below.

www.chinelobally.com

Thanks to Chinelo Bally for being our Featured Artist of the Month for April 2014

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Like the idea of marbling, but worried it might be complicated? There is another way to get the look, without the long drying time; with rubber stamps. Here is my latest find; Marble style rubber stamps, from The Artistic stamper.

Marbled paper using Rubber stamps

Marbled paper using Rubber stamps

So far there are three stamps in the range;

Marble with Rubber stamps

Marble with Rubber stamps

Two are both called Marbled background, the other is called Marbled stamp #3.

Paper marbling with Rubber stamps

Paper marbling with Rubber stamps

Let me know in your comments if you would like to see video tutorials featuring these stamps ;) I have plans for them, just need decent light levels, to get filming.

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Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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Today I’d like to share another marbled project. This tag was made from Centrua Pearl Card and marbled with the Marbling 4 Fun kit that I’ve been using all month.

Pearlised Marbled tag.

Pearlised Marbled tag.

The paint dried perfectly on the pearl cardstock and the pearl adds a nice reflective sheen the background of the paint. I can see this kit being used a lot more over the coming months. If I can stay off the Gelli plate long enough that is!

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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