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Did you know there was a You Tube channel for this blog? Come and see the trailer and the new look You Tube channel.

Its been a while since I posted a video, due to health and computer issues but DH has sorted out how to get videos online again, and  I was able to create this new trailer.

Hope you like it and I look forward to creating some new videos for the channel, this year. Thanks for sticking with me during my technical difficulties ;) Just need some good weather now, to let me record some new tutorials. I’m thinking marbling, gelli, stencils?

Links

If you liked the trailer, do come and visit me on You Tube, where you can see the new look channel. I’ve gathered related videos into playlists, so I hope you will find it easier to get to the videos, you most want to see.

Do let me know in your comments, what you think about the new design & layout. If you have any requests for projects or techniques you would like to see tutorials for, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a couple of pictures of my first marbled pages. These were created using the Marbling 4 Fun kit which I reviewed last week.

My first marbled pages

My first marbled pages

I was really pleased with how these prints turned out, the colours were very bright and vibrant on the first print and got more pastel as further prints were taken from the original paint layer. This is great as it makes for a lot of versatility in design. You can also alter your later print with more manipulation of the existing paint or add more in some areas for a light and dark effect on the same design.

They tell you to use the pipettes to mix the paint on each application, I wonder if the textured effect (which I quite like) was due to my ‘over mixing’ the paint in this way.

My second marbled page. Second generation of paint.

My second marbled page. Second generation of paint.

This was ordinary 80 gsm copier paper and I also marbled onto paper torn from an old book. This was a great way to use the second generation of ink, do it a few times on several sheets to remove all but the last trace of paint from the tray. They get very pale with later generations but if you plan to use them to stamp over, that’s no problem.

What do you think? Have you ever tried marbling? Would love to see your results if you have this kit too.

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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This month I’m going to try this marbling kit.

Marbling 4 Fun; Marbling kit

Marbling 4 Fun; Marbling kit

As soon as I saw this kit on Create and Craft I just had to get it, I’ve always wanted to try marbling. After some research into the process and chatting to my bookbinding friends who also paper marble I think this will be a wonderful way to try the process in a smaller more achievable scale.

Once I’ve had a play, I’ll let you know how I get on and hope to write a review and maybe some tutorials, we’ll see how I get on. I bought my kit direct from the makers and added some extras; the Violet coloured paint and the comb you see in the next picture.

Marbling 4 Fun; Marbling kit plus Violet paint and a comb to help create patterns

Marbling 4 Fun; Marbling kit plus Violet paint and a comb to help create patterns

Feeling tempted? Check out You Tube for Marbling 4 fun tutorials and also well worth watching are the ones for Ebru, which is Turkish marbling. Let me know in the comments if you are interested in this too and I’ll share my links for some really wonderful marbling sites and videos.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Stabilo Point 88 pens.

Stabilo Point 88 Pens

Stabilo Point 88 Pens

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Stabilo
  • Item number: 8825-1
  • RRP at time of writing: RRP £30.60 but £16 on Amazon

Reason For Buying

Having decided to give doodling a go, I wanted a set of quality fine nibbed colored pens, these looked a good set of colours to allow

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Excellent fine nib 0.4 mm (see graphic on case)
  • Smooth to draw or write with
  • Good selection of colours, suitable for a range of subjects
  • Case is lightweight but plastic so will last a while if you like your pens lined up by colour
  • These pens are water-soluble so if you want to bleed out the colour for projects you can
  • Pens are also available singly from Art supply stores if you wish to replace colours over time

Cons

  • The only colour ID is on the pen cap and base, not the barrel of the pen. So you’ll want to clip caps to base while in use or risk getting colours in a muddle
  • With my dexterity issues I found the narrow barrels and caps a little awkward to get hold of. Not a problem if you hands work tho ;)
  • Given the high rrp, the case quality is a bit of a let down. It works well but looks like it would rip quite easily, not that sturdy

Build Quality

The pen itself is excellent, the material of the nib gives a smooth writing or drawing surface on different papers/card. The caps fit well, the only quality issue is the case they come in. Not a deal breaker if you are intending to store them in other containers.

Value for Money

TBH I’m not sure I would have paid full rrp, but I got mine from Amazon for around £13 delivered and for that I am very satisfied. They are excellent and if you like to use fine liners in your art, these are excellent quality.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes

Summing up

I’ve used these pens on cheap paper as well as good quality cartridge paper, they perform well and give excellent results. The colour range is good and the glide of the nib on the paper is a joy.

Personally, I would have liked a coloured barrel to help ID the colours and due to difficulties with fine motor skills, I struggle with the small caps and fine barrels. The barrels are approximately the same diameter as Bic biros for reference.

Be aware of the water-soluble nature of these pens when choosing a project to use them on. So if you are using them with mixed media and use anything waterbased over the top, bear in mind the colours will reactivate and move. If you want a water colour look from the pens, scribble some colour onto an acrylic block or non porous surface and use a waterbrush to pick up the colour. This does make for a versatile pen that will have many uses. Single pens and smaller sets are available if you want to try them out before investing in a bigger set.

The other use for these pens, they are great for pattern drafting (dressmaking) due to their fine line. Careful of where you store your patterns though due to the water-soluble ink!

These pens have become a favorite for me for doodle art. Do try them out, the colours and ink flow are a joy.

Links

Here are some places where you can find Stablio pens. They are also available in larger sets with a thicker nib known as Stabilo 68. If you want something more compact to take out and about there were also some pocket-size pens in Staples.

Whats your favorite pen for doodling? Would love to see projects you have created with these pens, do leave me a comment with your thoughts.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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This was definitely one of those; let your brain wander kind of moments. I have seen this quote on rubber stamps and one of my fave things to doodle is flowers. This page was just waiting to happen. I think it would make a good card, what do you think?

Doodle your fave quote

Doodle your fave quote

Items used

All the usual suspects ;)

  • Faber Castell Pitt artist pen
  • Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils
  • Daler Rowney Basic Sketch book

I’m getting to think a page listing my kit would be helpful and then I could point you all to it ;)

What inspires you to doodle, random thoughts, images you see, quotes that roll round your head for days!!!! I have the kind of brain that is very literal which means I don’t always ‘get’ what was originally meant by phrases. I blame my late Mother whose often used phrase of ‘Don’t come running to me when you break your leg falling off that’. My brain would think, well you couldn’t run with a broken leg so huh??

I often get doodle ideas from such misinterpretations. Wanting to draw the literal result of what people say. Makes me laugh, the same is true of what I read, being dyslexic it often takes me several read throughs to understand what is meant, if not in a hurry I can also laugh when I get the wrong word for things, it may start with the same letter, or sound the same as the word I’m going for but be completely wrong. Mmm Maybe I should write the ‘wrong word and doodle the image of the thing I was going for.’ Its annoying as hell when you are in a rush, but as long as it’s not important it can cause much hilarity and creates the game of ‘guess the word I really meant!’

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Faber-Castell; 4 Pitt artist Pens

Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen

Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen
  • Item number: 167100
  • RRP at time of writing: £9.49

Contents

The four pen set contains: S, F, M, B which I later found out equates too;

Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen

Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen. XS not in the set, purchased separately.

Reason For Buying

Originally I bought these some years ago for ink sketching, but I haven’t got round to using them much for that yet. Instead I’ve used them for doodling.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Comfortable in the hand
  • Lightweight
  • Very black ink
  • Good on cartridge paper
  • Excellent range of nib sizes
  • Pens are available individually to replace them as needed.

Cons

  • Some issues with a few sizes, see Build Quality

Build Quality

The caps fit well, the pen is comfortable in the hand but I have found the nibs are a bit scratchy in the XS and S size. The M tip has had a tendency to not cover on the first stroke, so I wasn’t pleased with that for doodling. That may not be an issue for sketching where I may want a softer line. Depends on what you are wanting to use these for.

Value for Money

Good, F/C products are well made and well worth the investment. I’m not going to write off these pens, as the niggles I have may reduce with use. The nibs may well wear in and work better. I am comparing them to very old pens of a similar kind.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes

Summing up

I’ve enjoyed using these pens but they haven’t performed as well as some of the others that I’ve had in the past. I also have their Artline drawing system pens which I found worked slightly better, that said as I mentioned earlier I am comparing them to very old pens and perhaps the old ones were like this when new.  A fantastic quality of ink, so well worth trying. No problems with the brush tip and the fact the ink is a true black black and doesn’t reactivate with water makes them very useful for sketching and doodling especially if you want to add paint or other ink over the top.

The more hit n miss effect on the thicker nibs might work better for sketching it was just I wanted a reliable thick line for the doodling style I was working on at the time of writing this review. I’ll add a note at the end of the review when I’ve tried them for sketching to report on how well they work for that.

Links

Here’s where you can find these pens online.

  • Set of 4 Faber-Castel pens on Amazon UK also available as a set of 6 which include the XS and a chisel tip
  • Artline Drawing System pens on Amazon UK This set contains 0.1, 0.3, 0.5 and 0.7 which are my perfect sizes for sketching and doodling.
  • Edding 1800 Profipen another favorite and worth comparing with these pens. Smaller choice of nibs at 0.1,0.3, 0.5 but these would be most used for sketching and doodling.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a doodle inspired by the one by Flora Chang in Jenny Doh’s Craft a Doodle book.

Folk art doodle inspired by Flora Chang's design in Craft-a doodle book

Folk art doodle inspired by Flora Chang’s design in Craft-a doodle book

I saw the picture in the book and loved it so copied the main elements and then tweaked some a little. Then I read the details about the doodle in the book only to discover that the concept was that the left side should be a mirror of the right. Mine isn’t I started off copying and they got into it and just filled the page. Really like this style, I’ll be doing more like this.

Next there was the dilemma of to colour or not to colour? I loved the page as it was but I was also very tempted to colour it. I ignored the page for the rest of the day but by the evening I was still itching to add colour to it, so I got out the water colours and waterbrush and went for it. I wasn’t trying to keep to the lines too exactly as I’m starting to like the more random look of colour that goes outside the lines. As if the printing wasn’t lined up. Given the whimsical nature of the page, I thought it went with the theme.

Items used

Thought you might like a list of what I used. As much as I like looking at people’s art, I often wonder what they used to create it.

  • Pens: Faber-Castell Pitt Pens
  • Paint: Winsor and Newton watercolours.

Feels good to have art back in my life. I missed it so much last year. Must be patient and not over do it so I can keep the use of my hands this year.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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