I’ve written before about how I try to resist trends, but I confess, I bought a set of Zig Clean Color Brush markers after they dropped. There was such a frenzy about them in the papercrafting blogosphere, I couldn’t resist. I loved the bright, clear colors, and was intrigued by the possibilities of the brush tip. And they’re really not that expensive, all things considered.
They took over a month to arrive from Japan, but they finally did this week. Here is my first attempt with them:
I stamped and heat-embossed the flowers in silver, and painted them with the Zig markers and water. They are blotchier than i would like. Next time I will try them without water, see how that works. I do like the colors, though. I purchased the 24-pack, which seemed to be enough variety of colors to play around with, but not too expensive if I decided I didn’t like them. There are 80 colors overall, all available open stock. The largest pack has 60 colors, so you can’t get them all in a pack. But really, 60 colors seems more than enough, doesn’t it?
Oh, this was done on Tim Holtz watercolor paper. I like it because it is so bright and white. And because it comes in size A2 sheets, because I am lazy.
I CASED this card from Jennifer McGuire, who in turn CASED it from Tasnim Ahmed of Altenew. This is the Altenew stamp set Persian Motifs. I love it. I think it is drawn from ancient ceramic designs.
Oh, the sentiment continues on the inside. “Friendship … is like a bouquet of flowers, sweet and beautiful.” I could only fit the first word on the front. And I had to color it with a marker, because the words were too close and intertwined to only get the “friendship” with an ink pad, even if I covered the other words with Scotch tape. I think it turned out OK, though.
In other things, I realize I’ve been kind of flailing around with the blog here, not posting, posting randomly, not following through with projects. I do want to continue the patterned paper series. My life has just been kind of chaotic lately. I am picking away bit by bit at cleaning my craft room. It’s pretty overwhelming. I mean, you’ve seen my stash list, right? I am destashing some things. Would anybody like some orphan stamps or 6×6 pads? Email me.
I still can’t find that Basic Grey paper pad! I’m beginning to wonder if I ever actually bought it, or just imagined I did. Or my Gelatos. I have the whole gift set and it is a sizable box, so how the heck did that go missing? On the other hand, I’m finding some things I forgot I had, so that’s fun.
I’ll try to post more regularly in the future. I know, I’ve said that before. But I will try.