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SUPER Affordable Watercolor Markers …


Hi, Everyone ! I recently came across this great tip on YouTube where regular Crayola markers or any washable markers can be used as Watercolor markers. I have always wished I could afford a pack of Tombow markers, Spectrum Noir, or Sakura Koi Brush markers or any Watercolor marker set for that matter. But now that I have come across this tip I don’t yearn for those sets anymore.

I have the 50 Crayola Marker set shown above and tested out this tip and it was totally Awesome ! I found it worked alot better to use a clear sheet of plastic like reuse the plastic film that comes on your clear stamps or use a clear stamping block. So you scribble with the Crayola marker on the clear stamping block then pick up the color with a damp paintbrush I used my water-brush pen and the marker ink works like watercolor !!

I tried using my RoseArt markers and CraZArt markers also some cheap dollar store markers. As long as the markers say Washable they are water soluble so you can use them like watercolor markers. I’ll post up a photo of an example when I get the chance but here’s the link to the YouTube video where I saw the tip …

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Calligraphy – Dip Pens

Hello ! Hope your having a great weekend so far. It’s been chilly so I’ve been trying to stay warm. (n_n) Stay Cr8TiV helps a great deal to keep my mind off the chilly waft sneaking through my windows.

I think I did a post about my dabbling in Calligraphy. I had an old calligraphy fountain pen that I had bought awhile back but wasn’t doing calligraphy lettering with it but rather just using it as a regular pen.

Until I bought a book on Calligraphy which hit me on the head that I had been using the pen wrong. All these beautiful Calligraphy lettering fonts and I was just using it like a regular pen. (>⌂<“) D’Oh !

But I am always learning something *new* which I love about being CR8TiV. So the book I had bought was Modern Calligraphy and Hand Lettering. I originally got into Hand Lettering watching YouTube videos by Kristina Werner or Made by Marzipan which sometimes features hand-lettering.

Eventually I got better at Calligraphy doing Old English, BlackLetter, Italic, etc. I was mainly using my fountain pen and the Sakura Pigma Calligrapher pens. I then learned about dip pens and was intrigued as well as adored the elegant script letterings.

I was going to purchase a small dip pen set from my local craft store but my husband bought me the Speedball Calligraphy Collector’s Set *pictured below* …


I highly recommend this set if you are going to try out dip pens. It gives you pretty much ALL the basic nibs, holders, and small jars of ink to try out. In this set you get … Four(4) Broad Nibs “C-2, C-3, A-5, B-6” ~ Four(4) Flexible Nibs “512, 513, 102 Quill, and 101” and three(3) ink colors … Black, Red, and Blue. The last jar is a pen cleaner solution

My only complaint would have to be that the jars aren’t very secure and that my black ink jar leaked out and two screws on the wooden box hinge is missing. But those are minor issues that do not affect the performance of the pens or nibs.

The pen holders in this set which includes … Oblique holder, Regular holder, and Quill holder. You get two(2) regular holders except one is a fancy black and gold marbled design whilst the other is plain black.

In my opinion the Speedball inks that come with the set doesn’t perform well at least in my opinion. The Red and Blue ink color is very vibrant though. But I felt the quality of the inks weren’t that great. So I went to search for a better ink.

Today I decided to use up some Michael’s coupons which expire today and after doing some research I heard that the FW Liquid Acrylic inks work great for dip pens as well as Gouache. I did purchase some Artist Loft Gouache but haven’t tested it out.

So the FW Liquid Acrylic set I purchased was the Pearlescent set *See image below*. (nεn”) I’m a real sucker for shiny, glittery, and shimmery colors and inks. So I was eager to try these out with my dip pen.


The colors in this set is gorgeous !! My favorite has to be the Galactic Blue as Blue is my favorite color and any hue of Blue is my favorite too. Each dropper inside seems to be sealed or at least mine were as I had to take a pin and unclog each dropper.

It was a bit of a downer that the packaging of this set or any FW ink set I saw at Michael’s wasn’t very secure as there’s no shrink wrap or anything securing the packaging. Just a piece of tape to keep the lid closed.

With that being said I noticed that the Platinum Pink ink level was a bit low compared to the others. None of the bottles are sealed either so the bottles in the set can easily be tampered with as well. But I was in love with the shimmery, glittery colors, and that Blue was my kinda blue. 😛 L0L

Below is a test sample of each color …


How beautiful is that Galatic Blue ? (♥ω♥) You can see on the top “Test” I wrote in Galatic Blue it’s very shimmery. I used the regular nib holder with a 512 nib. I tested every color except the White Pearl as I didn’t think it’d show up on the White cardstock paper.

The Copperplate Gold is not a FW ink but rather the Dr. Ph. Martin’s Iridescent ink *See image below*


I wanted a very shiny Gold to use when doing calligraphy script on Black or Dark colored paper. As you can see from the “Test” on the upper part of the list the gold is very shiny. When I tried it on black colored paper the gold turned to kinda a bronze-ish color instead of gold but still shiny. I’ll post a picture of that when I get a chance.

I orginally wasn’t sure if the Dr. Ph. Martin’s ink would work with Dip pens as unlike the FW pen which shows a image of a Dip pen nib on the side that displays what types of mediums the ink is good for. The Dr. Ph. Martin’s ink just says it’s good for Calligraphy, Brush, and Airbrush.

I wasn’t sure if by Calligraphy they meant fountain pens or dip pens as well. But they work wonderfully with dip pens and both the FW ink and the Dr. Ph Martin’s perform smoothly without any inconsistencies or ink blobs. If you are going to be doing Copperplate lettering or script letter with the Speedball Calligraphy set I highly suggest using the Oblique pen and the 101 nib. The 512 works great for that too but I like the 101 better for the thick and thin lines.

The book that comes with the set doesn’t really help much as far as giving beginners tips or tricks but it has some great font examples but as far as learning deeper about calligraphy with dip pens I highly suggest the Creative Lettering and Beyond book. *See image below*


In my opinion this book talks more about dip pens and the basics you need to know in half the book. Of course your other best place to learn the basics is YouTube. OpenInkStand Art & Calligraphy is a good channel to subscribe to  … Link →

Overall I am really liking this whole dip pen experience and I am hoping to think of other CR8TiV ways to using dip pens into my art and crafts that just Calligraphy. I am hoping that Santa will get me a Glass dip pen like the J. Herbin for Christmas. I will definitely post up a review if I got a Glass Dip pen for Christmas.

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Doodle and Lettering Challenge 2015 …


Woo ! Who’s still eating leftovers from Thanksgiving ? Luckily for me my family is pretty small just me, my Mom, my older Brother, older Sister, and Niece. So we generally don’t cook enough that there’d be leftovers. My favorite foods from the Thanksgiving meal would have to be the Mac n Cheese, Prime Rib, and Mashed Potatoes. I could eat those everyday if I could. 😛

Anyways we’re down to the final days of November and then we’ll be counting down the last days of 2015. I can’t believe it’s already going to be 2016. The year seems to have just flew right by. (T ~ T) Have any of you stuck by your 2015 New Years resolutions ? I am horrible at them and never met or ever complete my New Years resolutions as I often make them unrealistic.

But anyways I had fun doing the October drawing challenge and came across these on Pinterest. Although the 2nd one says September I think I’ll mix it up and take something from either of the lists. So starting December 1st I’ll start on the Doodling and Lettering challenge and of course I’ll be posting them on my Facebook page.

I also got a product review for those who are into Calligraphy or want to know more or learn how to use dip pens. My hubby as a Thanksgiving present got me a really great dip pen set and I think it’s great for beginners and for those who aren’t but want a nice set without having to buy thing separately. I’ll post up the review soon.

Til then stay CR8TiV and may your Holiday Christmas shopping be stress-free.

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