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Taking Art on the Go … *UPDATE*

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Hi, everyone !! So this is an update to my previous post regarding the Wacom Bamboo Slate. Today my husband was being a bit generous and along with the Wacom Bamboo Slate Small he let me purchase this Lenovo Tab3 8 tablet. I plan to use it along side the smaller sized Bamboo Slate for Art on the go or while on my work break periods.

One thing I immediately noticed one I paired the Bamboo Slate to the Lenovo Tablet was that the image shows up very jagged and the drawing marks I made aren’t smooth clean lines like when I paired my 1st Bamboo Slate Large with my Alcatel Idol 4 Smartphone. I do currently have my tablet plugged into it’s charger so I don’t know if that is the cause of the drawings coming out with jagged lines. But gimme one second to unplug it from the USB charger and see if it makes any difference.

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Ok, I am back ! Hmm … So even after I unplugged the USB cable it drawing I tested out still came out very jagged compared to my Idol 4 Smartphone where the drawn lines were very smooth. I don’t think it has to do with the Bamboo Slate itself but possibly that the results differ from Gadget to Gadget. So if you bought the Bamboo Slate Large or Small and finding your drawing or writing on your Tablet or Smartphone is coming out jagged it’s not a faulty Bamboo Slate. Try using it onto a different device.

Anyways a mini review of the Wacom Bamboo Slate Small is that there isn’t much of a difference between the Large size except for well the size difference. Like I said in the previous blog post the Large is a A5 Paper pad size so a 9″x11″ size where as the Small is A4 size so about a 5×6 size. I find the 5×6 a little bit easier to tote around in a backpack or totebag than the Large size. So if you’re looking for Art on the go … Grab yourself a Small Tablet and the Small Bamboo slate.

I’m not sure how to fix the jagged lined transfer issue but I will post an update if I find out why or how to fix the jagged line issue.

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Taking Art to the next level … (•ᴥ•)

Hey, Everyone ! Wow !! It’s been awhile since I last made a blog post !! Looking back it says my last post was in January. Guess not too long ago but sorry I don’t blog as often as I want to about things but I am active in posting up my Art creations on Instagram and Facebook mainly Instagram though.

Umm … I can’t remember if I shared a Life update in previous blog posts but I am now working at my 1st job which I’ve been almost 6 months since I started. It took a bit of an adjustment to transition from being a 20+ yrs unemployed stay-at-home hermit crab to a busy awkwardly social employee. Took a lot outta me to give up my comfort of sleeping as long as I wanted, waking up whatever time I wanted, and have all the time in the world to just create inside my little bubble I call home.

I admit my social anxieties, general anxiety, self-issues, lack of self-confidence, and other negativities about myself are a struggle at times when things get real crazy but it’s a learning curve. I gotta learn to grow armor for working in the retail world bcuz I’ll be honest with you some customers aren’t the most pleasant species to deal with. Some you wonder if they even have a brain or soul at all.

But this post isn’t about my Work Life … I do that on my personal blog *PsychoBabblesBlog.Wordpress.com if you’re interested in Workplace ramblings*. Today I wanted to blog about a loving gift from my Husband. He bought me the Wacom Bamboo Slate last week and it is the most awesome gadget I have to own ! So what the Bamboo Slate essentially is … is it’s a smart pad of paper with a smart pen attached. What you write on the paper syncs into your phone or tablet or pc via Bluetooth connection. So what you wrote get’s automatically digitized and saved into your device.

Soon as I opened the box up in the car I was first taken back by how HUGE the Large size is ! I think it’s a bit bigger than a A4 9×11 sheet of paper so generally the size of a standard sketchbook. Kinda too BIG to carry in a backpack but they do have a smaller size which is A5 5×8 sheet of paper size which I plan to buy tomorrow.

The Bamboo Slate comes pre-charged I think fully charged as I haven’t had to charge it yet. The setup was real simple and I was able to get drawing instantly. There is an app called Wacom Inkspace that you need to download before you start. There’s a lot of negative reviews about it but I have yet to encounter any issues like any of the reviewers stated so it may have been updated or an isolation issue.

My favorite part about the Bamboo Slate is the Live-Mode ! In Live-Mode you can watch your drawing or writing appear like magic onto your Device you paired it with. If you plan to do digital art tutorial videos or anything this is perfect ! Just point your camera towards the device and draw off to the side off camera on the Bamboo Slate and what you drew on paper will show up on the device screen as you draw.

I have yet to try it but I read that you don’t need any special Wacom Bamboo paper pad. I heard that ordinary paper works just as well. You probably do need to buy pen refills as I’m sure there’s technology pieces in the pen to make the pad detect your writing but I’ll have to try it out with an ordinary pen and see if the sensors are just in the Slate surface itself or also contained within the pen but I have read that Rhodia pads are perfect when you run out of the Bamboo paper pad included.

I honestly just draw over what was already drawn on the paper pad to save wasting paper. The image you drew shows up on the device clean even if you’ve drawn over the previous images on the pad to where the pad is almost completely black in ink scribbles. 😛 One Con of the Bamboo Slate is it doesn’t seem to remember or hold Bluetooth sync. I have setup Bluetooth pairing each time I use the Slate. Which isn’t a BIG deal since it only takes a few seconds to pair and is super easy just a press of a button then confirm on connection on device. No biggie !

I wish I had a clean space dedicated for filming YouTube videos for you guys to see live examples instead of reading Dictionary length blog posts. But like I’ve said in past posts I will start making YouTube videos once housing situation gets better and I am able to have a dedicated Art studio/Craft room to do YouTube videos and be more cleaned and organized to show the rest of the world.

Anyways if you take a lot of notes and easily lose the paper you wrote the notes on then the Bamboo Slate is perfect for you or if you’re like me who has spur of the moment Art inspirations and you draw then lose the paper you drew on or it gets ripped or wrinkled in your backpack that you can’t get a nice photo to share it. This is great as it’s sync to your phone or tablet as you drew it.

Now one other Con I forgot to mention is that the Wacom Inkspace app doesn’t have any options to color in your add or do any further edits besides erasing some spots or adding more marks. I haven’t gotten the chance to try to see if I can add color and edit using a different Art app but I think you are able to. I’m still fairly *new* with tinkering with my Bamboo Slate and with my work schedule usually draining me out I haven’t created much lately.

I plan to get the smaller version tomorrow so I can take it with me to work and draw on my work breaks. But overall it is a really neat device ! I recommend you give it a try and use Price matching offers to your advantage to get it cheaper than the MSRP if you can.

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I ♥ Layering Stamp Sets !

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Happy day after Hump day, Everyone ! (ñ~ñ’) I actually started typing this on Hump Day but I didn’t notice the time as it hit midnight so no longer hump day. L0L But I hope your week is going by in positive ways. My week has been pretty busy with work that I haven’t had much time to CR8 but I try to find moments to squeeze some time in.

One Monday I think it was I received my monthly subscription stamp set from PaperWishes Stamps Only subscription kit which contained these Layering Dahlia stamp set. Last month it was the Layering Flowers stamp set. Both were gorgeous stamp sets !! Below is the Layering Dahlia stamp set which I received for the month of January ↓

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How gorgeous is this stamp set ? I am slowly growing my layered stamp set collection and most of them are floral sets with I absolutely love !! Now here’s the Layering Flowers stamp set I got last month ↓
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This stamp set is also gorgeous !! I highly recommend becoming a Stamps Only club member. The stamp set alone costs $17.99 but for the same price you can get a different stamp set each month and they never disappoint !! I am a forever subscriber to them !! Just letting you know I am not getting any rewards or royalties. This is pure personal opinion and experience based.

A few thing I highly recommend when using layered stamp sets is …

• 1.) A Stamping Tool whether a Misti or Stamp Perfect Tool: Having this tool makes aligning the layers so much easier and also if your first impression didn’t stamp well you can easily restamp again in the same position.

•2.) Multiple Inks in Light-Mid-Dark tones: You don’t really need to have multiple ink colors especially if you have a stamping tool like mentioned above. You can repeatedly stamp with the same ink color to make the tone darker than the previous. But it’s really nice to have multiple colors. If you’re on a tight budget … Michaels craft store brand CraftSmart ink pads are $2.99 each. I recommend using a coupon and buying the Colorbox Cat’s eye container that has 15 colors for $24.99 but with the coupon it can be as low as $15. Another good one is the Colorbox Paintbox set and the Petal Pack which gives you a good amount of color choices for the time being til you get a better set like the Altenew set.

•3.) Post-It note: The Post-It notes that have adhesive edge to edge is perfect to make masks for your stamping. If you’re using a floral layering stamp set you’d want to create a garden background or bouquet and the masking technique is one you’ll definitely need. (┬_┬) I’m not that good at fussy cutting so I’m hoping that someday I can afford the Brother Scan n’ Cut to help me cut out the stamp masks and stamps I don’t have dies for.

•4.) Baby Wipes: Baby wipes are an indispensable tool in your stamp arsenal ! I always buy a bundle pack of them. I like Huggies Simply Clean wipes but depending on the budget at that moment in time the $5 pack of Target’s Up & Up brand works well too. But you’ll definitely need them to wipe off the stamps, your hands, the stamping tool, etc.

Now that I own a few floral layering sets it makes me want to study flowers and what colors they come in. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and it would bother me to stamp a Fuchsia Poppy flower only to find out there aren’t such a thing in real life. It doesn’t really matter but I kinda like to keep the colors true to flowers you can see in real life. But overall I am really loving the Layered stamp sets and I hope to get some non-floral sets in the future like the Hero Arts Layered Goldfish stamp. They’re really fun and with a stamping tool really easy too !

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Mini Misti .vs. HA’s Stamp Perfect Tool

Hello Everyone ! I hope you have had a wonderful New Years celebration. Many of you messaged me in how much anticipation you have for my product review post on the Mini Misti and Hampton Art’s Stamping tool. My husband got me these for Christmas online and my impression was pretty surprising. I have heard and seen about the Misti for so long and was happy to learn about the Mini Misti made specifically for cardmakers. So it’s been on my Wish List for quite some time.

So my husband ordered both from Amazon and the Mini Misti he ordered also came with two(2) ink pads: Blue and Black and two(2) embossing powders: Silver and Gold. The price is pretty decent for the fact that you get these extra items included. Below ↓ is the link to it if you wanna grab one yourself !

https://www.amazon.com/Misti-Stamp-Bundle-Embossing-Powders/dp/B01M302BBB/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1483407676&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=mini+misti&psc=1

The Hampton Art Stamp Perfect stamping tool was pretty amazing price wise and I have to say it surprised me as I’ve tried Hampton Art products before and they were always a terrible quality or product. But this has to be a One Up↑ for the Hampton Art company. Below ↓ is the link to that one as well !

https://www.amazon.com/Hampton-Art-Stamp-Perfect-Tool/dp/B01MXDHPN9/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483407894&sr=8-1&keywords=hampton+art+stamping+tool

I’m going to start first by reviewing the Mini Misti. My first gripe which is minor is the fact that on packaging as well as online they show the Mini Misti has a Fuschia or Magenta pink color which I didn’t mind but when I opened the box what I got was a pale salmon pinkish orange colored Mini Misti. Color doesn’t really matter as far as performance but it does kinda bug me that the color is deceiving. So hopefully that doesn’t matter or bug you so much as it does for me.

Umm … the 1st thing I did was to take the magnets and wrap them in washi tape as I have read many comments about them sticking together and being unable to separate them. I have not had any issues with that or with them breaking *yet* but I can tell you it’s a BIG help to wrap them in washi tape or masking tape leaving a small tab to pull them apart of pick them up off the Misti surface.

Now for the stamping the back of the packaging says to remove the black foam sheet when using Clear Stamps and I mainly only own Clear stamps so for my 1st go I removed the black foam sheet and the grid paper sheets mat. (¬⌂¬) Uhh … no ! Leave the black foam sheet. Either my clear stamps or cardstock is flatter than most or ??? but when I removed the black foam the stamped surface would not touch the cardstock completely. It worked best with the black foam sheet in place. Either they got weaker magnets after the many complaints of broken magnets or magnets sticking to themselves and not coming off but the magnets seemed pretty weak to me and didn’t really keep my paper in place. One other issue I had was the Mini Misti didn’t close completely flush with the magnets in place so you needed to restamp your image a few times to make sure it completely transferred over.

Overall the Mini Misti does make stamping a lot easier and less fussy. Especially with layered stamps. I was able to better align my Altenew Vintage Roses stamp set a lot easier with the stamping tool and making multiple quantities was a breeze. I would recommend a Mini Misti but continue reading on before you place your order for one.

So now let’s move on to the Hampton Art’s Stamp Perfect Tool. This is my winner from the Product comparison. Like I stated above I was quite surprised by the Hampton Art product as from previous experience they weren’t that great. But the Stamp Perfect tool is AMAZING !! It is bigger than the Mini Misti !! The stamping surface of the Stamp Perfect Tool is actually the size of the Mini Misti. Below ↓ is a picture of the size difference and what I mean by how the stamp surface of the Stamp Perfect Tool is the size of Mini Misti. *Sorry for the poor lighting and picture quality*

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You can see from the top photo that the size different is pretty dramatic. I’ve read reviews of people saying it’s a tiny bit bigger but that is not tiny !! I kinda like the larger surface as it gives you more space should you want to make larger cards than just an A2 size. I felt that this Stamp Perfect Tool outperformed the Mini Misti. The magnets stayed put, the stamping surface is larger, it closes completely flush, the flap that you apply your stamps on is a bit more flexible so you can press down to get a good impression whereas the Misti is kinda stiff and hard, it has a pleasant teal blue color like the photo on the box and online shows, and price wise it’s a lot more affordable than the Mini Misti.

I found the Hampton Art Stamp Perfect tool to be a lot better as it’s lighter, more flatter, and even though it’s a tad larger than the Mini Misti I feel like it’s less bulky to transport around in a backpack or messenger tote. Both overall performed equally well and does what it’s supposed to. Both are invaluable tools to have when mass producing cards and wanting to get the most outta your stamps. But I think to me I prefer the Hampton Art Stamp Perfect over the Misti. Everyone has different opinions and taste so if you’re on a tight budget and been wanting the Misti but can’t see yourself paying the price for one … Get the Hampton Art Stamp Perfect but if you have done your research and don’t mind paying the extra go for the Misti but possibly go with the original Misti over the Mini Misti so you have more surface space and card size options. The Mini Misti is definitely only for an A2 or 5×6 card base.

Well, hopefully this 1st product review of the 2017 year was helpful and if you have any questions about either of the products … Comment below and I’ll reply back the best I can. I’m planning to start working on comparison reviews for Brush Marker Pens next as well as Alcohol based markers since I have now acquired a few other brands than just Promarker. As always I thank you for viewing my blog, reading my posts, and liking/following my pages. In case you don’t know them and wanna give a peek … My Facebook page is : Facebook.com/MYTCR8TiV and my Instagram is @MYTCR8TiV Have a great week and a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2017 !!

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*MIA* Missing In Action …

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Happy Holidays everyone ! Wow !! I really can’t remember the last time I wrote on my CR8TiV Art blog. So many things have changed that I don’t have the time to blog and there’s a long list of things I wanted to blog about like Brush Marker pen comparisons as I’ve collected quite a few now … I also wanted to blog about Art subscription boxes as my BFF gifted me a subscription to Sketch Box. Also wanted to blog about the non-Art subscription box which is the Pusheen Box that my Sister gifted me a subscription to on my Birthday this year. So many things I want to share with you guys. I wish I could just think it and immediately get’s posted on here. L0L

Umm … my BFF got me the 150 color Primacolor Premier Colored Pencil set and Amazon has them on sale for really good deal right now so if you’ve been wanring them whether for yourself or as a gift … Nows the best time to get them as they’re just over $100 I believe. Normally this set will cost you like $200. If you follow me on Instagram @mytcr8tiv You’ll find me most active there. I do still post occasionally on my Facebook page but if you want to see my most recent works … follow me on Instagram.

Uhh … let’s see what else can I update you about ? Oh ! After almost 18+ yrs. of trying to get my 1st time job I got hired in October @ Walmart. I applied as a temporary seasonal but just on Sunday I found out that they are going to keep me. So that’s part of the reason I haven’t been so active on my blogs and posting on my sites. Work takes up my energy and time but when I am off like today I am busy trying to finish unfinished projects, squeeze some CR8TiV time in, all while trying to relax and enjoy my day off. The main issue is laziness where I just don’t feel like doing anything on my day off.

But I promise that soon I will get you updated and post up a comparison review of the Brush marker pens as I have a lot more to compare not like my previous post of Tombows and the Brush set I bought from Amazon. I know have Tombows, Pentel Touch, A few that came in the recent Sketch Box, Sharpie Brush, Kuretake Fudebiyori my Mom brought from Japan, and a few more that I can’t recall off the top of my head. I’ll create a detailed comparison of them soon.

I also just ordered my Christmas gift to myself which is the Mini Misti from My Sweet Petunia but also ordered the Hampton Art Perfect Stamp Tool which is pretty much a knock off version of the Mini Misti. I’ve heard the surface of the Hampton Art version is a wee bigger than the Mini Misti but I will definitely do a comparison post on those two as I am sure it’s a gonna be a popularly viewed on.

I’ll do my best to try and stay active in my blogs when I have the time to do so. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas holiday and I deeply want to say Thank you to all the dedicated followers/subscribers for following my blog(s) and liking my Facebook posts. I am hoping that in 2017 I can push MYT CR8TiV™ towards a 2nd attempt at Etsy shop and sell many of the things I make as well as a destash of some stamp sets and supplies I have and no longer use. So I hope 2017 is prosperous and positive than the previous not just for me but for everybody !!!

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Goodies from Japan … Thanks Mom ! (n_n)

Hi, CR8TiV Birdies !! So my Mom just got back from a trip to Japan and she always brings me back some goodies from Japan. This time she brought me some Kuretake, Tombow, and Sakura items. Yay !! \(n D n)/

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Umm … I’m not really sure how or what the Kuretake letter set is *Pictured above ↑*. I’m gonna have to clarify with her what it is. But I’m really loving all the items she sent me. The one I am really loving is the Kuretake Fudebiyori Brush pen set *Pictured below ↓*

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In case you don’t follow my Instagram or Facebook accounts *@MYTCR8TiV – Facebook.com/MYTCR8TiV* I’ve been getting into Hand-Lettering using Brush Pen markers. My last blog post was a product review/comparison between Tombow’s and Immersive Color Brush pens.

Now for these Kuretake Fudebiyori Brush pens they’re a lot like Tombow Brush pens and the Brush tip on them is very similar to that of Tombow as well. The medium stiffness of the Brush tip made it very easy to do Brush lettering. So if you are a beginner in Brush lettering I’d recommend trying the Kuretake Fudebiyori Brush pens. I know JetPens.com sells them and I’m sure you might be able to find them on Amazon. I was told that the Fudebiyori Brush pens are just Japanese versions of the Kuretake Zig Brush Pens here in the US. But since I haven’t tried Zig Brush pens, yet ! I can’t confirm that. I’ll get back to you on that once I get a set of Kuretake Zig Brush pens.

Umm … a short update to the Tombow .vs. Immersive Color post is I’ve been using the Tombow Brush pens more than the Immersive Color Brush pens as I stated in the review the Brush tip of the Tombow Brush pens are a bit more stiffer making thin strokes and thick strokes a bit easier where as the Immersive Color Brush pens the Brush tip is soft so you really need practice on the pressure to get the consistent thin and thick lines.

Anyways the next product my Mom got me were these Tombow highlighters *Pictured below ↓*

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I did not even know Tombow had highlighter pens. But the chisel tip is perfect for doing calligraphy and the ultra-fine tip on the other end is great for journaling or planner writing and the colors are very vibrant ! I think I will use these for vibrant Florescent Doodle arts and Calligraphy of course.

On to the next items which is the Sakura Coupy-Pencil *Pictured below ↓*

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I’m not really sure what the Coupy-Pencil really are. They feel like long crayons without the wrappers. Each one is about 4½” long and come in 12 colors. I tried to see if they are colored pencils as they are called Coupy-Pencil but they feel very waxy like crayons. Only difference is unlike Crayola crayons that leave white spots when you color … these lay down a smooth even coverage of color.

Umm … as far as blending ? I tried to blend the colors into each other like I took Red and Yellow to see if it’ll blend into an Orange color but it didn’t blend at all ! I then took a cotton swab with Rubbing Alcohol to see if I can blend it out like I do with my Prismacolors colored pencils and they did not blend out or do anything at all. Next I tried using vaseline *Petroleum Jelly* to see if they’ll blend out with that … It also did not blend out or do anything. Lastly, I tried Baby oil and again it did nothing ! Oh and I tried a water brush to see if they are water soluble but like I suspected they are highly wax based bcuz all the water did was bead up on top of the area I colored aka water resist.

As far as coloring they work like ordinary crayons ! You can layer colors on top of each other but they don’t blend together via blending mediums or blending into each other. They just seem like ordinary crayons. Unless I’m wrong ! Comment below if you’ve used Sakura Coupy-Pencils and got them to blend or have other techniques for using them other than coloring books.

My Mom is still awaiting another large package of goodies shipped from Japan so I will definitely post up another post of what Goodies my Mom has brought back from her trip to Japan. Until then have a CR8TiV Summer, Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated, and I’ll post again reall soon !!

 

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Affordable Art Tablet … (ⁿ-ⁿ)

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Hello, CR8TiV cats ! Hope you’re having a great Monday ! I think I’ve owned this tablet long enough to do a decent review on it. My husband for my Birthday got me this Acer Iconia One 10 tablet. It is a 10.1″ tablet and I am loving it for practicing digital artwork. It’s an Android tablet and runs on the Lollipop OS. I won’t go too much into the specs of it as you can just Google that yourself. But one thing I highly recommend is a 128gb micro SD memory card and a good screen protector. I haven’t removed the screen protector or film that comes on the tablet as I’m afraid of scratches and I’ve never been too good at adhering screen protectors without a mad amount of ugly bubbles.

Umm .. the tablet does come with a lot of Bloatware as most Acer products do. My Laptop turned Desktop is also an Acer and it too had a lot of Bloatware eating up memory space. It doesn’t affect the performance of the tablet too much but it does lag a bit sometimes. So far my #1 art app I use is called Painter. I’ll update this post with a list of all the Art apps I downloaded and review each of them.

The stylus I use is the Adonit Jot Pro but I also use this stylus I bought from the Dollar Tree than resembles a stubby No. 2 pencils and it responds quite nicely to the tablet screen unlike a stylus I was using for an old iPad. A lot of Art tablet users like the Huion, Cintiq, etc. wear a glove to protect your palm from reacting with the touchscreen while you draw. I was considering purchasing a glove since it’s about $6 on Amazon but my CR8TiV mind just made a DIY one. All I did was cut a thumb hole and finger holes through a sock that lost it’s partner. It works great !! It keeps your wrist and hand warm so it kinda helps prevent cramps.

Umm … I guess this isn’t really much of a review since I don’t really know what to really say about the tablet. One con that I have about the tablet is that not all Android apps are compatible with the tablet so some apps won’t work. It works great for basic web browsing, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest that sorta stuff. A few games run fine but watching movies like I was watching a movie from YouTube the playback is a bit slow meaning the mouth movement were a bit delayed from the audio.

But definitely an excellent tablet if you want an affordable Art tablet that is a bit more affordable than say a Cintiq. The 10.1″ screen is large enough to give you plenty of space to draw and there are many great drawing apps for it. Painter being one of them ! If you wanna try out digital art like I am … this is a great practice or beginners tablet to learn with then later in the future you can upgrade to an actual Cintiq, Huion, etc. Art tablet. I just like that this one is portable so you can carry it around easily for those random moments are art inspiration.

It cost just under $16o dollars. It’s actually $139 but with tax and all that roughly under $160. So affordable than say an iPad Pro or an actual Cintiq. Comment if you wanna know something specific about the Acer Iconia One 10 tablet.

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Chromatix are Chroma-tastix !!

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Hi, Everyone ! This is a Part 2 to my previous review on the Chromatix markers. So far I have been using them for a few stamped card images but also trying them out on Coloring books. These markers definitely are comparable to Promarkers. The color layout is so smooth like Promarkers and they hide your marker strokes very well. But mostly they are AWESOME for Coloring books.

One thing I will have to note is that they do bleed so try not to color too close to the line or it will bleed over the edge of that line. Here are two(2) coloring book examples I did using the Chromatix markers. One is a regular Children’s coloring book with the brown flimsy paper and the other is a page from an Adult Coloring Book.

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Example #1 : Children’s Coloring Book page

Look how smooth the Chromatix color is laid down. I don’t think anyone would believe me when I say it was done in marker. Most markers like Crayola will bleed terribly on these coloring book pages but the Chromatix do bleed out but if you’re careful it’s not noticeable.

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Example #2 : Adult Coloring Book page

I just love how smooth the color looks. They work great for both coloring pages !! One important tip is to place a sheet of cardstock behind the page you are coloring as the color will show through the other side “bleed”. If you have those coloring books where it’s double-sided make a copy of the other side of the page so you can still color it. With the Children’s coloring book I picked a page that the other side just has a maze, puzzle or something that won’t be wasted.

If you like Promarkers I really recommend trying these markers out and if you are into the Coloring book craze add these markers into your coloring palette. I am sure you will not regret it ! I love these markers !! They don’t smell very strong, colors smoothly, blends well, and gives you a good variety of colors to chose from. I prefer just using them straight without blending with the blender marker but really give these markers a try !!

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Chromatix .vs. Promarker …

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Hi, CR8TiV Cats ! Happy Monday ! (∩u∩) Today I want to share my review of the Chromatix blending marker set. I found a 30 color set for $29.99 at Marshalls and intrigued to give them a try. Here is what the entire set looks like arranged in ROYGBIV order …
12966572_10156713022600307_205920352_nI just love how pretty the rainbow order looks ! (♥⌂♥) The markers have a Brush tip and a Fine tip kinda like the Spectrum Noir Aqua markers I recently blogged about. Some compared these markers to Copics but I think they more feel like Promarker-ish than Copics.

I tested them out on the cardstock I normally use for card bases and artwork. One tip I highly suggest whenever you buy any set of markers is to make a swatch of the colors. These Chromatix markers don’t have color numbers or names and the cap color is not accurate to the actual color so a swatch for this is a MUST-HAVE. Below is the swatch I created. I used a solid heart stamp to see how it’ll look if used with stamps and also colored a block above to see the actual color.
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They bleed very easily on any type of paper it seems. Also getting colors to blend together was sorta difficult. They didn’t blend together too well but if you stick with the general LMD “Light-Medium-Dark” rule of blending these markers will work well. If you look at the swatch it looks like each color is in sets of three(3) or four(4) colors of the same spectrum. So it’s quite easy to pick out a Light Blue, Medium Blue, and Dark Blue to do a blending Ombre.

As far as the Blending marker that comes in this set it doesn’t seem to work very well. If you look in the lower left corner of the color swatch photo I used the Chromatix blender marker, a Q-Tip with Rubbing Alcohol, and a Promarker Blender marker. Oddly the Promaker blender marker turns to a yellow-ish color. I dunno if you can see it in the photo but it has streaks of yellow. The Q-Tip dipped in Rubbing Alcohol seems to blend it very well.

I haven’t tried the Distress markers but the barrel of the marker looks a lot like the Distress markers but these markers compare to Promarkers like if Promarkers had made a skinny version of their markers these are what they feel like. The ink flows out the same and the color layout is very similar to them as well. I’ll color a coloring book page and psot them up on Instagram to show you how they work for coloring books.

If you are going to use them to color stamps just a fair warning they will stain your stamps. My clear heart stamp I used for the color swatch turned yellow in color and won’t clean back to the clear color it once was. But it will still stamp and work like normal just stained a yellow color. Overall I think this is a great set to have when you want to learning about blending colors and just a set for coloring coloring books with.

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Copic markers on a budget + Memento .vs. VersaFine !

Hi, Everyone ! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. Today I wanna share with you the Spectrum Noir Aqua markers and also share a ink pad comparison between the Memento ink pad and the VersaFine which are both made by Tsukineko but equally different. So let’s start with the ink pad comparison first.

Below is a comparison example I made. Memento ink is on the left and VersaFine is on the right. It says that VersaFine is best for Fine Detail stamping. The stamped impression definitely is darker and more crisp than the Memento ink but my Memento ink pad is pretty worn but I keep it inked. I think VersaFine does give you a better impression with better clarity in detail.

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Even when my Memento ink pad was *new* I remember some clear stamps the impression was a bit hazy looking like in the picture sample above. The clear stamps I used  are fairly *new* and only been used once before this. I think I’ll be using the VersaFine more often when I want clearer stamped images or using a stamp that has lots of detail in them.

Now on to the Copic markers on a budget. I just purchased these markers called Spectrum Noir Aqua markers which are water-based. I didn’t seem to get them to work with a water brush too well although I have seen tutorials on YouTube where they have watercolored with these markers. I prefer to use them straight as markers.

I had purchased one copic marker using a coupon from Michaels. It’s RV11 which is a very soft cotton candy pink color which I use for coloring cheeks on characters. I was in Love with the copic marker and wished … No wait dream to own all the Copic marker colors. But unless I won the lotto that’s not gonna be an easy dream to achieve.

I know I’ve been told I can just buy them one by one using coupons but I don’t have the patience to buy one by one. 😛 Now I came across these Spectrum Noir Aqua markers at my local JoAnn’s store. The idea of watercolors + markers intrigued me and since I had a 50% off coupon they were only $15 compared to $29.99 regular price.

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I had originally only purchased one(1) pack which is the Floral set which includes a pretty nice variety of colors but it was missing Blues. Blue is my favorite color and it’s a color I tend to reach for most often. So I went back and bought the Primary set which has Four(4) shade of Blue. Unlike the Copics these markers do not have a Chisel nib. It has a Brush nib like the Copics and a fine point nib which I like better than the Chisel tip.

Below I made a color swatch chart for you guys to see the colors as they really are. The colored caps on the markers aren’t accurate to what the real colors are. One that kinda bugs me but no too much is the fact that the colors are really close to each other that it kinda seems like you’re getting doubles of some colors. Like the Rose Pink and Blossom are real similar. You can actually get the Rose Pink color by layering Blossom on top of each other.

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The same goes for the Primary set. Scarlet and Crimson are too similar in color along with Magenta and Red Violet, Orchid and Heather, Jasmine and Gold, Sunflower and Yellow, etc. If you look at the two(2) sets … Floral and Primary you’d think you got doubles of the color just under different names.

I like the fact that I know have a pretty decent ROYGBIV Spectrum of colors to work with. I honestly can say these perform just as well as Copic markers and to me they make great Copic beginners markers to practice Copic techniques until you can graduate and afford the actual Copic markers. But if you’re on a impossibly tight and limited budget like myself where having a large stash of Copics doesn’t seem possible then these are really the budget friendly replacements. Plus you don’t really need a Copic Blender marker or any blender marker since these are Spectrum Noir Aqua Water-based markers. All you need is water and a paintbrush or a water brush.

I’ll give the watercoloring attempt another try. But when I last tried it didn’t seem to pull any color and I was using the Pentel Aquash waterbrush. I’ll try using a regular paintbrush and see if that works better. Overall I really like these Spectrum Noir Aqua markers. I think with my next coupon I’ll try getting a set of the regular Spectrum Noir markers. JoAnn’s carries the six(6) pack but they’re only in single color sets. So Six(6) shades of Reds or Blues or Purples or Greens or Greys. I’m interested in the Blues, Pinks, and Turquoise set since they are colors I use most often.

 

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