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Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Colouring is not my strong point, by any stretch of the imagination and failure to practice doesn't help any. I had my Promarkers stored in a couple of wallets I bought from the NEC a few years ago, and that was part of the problem. Out of sight, out of mind. I kept thinking I needed a better system, and as I ordered some more last week, set about solving the issue. Cheaply. One idea I had seen on Pinterest was using a wooden wine rack, which seemed like a clever idea.
Don't have one, and couldn't find the sort I needed anywhere. It had to have solid sections, not the lattice sort. Then I looked at an old CD rack I had, and wondered? So out came some thick card, and I cut some pieces that would make little shelves, resting on top of the row of pens. Then I realised that would make taking pens out difficult so I cut two panels for each section, with a slit in so they would slot together, to make an 'X' shape. That actually works rather well,pens are easy to get at, and I can take all of one colour out without the whole thing collapsing. I do have another slightly larger CD rack about, which I may end up converting, as the blue section is full. So having got the pens close to hand, I decided it was practice time. I bought the Letraset Bleedproof pad back last year, and stamped up a batch of images to practice on.
Work in progress! I do think that the pale, pastel shades in Promarkers are still a lot darker than I'd expect, but I have found that the Flexmarkers, which have a chisel and brush point, are actually very,very pale, so I've been adding some of those to the collection. I also discovered that the Promarker Magenta is a nightmare! It creeps outside the lines far worse than any of the others, even by not going right up to the lines, it still wanders outside the image. And I can't colour leaves realistically at all, lol.
If you are looking to buy Promarkers, or Flexmarkers, can I suggest you pay a visit to Cowling and Wilcox? Their prices are amazing, especially on the sets, mainly half price or less. The single Promarkers are £1.50 incl. VAT. That's not a sale price by the way, I've been buying mine from them for the last couple of years and they are always that low priced. So thats my desk this week, I shall be linking up with our Glorious Leader Julia, over at The Stamping Ground, going to bed and visiting later. That's if Blogger decides to play the game properly this week.