Thursday, December 22, 2011
I was asked how I like the NEW Touch Twin markers and I have to say I LOVE them. The body design is comfortable and stylish and the new brush nib is awesome. It is nice and flexible while having enough firmness. I compared it to the brush on my Copics and they feel very much the same.
That being said, I would LOVE to win some more so I am entering Touch Twin Markers and More Challenge with this entry:
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Sunday, October 02, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Touch Twin Markers new blog is here: http://touchtwinchallenges.blogspot.com/
There is a challenge going on so I am going to enter this:
Sunday, September 04, 2011
I have been taking a class by Wyanne called Paint Free, a way to just let go and find your own style of art. I am enjoying this class and appreciate that it is not full of "your inner goddess" and stuff like that. Guess what, I would make a crappy goddess because I am not divine and am full of the same human garbage as everyone else - therefore, it is my opinion that there are no goddesses. Anyway, sometimes I feel like telling the artsy-fartsies, as my husband calls them, to just shut up and paint. I dont' want to meditate or stand on my head or yoga poses or breath insense or imagine me as being a god. What the heck does that mean anyway?
Anyway, the object of Paint Free is not to create masterpieces but to just paint rather spontainously and not focuse on what other people think is a piece of art. So here are a few of my random, spontainious paintings. And we can only use paint, which is hard for me since I have more control with drawing than painting. We can also use alcohol to drip into very wet acrylic paint, which makes a very cool effect.
I have been on my bike a few times and miss it so much. I am feeling much better but not yet normal, but have more almost normal days than bad days!
The penguin painting is actually drawn from a "blind scribble". You close your eyes and just scribble around on a piece of paper and then find an image in the scribble and go for it. It was fun.
The View through my Bicycle Wheel was a 30 minute painting of something you love. 30 minutes and them you must stop.
The last is much a layering excersize and it is much prettier in person and looks very layered by making different layers with clear gesso and glossy self-leveling gel. I can't get a good scan of it no matter what I try.
Saturday, July 02, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
This is a bad picture, it has some glimmer to it, the underpainting which shows through the blue is metallic sparkly bronze and the drips where done with bronze shimmer acrylic inks thinned out with some water. The winged heart is very dimentional, it has think glazing on the wings which has glittter and the glazing is crackled. Really is very pretty. I might try and retake the photo if our weather clears up, it's been drizzling rain and gray outside, bad lighting for photos.
Anyone want to buy it?? :)
Friday, June 03, 2011
I don't plan on using any more markers for this. I will just buy some alcohol ink marker refill ink and use that. Right now, Copic is the only refillable ink available that I know of but ShinHan Touch Twin hopefully will be coming out with their refillable markers and the ink refills soon. I will buy the Touch ink refills and then the inkologist will begin experiments! I just love the bright colors and water proof, but not alcohol proof so can do lots of cool techniques.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Graphite, Prisma and Dick Blick colored pencils, acrylics, distress ink, ShinHan Touch Twin marker, collage, stamps
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Never give up hope..never.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Monday, May 02, 2011
Here are two more drawings. I find that after I'm finished with a piece of art, I don't really want to look at it anymore so I tuck it away in my journal for awhile. I just went through it today and actually like my work better after not seeing it for awhile. Go figure!
Mixed Media: ShinHan Art Touch Twin Markers and Derwent Inktense pencils, in the style of Manon Doyle. Love her work.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
So here is my first page. It was inspired by this prompt by Tee; Hidden
Gesso on watercolor paper
Shinhan Arts Touch Twin Markers
I'm really happy with how it turned out! The gesso is put on thickly for texture and the hair has thick acrylic that also adds dimension and texture, which is better seen in the second picture. I'm not quite done, I have some journaling to add to it.
Heading out of state for a few..will be back later!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Here is a little Inktense painting I did awhile back. It's only about 2.5 inches. I made into a card for a bible verse group.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Last night I decided to just grab my markers and draw. I did a 9x13 of a lady, I love how the skin tones and shading came out, but overall I'm not happy with it so I won't post it. My husband likes it but I just isn't workingfor me. I may try it again tonight :)
I'd better get back to my case study...
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I didn't get to do any fun stuff while in Phoenix because my schedule was too hectic, but I got a lot accomplished!
Now I am doing some additional projects for Virginia Commonwealth University and should have my provisional CWIC certifcation in about 6 weeks as long as I complete and pass my projects, which I will :)
Then I can start working with clients! And after a while, I will get my permenant certification, yay!
I haven't had any time for art, which is a bummer because I got in my order of pastel pencils and graphitint pencils which I really would like to play with. :(
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
I really like this! It is based on an image I found on the internet, all I know about the artist is her name is Natalie. The original had no color, just india ink and white. I really like the colors.
My husband didn't know what the "things" were under the bear's feet. It is the bear's reflection on the ice. :)
I'm learning more how to use the Inktense pencils. Pretty cool. I would like to get some liquid watercolors...yet another item on my wish list.
I sure wish someone would donate to my art supply fund!
Back to studying today, I go to Phoenix a week from today and have a LOT to finish up before I go.
Pray for me, that it will be a good, successful trip and my body will cooperate.
I decided to do a little painting tonight, to try out my Derwent Inktense pencils again, I'm happy with how it turned out. It's not an original created by me, I found the image on Google and decided to see if I could paint a close likeness. I'm still new to this so I haven't figured out my own style yet.
I will post it tomorrow
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
It's DONE! I might go in and do some highlighting with white colored pencil or Conte crayon but for right now, I'm satisfied. :)
I should put my art aside for a few weeks and really focus on getting my Virginia Commonwealth University reading done so I will be prepared for my class I will be taking in Phoenix in a couple of weeks. The reading is putting me to sleep. I don't know who put it all together, but it is sooo repetative it's silly.
It's been a stressful week and this marker painting has really helped but I need to focus my attention on school :( Too bad we can't just play for a living :)
Monday, February 14, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
My vintage hiker drawing is coming along nicely. I love these Touch markers! I have a lot of markers but am finding I really need more colors. I've been layering colors to make new colors which works when I need a darker color but I can't make a darker color lighter. But so far so good.
I have been thinking that maybe I should learn some real drawing techniques.
So I ordered some books on drawing:
How to Draw What You See
Basic Colored Pencil Techniques
the Drawing Bible
and I am excitedly awaiting "Markers Wet and Wild". It's an older book from the early 90's and I got it for $8 and $3 shipping so WooHoo!
Friday, February 11, 2011
ShinHan Touch markers:
Sketch 109 Pearl White
SKY 179 Aqua Mint
Trees CG0.5, CG1, WG2, 169 Putty
Copic Product Specialist:
"OK, I heard back from the manufacturer. There is a physical difference between the drying agents of the Copics and the other marker brands listed. It has nothing to do with the markers left in the cold.
Copics have a faster drying time than Blick, Touch etc. This was desirable because it meant that they could produce crisper lines and a more vibrant color-range, less streaking, and low odor.
The slower drying markers absorb into the paper a little differently. So the manufacturer consciously chose that more vibrant colors and crisper lines were a good trade for seeing the fibers a bit more. "
See the other 2 posts below for the beginning of this Copic known issue.
Copic has a much more extensive color range than any other marker brands that I have researched but other markers, like Touch are low odor to odorless, with vibrant colors and Touch are low to no streaking (depending on your individual technique).
So there you have it, if you are experiencing this, it is not "just you", "the wrong paper" or even the wrong technique. It is the ink in some of the Copic markers causing the paperfibers to become visible, due to dye density and drying agents in some Copic markers.
As the Product Specialist said, it was a trade-off. So now it becomes the consumers decision if they want the color range and visible paper fibers or not. I personally do not want it unless I put it there on purpose. I am doing a large marker painting and wanted to use a Copic color I have but I know this one has the fiber/mottling problem...I don't have the Touch marker color I need so I will be changing colors from my original plan. Frustrating.
I do wish Touch had more colors because I just can't get enough colors, haha! But life is good and enjoy your markers, whatever your favorite is!
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Monday, February 07, 2011
"The splotchiness you see is because paper is made out of fibers from trees, which, depending on the milling, absorbs ink differently.
Each marker brand reacts differently with the fibers of each paper brand. It also depends on the density of the dye particles for specific colors - so darker colors may not absorb in the same manner as light colors.
When magnified, yes, it is easy to see the grain from the markers/paper. This is a known issue, but it also a matter of the nature of the medium.
Colored pencils look a certain way, watercolors look a certain way, waterbased markers look one way and Copics look another. Whatever medium you choose to work with is up to you. If the results are not acceptable with one medium, then it is a personal choice."
So the way I read this is that the splotchiness, blotchiness, speckled inks are caused because the density of the dye particles in some of the Copic colors are different then the dye partical density in other Copic colors. These to me means the inks are not the same so they react differently to the same piece of paper. Which is shown in my test swatches in the previous posts. So the quality of the ink isn't consistant between markers..but if a person is lucky, they might happen to find a paper where the inconsistancy is minimized...that's a lot of work and expense just to find a paper where all Copics are happy.
While I appreciate the information that it is a known issue, that last paragraph seems a bit.....so if I don't like the "know issue", it's a personal choice.
I disagree. I think any artist or hobbyist who cares about their work and pays premium price for a proclaimed premium marker has the right to expect premium and consistent quality and not have to make a personal "choice" to accept less.
But she did bring up a point I did not address so I will here:
It doesn't take ANY magnification to see any of this speckling/mottling. I can see it on the 2x3 inch test swatch standing 5 ft away. The problem is obvious enough on it's own that it does not need any enhancement in any way.
None of the test swatches below were magnified - 2 of them are at real size and the rest of the scans are SMALLER than the actual size and the speckling is obvious.
So now we know. Copic's dark inks can absorb differently than their light inks and papers definitely enhance or minimize this known issue.
So lets get down to personal choices
Copic: expensive, hit and miss quality depending on the color, fussy with paper. If that is for you, then this marker is for you. In good conscience, cannot recommend them, especially when Copic knows about the issues and still charge the prices they charge.
Touch: affordable, loves almost all flavors of paper, consistent, premium inks in every color. I can give an honest, favorable opinion of these markers and recommend them for people who care about quality over a brand name.
I work too hard for my $ and I work to hard on my art and hobbies to pay extra money for speckled/mottled inks.
Saturday, February 05, 2011
ShinHan Touch Markers can be very hard to find information on and where to purchase. They are HUGE in the asian market and are made in Korea. I found them sold at Dick Blick and the price was much less, I got them for $2.09 per marker on clearance (ShinHan is coming out with a new marker style early summer 2011 which will be refillable and replaceable nibs as well as brush styles). I also got a few Dick Blick brand markers to fill in colors I didn't have. Touch are also available online at Pearl Arts, Jerry's Artarama and several people have good results on Ebay. Some stores carry them locally.
So back to the mottled Copics. I posted on Split Coast Stampers (SCS) asking if anyone knew why I was having this problem with Copic? I didn't get very many responses but had some good suggestions that it might be the paper, inadequate saturation or using not using enough ink, ect.
Well, I spent good money on these Copics and I really want them to work and look nice so I had better find out what is going on. I was given some different paper samples by some SCS so I decided to see if it is my paper and what more or less ink would do.
After seeing the Copic results, I decided to see how the Touch markers compare and also did one swatch with a Dick Blick marker.
Very interesting results...and not in Copics favor. But some very useful findings about what papers work better with Copics and which to avoid. Paper definitely has an effect on Copics, as you will see in the following pictures. They also effect Touch and Blick, but not to the degree as Copics.
All papers are layed out the same way - Copics on top, Touch below and the Lilac is Dick Blick. Each color has the same number of strokes, the darker part of the color has 3 strokes, the lighter shade at the bottom is a single stroke. Looking at the back of the papers, they are all saturated at the same level. I have picked out the closest in color and hue of my Touch markers to match my Copics.
To define the problem clearer, I am finding Copic inks "mottle" when they dry. This means that the ink had lighter or white specks throughout, rather than consistent coverage.
PTI 110 - Obvious mottling on G07, YG 23 and YG 45 Copic. Some mottling on Touch 100 and maybe a tad in 102, but at acceptable level. DB (Dick Blick) looks pretty good also.
Copic Blending: This is a smmmoooth paper. The markers move nicely on it. However, I found that all of the pens can leave puddle of wet ink on top. It quickly absorbs in but if someone isn't careful, I think they could smear this puddle before it dries. Mottling on G07, YG23, YG45, E44 Copics. Trace mottling on 47 and 100 Touch and DB. This mottling is a bit different. It almost looks like there are shiny areas embedded in the paper or maybe the slick coating on this paper isn't consistence. When this is looked at in person, it looks like shiny flecks.
Bienfang Smooth Bristol Board. This is one of the better/best paper for Copics. Mild mottling, the most noticeable is G07. Touch and DB look very nice, no mottling.
Thursday, February 03, 2011
I really enjoy Samantha Hahn(.com)'s watercolors. This is my version of one of her watercolors but I since I don't watercolor, I used my lovely markers.