Monday, December 26, 2016

Refilling Your Markers - Tutorial

Everyone has their own way to refill a marker.  I thought I would explain to you my process.  For those that have been doing this for a while you would think simple right?!  Well for those just starting out it is a very scary endeavor.  Let's start with the basics.  I recommend you practice using the Blender marker or a light color to refill as it could be messy until you are comfortable.

Question: "how do I tell when a marker needs to be refilled"
Answer:  There are many ways to tell, here are just a few.

If I am coloring, and it seems like I am fighting to get it to blend, I stop and check the marker.
Look at the Chisel nib (a nib is the tip of the marker that holds the ink and you color with...just sayin').  Does it visibly lose it color while coloring?  You will see the color in the nib lighten to a very faint shade of the color you are using.

Is the Chisel nib looking fuzzy?  You might have to look really closely to see it.

If the answer is yes to either of these (usually both) then I then take a look at the chisel tip.

Does the Chisel nib look inconsistent in color?  If yes, then next step isn't necessary but I do it anyways.

Test the Chisel nib, this will tell you just how dry your marker is and help determine how many drops I use.

To test I simply draw a quick 3-4 inch line using the broad edge of the chisel tip on scrap paper.  If it looks like this the BINGO!, your marker needs to be refilled.

Question:  "how do I refill my marker"

  1. Working over an absorbent surface such as a paper towel or napkin
  2. Remove the lid of the chisel end of the marker
  3. Using my fingers I pull out the Chisel nib and set aside (or use the Copic nib tweezers)
  4. Remove the cap off the brush tip end.
  5. Verify the color of the marker with the color of the Various Ink refill bottle but checking side of marker label as well as the color on the lid (except on Ciao).
  6. TWIST off the Various Ink top and verify that it still matches the marker color  (trust me on this...its like the measure twice, cut once idea).  ***DO NOT SQUEEZE BOTTLE WHEN TWISTING OFF CAP!!
  7. Hold the marker in your left hand with opening facing upwards. (if you are left handed switch to other hand)
  8. With a steady hand (little late to tell you to hold off on drinking that pot of coffee), hold the refill in your other hand slightly above the open end of the marker with the tip facing down hovering over the opening about 1/2" away.
  9. Gently squeeze the refill bottle and count the drops as they drip into open marker end.
  10. Replace cap on Various ink
  11. Put Chisel nib back into marker facing same direction as shown on side of marker for best inside contact
  12. Recap both ends of marker

Step 8 and 9

Step 11

When I refill a SKETCH marker, if it is just starting to appear dry,  I will put about 40 drops of Various ink to start with.  The reason I remove the Brush nib CAP is to help equalize the internal marker pressure.  (When I am in a hurry I don't bother).  You are also able to see if you are overfilling as it will start to drip out the brush end.  If this happens you will need to get some excess ink out of the marker.  See instruction below.

***If you had to change out the Brush nib due to damage, expect to add extra ink into your marker.  I add at least 10 extra drops.  Watch the ink fill the nib.  If it is not filling the nib then you will add some more drops until it appears juicy but not dripping.

Question:  "how do I remove excess ink from my marker"

  1. Uncap both ends of the marker
  2. Using the side of the marker tip, daub Brush tip carefully onto a paper towel until it stops flowing out of tip of marker
  3. Or scribble off excess onto scrap paper
I hope this helped get you started.  Don't be scared...just don't try it over your project you are working on and it will all be ok!

Photo Disclaimer...When I was trying to take photos one handed, while the other hand was trying to hold the marker and refill AND drop drops into the end, holding both at the same time, while looking through the camera lens I did miss the end of the opening of the marker a few or more times times ha ha....AND if that wasn't funny enough...I was filling with an almost empty refill...I thought it was empty at least....THEN I SQUEEZED!  

All I could do was laugh...maybe I need to practice with a lighter color for a while :)

Happy New Year!!

Jennifer Dove

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Copic Must Haves - Graphite Transfer Paper

I know I have talked about this product before but when you find something this amazing you must not stay quiet.  Copic X-Press It Graphite Transfer Paper is so amazing.  You will find that it takes your coloring skills to a whole new level.  From artistic coloring card maker to Copic fine artist.  You just need to take that step forward.

In the olden days artist were able to buy carbon paper.  Carbon paper leaves dark lines that are difficult to erase and can get very messy.  Copic sells the graphite transfer paper.  This transfer paper creates lines that are erasable and the transfer of the image is lighter than the carbon would be.  This allows you to color directly over the lines and depending on the color you use the lines just about disappear.  I left the lines on the majority of my piece and only erased the parts that I was using very light markers with.  One cool part is that this transfer paper allows you the option to print directly on the paper using an ink jet printer.  I do not have an ink jet printer so I chose to print on a piece of regular white laser paper and tape it onto the transfer paper. This works just as well.

Let me go through the steps with you...

  • Print on laser paper the desired image you want to use for your art piece.
  • Tape to light side of transfer paper
  • Pour some wine in a glass
  • Layer Transfer Paper to your canvas (I used marker paper)
  • Using med/hard pressure and ball point pen, trace over the lines that create the shape of the object you wish to create.  Make sure you get all the "important" main parts of the image as going back and adding later is difficult to get lined up.
  • Drink another sip of wine
  • Remove image/transfer paper (don't throw away as the transfer paper can be used again later for other projects)
  • Using your favorite coloring medium and your reference photo, color your art piece
  • Drink more wine because you probably need it by now...oh and take a deep breath :)

In using transfer paper you teach your eye to coordinate with your hand to see what is on your reference photo.  This will help grow your artistic skills. 

This transfer paper comes in two options:  

Colors used to complete this piece

A reproduction of this finished piece will be available at some point to purchase.

I hope you enjoyed the process. - Merry Christmas!

Jennifer Dove

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Stuffed Stocking

Just one last show and tell for you from the card in the upcoming class.  This stamp is from another Power Poppy Set called Fully Stocked.  It is available now.  Be sure and check it out so see the full clear set with sentiments too.  You can also join me at the class in Arizona :)

This is the bonus card and the Copics used are:
R24 R29 R56
C1 C3 C5
E41 E43 E44
B91 B95 B97
YG93 G99

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Little Birdie Told Me

I love birds and cardinals are on the top of my list. These little cuties and the cups they are on are just the perfect match.  This is another cute stamp from the Power Poppy Clear set "cozy cupfuls".  Hope to see you in class to create this card on December 17th at The Paper Collage.
If you can't attend be sure and head over to Power Poppy and get your set of stamps.

R24 R29 R56
C1 C3 C5
E41 E43 E44
C1 C3 C5

Monday, December 5, 2016

Good Tidings

Another fun card using Power Poppy Cozy Cupfuls clear set.  Come join in on my class at The Paper Collage on the 17th of December.  You are going to love all the cards...yum yum yum!

YG93 G99
E41 E43 E44
B91 B95 B97

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Wintertime Wishes

Come join me for the last class of the year with some winter fun.  Introducing a fun class at The Paper Collage using a Power Poppy clear sets.  I fell in love with this set as soon as I saw it.  Be sure and let the store know if you need a set ordered.  

R24 R29
C1 C3 C5
E41 E43 E44
B91 B95 B97

Thursday, December 1, 2016

I Give a Dam! - DoveArt Studios Blog Hop

It's time for our NEW RELEASE from CCDesigns and DoveArt Studios.  Just in time for Christmas!  Due to the popularity of the DoveArt Studios line of stamps, it is our biggest release yet.  Featuring 12 new stamps ranging from Easter, Southwest, oriental, in the woods, magical and country.  Something for everyone!

This is what I have created using the new Beaver stamp.  I love him and his cute little personality.  Its hard to find a good Beaver image so I think this one is top "notch".  I got a giggle using this sentiment too.  I used an old (discontinued) Birch stencil from CCDesigns for the background and lightly airbrushed in onto cardstock.  Next I used E43 E44 and E47 to outline the trees to give it a painted appearance.  

Copics used:
W1 W3 W5 W7
E40 E42 E43 E44 E47 
E31 E35 E57 YR24
BV20 BV23 BV25 BV29
YG03 YG17 YG67

You might get a little laugh (I did).  I get the card all done and just photographed it.  I left it sitting in my light box up on the counter and wouldn't you know little one who recently turned 2...somehow stacked boxes in a blink of an eye and grabbed the card and ripped off the sentiment and rope...yup totally terrorized the card.  Thank god for the photo I just took...and really in the big picture, it is just paper and ink.  Ok back to the regular program....

I are very excited about each of these new stamps and I know you will want them all!!!

CCDesigns want to give you a chance to win several of these new stamps so let's get ready to HOP!

Each of our Design Team members will be sharing their inspiration with gorgeous projects that feature every one of these new stamps!

Here is how you play:

1.  Visit each design team member's blog (Blog roll below).  If you are starting on my blog be sure and hop back to the beginning so you can see all the new stamps and have a better chance of winning. 

2.  Leave a comment on each blog.

3. When you reach the end of the hop, you will be at DoveArt Studios blog.  There you will leave the name, or names of your favorite stamps in the release, or your favorite card made from the release.  

We hope you enjoy!!  Let's Hop!

Jennifer Dove - Yup, this is me!

DoveArt Studios

Be sure and leave some love to all the DT members!  random winners will be chosen on December 4th and posted on the DoveArt Studios blog.