Thursday, 30 March 2017


Good morning....It's THURSDAY and am back with another PLAID play!
This time I am really excited and probably the first time that I was eagerly awaiting a thursday, lol!
I am sharing a project with the lovely CHALK PAINTS and STENCIL from PLAID.
First of all, there is a large variety and range of colors available with Crafters Corner and its unbelievebly matt and very easy to use!
Chalk paints have the unique quality of a built in primer! Yes...when you usr chalk paint, there is no need to prime the surface. Just ensure that your surface is cleaned and sanded to remove any dust or crease and you good to go with the paints directly on  it.

Here is all the stuff that I started with.

 I am going to take you thru a very loooong tutorial post to show you the journey of an empty mdf plank to this!

Are you ready...
First give 2 coats of Sheep skin Chalk paint.

Here is how the board looks after 2 coats of paint. PS: I did not prime the board.

Next, I choose 4 shades of blue, light to dark which I think is appropriate for this project. I wanted something cool to the eyes to beat the scorching heat at this time! The shades I have chosen are

I start with the lightest color first. Loading the color only in the bristles of a wide, flat brush, I start using gentle strokes with the bristles on the board. This is dry brushing...where you load only the bristles with paint, dab off the excess and then start brushing with almost no paint! Sounds weird but the effects are amazing as you built up the layers. You will see soon.

This is after loading Seaside Villa (color 1)...I know you can hardly see anything. 

 This is after loading Patina (color 2).

 This is after loading color 3- Sage.

 And finally, color 4.(Grotto)...I have kept the darkest color more towards the edges so that I have a lighter canvas in the center to my further work!

I the place a ruler on top to roughly mark where I want the faux planks to build up.

 I make the darkest color a bit watery and draw lines on the board to give the FAUX PALETTE look. It is still not done!
 I emphasize the line with Bark brown MULTI SURFACE PAINTS and also draw some FAUX NAILS using the dry brushing technique.
I couldn't resist having some brown streaks too on the panel!
I finally added some wood knots too to make the FAUX look as realistic as possible!

I take out the beautiful BIRDS STENCIL which is a compact 6x6 size and love the little fellas there! For this who are not confident to draw freehand like me, this is such a lovely option. And the current trend seems to be water coloring and coloring images and so I thought I will play with colors my way!
I used the stencil brush to pounce in some sheepskin thru the stencil This is like a primer to start coloring the images.

I placed the birds on 2 corners and this is how they look before they could take on the colors and shading!

Next I took the MINI DAUBERS which are excellent for dabbing colors on small areas. You can see how thin the bark area is, this was just perfect to add color there and what more, you can clean this with soap and water and use again!

 The barks are done using Bark brown.
 Next come the leaves, I have mixed yellow and green and done some shading here. You can see that the base color of Sheep skin gives a lovely base for the colors to layer up!
 I now move on to the birds and for this I dished out all the colors that would make them, bright,chirpy and beautiful! remember I said, shading and layering. All this with the wide range of MULTI SURFACE PAINTS. I some places I did wet on wet layering for blending and in some places I added the color after the base color dried.
 I added some additional barks, leaves and also stenciled some flowers. I wanted this one to be all out colorful . Here is a look at the panel after the coloring is done. You can see that the base Sheepskin is giving a lovely outline to the entire image. Please dont forget the eyes!
 I then dished put an alphabet stencil from my stash and using carbon black stenciled what rightfully belonged to me! Yes, I planned to hand this piece right outside my studio, and I dint want the usual  "welcome" sort of stuff, lol. Some color splats in black and vintage white and I was quite happy with the outcome.
  Finally, once all the painting was done, I gave 2 coats of OUTDOOR MATTE SEALER. This dries very quickly sensing my impatience , so giving 2 coats was like over in a jiffy! This is non yellowing, no smell, very thin in consistency and is the perfect solution for all your out door decor! It also offers weather resistant durabilty.
The FAUX PALETTE hanging was ready to adorn its permanent  place ! Here is how it looks at my studio entrance.

These 2 birds just add life and warmth to my entrance. 
I am so happy with a few easy steps and this stencil, I managed to bring a lovely piece of nature right outside my studio.
Do leave your comments on this and I will see you soon with  a video tutorial for the "faux palette" painting with chalk paints.
Do play along with your creations of Chalk paints and stencils from PLAID until next Thursday and 
remember to use #playwithplaid.

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017


HELLO !!!!

This is Anita here and I 'm back with loads of information, products and projects, techniques and tips  and lot of chit -chat!!!!
You must be wondering what am I going to feature today that I;m so excited !!!! Well , Its the ZIG REAL BRUSH PENS .... I will be talking about today.
pic from Google

Crafters Corner--has the entire range of Zig set and even  single colour pens and at most unbelievable price range. So Check them out here

So let's begin... and once again it is a long post to please sit back and enjoy yourself.


Zig real brush pens is a  product of the Japanese brand Kuretake and is most popular for water colouring. It comes in a single colours as well as in sets of 12, 24, 36, 48 60 and 80.


Zig real brush pens/markers can used to make beautiful illustrations, , stamped images, water coloured backgrounds, calligraphic writing. It has soft nylon brush instead of a nib and one can manuveour the pens and create beautiful designs. The marker is Xylene free and odour less. It has  vibrant hue and gives a transparent effect . IT IS NOW POPULARLY USED BY CRAFTERS FOR COLOURING STAMPED IMAGES.

It works on card stock that has a matte effect. Water colour papers give wonderful results.
These are also good for Iris paper.
The paper are available here


Proper storage and usage can give a longer shelf life. I have been using mine for more than a year.


Each have there own quality. It has real soft nylon bristle unlike others that have a felt tip pen hence the name real brush. It is xylene free and odourless.


Of course yes. Its a good crafty investment.


yes you use them to colour on heat embossed image.

Other qualities 

The brush tip is so fine that you can use it paint thin lines and also make paint thick lines by applying pressure. Hence its good for decorative writing.

Blending is beautiful with Zig Real Brush pens. It gets saturated with water and gives even blending of two  similar colours  and even contrasting colours. The shades can be darkened or lightened by use of water or by repeated colouring.

One can apply colours directly on paper and blend with another colour of lighter shade or use water.You can also rub a little colour on a block and pick it up with a brush and apply on the image. this method gives better results.

These can be used to create lovely backgrounds for your cards.

Any water proof ink will do . Versafine onyx black, Archival Jet black are good. But all water proof inks will give you the good result.


I could find only one drawback . The colour sets in the paper quickly and so becomes difficult to blend if not worked upon fast for blending. Then repeated colouring pills the paper. So it is best to mix colours with water before applying on paper or saturated the area to be coloured with water to avoid patchy painting.

I would highly recommend these markers to all those who love water colouring .... very good for beginners who are apprehensive of water colouring and can make beautiful projects with them.

Did you know I was live on Facebook with a long video on Zig Real Brush pens. 
So you missed it!!! No problem .... here are the links of the videos and do watch it for there is whole lot of information out there.

So now let me show you some cards that I have made by using Zig markers.

  The fish and sea horse are painted with markers while random wavy lines in blue gives the effects of waves.

Simple colouring

Simple doodling can give fabulous result

On water colour paper

Creating background

So I hope all your doubts regarding these fabulous markers are clear by now. 
So pick up your set today. I know you are going to love them.
Check these for your shopping.  
And yes if you book these sets by tomorrow that 30th , then there is a surprise goody bag waiting for you. All you have to do is email Crafters Corner with your Order and say that My video on FB inspired you to buy these or you can leave a note in the comment section.


So thats all for today!!! Do visit the store for all your crafting solutions. Do leave your feedback and queries. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017


Good Morning Everyone..

Hope you all doing good and are getting inspired from my fellow DT's creations.
Today in continuation to my last post which was about review on DISTRESS CRAYON by Ranger, I am going to share few more tips and tricks you can try with distress crayons...

There is lot more to experiment with Distress crayon. As its properties say Distress crayon are water reactive pigments super creamy and smooth.

In the last post we have tried smudging effect, stencilling and water blending techniques with these crayons, incorporating all the techniques lets start with the post-

Since these are pigments, I was very much inquisitive about how these crayons may work when used as stamping medium.

When I applied black soot crayon to the stamp it glided so perfectly and smoothly leaving quite a distress image.
In the above picture, on the top left corner image, I have colored the stamp and have kept cardstock right above the stamp. With good pressure I have pressed the paper on the stamp.
once stamped the pigments are still active and water reactive, so I have heat set the image and Viola we have our stamped image.

Results were satisfactory, you will not get the crisp vibrant image.


Next I wanted to try distress crayons on black cardstock, In my last post I have tried to smudge the crayons on black CS and I wasn't happy with the results. So I tried distress crayons on black CS with some heat embossing.

Supplies used- 

I have used random stamp from my stash, I have taken a piece of black CS and on it I have heat embossed the image with white embossing powder.

 After that I have used mustard seed crayon right above the heat embossed image and start smudging it with my fingers.

 I loved the result and quite enjoyed colouring these heat embossed images. The best things about the colouring was it so smooth and it spread like butter and was so carried away that I have coloured three butterflies.

 You can also make cute embellishments for your projects  

Totally loving the colours.

Next thing I tried was next level water colouring with distress crayon, In my first post I have talked about water spritzing technique, moving ahead with the same I have made a galaxy theme card. I always wanted to try one ... 

In the above image I have first washed the card stock with water ad started adding colors one by one.
The best part about the crayons is, it doesn't smudges the base color if any color is added right above it, It only reactivates with water(base color)

This is my very first attempt in creating a galaxy theme background & I loved it.
Stamp set used is here from my stash and totally love the card.

Next I tried colouring the clear heat embossed image.I have scribbled some crayon on my craft sheet and with water brush I have picked the colour and painted the image,(below pic for reference )
Possibilities are endless with crayons.

You can layer the inks on one top of the another, I have observed it blends smoothly while layering and base colour or colour underneath does not get picked up,,, well this was the case with smudging, 
Crayon once dried completely can still be picked up with water. It works very much similar to distress inks.... keeping the name of the family of water reactive inks. 


In this technique you need to stamp the image with distress crayon as shown above on a glossy sheet and allow it to dry or you can heat set it. On top of it with any archival ink distress the entire background. Now take a baby wipe and rub it on top of the stamped image,it will pick yup the distress crayon and leaving image bleached out.

I hope you all loved the Distress Crayon so far and was able to inspire you all.
Do try your hands on these and share with us your lovely creations.

Oh I totally forgot to share my take on distress crayon painting. 
I am a die hard disney fan .. and a very bad painter ... distress crayon gave me a way out to try my hands on paintings.
I am so much in love with the character of Sadness from the movie Inside out ... so I made her on a canvas. Okay I am not a pro at this and this is my very first attempt on painting  so please be nice while judging, I have incorporated the technique here like water blending and finger smudging to create this.

Don't forget to leave some love.
Have a nice day 

Supplies used- 

Distress crayons
Dress my craft card stock 
Archival ink black 
Ranger heat tool
Ranger craft sheet

Hero arts and just rite stamps.
Tonic scissors