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8 Jul 2010

So you like Promarkers? *giveaway from Letraset*

Well if you do you are going to love Aquamarkers.
Letraset sent me their test range of Aquamarkers to see what I could do with them. I didn't think I could get them to do anything different to their Promarkers until I started faffing about with them. And the more you faff, the more you discover what things are capable of.
Basically, these pens are the king of all water based markers. They are big, fat and juicy with a steady flow of delicious colour that you can mix with water to create watercolour effects on your rubber stamps, collage work, backgrounds and canvasses.
Now they are about to be re-launched (with more colour choices) in August to the crafting market and these three projects have been approved for their press release. My job was to create something other than "just colouring in" so I swished the pens on some acetate, spritzed in some water and dragged the tags through it to create a marbled background.

also coloured the edges of a tag in a thick saturated coating of juicy lime green and then used a paint brush loaded with water to dilute the colour towards the centre of the tag.


My overall feeling about these pens is that they are more portable than a paint and brush kit (ie no huge pallets to lug around and little screw capped tubes to fiddle with) and double up for marking as a pen plus the added bonus is that they are light fast making them EXCELLENT for archival work (ie scrapbooking).
Promarkers are alcohol infused which means they colour in on even non porous surfaces and blend beautifully but the Aquamarkers are a world apart making sure that you get a clever blendability by mixing with water. So whatever your thang is in the craft world, I think Letraset have got all angles covered.

**Letraset are giving away a pack of 40 Aquamarkers to one lucky commentor on this blog post. All you have to do is tell me what you would use these pens for. Sensible answers and nothing like "drawing lines on hubbies faces when they are asleep!!" - There are also runner up prizes of packs of 12 to be won, too**

PS: Winner of my flower giveaway, last week, is Patricia - well done, chick x

82 comments:

cardmaking bird said...

I would use them to watercolour my stamped images in much the same way as I use distress inks now - by scribbling on an acrylic block then picking up the colour with a waterbrush. Sorry to not be a bit more inventive!
Marie x

Wrightboysmum said...

And there was me thinking my hubby would look better. I would like to try them in my art journal work.

Anonymous said...

I would use the new Promakers to stamp and colour some pictures on Watercolour paper, and decoupage them into a 3D frame for my soon to be !st Grandchilds room.
Sue L

Anonymous said...

slurp, just give me the pens, will ya?

**giggles**

Jenn

Sue Ramsay said...

Sounds like I could use them for creating gorgeous watercoloured backgrounds and then play and play and play with them......! x

Darcy said...

I would use them to make beautiful background pages which I would turn into mini books, I would then fill them with pictures drawn and coloured with my promarkers. Layering the 2 types of pens through out the book, as surely all the colours of each medium would compliment each other.

Just call me G said...

I'd use them to learn how to use the pens as I have never used the aqua markers...

Miss Natz said...

Ooh,lush!

I would like to try putting some colour on acetate and spraying glimmer mist on top, then picking up the colour on a brayer and making a glimmery layered effect on cards and tags. How much more fun would a sea look now?!

Zarah said...

I have been waiting for this! I would love the convenience of a pen when I colour my motifs (hellooooo precision!) but I just don't get along with alcohol based inks. They don't like me. As a result, I am still using my water colours and distress ink refills with brushes and water. Sure. It works - but it's pretty much a hassle to bring them out! I'd love to be able to colour on the go! So that's my reply: I'd colour my stamped motifs - AND I'd bring them (and some motifs) on my visit to the il's and my dad's cottage, for some colouring sessions there! Perfect R&R for the craftaholic! :D

Seriously! Thanks for sharing this!

Zarah said...

Ps. I forgot to say that your tags/cards are gorgeous! Great way of showing the pens versatility!

Sue said...

Kirsty I love your tags.

These pens look fab. I've not got any of them.

I would just let my imagination run riot and try the pens on all sorts of materials, to see just how versatile they are.

Lynn said...

I've been travelling so much in the past year and there will be more trips to come. So these little beauties will mean I can pack them in my flight bag and travel with me. I can colour in pre-stamped images. Also, I have a big urge to start art journalling, so these willl be perfect to getting me started.

Sue said...

I use water colour pencils and H2o's to colour in my image..do not own one pen as i am so scared of using them! Water based pens would be a good way to try them but i feel it would probably be addictive! ;)

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

Kirsty, I have seen these pens for a while and wondered about them. They sound brilliant. I use Lyras but struggle sometimes with them. I have some Promarkers and love the way they feel in your hand (as I have problems with my hands) and like the thought of the Aquamarkers as I should be able to get lovely watercoloured effects for my stamps or background. Thanks, Kym xxx

Rachel said...

oooh I wonder if you could do splatty things with them or use them with the pressured air thing do do something creative.....

Rachelx

Kate said...

I'd love to have a go wit these to try out some watercoloured background effects I've seen lately.

** Kate **

Elsina said...

I don't have any alcohol based markers but use watermarkers of another brand, but I can't get those to blend very well. Would love to try these for my card and tag projects.

lynmcf said...

I would use the pens for art journalling, I love to make my own backgrounds and using pens means I can control the density and position of the inks

Michelle said...

i'm not sure what I would do with them but just want to "PLAY" with them and make something wonderful and exciting - I have a very girlie/pretty/organised style of creating, and maybe it might allow me to be a bit more creative and get a bit more gothic and freestyle with my creativity....

Mell said...

Wow Those pens look kool. I have not got any so would love to win. Am loving the Tags xx

patriziawithaz said...

Cor blimey Kirsty I haven't won any candy before so am over the moon to have won the jackpot - your flowers !!! Will email my address now. Thanks a lot. xxx Love your Blog xxx

Anonymous said...

I have used them before so i am a pro marker vurgin- & i could aleways paint my nails with their beauiful Colours !!
georgi5041@aol.com

Karyn said...

I think i would use them to create 12x12 backgrounds for my scrapping, i think the blue would be fantastic to create a background for beach photo's.

Karyn

Machin Stamps said...

If I were lucky enough to win this fabulous giveaway I'd head off with it and some previously stamped images to a park. I'd sit under the shade of some big tree and paint in the cool. Might even take some punched flowers and paint the tips of their petals. Perhaps tint some black and white photos with a wash...

Oh and I love the tags, could try those when I got back home

Sharon said...

I have never tried any pen like these before so I would just like to use them....

sharon said...

My Son has been to Belgium for the week with his school (back today thankfully can't WAIT to see him)
I would love to use the pens to make him a scrap album of his trip.

Love your labels.
Sharon
sharonhkenny@aol.com

Kirsteen said...

I would use them to learn how to use these pens as I've never used any kind of promarkers... yet! I would dig out the stamps I have and never used - that would be a whole lotta new stuff going on ;op Thanks for the opportunity to win Kx

Sue Bone said...

I want to try the techniques you've shown here. They're fab examples or more than just colouring

Lynn said...

I would love to use these pens after stamping an image and then use water and a paint brush to get a realistic watercolour effect. I am basically useless at painting and this seems an ideal way of getting the watercolour effect (which I love) without having to spend hours trying to get it to look right!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kirsty

Love your blog and love the tags you've made with the new Pro-makers, they are simply gorgeous, I just purchased my very first promakers - the twin-tip "Spring" collection (pk5),so have been playing happily with them for past few days and they are FAB!!!! - up til now I have been colouring my newly discovered love of Digi Image Stamps with my trusty & treasured polychromos , but now I have a new love affair going on hehehe Lol! and the watercolour ability of the new PM's sounds just yummyummy! I make nearly all my cards (hundrillions!!) for my local Cat Rescue for them to sell and would obviously use the New Promakers to enhance the cards I make for them :)

Thank you for all your bloggy Loveliness and inspiration *hugs*
Barbxx

howejam said...

Wow!, there are loads of things you can do with those pens!

Anonymous said...

Kirsty, fab ideas as alaways and yes - I do like Promarkers and would LOVE to win some Aquamarkers but what would I do with them?
Well , once I had opened the packet and stroked them and talked to them and organised them into colour order so they look pretty on my crafting table (hehe)the first thing i'd do would be to grab a picnic basket, a cold drink, a bar of the obligatory crafters chocolate (for energy, you understand) and a few sheets of card and head off out into the sunshine for a few peaceful hours of crafty play. First of all would be drawing/stamping/colouring a thankyou card for letting me win and secondly, a wall planner of all the fun and crafty things I plan to do with my children and their friends over the summer. We have just painted our kitchem and the walls are a bit bare, so the first kids activity is to make some wall art/posters to brighten the place up. And hopefully, being waterbased, i wont have to worry so much if my kids end up covered in them - Promarkers are great, but a pain to wash off my 7 year olds' hands!
Thanks for the chance.

KarenRel
Blog Stalker

Antonia said...

What wouldn't I use those pens for! They look fab and versatile and an invaluable addition to a scrapbooker's stash.

Boo said...

I would definitely like to try them out on acetate - great technique.

Anonymous said...

Love the tags....

I would like to use my Aqua Markers for a new holiday hobby..... I could craft and doodle in the sun, by the pool.....mmm Hmmmm, feel the breeze.....!

;0)

Roll on the summer and CREATIVE FREEDOM
Heidi S x

Joy said...

These pens look lovely. I would use them to start art journaling. I have lots of ideas and I am hoping that during the summer I will have time to play.

pollypurplehorse said...

I am relatively new to any form of ink work and lately I have been contemplating buying some inks, just not sure where to start, But these aqua pens look like they would give me the effects I am looking for and be easy for me to work with, (I do own ordinary pro markers) I am particularly liking the effect on the tag where you dragged through the ink and water to create a marbled effect, I would love to win the pens so that I could create similar effect backgrounds, then I could stamp black images onto it like silhouettes and learn a whole new way of creating :-)

Alana said...

Making cards to sell at my Breast Cancer Coffee morning that I hold each year where I work. I could create some interesting designs with stamps and watercolour effect.

Betty said...

Oh my! Those pens look fantastic and fabby tags Kirsty. I would love to have a bash at art journalling and altered art bits and pieces with those bad boys...infact I can hear my art journal sobbing for them right now! lol

Belinda said...

Kirsty Hi
I love my Promarkers soooo much! If I was to get these I would do lovely fabby shaded colouring in on the lovely 'Call of the Wild' animals, those jungle leaves shaded beautifully.........yum! Yep I love the new CD bigstyle! You outdid yourself!
Thanks so much for all your fabby talent!
Belinda x

jenny said...

What a fabulous giveaway Kirsty! I love how you've used the pens on the tags, just beautiful!
I would just love to have a play with the pens too :) to create backgrounds for my cards and maybe try some more altered work too x
Thanks for the chance to win x

Jenny xx

Sharon said...

Just leaving a comment to thank you for the lovely chipboard - arrived in the post today. Thank you so much - I love the bunting - it's great. XX

Annette said...

I would use them to mix and match colours - making even more 'to infinity and beyond' as the saying goes. What an excellent way to add more interest to my journal work

I just luurve Promarkers

Lynsey said...

Wow Kirsty these new pens sound great! I would love to have ago colouring images to make a canvas for my little girl Grace's bedroom.
Hugs Lynsey x

gingerLJ said...

I think I'd like to play with them on canvas, like canvas bag material rather than art canvas. Dont know if that would work or not as I've never used any type of pens other than a black and white gel pen for journalling..... I have sooo much to learn! Loving those tags, might give that a go this weekend while I hide in the shade! xx

mammy hen said...

I would use them on mini book backgrounds but mostlu on canvas as they would keep my hands clean as I HATE paint under my nails!!!!!!!!!

cla16e said...

I'd love a set of these, now what would I do with them???............errrrrm I'm realy sorry but I would just like to look at them, then get them out on my table and just.... Stroke them!!!!!!!!!
Probably not the answer you're looking for but I love pro markers and some things are just too nice too use!!
LOL

SueF said...
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SueF said...

Love the tags Kirsty - I knew there was a reason to keep an aqua promarker that I ordered in error, will have a play when I get a chance - I'd use them to colour my stamped/digi images & to create matching backgrounds too (as well as colouring in hubby's face when he's asleep ;-)
Sue

Vera said...

I would use these markers in my classroom... maybe tattoo a few students... tattoo myself.... the possibilities are endless.

Anonymous said...

I would hide them amongst my existing stash cause if I bring any more home my husband says he's leaving (lol stash vs 20 ish years - hard choice!)......no seriously I am planning on getting mys journals started and I can just see lot of lush backgrounds and highlighting going on. Lovely work Helen XX

Bettyann said...

I would love to try themon my card naking efforts..love to win..thanks for the giveaway..

Sarah said...

As I love making cards with rubber stamps and printed images these pens would be perfect for giving them that extra dimension that ordinary colouring pens just cannot achieve. Thanks for the chance to win them :-)

Kathy Rogers said...

I used to love my water colour pencils, but hated the 'lines' they would make, then alcohol pens cam e along and I loved them. I have a sneaking suspicion that I 'need' these now. What would I do with them? Everything I possibly could!

Julie M said...

I would use them to draw lines on my husband's face - what, that's not a option?!! Hmmm, I like the thought of using different colours on a craft sheet and spritzing with water to see what happens - experimentation!

Thanks for the chance to win.

Julie

Susan said...

I would take them to my cardmaking club and share them between a dozen or so ladies hoping that one of them might give me some inspiration and I could copy their fabulous ideas!

Just_a_bean said...

I'd use them to make background papers for cards and also colour in digital and stamped images.

Colette said...

I love creating backing papers with crafters workshop stencils so I would use these markers and spritz with water to see what magic I could create. Think they would also look great combined with glimmer mists. Thanks for the chance to win this great prize,

Colette.

Maria said...

I would use them to make fabulous background pages and accents for the Summer art journaling books I have planned with my girlies.

Three books with, no doubt, a very different take on one Summer.

You can't be a lazy Summers day spent crafting with your the ones you love most of all.

They do look scrumptious.

Happy Saturday xxx

Auntie Vixie said...

I think I would be able to have heaps of fun with them (some things may be a little bit on the naughty side - do like drawing on folks !) but I would finish off my scrapbook pages - finally.

They do look fabulous...x

Vix

JO SOWERBY said...

they would be g8 for art journalling on the move
Jo xxx

Kate said...

I think I would use them on my cards to give my stamps the watercolour look!

greyparrot said...

oooh how exciting! I would use them to make jewellery. I've been making a lot of wine charms (I actually typed that as 'I've been making a lot of wind' first lol! Not helped by the fact I cheese-gratered my finger!) and jewellery as little fundraisers for the hen rescue, and watercolour pencils just aren't giving me the professional finish I long for! Could this be the answer?!

Lynn said...

I could use them for all sorts of things ... couldn't I. Like .. making backing papers and colouring in images and ... oh many things. Just send them to me so that I can see how many ways I can find to use them, lol.

Lynn x
(Lynn Owens - so many Lynns)

Louise said...

i've been wanting to try my hand at an art journal and these pens would help! :)

scrappyjen said...

I would use them to journal my holiday with my littlest boy this summer. He needs a lot of encouragement to write and fancy special pens motivate him : - )

Nikki said...

Cupcakes and cuteness!
I just love love love anything cupcakeyness, so I would design some of them and add the yummy colour to them
Nikki x

JB said...

I would try them out on baby wipes and kitchen roll to see if colour blooms and grows. JB.

Jenny said...

I'd try a piece of canvas art Donna Downey stylie and get some 'drippage' going! :)

Net said...

Oh wow these would be perfect to take away on holiday. Not heavy and they won't spill or be like those evil little tubes of paint who's tops unscrew themselves and the tubes explode paint in your hand luggage! I could sit in the sun and play!

But what's wrong with drawing on the Old mans face?

sarah said...

i would love to play and experiment with these new pens. i think i would like to develop my watercolouring techniques with them or have a go at kirsy's ideas - they look great!!!
the new school term means lots of books to decorate for my two chidlren - there books will stand out from the rest of their new class!!!

pigglet said...

i've not long had my first sets of promarkers and seem to have lost them to my son, i would like to try these on shrink plastic as i have been making charm bracelets reacently. i would also share !! with my friend who crafts on a budget.
christine

DeniseB said...

I'd love to try them out! Very generous giveaway from Letraset!
I'd use them on cards, for backgrounds and coloring stamped images in with them. They look great!
DeniseB

Rach said...

I would use them for everything, but mainly for cards and general playing with and I am sure Matt would use them for much the same! xxx

Rosie (Freycob) said...

Well... I'd use the Aquamarkers (If I were lucky enough to win them) to create lush, dreamy backgrounds to your CD images. They'd go together like apple pie and custard!

x

Heather said...

I'd use them with my daughters to colour in stamped images when we craft together :)

cathy jane said...

oh lovely pro m watercolours I would keep you by the phone Because i doodle such lovely patterns when im on the phone with crappy biro and in my diary! all mixed up amongst phone numbers and notes to me and lists to do'. We could wing it and see what happens and at the end of the year my diary would be an altered item and not a dogs dinner xx cathy jane

Jennifer Hansen said...

I don't have a lot of experience with markers yet, but would love to use them on cards and start using my stamps.

jlh774 at gmail dot com

Beth said...

Ooooh I would love to work with these! I journal and do altered art every day and would use those continually.

Thanks,
Moodeebeth@aol.com

Merry said...

I currently use watercolour pencils and an aquabrush to colour the images on the cards I make. I so love the sound of these pens, especially for blending and having a bigger range of colours. So yes..would use them on my cards. Love your tags...I would definetly give that acetate thing a try. Thanks for the chance to win.

Merry said...

Oops! too late....oh well I have enjoyed visiting your blog and seeing your amazing photography. :-)

Lydia.D said...

I would like to use them to create on the go sketches and drawings and use these in Landscape Architecture presentations and garden design. I think these would also be good at using in botanical illustrations.

I have been using inks and watercolours but these are messy and can be quite frustrating to use on location. I m very excited to have a go at using AquaMarkers and showing them to other landscape architecture students.

I wonder would they work with the air market attachment?