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4 Aug 2011

Big girl colouring in plus giveaway plus special OFFER!

I used to be really fussy when I coloured-in, as a kid. If I ever went over the lines, I'd abandon the project immediately because I always wanted it to look perfect. My mum would sit next to me and colour-in one page and Id be sat next to her colouring the other. Her colouring-in never went over the line. It upset me every single time. She was fab at it - it always looked neat and grown up. And that was in the day before alcohol markers. You know, using those bumper pack of 100 fibre tipped pens that used to dry up by New Years! I still loved opening those jumbo bumper packs of pens on Christmas day. There is something so collectible about them (ask my friend Rubina - she is OBSESSED!). Running your hands through a pile of pens is just as lovely as running your hands through dried lentils or jars of buttons. WHAT IS IT? WHY IS IT? I don't know. And don't get me started on why I feel the need to touch everything in a stationary shop either - maybe I will save that for another day.

Zoom 35 years later, to the present and I learned to control going over the lines. Maybe in the advent of cutesy girly stamps that I've renewed my faith in my colouring skills? I don't really know but I never thought I'd be so enchanted with these Gorjuss girls stamps. I see this type of crafting as a form of relaxation. It's truly not my "thing" if you catch my drift but I have to say, there is something magical about colouring in with ProMarkers. PLUS, if I am honest, I really am trying to get Ellie to trial them too and as much as she loves the Gorjuss girls, she isn't feeling the pen excitement yet. I'm hoping she will give in one day when she see's me using them over and over and over. She has never sat down willingly to colour-in nor draw in the past as it is, more is the pity. I have a handful of art pieces she has made since she was younger but its not as much as I remember doing - maybe I'm wishing for too much. I personally think it will help with her fine motor skills but maybe I'm clutching straws on this one. All I remember, as a kid, is that I drew all the time and I still doodle when I'm on the phone so perhaps we are at polar opposites on arts and crafts :( sniff sniff. I'm sure she will find her niche one day.

Aaaaanyway, back to Gorjuss. Never was a title so aptly named for a range of drawings. She just melts my little old heart and so this morning, when it was wet and rainy and horrible and gloomy - I pulled out my bestest pens, my ProMarkers, and set to work. It was like a rainbow had been cast in the room. I think if ever there was a cure for SAD, these pens would be it. Open up the lid and sparkles of magic simply plop on your page with very little effort. Well, you know, that's not strictly true but it feels like it ;)

Talking of ProMarkers - have you heard of the new launch of FlexMarkers? I've trialled one already and I'm waiting for a handful to come from Letraset so I can give them a full work out. The trick with the FlexMarker is that they have the original chisel tip and a BRUSH tip. This was born out of other pens users and professional Graphic Designers wanting to get a grab on Promarkers quality but were, maybe, not so keen on the bullet tip like the ProMarker. The brush marker has a lovely soft feel to it when colouring and with its flexible nib, it allows you to flick the edges to produce a more pointed edge, like so
and also, with it having a softer head, people with fine motor skill issues will not have to press the pen but gently touch the pen to paper. They truly have a softer, more delicate feel about them but then that's what you get with a quality brush tip anyway. They have a range of 72 colours, 51 which are new to the ProMarker family (although these colours do feature on their Tria family - Tria pens, let me tell you are a whole world of their own in that they still have the same ink BUT - wow, these pens are ELITE!)

FlexMarker also has exactly the same ink as a ProMarker and is still classed as the market leader when it comes to volume of ink. Ive been using my Pear Green marker (like, in almost every session) since last October and it's not run dry since and as they are only £1.99 a pen, I don't need to refill.......I'll just buy a new one - whenever that might be, its still pretty juicy after all this time! So now, with Flex Marker, ProMarker, AquaMarker and the ultra fine nib add-on, every colouring eventuality is now achievable from one great supplier. And yes, these pens are the professional graphic designer marker of choice but who says us crafters cannot delve into their colourful world as well?

Giveaway
To win a set of FlexMarkers (and you really do need to try these pens out) I want you to tell me what you already love about ProMarkers and what your favorite colour is?!

Special Offer
You know how much I love love love MeiFlower products, right? Well they contacted me today to offer YOU gorgeous blog readers an offer of all offers. Up until this Sunday, there is no minimum spend and FREE p&p on your purchases. You know it would be ridiculous to pass up, don't you? Here are my fave products:
Because you can colour them in with ProMarkers to match all your projects. I never buy coloured gems, just clear....simples x

To benefit from this offer (remember - only MY readers get this but you can tell your friends if you like ;) ) use the discount code of KIRSTY.

42 comments:

Neasa said...

I'm new to Promarkers and I love them for the (semi- my fault!)professional result they give. My favourite colour is Satin. I use it on skin tones and also to outline the image for shadow/shading. I'm still playing and finding my way! I've watched all your videos on colouring with them and will watch time and again! Even bought the Letraset paper, must chat about that sometime. Is there a right and wrong side?

Catie Cuddles said...

Hi kirsty... the big girl colouring in exactly how I feel and I do usually end up with a little girl colouring in next to me when I sit down to do it. I'm always amazed by the finish and am completely addicted to buying all the colours. My fave colour at the moment has to be buttermilk ... I've used it loads in the past few days ... but otherwise China blue, or pear green, even the magenta or the oatmeal ... need I say more? Obsessed!

Caroljenks said...

I LOVE my Promarkers - although am still in the process of building up my collection - only have about 50 at the moment! However, from those 50 my fav colour has to be the Ice Blue - it's fab as a blue, as an accent for white on a wedding dress or a snowman and also works really well as the 'ready-brek' outline for any image!

Fabby giveaway and that special offer needs a look too me thinks! ;)

Carol x

humel said...

I love the versatility of having the two different ends, and I *love* how you can blend colours so smoothly! :) And my fave colour (at the mo) is Lime Green. Or maybe Cool Aqua. Or it could be Magenta. It changes frequently, I love rainbows, me....

FlamelessScentsUK said...

I too have a few favourites but I love Poppy, Pear Green and Magenta, oh and Duck Egg.

Katey said...

favorite color pen:green!

Tina @ andytina_2006@yahoo.co.uk said...

My fave colour is grass closely followed by magenta from the Brights collection. But then again, emerald and cerise are just tooooo beautiful.

My son got me hooked after he started using them for Manga cartoons..... the rest is, as they say, history.

Big girl colouring takes me back to a place of innocence and safety; when every new page brought a whole new opportunity!

Scrapping4fun said...

I'm gradually building up my collection of Promarkers and agree that they do colour in nicely!! Probably Magenta is one of my faves.

Sue Bone said...

I love amethyst. A friend was telling me the other day that you canbuy adult colouring in books. Who knew!! I think I need to introduce her to promarkers.

Melanie Marshall said...

Warm Grey 3 - oh the versatility and forgivingness of this pen. You mention going over lines? Use this to draw around the image and it just wipes out those mistakes leaving only a very o-purpose looking shadow. Love it. Thank you for the comp - you're ace!! xx

Sue said...

I've not got any Promarkers myself, but have used a friends. I love the purple one (don't know it's official name).

Vicky said...

I love their blendability, colour range and that even a nioice colour-iner like me can produce fantastic results!
Off now to check out Mei Flower.
:)x

Michelle said...

Love my promarkers - have 2 wallets full and one of my DD's got to them and now cannot find the lids for 2 so I have wrapped them in plastic film in hope they survive!!! Fav colour - oh probably the sand / buttermilk colours, as its so useful!

Kate said...

I'm quite new to Promarkers and have just the Autumn set but I love the colour combination and they match perrrrfectly to my 1st Edition Desert Blooms papers which I just adore. Would love to try the Fleximarkers, thanks for the chance to win.

** Kate **

Sally said...

I have been wanting to get my hands on some promarkers FOREVER! I don't own any so can't name the colours but I love different shades of blue, especially aqua. Am keeping everything crossed, would love love love to win these.

K said...

I love how the colours can subtley blend into each others .... though my set in small at the moment its the skin tones I find most versatile. ATM I'm liking ivory the most.

Angela said...

Just like Sally's comment earlier, I too have been hankering after some Pro-markers and was waiting to add these to my christmas wish-list this year. Thanks for the opportunity to win some and my favourite colour would have to be Indigo Blue. Good Luck to all who enter!

lydiawalker said...

i love promarkers for the 'printed' effect they give and fave colour is ivory its such a good skin tone xxx

Lisa said...

I love my Promarkers. I love ow infinitely blendable they are and you don't have to do too much to get a perfect result. I also love the fact that the pens last so long.

My favourite colour is satin. This is my go to colour for skin, hair, clothing, all sorts. If I've gone too dark with another colour, I just add a layer of satin and it rescues my image from the recycling bin :)

Lisa x

valc said...

I love my promarkers because even I can colour in an image and it looks good. My favourite colour is duck egg blue. xx

qwiksave said...

I love the way they create a printed effect, with no tell-tale streaks and of course the clever way they blend. I Aqua blue is my current fave. I'm absolutely delighted that Letreset have decided to make brush markers, they will make them even easier to use.

Lil' 'Ol Me said...

I love my pro markers and am in the process of sorting out my craft room so I can indulge in some much needed pro marker therapy! I have to say my favourite colour is poppy or marine.
When I am feeling blue ONLY pro markers will do!

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Helen said...

I think it more than 'liking' my promarkers - it more an obsession! I use them for colouring in my stamped images (I love the Gorjuss girls too especially bumble bee!),and also for freehand drawing in my journal. Oh and colouring ribbons, embellishments, jewellery, glass etc. At the moment my favourite colour is tea green (just edging out pear green until I use it again and then it swaps). Oh and I like olive green - bit of a green theme... Another obsession is organising them! Can't help it.

Thanks for the chance to win the lovely new pens and just over to mei flower to investigate the special offers. You are very naughty tempting us in this way Kirsty!!

Helen x

Jan Connair said...

I've not tried Promarkers. Recently my daughter Molly (17 and wants to be an art major in college) got some basic Copic markers to try, though. If the range of colors in Promarkers is anything like Copic, I can't imagine what my favorite color would be! I loved everything in the blue and green ranges. I love the blendability and transparency of these sorts of markers. They are gorgeous!

C said...

I am a HUGE fan of big girl colouring in...especially since I discovered promarkers...but asking me to choose a favourite colour is like asking me to choose a favourite cake,bar of chocolate or favourite ice cream flavour...they are all good!

I guess if forced to choose I would probably pick blush, cinnamon, pear green,berry red, denim blue, blossom.... nope, clearly I cannot choose. They are all fabulous.

Happy (big girl)colouring

Cxx

Sue L said...

My favourite colour is Duck egg blue and use it to colour American seam binding for bows.
Love the new nibs as well.

Sarah said...

I love my pro markers because they colour so beautifully plus the blend lovely too! Any of the pinks are my gave, but I am a bit of a pink freak!!! The flexmarkers look fabby too!!

Motherhen3 said...

I love promarkers.............and wouldn't like to use anything else. I love the blending and shading.......My favourite colours at the mo are: lime green, aqua and cool grey 1....which I use to add shadow around images. Gaynor

Nikbee said...

I don't own any promarkers yet (sad face), but still have the big girl colouring obsession. My little girl is already developing the obsession.
Nikki x

pigglet said...

i have used my friends promarkers WOW yummy the coverage is great and i love the large colour range, my fav was the lime green.

Julie M said...

Ooh, can't pick a favourite - I love grey-green, satin, marine and shale, and poppy.

Julie

Jayne W said...

I love promarkers what can be better than grown-up colouring! My favourite colour at the moment is Lime Green.

Kathy Rogers said...

I'm a convert from Copics to Promarkers and I allow myself £10 every pay day to spend on building up my Promarker collection. My favourite colour has to be Denim Blue.

Tracy said...

I love my Promarkers for the great blending affects i can achieve with them. I am so excited to get my hands on the new Flexmarkers, especially the pastel shades. My fav PM colour at the mo is Cool Aqua, it's great for jeans.
Tracy x

Nina said...

Hmmmm I need those flexible babies! I love promarkers the most for colouring brads and ribbon. Lets match everthing!! My favoutive colour? I whole of the Muted Pack.

Anonymous said...

I don't own any but I would love to! I will tell you my favorite colour if I am lucky.

Constantina
(I can pay for the postage as I am not in the UK)

Pippa (pjbear) said...

I love my promarkers, my favourite colour would be Turquoise, just love it!

Saskia said...
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nickandkatherine said...

I already love that they do 72 colours! Just WOW! Pleeease can I enter in the UK?

Ursula said...

Whether it be Aquamarkers or Promarkers they are just the best for colouring in. My favourite colours at the moment are any of the seasons colours, they are so versatile. Would love to win, thanks. Ursula XXX

Rooby Whishes said...

Ooowaaaaa Im not obsessed with pens......ok maybe I am...I adore them, but sets, so I can see all the different colours. Someone gave me a Harrods vouchers for my birthday, and I very nearly spent it on a Faber Castell huge mungus set!!!