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?
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?!
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
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