Friday, August 27, 2010

Prismacolor PremierBrush marker vs. Prang Brush pen

People say that the bigger you get, the bigger your toys are. That might be true for some people, but you can still please me with a bunch of new  markers as well as when I was 5 years old !
Well, fancy markers, but still markers!

So, from time to time I like to get myself couple of new toys and play around with them and I thought it will be a good idea to share the results from my experience with these two different marker sets.

I was looking for brush tip markers or pens and I came upon these two:  Prismacolor Premier Brush Tip Markers and Prang Brush Tip Pens.

- 8 Colors
-Acid Free
- No bleed through
- Smear resistant then dry
- Non-toxic
- sold separately by color too
- Made in Japan 
- 12 colors
- Acid Free
- Easy flow tip
- Made in Korea
My Notes:
- As you can see, there is very little information about the Prang markers, that's not only because there is virtually none on the package, though. All over the Prang set package is advertisement about their website, where I quite" you can get more details and information". That is not correct though! I visited the website and there was nothing more than a one sentence description. 
Test results from my experience with both sets 

I tested the markers for a month and here are my thought on the subject:
- Brush tip is harder - depending on what you need them for, this can be very beneficial. My personal preference was for the harder brush tip, because it can serve double purpose- when you need it to be a marker, it's hard enough, when you need it to be a brush, it bends.
- Dry quicker - depending on what you need them for, this can be a plus or a minus. I personally prefer my markers to dry quicker, but if you plan on blending more colors together, probably one that dries slower will serve you better.
- More smooth color- the color is way more smoother than the Prang.  
- More durable- definitely good quality markers! I've been using them for 2 months and they are like new!
- More opaque colors - you can see from the little test I did, starting with the tip of the marker and gradually bending it to a brush.
There are 8 markers in the set, the price is  $17.99, you pay $2.24 per marker. The good news is that you can buy them as separate colors, the price is between $2.01 to $2.28 per single marker. 
You get less colors for your money but more quality and durability! 
- Dry slower- As I mentioned above, this can be a plus or a minus, depending on the work you do, but for me, I prefer my markers to dry faster.
- More wet- Definitely a lot more liquid coming out of the brush tip than you would expect from a marker or a pen. It's true it gives a watercolor feeling to it but it has it's disadvantages too.
- Softer brush- this again, considering the purpose you are using them for can be a plus or a minus. One thing I got to say though is that these are by no means " markers" or " pens" in the traditional sense. I needed a lot more " getting used to them" than with the Prismacolors.
- Less durable- on the third using of the markers one of them started running out.
- More transparent color- remember what I mentioned about the watercolor feeling to them? Take a look at the little test I did with them:

Money value: 
In each set there are 12 markers, the price is $8.01, which makes $0.66 per marker. You get more colors for the money you pay, but considering the quality and durability, it will be more expensive in the long run since you'll need to replace them sooner. 
Bleeding and blending test 
 I used both sets ( pink color is Prang, purple color is Prismacolor) and I tested to see when they'll bleed through the regular printing paper. 

Since the printing paper is very thin, thinner than regular drawing paper, I decided to test the markers applying them gradually 10 times one coat on top of the other.  ( zoom in the picture to see better the effect)

Overall, the Prismacolor didn't show much change in color- it didn't become much more darker, comparing 1 coat with 10 coats.
The Prang became more darker with the applying of each coat but after the 4th coat the marker started to get the paper so wet that the surface began to grind.
You can probably see that better here: 
Now let's take a look at the back of that piece of paper to see if they bleed through: 
As you can see, the Prismacolor even at the 10th coat is barely showing, as the Prang starts showing at the 4-5-6- etc coating. 
If you want to see more from the testing, check it out here: 
I hope this information is helpful for you!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Crazy Daisy Tutu Collection addition

My daughter wasn't very happy when she posed for this one, so no fancy pictures today, but I thought the tutu and headband are definitely worth the look! ;-)

I just love the warm yellow color!
The tutu is medium size, with regular yellow tulle, yellow, white and green ribbon.
The headband is with green ribbon base, medium size daisy flower, yellow and golden regular tulle and yellow and white ribbon.

A nice 12th piece of the tutu collection puzzle, don't you think?


P.S: Keep that daisy thought, there will be more stuff to come ;-)

Friday, August 6, 2010

My very own tutu collection!

You've probably been wondering why I'm not posting enough lately...BECAUSE I NEED AN ASSISTANT! No, seriously! 
I'm working on so many things at the same time, that it's not possible to keep up with postings...After all even I need some food and sleep from time to time! :-)

But, being a busy bee as I was this week, I'm bringing to your attention my very own tutu and headband collection!

Let me know which one is your favorite!/ КАЖЕТЕ МИ КОЙ Е ВАШИЯТ ФАВОРИТ!

 1. Blue Mist ( blue flowers and light blue tulle) with a matching headband.

2.Daisy taste ( soft green tulle with small daisy flowers) and a matching large daisy headband

3. Golden Breeze ( with dark and light gold tulle, golden string and gold stars) and a matching headband with light golden tulle, golden string and flower.

 4. Purple candy ( light violet tulle, sparkling violet accents, purple paper flowers) and a matching headband with white rose, light violet tulle and violet ribbon. 

5.Red Ahead ( white and red tulle with red ribbon, sparkling red string) and a matching headband with red flower, sparkling red string and 2 feathers.

 6. Rose garden ( white and pink tulle, pink roses, pink and green ribbon) and a matching headband with pink rose and green leaves.

7. Sunflower ( yellow tulle and ribbon) and a matching headband with yellow flower.

8. True Red ( red, white and pink tulle with red paper flowers and sparkling accent) and a matching red flower, white and red ribbon.

9. Under the stars( light violet tulle, gold tulle with a sparkling golden stars) and a matching headband with violet rose with violet tulle.
10.  White emotion( light pink tulle with white rose leaves) and a matching white flower headband.

 11.Double tutu trouble ( two tutus from above one on top of the other)
 And yes, I've taken all the pictures as well! :-)


Monday, August 2, 2010

The Line King and I

You all have seen the movie " The King and I", right? This whole thing reminds me of that movie, how I "met" Al Hirschfeld I mean.
Until I saw the movie about him ( The Line king) , I had no idea who is Al Hirschfeld and I am eternally grateful for the recommendation, because this was one of the most awesome movies about artist I've seen. I mean I've seen Frida ( about Frida Khalo), I've seen " Pollock" ( about Jackson Pollock) and they were good, but " The line king has something the other two don't - the real artist in them!

Seeing him work, seeing his workspace, the schedule he follows and all the little details about his routine, it was incredible!

So, here is how my inspiration for a caricature came. Granted I'm no good, but I had so much fun! :-) Notice all the little details in the background.

And then I started thinking "in line": 

And then the lines came together: 

And then this came out ( I like to think of him as Hirschfeld, I think you might call it a drawing from memory, since I am convinced this is him, although it doesn't look much like him)


And then " Gossip" was born:

And the party started:

And suddenly I had an idea:

But I'll talk about the idea next time, now I have to go prepare it, so I can show it to you soon!


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