Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Glass Paint Markers on Bottles

Have I told you how much I love these Glass Paint Markers?  LOL.  I sound like a broken record but they are fantastic and so easy to use.  I've been saving a few interesting glass bottles trying to decide what I wanted to do with them and decided to try doodling.  Sooo much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Easy too!

The bottle really dictates what the design becomes, after studying the bottle I started by sketching some ideas on the bottle using my Stabillo pencil.  Once I have a design that I like then I develop it using the paint markers.  I had three bottles and did three very different designs on them, once they are heat set in the oven they are dishwasher safe although I'm not sure I'd put them in the dishwasher. I'd probably wash them by hand if it were me just to be on the safe side.

I could see these used as bottles for oils, liquors, or even filled with colored water.  What are your thoughts?  What would you use these for?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Deco Art Glass Paint Markers

Back again with the Deco Art Glass Paint Markers!  I know I have discussed the virtues of these markers in the past but I am once again going to express how easy they are to use!  This is my last set which will be used as Christmas gifts.

My husband watched me doodle on these the other night and was amazed that I just sit down without a plan and doodle on the glass.  I guess I've done enough of these that I'm pretty confident that I can just go with the flow. I've tried to repeat the patterns from some of the previous designs but never seem to be able to duplicate them, I guess that is the beauty of hand-made.  LOL.  I hope you will give the markers a try, even if you have to order them directly from Deco Art I really feel that they are worth the time and money invested.  Merry Christmas.

 You can see in these photos I've used the markers on a few ornaments as well as the porcelain dishes.  The two flat ornaments in the front and the round one toward the back were all purchased at Michael's.  I preferred the round one to the flat, just a personal preference but will keep that in mind for next year.  In fact am planning to try my hand at doodling on colored glass ornaments which I have an abundance of.  I will keep you posted how they turn out.  That could be a wonderful surface to try this technique on.
My very favorite dish is the round one to the left of this photo, I just love how I integrated the colored markers into the piece, I felt the color set off the design.  I may have to keep that one for myself.  

For some reason this has been an extremely popular series of blog posts, I don't really know if it is because you are all interested in using the markers or you just like the idea of doodling on porcelain.  I'd love to hear what you like about this series of blog posts.  

I have a glass Patron bottle which I have been saving for the right project and may try my hand at doodling on it.  HMMMM..... 

I'd love to hear what it is that has intrigued you all about this series of blog posts.  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Gel Printing Part 2 with my Daughter

I love the Christmas season!!!  Unfortunately it goes by so quickly and I for one do not take it all in until something makes me slow down and enjoy.  I think that many of us get so caught up in the shopping, wrapping, decorating, and the prepping that we forget what Christmas is all about.  That happened last weekend when my daughter decided to come spend the day with me and gel print because she wanted to make her Grandmother a recipe book for Christmas.  This Christmas she wanted to make as many of her gifts as she could for economical reasons but also because she really wanted to connect in a personal way with her gift giving.

As I stated in my last post I was so thrilled that she was interested and we had a great day.   She used many of her gel prints for sections of the book.  She sent me a few photos as the book came together and I was thrilled with the result, she very kindly gave me permission to share the pages with all of you.  I know that her Grandmother will treasure the book and be able to use it every day to store her recipes.  I know I felt honored that my daughter wanted to share this day with me.  What a wonderful spirit.

Gell Printing with my Daughter

To my delight my daughter recently expressed an interest in wanting to learn how to Gel Print and I was both surprised and thrilled.  We spent a glorious day monoprinting on my Gelli Arts Plate, what a great day of mother/daughter bonding while sharing a technique which I love.  You can see in the photos which follow that she had a wonderful time and made some really lovely prints.  I think she is a natural!  Believe it or not it was her first time.

 I had her use the Deco Art Satin paints as I always get a great result with them and I really love the finish when they are dry.
 Here she is adding texture with a plastic holder which originally held glue sticks during shipping!  I tend to use as many found/household objects as I can when gel printing.  She particularly liked the texture which she achieved with it.  You can see the reverse on the print in the photo below.  As you can see she also used a number of stencils and the Catalyst Wedge tools.

 Here she is printing section of a paper, she was actually horrified to learn that I do not clean my plate until she started to pull some of the dried bits of paint which added amazing layers to her prints.  Now she's a believer.
 Look at these glorious prints.  I can't tell you how proud I am of her.  She has always been very creative and started painting with me as a toddler but seemed to lose interest during her teen years.  Maybe she is interested in Art again?  Hopefully!!!!

I can't wait to share with you what she is doing with these prints.....  A gift for someone, unfortunately not me.  LOL.  Check back in a few days to see.  

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Wow, I didn't realize how long it has been since my last blog post. In this post I chose to test white gel pens and acrylic paint markers over the Uni Posca Acrylic Markers.  I recently purchased the Uni Posca 1M set but did not have them when I was completing this test.  Will keep you posted on my thoughts about these.

In one of my previous marker comparison posts I promised to test my Uni Posca 3M Acrylic Markers.  On the top of this chart I made a color chart of each pen color so I had it for easy reference and on the bottom tested four white pens over the Posca markers:  Montana White, Molotow White, Signo White Angelic 120, and the Signo White Broad 153.  Interestingly enough I had issues with the Montana White producing a consistent opaque line while the Molotow White produced a consistent opaque line although I had problems with the marker working consistently.  It was a little temperamental.   The Signo White Broad was definitely more consistent than was the Signo Angelic although I was actually pleased with both of these.

I'd say that from these results I would be concerned to use the Montana White and the Molotow White and to expect a good consistent result where line work is concerned.  I'd say that I would choose to use my White Gel pens instead if I wanted a good consistent result.

Do any of you have any ideas?????  Love to hear them.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Art Journal Page

I posted the background for this art journal page a while ago  as I was comparing acrylic markers, I added some doodling which I completed using my white and colored gel pens.  I really wanted to add something to the page to finish it off but couldn't come up with an idea for it.  As I was sketching one evening this character appeared on the page, I colored her with my Uni-Posca Markers, added some gel pen, cut her out and attached her to the page.  She really had the look of Halloween about her and decided to keep with that theme and added spiders and bats.  I was happy with it although in the future I'd probably enlarge her slightly so she became more of a focal point.

 I love the colors on this page and might consider doing another page in the  future because I think this would be so adorable with an undersea theme instead of Halloween.  But I had Halloween on the mind....... Happy Halloween.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

So this page shows me using a variety of different white pens, I was testing to see how opaque five different pens were when used continuously.  I used the Gelly Roll Sakura Medium, Uni-ball Signo White UM-153, the Uni-ball Signo Um-120 Angelic,  the Uni- Posca 1 mm Extra Fine, and the Uni-Posca 3mm bullet tip.  I actually loved them all and can find opportunities to use all five pens, in fact purchased more of each one to have them on hand.  There is nothing quite like a good quality white opaque pen.  I did this page after my test sample that I shared with you earlier today and I am guessing you can easily figure out which ones were my personal favorites.

Through trial and error I have found the best place to purchase these pens is  They have the best prices, amazingly quick service, and free shipping with a $25.00 order.  Be careful though, I have found that it is often cheaper to purchase the pens individually rather than in a set, prices are slightly different.  Maybe they will change that in the future.  I first found out about Jet Pens through Joanne Sharpe and she was so right.  Give them a shot and see if you aren't equally happy.

Curious about your use of white opaque pens?
This journal page was completed using a combination of a Black Molotow One 4 All pen and a Montana Empty Extra Fine which I filled with Golden Carbon Black High Flow, I also own the regular black Montana prefilled pen in extra fine and it is an equally wonderful pen.  They both worked great and I honestly didn't have a preference.  So you may be asking yourself why I filled the empty Montana marker with the High Flow paint and I did it so that I could see how it would hold up with the Golden paint instead of the Montana refills.  I also like the sheen on the Golden paint better than the matte look of the Montana brand.  Both will have their uses.

The tip on the Molotow is slightly thicker than the Montana but depending on your use both were fantastic.  The border is a combination of the two black pens listed above, some of my Faber Castell Big Brush Pitt Pens, and a Micron 005 black permanent marker.  This was completed mostly for my own benefit but I decided to post it so you could see how the two black markers performed.  I like them both and will continue to purchase both pens as well as the Montana black prefilled.  The nice thing about both pens is that you can refill them when you run out of ink which will save in the long run.  

How Opaque are my Acrylic Markers and my Gel Pens? Testing Uni-ball, Gelly Roll, Molotow, Montana, Uni-Posca,Faber Castell and Sakura Products

Ok, so once I completed the test of my markers I wondered how opaque these brands would be on black card stock.  Once I started going through my stash I found a number of markers and pens that I wanted to test.  It was actually scary how many pens I own.  Maybe my husband was right when he saw me looking at pens online and mentioned that he thought I probably had enough......   HMMMM????  Awe, maybe not.  LOL.

I have seen a number of pen tests online through You Tube and Jet Pens which test in a similar manner and I actually liked how organized this seemed.  Now I have my cards which will be available when I am working on a project and want a specific style of pen.  This will be very useful.

It actually was an interesting test for me and I had some surprising results.  Some of the pens tend to "feather" out and appear to be out of focus on the page while others gave a super clear result and were actually the same size and same brand and had the same amount of use.  Consequently they came from the manufacturer this way.  Depending on your use would determine whether or not you were happy with that result, I can see ways that you could use those pens which would be fine.  I really noticed this in the Sakura Permapaque and the Faber Castell White Pitt Pen.  Of course the most precise lines came from the Gel Pens and the smaller acrylic paint pens.  You would expect that just because of the tip size.  When I compared the Sakura Permapaque to the Uni Posca I personally preferred the Posca Pen and think that I will continue purchasing those rather than the Permapaque.  I prefer a more precise line.  

Hmmm.......  Just thought of another test and in fairness to the Sakura brand, which I  prefer their Micron pens to any other permanent markers should do a full test of each of the Posca Pens like I did of the Sakura brand.  Look for that in the future.  

What are your thoughts?  I'd love to hear what you use?

Marker Comparison Part 2

I was actually taken aback at how popular my marker comparison was, in that post I promised a second comparison when I received my order for  refills and a new empty paint marker.  Here I have compared Molotow One 4 All in Black and White,  the Montana Acrylic Prefilled White as well as an Empty Montana Extra Fine marker which I added Golden Carbon Black in High Flow.  I also wanted to test my White Signo Gel Pen over black acrylic which you can see in the second page.  

I'm not sure that Montana markers endorse using the Golden High Flow Acrylic in the markers or not, I have not checked into that but considering how effective the paint has been in my empty Molotow markers I thought that I'd give it a try.  So far so good.  In a later post you will see a lettering page which was completed using a combination of both the Molotow and Montana Black markers.  

I laid down a base color to use the black and white markers over with Golden High Flow which I also have in some of my Molotow Paint Markers, you can see the size of each marker and the paint color listed under each square.  I have highlighted the marker that I am testing above each square.  I also did a quick test on the page to the right of two black markers as well as X and a wiggle line to the right of the squares.  

My test is actually more for myself so I can see how opaque my markers were over acrylic paint.  The Montana White tended to be less opaque than the Molotow White however I preferred the tip on the fine point Montana to the fine tip Molotow.  The Montana Empty Marker which I filled with Golden Carbon Black worked really well although until I got it to flow properly actually blobbed a bit on some of the tests.  Surprisingly my White Signo Gel Pen seemed to be the most consistent and the most opaque, the only drawback to these is that when empty you have to purchase a new pen.  My general thought is that all work really well and it is mostly a case of personal preference more than a quality issue.  So buy any brand and I feel very confident that you will be happy with your choice.  

Friday, October 10, 2014

8th Grade Mixed Media Project

Every so often I like to add a project to my curriculum which makes my students really think about the process and media that we are using.  I recently added a mixed media project for them to complete which has kind of rocked their world, in fact I heard from one student that this was a weird project.  LOL.  Made my heart sing to hear that... I knew for sure that I was making them stretch and think outside the box.  They are actually turning out really well.  I'm posting my class sample, when we get a few more completed I will post a few of theirs.
We began by collaging paper onto a piece of foamcore board, then added molding paste through a stencil and painted the background using either a monochromatic, analogous, or complementary color scheme.  The next stage was to sketch out a recognizable product which is popular in today's culture.  The lead in to this was a discussion about Andy Warhol and modernism.  We're not finished yet, I'm sure that I can rock their world a little more before I allow them to be finished.  

So far it has been an interesting experience for my students.  I will keep you all updated.  

Gelli Printed Mini Journal Part 2

Here is my mini journal which I gel printed a few weeks ago,  I sketched out words on deli paper, used my black permanent markers as well as a number of gell pen colors, then used Deco Art Decou-Page to attach the deli paper.  I'm not sure how much detail you can actually see in the words but I was happy with how the lettering fit the pages.  I now need to come up with something else to add to the journal.  I'm not sure if you can see but there is a pop out on the card and I really feel that it needs a character or maybe even a quote on it.  Hmmm???? Ideas?  

I finally remembered where I found this card, it was from the Feller's Arts Factory in Spokane Washington. I couldn't find these cards on their website but I'm sure if you contact them they can tell you if they still carry it.  

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Marker Comparison of Uni Posca, Montana, and Molotow

As many of you are aware I am a huge marker fan.  In fact I pretty much love most art supplies, scary, but any of you who are also art supply junkies will understand.  I love all kinds of markers but have started using paint markers in the past year.  Since then I've collected a number of different brands and really wanted to compare them using some pretty simple comparisons.  Nothing terribly scientific but interesting none the less.  

I compared my Molotow Empty Markers which are filled with Golden High Flow Paints, the Montana brand of Acrylic Markers, and the Uni Posca Paint markers.  I did not include my Molotow prefilled markers in this comparison, mostly because I was out of the White ink and wanted to be able to test those when my order for white Molotow ink comes in.  If you look above you can see what I tested for....  

The first sample just shows the different tips that I have in markers and the ink/paint in the markers.  That is more for my information rather than a test.  The second photo shows the marker colors for the Uni Posca.   I then used both of my white markers Uni Posca markers in the 1mm and 3 mm size drawn over each paint color, here I was testing to see how opaque the white markers were when drawn over another color.  I've recently read some comments online that artists are concerned that their Uni Posca White markers are not always consistently opaque.  I did not have that problem until I used it over the black ink which can be seen in the third photo.  I also tested two of my white gel pens over the Posca ink and had issues with those as well.  Maybe the Black is more the problem rather than the white?  

My next test will be to test the Molotow brand white and black ink to test for their ability to be opaque over black.  HMMMM..... My order doesn't come until next week for the ink so will have to wait for that.  

Do you use markers?  What brand is your favorite and why????  


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Art Journal using Montana and Molotow Markers

During a previous post I mentioned that I was using the empty Molotow paint markers and the Montana acrylic markers. I decided that I wanted to do an art journal page using the markers as my main media and also wanted to compare which brand I preferred.  I'm working in my Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal for this page.  It was fun and I was able to add multiple layers, the only problem that I had was that if I wasn't careful my paper started to deteriorate mostly due to the makers somewhat abrasive quality when mixed with water.  If I allowed each layer to dry, they dried quickly, which eliminated part of the problem.  I think the main problem was that I was spraying my page with water prior to applying the paint  markers.  I wanted to see if the paint colors would mix and blend as I worked and they did somewhat although not quite as well as I had hoped.  I was actually using the larger sized chisel markers with the Golden High Flow Paint, Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green, and Dioxazine Purple.  I'm wondering if the markers don't lay down such a thin application of paint, which dried very quickly, that the paint didn't have time to blend, or if I had used watercolor paper I might have had better luck. Once the page was dry I was able to add more paint layers which had a lovely transparent quality.  You can see some of the transparent colors in this photo.

After I had the base layer on I decided that I needed some additional color and began applying yellow, red, and green to the mix.  Then added a white gel pen and black paint.  Everything that I have added has been either a gel pen or in the markers.  At first I wasn't crazy about the page but I have continued working on it adding some doodles and in the next post I will share where I am with the page.  I'm not sure if I will leave it or try to add something more.  

I had hoped that I could use the markers for a travel set of paints, I may still be able to do so if I used watercolor paper but found that on this bristol paper the paint did not want to mix and blend particularly well.  That doesn't bode well for travel painting.   I'm going to have to do more experimentation to see how I feel about the media.  Don't get me wrong, I love the markers and have used them frequently when doing layouts to add interest and detail especially when I am doodling but that wasn't the goal of this test.  So......... we will see how my next test goes.

I just discovered that Montana also carries an empty paint marker and I'm curious how it will work with the Golden High Flow Paint.  I'm going to have to read what the manufacturer recommends.

Gelli Printed Mini Journal

A number of years ago I purchased these small accordion folded cards from a couple from Spokane Washington who came to the school to do a one week mask making program and have been saving them for just the right project.  I can't remember their names but will find the information and post it. I wondered how they would work for Gell Printing.  I used the same paint colors which were used in the previous posts and printed this as I was using up the extra paint which was left on the Gelli Plate.  I decided that I didn't want it to be completely printed instead just wanted splots, how about that for new art vocabulary, of random color applied to this piece.  I found that I really liked it and added some stamping and some doodling to finish it off.  
The next step is to add words to the piece which I am working on in my spare time.  I'm adding the words to deli paper and then will adhere with Decou-Page.  What a marvelously easy process to add text to a project.  
These accordion folded cards are cut out of a metallic shimmery paper, this one is a blue grey color and is beautiful to start with but with the addition of the Gell Printing I think it is really stunning.  Once I get the words finished up and attached, I will post the finished piece.  I love how the center section pops out.  

Let me know what you think!!!  

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Adding Sprays to your Gelli Prints.

Once in a while when I am printing on my Gell Plate I leave an amount of white space like you see in the print below and I like how the white appears as negative space while the colored images act as the positive space.  I've also added a stencil in the piece below but again used the negative image instead of the positive stenciled image.   In the piece you see above I used a similar technique leaving areas the white of the paper and then sprayed them with a colored spray.  I used the new Deco Art Media Misters, which I love, and used the yellow.  The moral of the story is to use your materials to make your prints come alive depending on the color and mood that you want to portray.  

What to do with Gelli Prints?

Here's a question for all of you.....  What to do with these gel prints?  I love these and have done some doodling on them with the addition of a small amount of journaling.  I have used them as backgrounds for my art journal, backgrounds for cards, backgrounds for paintings, and in my Decorative Painting which is one of my favorite uses.  I've also collaged them onto other mixed media pieces.  There are countless ways to use these prints and if you tune in to a new online E-Zine called the Pixelated Palette you will see two different articles that are coming in the near future showing how to use your Gelli Plate to make your Christmas Cards.  HMMMM!!!!  Have I sparked your interest?  Are you a subscriber?  I am and the cost is extremely reasonable.  

Here is another rendition of a print similar to the one shown above.  I love how random these are.   These were all printed during the same printing session and I used the same selection of paint colors on these but you can see how different the textures all appear depending on how I positioned my paper as well as how I added the texture with my finger.  

Do you use a Gelli Plate?  I'd love to hear how you use your printed pieces!  Any new ideas?  

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I used the new Deco Art Media Paints on my Gelli Plate.

I wondered how the new Deco Art Media Paints would work on my Gelli Plate and gave it a try this afternoon.  What a wonderful couple of relaxing hours I spent playing in the paint.  I was curious whether or not they might stain my Gelli Plate because they are supposed to be highly pigmented. I am happy to report they did not, the Traditions paints do stain the Gelli Plate, that isn't a problem and doesn't hurt the plate but if that bothers you then you may reconsider using the Traditions line when gell printing.

The new Deco Art Media Paints worked brilliantly and because they are slightly transparent actually worked great when layering the paint.  You can see in my sample on top that many of the layers actually show through the previous layer which I really liked.

This bottom photo shows some of the deli paper prints which I used to clean up the Gelli Plate in between prints which I had not done before and really loved.  They will be great for collage in my art journal.  

If you have never tried Gelli Printing you really should give it a try, Joan Bess over at Gelli Arts has developed a super product and provides so much wonderful instruction on their blog.  She recently published a new book which is very thorough and so well done.  I have two plates an 8"X10" and a 12"X14" sized plate, both are great but if I were going to recommend one for a beginner I would recommend the 8"X10".  It is a more manageable size.  

Now I have to decide what to do with this print.  HMMMM?????  I really love how random this print is.  Stop by at a later date and we will see what I do with it.  Thoughts?  

Another Set of Doodled Porcelain Pieces using the amazing Deco Arts Glass Paint Markers

These are so addicting.  I can see why people love to Zentangle, it is just plain fun and so relaxing.  I've been working on these in the evenings when I am watching TV and only have two more plain white pieces of porcelain.  I guess I am going to have to make a run to the store again to purchase more.  Maybe I should try the Dollar Store?  Do they carry plain white porcelain?

I tried adding some color to these and I was really pleased with the result.  The previous pieces were only black and white but I wanted to experiment with color and I was thrilled with the result.  I think these are going to be great for impromptu gift giving during the course of the year and these are the perfect size for rings and jewelry on a table or dresser.  Shhhh.... don't tell my friends.  LOL.

For those of you who have not tried these markers, give them a shot.  They really are easy to use although they do have a bullet tip which is large for some of the fine detail work that I would like to do.  Maybe Deco Art will consider coming out with a finer tipped marker?  Maybe I will suggest that when I call them at some point in time.  I'm sure there are countless uses for these markers and really do wonder how they would do on wood or paper.  They do need to be heat set to be dishwasher safe but on wood or paper that wouldn't really matter.  HMMM...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Art Journal Part 2

I've been working on this Journal Page for the past few days and have really had a wonderful time playing in the paint.  I LOVE how it turned out, I love the vibrant colors and love the Dr. Seuss quotes that I used.  He is such an amazing author, so many of us grew up with his books clever unique text and now that I am looking for quotes to illustrate I seem to gravitate toward his.  Here I used two of his quotes.

I wanted to try something that I have not done before.  I recently watched a technique video by mixed media artist Kari McKnight Holbrook and she completes her lettering on deli paper and then adheres it to her page and I really wanted to try that.  I thought it was brilliant, it made lettering sooooo easy!  I could do all of my changes on the deli paper, ink, and then decoupaged it onto the page.  The deli paper was truly translucent and seemed to melt into the page.  I wanted more color around the lettering though and used my Caran D'Ache Neocolor 2 crayons to add additional color.  The first quote I used Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in life was completed on the deli paper but the arrow quote was not.  Can you see the difference between the two?  The arrows are slightly more vibrant but if I didn't know that there was a difference I'm sure that I couldn't pick it out.

Here is the finished piece, I added a Cat in the Hat hat and added a girl pointing toward the quote on the arrows.  My goal was to use the new Deco Art products and this project evolved into something that I really enjoyed and played with a few new techniques  as well as try out some new products.   I'd say that was a successful project.  Don't you? 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Art Journal Using Deco Art Media Products Part 1

When I sat down to experiment further with the new Deco Art Media Products I thought why not get out my art journal and see how they react on paper. I don't work in my art journal that often but really enjoy the freedom that it allows me to try out new ideas, products, and to basically give myself the freedom to just play.  The products certainly didn't disappoint and were just as wonderful on paper as they have been on both canvas and wood.  

I began by spraying the Red and Yellow Misters onto the art journal paper which I had sprayed with clean water to pre-wet the paper.  I closed the book to transfer a small amount of the mist to the opposite page.   The mists produced a good quality spray and coverage was outstanding.  The two colors mixed very well and when additional water was sprayed onto the page continued to blend nicely.  I did let this layer dry as I wanted them to be completely permanent before starting to layer paints onto the paper.  

I began the layering process allowing areas of the mist to show through.  I only used the Media Fluid Acrylics and played with mixing the paints, stenciling the paints and adding  sprays over the paint layers.

I was extremely pleased with how the paints performed.  Excellent quality and very good coverage especially when mixed with White which allowed for less transparency and more opaque paint coverage.  I felt that I needed some color pop onto the page and added another layer of the Yellow Spray which softened the purple side and colored the white areas on the white page.  

I continued adding layers of paint, stencil, and additional sprays until I found something that I was starting to like.  

Earlier this spring I purchased a variety of paint markers, some were empty and I could add my own paint colors while others were pre-filled.  I especially wanted to try the Molotow brand as I had heard amazing things about their quality but then found the Montana brand on sale, and already owned the Uni Posca.  I had heard a variety of different opinions on the paint markers and I really wanted to experiment and see which ones I liked.  They all work well and I used some of them on these pages to write with as well as to add a splash of paint color.  I used them to both add areas of color and to write some text with.  I need to work with them further but was impressed with all.  Some of the empty Molotow tend to leak which I find annoying and I preferred the finer tips but still will find uses for all of them.  But that is a post for a later date.  

 You can also see the Tim Holtz stencil which was used, I love his stencils and some paint stamps which Laurie Spelt has recently released which I love.  I have a project coming out later on this year for Artists Club that I use her stamps on.  I love them and did use them here with the Fluid Acrylics.  You can also see a small bottle, which once held eye drops which I washed out and have been using to add splashes of color to my journal pages.   I filled it with the Fluid Acrylics and it worked great.  

This was a little longer post than usual and now I have to get busy and think about what I want to add to these pages.  HMMMM.......  

Do any of you have the Acrylic Paint Markers?  Which brands do you prefer.  I'd love to hear your thoughts.