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Weekend Workshops are published every Friday and all are available in PDF format so you can print out and keep them.

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Friday, 3 December 2010

Weekend workshop #65

Well what a week we have all had, I hope you are all safe, well and warm. It is not the best time to be going out so why not to finish all your christmas cards and if you are worried you don’t know how to use reds then we have a fab tutorial for you………Tracy has done a great tutorial for us this week, so over to Tracy :)


Hi Tracy here with a quick and very simple tutorial, using shades of red. As the man in red will be making an appearance next month, i thought i'd show you how i've coloured Santa's hat and coat with Promarkers.

I start with the areas i want darkest, then add each colour going over the previous colour and extending a little at a time into the white areas.
 work in a circular motion in and around the white areas using the blender pen.
Then go over the whole area to blend.
 Add shadows.
 Blend all over again.
I hope you'll find this useful when using reds on all your images.
Hugs Tracy x

There you go, I hope you all liked it.

Don’t forget we are still running our blog hop until Tuesday so if you have not joined in yet, why not pop over and take a look at the great prizes you could win.

We are going on our Christmas break now until after Christmas, so everyone at Passion for ProMarkers wishes you are very happy Christmas and new year

See you in 2011

Hugs Gina, Denise and the Design Team xxx

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Our Design Team

We have had a few changes with our design team so I thought I would just give you all a chance to have a good nosy at them, our newbies are Gro, Coops and Vix if you click on there photos it will take you to there blogs, I just wanted to say a sad “Goodbye” to Sue and Maria who have left us, life has just taken over so we wish them both well.

Don’t forget to join in with the blog hop over on the main page, it lasts for 2 weeks so we want no excuses :)
Blog Owners/Authors/Design Team

Denise Morgans Gina Botfield
Denise Gina
Passion for ProMarker Design Team
Andie Anja Caryn Davies Debs Emma Wood
Andie Anja Caryn Debs Emma
[Nytt-kamera-2010+005-profilbilde.jpg] Ida Melby [Blog+photo.JPG] Michele Roos [241988-2009824-18937.jpg]
Gro Ida Julie Michele Nic (Coops)

Sarah Horne Sue c Tracy Gough [CIMG4468.JPG]
Sarah Sue Tracy Vix

Hugs Gina, Denise and the whole Design Team xxx

Friday, 19 November 2010

Weekend workshop#64

I can not believe a week has passed since I last posted, where does the time go!!

We have a surprise coming up next week on the main blog so don’t forget to pop over on Tuesday at 9am to see all the action!

This week we have a great tutorial from Sue, if you have bought some Aquamarkers and don’t know where to begin this is the tutorial you need……so over to Sue…..


Hi, it's Sue here and I've put together a tutorial to show you how to get started with Aquamarkers. As Aquamarkers are waterbased you need to use Stazon ink as this won't bleed or run when water is used and it dries really quickly. I've used Jet Black, but you could use any colour you like.

The paper that I've used is a Hot Pressed Watercolour paper which is great as it doesn't warp when water is used. I always have a sheet of kitchen roll next to me so that I can use it to dab off excess water from my paint brush. If you have a waterbrush, that's fine to use too, I just prefer an ordinary paint brush. The stamp I've used is a fab one by Whipper Snapper. First of all I scribble some ink onto an acrylic block and with a damp paintbrush, pick up some of the ink and do a first layer making the colour very pale.

I start to build the colour up going over areas where they need to be darker due to shadow.

To get extra depth to the colour I take the pen direct to the paper and then blend the ink with the damp paint brush.

The colour builds up quite slowly so sometimes it takes several layers of ink to get to the desired strength of colour. The beauty with Aquamarkers is that the colour blends so easily with a damp paint brush and you can get just about any shade you like.

For the neck trim of the gown I've used Sunburst Yellow and again I painted a pale coat first then I took the pen direct to the paper to add some depth to the colour, all the while blending with my damp paint brush.

For the wooden stand I've used Gold Ochre and Mahogany. I've used Gold Ochre first giving the stand an all over coat. I then used the Gold Ochre direct to the paper to add depth of colour and shade.

The Mahogany was just used where the shade would be the darkest, in this case the left hand side of the stand.

For the scroll I used Cream and Eggshell, just giving it a light coat and adding a little shade to the lower edge.

The last colour I used is my favourite and that's Sangria. It's such a deliciously rich colour, and I've used it for the tie around the scroll. It's also possible to use digi images with Aquamarkers by heat setting the image. Just use your heat gun to waft over the printed image for a few seconds. You do need to be more careful with the amount of water you use as the watercolour paper I've used here wouldn't go through my printer and the card wouldn't be as resistant to warping as it's not as absorbent. I hope you've found this useful ! Sue x

Now don’t forget to come and see us for a few surprised on Tuesday, you won’t be disappointed :)

Have a great weekend

Hugs Gina, Denise and the Design Team

Friday, 12 November 2010

Weekend workshop #63

The weekend is nearly here again woohooo, so we have a fabby tutorial to inspire from the lovely Julie, if you want to see the finished card just pop over to this weeks challenge. So without further a do here we go…………


Hi there, it's Julie, and I'm here to show you how I coloured my image from this week's challenge, in black and white tones with my Promarkers. The first thing that I would say is that I've used hardly any black as I find this can be too harsh when you're trying to blend your shades.

I used this fab Kenny K digi image which is perfect for black and white tones al a cartoon style! I've started off with the Ice Grey family - starting with Ice Grey 4 for my darkest areas.
Onto Ice Grey 3, gradually bringing in the colour further to the centre of the image, then Ice Grey 2 and Ice Grey 1.
I've then gone back and added some Ice Grey 5 to further accentuate his muscles/shadows,
and blended through again from darkest to lightest to blend together. I've done the same with his head, blending through from dark to light - you can see this in the final pics at the end.
For his legs, I've used the Cool family of Greys as using a different family of the greys adds to the depth and contrast in your image. Again, the same technique, starting with the darkest, Cool Grey 5, in the creases and the shadows.
This is the effect at Cool Grey 2, leaving a thin area uncoloured to capture the sheen of his rubber leggings - ooh er!!! I've also used my blender to soften the edges between the Cool Grey 2 and the uncoloured strip.
Again, the same technique and colours with his gloves, leaving the tips of his knuckles white as this would be the area that I imagine reflect the light the most.
I've used the Warm Grey set for his boots, starting with 4 and blending down to 2.
As with his body, I've then gone back to Warm Grey 5 and added this to the darker area to increase the feeling of depth and shadow.
Just leaving a touch of white to show where the light catches on the back of his boots.
The briefcase is the only place where I used black to start off as my deepest colour, then used the Cool Grey set to complete my colouring and blending.
And this is my finished image showing the final effect obtained by using all three different families of the Greys and a hint of black. You can also see the little bit of flesh colouring where his face is exposed and for this I used putty and pastel pink.


Now I think you will agree that was a great tutorial.

We hope you all have a great weekend, don’t forget to take a look at our new challenge on Tuesday

Hugs Gina xxx