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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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Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Weekend Workshop #1

This is the place to come for all hints, tips, tutorials and Q&A's. We will be here every Friday for the coming weeks and we would love your input, this is after all a blog for all ProMarker lovers. We know from the feedback so far that you all have questions and have hints and tips yourself, so we would love to hear from you, if you email either Gina or Denise with questions, tutorials, hints, tips, ideas, we would really love to share them with everyone. Each week we will be having a selection of your ideas, so long as we get some that is :) even if you are improving your skills, we would love to see your images and colours used.

Today we are starting with the basics - we have had so many questions on what card we use and what ink, so we are starting at the beginning



Most of the DT are of the same opinion the best ink to use is "Memento Tuxedo Black" it leaves a crisp impression and there is no bleeding. Another favourite is Impress Ink, which a couple of the DT use, and it is also cheaper than the Memento. A further choice is Stampin Up inks, you do need to use a waterbased inkpad, if it is alcohol based (e.g Stazon) it just reacts with the proMarkers and bleeds.


Ok this one is a bit more tricky, everyone in the DT uses something different, so I will give you a few choices -
IQ Smooth from Staples (Reasonable price, good to stamp and colour on)
Whisper White from Stampin Up
Concord index card from but it does bleed if you're heavy handed with the promarkers
Very smooth off-white card from papermill (colours blend well and take a bit longer to dry ...more time to play, only slight bleed but fine if don't saturate too much and its reasonably priced)


Again everyone in the DT has there own choice on colours used for skin, but the most popular colours to use are -

Ivory and Dusky pink
Blush and Dusky pink
Ivory and Blush


Terracotta (for cheeks and shadows) dusky pink (for highlights)and cinnamon for everywhere else
Sandstone, Dusky Pink for shadow, Pastel Pink or Coral for blush.
All the DT are still experimenting with Dark skin, so once we have more colours we will let you all know


Sandstone, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Umber & Burnt Umber or a combination of Cinnamon, cocoa, umber, henna, burnt umber, if you experiment with these colours you should get a mix that suits you best


Again there were varied choices for black hair - here are a few for you to experiment with.

Ice grey 1-5 + touch black
Black and Warm Grey 1-5
Warm Grey 2 Umber, and a touch of Black.


Varied choice again from the DT, here are a selection of what colours they use -

Lemon, Pastel Yellow, Canary.
Primrose, lemon, canary, mustard, gold.
Vanilla, sandstone, mustard
Mustard, Gold, Vanilla, anything light
Pastel Yellow/Ivory, Vanilla, Sandstone. For touch more warmth add a little Raw Sienna.

Well I think that is enough for to get you going this weekend, try combining the colours and if you come up with anything better let us know. Without you we can not do it :)

NEXT WEEK on Weekend Workshop -

How to's on Colouring Hair and Skin
How to use blender
Your questions answered

Don't forget the Challenge this week is Pastel Pink and Apple, you have until Tuesday at 9am to join in the fun. All the colours for the next few weeks are on the sidebar together with labels for all workshops.

Gina and Denise xxx

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