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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.

All workshops can be downloaded by clicking the small icon at the end of each post.


Friday, 29 October 2010

Weekend workshop #61

Just a quick post this week as I have some family staying and feel a little ignorant being on the computer………but I know how much you all look forward to the weekend workshops so family will have to wait :)

This week we have a great video from Michele, so go fetch yourself a cup of tea or something stronger if you prefer and settle back and enjoy!

If you are all good you may see part two next week :)

Have a good weekend

Hugs Gina, Denise and the Design Team xxx

Friday, 22 October 2010

Weekend workshop #60

We are here again, another Friday so another tutorial, it is nice to know you are all happy we are back. If you have any ideas of tutorials or would like us to answer any questions just leave a message in the comments and we will do our best to help :)

Just a few bits of info before we get to the tutorial, Letraset have gone into social networking and have joined facebook and twitter so if you want to join them and be the first to hear all of the news, just click on the links below

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Right onto our tutorial this week from the lovely Andie -


I'm sure many of you are aware of the new range of Letraset Aqua Markers. For this weeks workshop I wanted to try & show you why I think they are so fab! On the suggestion of my PFP D-Teamie Gina I used Daler-Rowney, The Langton Extra Smooth Watercolour Paper, Hot Pressed with VersaFine Ink.
Aqua Markers, up to this point, come in a much smaller range of colours than Promarkers. But that is no problem. They can be used like a paint pallette to mix almost any colour you wish. There are several techniques for using them. For this tutorial, I scribbled colour onto a non-porous surface & used a Water Brush to pick up the colour like paint.
I used a CC Design Kiki La Rue image for this tutorial.
1. Using small circular motions I coloured her face with Eggshell.
2. Rather like Promarkers I layered colour on top of colour to darken the areas in shadow. Round the edge of her face I used Deco Peach & Rose Blush. My brush was damp rather than wet. Too wet & the brush will lift the colour on the page & leave water blush marks. Patience is a virtue. Either wait for the area you are painting to dry or start colouring another area before you layer the colour.
3. On the pink areas I used Cherry Blossom as a base, again using my brush in small circular strokes, but using little dabbing motions to build a depth of colour.
4. To darken the colour, I layered Flamingo Pink over the Cherry Blossom. 5. I added Puce to add further depth to the shadows. 6. The blue areas were coloured in the same way, with Frost Blue as a base, & Storm Blue for darker shadowy areas. 7. On her hair I used Straw Yellow for the base.
8. Over the Straw Yellow I shaded Golden Brown & Mocha.
9. To add further depth to her hair. I used small strokes of Mocha, directly from pen to paper, & used my brush to pull the colour from the darkest parts to the lighter areas.
You can see the full final finished image & card on the Sweet Treats Challenge, posted on the PFP Challenge blog on 7/9/10.
I love the Aqua Markers for the range of effects you can achieve with them. There are several ways of using them, of which this is only one. Give them ago & discover which style suits you!
Thanks for Looking,
Andie xx
If you need any more information about aquamarkers click on the PDF below to give you some more tips and a look at all the yummy colours

Don’t forget if you have any tutorial ideas or would just like to ask a question just leave us a comment :)

See you all next week, we have a yummy video to show

Hugs Gina, Denise and the Design Team xxx

Friday, 15 October 2010


Hello everyone, firstly we would like to say a huge “Thank you” for your patience, what was meant to be a few weeks off turned into a few months with me to blame :( or should I say my head, ears, teeth, ok everything above the neck!

Anyway enough of that, we have the little matter of the winner of the proMarker set to do first, but being as we have been away so long how about we don’t just give one kit away, how about we give 3 sets away woohoooooo, so here goes the lucky winners are

***** SUZANNE *****

***** NAT *****

***** CLAIRE *****

Congratulations ladies, if you could email us your address to If the prizes are not claimed this week we will be drawing again for next weeks workshop

Now we have a fab tutorial for aquamarkers from Tracy, we will be having quite a few tutorials using aquamarkers as they have some fab new colours. We are allowing them to be used on the challenges too so this will be a great way for us to all get some tips


I stamped the image using Jet black Stazon ink onto DALER ROWNEY HOT PRESS LANGTON WATERCOLOUR PAPER. I use an acrylic block to mix my colours on, and just scribble a bit of the colour/colours on it, add a little water, mix and pick up the colour with a water brush.

For the skin tone i mixed Straw Yellow and Flame Red, and made a really weak solution by adding lots of water, and painted all the skin areas in this very pale colour.
I then added more of the two colours to my block to make the colour darker and added that to the image in the areas i wanted to darken. I also added a bit of watered down Rose Carmine to her cheeks, and blended it all with a damp brush.
I cleaned off my block and added a good quantity of Aquamarine, mixed it with water and gave her gown a wash of this pale colour.
I then touched in the darker areas using the Aquamarine marker straight to the image, you can see where i have done this on the inside of her sleeve. I then blended with a slightly damp water brush.
Next i moved onto her hair.
I mixed some Sepia and water on my block, and gave her hair a light colour wash. I then applied Sepia straight to the image in areas i wanted darker, and blended with a slightly damp brush.
I just follow this same method on all areas, first adding a light color wash then adding some of the colour straight to image and blending.
For the leaves i used Fern Green and Rose Carmine for the berries.
Straw Yellow on the candle and a touch of Flame Red (on the flame).
(This is when i noticed i'd missed the bit of hair over her shoulder).
Lamp Black on the bells.
Here's the finished image, which appeared on my card for challenge #65 here.
I hope this has given you an insight into how i use these gorgeous and very addictive markers.
Hugs Tracy x


How fab was that, are you pleased we are back :)

Next week we have a fab tutorial from Andie again using aquamarkers but don’t get upset the ProMarker tutorials will be back again soon

See you all next week

Hugs Gina, Denise and the Design Team xxx