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The school, so great. Too bad I've only got one more week to go. I've managed to make lots of cheese, draw a little, watch the entire cycle 8 of Britain and Ireland's next top model, take photos of coffee, the farm, the animals and catch up on a bit of extra sleep. So good!

Once upon a time.....I used to paint.........a lot, back in the dark ages. A few weeks ago I pulled out my paints again intending to do something with them, and, you know what? It was just sooooooo messy. Add that to having to go up and down stairs for clean up and I just couldn't really be bothered. Back into the cupboard they went.

So, when I sketched out a daisy/gerbera-ish flower the other day I was tempted to go for watercolour or maybe acrylics and actually paint it but fear of the mess factor overcame me and I decided to play with my markers to see if I could create similar effects to those I used to get with acrylics or oils.

I'm happy enough with how it turned out though I have some issues with the centre of the flower. Unlike painting, if I'm unhappy with something I can't just paint over it and restart the blending - once you've put the colour down with a marker - particularly strong colours like red, or *gasp* black - there's not a lot you can do to correct it. The biggest problem I have with using markers is controlling the "juiciness" of them. I find that going back over my line work once I'm done with the colouring helps out a lot to rein in the leakage.

To get this result took a lot of colours and for those who are interested - tria colours used:  (flower head) Y747, Y657, R766, R765, R465, R354, R934, O225, XB (stem) Y524, Y323, G178. And lots of blending. So, so much blending.

Working on my coffee photo sketch now (yeah, that's going to make a lot more sense in my next post, or if you follow my facebook page).



  1. I am unaware of tria pens. Are they anything like Copic alcohol pens? This is what I work with and the color numbers seem based on the same concept. By the way, love your work and always look forward to your posts!

    1. Hi Trisha. Thanks! I think they are similar - tria markers are blendable alcohol based inks - lots of colours. I've never tried copics - they're really expensive to buy in Australia. I get my tria markers and promarkers direct from the manufacturer in the UK -

    2. Helen: Thanks for the info! I'm familiar with Letraset but had no idea about Tria markers. Checked US sources and they are a little less than Copics. They look wonderful so I'm going to order a few and give them a shot. I love my Copics but they've gotten so expensive! Have a great weekend and thanks again!

    3. They have some great deals on the website from time to time, too. Promarkers are also great - same ink and almost half the price. There are not quite as many colours and don't have the brush tip of the tria (my fave to work with), but are still really good - I have heaps of these, too, and they work with the trias. Letraset no longer make tria refills, or replacement inks (I'm wondering if they're phasing them out?) so once I use mine up I'll only be replacing my greyscale ones - I like having all the graduated greys - and just stick with promarkers as they're more economical.

  2. well it might have been a lot of work, but it's absolutely stunning! Your talent is amazing. I love your tangles and your flowers. simply gorgeous!

  3. I love all your tangles. I also agree with Brenda "your talent is amazing". You are inspiring. Thank You for sharing..


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