Saturday, September 28, 2013

Favorite Mixed Media Pens

A recent art journal page about our dog, Daisy
 As promised, I am back to discuss some of my favorite pens for art journaling. Love for a particular pen is pretty personal, I think. For instance, while many paper crafters have a deep devotion for anything Copic Markers manufactures, I do not love them.

In my experience, albeit fairly recent, I have tested numerous brands. One thing that is important to me is that they be permanent and not react by bleeding or fading to the wet media I am using.

Tee Juice Fabric Marker, Permapaque Pen, Slicci Pens
I have discovered that I especially love the fine point and permanence offered by Tee Juice Fabric Markers. I also really like Permapaque by Sakura, though wish it came in more tip choices like fine.

As an aside, I included my favorite gel pen in the picture- Slicci by Pentel!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Favorite Gel Medium

From a session with Mindy Lacefield in Lifebook 2013
After being enrolled in one mixed media/art workshop after another, I have begun to have products I enjoy using more than others. For example, I have used many glues and gel mediums like Mod Podge, Liquitex medium, Golden medium, and Deco Art's DecouPage.

Although I know many mixed media artists love Liquatex Matte Medium, I have to say that my favorite so far is Deco Art's Decoupage. For me, it is not as sticky as Mod Podge, and needs less product than Liquitex to adhere strongly.

I have also been on a hunt for permanent markers to write over collaged backgrounds. Though many love using Sharpie brand markers for this, I have not had great luck with them.

I bought a few single markers to test out from various brands. I will be reporting my results soon!

Do you have favorite products?