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Old 07-18-2019, 04:05 PM   #1
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My bestie gifted me the 48-pen set for my birthday and I Googled videos to see ways to use them, but most of what came up was not exactly helpful. Can anyone refer me to some good "this is how you do it" videos for these? I'm sure that they're similar to the Zigs, so if that's what you link to, that's cool, too. Thanks in advance!
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I've got two videos using them on my Youtube.




Hope they help.
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Thanks, Heather! I'll check them out...
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Try Jennifer McQuire she did a video on them and other brush pen comparisons
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I wrote and asked them how to store...upright or horizontal. They recommend upright with brush up.

And I have found that a few gentle shakes back and forth with the pen horizontal gets the ink moving into the brush.

Paint like you would use watercolor, except you don't have to keep dipping into the paint

In case you haven't noticed, I'm not too detailed on that kind of instructions.
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So I watched Heather's videos (thanks again) and those, along with Diane's comments (thank you, too), confirmed what I already suspected. I had a general idea of what they were about but kind of wanted to see if there was anything beyond my initial thoughts that would up the game a bit. I'm sure that Jennifer's videos (thank you, too, canada goose) will include more details, so I'll check that out, as well, but I'll probably just go ahead and play with them like I suspected I would. I'm talking in circles, so I'm going to stop now...
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Yeah, just play with them. I think the biggest thing for me is that they don't seem to work well on all papers, especially cardstock, Bristol Smooth and watercolor paper work best (for me at least), once I figured that out I liked using them more.
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I bought the 48-set for myself a few months back. I've only used them a few times but really love them. Need to play again soon, I'm getting the itch to watercolor. I prefer to lay the ink on, then use a brush dipped in water to spread the color similar to watercoloring. I haven't used mine as straight-up markers yet.
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You might find some helpful info from Coloring Bliss:
Blog: Adult Coloring Pages | Adult Coloring Books

The have "premium" membership but so far I've been finding useful tips for free.

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I did a site tutorial using the Zig brush markers - the techniques should work with the Arteza too... I think!



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I wrote and asked them how to store...upright or horizontal. They recommend upright with brush up.

And I have found that a few gentle shakes back and forth with the pen horizontal gets the ink moving into the brush.

Paint like you would use watercolor, except you don't have to keep dipping into the paint

In case you haven't noticed, I'm not too detailed on that kind of instructions.

Upright with tips up????? Wow! That is totally counterintuitive to the normal approach with any kind of pen/marker that we use.
I wonder if I should be storing the Zigs this way? I have been storing them horizontally. I need to check this out before I ruin them.
Thanks for sharing this storage tip on the arteza brush pens.
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Ooooh, they look so beautiful! What a great gift to receive!

I look forward to hearing how others store their Zigs ... maybe I am storing them wrong too, like Boss/Susy said?
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I've been scouring my email trying to find when I wrote to Arteza about the storage. I don't know how many times I looked and couldn't find it. Finally found it this morning:


FEB 05, 2018 | 04:13PM UTC
Karolina replied:
Hello Diane, thank you for reaching out!
We recommend storing the Real Brush Pens vertically with brush tips up and make sure to keep them away from direct sunlight as this may evaporate the ink. When you’re ready to use them just shake them in a whipping motion with the caps on tight, to activate the ink flow.
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And I found some more info about storing Zigs in another post here on SCS:

09-14-2017 10:53 AM by bjeans
Just fyi, this is what Kuretake says about storage of Clean Color Brushes:

"Hello Beth,

Thank you for reaching out to Kuretake, to answer your question the clean color real brush needs to be stored horizontally. However, while using the brushes if you need to keep them vertical just during the use you are more than welcome to do so but continue to keep them horizontally and stored in room temperature climate.

Thank you,

Morgan Micheli"


My sense is that a lot of people store them vertically and they do fine, just wanted to pass along what the company line is. (Actually, I asked and one CS rep said vertically - I asked if she was sure and she emailed back an apology and said horizontally. Then I emailed someone who had helped me with a Kuretake Gansai question, and his response is above.)
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Duplicate info. Cara beat me to it!
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Thank you Dianne and Cara for doing the research on how to store Zigs. I guess I am storing them correctly (horizontally), though sometimes it seems like I don’t have sufficient fluid at the tip when I go to use them.
I think I will add the whipping-motion before cap removal, recommended by the Arteza person, to see if that improves ink flow.
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Kristina Werner just posted a video on her blog about watercoloring supplies, and spoke about Artezas. One correction - which she may have made: she said you can only buy Artezas in multi-color packs, not single pens. Actually, you can buy four-packs of one color directly from Arteza. Kind of overkill in my book, but least they’re available. They all say “limited stock” though.

There are tons of videos about them on YouTube.

KW’s blog where she briefly discusses them:
http://www.kwernerdesign.com/blog/wa...s-2019-update/

(I don’t have any since I have Zigs and we use them in an occasional, ongoing class at my LSS. And because I love them. I don’t enjoy coloring, but the Zigs are the exception to the rule - for coloring, watercoloring, techniques, blending, etc. So Artezas may be quite similar.)
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Thanks for the input, everyone! I need to rearrange my "color medium" storage, as everything is not in direct sunlight, but still in bright light near a window, and it is Las Vegas, so...

I will be away from home for a few days (and can't take these with me), but I intend to play with them next week and possibly watch some videos...
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I store all of my markers horizontally, because it makes the most sense to me. Honestly, it is all too confusing to try to keep all the different "rules" straight. I actually think companies make a lot of this stuff up as they go along, because some of it doesn't make sense scientifically. I do remember learning in my Copic certification class that alcohol markers can be stored vertically or horizontally.

I don't store my dye-based ink pads upside down either. I do turn them upside down for about 5 minutes before using them, if I remember.
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I have the Arteza pens, but haven't mastered them by any means. Recently I saw a video by Cathy Zelskie: where she is swatching her new pens along with a download.

Iliana with My Sweet Petunia uses these markers. Mine are like hers without color names or numbers. She gave each pen a number and made swatches that way. Here is one of her videos where she is using the pens, in the blog post: http://blog.mysweetpetunia.com/2018/...-blog-hop.html

I like using these kind of pens of Bristol paper the best, but sometimes like whiter paper, so will reach for watercolor paper.
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Ok, to be methodical, I also wrote to Tonic Studios to see what they said about their Nuvo Aqua Flow pens (I have a bunch of them and REALLY like them!). Here's what they said:

On it's side works best!

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I have the Arteza and the Tonic, and I think I'm going to do both in the horizontal mode. I want to see if there is a problem with the Arteza leaking or anything.

It just means a couple more storage cubes to my coloring media.
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