Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Spectrum noir pens - New launch!!!
Winging their way to me as I type is a full set of the fabulous new Spectrum Noir alcohol markers from Crafters Companion that are being launched on friday 22nd July. I was lucky enough to have a sneaky peek at these a few months ago and I have to say they are amazing!!!
It has been decided that as part of the Crafters Companion design team that we should all get sent a set "if we wanted them"....hell yeh - is the sky blue?!? They leave the warehouse today and should be delivered to me tomorrow and I can't wait.
Let me tell you a little about the pens. As you will know the main alcohol pens available are copics and promarkers. The main advantage to the Spectrum Noir pens is that they are 100% designed for crafters - Copics and promarkers were designed for artists and illustrators so they do have disadvantages. The new pens have a fine tip (much finer than the bullet tip of the promarker) and a bigger chisel nib.
The added bonus of the pens is that they are refillable like the copics so you won't have to keep buying new pens!!!
The pens come in 6 packs (RRP £6.99) of one colour so you would get 3 cool shades and 3 warm shades (light, medium and dark). They have been designed in such a way that the blending of the 3 colours will be much more straight forward which is ideal for anybody who found they struggled to get good shading and highlighting. I'm a promarker person normally (just because they were cheaper than copics) but the look and feel of these new pens is second to none.
As far as I know as well as the 6 packs which are the hues of the same colour, there are also add on packs of 24 which are lights, brights, pastels and darks. There will be no duplication as you can get with some of the promarker packs.
The design team will be sharing step-by-step colouring tutorials and more on the Crafters Companion website although they won't be for a couple of days as we haven't even got them yet!
Link to spectrum noir details here (will go live on friday)
Link to the step-by-step tutorials here (will go live next week once they have our tutorials)
Be sure to check these amazing new pens out on Friday - they are a must for any crafter!!!
A little birdie told me there may be a special offer on them for the launch!!!
Thanks for looking!!!