REVIEW: Finetec Watercolor Palette

If you are a hoarder like me, you will find a need and a purpose for every art material that exists in this planet. I mean, who could resist these pretty FINETEC palettes that has so much sparkle??? I totally need these for my Christmas cards, right? RIGHT :p

FINETEC Watercolor Palettes

FINETEC Watercolor Palettes

These colors are made from mica pigments (which is a natural source of metallic shades, based on what I read) and can easily be blended. You can use these pearlescent shades/metallics with a brush, pointed nib, or a broad edge pen.  Finetec is basically a watercolor palette so all you need to do to "activate" the color is to add a few drops of water... and voila! 

Here are the Gold palette shades: Tibet Gold, Inca Gold, Arabic Gold, Gold Pearl, Moon Gold, and Sterling Silver

Finetec 6-pc Gold palette

Finetec 6-pc Gold palette

The other palette I have is the one with 12 beautiful pearl shades: Russet Red, Bronze Satin, Diamond Yellow, Original Bronze, Regal Bronze, Mother of Pearl Pink, Metallic Indian Red, Silver Pearl, Pure Mother of pearl, Shining Pink, Shining Reseda, and Shining Aquamarine

Finetec 12-Pearl colors palette

Finetec 12-Pearl colors palette

To use this on a pointed pen (Nib + Holder), just brush (any paint brush) the paint pigment over the nib:

Here is a simple artwork I made using FINETEC.  Obviously, my favorite palette is the gold one:

 

RIGHT: Finetec + Pointed pen | LEFT: Finetec + Brush

RIGHT: Finetec + Pointed pen | LEFT: Finetec + Brush

 

If you are from the Philippines, you can order these goodies from @swirlsandstrokesph <3

 

xoxo

New things in the mail.

Some calligraphy and lettering tools aren't locally available here in the Philippines...but after searching online, I hit the Jackpot. The very nice and accommodating owner of the Instagram-based online store @swirlsandstrokesph, Sharon, made it easier for us hoarders *ahem* to score  some of the most coveted tools you can ever imagine!

I bought myself a set of Tombow Markers (Portrait Palette), a Century Oblique Holder, and a Jumbo Dinky Dips ink container.

JUMBO DINKY DIPS, TOMBOW DUAL BRUSH PENS, CENTURY OBLIQUE HOLDER

JUMBO DINKY DIPS, TOMBOW DUAL BRUSH PENS, CENTURY OBLIQUE HOLDER

I am in love with these Tombow Dual brush pens! They are perf for letterings <3

One disadvantage though for this set is that the other markers are too light to be seen on paper. Maybe I should have gotten the colorful set instead T_T

Here's a swatch page using the Tombow Dual brush pens Portrait palette set + Sunday Paper notebook.

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So, calling all lovers of art materials, a.k.a. hoarders, check out @swirlsandstrokesph!

 

xoxo,

Anina

 

PS: The owner is kind enough to give all the October 18 Workshop participants a discount coupon! How cool is that! <3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tools of the trade.

(UPDATED AS OF JANUARY 12, 2015) Recently, I've been getting a lot of questions regarding basic tools to kickstart any calligraphy journey. So, I want to share with you guys my favorite (and overused) tools for calligraphy and brush lettering. 

PAPER

1. Muji Dotted Notebooks - Php 295

  OK for pointed pen calligraphy and brush lettering.

2. Rhodia Pads - available at Fully Booked, Php 189

  OK for pointed pen calligraphy and brush lettering.

  Dotted/Grid pads are also available at Fully Booked.

3. Urban Paper Noir - available at Fully Booked, Php 185

  Black sheets of paper. Great for gold or white ink.

4. Midori Plain Pocket Notebook - available at Scribe Writing Essentials, Php 345

  OK for brush lettering.

5. Sunday Paper Notebook - available online via www.sundaypaperco.com, Php 350 set of two

 OK for brush lettering.

6. Notebook of Infinite Patience from The Fozzy Book - available online via    www.swirlsandstrokes.checkout.ph, Php 230

  Comes with slant guidelines. OK for pointed pen calligraphy.

7. Calligrapads from @the_md_writes - available online via @calligrapads, Php 180

  OK for pointed pen calligraphy and brush lettering.

Muji Dotted Notebook, Urban Papier Noir, Rhodia Uni Blank, Midori Pocket Notebook.

Muji Dotted Notebook, Urban Papier Noir, Rhodia Uni Blank, Midori Pocket Notebook.

My most recent addition to my notebook collection.

My most recent addition to my notebook collection.

  

WRITING TOOLS (POINTED PEN CALLIGRAPHY)

1. Speedball Oblique Holder - available at @swirlsandstrokesph, Php 150

2. Brause Straight Holder - available at Scribe Writing Essentials, Php 220

3. Century Oblique Holder - available at @swirlsandstrokesph, Php 1490

  Oblique holders are great for writing as they are already configured to write at a slant angle. 

4. Moonpalace Sumi Ink

    I use this black waterproof ink for both calligraphy and brush lettering.

5. Walnut Ink - available at @createbytlf, Php285

    I love this sepia ink! This is not waterproof, though. Okay for pointed pen practice.

6. Finetec Watercolor Palette - available at @swirlsandstrokesph, Php 1800 - Php 2000

   I use the gold one for my artworks. Read this review for more details.

 

WRITING TOOLS (BRUSH LETTERING)

1. Tombow Brush Pen - part of the set I bought from @swirlsandstrokesph, Php 1400/set

 Felt-tip. Okay for brush lettering practice because it's easier to control the strokes.

2. Sailor Maki-E Brush Pen - available at Scribe Writing Essentials, Php 1795

  Synthetic, brush-like tip. This brush will require more control than felt-tip pens. 

  It comes in a plain version and it retails at Php 975. You may opt to buy a converter for easy ink refilling.

 Note that this is refillable by cartridge or by converter.

3. Pentel Aquash, Fine - available at @dipnbrush, Php 400

 Synthetic, brush-like tip. This brush will require more control than felt-tip pens. 

 Fill with water and use for watercolor/Gouache OR Fill with fountain pen ink.

4. ZIG Brush Writer - available at @swirlsandstrokesph and Scribe Writing Essentials, Php 220

 Synthetic, brush-like tip. This brush will require more control than felt-tip pens.

 Not refillable.

5. FOUNTAIN PEN INK: Noodlers or J.Herbin - available at Scribe Writing Essentials, Php 525 - Php 650

I use these inks for my brush pens (Aquash and Sailor)

 

Tombow Brush Pen, Sailor Brush Pen, Oblique Holder, Straight Holder, Sumi Ink, Walnut ink.

Tombow Brush Pen, Sailor Brush Pen, Oblique Holder, Straight Holder, Sumi Ink, Walnut ink.

 

NIBS

1. Tachikawa G Nib - Php 100

 Great for beginners! You can also use this for drawing. This nib is stiff and will require more pressure for downstrokes.

2. Hiro 41 - Php 100

   Highly suggested in Flourish Forum. Flexible. Flexible nib. 

3. Esterbrook 355 - Php 75

  Perfect for Copperplate calligraphy but snags a lot of paper fiber.

4. Brause 66EF - Php 100

   This is my ultimate fave! Small but flexible nib.

5. Brause Steno - Php 90

   I use this for everyday writing. 

L-R: Tachikawa G, Hiro 41, Esterbrook 355, Brause 66EF, Brause Steno

L-R: Tachikawa G, Hiro 41, Esterbrook 355, Brause 66EF, Brause Steno

 

The tools that I listed here are what I use for most of my artworks and everyday writing practice. It may or may not work well for you but it is best to do your own research and experiment until you find your faves.

 

Scribe Writing Essentials stores: SM Aura, Shangrila, SM Megamall, Eastwood, Glorietta 5.

Swirls and Strokes wesbite: https://swirlsandstrokes.checkout.ph

 

Happy inking :)

xoxo