Inquiries sent out – pastels special

Today I wrote to companies that offer pastels.            A big thank you to Peter for providing me with a list of manufacturers and information about their products, he gathered. Of the six companies, I only knew one, Art Spectrum, who didn’t react to my first  mail back in March. Let’s see whether they will reply this time.

Here are the six companies and the products I asked them about:

  • Unison Colour Ltd – soft pastels
  • Uart – sanded pastel paper, mounted boards
  • Art Spectrum – soft pastels, Aqua Brush, Colourfix, Artist’s Gouache
  • Mount Vision Pastels – pastels, waterproof inks
  • Jackson’s  – square soft pastels, handmade soft pastels
  • Terry Ludwig Pastels – pastels

As to the other companies, nobody has replied so far. (only has been a couple of days so far)

 

 

new inquiries sent out to Clairefontaine, …

I am finally back at it.

I sent out inquiries today to:

  • Clairefontaine (thank you Frida and Christine for reminding me)
  • Creative Hands about Brustro Alcohol Marker (thank you Toshu; I hadn’t heard of this company before)
  • C.Kreul about Gouache, Oil Paints, Aquarelle Paints, Aqua Paint Marker, Spray Paint and the new Pouring Liquid.

C.Kreul is already in my compendium with a list of vegan-friendly products. And here was my latest entry about C.Kreul products.

 

 

fried computer

For a bit over a week, my computer has unfotunately been out of order. In the beginning it said “CHCKDSK”. So I, non computer person, panicked, thinking it might be a virus, disconnected it from the power. Afterwards I found out on my family’s tablet that it means “check disk” and is not a hacker. I let it do its self-repairing thing and it worked fine for the rest of the day. My gut told me to save on an external hard disk, but no, my head voice went “meh, I’ll do it tomorrow”. And the latter was the one I went with. The next day came, and oh wonder (really,I was quite suprised), the computer wouldn’t have any of it. Just telling me 00000000 and then the screen went from black to blue to show me its advanced mode possibilities. I didn’t know what to do with that and the rescue cd,computer magazines kindly include once in a while, just did nothing. My brother, the computer genius in the family, couldn’t save it. He ordered some new wires and hard disks and will have some one-on-one time with the now gutted tower (I had to put one wall back up, because the napping cat’s ear was sticking in the tower; no worries though, I unplugged everything beforehand, Teddy was never in danger). The last time I saved computer stuff on an external hard disk was three weeks ago. So it wasn’t the worst news for everything else, but it sucked for the work on my compendium. I already had put several hours into it. I was working through all my company correspondence, to add all company summaries to the compendium. There are about 150 companies, I have written to.  The computer wiz will have a try to safe what he can, but until then, there will be some restrictions. Unfortunately  I cannot access my email accounts, which means I am not able to read and reply to your mails. I hope everything will be back to normal  next month.

inquiry sent to Mungyo

I just sent an inquiry out to Mungyo. I sent the  mail to both, head office and consulting. Although I copy-pasted both addresses, the mail to head office came back and the mail delivery system stated that there is “no such user”. Hopefully the mail to consulting will go through.

Thank you Ina, for letting me know about this company.

 

Source: Mail contact, Mungyo website

 

Trying out Oozeq

In my last post, I introduced you to Oozeq, a vegan plasticine, and Oozeq’s inventor sent me some to try out.

You can buy it on Etsy (box with three packs, each 10 g) or Ebay (single packs, 10g).

Reading up on this never dry putty, you’ll find out it is kind of the swiss army knife of doughs.  So in case any A-Team, MacGyvers or Megan Gyvers out there need plasticine, that can be used as  fondant, molds, battery,  polymer clay armatures and more, besides the two obvious ways you can use it, slime or play dough, this could be for you.

I started more traditional and kneaded it around for a minute or so (consider its long journey) to make it all smooth. Although I automatically formed a lollipop swirl and a rose in the beginning, the first documented creation with Oozeq was this ear.

I did notice though, that longer fingernails are definitely not very helpful in moulding out smaller details. At times I felt a bit edward-scissor-handsy, and my creations bear the marks. Trying to smooth out a scratch, I would leave behind another. My poor witch can sing a song of all the scars I gave her. I also used a bit of water to smooth things out (on the witch), which helped but also made the surface a bit sticky.

After the Oozeq ear, I added sand in a 1:2 ratio (10g Oozeq, 20g sand).

Goodbye ear, hello sandy dough. And it really swallows all the sand,  glitter, or whatever you’ll mix with it and binds it. No sand or glitter on the loose. Next you can see the thaler I imprinted with a sealing stamp. All the fine details are visible and nothing stuck to the stamp.

After stamping, I wanted to see, how the sandy Oozeq molded, so I produced this little seal, which I don’t dare to destroy. It went through quite an evolution, if you think about it: From a droplet of putty to a swirl, a rose, an ear, a thaler and finally a seal puppers with beady eyes.

I did also find out that the sand muddied up the dye of the dough. However, this could be because I used the beige-grey playground sand I’ve got to mix in the soil for succulents.

Although I had my eyes set on vegan food dye ( Biovegan) to use on the plasticine, I couldn’t get it and made do with what I had at home. It might though be not what the inventor had in mind with his product. Oozeq is a non-toxic, even edible, plasticine, but I went ahead and dyed it with Faber-Castell Pitt Artist brush pens (see rose above), Daler-Rowney FW acrylic ink and Deltamarker. The colours came out vibrant and the chisel nib of the alcohol markers worked best. Only the black acrylic ink left some light black hued residue behind after rubbing it with gusto on the back of my hand (easily washed off). It suprised me that my hands were not dyed at all, the dough absorbed the colours – no stains, clean hands. I tried shimmery green acrylic ink and the putty kept the shimmer.

Before making my big showstopper (Bake-Off reference here, hehe), I tried Oozeq’s nail varnish hack as seen on Instagram .

Using it to mask what you don’t want to cover in nail varnish does work. It mustn’t protrude too much, so you still can reach in all the corners with your utensils. I went for an ombre look with a cut up cellulose sponge. It would have looked better, if I used a smoother sponge, but it still worked. Afterwards you  can just fold the putty piece, you used, up again and knead it. The plasticine absorbs the nail lacquer and you can keep on using it over and over again.

I also tried Oozeq as kneadable, removable glue dots (wasn’t advertised as such, just felt adventurous). You shouldn’t use it on walls or wallpapers (it contains oil) but I did stick the ear, the thaler, the piece of origami paper Oozeq is wrapped in, and on top of the paper the blue snake, to a lacquered door and door frame. They all stayed put. I did remove the ear and the thaler after a couple of minutes, but for a glorious short amount of time “the walls had ears”, well one ear; and it was a door.  The paper stayed on the door for over a day. Then I peeled of the putty. On the paper and the door were ,what you can describe as grease stains (that’s why you shouldn’t use it on wallpaper or painted walls). They came off the door with a sheet of kitchen roll wetted with a water-washing-up liquid combo (in no time).

Finally I come to my “pièce the résistance. Since it being already September and Halloween lurking round the corner (and the worst witch reruns  on  telly), I really wanted to make a little witch.

I was able to roll out the finest lines and make the smallest dots (see above) for the highlights and the whites of the eyes. Another mistake I made was mudding up the lashes. Initially I only applied a cat-eye liner in brown. I wasn’t too happy with it (should have chosen black). So I decided to add lashes, also in brown. With the same coloured hair it lacked of contrast. And the poor lashes (2D) got blurred in all the kerfuffle, as did the irides ( well, someone looked up the plural of iris) and the highlights. The pupils ,unfortunately, overtook the space of the irides, there is only a faint blue reminder on the very edge.

I used  eight Oozeq drops (80g, each 10g) for the witch. From leftover morsels I formed the wee pumpkin, a little black tortoiseshell kitten and the flowery hat band.

The witch dons some lovely striped stockings, boots/clogs, a striped top with cat head application and petal shaped sleeves and a crooked hat with a little flower garland. As for hair I chose the Mildred Hubble hairstyle : plaited pigtails.

The conclusion:

  • Oozeq doesn’t really smell like anything, only if you really sniff it hard, you can smell a typical hint of play dough as you know it.
  • It does leave an ever so slight film on your hands, when you knead it (which washes away with soap and water).
  • The putty is a bit prone to scratches  (my dye mixtures might have aggravated the situation) molding more ornate, intricate things.
  • Thinner naturally white coloured layers can become see-through
  • The plasticine has a bit of a shine to it like a built-in highlighter (make-up reference)
  • If you accidentally drop a whole witch’s leg on the carpet, you’ll retrieve a hairy one (not that the witch would complain)
  • Oozeq is a swiss army knife putty
  • For the ear and the seal I used one pack of Oozeq plus 20g of sand ( ear and seal are one and the same)
  • The cost of a pack of Oozeq  at the moment is a bit steep,  if you are looking for making things like my witch (she, kitten and pumpkin swallowed eight packs),  for figures or claymation; basically if you need loads of dough. Of course it has all the other application possibilities and the price might well be rightfully so, but for how I used it, needing a quantity of product, it is not very economical.
  • Is it usable for claymation? I can’t tell you. You’ll probably have to make smaller figurines. The body of my witch (upper body-legs ratio) does not allow her to stand up. Maybe a wire skeleton would help the weight distribution. To be fair, I have to say, I don’t know anything about claymation making.

Finally, I want to thank Oozeq’s inventor Bill Zicker , for reaching out and sending me the plasticine. I am glad there is finally a vegan-friendly plasticine product out there, that I could list. I am also glad, I was given the opportunity to try it out.

 

In case you are very understandably wondering how the little witch is doing:

After 1 1/2 days I discovered the poor thing had lost her head and one pigtail plait. This might be partly due to the lack of not having a (wire) spine and because I wouldn’t smush her precious head harder on her neck.

The final part is not for the faint-hearted, because …

… I had to spike her head on a toothpick to bond it to her body. Since I haven’t shortened the toothpick, the witch still remains in the same state as seen above. But think about it, if you coloured the toothpick green and propped the witch in front of a green screen, she would have a levitating head. The whole situation would be a mishap caused by a spell gone wrong. Other than having a toothpick in her head, she really is doing fine –  kitten and pumpkin weren’t harmed at all.

 

 

Source: Mail contact; Oozeq’s website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oozeq – vegan non-drying plasticine

Oobleq is a cruelty-free company producing Oozeq a vegan non-drying plasticine (never dry putty). It consists of only five non-toxic, 100% plant based, edible ingredients. It  cleans up with water and you can use Oozeq as a base for your DIY projects, e.g. adding colouring, hand cream, shea butter – you can make “your own stress relief slime, squishy hand lotions and slime soaps” (see Oozeq Description on Etsy)

For more information about Oozeq visit the company’s website.

 

Source: mail contact

 

Ecco Pigment – Faber-Castell

I recently stumbled upon Faber-Castell’s Ecco Pigment Pens. My favourite is 0.05 . Just like the Pitt Artist Pens, they are waterproof and have maximum lightfastness.

It is incredible how small you can draw with the 0.05 – that is why I like the pen so much.  In the following pics I have added some coins for size comparison. (coins: 2 Czech Koruna, 20 pence, one dime & one cent)