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Friday, March 29, 2019

RESTOCKED: Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors in

Traditionally the choice of cartoonist and manga artists the Gansai Tambi has been raved by scrapbook and paper craft celebrities like Amy Tangerine and Jennifer McGuireI dived in and bought the 36 colours after watching the videos … yes, it does costs a lot, but it is AMAZING!!! 

And I'm not the only one who seems to agree with the buttery and satin-y quality of the Gansai Tambi. Watch Amy Tangerine as she puts a different twist to it with her Midori Travelers Notebook in this video:

Or my sister's A5 planner sketches, where she's just so dawn to the rich colours and hues of the Gansai Tambi

A5 Daily Planner by Penelope (IG

So, if you are looking for high quality professional watercolour paint, carries and continues to restock the following Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi due to popular demand:

Black (No. 20), Blue (No. 64), Brown (No. 46), Deep Blue (No. 67), Green (No. 55), Lemon Yellow (No. 40), Light Brown (No. 44), Mid Green (No. 53), Red (No. 32), Scarlet Red (No. 31), White (No. 10), and Wine Red (No. 36)

Black (No. 20), Blue (No. 64), Brown (No. 46), Cobalt Blue (No. 62), Cornflower Blue (No. 61), Dark Brown (No. 47), Dark Pink (No. 34), Deep Blue (No. 67), Evergreen (No. 58), Green (No. 55), Lemon Yellow (No. 40), Light Brown (No. 44), May Green (No. 51), Mid Green (No. 53), Mid Yellow (No. 43), Ocean Green (No. 52), Olive Green (No. 54), Pale Aqua (No. 50), Purple (No. 139), Red (No. 32), Scarlet Red (No. 31), Turquoise Green (No. 57), White (No. 10), and Wine Red (No. 36)

Black (No. 20), Blue (No. 64), Bluish Gold (No. 91), Bright Yellow (No. 42), Brown (No. 46), Cadmium Red (No. 30), Carmine Red (No. 35), Cobalt Blue (No. 62), Cornflower Blue (No. 61), Dark Brown (No. 47), Dark Pink (No. 34), Deep Blue (No. 67), Deep Pink (No.37), Deep Violet (No. 38), Evergreen (No. 58), Gold (No. 90), Green (No. 55), Lemon Yellow (No. 40), Light Brown (No. 44), May Green (No. 51), Marine Green (No. 56), Menthol Violet (No. 66), Mid Green (No. 53), Mid Yellow (No. 43), Ocean Green (No. 52), Olive Green (No. 54), Orange (No.33), Pale Aqua (No. 50), Persian Blue (No. 63), Purple (No. 139), Red (No. 32), Scarlet Red (No. 31), Silver (No. 95), Turquoise Green (No. 57), White (No. 10), and Wine Red (No. 36)

Brown (no. 46), Dark Pink (no. 34), Deep Blue (no. 67), Gold (no. 90), Green (no. 55), and Lemon Yellow (no. 40) • 1 superfine hard brush pen for detailing  • 1 water brush

The non-toxic, water-based paints are ideal for sketching, illustration, sumi-e, cards, and more! 

Each watercolor block comes in an individual tray that can be removed from the palette during use. The underside of the box lid features a color chart that you can fill in yourself using the actual watercolors so that you can see exactly how they will appear when used.

The large pallets allow working straight from palette to paper, making them great for painting on the go. If heavily diluted the paint dries highly translucent or with less saturation it dries opaquely with a slight sheen. Can be used on conventional watercolour paper or dark coloured cards.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

FEATURED PRODUCT: Princeton Artist Brush available in

Copyright Caligrafikas

We've been getting a lot of queries on the Princeton Artist Brush off late and it seems to have extended to the Modern Calligraphy community and not our traditional artist.

For us, we chose to supply Princeton Artist Brush because unlike other brush companies, Princeton concentrates and specialises in making ONLY brushes and their brushes are really value for money as they are quality built and will last very long if you care for the brushes appropriately.

 Copyright Jenna Rainey
Copyright Caligrafikas
Check out what some big names in lettering artists love using from the Modern Calligraphy Summit in the video below

A little bit about their brushes:


HAIR - Just as they were in the past, artists’ brushes are still crafted by hand. Brush makers hand “cup” the hair to shape, so that each strand falls into place, giving the brush a fine tapered point or a clean, straight edge.
Hair is the most important and expensive part of the brush. We use the highest grade of hair to give you the best quality for your money.
Most hair types vary in quality. For example, all bristle hair is not the same; there are many different grades. The better grades offer unique properties, which enable them to hold more color and retain their shapes. Princeton offers a complete selection to meet different needs and budgets. Remember that a better quality hair makes a far better brush, and a better quality tool makes painting easier and more enjoyable.
FERRULE - This is the metal band, which holds the hair to the handle. Nearly all of our brushes have nickel-plated, seamless ferrules, so they will not rust or split.

HANDLE - Different hard woods are used, depending on where the brushes are manufactured: domestic or overseas. Handles are proportioned to balance in your hand and to give you more control. Three layers of lacquer and varnish are used to protect the wood from swelling and to shield the finish from cracking.
Hair is positioned within the ferrule to give maximum snap or responsiveness without going limp. This often means that as much as twenty five percent of the hair falls inside the ferrule or is trimmed at the back end, to allow secure fastening of the handle. The hair is thoroughly glued to the ferrule. The glue “seals” the ferrule, preventing any seepage of water or medium into the brush. Gluing the hair to the ferrule also prevents shedding of the hair. In addition, we crimp the ferrule to secure its hold on the handle.
HANDLE LENGTH - Generally the long handle, about 9” in length, is for easel work/traditional oil and acrylic painting. A short handle, 5” to 6” in length, is for watercolor and other painting done at a table.

SIZE - Using an appropriately sized brush head will save painting time and premature wear. Use of smaller size brushes, below size 4, are usually for detail work, medium sizes, 4 to 6, are for small areas, and large size brushes, above size 6, are for broad spaces.


BRUSHES FOR ACRYLIC - Synthetic hair brushes provide a smoother stroke than natural bristle, retain their stiffness, and when used with acrylics and other water based media, clean easily with soap and water. Most synthetic hair brushes are also more durable. When used with acrylics, natural bristle brushes tend to lose their stiffness, though natural hair brushes often carry more color. It is a matter of preference: synthetic or natural hair.
BRUSHES FOR OIL - Natural bristle brushes are not all alike. Yes, all hairs come from hogs or boars, but many factors affect the performance of the brush. The stiffest and the most desired bristles come from Chungking and Shanghai in China. The best bristle has long, soft split ends called “flags,” which increase the brush’s color-carrying capacity. Generally speaking, the more flags a brush has, the more color the brush holds. Control is further enhanced when the hairs curve inward and become interlocked. A good interlocked brush will maintain its original shape, help you to control the placement of color, and add textural qualities. Some artists who use acrylics prefer natural bristle, while some oil painters choose synthetic brushes. Again, it is your choice.

Sable is also used for blending and for fine detail in oil color. Unlike bristle, sable does not show brush strokes. Although natural bristle brushes can be used with acrylics, sable is not recommended.

BRUSHES FOR WATERCOLOR - Selecting the right watercolor brush can be both challenging and confusing. Natural hair, synthetics and combinations of the two offer seemingly endless choices. For example, sable hair is often recommended for watercolor painting. However, there are many different grades of sable. Even within the finest grade of sable, Kolinsky, there are variations in hair quality. In synthetics, two brushes can have the same hair color, but that may be where the similarities end. Inexpensive synthetic brushes often use a single diameter filament while better quality brushes are a blend of filament sizes. Multi-diameter filaments hold more color and are designed to simulate natural hair. Synthetics are often more durable and usually less expensive. The best synthetics and synthetic sable blends are indistinguishable in performance from many natural hair brushes.
DECORATIVE BRUSHES - Decorative artists have very specific needs related to the limitless techniques and mediums they employ in their art making. For that reason, our decorative series come in the broadest range of shapes and hair types. Our signature line, Select™, comes in 29 different shapes, includes 7 different types of hair filament and now features Petite brushes for fine detail painting.
Learn more about Select™ and other Princeton decorative series at

Angle Shader
Angle Shader—A versatile brush used to paint both sharply defined edges and contrasting softly shaded areas like foliage.
Bright—Provides better control then flats for details; produces short, crisp paint strokes.

Fan—For blending and softening the edges of other strokes; dry brushing to create hair, trees, shrubbery and grass.
Filbert—For edges and tight areas. Gives a rounded look to a flat stroke.
Flat—Broad sweeping strokes for laying in large areas of color like sky or foreground.
Flat Shader
Flat Shader—For blending and large, even strokes. Holds a lot of color. Clean crisp edges.
Grainer—For creating multiple lines- grass, hair and fur.
Liner—Very long hairs create consistent thick to thin lines for tree branches, vines and foliage.
Mop—For covering large areas, softening and blending.
Round—An all purpose brush; for fine detail and outlining; thin to thick lines, calligraphy.
Stroke—Used for lettering, blending and glazing. Long hair length, holds a lot of color, hairs are longer than a shader.
Wash/Glaze—For broad strokes and blending. Apply washes of color or finishes.


Brushes are an investment. If used and cared for properly, your brush will last a long time and perform better. A few basic suggestions:

  • Do not immerse the brush in paint up to the ferrule. Wet paint is hard to remove from this area and, if it dries, even more difficult.
  • Remove all excess paint with a rag or paper towel.
  • Never leave a brush soaking in water or mineral spirits for an extended period of time.
  • Never let your brush rest on its head. There are many accessories available that will suspend your brush.
  • Watercolor and acrylic paint should be cleaned with mild soap and water. Oil paint should be first cleaned with mineral spirits or turpentine and then with soap and water.
  • After cleaning, remove excess water, reshape the hairs into place with you fingers, and stand the brush upright on the handle to dry.

A little effort will protect your brush and save you money.
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To buy these professional artist grade brushes in Malaysia, please visit
In addition to artist brushes, we have the Catalyst range of products fromPrinceton Artist Brush Co as well.

Click HERE to shop.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

SnC WAREHOUSE is OPEN this Wednesday

Yes,'s Scrap.Abode (warehouse) is OPEN this Wednesday
37 Jalan SL 2/2, Bandar Sungai Long, 43000 Kajang, Selangor
+6-012-386 2869 

or type Scrap-n-Crop into WAZE

Online purchases may be collected in person at's Scrap.Abode (warehouse) during the open days. 

However, please contact us 24 hours before hand with your PO# and details at:

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Monday, March 25, 2019

New Manuscript Products available at

The Modern Calligraphy set is the perfect starter kit for beginners or a fantastic addition to a more experienced lettering artist's collection. 

This set contains 3 pointed nibs, a turquoise pen holder, a 7ml bottle of black ink, storage tin, and basic instructions.

For those seeking more fun this Hand Lettering Set is for you!
Explore the art of producing captivating letters and stunning scripts with a vast array of tools and colors. Ideal for cards, diaries, special messages and all creative adventures! 

This 9x7.5 inch package contains four italic markers, one fountain pen and stylus, five ink cartridges, four duotip markers, one practice pad, one storage case and a set of instructions.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

FEATURE PRODUCT: Dr. Ph Martin's Iridescent Calligraphy Colors in

It's no surprise why Dr. Ph Martin's Iridescent Calligraphy Colors continues to be one of the favourites with calligraphers locally and its been restocked countless of times at… it's simply irresistible!

here's why in a photo … but trust me, nothing like trying it and seeing the actual output!

Shimmering, reflective | Shiny Metallic Colours | Lighyfast | Fine Artist Pigment | Archival | Waterproof | AP approved Non-Toxic | Pen (Calligraphy pens, Dipping pens) | Airbrush flows without clogging (use .2mm or larger if flow is restricted) | Brush | Accent Watercolor Work | No start or stop marks for Calligraphy (dries smooth and even) | Great covering power on black and other dark surfaces | Adheres to paper, wood, board, metal and some plastic surfaces

Sold INDIVIDUALLY or in SETS of 12 at

Set 1 — Includes 12, 1 oz (30 ml) bottles of ink in Black Sparkle, Blue, Copper Plate, Deep Blue, Gold, Green Jade, Orchid, Salmon, Silver, Violet, Yellow, and White.

Set 2 — Includes 12, 1 oz (30 ml) bottles of ink in Amethyst, Brass, Bronze, Copper, Crystal Mint, Frosted Peach, Metallic Green, Misty Blue, Nickel, Rose Lame, Saffron Yellow, and Sequins Blue.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

TIPS & TECHNIQUES: Hand Lettering Demo by Joanne Fink and How to Draw Colorful Roosters with Yuko Miki with Koi Coloring Brush Pen

The Koi® Coloring Brush pens in remains one of the best selling brush pens ... and we've got more new colours that you will love!!! Yes, all 48 transparent ink colors that bends easily for you to create a multitude of hues and effects with the colorless blended pen that allows seamless washes and color gradations.
Download the color chart HERE to see all the colours available.
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why the Koi Colouring Brush pens craze?
Koi® Coloring Brush pens - a dye based pen - allows you to color your artwork easily, anywhere, anytime with the no-mess. The pens perform similarly to an artist brush where you can make fine, medium or bold brush strokes just by changing the amount of pressure to the nib. The durable tip will quickly spring back to its original shape! 
It is also odorless and the water-based solvent helps you blend smoothly and layer colours.
So, in short, the Koi® Coloring Brush pens are a convenient way to add vibrant color to any sketch, journal, cartoon, illustration, or rubber stamps.

Check out the Hand Lettering Demo by Joanne Fink below:

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