Like (I suspect) many other paper-crafters, I have recently been rather taken with Copic markers. Indeed, they are fun to play with AND have definite benefits (smooth color, don't run, don't pill paper, and can blend to create lovely shading... to name a few). I had been neglecting my (quite) large collection of brush markers, both Marvy Le Plume II and the thicker Marvy "perfect for rubber stamps" markers that you can get in sets of 12 at Michael's or A.C. Moore.
When someone recently asked that I create a design using Stampin' Up!'s "Upsy Daisy" set, I was initially at a loss... the set is one big (huge) flower image, and then three sentiments. After some pondering, and some pretty horrible test designs, a light bulb went off... what about breaking out some of those brush markers to create a soft, watercolor stamped image? The result is below. I loved how it turned out -- I used two of the big, thick Marvy markers (in Peppermint and Bubble Gum Pink). Just colored right on the rubber, huffed on the stamp like a crazy person (and almost hyperventilated... no need to huff *too* hard... :), and stamped it.
Just lovely. This single-layer card took less than 5 minutes to make, and the sentiment could be modified for almost any occasion!
The point of this blog post: don't ignore your brush markers! They can never and will never be *replaced* by those Copics, and both kinds of markers deserve to take up space in your craft rooms! :)