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5 Tips to Keep Your Journal Organized

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Good morning y’all!  Beth here to share 5 ways to keep your task journal organized in 2018.  Now, I’m not a planner girl, but I love to make lists, so task journaling is a no brainer for me!  I like to keep things quick and easy, but always colorful.  My Tombow supplies are a huge part of the list journal that I have created.

Organization Tip One:

Here is the way I keep my week organized. Write each day boldly in printed capital block letters with the brush tip of the Dual Brush Pen – numbers  025, 195, 373, 452, 603, 703 and 933 are my favorites!  Then, to create interest, letter each day of the week over top of the block letters with MONO Drawing Pen 05.  The space I leave under each heading depends on how many “to-do’s” I have for each day.  Sometimes it’s an entire page!

01-14-18 TOMBOW 5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR BUJO ORGANIZED BETH WATSON

Organization Tip Two:

Recently I have been on a banner kick, so here are a few examples of how I set up my monthly lists in my journal.  Draw the banner shapes in with MONO Drawing Pens 01, 03 and 05 and then add some color with the bullet tip of a Dual Brush Pen (I used 025, 195, 373, 452, 603, 743 and 933).  I love holidays, so I like to add an icon that represents that month.

01-14-18 TOMBOW 5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR BUJO ORGANIZED BETH WATSON

Organization Tip Three:

Now, lists don’t have to be dull and boring.  Create a group of images, like these frames, to contain individual lists of things to be done around the house.  Organize each frame to represent a different room in your home.  Add colors that coordinate with each room.  I sketch in the basic shapes with a MONO Drawing Pencil 2H, which is a harder grade pencil that produces a lighter line.  The fun part is creating the individual frame designs with MONO Drawing Pens 01, 03 and 05.  Then erase your pencil lines with the MONO Dust Catch Eraser, which is great on-the-go, because it catches all of the eraser residue!

01-14-18 TOMBOW 5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR BUJO ORGANIZED BETH WATSON

Organizational Tip Four:

The REAL list maker will make a list to organize their lists.  I do this all of the time!  At the beginning of each month I make a master list (brain dump) of all the possible lists I will need for that month.  Organize them into categories, so they are easier to refer back to when needed.  I love the vivid colors of the TwinTone Bright set of markers and they won’t bleed through your journal pages.  I always use a contrasting color to highlight my tasks once complete.  The MONO Drawing Pens 01, 03 and 05 are perfect to make the lists.  I have to say that I absolutely LOVE the MONO Drawing Pens!  They have sturdy nibs that don’t fray and write very smoothly on any type of paper.

01-14-18 TOMBOW 5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR BUJO ORGANIZED BETH WATSON

Organizational Tip Five:

Doodles are a fun way to jazz up your bullet or list journals.  They can set a mood, decorate a list header or track your progress.  Using the same doodles to highlight a specific task is a great visual reminder, like taking the dog to the vet or getting your hair cut!  Remember, these are doodles, not works of art, so quick and sketchy is best, using the MONO Drawing Pens 01, 03 and 05.  Accent your doodles with color from the TwinTone Bright and Pastel sets of markers.

01-14-18 TOMBOW 5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR BUJO ORGANIZED BETH WATSON

I hope that you have enjoyed these 5 tips to keep your journal organized and that my tips inspire YOU to showcase your Tombow creativity!  Planners, BUJO or List Journals are all great ways to keep organized in 2018!

Check out more planner inspiration HERE from Dani, HERE from Lauren and HERE from Jennie.  Tag @tombowusa on social media with your organizational tips!

Thanks for stopping by!

Creatively, Beth

Tombow 2018 Design Team - Beth Watson

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By | 2018-02-16T10:20:26+00:00 February 16th, 2018|arts & crafts, coloring|0 Comments

Top 10 Products for Planner Fanatics

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Hello planners! This is fellow planner girl Jennie. Today I’m sharing my 10 favorite products for planner fanatics!

1. Planner:

There are a few things you need to consider when choosing a planner:

Size: it depends on your needs and preferences. If you just have a few appointments maybe a mini planner is a good idea. Mini planners are also a good option for students. Big Planners are good for people that also want to use it as a memory planners. Also for people with many responsibilities like school, business, home and children’s activities. Format: hourly, daily, weekly or monthly. I prefer to use the weekly format because I can write all of my family’s appointments.

If getting organized is on your agenda this year check out this list! @jenniegarcian created this list with the best planner products! #planner #tombow

2. Tombow TwinTone Dual Tip Markers:

These Dual Tip Markers have 2 different tips: a very fine one and a broad tip. I love to use these markers to color code everything on my planner. The fine tip is also perfect for doodling.

 

3. Tombow Fudenosuke Calligraphy Pen

I like adding lettering to my planner. If I have space in my weekly spread I like to add a quote. If you want to practice lettering, the Tombow Fudenosuke is perfect because like the TwinTones they don’t bleed through planner pages. The Fudenosukes also come with a super thin ruler that you can put inside your planner.

Every month I create a plan to reach my goals. Then I work on my monthly calendar. From the monthly calendar I move on to the weekly spread.

If getting organized is on your agenda this year check out this list! @jenniegarcian created this list with the best planner products! #planner #tombow

4. Pens:

My favorite pen to use is the Tombow MONO Drawing Pen. To write I used the Size 03 and to doodle I use Size 01. Tombow USA has a wide variety of pens. If you are feeling fancy, you could try the Tombow Zoom 505 SW Rollerball Pen, it has  Swarovski® Crystals!

 

5. Correction Tape:

We all make mistakes! It’s important to have something to fix them. My favorite correction tape right now is the Tombow MONO Air Correction Tape. If your handwriting is big I recommend the WideTrac Correction Tape.

If getting organized is on your agenda this year check out this list! @jenniegarcian created this list with the best planner products! #planner #tombow

6. Tombow Power Mini Glue Tape:

I love this mini adhesive because it’s really strong and small. It’s perfect to take on the go.

 

7. Tombow MONO Removable Adhesive:

The Tombow MONO Removable Adhesive is perfect to glue tickets and notes temporarily. You can also make your own sticky notes with punches and pattern paper.

If getting organized is on your agenda this year check out this list! @jenniegarcian created this list with the best planner products! #planner #tombow

8. Washi Tape:

You can use washi tape to color code your items. The Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker is perfect for writing on washi.

 

9. Planner Pouch:

Keep all your planner goodies together. That way you can take them on the go! If you have a big stash of planner items just pick your basics or favorites.

If getting organized is on your agenda this year check out this list! @jenniegarcian created this list with the best planner products! #planner #tombow

10. Stickers:

Stickers can be used for decoration or to add extra notes and checklists. I love The Happy Planner line of stickers because they are easy to use.

If getting organized is on your agenda this year check out this list! @jenniegarcian created this list with the best planner products! #planner #tombow

These are just the basic items you need! Which ones are already in your planner kit? I like to keep checklists like these on my planner to keep track of the things I need to do.

If getting organized is on your agenda this year check out this list! @jenniegarcian created this list with the best planner products! #planner #tombow

If you have something else to add to the planner fanatics list share it with us using the hashtag #planwithtombow. Have a good planning year!

Tombow 2018 Design Team - Jennie Garcia

 

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By | 2018-02-12T17:54:38+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Adult Colouring, arts & crafts, coloring|0 Comments

5 Reasons to Discover Zentangle® this Year

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It’s Marie Browning here today, and in this post I will be inspiring you to tap into your creativity by giving you 5 reasons to Zentangle® in 2018. You can explore the reasons I recommend this easy-to-learn drawing method where you create beautiful small drawings with simple strokes. The materials are few for the traditional Zentangle® creations; but the possibilities are endless when you add color and different surfaces! You can learn all about Zentangle® from the Official Zentangle Website. 

Supplies Paper Tiles (3.5″ square pieces of high-quality paper, traditional surface) or good drawing paper MONO Drawing Pencils, my favorite degrees are 4H (for the strings), F, B and 2B
MONO Drawing Pens,all three sizes: 01, 03 and 05 For creating colored Zentangles®: Dual Brush Pens, TwinTone Markers, Blending Kit and Irojiten Colored Pencils

Five Reasons to Zentangle - Learn something new

1. Learn Something New

It’s time to re-discover your creativity! Zentangle® provides you with focus and a way to make your artistic dream become reality. You don’t need to know how to draw. You don’t need a lot of time. You don’t even need to worry about the outcome with this non-representational art form. You start making beautiful drawings from your very first one. The materials are simple MONO Drawing Pens and MONO Drawing Pencils.  Where to learn this fascinating art form? Chances are you have someone locally who teaches it! Look for your near-by CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) here!

@mariebcreates #zentangle #zenart Five Reasons to Zentangle - Create Art

2. Create Art

It doesn’t take long with this method to want to learn more. Soon your drawings will become bigger and with added color. YOU will be creating ART! You will want to mat and frame those gorgeous pieces you create! This underwater composition was taught at a Zentangle retreat on Vancouver Island. There are many such opportunities around the country for you to learn even more. Create this with MONO Drawing Pens, MONO Drawing Pencils, Dual Brush Pens, Irojiten Colored Pencils and the Blending Kit.

@mariebcreates #zentangleart #dualbrushpens #colorful Develop Skills

3. Develop your Skills

Develop the basic foundations of art through Zentangle®. Learn about lines and how to manipulate them to create drama and interest. Learn how to shade to create forms and shadows. Learn existing tangles (the patterns) and how to create your own. Learn about color and how to chose different color palettes to create beautiful harmonious artworks. All these skills can be learned and used with your favorite art form!

@mariebcreates #irojiten #monodrawingpens #tombowusa Start with classic Tangles

4. Mindfulness

This is probably the best reason to take up the Zentangle® method. Mindfulness. Learn to focus on creating each line as you draw complicated tangles without worrying about the outcome. Nothing is hard when you take it step-by-step. That’s why the founders of Zentangle®, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas like to say “Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.™” With just a pencil, a drawing pen, a piece of paper and a handful of collected tangles you can relax and ‘go into the zone’. Make sure to read the section on the Zentangle® site on “How did it start?”, it’s fascinating!

@mariebcreates #twintone #coloredpencil Resources to help you

5. Many Resources to Help you

There is a great world-wide community of Zentangle® and resources! From your local CZT to Facebook groups who willingly share their talents. Tombow’s Coloring Page Section of the website has Free Downloadable Zentangle® Inspired Pages for you to learn many different coloring techniques, many with how-to videos. My book, Time to Tangle with Colors, a Design Originals Publication, is one of the hundreds of beautiful books to learn anything and everything about tangling. Stop by my website www.mariebrowning.com to see my Zentangle® inspired blog posts. Have fun on your journey to learn this popular art form that EVERYONE can do! I’m sure I can think of many more than these 5 reasons, but maybe the main one is that you deserve to have fun with art!

Tombow 2018 Design Team - Marie Browning

 

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By | 2018-02-12T16:37:22+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Adult Colouring, arts & crafts, coloring|0 Comments

3 DIY Mini Valentine Card Ideas

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Hello friends, it’s Smitha here with a new blog post! It’s the month of love and I have 3 quick DIY Mini Valentine Card ideas to share with you today and all of them using glue!

Smitha Katti Valentines

Material list: Tombow MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue Glitter Sequins Gold Foil Cardstock or premade cards

 

1. Create a Card Using Glitter + Glue

Glitter is one of those craft supplies that we all have a jar of at home. It might be a tiny jar, but it never gets empty. And I am always looking for ways to use some glitter in my crafting! Today I used the MONO Multi XL Liquid gGlue to draw a few tiny hearts within my colored heart. This glue comes with a really nice pen tip that allows for such intricate details. I also added a few dots to fill in my heart. Then I poured my glitter over and tapped the back of the card gently to remove the excess glitter. Simple and easy and it’s so much fun playing with glitter!

Smitha Katti Valentines glitter

2. Create a Card Using Sequins + Glue

If glitter is too messy for you, sequins are a great way to add that shine and sparkle to your card front. Simply add tiny dots of the MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue to fill in the heart shape and then lay the sequins on top. You really just need the tiniest amount of the glue, you don’t want the glue to squirt out from under the sequins. And this glue dries nicely and forms a great bond with the sequins! You can also use this same idea to glue down tiny gems, enamel dots, buttons etc instead of the sequins.

Smitha Katti Valentines sequins

3. Create a Card Using Gold Foil + Glue

This final technique is a favorite of mine! Using the pen tip of the MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue write down a word or initial onto your heart. Simply hold your glue as if it were a pen, apply even pressure and letter slowly. The pen tip makes it really easy to draw and doodle letters! We need the glue to be tacky to the touch before applying the foil. So let the glue dry for about an hour and come back and check to see if the glue is tacky but not dry. Then place a sheet of gold foil on top of the tacky letters and press down firmly. Burnish the foil onto the glue with your finger tips making sure to cover all the area nicely. Peel off the foil sheet to reveal a beautiful lettered word!! This is surely a craft that you will LOVE!

Smitha Katti Valentines foilingSo those were 3 of my ideas for making Mini Valentines. Why Mini you ask? I just feel these Valentines look cuter in the smaller size, that’s why! Let me know in the comments below if you agree or not!

Smitha Katti Valentines

Happy Crafting!

Smitha

Tombow 2018 Design Team - Smitha Katti

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By | 2018-02-12T16:32:58+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Adult Colouring, arts & crafts|0 Comments

Valentine’s Day Heart Banner

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Good morning y’all, Beth here and I have a free download to share with you today!  You know Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so I have created this fun Valentine’s Day Heart Banner to celebrate the big day!  Download it below and let your create coloring juices flow!

Supplies to Create a Valentine’s Day Heart Banner: Tombow MONO Drawing Pens 01, 03 and 05 Tombow MONO J Drawing Pencil 2H Tombow MONO Plastic Eraser – Black Tombow MONO Zero Eraser Tombow Dual Brush Pens – N15, 703, 723, 725, 743 and 815 Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive Heart Doodle DOWNLOAD Cricut BrightPad Bond Cardstock – 65lb. Scissors Ribbon Step One:

I sketched out a 6 1/4″ by 6″ heart with MONO J Drawing Pencil 2H grade on bond cardstock.  Then created layers and filled in with patterns.  Sketching with a harder grade pencil like a 2H is my preference because it creates lighter lines that are easier to erase.  The MONO Zero Eraser makes detailed erasing, in tight spaces a breeze.

Step Two:

Trim the sketch and tape it to a clean sheet of bond cardstock.  Using my Cricut BrightPad, I traced over the sketch with MONO Drawing Pens 01, 03 and 05.  I used all three tip sizes to create interest and depth in my doodled designs and patterns.

Here is the final doodled heart.  Be inspired to create your very own doodle heart OR download my doodle heart HERE.

 

Step Three

Now I like doodling, but the coloring is always more fun!  I used a combination of Dual Brush Pens 703, 723, 725, 743 and 815.  TIP: For coloring with Dual Brush Pens print on a laser printer or copy machine, so the design doesn’t bleed when coloring with Dual Brush Pens.  If you only have access to an inkjet printer, then colored pencils are the way to go.

Step Four

Instead of creating a banner with a single word, I used one of my favorite quotes from the Beatles, “Love is all you need.”  Use the brush tip of Dual Brush Pen N15 to create a bold, hand lettered design.  Placing one word on each heart.

Step Five

To create the banner, attach the Valentine’s Day Hearts to a 36″ length of ribbon using Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.  The Tombow Xtreme line of adhesives are five time stronger than traditional adhesives, making them the perfect choice for mixed media projects.

Print, color and create a Valentine’s Day Heart Banner using my free download.  Let me know in the comments what YOUR favorite Valentine’s Day quote is – GO!

More free downloads can be found on the Tombow blog – Lauren has lettering downloads available HERE, Marie has Zentangle downloads available HERE and Katie has postcard downloads available HERE.  ENJOY!

Thanks for stopping by!

Creatively, Beth

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By | 2018-02-12T16:30:40+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Adult Colouring, arts & crafts|0 Comments

5 Tips to Lettering with Tombow Dual Brush Pens

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Lauren of @renmadecalligraphy shares 5 tips for learning how to letter with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

It’s Lauren here, and I hope you’ll get creative this year while lettering with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  Today I have 5 fun tips that will make this lettering tool your new favorite!

The Tombow Dual Brush Pen is definitely loved by many letterers and creatives, but when I started lettering and tried this pen for myself, I was frustrated because I didn’t know how to use it correctly. I also had no idea what I could do with it. Often, I get questions on how to letter specifically with Dual Brush Pens, as others experience the same frustrations because of the lack of understanding of how to use a brush pen.

My hope is that these 5 tips will help you understand how to become more comfortable using this large brush pen while also understanding what it can do or be used for.

Lauren of @renmadecalligraphy shares 5 tips for learning how to letter with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

LETTERING TOOLS YOU’LL NEED

Throughout this blog post I’ll be giving you the scoop on how to letter specifically with Dual Brush Pens but will also be using a variety of Tombow Supplies for each tip, including:

Tombow Dual Brush Pens Tombow MONO Drawing Pencil Tombow MONO Drawing Pen Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens (hard tip, soft tip, and twin tip) Tombow Blending Kit Watercolor Brush Hahnemuehle Handlettering Block Rhodia Dot Pad Strathmore Mix Media Paper

 

1. UNDERSTAND THE BRUSH PEN

There are many different Tombow lettering tools to use for lettering and while the Tombow Dual Brush Pen is (in my opinion) one of the coolest, it’s not necessarily the easiest to use if you don’t fully understand how to use a brush pen.

Lauren of @renmadecalligraphy shares 5 tips for learning how to letter with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

The key to using a brush pen is understanding how to use pressure to create a calligraphic effect with thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes.  Before picking up the Dual Brush Pen, I think it’s a great idea to try some of the above lettering tools including Tombow MONO Drawing Pencils and Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens.  The pencils (preferably the B grades) are great to practice pressure with and the smaller brush pens have firmer, smaller tips that are easy to control.  Once you have the hang of it, challenge yourself to pick up the Tombow Dual Brush Pen.

Lauren of @renmadecalligraphy shares 5 tips for learning how to letter with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

The Tombow Dual Brush Pen has two different tips: the fine tip and the brush tip.  The fine tip is great for monoline writing as well as creating faux calligraphy (drawing in thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes) and filling in small parts of lettering that may have an imperfection.

Lauren of @renmadecalligraphy shares 5 tips for learning how to letter with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

The brush tip on the Tombow Dual Brush Pen is large and very flexible, which definitely takes practice to control. These tips are made for pressure, so pushing down hard (at the appropriate angle) will not damage the tip.  Also, blending the colors will not stain the tips, which are self cleaning. It’s important to use the pen correctly with the right paper to ensure that the tips stay in tact and create an amazing final product.

2. PICK THE RIGHT PAPER

Lauren of @renmadecalligraphy shares 5 tips for learning how to letter with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

A huge part of lettering is picking the right paper. When lettering with Tombow Dual Brush Pens, it is crucial to use smooth, high quality paper. Hahnemuehle Handlettering Block and Rhodia Dot Paper are both very smooth and easy on the tips of the Tombow. Strathmore Mix Media Paper great when using the brush pens as water colors. Need to letter on worksheets for practice? No worries… Just use HP Premium Choice Laserjet paper. So whether you are practicing or completing a specific kind of project, make sure to select the perfect paper.

 

3. LEARN & PRACTICE THE BASICS

Lauren of @renmadecalligraphy shares 5 tips for learning how to letter with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

Many people get frustrated with how to hold their brush pen. As a lefty, I hold mine with the pen kind of resting on the middle outside of my hand – almost as if it were pointing to 9 on a clock.  Righties would do the same thing, but opposite in the opposite hand.  Holding the pen at this angle is extremely important because it will allow you to create thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes with ease.

Lauren of @renmadecalligraphy shares 5 tips for learning how to letter with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

The first time I saw a Dual Brush Pen being used on Instagram, it was like magic that I wanted to try immediately, without any practice or knowledge of the pen.  I quickly found out that just like you cannot sit down at a piano and play a beautiful song, writing with a brush pen takes lots of practice. Start by learning and practicing the basics.  Draw some light upstrokes by gliding the tip of the pen across the paper. Create thick downstrokes by using the Dual Brush Pens to create thick downstrokes.  If you struggle with this at first, take a step back to some easier lettering tools and practice pressure again.

 

Lauren of @renmadecalligraphy shares 5 tips for learning how to letter with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

Once you have learned the basics of creating strokes, move on to letters.  You may be wondering where you can learn these.  Did you know that Tombow USA has free worksheets on their website that are perfect for practicing basic drills and letters? Download them here. Once you have mastered letters, try forming words and then work your way up to sentences, quotes, addresses, and more.  The possibilities are endless.

 

4. BLEND, BLEND, BLEND

Lauren of @renmadecalligraphy shares 5 tips for learning how to letter with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

The Tombow Dual Brush Pen is a magical thing. The 96 different colors are beautiful and can be blended together.  Try blending with the pens in several ways.  First, you can rub the tips of a dark color and a lighter color together.  Then write with the lighter color for an ombré effect (like above). You can also blend by using a Blending Palette and picking up a darker color with a lighter one.  There are several other ways to blend, but trying these simple ways can really up your creative game and add a big pop to the color story a lettered piece.

 

5. CREATE WATERCOLOR

Lauren of @renmadecalligraphy shares 5 tips for learning how to letter with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

 

Last, but certainly not least, the amazing Tombow Dual Brush Pens can be used as watercolors.  The pens are water based which makes them extremely reactive to water and moveable.  When creating watercolor, I prefer to use Mix Media Paper. I love to color two colors on the Blending Palette, spray with the mister in the blending kit, and letter using a watercolor brush.  Alternating colors really gives it a fun effect. You can also create shapes and florals with the amazing colors.

Another method is to color directly onto the paper with a color of your choice and then color over it to move the color with a watercolor brush (like on the leaf below).

 

Lauren of @renmadecalligraphy shares 5 tips for learning how to letter with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

 

And there you have it! Lettering is an amazing hobby! Try it and get to know those Tombow Dual Brush Pens. They have so many amazing uses that are sure to bring life and creativity into whatever you create.  For more lettering inspiration, tips, and tricks, check out my website at renmadecalligraphy.com and go say hi over on Instagram @renmadecalligraphy.  Tag your work and make sure to tag me so I can see!

Happy Lettering!

Lauren

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By | 2018-02-04T12:19:32+00:00 February 4th, 2018|Adult Colouring, arts & crafts|0 Comments

How to Draw Pastel Snowflakes

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/11/20/draw-pastel-snowflakes/

Hi everyone! It’s Phawnda Moore here today for a fun guest post to show you how to create snowflakes with Tombow’s new Pastel Dual Brush Pen 10-pack! Some of my favorite holiday memories were spent in the snowy woods. It’s so magical with lots of white and sparkle! Those times have been gentle and quiet, watching snowflakes drift down from the sky. I do believe snowflakes are kisses from heaven, don’t you?!

How to draw snowflakes with Tombow's Pastel Dual Brush Pen 10-pack

The Tombow Pastel Dual Brush Pen 10-pack reminded me of snowflakes – kinder, gentler and what the world needs right now. Although I use these markers often when I teach brush lettering in Sacramento, California, I decided to create something with the bullet tip for this project. I remembered a style of painting that used only tiny dots called Pointillism. It was developed by Georges Seurat (“Soo-RAH”) in the 19th century in Paris. He made secondary shades of color by putting the dots close to each other in an impressionistic style.

Let’s try his technique and create some beauty for the holidays.

Here are the supplies you’ll need: Tombow Pastel Dual Brush Pen 10-pack (we’ll use them all!) Tombow MONO Removable Adhesive White paper gift bags Nice quality drawing paper Snowflake images (you can trace them from clip art or use rubber stamps) A metallic ink pad for stamps (I prefer a champagne color, which is neither gold nor silver, a nice neutral) Washi tape is nice to add around your snowflake print Coordinating ribbon and tissue

Draw or stamp your images on drawing paper. For stamps, press firmly and hold as you count to 15 or 20. Color the snowflakes by adding dots in one of two ways – the yellows and greens in one area, and the pinks, blues, lavenders in another area, or multicolored all over.

You can see the results in my experiments below. As you use a color, place that Dual Brush Pen away from the pens you haven’t used so you can separate them.

How to draw snowflakes with Tombow's Pastel Dual Brush Pen 10-pack

The interesting thing is, the pastels become much brighter, somehow, when they are next to each other!

How to draw snowflakes with Tombow's Pastel Dual Brush Pen 10-pack

Here’s an example of the multicolor dots. The snowflakes are prettier with a little sparkle, using whatever you have on hand.

How to draw snowflakes with Tombow's Pastel Dual Brush Pen 10-pack

The snowflake below shows yellow, gold, green in the center and pink, blue, lavender on the outside. It looks like a stained glass window, doesn’t it?

How to draw snowflakes with Tombow's Pastel Dual Brush Pen 10-pack

Make color copies of the snowflakes for gift bags. Apply with adhesive. Carefully eye the center of a white gift bag and apply. It’s easier to brush letter the name with the snowflake in place. I might also make tags to match.

I added silver washi tape around the snowflake and voila! A beautiful beginning to a gentler season. May you make special memories this year!

How to draw snowflakes with Tombow's Pastel Dual Brush Pen 10-pack

About Phawnda:

Gust post on the Tombow blog by Phawnda Moore

Phawnda Moore is a professional calligrapher and nationally-recognized designer, writer and artist. She has a degree in English, a certificate in graphic design from UC Davis, and studies with master calligraphers. Phawnda is a writer at EmptyEasel.com. She also contributes art and articles to three calligraphic societies’ publications as well as Letter Arts Review and Bound & Lettered. She was a graphic designer and editor for 30 years and previously held positions for county and state education offices of communication. Phawnda teaches often throughout California. Her creative, interactive workshops blend modern tools with traditional design principles. To see more of her work, visit her on Facebook.

 

 

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By | 2017-12-02T13:32:29+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|arts & crafts|0 Comments

Halloween Doodles in 5 Easy Steps

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/10/20/halloween-doodles-in-5-easy-steps/

Time for some adorable 5-step Halloween Doodles for your journals, accenting your lettering or for cards and tags. This coloring method uses Tombow’s wonderful new MONO Drawing Pens and TwinTone Markers!

5 step Halloween Doodles @mariebrowning #tombow #monodrawingpen #twintone

5 step Halloween Doodles @mariebrowning #tombow #monodrawingpen #twintone

Step 1: Sketch the Halloween Doodles

I chose a mix media paper for this step-out, but this method works on a wide variety of journal papers and cardstock. For the first step, use a 3H or 4H MONO Drawing Pencil to sketch out your doodle. Use a light touch when sketching to avoid denting your paper.

Step 2: Ink the Doodle

Using the MONO Drawing Pen 05, outline the doodles and any main parts with this thicker pen tip. Use the finer tips of the 03 and 01 MONO Drawing Pens for the details such as the eyes and loose threads. At this time, erase the pencil marks. I like to use the MONO Light Eraser or the medium sized MONO Eraser, white.

Step 3: Add TwinTone Color and blend

Add the TwinTone colors by adding a line of color in each part of the doodle. Keep the eyes white. I used colors from both the Bright TwinTone Set and the Pastel TwinTone Set. With a brush and water, blend the TwinTone colors. Be careful not to over blend – you may still see the original of color and that’s okay, it gives the doodle more interest.

Step 4: Add Details

With the extra fine tips of the TwinTone Markers, add more interest by adding details to your Halloween Doodles. Cobwebs, spiders and veins in the eyes are easy add ons to make your doodles extra creepy (Okay, sort of cute-creepy)! Ta da! You’re finished! Have some fun with this doodle and continue to scroll down for even more Halloween Doodles!

5 step Halloween Doodles @mariebrowning #tombow #monodrawingpen #twintone

 

Use your doodle to accent your lettering! Here I used the Fudenosuke Brush Pen to create my lettering, added the doodle and then used it for a caption on this super-cute photo of my grandson Ryder and Mummy Jessie!

more Halloween Doodles @mariebrowning #tombow #monodrawingpen #twintone

More Halloween Doodles!

Here are some more Halloween Doodles using the same method with the MONO Drawing Pens and TwinTone Markers! Have fun!

Tombow Signature Designer Marie Browning

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By | 2017-10-24T10:54:39+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Adult Colouring, arts & crafts, coloring|0 Comments

Easy Spooky Lettering with Tombow in 5 Steps!

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Hey Everyone! I hope you are keeping up with Tombow’s Spooky October! I’m Jennie and today I’m going to show you how to create spooky lettering in 5 easy steps!

Spooky Lettering in 5 Easy Steps by @jenniegarcian using Tombow Products

Step #1:

Write your quote using a Tombow Dual Brush Pen. I used the N75- Cool Gray 3 to write Ghouls Night Out! Tombow has an awesome Grayscale Dual Brush Pen Set that only has black & gray shades. You could use a darker gray but not too dark so the red can pop. I used a light gray so it would look ghostly.
Spooky Lettering in 5 Easy Steps by @jenniegarcian using Tombow Products

Step #2:

I used a red Tombow TwinTone Dual Tip Marker to draw blood on the letters. These markers are made from the same formula as the Tombow Dual Brush Pens. Another option is to use the fine tip of the Tombow Dual Brush Pen. I drew the blood like it was dripping from the top to the bottom but I also drew random drips to fill empty spaces.

Spooky Lettering in 5 Easy Steps by @jenniegarcian using Tombow Products

Step #3:

Using the Tombow MONO Drawing Pen 01 draw a line around the letters and the blood.  Most of the time I use 03 or 05 because it’s easier to create straighter lines. This time I used 01 because I didn’t want perfect lines. I wanted them to look almost like tombstones.

Spooky Lettering in 5 Easy Steps by @jenniegarcian using Tombow Products

Step #4:

Using the Tombow Fudenosuke Twin Tip Brush Pen I drew cobwebs. You could also use the fine tip of the Tombow Dual Brush Pen or the gray Tombow TwinTone Dual Tip Marker that comes in the Pastel Set.

Spooky Lettering in 5 Easy Steps by @jenniegarcian using Tombow Products

Step #5:

Finally scribble on a Tombow Blending Palette with a red Dual Brush Pen. Spray just a little bit of water with a Tombow Mister. You want a lot of color and just a little bit of water so the drops are really red. Pick up the color with a brush and splatter the color on the page.

Spooky Lettering in 5 Easy Steps by @jenniegarcian using Tombow Products

Finally, it’s gory enough! You can use these techniques with any quotes. New to lettering? Download these awesome free lettering worksheets from Tombow and start practicing! Share your results with us using the hashtag #tombow!

Spooky Lettering in 5 Easy Steps by @jenniegarcian using Tombow Products

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! We can’t wait to see your spooky creations!

Tombow Design Team Coordinator Jennie Garcia

 

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By | 2017-10-24T11:07:33+00:00 October 24th, 2017|arts & crafts|0 Comments

How To – Dia De Muerto Skull Pom Pom

Found this great post for you, have fun!! https://blog.partypieces.co.uk/themes/holiday/halloween/dia-de-muerto-skull-pom-pom/

A perfect pompom to make for a Hallowe’en celebration. Although he’s not remotely scary.

Dia De Muertos Skull Pom Pom Main

You Will Need: DK-weight acrylic yarn in the following colours: white, black, turquoise, red, yellow, metallic gold, bright pink 9cm (31⁄8 in) diameter pompom maker Scissors Instructions: For nose, wind 10 wraps of black in a wedge from centre towards RHE. Wind 10 wraps of white next to black. For teeth, wind 10 wraps of black and white parallel, 2 wraps wide.Dia De Muertos Skull Pom Pom Step01 For chin, at RHE of maker, wind 20 wraps of turquoise and red together in a wedge with widest part at edge of maker.Dia De Muertos Skull Pom Pom Step02 Wind 20 wraps of white between chin and teeth. Wind 30 wraps of white to left of nose. Wind 10 wraps of yellow over white towards LHE. Wind 10 wraps of white until even.Dia De Muertos Skull Pom Pom Step03 For eye sockets, wind 60 wraps of gold, starting a couple of wraps down from top of yellow, finishing a couple of wraps up from nose.Dia De Muertos Skull Pom Pom Step04 Wind 15 wraps of turquoise over gold, starting and finishing a couple of wraps in from edges of gold. Then wind 10 wraps of black in centre of turquoise.Dia De Muertos Skull Pom Pom Step05 Wind 15 wraps of turquoise over black, then wind 60 wraps of gold over turquoise.Dia De Muertos Skull Pom Pom Step06 To complete eye socket, wind 10 wraps of yellow over gold. At LHE of maker wind 12 wraps of bright pink and red leaving a gap to yellow. Fill gap with 10 wraps of white.Dia De Muertos Skull Pom Pom Step07 Fill maker with white. There is already more yarn at LHE of maker due to the eye sockets; this helps to give a natural skull shape.Dia De Muertos Skull Pom Pom Step08 To complete pompom, fill other half of maker with white. Complete and remove it from maker.Dia De Muertos Skull Pom Pom Step09 Trim the skull so it is naturally pointy towards chin, but bulbous at crown. Keep trimming until you are happy with the shape.Dia De Muertos Skull Pom Pom Step10 The finished product:

Dia De Muertos Skull Pom Pom Main 2

Pompomania by Christine Leech (Quadrille, £10) Photography © Joanna Henderson

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By | 2017-10-12T17:26:06+00:00 October 12th, 2017|arts & crafts|0 Comments