Create a Beautiful Golden Squash Centerpiece

Found this great post to make a beautiful centrepiece for all occasions, enjoy!!

Welcome Fall! Marie Browning here to share an easy Golden Table Decor using one of my favorite Tombow Adhesives, MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue! It is called ‘Multi’ because of it’s ability to be sticky both wet and dry. That’s right, when the MONO Multi dries clear, it stays super sticky! Now Multi is available in the new extra large size that works beautifully for home decor projects such as this. Not only a superb strong adhesive when wet but it is also a perfect adhesive for gold gilding, foiling or glittering when dry. This inexpensive golden table décor can easily be created with gold leaf, gold skewings (that’s what I have used), foils or glitter – your choice!

apply the glue to the pumpkin @mariebrowning #tombowusa #falldecor

Apply the MONO Multi

For this table display I am using a selection of winter squashes; pie pumpkin, butternut, white acron and sweet dumpling. I picked my favorites for eating because when this golden table décor display is done the squashes are still edible! Choose unblemished squashes with long stems for best results. To prepare the squash, wash them well with warm water with a tiny splash of beach added, this helps them to store at room tempurature for months. Let them dry compleatly before adding the adhesive.

Using an old brush, apply the MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue to the stem of your squash. Be generous with the glue to get into the rough spaces on the stems. Apply the MONO Multi to the squash using a makeup sponge. Dip into the MONO Multi and pounce with an up and down motion to cover the top half. Let dry until the MONO Multi is clear. Wash the brush and sponge in water immediately to remove the adhesive.

Apply gold leaf to dry adhesive @mariebrowning #tombowusa #autumndecor

Apply the Gold Leaf Skewings

This is the fun part! When the MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue is completely dry and clear, you can add the gold gilding. I used gold leaf skewings here but you can also use sheets of gold leaf, foil or glitter. I have placed the pumpkin and gold skewings into a plastic box to help contain them while gilding as they fly everywhere! Pick up the skewings and place them on the dried MONO Multi glue. Use a clean, dry brush with stiff bristles to tap the gold into the glue.

Brush away excess @mariebrowning #tombow #pumpkins

Remove the excess Gold Leaf Skewings

With the brush, aggressively brush to remove the excess gold leaf; don’t worry, the MONO Multi can take it! As you are working in a box, the excess gold leaf will be saved for another project. You can leave the gold leaf rough on the squash, or smooth with your hand for a smoother, more even coverage.

Golden Table Decor @mariebrowning #tombow #tabledecor

Golden Table Decor


The Finished Golden Table Decor Display

Here’s the finished display with the gilded squashes. I have placed them on a pedestal cake stand with oak leaf branches. You can either use real oak branches or artificial branches for a long lasting display. This display will lasts for months, and will get smaller as I pilfer a squash or two for dinner. Simply break off the stem, peel the squash and add to your favorite recipes! Even though this isn’t a food blog, I’ll share with you my favorite squash recipe!

Butternut Squash Risotto

Serves 2 as main dish, 4 as side dish

1 Butternut squash, small
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
4 cups chicken stock
3 tbsp butter
1 onion, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 cup risotto rice
1/2 cup white wine
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
optional: White truffle oil


Skin, remove seeds, and cube squash. Coat with olive oil and bake in a 400 degree F oven until tender, about ½ hour.

Bring the chicken stock to a simmer and set aside. Heat 2 tablespoons of the butter and about 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan and cook the onion and shallot until soft. Season with salt and pepper. Add the rice and stir until translucent, about four minutes. Stir in the wine and reduce until almost dry. Add a ladle of stock and cook, stirring, until it has been adsorbed by the rice. Continue, a ladle at a time, until the rice is tender and creamy, about half an hour.

Remove rice from the heat and stir in the squash, remaining tablespoon of butter, and half the cheese. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Spoon into bowls and scatter over the remaining cheese to serve.

Marie’s secret ingredient: White truffle oil – very expensive oil but a little drizzle over the finished dish before serving makes this dish even more yummy!

Tombow 2018 Design Team - Marie Browning

Happy Fall Everyone!

Marie Browning, Tombow Signature Designer

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Halloween Doodles in 5 Easy Steps

Found this great post for you, just enough time to put them together and have some fun!!

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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How To – Dia De Muerto Skull Pom Pom

If you are into making something different for Halloween, take a look at this amusing post I found for you, enjoy!!

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


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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