How to Draw Pastel Snowflakes

Found this great post for you to enjoy, 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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Easy Spooky Lettering with Tombow in 5 Steps!

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/10/21/easy-spooky-lettering-tombow-5-steps/

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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Easy DIY Planner Stickers with Tombow & Sweet Stamp Shop

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/09/28/easy-diy-planner-stickers-with-tombow-sweet-stamp-shop/

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy and Renmadecalligraphy.com shares how to use Tombow USA products paired with products from Sweet Stamp Shop to create easy planner stickers. For more information about the products used check out TombowUSA.com and Sweetstampshop.com.

 

Sweet Stamp Shop and Tombow USA make it super easy to create your very own DIY Planner Stickers! Hey there, lovelies! It’s Lauren of Renmade Calligraphy back to share another fun project with you. Whether you are planning an event on your calendar or adding a cute quote to the margins, the stamps from Sweet Stamp Shop are perfect for creating your very own stickers.

 

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy and Renmadecalligraphy.com shares how to use Tombow USA products paired with products from Sweet Stamp Shop to create easy planner stickers. For more information about the products used check out TombowUSA.com and Sweetstampshop.com.

 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

A variety of stamps and stickers from Sweet Stamp Shop
A stamp block and black pigment ink
Tombow Dual Brush Pens
Mix Media Paper
Tombow MONO Permanent Adhesive +
Tombow MONO Removable Adhesive
Your Planner

WHAT INSPIRED ME

I have used Sweet Stamp Shop stamps before, but this time I was sent a fun sheet of stickers that can be colored in with my Tombow Dual Brush Pens. This set was called Spa Day. This inspired me to turn all of the stamps that I received into stickers as well using ink, my Tombow Dual Brush Pens, Mix Media Paper, and my favorite Tombow Adhesives. Any stamp can become a sticker following a few simple steps!

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy and Renmadecalligraphy.com shares how to use Tombow USA products paired with products from Sweet Stamp Shop to create easy planner stickers. For more information about the products used check out TombowUSA.com and Sweetstampshop.com.

 

COLORED STICKERS

There are two different ways you can create a sticker from a stamp.  One way, is to apply ink to the stamps (stuck onto your stamp block) and stamp it on a clean white piece of mix media paper.

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy and Renmadecalligraphy.com shares how to use Tombow USA products paired with products from Sweet Stamp Shop to create easy planner stickers. For more information about the products used check out TombowUSA.com and Sweetstampshop.com.

 

Then, color the stamps in, like I did with the Girl Power stamp set.  If the ink doesn’t cover well, you can also trace over the black lines using the broad tip of the Tombow Dual Brush Pen in the same color as the stamp ink.  This can make the edge look smoother.

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy and Renmadecalligraphy.com shares how to use Tombow USA products paired with products from Sweet Stamp Shop to create easy planner stickers. For more information about the products used check out TombowUSA.com and Sweetstampshop.com.

 

STICKERS ON A COLORFUL BACKGROUND

A second technique for creating these fun planner stickers is to create a colorful background to stamp directly onto using Tombow Dual Brush Pens and a Blender Pen to mix and blend the colors. This creates a really fun and simple background that is perfect for quote stamps or fun images.

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy and Renmadecalligraphy.com shares how to use Tombow USA products paired with products from Sweet Stamp Shop to create easy planner stickers. For more information about the products used check out TombowUSA.com and Sweetstampshop.com.

READY TO STICK IN THE PLANNER

Once you are finished stamping and decorating the stickers, it’s time to cut them apart.  They are ready to stick in your planner with the Tombow MONO Permanent Adhesive + or Tombow MONO Removable Adhesive.

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy and Renmadecalligraphy.com shares how to use Tombow USA products paired with products from Sweet Stamp Shop to create easy planner stickers. For more information about the products used check out TombowUSA.com and Sweetstampshop.com.

The Sweet Stamp Shop stickers are easy to peel off and place in your planner.

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy and Renmadecalligraphy.com shares how to use Tombow USA products paired with products from Sweet Stamp Shop to create easy planner stickers. For more information about the products used check out TombowUSA.com and Sweetstampshop.com.

For stickers that you are wanting to keep permanently in your planner, use the Tombow MONO Permanent Adhesive + to attach them, like I did with the Life is Sweet stamp set.

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy and Renmadecalligraphy.com shares how to use Tombow USA products paired with products from Sweet Stamp Shop to create easy planner stickers. For more information about the products used check out TombowUSA.com and Sweetstampshop.com.

 

Want to reuse a sticker? I often like to do this in my school plan book. Use Tombow MONO Removable Adhesive to stick on stickers and move them wherever you want to around your planner!

 

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy and Renmadecalligraphy.com shares how to use Tombow USA products paired with products from Sweet Stamp Shop to create easy planner stickers. For more information about the products used check out TombowUSA.com and Sweetstampshop.com.

Planner stickers were never so easy! With 96 different colors of Dual Brush Pens, the options are endless! Create your own stickers! Make sure to share what you create on instagram and run over to @renmadecalligraphy to say hi, while you are at it! For more tips, tricks, and crafty, lettery goodness, head on over to renmadecalligraphy.com.  To shop the products in this post check out tombowusa.com and sweetstampshop.com.

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy and Renmadecalligraphy.com shares how to use Tombow USA products paired with products from Sweet Stamp Shop to create easy planner stickers. For more information about the products used check out TombowUSA.com and Sweetstampshop.com.

Happy Crafting!

Lauren

Tombow Design Team Member Lauren Fitzmaurice

 

 

 

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Patterned Lettering with Tombow’s Galaxy and Pastel Palettes

Another great post for you using the Tombow Dual Pen Sets, happy lettering!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/09/16/patterned-lettering-galaxy-pastel/

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadcalligraphy gives you tips and tricks on how to create fun patterned lettering using the new Tombow Dual Brush Pen Galaxy and Pastel Palettes. For more tips and tricks, check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

The new Tombow Dual Brush Pens in the Galaxy and Pastel palettes are so much fun to use when creating patterned lettering. Hey, lovelies! It’s Lauren of @renmadecalligraphy, and I’m back to share my favorite way to use these amazing sets of vibrant colors in a creative lettering tutorial.

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadcalligraphy gives you tips and tricks on how to create fun patterned lettering using the new Tombow Dual Brush Pen Galaxy and Pastel Palettes. For more tips and tricks, check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

ALL ABOUT THE NEW GALAXY AND PASTEL PALETTES

Tombow recently launched their new sets of Dual Brush Pens in the Galaxy and Pastel Palettes. The colors themselves are not new but the groupings of the colors are so on point with current craft and lettering trends and are so much fun to create with! Each has 9 coordinating shades and a blender pen for 10 pens, each with a brush tip and bullet tip.

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadcalligraphy gives you tips and tricks on how to create fun patterned lettering using the new Tombow Dual Brush Pen Galaxy and Pastel Palettes. For more tips and tricks, check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Galaxy 10-pack
Tombow Dual Brush Pen Pastel 10-pack
Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip Brush Pen
Tombow MONO Glue Pen
Rhodia Dot Pad
Mix Media Paper
Cricut Bright Pad

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadcalligraphy gives you tips and tricks on how to create fun patterned lettering using the new Tombow Dual Brush Pen Galaxy and Pastel Palettes. For more tips and tricks, check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

GET INSPIRED!

You will also want to snag a copy of Brittany Luiz‘s brand new book, Lettering with Purpose.  I was inspired by the galaxy lettering tutorial in this book when brainstorming what to create for this post.  This book is amazing. You definitely need it for your lettering stash!

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadcalligraphy gives you tips and tricks on how to create fun patterned lettering using the new Tombow Dual Brush Pen Galaxy and Pastel Palettes. For more tips and tricks, check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

DESIGN YOUR QUOTE

First, sketch out the quote you want to create. Then letter the final lettering design using the brush and bullet tips of a dark Dual Brush Pen on a Rhodia dot pad.

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadcalligraphy gives you tips and tricks on how to create fun patterned lettering using the new Tombow Dual Brush Pen Galaxy and Pastel Palettes. For more tips and tricks, check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

TRACE YOUR DESIGN

Trace your design onto a blank sheet of mix media paper. To do this place the sheet from the rhoda pad underneath the mix media paper and use a Bright Pad to trace an outline of the design using a Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip Brush Pen. Add a serif to the small block lettering to give it some flair!

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadcalligraphy gives you tips and tricks on how to create fun patterned lettering using the new Tombow Dual Brush Pen Galaxy and Pastel Palettes. For more tips and tricks, check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

EMBELLISH WITH GLUE PEN

Using the Tombow MONO Glue Pen, add star details to the inside of the lettering and let them dry.  You may have to look at it at an angle to see if it is being applied properly.

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadcalligraphy gives you tips and tricks on how to create fun patterned lettering using the new Tombow Dual Brush Pen Galaxy and Pastel Palettes. For more tips and tricks, check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

GALAXY LETTERS

To create galaxy letters, use the bold colors from the Dual Brush Pen Galaxy 10-pack and apply randomly over the star pattern when it is dried.

 

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadcalligraphy gives you tips and tricks on how to create fun patterned lettering using the new Tombow Dual Brush Pen Galaxy and Pastel Palettes. For more tips and tricks, check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

ADD COLOR WITH GALAXY PALETTE

Add the colors by starting with the darkest colors and then adding on the lighter or brighter colors of Dual Brush Pens.

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadcalligraphy gives you tips and tricks on how to create fun patterned lettering using the new Tombow Dual Brush Pen Galaxy and Pastel Palettes. For more tips and tricks, check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

BLEND TOGETHER THE GALAXY

Use the blender pen in the Dual Brush Pen Galaxy 10-pack to blend together the colors so that it looks like a galaxy and the stars start to pop.

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadcalligraphy gives you tips and tricks on how to create fun patterned lettering using the new Tombow Dual Brush Pen Galaxy and Pastel Palettes. For more tips and tricks, check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

FLORAL LETTERS

You can create the same effect by drawing flowers with the Tombow MONO Glue Pen and coloring it with the Tombow Dual Brush Pen Pastel 10-pack.

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadcalligraphy gives you tips and tricks on how to create fun patterned lettering using the new Tombow Dual Brush Pen Galaxy and Pastel Palettes. For more tips and tricks, check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

CREATE FLORAL DESIGN

Draw a floral design with the Tombow MONO Glue Pen.

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadcalligraphy gives you tips and tricks on how to create fun patterned lettering using the new Tombow Dual Brush Pen Galaxy and Pastel Palettes. For more tips and tricks, check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

ADD AND BLEND PASTEL PALETTE

Add the Tombow Dual Brush Pen Pastel Palette to the inside of the lettering to reveal the floral design. Then blend the colors together for a fun watercolor effect.

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadcalligraphy gives you tips and tricks on how to create fun patterned lettering using the new Tombow Dual Brush Pen Galaxy and Pastel Palettes. For more tips and tricks, check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

GET INSPIRED!

There you have it! Feeling inspired? I’d love to see what you create! Say hi over @renmadecalligraphy on instagram and make sure you share with me what you create! For more lettering tips and crafting inspiration, check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

Happy Lettering!

Lauren

Tombow Design Team Member Lauren Fitzmaurice

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Seas The Day Watercolored Art Print

Found this great post using the Pastel & Galaxy Dual Brush Pen Sets, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/09/17/seas-the-day-watercolored-art-print/

Hi Tombow friends, it’s Dani from @popfizzpaper with a watercolored art print tutorial! I was inspired by the beautiful shades of blue in the new Pastel and Galaxy Tombow Dual Brush Pens Sets and thought they would be perfect for today’s tutorial. These aren’t new colors to the Dual Brush Pen line, but they are perfectly coordinated sets that you’ll love! Let’s get started!

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SUPPLIES:

Tombow Dual Brush Pens in Pastel and Galaxy (451, 452, 243, 443, 555, 296)
Watercolor paper
Plastic baggie
Tombow Spray Bottle (from the Blending Kit)
Salt (optional)
Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue
Photo frame (I used a 6×6 frame)
Tombow MONO Drawing Pencil in 4H (or another H grade)
Die cutting machine (I used the Cricut Explore Air 2 that was sent to the DT members, but another electronic or manual machine would be fine)
Scissors

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STEP ONE:

First, draw dabs and patches of color on your plastic baggie with the Tombow Dual Brush Pen colors in 451, 452, and 243. I colored 451 on the top half of the bag, 452 on the bottom half, and dabs of 243 throughout. Next, set the bag aside for a moment and spray plenty of water on the watercolor paper. You want your paper somewhere between damp and soaking wet.

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STEP TWO:

Now slide the plastic bag over your hand and smoosh the colored side onto the wet watercolor paper. Remember to keep the lighter blue towards the top of the paper. This will start the ombre effect we’re going for, with light blues on top transitioning to dark blues at the bottom.

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STEP THREE:

Next, repeat the process again with the darker blue Tombow Dual Brush Pen colors on the bottom half of your paper. I used 443 for the top half of the baggie, 555 for the bottom, and 296 for dabs throughout. Press the color onto the bottom half of your wet watercolor paper and smoosh it around like before.

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STEP FOUR:

If the light blues and darker blues leave a noticeable line and not quite the blended, ombre effect we’re after, that’s ok! You can repeat the process with the light blues again and blend them down into the darker blues. Keep adding bits of color and blending until it looks just how you want it.

You can set your paper aside to dry when it looks like the one below, or you can use some salt to create a cool texture to your paper before drying. Sprinkle a generous amount of salt on the watercolored paper, then set aside to dry completely. After brushing off the dried salt, you’ll be left with a rippled water effect like shown a few pictures down.

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STEP FIVE:

Now to create the phrase portion of our art print! Use whatever technique you like to cut out your phrase, such as an electronic die cutting machine, a manual one with dies, or even a pair of scissors will do. I chose the quote “seas the day” and cut it out of plain white watercolor paper using the Cricut Explore Air 2. I created a couple of different size options in Cricut Design Space and wound up choosing the larger size. You can also use the negative cut to layer over your blue watercolor piece for a different look – it’s up to you! If you also want to add extra decor cut outs to your watercolored art print, go for it! I chose to leave mine simple with just the phrase so it really pops against the background.

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STEP SIX:

Now it’s time to start assembling! Use the Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue to adhere your phrase onto the watercolored background, then let dry completely. TIP: I used the empty photo frame to help me decide where I wanted everything placed.

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STEP SEVEN:

Remove the glass and all the backings from the photo frame. Place the empty frame over your print and position it so that the final image will show just how you want it to. Gently trace around the interior of the frame with the Tombow MONO Drawing Pencil (I used 4H) like shown below, then using scissors, cut along the pencil lines. The lip of the frame will hide any pencil marks left behind once everything is assembled.

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STEP EIGHT:

Finally, pop the glass back into your frame, then insert your watercolored art print. Add the backing pieces and you’re done!

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I think this would make a great gift for a friend or pretty decor for a tablescape. The wording going under the frame on the sides adds a fun touch that mimics the ocean waves!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are inspired to make your own watercolored art print. Thank you for following along! See this post I created using the same watercolor smoosh technique using pinks and purples! Please tag me @popfizzpaper on Instagram if you make this art print project – I would love to see! Happy crafting!

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Ribbon Lettering with the New Pastel Dual Brush Pen Set

Found another great post from Tombow for you using the new Dual Brush Pen Sets –  happy lettering!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/09/14/new-pastel-dual-brush-pen-set-new-lettering-font/

Hi everyone! It’s Marie Browning and I am really excited about Tombow’s new Pastel Dual Brush Pen Set! I am even more excited to share with you a lettering style I developed using the pastel colors!

When the new  Pastel Dual Brush Pen Set and Galaxy Dual Brush Pen Set came out, I wasn’t sure which one I liked best – well, the verdict is in, I LOVE them both!  Enjoy the new Ribbon Lettering style using both pastel colors of the Dual Brush Pens and darker colors of the Irojiten Colored Pencils. You get the best of both worlds when you combine the markers and the colored pencils. The markers make the letters quickly and colorfully while the colored pencils give you the control for delicate shading.

Ribbon lettering step-by-step

Ribbon Lettering Step-by-Step

Make the letters with the Dual Brush Pens using the brush tip. The upper case letters are about 3″ to 3.5″ high. The lower case letters are 2″ to 3″. Give the letters all the same firm pressure, no need for the fine lines with this lettering style. Use a light colored marker – the colors from the New Pastel Set are perfect!
Using an Irojiten Colored Pencil the same color as the lettering, but in a darker shade, add the shade marks to the letters. Add the marks where the ‘ribbon’ crosses over or under (your call if the ribbon crosses over or under, for example, in the letter J the ribbon goes over and in the letter Y, the ribbon goes under), where the ribbon changes direction (you should be able to see this from your lettering) and where the ribbon ends. Look at the bottom right motif for different ways to finish the ribbon ends.
Shade in the letters with the darker shade Irojiten to make the letters look like ribbon. Start dark at the shade marks and gradually shade lighter.

The Ribbon Letter Alphabet

Here is the entire alphabet in Ribbon Letters, including both the upper and lower case letters.

Ribbon lettering examples A to IRibbon Lettering examples J to RRibbon Lettering examples S to Z

Suggested Ribbon Letter Colors

Here are some color suggestions using the lighter colored Dual Brush Pens and the darker match with the Irojiten Colored Pencils. As you can see, I used lots of the colors from the new Pastel Dual Brush Pen Set.

Color suggestions using Irojitens and Dual Brush Pens

 

Ribbon Lettering Variations

Now you have the basics for the lettering, see how easy it is to change it up to some very cool variations! This method is also great for creating banners and scrolls!

Ribbon Lettering examples of variations

Ribbon lettering Examples

Here are some examples of using the ribbon lettering! Hope you give it a try, let me know how you like it!

Ribbon lettering example 2Ribbon Lettering example 3

Ribbon lettering example 1

Tombow Signature Designer Marie Browning

 

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DIY Pencil Cases made from Sandwich Bags ~ Back to School

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://karenkavett.com/blog/3974/diy-pencil-cases-made-from-sandwich-bags-back-to-school.php

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Did you know that you can make pencil cases out of sandwich bags and duct tape? I’m showing you five different ways to do it in my new DIY video on HGTV Handmade. Keep reading to check it out!

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I think these are my favorites, because you can customize them with whatever round design you like!

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This rainbow bag is fun and colorful and perfect for Back to School!

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You can add a cut-out shape of whatever you like, like I did with this star!

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Show off your washi tape collection by covering a bag in it and then protecting it with duct tape so it holds up all year!

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And finally, you can tape two bags together to get a double-sided pencil case, to carry around double the school supplies!

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I hope you guys liked these projects, and be sure to stay tuned to HGTV Handmade for even more Back to School projects all month!

DIY Planner Supplies 5 Ways with Cricut Explore Air 2

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/08/18/diy-planner-supplies-5-ways-cricut-explore-air-2/

Hi Tombow friends, it’s Dani from @popfizzpaper with some DIY planner supplies featuring the Cricut Explore Air 2. Making cute things for my planner is one of my favorite ways to get crafty. Today I’m showing you five ways you can use the Explore Air 2 to do just that! In the supply list below I’ve also included the free cut file I used so you can make these fun planner supplies right along with me. Thanks so much to our friends over at Cricut for supplying the Tombow Design Team with their Explore Air 2 machine! Let’s get started on our planner supplies!

SUPPLIES

Cricut Explore Air 2
Cricut 12″ Mat
Scrapbook paper (I used coordinating patterns from my stash to mix and match)
Cricut Scraper (I used the one from this tool kit!)
Tombow MONO Adhesive Removable
Tombow Xtreme Adhesive
Hole punch
Tombow MONO Twin Marker
Paperclips
Planner (I’m using a personal size, but you can size the cut file up or down depending on your needs)
Free cut file (must have Cricut Design Space): https://design.cricut.com/#/design/65842135

Dashboard Note Pocket

If you have stickers, receipts, notes, ticket stubs, business cards, or other little things floating around in your planner, a dashboard pocket is an easy way to keep everything contained. I love the one in the cut file above because it reminds me of a library pocket! All you have to do is add a bit of Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to the bottom and one side of the cutout, fold over and you have yourself a quick and easy pocket. Use more of the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to adhere your pocket to your dashboard or you can punch holes to add to your planner. Instant clutter control!

DIY Sticky Notes

Take one of the diamond cutouts and apply Tombow MONO Adhesive Removable to the back, top edge. Layer it on top of another diamond and repeat the process until you have a stack of diamond cutouts. Don’t add adhesive to the bottom diamond in the stack. Yay for custom sticky notes! Repeat for the hearts in the cut file and now you have even more sticky note goodness! Place them anywhere in your planner and you’re good to go for planning on the go.

Planner Tabs

Everyone knows tabs are great for dividers, but I want to share three other ways you can use these planner supplies with the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.

Add a tab to the top of a page you flip to all the time. I added one to a holiday page that I constantly reference.
Next time you need to make a quick list, grab a journal card! Write down your info, add a tab to the side of the card, and tuck into your planner. An easy list that doesn’t get lost!
Adhere a tab to the side of an appointment card, punch some holes, and add to your planner. Your appointment card, along with all of it’s important information, is easy to find, doesn’t fall out of your planner, and you can toss it when you don’t need it anymore.

Planner Divider Bookmark

Have a special section of your planner that you flip to all the time? Make a divider bookmark for it! It sticks out above the top of your planner pages so it’s easy to find. Use the Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out the long scalloped piece in the cut file. Remove from the mat, add holes with a hole punch, and place in your planner where you need it. I like to also write the section name on the top with the Tombow MONO Twin Marker. Feel free to laminate the divider bookmark if you want extra stability, too. It couldn’t be easier!

Bow Planner Clip

Every planner girl needs cute paperclips in their planner supplies stash, so let’s make one! Once your three bow pieces are cut out, it’s easy to assemble your clip. Fold in the bow flaps and use the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to secure them in the back. Fold the small rectangular shape around the front of your bow and adhere in the back (this makes the “knot”). Finally, add more Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to secure the tail section of the bow cut file as well as a paperclip. Add to your planner for instant cuteness. I like to combine different papers for a fun look! For more planner clip inspo, check out this post by Cynthia!

And here is my planner all decked out! It’s both super cute and totally functional and I couldn’t be happier with it. I’m so thankful to the Cricut team for sending me the Explore Air 2. It’s really user friendly and I can make even more planner goodies now, lol! I’m already thinking up fall-themed planner supplies to make for when it’s time to redecorate my planner for the new season.

I hope you enjoyed this post and got some inspiration from all the planner supplies we made today. Thank you for following along! Make sure to check out this post for some awesome planners to follow on Instagram (including yours truly!). And please tag me @popfizzpaper on Instagram if you make any of these supplies – I would love to see! Happy planning!

 

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Learn How to Craft Your Own Lettering Style

This article was originally posted at: http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/07/11/learn-craft-lettering-style/

I really hoped this interesting post would excite or delight you.

Happy Colouring
Charlotte

Take our new lettering class on @britandco today and learn how to craft your own lettering style!

If you’ve been wanting to take your lettering to the next level and create a lettering style that is all your own, we’ve got a new class just for you! Our newest with Brit+Co taught by our own Brittany Luiz, will teach you how to Craft Your Own Lettering Style.

Take our new lettering class on @britandco today and learn how to craft your own lettering style!

In this 54 minute lettering class you’ll learn how to draw four different lettering styles, then you’ll learn three different techniques you can use to tweak those (or any!) styles to make them unique to you. You’ll be creating so many new lettering styles, you’ll be amazed at the possibilities!

Take our new lettering class on @britandco today and learn how to craft your own lettering style!

Brittany walks you through her four go-to lettering styles using Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens and our new MONO Drawing Pens. You’ll receive a downloadable course workbook with traceable practice worksheets to practice each of these lettering styles and perfect them.

Then, you’ll learn how to change up your letters by tweaking their shape, strokes and adding embellishments. This is where the real magic happens and your lettering styles become unique to you!

Take our new lettering class on @britandco today and learn how to craft your own lettering style!

By the end of this class you’ll know how to pair different styles like a pro, and you’ll be able to create lettering styles that are all your own. You’ll even create your own stylized alphabet and a motivational quote that you can frame and display on your desk while you’re practicing all your new lettering styles.

Ready to get styling? Sign up for the class here!

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Create Zentangle Doodles with Tombow MONO Drawing Pens

Originally posted at: http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/06/21/zentangle-doodles-mono-drawing-pens/

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Charlotte

Hi there! It’s Marie Browning, Tombow’s Signature Designer, and I’m excited to share with you why Tombow’s new MONO Drawing Pens are fantastic for Zentangle® Enthusiasts! I am just loving the pens for creating this Zentangle inspired project where I am filling an accordion sketchbook with variations of one tangle. The Cadent Tangle (what a Zentangle pattern is called) is an easy tangle to create variations, or how we say in Zentangle speak, Tanglelations.

New Drawing Pens from Tombow! Great for Zentangle Enthusiasts!@mariebrowning

Three different line widths

Tombow’s MONO Drawing Pens come in three sizes –01, 03 and 05 – for a variety of line thicknesses that help make your Zentangle creations more interesting. I tend to use the 03 for most of my marks, and fill in solid with the 05. The 01 MONO Drawing Pen allows me to create nice thin lines for smaller, and more detailed marks.

@mariebrowning Use the mono drawing pencils for shading

MONO Drawing Pencils for Shading

I like to use a variety of degrees of the MONO Drawing Pencils when shading. Here I’m using a 2B pencil. My favorites include a 4H for creating the strings (lightly drawn lines that divide the drawing surface), and B, F, 2B and 3B for shading. I also use the harder pencils, 2H and 3H, for lighter shadows.

@mariebrowning New Drawing Pens from Tombow! Great for Zentangle Enthusiasts!

The Art of Zentangle

The Zen of Zentangle is a beautiful thing –the repeating stokes you make to create the tangles are relaxing, helps the mind focus and connects you with your creativity. The MONO Drawing Pens last a long time, and have strong points, so you can create endless tangles! I also love the art part! It is thrilling for me to have students come in and state “I can’t draw, and I don’t really want to be here.” These are the folks who are the most amazed and thrilled when they create their first tile and believe that they can indeed produce gorgeous drawings! It’s the combination of the Zen and the Art that makes the Zentangle Method so powerful and why so many connect with it.

@mariebrowning learn to color zentangle in Time to Tangle in color

Getting my Zen

I’m enjoying this so much I think I will create a book each for several of my favorite tangles! It’s amazing how little you have to change for the Cadent tangle to make it look so very different. These are just black and white, wait until you discover adding color! I am proud to say I wrote the first book on coloring Zentangles, Time to Tangle in Color, and available from Design Originals. I use Tombow’s Dual Brush Pens and Irojiten Colored Pencils as my coloring tools.

@mariebrowning Enjoy trying Zentangle yourself with Tombow's new drawing pens

Now you try

I was amazed at a recent event how many folks have not heard about Zentangle! If you want more information, go to the Zentangle Website. Here you can find a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) so you can take a class close to you. If you can’t take a class locally (the very best way to learn the Zentangle Method), I highly recommend the Zentangle Primer, written by Rick and Maria, the founders of Zentangle. Make sure to stock up with Tombow’s MONO Drawing Pens so you are ready to create art and reconnect with your creativity.

Tombow Signature Designer Marie Browning

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