DIY Traveler’s Notebook Inserts for Autumn/Halloween

tombowFound another great post for you to have a break from colouring, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/10/12/diy-travelers-notebooks-inserts/

Hey Tombow fans, It’s Katie here! This week on the Tombow blog we are partnering up with Paper House Productions to bring you some really fun projects. They sent me some really beautiful Autumn and Halloween papers and embellishments (thanks!!) and I immediately knew what I wanted to create with them: Autumn Traveler’s Notebook Inserts!

A Midori Traveler’s Notebook is basically a simple leather cover with an elastic band to hold notebooks inside and a band to hold it closed. That may seem pretty basic, but they’re really really neat. You can purchase inserts, but you can also make your own, which is what I am doing here today!

Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa

How to Create Traveler’s Notebook Inserts:
Supplies:

Autumn/Halloween Papers (I used papers by Paper House Productions)
Paper Trimmer
White Paper for the insides
Stapler
MONO Twin Permanent Marker
Tombow Twin Tones
MONO Permanent Adhesive
MONO Aqua Liquid Glue

Step one:

Start by trimming your paper down to size. To create a Traveler’s Notebook insert, you’ll want to trim all of your papers down to 8.5×8.25″.

Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa

Step two:

Fold all of your papers in half, stack them so that your cover is on top and all of your white paper is on the inside. For you insert you can use any sort of paper you’d like- printer paper, watercolor paper, etc. You’ll just want to include less pages if you use a thicker paper like watercolor paper so that it doesn’t get too bulky.

Next, unfold them but leave them stacked and bind the papers together by stapling through all of the layers along the fold you creased. I stapled twice, about an inch in from the top and the bottom.

Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa

Step three:

To embellish the cover of my Autumn insert, I sketched out a quote using a Tombow MONO J pencil and the MONO Dust Catch Eraser, which is my favorite. An eraser with no eraser bits left behind? Yes, please!

I colored in my bubble letters with Tombow’s new TwinTone Dual Tip Markers. These are perfect for adding little details like stripes and dots to your lettering. Here are 3 ways to Embellish Lettering using the TwinTone Markers!

Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa

Step four:

You can easily create little tabs on your insert pages by folding strips of washi tape or stickers in half along the page edges. Washi tape is not always super sticky, so to secure my tabs better I place a small line of MONO Permanent Adhesive where the washi tape will go.

Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa

Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa

I fell in love with the little witch feet epoxy sticker below, so I used a bit of MONO Aqua Liquid Glue to adhere it to a paper clip, so I can easily mark my place!

Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook ! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa

Want more Traveler’s Notebook crafts? Check out these posts by my fellow Tombow Design Team members:

Traveler’s Notebook Happy Mail
Using Scrapbook Paper in your Traveler’s Notebook

If you make your own inserts, please share them on instagram and hashtag #tombowusa. Be sure to tag both myself @studio.katie and @tombowusa, while you are at it! To shop the products in this post check out TombowUSA and Paper House Productions!

Happy Fall, Y’all!

Tombow Design Team Member Katie Smith

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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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10 Color Combinations To Create Magical Galaxies

Found this great post for you by Katie at, ombow – have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/09/15/galaxy-color-combos/

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Wave your hand if you love galaxies! Katie here and I have been in love with the galaxy trend for a while now and when I saw that Tombow was releasing a galaxy themed set for the Dual Brush Pens I got major heart eyes!

If you missed the release – Tombow recently released two new Dual Brush Pens sets: Galaxy and Pastel!

Today I am showing you different color combinations you can use with the Galaxy and Pastel set to create 10 different galaxies.

How to create a galaxy using the Splash technique:

Before I get to the color combinations, here’s a mini tutorial on how to create a splash galaxy using the Dual Brush Pens. This is my favorite technique that I learned from fellow design team member Marie Browning!

Supplies:

Dual Brush Pens: Galaxy Set, Pastel Set
Blending Kit
Glossy Photo Paper
White Pen

Step one:

Apply Dual Brush Pen ink onto the Blending Palette. You can scribble the different colors around however you like, different ink placement will create different galaxies.

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Step two:

Spritz the Blending Palette with water, this will cause the ink to bead up and pool.

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Step three:

Press a piece of glossy photo paper face down onto the blending palette. You can swirl it around a little bit to help transfer the ink to the photo paper.

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Step 4:

Peel back the photo paper and reveal the galaxy! Photo paper is designed so that the ink dries instantly. So wipe away any remaining water and you’ve got a starry scene!

 

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Design Team member Jennie shared another fantastic way to create the galaxy look in this post.

 

Galaxy Color Combinations:

The Galaxy Dual Brush Pen set comes with 9 colors, but you can combine them in different ways to create such a variety of galaxies. Here are the combinations I came up with:

Dual Brush Pen colors: 606, 725, N25

 

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Dual Brush Pen colors: 676, 555, N25

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Dual Brush Pen colors: 443, 346, N25

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Dual Brush Pen colors: 443, N55, N25

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Dual Brush Pen colors: 346, 755, N25

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Dual Brush Pen colors: 725, 443, N25

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Dual Brush Pen colors: 755, 555, N55

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

When creating galaxies, It’s likely that the markers you first grab for wouldn’t be pastels, but why not? Pastels can create amazing galactic scenes just as well as the deeper colors.

Here are a few of the color combinations I created using the Pastel set, as well as the N25 Dual Brush Pen.

Dual Brush Pen colors: 991, 723, 620, N25

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Dual Brush Pen colors: 243, 452, 553, N25

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

Dual Brush Pen colors: 243, 452, 723, 620

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

For this pastel galaxy silhouette I actually used All of the colors from the Pastel Dual Brush Pen set. The pastel colors do make for a very light galaxy, but I’m loving the soft effect they give.

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

10 Galaxy color combinations you can create with @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens! by @punkprojects #tombow #tombowusa #galaxy

So are you team Galaxy or Team Pastel?  I love both, so I’ll just say that I am #TeamTombow!

Grab the new Dual Brush Pen sets here: Galaxy, Pastel. Each set comes with 9 colors, and a colorless blender!!

To see more galaxies, come visit me on instagram, @katiebug92!

Tombow Design Team Member Katie Smith

 

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DIY Envelope Scrapbook You Can Mail

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/08/28/postable-scrapbook-mini-album/

Hey everyone, Katie here! This week on the Tombow blog we are focusing on all things happy mail, which to me means anything that you can send through the mail to brighten someone’s day! So today I am showing you how to create a scrapbook mini album inside of an envelope!

This project is inspired by Moleskine’s Postal Notebooks, which are notebooks that transform into an envelope to mail. I wanted to create a handmade version so that I could fill it with pretty patterned papers and photos. Here’s how:

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

How to Create an Envelope Scrapbook – Supplies:

Scrapbook Patterned Papers
Envelope
MONO Adhesive Permanent
MONO Adhesive Removable
Beginner Lettering Set
MONO J Pencils
MONO Air Correction Tape
Transfer Foil
Photos
Scrapbook Embellishments
Sewing Machine

 

Step one:

Unfold a regular envelope to use as a template. Apply MONO Adhesive Removable to the inside of the envelope and adhere it down to a piece of patterned paper. Trace around the envelope using a MONO J pencil and then cut the envelope shape out of your patterned paper.

I recommend using a double sided paper, so that you have a pattern on both the outside and inside of your mini album.

 

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Step two:

Measure the inside of your envelope so that you know how large to make your pages. Fold your pages in half and place them inside the middle of the envelope, with the folded edge up next to the crease in your envelope.

Depending on the thickness of the paper you are using, you will only want to add in 2-4 pieces of paper into your envelope so that it doesn’t get too bulky. I used 2 pieces of double sided paper for 8 pages.

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Step three:

With your pages opened up, use your sewing machine to run a straight stitch down the middle of the pages in the crease, sewing them to the envelope.

 

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Step four:

Now that the envelope scrapbook base is complete, all that’s left is to decorate the pages!

I added a bit of copper foil to each page. I always think adding a bit of foil to a project really makes it stand out, and the MONO Adhesive Permanent makes it super quick to add a metallic touch.

Simply run a strip of the MONO Adhesive Permanent along the page, and then press a piece of transfer foil on top of the adhesive. Peel it off and the foil will stick only where you applied the adhesive!

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Step five:

Add your photos, scrapbooking embellishments and journaling! I also wanted to add a little bit of lettering and doodles to this mini album, so I grabbed the Beginner Lettering Set and used Amy Latta’s new book Hand Lettering for Relaxation as a reference to add a few custom designs onto my pages.

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products! Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Here are a peek at a few of the pages I embellished. I recommend only using flat embellishments. Anything too large will make you envelope too bulky to mail.

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products! Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products! Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Step six:

Seal up the back of your envelope! I used washi tape to make it cute, but I will also be putting a piece of packing tape over top of it, just to maker sure the post doesn’t damage it.

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Step seven:

If you used a colorful piece of patterned paper to make your envelope like I did, you will need somewhere to address it!  MONO Air Correction Tape to the rescue! Just use the Correction Tape to create little white boxes and address your envelope with the Mono Twin Permanent Marker!

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Want another fun Happy Mail project? Check out the mini album Jennie created in a Cassette Tape Case!

I mailed this mini album to my sister in Arizona, and it got there just fine with only 2 stamps on it! Depending on how many pages/embellishments you added, you may need to add more.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve mailed?

Tombow Design Team Member Katie Smith

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Coloring Books for Grown Ups 101: How to Color!

Found this great post for you, have fun!! https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/190424010/0/wendypiersall~Coloring-Books-for-Grown-Ups-How-to-Color/

When I first published Coloring Animal Mandalas, I just assumed that this would be a zero-instructions-needed kind of book. It’s coloring! Who hasn’t colored before?! To my utter surprise, how to color in coloring books has been THE most asked question I have gotten as a coloring book artist. I realized that most adults haven’t colored in 20+ years (or sometimes 60-70+ years!). Also, when you’re coloring as an adult, crayons just don’t cut it anymore. We want a great experience, and want to use great, grown up materials. So since I’ve been asked about this a zillion times, here’s my overview of how to color coloring books.

How Do You Choose Which Colors to Use?

I’ve been asked this question a lot. The question I hear when I read between the lines is that people don’t feel particularly artistic and are fearful that they don’t have what it takes to color something beautiful. To which I say: IT’S COLORING. 2 year olds can handle this. There is no wrong way to do it. And almost any color combination will look good. But in the interest of actually answering this question, there’s several ways to tackle color choices:

Go with a rainbow spectrum. Who doesn’t love rainbows?
Go in blindfolded. Meaning: just pick up a color and go. Let the spirit of spontaneity take over.
Go hip. Pantone releases it’s trend forecast twice a year. Admittedly, they are pretty good at it.
Go overboard. Find an image with colors you love (I have a Pinterest board full of them here) and upload it to this free online color palette generator. I take no responsibility for the hours you will lose once you start playing with this tool.

How Do You Maximize Relaxation While Coloring?

One of the main reason adult coloring books are getting so popular lately is because they are a major stress-buster and tension reliever. You know how artists create art to stay sane and get into The Zone? That’s what coloring does for non-artists. Personally, I don’t think that there is any wrong way to color for relaxation. I’ve heard of people coloring on planes, in front of the TV, in coffee shops, and even in therapy sessions. It’s all good. For me personally, I like to color in my studio, which is an enclosed porch and has tons of natural light. I try to do it when I know I won’t be interrupted for at least 30 minutes. I also like to color with my favorite music playing in the background. My go-to coloring music? The soundtrack to The Great Gatsby (2013 version).

What Materials Do You Use to Color With?

Below I discuss my favorite pencils, markers, and a few other non-traditional art supplies that are killer for coloring. This section contains affiliate links to products I have purchased with my own money and tested with my own hands. 🙂

Best Colored Pencils for Adult Coloring Books

Adult coloring books are intricate and have tiny details. Even if you have an attachment to the waxy smell of Crayolas, they are too fat to use for filling in tiny spaces. My number #1 go-to material for coloring is colored pencils. But I have a soft spot in my heart for art markers. There is a WIDE range of art supplies you can use, here are my favorites at every price point:

Sargent Art 50-Count Assorted Colored Pencils

I had a book signing at a local bookstore and ordered these for people to use so that they could play with some print outs and test the merchandise. I really didn’t want to bring my expensive colored pencils for strangers to use and abuse. I have to admit, for a cheap set of pencils these are astonishingly awesome. This is a GREAT beginner set for adults or teens. The colors aren’t quite as vivid or blendable as the higher priced pencils, but they are solid decent quality at a tiny fraction of the price. I’ve bought them for under $10, but the price fluctuates up to $14 or so.

Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencils, 132 Colored Pencils

The best of the best when it comes to colored pencils, I’m always raving about my Prismacolors on Facebook or Instagram when I’m posting pictures of my works in progress. Smooth, blendable, layer-able… they just rock. They are also kind of expensive (currently $80). I actually have the 150 color set, but the price of that set is almost $50 dollars more than the 132 color set. That’s not very cost effective for an additional 18 colors. Wish I had noticed it before I made the purchase! My only complaint about Prismas: they break. A LOT. And since they are wax-based they wear down incredibly quickly, so that after you sharpen your tip, it will be gone within just a minute or two. But despite these drawbacks, they give me the absolute BEST results out of all my coloring tools. In fact, every single one of my coloring books covers (except for the first one) has been colored with Prismacolors.

Faber Castell Polychromos

Polychromos are a close second to the Prismacolors. So close, in fact, that sometimes I prefer them over the Prismas despite the fact that I just said I usually choose Prismacolors first. Polychromos are oil based instead of wax based, and they are extremely high quality artist grade pencils (and priced as such!!!). They don’t have any of the problems I just mentioned in the previous paragraph – they keep a fine point for a long time after sharpening, they hardly EVER break, lay down smoother color and they are just as blendable. Sometimes, though, the colors are slightly less saturated than the Prismacolors. This can be a good thing a lot of the time, but other times I really want and need bright, saturated colors. Here’s a close up side by side comparison of the two. The difference is small, to be sure, and some people might feel like I’m splitting hairs. But I’m an artist, and I’m allowed to be picky about my colors. 🙂 Frankly, when I don’t need bright colors, I probably reach for my Polychromos first because they are smoother and last longer. So, with all that information, you’ll have to make your own choice based on what’s most important to you!

Prismacolors Vs. Polychromos Colored Pencils

Close up comparison of Prismacolors Vs. Polychromos Colored Pencils

Derwent Inktense Pencils in Metal Tin, 72 Count

I am also frequently raving about my Inktense colored pencils, which are actually like watercolor pencils. They aren’t ideal for straight coloring, but are definitely ideal if you want to add a little water to your page. Inktense pencils are bright, bold colors that once wet turn to liquid ink that is permanent when dry.  If you use just a tiny bit of water, they can be used in coloring books with normal paper, and they will make your colors super-smooth and jump off the page. Side note: they also work on fabric. On. Fabric.

Best Markers for Adult Coloring Books

Because of my carpal tunnel wrist problems, I tend to color more with markers than I do with pencils. I wish they were as blendable as pencils, but they are just SO much easier on my hands to use. So if you are older, have arthritis, or carpal tunnel like me, start with markers.

Copic Ciao Art Markers, Set of 36

I hesitate to recommend Copic art markers to anyone but the most serious of coloring fanatics because they are redonkulously expensive. Like, $3 bucks PER marker expensive. I actually buy them at a local art supply store a few at a time and pay more than that each. But seriously? They are like coloring with liquid velvet. Smooth. Blendable. And you can color large areas in one solid color with no worries about overlap. The alcohol based ink takes slightly longer to dry than regular markers, which means you can color somewhat sloppily and still get even, smooth color. Prismacolor makes art markers that are slightly (only slightly) more affordable, and I’ve heard they are comparable to Copic markers, but I haven’t tried them so I can’t say for sure.

On the down side, they will bleed through your paper. Even card stock, so they aren’t great for double sided books. And always use a scrap piece of paper between pages in a book in case it bleeds through to the next sheet.

By the way, if you’re looking for a recommendation for cheaper markers that are good for coloring, there are a few that I can recommend, but in no way will they live up to the Copics. See below.

Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Markers

 

My favorite thing about Staedtler markers is that they are the LEAST likely to bleed through the paper (almost any paper) to the other side compared any other marker I’ve used. They also have very tiny tips, which make them absolutely perfect for the most intricate of details in your coloring books. But because the tips are so tiny, they are decidedly not good for coloring any large areas. I also don’t like that the largest set of colors available is only 36, and they really aren’t blendable.

But besides these drawbacks, I use them almost every. single. time. I color. They are just extremely versatile, reliable, and their tiny tips fit better into tiny spaces than the Copic markers will. They are also extremely affordable, and very well made/high quality. You can’t go wrong with them.

Sharpies Ultra Fine Points

I wasn’t a fan of Sharpies at first because they shared the biggest problem with the Copics (lots of bleed through) with little to no blendability. But I had a set laying around from a different project and I tried them in my Coloring Flower Mandala Postcards book and I kind of fell in love with them. The fact that they bleed a lot actually helps to keep the wet edge where you are coloring, making it so that when you fill in an area there isn’t a darker strip where the strokes overlap. And the paper stock in my postcards book is nice and thick, and I was surprised as can be that the Sharpies didn’t bleed through to the other side. So I’m using them a lot more lately – the trick to getting good results with Sharpies is to color just inside the lines, and let the ink bleed out to the edges of the area you are coloring. That way the ink won’t bleed into adjoining areas and you’ll get nice, clean results.

Other Coloring Art Supplies
Sakura Gelly Roll Gel Pens

I was happy to leave this post up with my favorite materials above – but then I tried Sakura gel pens and I HAD to come update this post to rave about them for coloring. They came highly recommended to me by other colorists, so I ordered a set. I heard lots of complaints about other gel pen brands = that many of them skip or dry up, but I didn’t have either problem with these.  What I like best about them is that they are easy on the hands to use. I love my Prismacolors, but you have to press pretty hard on the paper to use them and after a few hours that can really mess with my carpal tunnel syndrome. These are like having opaque gouache paint in a pen – heaven! My only complaint is that they aren’t really blendable. For blending colors, stick with the Copics or the Prismacolor pencils.

PanPastels

You might have heard that some people like to ‘color’ with eyeshadow – considering my eye shadows are about $10 bucks a pop, it’s a CRAZY expensive way to color!!! Coloring with PanPastels is exactly the same – but cheaper than eye shadow and come in real colors you’d actually use. Not to diss neutral colors or anything, but a girl needs a big spectrum to choose from, ya know?! PanPastels are essentially chalk in the shape of a disk and are applied with a sponge, in the same way that you would apply eyeshadow to your skin. They really aren’t good for tiny areas. Where PanPastels really shine are in covering large areas, and unbelievable blendability. I use them, and have seen them used extensively on backgrounds, skies, and sometimes filling in the white space around a colored image.

 


       

25 Ideas For Your Pretty Happy Mail!

I hope you are enjoying this type of post I have found for you, makes a small change from colouring pages so have some fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/08/29/ 25-ideas-for-our-pretty-happy-mail/

Hello Tombow Friends! This is Jennie and today I’m going to share an easy way to make pretty happy mail because September 1st is National Letter Writing Day! Make someone smile when they open their mailbox! At the end of this post, I’m going to share 25 ideas of items to put in your happy mail!

Check out @jenniegarcian 's tips to make easy pretty happy mail. She also shared 25 ideas to put in your happy packages! #tombow #happymail #snailmail

The first thing I did was decide what I would put in my happy mail. I’m sending my friend a soap and some skin care samples. Since they come in foil packets I’m not a fan of putting them in envelopes where they will get squished, so I chose a box! Sometimes you don’t need to buy one, you can recycle. I used a Play By Sephora Box. To cover the brand I used Felicity Jane paper. You could also use washi tape.

To glue the paper I needed a really strong adhesive, so I chose the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive. This card is a nice way to say “Hello!” I used the Simple Gold Party Invitation card from Mixbook. To add texture I used stickers. Get fancy and spend a few extra minutes to make your letter extra nice. If you are still a lettering newbie try the Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip Brush Pen. We have a few guides to help you be a pro!

Check out @jenniegarcian 's tips to make easy pretty happy mail. She also shared 25 ideas to put in your happy packages! #tombow #happymail #snailmail

Little details matter! I used a Tombow 8900 Drawing Pencil to draw a line so my scallop cut would be even.

Check out @jenniegarcian 's tips to make easy pretty happy mail. She also shared 25 ideas to put in your happy packages! #tombow #happymail #snailmail

 

Then I used the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to wrap my box with paper. I also use this adhesive to wrap my presents!

Check out @jenniegarcian 's tips to make easy pretty happy mail. She also shared 25 ideas to put in your happy packages! #tombow #happymail #snailmail

Speaking of presents, doesn’t this look like a present? You could wrap presents and old cancelled stamps. I would also add doilies and more ribbons. Since this is mail-bound, I need to keep my pretty happy mail simple. To write the address I used the Sweet Notes Note Card  and the Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip Brush Pen. I used a bit of twine so I had to use the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tabs to glue the mail label.

Check out @jenniegarcian 's tips to make easy pretty happy mail. She also shared 25 ideas to put in your happy packages! #tombow #happymail #snailmail

25 Ideas for Pretty Happy Mail

Handwritten letter
Questions to get to know the recipient better
Recipes
Greeting cards
Gift card
A joke
A poem
Book
Stationery so they can write back
Cookies
Makeup or lip balms
Skin care items (soap, body lotion, hand lotion)
Mix CD (2001 called and said it wants that back but you can still use it!)
Photos
Socks
Pretty pens like the Tombow TwinTone Dual Tip Markers
Candy
Handmade accessories
A movie
Vintage finds
Nail polish
Tiny toys (like the ones that come in blind bags)
Art items (brushes, sketch pads, etc.)
Souvenirs from a trip! (maps, tickets, postcards, etc.)
Travel board games or card games

I hope this post helped you! Share your pretty happy mail on social media using the hashtag #tombow!

Tombow Design Team Coordinator Jennie Garcia

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10 Happy Mail Hacks: A Creative Envelope in Less than 10 Minutes

Found this great post for you to have some fun by trying out the techniques.  !! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/09/02/10-happy-mail-hacks-a-creative-envelope-in-less-than-10-minutes/

Hey lovelies! It’s Lauren of @renmadecalligraphy, back to share lettering and craft tips and tricks with you! I’ve got 10 happy mail hacks that are perfect for making a creative envelope in less than 10 minutes. After this tutorial, you will be able to create a one of a kind piece of happy mail with some of my favorite supplies from Tombow USA!

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy teaches you 10 Happy Mail Hacks to use with your Tombow USA products! Use these tips and tricks to make a fun and creative envelope in 10 minutes or less! For more lettering tips and tricks check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

1. USE THE RIGHT TOOLS

So, you want to send a happy piece of mail? Tombow USA has you covered. Lettering tools and adhesives are perfect for quickly turning an envelope into a piece of art.

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy teaches you 10 Happy Mail Hacks to use with your Tombow USA products! Use these tips and tricks to make a fun and creative envelope in 10 minutes or less! For more lettering tips and tricks check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

For a pretty, happy piece of mail you might want the following supplies:

Light colored envelopes
Tombow MONO Drawing Pens
Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip and Soft Tip Brush Pens
Tombow TwinTone Dual Tip Markers
Tombow MONO Drawing Pencils
Tombow MONO Zero Eraser
Tombow MONO Dust Catch Eraser
Tombow Dual Brush Pens
-Mix Media Paper
Tombow MONO Permanent Adhesive +
A light table (I use the Cricut BrightPad)

 

2. SKETCH AN ENVELOPE DESIGN

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy teaches you 10 Happy Mail Hacks to use with your Tombow USA products! Use these tips and tricks to make a fun and creative envelope in 10 minutes or less! For more lettering tips and tricks check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

So when you start lettering your envelope, you may worry that your address won’t be centered, or you may be unsure that you aren’t writing the correct address.  This can all be fixed if you simply write a pencil sketch with your Tombow MONO Drawing Pencil.  I like to create a template for my envelope designs by cutting a sheet of Rhodia dot paper, sketching the address on the paper, and then sliding the paper template inside the envelope. When I make mistakes, I LOVE the Tombow MONO Dust Catch Eraser because it erases them and collects it’s own dust. So cool!

3. TRACE YOUR SKETCH USING A LIGHT TABLE

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy teaches you 10 Happy Mail Hacks to use with your Tombow USA products! Use these tips and tricks to make a fun and creative envelope in 10 minutes or less! For more lettering tips and tricks check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

After creating your sketch, you may want to use it as a template, by placing it inside of the envelope and then placing your envelope on top of a light pad. Trace over it with any kind of pen that you prefer, like the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens.  This makes it so much easier to make sure that the address is written correctly and will fit on the envelope properly.

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy teaches you 10 Happy Mail Hacks to use with your Tombow USA products! Use these tips and tricks to make a fun and creative envelope in 10 minutes or less! For more lettering tips and tricks check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

The final result is ready to keep by itself or add embellishments.

4. WRITE IN SIMPLE MODERN SCRIPT

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy teaches you 10 Happy Mail Hacks to use with your Tombow USA products! Use these tips and tricks to make a fun and creative envelope in 10 minutes or less! For more lettering tips and tricks check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

You can write in a monoline or brush lettering in a simple modern style. To create monoline lettering, use the Tombow MONO Drawing Pen.

 

5. ADD AN ILLUSTRATION OR DOODLE

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy teaches you 10 Happy Mail Hacks to use with your Tombow USA products! Use these tips and tricks to make a fun and creative envelope in 10 minutes or less! For more lettering tips and tricks check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

A plain envelope can be totally jazzed up with a simple illustration, like flowers. Draw them with the Tombow MONO Drawing Pen and then color them in with the Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  Create illustrations that match the theme of your event or

 

6. MAKE A BRIGHT OR PATTERNED BACKGROUND

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy teaches you 10 Happy Mail Hacks to use with your Tombow USA products! Use these tips and tricks to make a fun and creative envelope in 10 minutes or less! For more lettering tips and tricks check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

Fill in the background of your envelope with random brush strokes of some fun colors of Tombow Dual Brush Pens. You could also add fun patterns full of color to make a very unique piece of mail!

 

7. BE CREATIVE WITH COLOR

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy teaches you 10 Happy Mail Hacks to use with your Tombow USA products! Use these tips and tricks to make a fun and creative envelope in 10 minutes or less! For more lettering tips and tricks check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

Another way to make a unique envelope is to play with colors on the actual lettering. I love the bold tip on the Tombow TwinTone Markers.  Pick around 4 or 5 colors and do a stroke or two with each color and then alternate. It turns out being a fun and bright address that is also super creative looking.

 

8. USE ADHESIVES TO SEAL

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy teaches you 10 Happy Mail Hacks to use with your Tombow USA products! Use these tips and tricks to make a fun and creative envelope in 10 minutes or less! For more lettering tips and tricks check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

Don’t want to lick the seal or worried that the seal won’t stick? Use Tombow MONO Permanent Adhesive+ to seal the envelope. Simply run the tape runner over the edge to apply the adhesive and then firmly press the flap down to close the envelope.

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy teaches you 10 Happy Mail Hacks to use with your Tombow USA products! Use these tips and tricks to make a fun and creative envelope in 10 minutes or less! For more lettering tips and tricks check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

 

9. CREATE A RETURN ADDRESS SEAL

Break out the mix media paper and create your own return address label that can also act as an envelope seal sticker. Draw a small shape with Tombow Dual Brush Pens and then write your name and address on it and cut out the shape.

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy teaches you 10 Happy Mail Hacks to use with your Tombow USA products! Use these tips and tricks to make a fun and creative envelope in 10 minutes or less! For more lettering tips and tricks check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

Attach the label with Tombow MONO Permanent Adhesive+.

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy teaches you 10 Happy Mail Hacks to use with your Tombow USA products! Use these tips and tricks to make a fun and creative envelope in 10 minutes or less! For more lettering tips and tricks check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

10. THINK OUTSIDE THE ENVELOPE

Lauren Fitzmaurice of @renmadecalligraphy teaches you 10 Happy Mail Hacks to use with your Tombow USA products! Use these tips and tricks to make a fun and creative envelope in 10 minutes or less! For more lettering tips and tricks check out renmadecalligraphy.com.

There are literally no limits to where your creativity could take you when creating a quick and fun piece of happy mail! What will you create? No matter what it is, remember to think outside of the envelope and create a piece of art, all your own.

Thanks, so much for stopping by and checking out this tutorial for happy mail! Take a few minutes some time in the next week to create a fun and creative piece of happy mail for someone near and dear to your heart. For more lettering tips and tricks check out my blog at renmadecalligraphy.com.

Happy Lettering!

Ren

 

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Customized Cup Tutorial with Cricut!

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/08/20/customized-cup-tutorial-cricut/

Hi everyone! You know when you have a project in mind and it comes out better?! This is that project! I’m Jennie and I’m a lucky girl! Our friends from Cricut are so amazing that they sent me a Cricut Explore Air 2! I’m going to share a super easy customized cup tutorial!

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

For this project I suggest white paper like the one in this Rhodia Pad and a black marker. You can use the Black Tombow Dual Brush Pen, any Tombow Fudenosuke Calligraphy Pen or even the Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker.

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

I used the Tombow Fudenosuke Calligraphy Hard Tip Pen. I like the Hard Tip Fudenosuke because I like my upstrokes super thin. Then I took a photo with my phone. Nothing fancy, I just made sure I had enough light. I also used the PicTapGo app to add even more contrast and crispness to my photo. After editing I emailed this photo to myself.

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

Once the photo is in the computer, open the Cricut Design Space. On the left at the bottom, you are going to click Upload. Then you are going to upload your image.

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

The Cricut Design Space will ask what kind of image you selected. Let’s keep it Simple!

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

Now you are going to clean your image so you can cut it. You are going to click on the white spaces to eliminate the paper from the image.

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

When you erase it, you should see this pattern behind your image or lettering.
You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

Don’t forget the little spaces inside the letters. When you are done press the green button that says “Continue”. 

Now you can save your image to Print & Cut or just Cut. Insert the image in the project, adjust size and placing and get ready to cut!

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

When it was time to cut I got worried about the fine lines that I love so much but this little machine got the job done! Cricut Vinyl has over 40 colors and styles and this beauty is Holographic Opal.
You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

From your sketch book to the cutting mat! I think it was super easy to do! Now you are going to peel off the excess. To get the little bits out you are going to use the Weeder Tool from Cricut.You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

The Cricut Transfer Tape is perfect for these type of projects. It’s hard to pick a long skinny word like this without twisting it.  After you remove the vinyl excess, place the Transfer Tape at the center and smooth it out to the sides. Use a craft stick to rub the word until it gets attached to the Transfer Tape.

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

Before cutting the word I measured my cup. Don’t get too close to the handles. Leave a little bit more than 2 inches. Use a craft stick on top of the transfer tape to attach the vinyl to the cup.

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

Check out all the colors in this vinyl!
You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

The stars turned out perfect! They are around 1/4 of an inch. I’m going to use this same customized cup tutorial to make a cup with just tiny stars! You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

I hope you enjoyed this customized cup tutorial! If you try this tag me on Instagram @jenniegarcian! Make sure you follow me because I want to make a lot of them! #vinylallthethings!

Tombow Design Team Coordinator Jennie Garcia

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DIY Harry Potter Perler Bead Crafts

Found this fun post for you, enjoy!! http://karenkavett.com/blog/3907/diy-harry-potter-perler-bead-crafts.php

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Today I’ve got a really fun video for you guys – we’re doing Harry Potter crafts made with Perler Beads! I am a huge Harry Potter fan, and you guys have been asking for more Perler Bead projects, so I thought I would combine the two! Keep reading to watch the DIY video and see more photos of the projects!

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First up are some projects that will be perfect if you’re going to dress up as Luna Lovegood for Halloween – her Spectrespecs and radish earrings!

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I’m using striped Perler Beads for the first time in this video, and I think they look so cool and are perfect for Harry Potter projects!

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I had to switch out the earring setting before taking this photo so I’d actually be able to wear the earrings since I don’t have pierced ears! I also accidentally wore the earring backwards, but that’s what happens sometimes when you take all your own photos.

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Next are two projects using mini Perler Beads, which are adorable but really annoying to work with.

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I made this mini snitch, which I think is so cute!

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And then I also made this phone case, which shows everyone how much of a Harry Potter fan you really are!

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And finally, I made this fun Platform 9 3/4 sign! It’s really easy to make and I think it adds a special touch to any Harry Potter room.

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I hope you guys liked those projects! Be sure to check out the full DIY video to get the downloadable patterns, and check out my Perler Bead and Harry Potter playlists for even more DIY ideas!

Adult Colouring Book Techniques

 

Having discovered some of the benefits of Adult colouring, it’s time to get colouring! Grab a colouring book and some coloured pencils to get started. Keep in mind that just because the designs are already laid out for you doesn’t mean your creativity can’t shine. Here are 8 unique colouring techniques that anyone can do.

  1. The stained glass look

Tracing the outer lines thickly with your coloured pencil and then filling it in with a lighter shade will give you a stained glass look.

  1. Gradient

Use a few different coloured pencil shades to produce a gradient.

  1. Use your pencil shavings!

Save your pencil shavings because you can actually use that powdery pencil dust to colour.  Dump some out where you want your colour to go and gently blend it in with your finger.  This will give you a light and very soft look.

  1. Add some texture

You can place any flat item with texture under your paper and transfer the texture by gently colouring over top. Get creative and find some interesting leaves.

  1. Shading

You can easily achieve shading with one coloured pencil. It’s called the pressure method. Simply apply more pressure and layers where you want the colour to be darker and less pressure in areas you want lighter. When doing this method, we recommend colouring in a circular pattern so the shades blend well together and it looks seamless.

  1. Use a colourless blender

A colourless blender is essentially a coloured pencil without the colour and is used to blend. When colouring with pencil, you’ll typically notice some of the white from the paper peeking through. A colourless blender can smooth everything out for a nice clean look and intensify the colour. Using the small circle technique mentioned under shading, start with the lighter areas and work your way in the darker.

  1. Play around with watercolour pencil

Watercolour pencils seem to work like magic and are so much fun to play with. They’re similar to regular coloured pencils but when water is added, they transform into watercolours.

  1. Get creative and use other supplies

You don’t necessarily have to use coloured pencils when working in your colouring book although many people prefer it. You can also use markers (that won’t bleed through), crayons, glitter, you name it! Try some different things out and have fun with it.

Conclusion

You may not need professional artistic stills to enjoy adult colouring books but that doesn’t mean you always have to stay within the lines. Add your flair and dare to do something a little different! Try out these 8 unique colouring ideas and have fun with it.

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