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Halloween Doodles in 5 Easy Steps

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

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

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

Step 1: Sketch the Halloween Doodles

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

Step 2: Ink the Doodle

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

Step 3: Add TwinTone Color and blend

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

Step 4: Add Details

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

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


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

more Halloween Doodles @mariebrowning #tombow #monodrawingpen #twintone

More Halloween Doodles!

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

Tombow Signature Designer Marie Browning

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By |2017-10-24T10:54:39+01:00October 24th, 2017|Adult Colouring, arts & crafts, coloring|0 Comments

DIY Planner Supplies 5 Ways with Cricut Explore Air 2

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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): 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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By |2017-08-21T12:00:31+01:00August 21st, 2017|Adult Colouring|0 Comments

Create Butterfly Sun Catchers with Cricut

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Good morning y’all!  Beth here today to share a tutorial on how to create butterfly sun catchers.  This is an easy project thanks to my new Cricut Explore Air™ 2 and my Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue!  A big THANK YOU goes out to Cricut for supplying the Tombow Design Team with the Explore Air™ 2 Machines and accessories.

Having never owned a digital cutting machine before, I have to admit that I unboxed it and then let it intimidate me from the corner of my studio. Deciding later that this was completely silly.  I watched a few video tutorials, read a step-by-step blog post and then turned the machine ON!  I had it up and cutting in less than an hour!  Cricut’s website walks you through the entire process.  This project has actually been in my head for a while, but I could never find the correct size butterflies, so well done Cricut!



Open the Cricut Design Space and select Picturesque Butterfly (#M3F6B3).  Enlarge image to approximately 10″ wide and 6″ high.  Click duplicate, position second image under first image and save.  Click on Make It to see if both images fit completely on one mat.  If not, go back, shrink image slightly, save and click Make It again.  Load mat with 12″ by 12″ black cardstock.  Follow the prompts and cut two images. Gently remove the cut image by peeling back the mat and lifting gently with the Spatula.  If you peel the cardstock from the mat, it will bend and crease.  


Repeat above steps with Paper Lace Butterfly (#M454E1), isolating just the top layer of the cut file.



Trace each butterfly onto separate sheets of plain white paper using a MONO Drawing Pencil F grade.  Place a 10″ by 6″ piece of plastic on top. My plastic is recycled packaging that I have hoarded saved, but transparency sheets from the office supply store would work as well.


For the first butterfly, I selected a Monarch Butterfly inspired orange color palette of Dual Brush Pens 905 Red, 925 Scarlet, 933 Orange and 985 Chrome Yellow.

Moving from darkest to lightest, scribble on the plastic in a random fashion, overlapping colors slightly. Squeeze out a quarter size dollop of MONO Aqua Liquid Glue onto the palette from the Blending Kit and gently apply to the plastic using a single stroke (with an old paintbrush).  Pick up more MONO Aqua and apply additional strokes until all exposed areas are filled.  The MONO Aqua blends the Dual Brush Pen colors on the plastic in a stained glass effect. Let dry and apply additional layers until you are please with the depth of color.


The second butterfly has a more intricate pattern, so apply the MONO Aqua directly to the plastic with a clean paintbrush and allow to dry. Using the Dual Brush Pen Bright Set, individually color each section of the butterfly a different rainbow inspired shade.  Gently apply a top coat of MONO Aqua.  Make sure to clean your brush often to prevent the colors from blending too much and becoming muddy.



Roughly cut out the colored plastic with scissors, making sure that none is exposed around the edges of the butterfly images.


Carefully apply a thin bead of MONO Aqua around all of the cut outs on the back of the first butterfly image.  Place the rough cut plastic on top.  Then apply additional MONO Aqua on the plastic.  Flip the second layer of the first butterfly image over and attach, so that you have a mirror image and all of the cut outs match up.  Repeat above steps with second butterfly image.  Set aside to let glue dry.


Once dry, punch a small hole at the top of each butterfly.  String ribbon or twine through the hole and tie to make a loop.  Hang with a suction cup in a bright window or on a sliding glass door.

Here is a detail of the stained glass effect – simply gorgeous!



I hope that you will be inspired to create butterfly sun catchers.  It’s a quick and easy project that would be fun to complete with the kiddos! If you enjoyed my butterfly project, check out how Marie Browning made butterfly doodle dabs HERE or how Katie Smith included a butterfly in her art journal HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tombow Design Team Member Beth Watson

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