Create Five Fun Backgrounds with MONO Edge Highlighters

Originally posted @: http://blog.tombowusa.com/2018/05/15/create-five-fun-backgrounds-with-mono-edge-highlighters/

Good morning y’all!  Beth from @creativelybeth here on the blog today to share how to create five fun backgrounds with the brand new Tombow MONO Edge Highlighters!

The new MONO Edge Highlighters are dual-tip highlighters that feature fast-drying ink. They have a broad chisel tip (3.8mm) on one end and an extra-fine bullet tip (0.8mm) on the other. The chisel tip features a unique design with a protective plastic sleeve that helps maintain the shape of the tips even when using metal rulers or stencils.

The unique, vibrant colors are perfect for color-coding and decorating planners, journals, notebooks and study guides. The fine tip works great for underlining text and writing margin notes. Fast drying ink doesn’t smear when highlighted over pencil or ink and doesn’t bleed through most papers. They come in a 6-pack and the colors are Golden Yellow, Pink, Yellow Green, Sky Blue, Red, and Purple.

Here’s what you will need: Tombow MONO Edge Highlighers Tombow MONO J Drawing Pencil – 2H grade Tombow MONO Dust Catch Eraser Marker Paper Ruler Tombow Dual Brush Pen – N15 Black Tombow MONO Drawing Pen, 3 Pack – 01, 03 and 05 Tombow Fudenosuke, Brush Pen, Twin Tip Black/Grey Here’s how to make it:

Before I start on a finished project, I always like to make a color chart and sketch out a bunch of ideas in my idea journal.  Here are two photos that show that process for me.

Fun Background One

Let’s start with circles! Draw circles in rows with the chisel tip of the MONO Edge Highlighters. You can lay in some guidelines with the MONO J Drawing Pencil 2H and a ruler, but I prefer the imperfection. I made each line a different color, but you can mix it up to draw rows of random colored circles. Roughly outline each circle with MONO Drawing Pen 03. Neither my rows nor my circles are perfect, which is okay with me!

Fun Background Two

Next is a color blocked background. For this one I did measure, taking the length of the paper and dividing by six to obtain the width of each block. Then, using the broad edge of the chisel tip, fill in each block with stripes of color.

Sketch in the quote, then ink it in with Dual Brush Pen N15 Black, using the brush tip and the bullet tip. I use my Dual Brush Pens for all types of crafts, so I mark the ones I use for lettering with a piece of washi tape.

Fun Background Three

Stripes and watermelons are up in the number three spot! Start out with Pink triangles and add in the rind with Yellow Green using the chisel tip, then add Purple seeds with the extra fine bullet tip. Fill in with Blue stripes through the background. Add the quote and outline the watermelon with MONO Drawing Pen 01.

Fun Background Four

Up next is the starburst background! To divide the paper into six sections, measure the paper in half horizontally and then draw an X through the center. Color each section a different color, filling in with the chisel tip. Add a fun word or quote with Dual Brush Pen N15 Black.

Fun Background Five

Finally, there is the plaid background. I have to say that this was my favorite! I used a paper napkin from Easter as my inspiration. Incorporating all six of the colors, the chisel tips, and the extra fine bullet tips. Experiment and have fun!

Here is a close up of all five backgrounds:

I hope you have enjoyed how to create five fun backgrounds with MONO Edge Highlighters and you will use my projects as a jumping off point to showcase YOUR Tombow creativity!

Thanks for stopping by!

Creatively, Beth

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By |2018-05-16T17:09:15+01:00May 16th, 2018|Adult Colouring, arts & crafts|0 Comments

How to Draw Pretty Planner Patterns

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2018/01/16/pretty-planner-patterns/

Hi! Jessica from BrownPaperBunny here. Can you believe we’re half way through January already?! It is definitely time to get organized, so pull out your 2018 planner and I’ll show you how to create pretty patterns to liven up the pages and make it easier to distinguish one week from the next.

How to make pretty planner patterns with Tombow

 

Supplies: Tombow TwinTone Marker Set, 12-Pack Pastel Tombow MONO Drawing Pen, 3-Pack Your favorite planner or bullet journal

I love the TwinTone Markers and MONO Drawing Pens because they don’t bleed through the super-thin pages of my planner, and by having the option to create a variety of line thicknesses you can add beautiful variation to your patterns!

How to add pretty patterns to your planner with Tombow

My planner has a fairly boring header section so that’s where I’m going to put my pattern on each page. You can do all of the pages at the start of the year, or do each one as you get to it. Either way the patterns will help you to quickly find the page you’re looking for and make each one different to the last.

Start by using the TwinTone Markers to create patterns out of simple shapes. If you’re stuck for pattern ideas, look around you. Household and office items make great pattern inspiration. Use the leaves on your fikas, the lipstick in your handbag, or even fruit from the kitchen!

How to make pretty planner patterns with Tombow

You can create some of the patterns in color, and some in black and white using just the MONO Drawing Pens. Try varying the shapes and lines by using the 01, 03, and 05 sized pens.

How to create pretty planner patterns with Tombow

Then, why not combine the two, laying down color with the TwinTone Markers, and adding detail and lines with the MONO Drawing Pens.

How to create pretty planner patterns with Tombow

Here’s a little flip through of some finished pages. We’d love to see your patterns, tag @TombowUSA and #tombow on social media so we can see!

http://blog.tombowusa.com/wp-content/uploads/files/Planner-Patterns-Jessica-Mack-vid.mp4

 

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By |2018-04-13T17:46:27+01:00February 17th, 2018|Adult Colouring, arts & crafts|0 Comments

5 Tips to Keep Your Journal Organized

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2018/01/19/5-tips-to-keep-your-journal-organized/

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

Organization Tip One:

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

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Organization Tip Two:

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

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Organization Tip Three:

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

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Organizational Tip Four:

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

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Organizational Tip Five:

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

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

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Creatively, Beth

Tombow 2018 Design Team - Beth Watson

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

Top 10 Products for Planner Fanatics

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2018/01/15/products-for-planner-fanatics/

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

1. Planner:

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

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

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

2. Tombow TwinTone Dual Tip Markers:

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

 

3. Tombow Fudenosuke Calligraphy Pen

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

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

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

4. Pens:

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

 

5. Correction Tape:

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

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

6. Tombow Power Mini Glue Tape:

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

 

7. Tombow MONO Removable Adhesive:

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

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

8. Washi Tape:

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

 

9. Planner Pouch:

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

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

10. Stickers:

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

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

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

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

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

Tombow 2018 Design Team - Jennie Garcia

 

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