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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+00:00May 16th, 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!

01-14-18 TOMBOW 5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR BUJO ORGANIZED BETH WATSON

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.

01-14-18 TOMBOW 5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR BUJO ORGANIZED BETH WATSON

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!

01-14-18 TOMBOW 5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR BUJO ORGANIZED BETH WATSON

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.

01-14-18 TOMBOW 5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR BUJO ORGANIZED BETH WATSON

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.

01-14-18 TOMBOW 5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR BUJO ORGANIZED BETH WATSON

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

Patterned Lettering with Tombow’s Galaxy and Pastel Palettes

Found this great post for you, have fun!! 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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By |2017-09-17T13:48:16+00:00September 17th, 2017|Adult Colouring, coloring|0 Comments

10 Color Combinations To Create Magical Galaxies

Found this great post for you, 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.

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Step two:

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

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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.

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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!

 

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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

 

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Dual Brush Pen colors: 676, 555, N25

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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

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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

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

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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.

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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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By |2017-09-15T17:34:11+00:00September 15th, 2017|Adult Colouring, coloring|0 Comments

Create Butterfly Sun Catchers with Cricut

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/08/19/create-butterfly-sun-catchers-with-cricut/

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!

 

CREATE BUTTERFLY SUN CATCHERS WITH CRICUT BETH WATSONCUTTING:

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.  

CREATE BUTTERFLY SUN CATCHERS WITH CRICUT BETH WATSON

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

CREATE BUTTERFLY SUN CATCHERS WITH CRICUT BETH WATSON

EMBELLISHING:

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.

CREATE BUTTERFLY SUN CATCHERS WITH CRICUT BETH WATSON

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.

CREATE BUTTERFLY SUN CATCHERS WITH CRICUT BETH WATSON

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.

CREATE BUTTERFLY SUN CATCHERS WITH CRICUT BETH WATSON

FINISHING:

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

CREATE BUTTERFLY SUN CATCHERS WITH CRICUT BETH WATSON

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.

CREATE BUTTERFLY SUN CATCHERS WITH CRICUT BETH WATSON

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!

CREATE BUTTERFLY SUN CATCHERS WITH CRICUT BETH WATSON

CREATE BUTTERFLY SUN CATCHERS WITH CRICUT BETH WATSON

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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By |2017-08-21T11:57:47+00:00August 21st, 2017|Adult Colouring|0 Comments