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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

How to Draw Cascading Banner with Roses

Originally posted @: http://blog.tombowusa.com/2018/05/08/how-to-draw-a-cascading-banner-with-roses/

Don’t think you can draw a banner with roses? Think again! Hi, Marie Browning here to show you the steps to create a gorgeous cascading banner adorned with roses using Dual Brush Pens and the MONO Drawing Pen from Tombow. Anyone can be an artist when you follow the step-by-steps to this pretty banner; perfect for June Wedding cards, tags or journal pages!

 

@mariebcreates #dualbrushpens banner and roses materials

Materials Dual Brush Pen Palette: 243 Mint, 195 Light Green, 245 Sap Green, 703 Pink Rose and 815 Cherry Colorless Dual Brush Pen N00 MONO Drawing Pen 03

@mariebcreates #tombowusa step 1 cascading banner and roses @mariebcreates #flowerart step 2 cascading banner and roses @mariebcreates #tombow step 3 cascading banner and roses @mariebcreates #draw step 4 cascading banner and roses

Cascading Banner Steps You will need to know what you are writing in your cascading banner. I’m writing “happily ever after” so I will need three word boxes. With the 243 Mint Dual Brush Pen and using the brush tip, draw the word boxes. Push hard and use the side of the brush tip so you make a thick banner box. Don’t worry, these brush pens can take the pressure! Draw in the black boxes and tail ends using the same method and color. These back boxes and tail ends go between the word boxes in a zig-zag manner. The tail ends with two flicks of the brush pen to form the notched ends. With the MONO Drawing Pen, draw an outline around the word boxes. Continue tracing around the back boxes and tail ends with the Drawing Pen. How easy was that? The next steps will show you how to draw the roses!@mariebcreates #roses step 1 roses  @mariebcreates #drawing step 4 roses@mariebcreates #monodrawingpens step 5 rosesSteps to Draw the Rose Accents With the 703 Pink Rose Dual Brush Pen, draw ovals for the rose blooms. Add the stems using the MONO Drawing Pen. It helps to place the leaves. With the 245 Sap Green Dual Brush Pen, add the calyx and side petals at the base of the rose blooms. Draw the round calyx using the fine tip of the brush pen. The side petals are just ‘dabbed’ lightly with the point of the brush tip to form the leaf shapes. With the 243 Mint Dual Brush Pen, use the brush tip and the ‘dabbing’ method to add the leaves. Use heavy pressure this time to make the leaves large. Use the Drawing Pen to outline the roses and leaves, add stems and the swirl in the rose bloom. I also like to add a series of curled dots to accent the roses. Finally, add a shadow under the swirl with the 815 Cherry Dual Brush Pen.

@mariebcreates finished banner and roses

Adding the Roses to the Cascading Banner

Here is the finished banner with the rose accents. The final touches start with adding shading to the back boxes and tails using the 195 Light Green Dual Brush Pen and the Colorless Blender. Leave the word boxes unshaded.  Add the roses using the above steps making sure the stems of the blossoms go behind the word boxes, but can go over the black boxes and tail ends. Finally, add your words to the word boxes using the Drawing Pen.

@mariebcreates happy birthday banner and roses @mariebcreates believe banner and roses enchanted evening banner and rose s

Here are three more Cascading Banner with Rose designs using the same methods stepped out in this blog! Try it, you will be surprises at how easy it is to draw! You can watch me make the roses on the Tombow Video Channel by clicking here (a bit different than what I showed here, but basically the same! The video also includes how to draw a rose bud!). Hope you try these easy Cascading Banners using the Dual Brush Pens!

 

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By |2018-05-12T11:59:05+00:00May 12th, 2018|Adult Colouring, arts & crafts|0 Comments

Dot Grid Journal- 9 Doodles to Include

Originally posted @: http://blog.tombowusa.com/2018/05/10/dot-grid-journal-9-doodles-to-include/

Dot Grid Journaling - 9 Doodles to Include by @thediyday for @tombowusa www.tombowusa.com

Hi friends, Renee with @thediyday here to share nine doodles to include in your dot grid journal layouts.  While creating these headers I wondered if I should call them doodles or line drawings.  Afterall, these are doodles because they are simply made but they are also line drawings because they consist mainly of straight lines.  Maybe I should call them doodle line drawings?  Anyway, it’s time to unleash your inner artist and start creating!

 

Supplies Notebook Tombow TwinTone Markers (bright) Olno Swift Mechanical Pencil Ruler

 

Dot Grid Journaling - 9 Doodles to Include by @thediyday for @tombowusa www.tombowusa.com

 

Step One

First, here is a step-by-step of each doodle.

Dot Grid Journal - 9 Doodles to Include by @thediyday for @tombowusa www.tombowusa.com

When creating these journal headers, make them in pencil first.  I am using a Tombow Olno Mechanical Pencil.  When I first started designing layouts in my dot grid journals, I’d try to save myself a few steps and create in marker.  What I quickly learned was erasing pen mistakes is not an easy task and correction tape was an eyesore.  I’d often consider ripping out the page, but I didn’t want bald spots in my journal.  So, I changed my process.  I create all doodles in pencil before going over them with markers.

Dot Grid Journaling - 9 Doodles to Include by @thediyday for @tombowusa www.tombowusa.com

 

Step Two

Second, these line drawings look great when using a ruler.  A straight line doodle appears strong (nix the ruler for a flowy and organic look).  Also, if you’re new to journaling, consider a notebook with dot grid sheets rather than plain sheets.  It makes lining up a ruler that much easier.

Dot Grid Journaling - 9 Doodles to Include by @thediyday for @tombowusa www.tombowusa.com

 

Step Three

When creating these line doodles, make your art vibrant and pop by using multiple pen colors.  The markers I am using for these doodles are the Tombow TwinTone Markers.  These markers are my favorites.  They are double-sided with a broad tip and an extra fine tip.  Also, they come in two sets, bright and pastel.

Dot Grid Journaling - 9 Doodles to Include by @thediyday for @tombowusa www.tombowusa.com

Step Four

Don’t be afraid to add details to the journal headers.  Dashes, Dots, checks, or adding a mix of thick and thin lines really make a difference within a doodle.

Dot Grid Journaling - 9 Doodles to Include by @thediyday for @tombowusa www.tombowusa.com

Dot Grid Journal - 9 Doodles to Include by @thediyday for @tombowusa www.tombowusa.com

I hope you’ve enjoyed these line doodles.  Which one(s) will you add to your dot grid journal?

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By |2018-05-12T11:49:02+00:00May 12th, 2018|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+00:00February 17th, 2018|Adult Colouring, arts & crafts|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

5 Reasons to Discover Zentangle® this Year

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2018/01/31/5-reasons-to-zentangle/

It’s Marie Browning here today, and in this post I will be inspiring you to tap into your creativity by giving you 5 reasons to Zentangle® in 2018. You can explore the reasons I recommend this easy-to-learn drawing method where you create beautiful small drawings with simple strokes. The materials are few for the traditional Zentangle® creations; but the possibilities are endless when you add color and different surfaces! You can learn all about Zentangle® from the Official Zentangle Website. 

Supplies Paper Tiles (3.5″ square pieces of high-quality paper, traditional surface) or good drawing paper MONO Drawing Pencils, my favorite degrees are 4H (for the strings), F, B and 2B
MONO Drawing Pens,all three sizes: 01, 03 and 05 For creating colored Zentangles®: Dual Brush Pens, TwinTone Markers, Blending Kit and Irojiten Colored Pencils

Five Reasons to Zentangle - Learn something new

1. Learn Something New

It’s time to re-discover your creativity! Zentangle® provides you with focus and a way to make your artistic dream become reality. You don’t need to know how to draw. You don’t need a lot of time. You don’t even need to worry about the outcome with this non-representational art form. You start making beautiful drawings from your very first one. The materials are simple MONO Drawing Pens and MONO Drawing Pencils.  Where to learn this fascinating art form? Chances are you have someone locally who teaches it! Look for your near-by CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) here!

@mariebcreates #zentangle #zenart Five Reasons to Zentangle - Create Art

2. Create Art

It doesn’t take long with this method to want to learn more. Soon your drawings will become bigger and with added color. YOU will be creating ART! You will want to mat and frame those gorgeous pieces you create! This underwater composition was taught at a Zentangle retreat on Vancouver Island. There are many such opportunities around the country for you to learn even more. Create this with MONO Drawing Pens, MONO Drawing Pencils, Dual Brush Pens, Irojiten Colored Pencils and the Blending Kit.

@mariebcreates #zentangleart #dualbrushpens #colorful Develop Skills

3. Develop your Skills

Develop the basic foundations of art through Zentangle®. Learn about lines and how to manipulate them to create drama and interest. Learn how to shade to create forms and shadows. Learn existing tangles (the patterns) and how to create your own. Learn about color and how to chose different color palettes to create beautiful harmonious artworks. All these skills can be learned and used with your favorite art form!

@mariebcreates #irojiten #monodrawingpens #tombowusa Start with classic Tangles

4. Mindfulness

This is probably the best reason to take up the Zentangle® method. Mindfulness. Learn to focus on creating each line as you draw complicated tangles without worrying about the outcome. Nothing is hard when you take it step-by-step. That’s why the founders of Zentangle®, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas like to say “Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.™” With just a pencil, a drawing pen, a piece of paper and a handful of collected tangles you can relax and ‘go into the zone’. Make sure to read the section on the Zentangle® site on “How did it start?”, it’s fascinating!

@mariebcreates #twintone #coloredpencil Resources to help you

5. Many Resources to Help you

There is a great world-wide community of Zentangle® and resources! From your local CZT to Facebook groups who willingly share their talents. Tombow’s Coloring Page Section of the website has Free Downloadable Zentangle® Inspired Pages for you to learn many different coloring techniques, many with how-to videos. My book, Time to Tangle with Colors, a Design Originals Publication, is one of the hundreds of beautiful books to learn anything and everything about tangling. Stop by my website www.mariebrowning.com to see my Zentangle® inspired blog posts. Have fun on your journey to learn this popular art form that EVERYONE can do! I’m sure I can think of many more than these 5 reasons, but maybe the main one is that you deserve to have fun with art!

Tombow 2018 Design Team - Marie Browning

 

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By |2018-02-12T16:37:22+00:00February 12th, 2018|Adult Colouring, arts & crafts, coloring|0 Comments

Valentine’s Day Heart Banner

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2018/02/09/free-download-valentines-day-heart-banner/

Good morning y’all, Beth here and I have a free download to share with you today!  You know Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so I have created this fun Valentine’s Day Heart Banner to celebrate the big day!  Download it below and let your create coloring juices flow!

Supplies to Create a Valentine’s Day Heart Banner: Tombow MONO Drawing Pens 01, 03 and 05 Tombow MONO J Drawing Pencil 2H Tombow MONO Plastic Eraser – Black Tombow MONO Zero Eraser Tombow Dual Brush Pens – N15, 703, 723, 725, 743 and 815 Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive Heart Doodle DOWNLOAD Cricut BrightPad Bond Cardstock – 65lb. Scissors Ribbon Step One:

I sketched out a 6 1/4″ by 6″ heart with MONO J Drawing Pencil 2H grade on bond cardstock.  Then created layers and filled in with patterns.  Sketching with a harder grade pencil like a 2H is my preference because it creates lighter lines that are easier to erase.  The MONO Zero Eraser makes detailed erasing, in tight spaces a breeze.

Step Two:

Trim the sketch and tape it to a clean sheet of bond cardstock.  Using my Cricut BrightPad, I traced over the sketch with MONO Drawing Pens 01, 03 and 05.  I used all three tip sizes to create interest and depth in my doodled designs and patterns.

Here is the final doodled heart.  Be inspired to create your very own doodle heart OR download my doodle heart HERE.

 

Step Three

Now I like doodling, but the coloring is always more fun!  I used a combination of Dual Brush Pens 703, 723, 725, 743 and 815.  TIP: For coloring with Dual Brush Pens print on a laser printer or copy machine, so the design doesn’t bleed when coloring with Dual Brush Pens.  If you only have access to an inkjet printer, then colored pencils are the way to go.

Step Four

Instead of creating a banner with a single word, I used one of my favorite quotes from the Beatles, “Love is all you need.”  Use the brush tip of Dual Brush Pen N15 to create a bold, hand lettered design.  Placing one word on each heart.

Step Five

To create the banner, attach the Valentine’s Day Hearts to a 36″ length of ribbon using Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.  The Tombow Xtreme line of adhesives are five time stronger than traditional adhesives, making them the perfect choice for mixed media projects.

Print, color and create a Valentine’s Day Heart Banner using my free download.  Let me know in the comments what YOUR favorite Valentine’s Day quote is – GO!

More free downloads can be found on the Tombow blog – Lauren has lettering downloads available HERE, Marie has Zentangle downloads available HERE and Katie has postcard downloads available HERE.  ENJOY!

Thanks for stopping by!

Creatively, Beth

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By |2018-02-12T16:30:40+00:00February 12th, 2018|Adult Colouring, arts & crafts|0 Comments

DIY Traveler’s Notebook Inserts for Autumn/Halloween

Found this great post for you, 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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By |2017-10-13T15:37:43+00:00October 12th, 2017|Adult Colouring, coloring|0 Comments

Ribbon Lettering with the New Pastel Dual Brush Pen Set

Found this great post for you, have fun!! 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, 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

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

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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.

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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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