I’m so excited to be sharing a special planner spread featuring Tombow products that I received to use in my final submission for the Tombow 2018 design team! It took me a little while to decide what exactly I wanted to do. But once I figured it out, I ran with it!
The following are all Tombow products:
Other supplies used:
Before starting anything I lightly sketched my flowers with the Tombow Mono 2H Graphite Pencil. Once I was happy with the placement and scale, I traced over them with the Monotwin Permanent Marker because I don’t want my lines to bleed as I color the flowers in.
One of the absolute best ways to a more textured and unique look when working with markers is to layer it with colored pencils. You can apply the colored pencil before, after, or even sandwich the marker in-between layers of colored pencil. For this project, I simply filled in all of the leaves and flowers using the Irojiten Colored Pencils before I apply any marker color. The reason I did this was because these pencils are wax-based, so it helps to keep the marker color on top of the paper for a little bit longer than normal. This makes blending on non-watercolor paper much easier.
To achieve more of a color variation in all of the flowers and leaves, I’m going to color each one using more than one layer. In the picture above, I had previously applied a light wash of the Purple Sage (623) Dual Brush Pen using a water brush. Now, I can add a few quick lines of the Imperial Purple (636) before beginning the next step. I want to let that dry before touching it again, so I will begin filling in the other flowers and leaves on both pages. This way I’m working on one while waiting for the others to dry. This is especially important since I’m using paper that isn’t made for watercolors. By approaching it this way, I avoid pilling the paper.
Applying the navy blue Twintone Marker and the Imperial Purple Dual Brush Pen to my blending palette, I pick up both colors with the Colorless Blender and slowly apply to the petals of the flower. This really gives a richness to this flower that I’m in love with! I got this technique from the Advanced Lettering class that I took with Brittany Luiz at PinnersTX. 🙂
Let everything that you’ve colored in dry completely. Using the Mono Multi Liquid glue pen tip, I apply it in the center of the anemone and sunflower. Then I quickly cover both with the glass glitter. You can use whatever glitter you want for this part. This was simply what I had on hand. 🙂
Instead of drawing berries, I decided to use glued on sequins instead. Typically, gluing sequins down can be a test of one’s patience, but the Tombow Xtreme Tabs make it sublimely easy. The tabs themselves are larger than my sequins, but they’re easily trimmed down using a pair of scissors. The best part…they do not gum up scissors!
Once you have all of your trimmed tabs down, you can use either a pair of tweezers or a gem pick-up tool to apply the sequins to the top of the tabs. Since there isn’t any wait for the glue beneath the sequins to dry, I can start the next step.
*Optional step: If you want the sequins to have a little more gleam to them (I did), you can add a small dab of the Mono Aqua Liquid Glue on the top of each sequin. Let dry overnight.
To make sure that everything felt cohesive, I chose to continue the watercolor feel by incorporating it in my weekly to do’s, notes, etc. When the Tombow Glue Pen is used prior to any application of a water-based color, it acts similarly to masking fluid (a watercolor medium that essentially masks/protects whatever is beneath, in this case, the white paper). I actually learned this technique when I took Jennie Garcia’s class at PinnersTX. 🙂
I slowly lettered out remember, to do, weekend, notes, and added a few doodles and bullet points. Let the glue dry (it’ll only be few minutes). Then using a water brush and my markers, I applied a watercolor-like wash on top of all of the areas that I applied the glue pen. As the color dries, the glue continues to resist the color and whatever you wrote is now visible against the darker color. Neat, huh? 🙂 Make sure when you do this that you choose a darker color because the contrast (dark vs light) won’t be great enough with a lighter color. Let dry.
Now, you’ve got a unique planner spread that’s functional and beautiful! I hope you absolutely love this as much as I do. And, if so, let me know in the comments below. 🙂
*Special thanks to the Tombow Team for the awesome supplies that I used to make this beautiful planner spread!
Fall has got to be my absolute favorite season of the year. With the official first day of fall only twenty days away, I wanted some fall decoration that would be quick and easy to do. Looking to what I had on hand and knowing that I wanted to make a wooden sign of some sort, I decided that using my Tombow Dual Brush Pens and my Tombow Mono Twin Permanent Marker was really all that I needed with the exception of the small, blank wood sign which I easily snagged at Michaels for cheap (around $2-$10 depending on size).
First things first, corral all of the following supplies:
Using your chosen color markers, rub them on the Tombow Blending Palette or sandwich bag. This servers two very important purposes. 1. You will ruin your Tombow Dual Brush Pens if you apply them directly to the wood surface. This helps to preserve the life of these gloriously versatile markers! 2. Applying the colors to a nonporous surface allows you to add water for a more transparent, stain-like effect.
Because wood is so porous and absorbent when unprimed, I highly recommend just taking your brush with a little (I mean barely enough to wet the brush) water to brush onto the surface before you start applying color. Then using your cheap but trusty, craft paint brush begin apply the watered down marker colors. Take. Your. Time. You want to do this in very light layers letting it dry completely before doing the next layer. You will thank me later. I promise. 🙂
Keep applying layers using the blending palette, spritzer bottle, and craft brush as you run out of your stain colors until you are satisfied with the overall color of the sign.
After you’ve achieved the depth of color you want, let it dry for at least an hour. If you completely soaked your wood sign, you’ll need to wait longer.
*Tip: if the surface or back of the wood sign feels cool to the touch, it’s not dry.
This part was by far the quickest. I simply lettered everything in pencil first to give myself a visual map that I could adjust if needed before making it permanent. Using the Tombow Mono Twin Permanent Marker, slowly trace over the pencil lines until you’re done. When I finished this part, I did feel that it needed something else. So, I used a white paint marker to add some white dots to help the word “fall” to pop more. And…that’s it! Really! This took me maybe an hour start to finish which was done in steps between homework, chores, etc. Now, I’m one step closer to making our apartment ready for fall!
New beginnings. Maybe that’s not the first two words you expected for this post, but that’s where I need to start. Since my last official post so much has changed, but it’s all been for the better. We moved from North Carolina to Texas to be closer to family. Drew started a new job with a new company. I’ve changed my major from fashion design to graphic design, and I’m even attending a new school which is a huge change since it’s on campus instead of online like before. So, yeah, new beginnings.
In terms of my blog, that means that I’ll be doing more here creatively than just planner-related posts (though, like this one, they will still happen). My blog will be more of a compilation of all things art, creativity, and some DIYs! I’m super excited to start this new beginning and share it all with you!
For the longest time, I’ve been meaning to do an all hand drawn/doodled spread in my Everyday Essentials CLASSIC Happy Planner®. So, I finally took the plunge, and I couldn’t have loved it any more! The best part is that is surprisingly easy to do even if you feel your drawing skills are less than stellar.
I started by doing my doodled spread in pencil. While you can use whatever pencil you have on hand, I highly recommend the Tombow MONO Drawing Pencils because they write cleanly and erase beautifully. You’ll also want a good eraser that doesn’t smudge your pencil marks or tear up your paper. The TOMBOW Mono Dust Catch Eraser is the one I recommend not only for this but for any project where you need an eraser. It erases without smudging or smearing…but, since it’s slightly tacky, it catches all of the dust bits! No more eraser crumbs! The eraser is used twice. I use it as I draw my spread out and prior to applying pen and marker. If for some reason you’re having trouble erasing with the Tombow MONO Dust Catch Eraser, you can also use the Tombow Mono Light Eraser. It still erases really well, but it does create some crumbs.
Before you start this part, you want to erase everything while leaving ghost-like lines from your pencil work. Once you’ve got that done, you can start filling everything in with color! I used a combination of the new Tombow MONO Drawing Pens, the Tombow Twintone Markers, and the Tombow Dual Brush Pens. The wonderful thing about all of these is that they don’t bleed through your paper which for those of us who use paper planners is the holy grail of writing instruments! Once you’ve chosen what color scheme you want to go with, you just doodle away to your hearts content and watch your design come to life!
And that’s really all there is to it! It makes for a fun and unique layout that is also really relaxing to create. If you do a doodled spread yourself, let me know! I’d love to see what you create! As always, you can find me here, on Instagram and YouTube!
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