Tuesday, August 20, 2013

100 Days of Tombow!

Good Morning!

I am so excited to have been asked to participate in a fun event for a wonderful cause!

Tombow has been creating innovative products for the past 100 years that help everyday artists do their best work.  For its centennial year, Tombow created the "100 Days of Tombow" program.  Each submission for this program results in a $100 product donation to the Council for Arts Education, a national nonprofit dedicated to promoting and supporting art education and quality art programs nationwide.

Pretty awesome, right???  And guess what? I will be featured on their blog this week! Check out the Tombow Blog for some great inspiration!

So... last week, I got happy mail from Tombow!  I received some fabulous Irojiten Colored Pencils, a yummy package of Tombow Dual Brush Pens, and an awesome new Tombow Stamp Runner Adhesive.
I love, love, LOVE happy mail, don't you?

My 'Happy Mail' from Tombow!

Using the products they sent, I created a card, and a candy box, to send Mary, my Chemo Buddy.
Here's what I did...

The Irojiten Colored Pencils were my choice to color the image on the candy box.  Yum....love these pencils! As the colors were a bit dark, I used a blending stump, dipped it in mineral spirits, got color from the pencil tip, and colored with the blending stump.

Stamp your image.  I stamped the birdhouse three times so I could layer for dimension.

Gently color on the lightest of colors, then as you see in the photo below, add a few lines of the two darker colors.

Blend colors together, by dipping blending stump into mineral spirits, and picking color up from the colored pencils.

You will then blend the colors using your blending stump.
Don't worry about being precise on the two extra birdhouses, or the wee bird.

You can see in this photo, that the birdhouse was cut from one extra, and the roof from another. This just adds some fun dimension to the candy box!
This is the finished candy box lid using Irojiten Colored Pencils.  I found the pencils to blend beautifully!

To create the greeting card, the Dual Brush Pens were used, along with my Tombow Colorless Blender.  Since the colors in the marker set were also darker colors, I actually used the Colorless Blender to get color from the Dual Brush Pen, and colored with the Blending Pen.

For my card background, I repeatedly stamped the branch, and colored just the outside edges.  I used the same process with the Dual Brush Pens for my card.  I lifted the color off of the markers with my Tombow Colorless Blender, and colored the card with the blender pen. You can see in the center where I got rid of some of the darker color prior to coloring the branches, leaves, flowers, birds, etc.

Here is the finished card.  I cut a mat from the same blue cardstock that I used for the card base.  Then, I used my Perfect Layers Rulers to get the nice, even matting.

Hopefully my photos explain my coloring process better than my feeble brain can!

I hope that you will take time to drop by the Tombow Blog, and spend some time there, looking at projects that other bloggers have created!  You won't be disappointed - lots of ideas and inspiration there for crafters of all levels and interests.

While you are there, be sure to wish Tombow a Happy Birthday!!!

Thanks for stopping by today, and for your patience with SO many photos!

Hugs and smiles,
Patti J.


Pam said...

Congratulations! I just love your candy box and matching card! Love how you layered the birdhouse and bird!
You are a wonderful artist!

Stef H said...

nothing like happy mail.. and then getting to use it! absolutely stunning card! you are definitely an "artist".

where i live (sandwich, IL) has a local garage sale site where we can sell things and pick them up. so far it's working out good for me tho it's very time consuming and i'm spending ALOT of time on the computer. but hey, so far i've made $60!!!! who's complaining????

maybe your area has a site. if not, u should suggest it. lots of stuff... clothes, jewelry, xmas, baby, garden, home... u name it, it's there.... at least here it is.

have a great week!

hugs :)

*Vicki* said...

Patti, your creation is stunning! I haven't colored with my Prisma pencils for so long and forgot how I used to love to do that before getting a hold of Copics!! LOL!!

Thanks for sharing your lovely and inspiring project! HUGS

Cheryl W said...

Your card and box are WONDERFUL, Patti! I've always wondered about Tombow markers and pencils. Thanks for the tutorial and all the great info.

craftieodmae said...

You are so creative!!! Gorgeous!

richardbreaks said...

Wow, Patti! How wonderful for you! I love your projects. That birdhouse on the pole is just wonderful!

Helena (Gvendalen) said...

Fab projects! very beautiful candy box and matching card Patti! hugs, Helena

Glenda Atkins said...

Oh good for you, congratulations! Love the box & card and your tutorial fascinated me. What talent you have!

Glittered Paws said...

What awesome coloring on your great projects - the birdhouse stamps were "perfect". I am sure your chemo buddy will love her giftie.

Sharon Underwood said...

Wonderful news! LOVE your happy mail, too! Great job--very inspiring!

Amy Johnson said...

Such a sweet and lovely card!

MaryH said...

Patti, Congratulations on your wonderful news with Tombow. I so enjoyed your tutorial, and thanks so much for taking time to do this. I'm reading so much about these new pencils...didn't realize they were a Tombow product. Will have to chk into these. Your card was wonderful. I love birds & birdhouses, and this little chirpy home was adorable. TFS

Lynette said...

Very very cool, Patti! Congrats on being chosen to be featured! Your project is awesome! Yes, happy mail is fun. I haven't gotten any in a long time!

Julia Aston said...

What a lovely project for your friend Patti - sure to brighten her day! Thanks for sharing your coloring technique!

Curt in Indy said...

Awesome! Simply awesome! You are going to be so famous with all of your projects. Your post was wonderful! Congrats on being selected. You did them proud for sure. Hugs, Curt

Laurie Unger said...

Wow! congratulations to you for being chosen! I love happy mail and wished it came more often! Great card and thanks for the reminder that I need to buy some more OMS!

KellyRae said...

Happy mail indeed. Congratulations on being selected to participate. Your box and matching card are darling and thank you for the detailed tutorial. I forget sometimes about using pencils and OMS.

Anonymous said...

super cute card and candy box Patti! Congrats on the Tombow 'fix'! : ) Thanks for sharing the process! I'm thinking you had a good time at the Stamps By Judith booth at the show! yea!

Sue said...

Patti, what a beautiful card you made with your Happy Mail!! I used Tombow markers for years before I got the copics and I still have them and they are as good as ever......love your card.


Monika/Buzsy said...

Congrats to the big news!
Beautiful card! Love the coloring on both... those pencils look great.

Ila said...

This is fantastic!

Wida said...

love the coloring. I have been eyeing these pencils. stil lhaven't taken the plunge :) glad you are still blogging. Stopped by to check things out. You got a new profile pic which I like cuz I can see your face better! You have such nice hair :)

richardbreaks said...

You are something else, my friend! WONDERFUL projects! You are a champ!