Monday, May 20, 2013

Tombow Turns 100, Part 1!!!

Happy Monday Everyone!

I was recently contacted by a company representing the well-known crafting company Tombow to see if I would be interested in showcasing some of their products and help them celebrate their 100 years in business!  What an honor!  Naturally, I said yes!  So, check out the swag they generously sent me to use:

Included in the kit:  dual brush pens, a tape runner, and colored pencils.

I wanted to make sure and use all the products, so I created two separate projects.  Check back tomorrow for Part 2.  For the first project, I decided to start with the Dual Brush Pens.  One end is a fine tip marker and the other is a brush tip marker.  They are acid free, water-based and blendable.

Other supplies needed:
8x10 thin artist canvas (purchased at Hobby Lobby)
Rub-Ons (Hobby Lobby)
picture frame (Hobby Lobby)

First, trace your family members' handprints, starting from the largest to the smallest, one inside the other.  I used the the fine tipped end of the light blue pen.

I was overdue for my nail appointment, obviously.

As you can see here, if you make my mistake of using the same color pen for each family member's hand, it can get very confusing.  Do yourself a favor and alternate colors with each family member.

I then went over the line with the brush tip to make the outline a little darker.

Here is where I decided to take out the gray pen and go over every other hand print to help define each person's hand.

I love the painted look the brush tip gives the lines. 

Now, time to pick a rub-on.

I chose the word "togetherness" and used the accompanying craft stick to rub on the word.  I did actually measure the sides of the canvas to make sure I had the word centered...because I am OCD like that!


And, because I like to date things, I wrote a tiny "2013" underneath the rub-on using a black fine tipped pen.

I bought this pretty turquoise frame at Hobby Lobby.  Always use your mobile coupon!  AND, if you don't keep pliers in your craft room, you should!  Those were some seriously stuck staples used for the frame wrapping, but they were no match for the pliers.

And here's the finished project!  My husband LOVED this.  And, wow, what a simple yet meaningful gift idea.  It took me less than an hour, and it gets the whole family involved.  So, I consider that a Win-Win!!

Remember to stop by tomorrow for "Tombow Turns 100, Part 2".  I would like to personally thank Tombow for the generous gift of products.  I thoroughly enjoyed using them.  And, I would also like to thank Tombow for donating to the Council for Arts Education in my honor.  Art is my passion, and I love helping others discover it.

Thanks for stopping by!
Take time to "Prettify Your Life"!!!
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