Gold and Cork Blog Hop with Tombow USA and DCWV! Day One

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Hi and Welcome to the Gold and Cork Blog Hop with Tombow USA and DCWV! We have 2 days full with gorgeous projects using GOLD and CORK! The party starts here!  Leave love to our amazing designers for the chance to win one of these two prizes!

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To win, visit and comment on the participating blog posts. You have until March 31st at 11:59 EST to comment. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on April 1st 2015.

Tombow will be giving away: Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots, NEW Tombow Foam Tape and everyone’s favorite the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue!

DCWV Prize

DCWV will be giving away: The DCWV Gilded Stack, a 4×4 Cork Stack, Insta Kraft Album, Accordion Album and a set of Birthday Photo Props!

Remember to “Like” Tombow USA and DCWV on Facebook.

***Friday, March 27th:

Tombow USA Blog  <<YOU ARE HERE

Rachel Kleinman

Becky Springer

Rita Barakat

Beth Watson

Jenifer Cowles

Thomisia Francois

Karen Hanson

Daniella Hayes

Piali Biswas

Jennie Garcia

DCWV Blog

 

Saturday, March 28th:

DCWV Blog

Jessica Pascarella

Britt Bass

Jennifer Priest

Jaclyn Rench

Sara Andrews

Latrice Murphy

Tessa Buys

Yolie Burke

Karen Jiles

Marie Browning

Karla Der

Lisa Lahiff

Tina McDonald

Tombow USA Blog

YOUR NEXT STOP IS RACHEL!

Spring Fling Blog Hop Winner!

Hi everyone! We hope you enjoyed our Spring Fling Blog Hop with Taylored Expressions!

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If you didn’t get a chance to hop with us, you can check out all of the awesome projects at the following links:

Shelly Mercado: http://shellypop.com/
Beth Watson: http://bwdesignstudio.blogspot.com/
Joan Ervin: http://stampingwithapassion.blogspot.com/
Daniella Hayes: http://www.daniellahayes.blogspot.com/
Jeanne Streiff: http://inkypaws.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Jennie Garcia: http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Priest:  http://hydrangeahippo.com
Kendra Wietstock: http://kendrawietstock.blogspot.com/
Latrice Murphy:  http://latricemurphydesign.com/
Charmaine Ikach: http://oodabugalley.blogspot.com/
Marie Browning:  https://mariebrowning.wordpress.com
Courtney Kelley: http://courtneykelley.typepad.com/

Two lucky winners are being chosen for some great giveaways, and we’re excited to announce the winner of the Taylored Expressions prize pack! Drumroll, please. And the winner is…

Linsey Rickett

Linsey will receive Prize Pack #1: Taylored Expressions For Peep’s Sake Matched Kit, For Peep’s Sake Sequins, Walking on Sunshine Embossing Folder.

Linsey – Please send us a private message on Facebook with your shipping address!

Thanks to everyone who hopped with us! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Spring Fling Blog Hop with Taylored Expressions and Tombow USA Day 2

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Welcome to the Taylored Expressions and Tombow USA Spring Fling Blog Hop! This is your first stop for the day! Make sure you visit our stops from Friday too!

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Enter to Win: Ready to hop into Spring? We’ve got TWO terrific prizes for TWO lucky winners to help you get started! To enter, leave some love on our participating designer Spring Fling Blog Hop project posts by 11:59 pm PST on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. For each comment, you’ll receive an entry to win one of two prize packs from TE and Tombow! We’ll pick two winners at random. Here’s what you can win:

Prize Pack #1: TE For Peep’s Sake Matched Kit, For Peep’s Sake Sequins, Walking on Sunshine Embossing Folder.

Prize Pack #2: Tombow XTREME Adhesive, Adhesive Dots, Dual Brush Set of 6 in Jellybean.

Remember to “Like” Tombow USA and Taylored Expressions on Facebook.

Here is the line up in case you get lost!

Friday:

TE Blog: http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/

Shelly Mercado: http://shellypop.com/

Beth Watson: http://bwdesignstudio.blogspot.com/

Joan Ervin: http://stampingwithapassion.blogspot.com/

Daniella Hayes-: http://www.daniellahayes.blogspot.com/

Jeanne Streiff: http://inkypaws.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

Jennie Garcia: http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/

Tombow Blog: http://blog.tombowusa.com/

 

**Saturday:

Tombow Blog: http://blog.tombowusa.com/ <<YOU ARE HERE!

Jennifer Priest:  http://hydrangeahippo.com/

Kendra Wietstock: http://kendrawietstock.blogspot.com/

Latrice Murphy:  http://latricemurphydesign.com/

Charmaine Ikach: http://oodabugalley.blogspot.com/

Marie Browning:  https://mariebrowning.wordpress.com

Courtney Kelley: http://courtneykelley.typepad.com/

TE Blog: http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/

Spring Fling Blog Hop with Taylored Expressions and Tombow USA Day 1

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Welcome to the Taylored Expressions and Tombow USA Spring Fling Blog Hop! You probably came here from Jennie’s Blog but if you happened to stumble across the Tombow USA Blog go to Taylored Expressions to get this hopping started!

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Enter to Win: Ready to hop into Spring? We’ve got TWO terrific prizes for TWO lucky winners to help you get started! To enter, leave some love on our participating designer Spring Fling Blog Hop project posts by 11:59 pm PST on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. For each comment, you’ll receive an entry to win one of two prize packs from Taylored Expressions and Tombow! We’ll pick two winners at random. Here’s what you can win:

Prize Pack #1: Taylored Expressions For Peep’s Sake Matched Kit, For Peep’s Sake Sequins, Walking on Sunshine Embossing Folder.

Prize Pack #2: Tombow XTREME Adhesive, Adhesive Dots, Dual Brush Set of 6 in Jellybean

Remember to “Like” Tombow USA and Taylored Expressions on Facebook.

Here is the line up in case you get lost!

**Friday:

TE Blog: http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/

Shelly Mercado: http://shellypop.com/

Beth Watson: http://bwdesignstudio.blogspot.com/

Joan Ervin: http://stampingwithapassion.blogspot.com/

Daniella Hayes: http://www.daniellahayes.blogspot.com/

Jeanne Streiff: http://inkypaws.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

Jennie Garcia: http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/

Tombow Blog: http://blog.tombowusa.com/ <<YOU ARE HERE!

 

Saturday:

Tombow Blog: http://blog.tombowusa.com/

Jennifer Priest:  http://hydrangeahippo.com/

Kendra Wietstock: http://kendrawietstock.blogspot.com/

Latrice Murphy:  http://latricemurphydesign.com/

Charmaine Ikach: http://oodabugalley.blogspot.com/

Marie Browning:  https://mariebrowning.wordpress.com

Courtney Kelley: http://blog.tombowusa.com/

TE Blog: http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/

3 Steps to Getting Started with Lettering

If one week of lettering just wasn’t enough for you, don’t despair! We have a Lettering Pinterest board you can follow, and we routinely share amazing handlettering on our Instagram account (follow us @tombowusa).

If you’ve been inspired by our Guest Designers and Design Team members to take up handlettering, we have three quick tips that will guide you on your way as you get started:

Tip 1: Just Start!

It sounds so easy, and that’s because it is! Don’t be afraid that your work won’t look like a masterpiece on the first try. Like most things, lettering takes time and practice to get really good at, and you’ll never know how good you can be unless you try!

"Everything is Figuroutable" by @reachalana on Instagram

“Everything is Figuroutable” by @reachalana on Instagram

Tip 2: Practice, Practice, Practice

Unless you just have a natural talent for lettering, it’s going to take some practice. Practice by lettering your to-do list, grocery list, kids’ chores, homework, whatever. Eggs, milk and bread not giving you enough creative inspiration? Do a search on motivational quotes and try one on for size instead.

Create More by Andy Lethbridge

Create More by Andy Lethbridge

Tip 3: Sketch First

When you sketch in pencil first, it’s so much easier to see your composition and make changes. Once you’ve put ink to paper, it’s a lot more difficult to change the look of what you’re doing. Our MONO Drawing Pencils and MONO NP Non-PVC Eraser are perfect for this!

"I'm in love with the Tombow" by Dion Sadji - @graphicfanatik on Instagram

“I’m in love with the Tombow” by Dion Sadji – @graphicfanatik on Instagram

We hope these tips help you get on your way with lettering! Have a question about handlettering? Leave us a comment here, or on our Facebook page! We’d love to hear from you.

Baby Challenge Winner!

A big thank you to everyone who entered our Baby Challenge! We loved seeing the sweet creations you made.

If you haven’t seen them yet, take a look at the bottom of the Baby Challenge entry post for all of the entries.

Our randomly selected winner is receiving a prize pack with Adhesive DotsTombow MONO Permanent Adhesive and Tombow MONO Dots Adhesive.

And our lucky winner is…

Terri Burson – Waving my Wand

Here’s Terri’s entry:

Terri, please send us a private message on Facebook with your contact details and we will ship you your prize package!

Thanks again to everyone who entered!

Bye Lettering Week with Guest Designer Maia Then!

Happy Sunday Everyone! This is the last day of Lettering Week! So sad when it ends but what an amazing week! Thanks to our designers and our Guest Designers Abby Guempel and Maia Then!

We are closing this week with another Instagram Favorite @magicmaia! Make sure to follow her beautiful lettering adventures!


 

Hi Tombow!

My name is Maia Then and I am the art Director of a Publishing Agency. I live in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where I make all my lettering! When I say that I Love Lettering it falls short! I’ve been practicing for 6 years and I’m lucky to be able to use my passion for Lettering on my job everyday!  magicmaia

I discovered Tombow products a more than a year ago and I have to say that they have changed my life! It’s my favorite tool at work and I always carry them with me!  My favorite thing about them is that they are like watercolors which allows me to mix and blend colors that makes the lettering look beautiful!

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My favorite lettering kit includes: A variety of colors of Tombow Dual Brush Pens, a Tombow Colorless Blender, Tombow Calligraphy Brush Pens (Hard and Soft) and a tracing paper pad or a vellum paper pad.

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A few tips for new lettering fans: Something that I always say is “Practice your Magic” is hard to be constantly focused and motivated but if you like lettering and you practice it will love you will go far.

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If you are as in love with Brush Lettering as I am, use the Tombow Dual Brush Pens. It’s amazing how this tool creates continuous brush strokes that feel so comfortable on the paper!

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Using Tracing Paper or Vellum makes the life of your Tombow Dual Brush Pens longer since they have less porosity.

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Inspiration is EVERYWHERE! Just open your eyes! I like to go on walks through my city “Type Hunting” in signs and facades, getting inspired by all the lettering I find in the city. I take photos and I discover interesting things that help me make more authentic lettering!

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Show Your Work! Instagram is the perfect tool for putting your work out there! Use hashtags like #Tombow or #BrushLettering and you can share your work with the world!

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Stay humble, be kind and work with passion.

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Find Maia on Social Media!

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Thank you so much Maia for all the tips, inspiration and great work!

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That’s it for lettering week! We hope you enjoyed it!

Dress up your lettering with Marie Browning

Hi Lettering Fans! Today I want to share with you an easy technique to dress up your lettering! It’s all about the layering! Start with the lightest color of Tombow Dual Brush Pen and keep adding darker colors one in top of each other.  IMG_0914 Dress Up Lettering

You could use the colorless blender at the end to blend them all together. Use the fine tip to add smaller words. Feel free to mix colors! If you need help mixing colors use this color theory lesson!
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Add a few doodles. If you need doodle dabs ideas check THESE out!  Dress Up Lettering2

I hope you can use all the ideas we have shared this week!

Lettering Quotes by Jennie Garcia

Happy Friday! This week we have been inspired by lettering! Go check out the rest of the posts this week! I love seeing the different directions everyone took!  Blue Skies Lettering

For my projects I got inspired by music and quotes. I am always listening to music and I read everyday, even if it’s just children’s books for my girls. Right now, I’m reading “These Broken Stars”. Tell us what you are reading!Lettering Inspiration

For this image I used a title from a song I’ve been listening a lot by Jaymay. The first thing I do is use a Mono Drawing Pencil to draw the letters. My favorite eraser fix my oops is the Tombow Mono Eraser and I also like the Mono NP Eraser Non-PVC. Then I used the Tombow Mono Twin Permanent Marker to write the words and on top of that I used 3 different blue Tombow Dual Brush Pens. Blue Skies Lettering1

For this image I used the Mono Glue Pen as a resist for the rain drops.

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My baby wrote on this drawing with a ballpoint pen and you can’t see it. NO! Do you know why? Mono Sand Eraser!! It’s also awesome for stamping oops! Rain or Shine1 One more for the road! Someone shared this quote on Facebook and I loved it. You know, sometimes that guy that you took one class with him on High School and you can barely remember his name can post good stuff! You Are The Entire Ocean Quote

Remember to use the #Tombow when you share your lettering awesomeness on Instagram and Twitter! You Are The Entire Ocean Quote1

It’s Friday! Yeah! Have a good weekend! You did good! Go home and come back tomorrow for more lettering inspiration.

Lettering takes shape

Today I will be sharing more creative ways that you can get lettering. I am a former Architect so my lettering style is much more linear, geometric and clean. Not too many swirls and strokes. I want to show you how you can make your simple lettering fun by adding it inside a shape. The shape I’m using is a large 3.5″ circle cut from white cardstock. I also created a couple more examples for you to see at the bottom of this post. I always starts a project out by sketching. Here you can see that I literally just practiced anything. I had this random piece of paper and tried out a few things.  I loved the large circle.

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Here are the materials you will need today:

Lettering week with Tombow

Lettering week with Tombow by latrice-gray-murphy on Polyvore

I also created a step by step photo collage for you to see how I created my circle from beginning to end.

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Step by step by latrice-gray-murphy on Polyvore

Pretty simple right? I inked my edges to make them look more finished and before creating the card below with one of them I scanned them all into my computer for later use. I can now reprint that first hand drawn image as many times as I want. Print onto some high quality cardstock with the setting on best. Check out how I used my hand lettering piece. Perfect for anything though. Invitations, cards, scrapbooking pages or do it in a larger scale on canvas or something to frame?

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Thanks for stopping by today. It’s been fun seeing the whole teams take on lettering. I”m inspired, how about you?

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