May Flowers Challenge WINNER!

A big thank you to everyone who entered our May Flowers Challenge! We loved seeing all of your floral creations!

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

Our randomly selected winner is receiving a prize pack with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue, Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue and a Dual Brush Pens Bright Set!


And our lucky winner is…

Donna G.

Donna, 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!

Masculine Layout with Guest Designer Erin Reed

Tombow would like to thank our Fabulous Guest Designer, Erin Reed for making amazing projects for the Paper Issues Blog Hop, the May Flowers Challenge and this Mixed Media Week!

In the Spring of 2014 we had some wonderful shots taken of my kids and myself, these were two of the shots of my boys (ages 4 and 8) and their smiles just melt my heart.  How I love my boys!!

Masculine Mixed Media by Erin Reed


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Here is a step by step guide of how I constructed this wonderful mixed media layout using the wonderful supplies from Tombow, Canvas Home Basics, 7 Gypsies, Tattered Angels, and Paper House.

Check out How to Build a Masculine Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout by Erin Reed on Snapguide.

Here are some close up shots of the finished layout.  I love how mixed media layout can have such wonderful dimension with all the layers of different mediums.

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Supplies Used

Cardstock – Canvas Home Basics

Patterned Papers – Paper House

Stickers – Paper House

Metals – 7 Gypsies

Mists – Tattered Angels

Chipboard – Want2Scrap

Die – My Favorite Things

Stencil – My Favorite Things

Ink – Prima

Pens – Tombow

Adhesive – Tombow

Mixed Media Moon By Jennie Garcia

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are enjoying this mixed media week. For my project I made this little space scene using the Tombow water soluble Yo-i Crayons.

Night Inspired Mixed Media


Stars Mixed Media The first thing I did was sketch the Moon using Tombow Drawing Pencils. I lined it with the fine tip of the Tombow Mono Twin Permanent Marker and erased pencil marks with the Tombow Mono Eraser. Stars Mixed Media1 I used the bright Yo-i Crayon lightly on the watercolor paper and I used a waterbrush to spread the color. Stars Mixed Media2 Stars Mixed Media3 Up next the stars. Stars Mixed Media4 For the eyes and lips I used the Tombow Dual Brush Pens. Stars Mixed Media5

Then I used the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to make dots, let it dry and then used Clearsnap Designer Foils. Stars Mixed Media6 I wrote stars with a Tombow Dual Brush Pen and the smaller ones with the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen Soft Tip. Stars Mixed Media7

I hope you enjoyed this Mixed Media Project!

Mixed Media hot glue art made easy

Welcome back to our Mixed Media art week. I’ve become a fan of this style of art, but always think it looks harder than it usually is. The technique I’m sharing today is one I’ve wanted to try out for a while now. I paired it with my tissue paper technique to create a fun 8×10 canvas. You’ll just need a few items:mixed media hot glue canvas


You will also need:

Tombow markers


paint brush

Shimmer spray

Here is the canvas completed. I look at it now and I want to add more to it when I have more time. Think of the possibilities though. Stamp text, bubble wrap with paint or add text with stickers, die cuts or hand cut letters.  The Shimmer shows up so much better in real life. I wish the photos did it justice.
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Visual steps for you to create your own.

Gather your items and start by sketching your design with pencil. You can totally freehand this or just have at it with the glue. Mixed media is to be free expression.

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Next use the hot glue to trace that design and allow it to cool for 10 minutes.

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Next cover your design with Aqua Liquid glue. This is when you can add the tissue paper. You will get a little messy but this add such fun texture.

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Next choose a few colors to color the background with. Blend those colors with a brush and water making sure to get into all the creases and spaces.

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I then heat set this and took my while ink to rub over the top. This instantly gave me the wow factor. It makes the design just pop off the colors. I then misted it with shimmer and let it dry completely like above.

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Give this a try. I’m hoping to create a larger canvas in this same style with colorful tissue paper. Stay tuned maybe I’ll share over on my Instagram account. What do you think? I’d love to hear your comments or ideas you want to see from me.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Go get inspired.

XO, Latrice


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Mixed Media Art in a Box Lid

The beauty of mixed media is that you really can do it just about anywhere, on anything, and with anything. I upcycled an old box lid into a fun shrine using buttons, book pages, and glitter, all adhered with Tombow adhesive.

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I used a mixture of glitter and foils applied with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue, which dries tacky, to achieve the gilded look on the inside edge of this piece:

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To attach the lace and the decoupage the book papers onto the background of the box, i used Tombow MONO Aqua Glue, which dries flat.

Here’s what you’ll need to create this project:

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 Heart Mixed Media in a Box for Tombow by jennifer-priest featuring Tombow Adhesive


This project goes together lickety split – make several of them in various sizes to create a wall collage or to use as table markers at a party. I love the mix of buttons in the middle, which can be purchased at a thrift store. Use buttons from a special person or special clothing to add more meaning to the piece. Here’s how to put it all together:

Isn’t that fun? Check out my blog at Just JP for more tutorials like this. And be sure to follow the Tombow blog and see more mixed media inspiration through the end of the week.


Mixed Media Canvas Techniques with Beth Watson


Mixed Media is near and dear to my heart!  It is such a fluid way to create that it always chills me out.  It is my yoga, my meditation.  In fact, I was mixing medias back before we even knew that it had a name!  I always start out with a theme (maybe) and a color palette (most of the time), but that is about it.  No direction, no sketch and no final image in my mind, as I let the piece take me to its end.  ORGANIC is the word!

I have recently been addicted to interested in water coloring with Tombow Dual Brush Pens as I LOVE the way they puddle and blend when the water is added – it is amazing to me, so I knew I wanted to incorporate this technique into my piece.



I started out with a 5″ by 7″ canvas board that I had in my craft stash.  Tear off and crumple a 7″ by 9″ piece of printed tissue paper.  Spread Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue over canvas board with broad tip.  Place tissue on canvas board, crinkling tissue until you are happy with the placement.  TIP: The Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue is perfect for mixed media because it has a quick set up time which allows you to create without waiting for steps to dry!


Randomly color in the background with Tombow Dual Brush Pens 515, 195, 373 and 173 then blend with paint brush dipped in water.  TIP:  The more water you use, the more blended puddles you will create!


I colored in the butterfly image on my printed tissue paper, but then decided that I did not care for the color or the placement, so I dug around in my drawer of scrap paper and found the cutout heart chipboard plus the black and white paper scraps – SCORE!  Trim the paper scraps and secure to back of chipboard with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.  Tone down the white chipboard with Tombow Dual Brush Pen 990.  Fishtail the end of the paper strips with scissors.


Color plain canvas letter stickers by placing on plastic packaging, misting with water, then coloring in with Tombow Dual Brush Pens 815 and 757 to match the button selected.    By misting the canvas first you achieve a tie dye look on the letters.  TIP:  The Tombow Dual Brush Pens are very versatile when creating mixed media as they color on almost every surface, they ave durable tips and blend well, but do not get muddy.  Roughly outline the border of your canvas board with Tombow Dual Brush Pen N15 (black).


Thread string through button holes and tie a bow.  Apply chipboard heart to canvas board AND button to chipboard heart with Tombow Foam Tape.  Perfect for this application because it gives dimension as well as a strong hold over the uneven surface of the crinkled tissue paper.



Attach canvas letters to Mixed Media Canvas with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue, let dry.



Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth


Tombow + Paper Issues Hop WINNER!

We had so much fun hopping with Paper Issues recently, and we hope you did too! If you didn’t catch the projects, make sure to visit the original post for the full lineup. We’ve included a look below at what our talented Design Team came up with for the hop!

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We’d like to send out a big THANK YOU to everyone who hopped with us! We hope you enjoyed seeing all of the wonderful creativity, and have a few new project ideas of your own now. We’re excited to give away a Tombow prize pack of Tombow Mono Adhesive Permanent, NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots, and Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. Our lucky winner is…

Adri Myburgh

Adri, please send us a private message on Facebook with your address and we’ll get your prize pack shipped out to you!


This week is Mixed Media week on the Tombow USA Blog!!  I love mixed media!  I had so much fun with this!!
I made a mixed media canvas for my project and I used Tombow products to do it!!  This project is super easy and a lot of fun!

Fun and Easy Mixed Media Canvas Using Tombow Products



I started by coloring my Gelli Plate with all of these Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  I sprayed some water on top and put my white cardstock right on the plate.  I used a brayer to be sure I got color all over the paper.

The paper came out beautiful!  I let it dry.  Usually when I make a mixed media piece, I go over some areas with gesso.  But I had a great idea!!  I used some Tombow Wide Trac Correction Tape instead!  I used the correction tape and scraped it with a palette knife just like I do with my gesso.

The next step in my process is always using spray ink and stencils.  I have this manual air pump to spray the ink with my Tombow Dual Brush Pen through the stencil!  Sweet!!

When that is dry, I start stamping.  Again, I used my black Dual Brush Pen to ink up my stamps.  I even put the ink on a circle cup I have and stamped some circles on my piece.  

Then I used my Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue to adhere my book paper and picture.  Mono Aqua glue is the best for paper adhesion.  Remember, the markers are water based so the glue will reactivate them.

I used the Aqua glue on all the edges of the paper and behind the picture and book paper and adhered this to a canvas!  I went around the canvas with some distress ink, the only non-Tombow product I used.

And that’s it!  A perfect mixed media piece of work using *almost* only Tombow products!!  I really challenged myself with this piece and I love it!  I am going to put it up in my house!

I can’t wait to see what you make!!


DIY Pencil Holders by Guest Designer Erin Reed

Happy Saturday! We have yet another great project from our guest designer Erin Reed! She has created another cool project using our May Flowers challenge as inspiration! Check out how to make these easy pencil holders!
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I wanted to create something useful and fun for my kid’s teachers this year, and I thought of something they could put on their desk and look pretty, a pencil cup!!  They could put anything they want in them not just pencils but markers, rulers, scissors, really anything they want!!  Plus if they wanted to take it home for themselves they could!!

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Here is a short little how to video on how I made the pink cup using the Canvas Home Basics “cup” size saggy bag and a large take out plastic cup with products from Canvas Home Basics and Tombow.

The red is the same dimensions as the pink cup, but the green cup is a “pint” size CHB saggy bag and uses a large yogurt container as the base.

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The red is the same dimensions as the pink cup, but the green cup is a “pint” size CHB saggy bag and uses a large yogurt container as the base.

Don’t forget to join the May Flowers Challenge. The challenge started in Monday, May 11th and it will finish Sunday, May 24th 2015 at 11:55 pm EST!

How to Use Tombow Dual Brush Pens for Direct Blending


Welcome back to our May Flowers Challenge week! We hope you’ve been inspired by our talented Design Team‘s projects! Don’t forget to link up your own floral projects HERE for a chance to win some great prizes.

Today we’re excited to share with you a video tutorial by our Signature Designer Marie Browning. Marie has created a fun floral Zentangle that she’s going to use to show you how Tombow Dual Brush Pens can be used for direct blending.

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to link up your projects HERE to enter our May Flowrs Challenge! You have until Sunday May 24th at 11:55 pm EST to enter.  The winner will be announced on Tuesday May 26th right here on the Tombow blog!