“Floral Sketchbook” by Marie Browning 8

I was inspired by Penny Black’s Sparkle’ stamp of a single flower. Perfect for a quick inking with the Tombow Dual Brush Pens and layering for a dimensional look with the Foam Tabs. I also used Penny Black’s new ‘Mix and Match’ papers to easily coordinate the look all together. The pencil is not only an interesting embellishment; it also is easily removed for a quick sketch as it is attached using the Fastener Tabs.

Materials: Penny Black ~Stamps: Sparkle, Letter background and ‘The Thought of You’ Fern Green papers from the ‘Mix and Match’ collection.

Tombow ~Dual Brush Pens: 133 chartreuse, 098 avocado, 249 hunter green, 451 sky blue, 526 true blue, 665 purple, 636 imperial purple. Adhesives: Permanent Stamp Runner, MONO Multi Liquid Glue, Fastener Tabs and Foam Tabs

You will also need: 5 1/4” x 8 1/4” sketchbook, 90 lb. smooth finish watercolor paper, matching ribbon and trim, drawing pencil, clear flat marble and a mini black clip.


Ink the ‘Sparkle’ stamp with the brush tip, start with the light colors first, and then add the medium and dark tones. The leaves are colored with the green markers, the flower with the blues and the flower center with the purples. Mist the colored stamp with water at arm’s length away and stamp onto a watercolor paper panel. Do two stampings of the flower with this technique. Let dry.Color the letter background stamp with the Imperial Purple marker and stamp directly onto a light green paper panel without misting. Edge the panel with the Avocado marker. Color ‘The Thought of You’ stamp with Imperial Purple and Hunter Green markers and stamp directly onto a watercolor paper panel without misting. Edge the panel with the Avocado marker.

Prepare the cover by adhering the dark green paper around the spine, medium green panel to cover the front, and the light green stamped panel with the Permanent Adhesive.  Use Multi glue to add ribbon and trim along the left hand side of the front cover.

Cut out one of the stamped flower images leaving a slight edge.  Cut out leaves and petals from second stamped flower image. Try to keep the petals in order on your work surface so it’s easy to match them up. 

Prepare the verse panel by adhering to a dark green panel with the Permanent Adhesive. Add brads in the corners and attach the completed panel to the cover using the large foam tabs. Using the Permanent Adhesive and the ‘stamp’ feature, attach the extra leaves under the raised verse panel and the flower image at the top of the raised panel. I used 5 of the 8 petals on the flower, choosing the ones that are in the front and most of the whole petal showing. Slightly curl the petals in your hands to give them a little dimension. Attach the petals by adding a small amount of Permanent Adhesive to the tip of the petal and place into the same position on the flower. Use a small Foam Tab under these petals to lift and give dimension. A pair of tweezers makes it easy to lift and place the tab.

The Tombow MONO Drawing Pencil is attached with two Fastener Tabs that have been trimmed. It holds the pencil on the front of the sketchbook so it’s always handy for quick sketch of a flower in the garden.

Dual Brush Pen, MONO Drawing Pencil, MONO Multi Liquid Glue, Stamp Runner Permenant Adhesive,Foam Tabs, Fastener Tabs

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