Hi friends, Katie from @Studio.Katie here to share a tutorial on how to create a fun and easy Fall Inspired Journal Spread, as well as a few handy tips for illustrating with Tombow MONO Drawing Pens!
Supplies you will need:
- A sketchbook or journal
- Tombow MONO Drawing Pencil, 4H
- Tombow MONO Zero Eraser
- Tombow MONO Drawing Pen, 6-pack
- Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Pumpkin Spice Palette
- Tombow Small Water Brush (optional)
- Tombow Blending Palette (optional)
- Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen, Hard Tip (Optional)
Start by using your MONO Drawing Pencil to sketch a big, wonky pumpkin into the center of the left page. I’m using a MONO Drawing Pencil in 4H so that it’s a light sketch. You can learn more about the different hardness levels of the pencils in this post: Value Scale Using Tombow MONO Drawing Pencils.
I know this is going to be a 2-page spread, so I also used a ruler to sketch a few guidelines out on the right for when I’m ready to add some journaling.
With the pumpkin as the centerpiece, add more illustrations around it to fill in the page. I recommend sketching your favorite things about fall! What is it that brings you joy this time of year?
I sketched a pumpkin pie, some mushrooms (because I LOVE getting outside and hiking), tea, and a book. You can also use your MONO Zero Eraser to clean up your sketches if you want to.
Time to ink! I love using the MONO Drawing Pens for line art because they just draw so smoothly- without any skips, and the tips don’t bend or break if I use too much pressure while drawing.
Outline each of your sketches, going over your pencil.
The MONO Drawing Pens are available in 8 sizes, 005, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, & 08. You can use the different tips for different techniques!
Use a large-sized bullet tip like the 06 & 08 to fill in larger areas that you want black or shadowed.
Try using a medium-sized tip like 04 or 05 to add details or dots.
Or use one of the smaller-sized tips ranging from sizes 005-02 to add hatching/cross-hatching to your illustrations.
Add your journaling to the opposite page! I used a Fudenosuke Brush Pen, Hard Tip for my “Things I Love About Fall” header, and a MONO Drawing Pen in size 06 for the list.
Let’s add just a little bit of color. Use a Dual Brush Pen to loosely add color around your illustrations. I love that the Dual Brush Pen, Pumpkin Spice, 6-Pack includes Dual Brush Pen Color 772 in Dusty Rose because pink is my favorite color and I thought it would be a fun but different color palette for Fall!
Use a Tombow Water Brush, Small to move the ink around your sketches to give you the look of a watercolor background.
Note: I’m using watercolor paper for this, but if your journal is a thinner paper not suitable for wet mediums, you may find it better to completely fill in the background with the Dual Brush Pen, and skip this step.
Use the rest of the colors in the Dual Brush Pen, Pumpkin Spice, 6-Pack to create paint splatters on the right page!
You can find a detailed guide on how to create paint splatters here. I like to scribble the Dual Brush Pen ink onto a Blending Palette, pick up the color with a wet paintbrush, and flick it at the page!
And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed learning these drawing tips and created an easy fall-inspired journal spread at the same time!
If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out these posts from the Tombow Blog archives: