Friday, August 16, 2013

100 Days of Tombow

For its centennial year, Tombow created the “100 Days of Tombow” program designed to promote and support arts education and quality art programs nationwide by showcasing the talents of crafters throughout North America and providing an in kind gift valued at up to $10,000 of Tombow art products to the Council for Arts Education, a national nonprofit promoting and supporting arts education. 
I am really excited to have been asked to participate! 
Every submission for the “100 Days of Tombow” blogging program will result in a $100.00 product donation to the Council for Arts Education.  How Awesome!
I made a canvas using the Tombow products that I was sent.  I also pulled out my Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue.    Great products, great company and a great cause!

This is a 6x12 canvas. 

It is fun to make these!  I love that I'm using things in my stash that I haven't used in forever!  It is a great way to use some of your left-over supplies.
It has lots of my favorite things!  Chipboard, flowers, ribbon and jewelry findings are front and center on it. 

Now, on to how I used the Tombow Markers to color my background and chipboard elements.
The background started with modeling paste and a stencil to give it a touch of dimension.  I gave it a quick coat of gesso and let it dry.  I then gave it a quick coat of mod-podge. 

Next, I took a make-up sponge and colored on the end with the pink marker.  After that, I put alchohol on it and dabbed in various sections on the canvas.
Tip:  To get more color, repeat this process.  You might find that it leaches the ink from your marker tip, but no worries!  Just place it with the tip down for a bit and the ink will flow back into the tip. 

I did this with three different colors, as shown.
I used pink, green and blue.
Coat with mod-podge again.

Next, I pulled out the larger tip on the markers and lightly ran them across the sections of sponged paint to add more color. 

This is the canvas when it's all ready to embellish.  I loved the soft look that it ended up with.  The 2nd step also made the modeling paste stencils stand out more.

And... about that chipboard... that I forgot to take pictures of!   Oh well, it isn't hard and really didn't require pictures, but... I wanted to show them!  :)

I used raw chipboard and gave them a quick coat of gesso.  After they dries, I took the pink, blue and brown markers and just quickly drew lines at an angle on them.   I then gave them a spritz of Perfect Pearls Mist and used my fingertip to smudge them a bit.

To finish it off, I gave the whole project a few spritzes of the Perfect Pearls Mist.

That's it!  Super quick and easy! 

Now, be sure to go by the Tombow Blog to see other projects that bloggers have done!  There are lots of great ideas and be sure to give a shout out to Tombow to wish them a Happy Birthday!



  1. Beautiful project! I love it thanks for the tutorial

  2. This is gorgeous girl!!!

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  4. I love the job you did creating the cover of your book. Such pretty colors and a neat way to do it! A new follower! Would love for you to visit and give an opinion! I love your style! Always looking for a new scrappy friend.:)
    All the best.