Yearly Archives: 2020

Sarasa Grand and STEEL F-701 alongside notebook, coffee, and plate of donuts

5 Tips to Write More Professionally

Being able to write in a professional manner is an important part of any career or job. Clearly communicating your thoughts, opinions, and even concerns to your co-workers or boss can help you be successful on your own but also have success within your team.

Professional writing is a skill that may even help you advance your career. Need help making your writing more professional? Here are some of our best tips.

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Skull and crow illustration

Spooky Ballpoint Illustration: How to Draw a Skull & Crow

By: Bonnie Wong

Hello everyone! I’m Bonnie from @super.bonnie and I’m going to show you how to illustrate something spooky just in time for Halloween! October is my favorite time of the year and Halloween conjures up so much joy and I simply love it! I’ll be creating a black and white drawing of a crow on a skull using my favorite ballpoint pen—the STEEL F-301 Retractable Ballpoint Pen and a few of my other go-to Zebra Pen products. Let’s gather our supplies and get started!

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Artist Chris Adams’ Illustration Process

By: Chris Adams of @chrisacreative

Like a lot of artists, my process is constantly evolving but it has been pretty consistent for the last few years. Here’s a breakdown of how I like to tackle my illustrations. Let’s jump in.

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Wombat illustration created with Pointillism with assorted Zebra Pen products beside it

How to Draw a Wombat with Pointillism

By: Artist Ambassador Sandra Strait

Hello! I’m Sandra from @lifeimitatesdoodles. Today, we’re going to draw a hairy-nosed wombat using a pointillism drawing technique with some of my favorite Zebra Pen creative products.

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Assorted of Zebra Pen STEEL products

Which STEEL Pen is Right for You?

Originally published June 4, 2014. Updated September 23, 2020.

Tired of settling for ordinary writing tools? Our STEEL line of pens and mechanical pencils are durable but stylish which means they are not only reliable but will make a great first impression. Different projects require different tools—which is why we designed the STEEL line to be diverse. The full range includes ballpoint pens, gel pens, mechanical pencils, and even a permanent marker.

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Illustration of a gorilla with a STEEL F-402 Ballpoint Retractable Pen beside it

Ballpoint Illustration Tips from Artist Guno Park

Ballpoint pens, while seemingly ordinary, are many artist’s go-to tools for creating rich, beautiful, and life-like illustrations. Unlike other tools, ballpoint pens can produce modulated values and a dynamic range of line weights, allowing everything from ghostly soft lines to dramatic graphic marks.

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Array of Mildliner Highlighters

The Ultimate Guide to Mildliner Highlighters

The Mildliner Double-Ended Highlighter & Marker is the OG tool for artists, students, and everyday use. The two unique ends—including a chisel tip and a bullet fine tip—and its mild translucent ink make it a truly unique product that is often imitated but never duplicated.

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STEEL and StylusPens with mask, hand sanitizer, laptop

Guide to STEEL and StylusPens: Pens Designed for Quick Sanitization and Limiting Hand Contact

Finding ways to keep hands clean and sanitized is more important than ever, as Covid-19 is changing the way we interact with each other and our surroundings. We need to be especially vigilant when using our many screened devices, PIN pads and touch screens. Learn how a stylus or stainless-steel pen may be able to help you keep germs at bay.

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Minimalist bullet journal

How to Create a Minimalist Bullet Journal

By: Salena Salomone of @salenasbujo

Hello everyone!  I’m Salena from @salenasbujo and I’m here to show you how to start a minimalist bullet journal. If you’re anything like I was a few years ago, you’ve seen bullet journals online that look useful, but the thought of actually putting pen to paper to create your own spreads seems like a daunting task. Today I hope to show you that it doesn’t have to be, and that a future log and monthly spreads are great ways to stay organized if standard planners just don’t work for you.

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Ribbon lettering with shadows

How to Create Ribbon Lettering

By: Jo Ovenell of @theletteringcompanion

Hi everyone! This is Jo of @theletteringcompanion. I am excited to walk you through the steps to create ribbon lettering. This beautiful lettering style looks difficult, but it is quite easy to replicate and it only takes a few supplies.

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