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How to Overcome the Winter Work Slump

Cold weather and lack of sunlight can make winter seem never-ending , and can make workdays seem even longer. Between seasonal illnesses, inclement weather, and spending less time outdoors, it’s easy to feel dejected and a little down in the colder months.

According to American Family Physician, 4 to 6 percent of people may suffer from winter depression, and 10 to 20 percent of people may have season affective disorder (SAD).

Make Time for Fun

It’s important to remember to work live, and not to live to work. Work life balance is extremely important and making time for yourself to unwind and socialize can help combat slumps. Schedule weekend trips or staycations to give yourself a fun activity to look forward to. During the week, make sure you give yourself an hour each day dedicated to something you enjoy, whether it’s writing in a journal, cooking, attending a class or watching a movie.  Doing things you enjoy will help diffuse some stress, and can help you keep your spirits high.

Attend a Conference

Attending conferences is a great way to grow your professional network, expand your horizons and learn new things. Search for conferences relevant to your career to attend during the winter months to reinvigorate your passions and inspire you to continue learning as a professional. This can also give you a nice change of scenery. You can bring back this newfound energy to your office and use it to your advantage.

Listen to a Podcast

There is no shortage of podcasts being developed each and every day, in almost every subject imaginable. Listen to a professional podcast pertaining to your industry to supplement what you are learning at work while hearing from other professionals. Also, start listening to a podcast in a different subject that interests you on your way to and from work. This will keep your mind stimulated while helping you develop new interests.

Upgrade your Office Supplies

Change your office space by adding a new decoration to make your desk or cubicle instantly happier. If your office is typically cold, bring a blanket or space heater to make your space more comfortable and pleasant based on your preferences. Then, start using pens and other writing instruments that make you look forward to taking notes in meetings. Use the Sarasa Grand or the STEEL line for big meetings and use double-ended Mildliners or Zebrites for highlighting.

Exercise

Exercise is a great outlet for stress relief throughout the year, but it can be especially important to stay active and release endorphins during the winter months. If the cold is deterring you from taking a walk outside or going to the gym, try a workout at home. Practicing yoga is also a great way to reconnect with yourself while moving and stretching. Work out with a friend or try a new work out class to stay social and keep moving.

8 Heartfelt DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

 

While it’s important to show appreciation for our loved ones year-round, Valentine’s Day offers us a special opportunity to treat them to something special. Flowers, jewelry and chocolates are great, but the best gifts come straight from the heart and not from the store. It is incredibly impactful to spend time and effort on something rather than simply buying it. Show your friends, family and loved ones how much you care by creating your own Valentine’s Day gifts. Use these tips for inspiration to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember with memorable, cost efficient gifts.

Handmade Cards

Creating handmade cards is a personal, fun and inexpensive way to show someone you care without breaking the bank. Be as creative and personal as you like by designing your own cards from start to finish. Pick high quality stationary, stickers and other finishing touches and use Zebra Zensations brush pens to hand letter your own messages. Use an inside joke, a meaningful quote or a heartfelt message to complete a card they will hold onto forever.

Sugar Scrubs

Sugar scrubs are a great way to exfoliate your skin while relaxing and practicing selfcare. While there are many sugar scrubs to choose from, they’re super easy to personalize and make at home. Combine 1 cup of granulated sugar, ½ cup of coconut oil, and essential oils of your choice into a decorative jar. Lavendar, peppermint, chamomile and tea tree all have calming effects and are ideal for unwinding. Decorate the jar with ribbon, twine, or a colorful handmade label using Zensations fineliners. Enjoy for smoother, healthier skin.

Book/Bookmark

There’s nothing quite like the gift of knowledge and enlightenment. Give your significant other a book about a subject or person that interests them, and pair it with a handmade, heartfelt bookmark. Hand letter a phrase, encouraging message, or illustrate a unique design. Laminate the bookmark when you’re done so your partner can use it for years to come.

Candle

Candles can help create a sense of calm, peace and serenity that is invaluable during a busy week. Grab a friend and attend a local candle making workshop for a fun activity that results in the perfect gift for a friend or significant other. They are also easy to make at home, using scents, containers and sizes of your choice.

Soap

Soap is a pleasant, practical and cost-efficient gift that keeps on giving. The color, scent and shape combinations are practically endless, giving you plenty of creative freedom to make soap for significant others, friends, family and coworkers.

Shadow Box

Our lives are made up of tons of tiny defining moments, and the same can be said for our friendships and romantic relationships. Celebrate the little things in a big way by creating a shadow box craft. Purchase a shadow box from a local craft store, and fill it with small, meaningful objects including ticket stubs, photos, and other sentimental things that signify your relationship.

Homemade Sweets

Store bought candies, cookies or other sweets are great when you’re pressed for time, but homemade treats mean even more. Baking gives you an opportunity to create many gifts at once, making it perfect for a large group of friends or an office setting. Package your baked goods in festive bags or boxes and enjoy.

Bath Bombs

In our busy lives, taking the time to relax and reconnect with yourself is invaluable. Bath bombs are a staple of selfcare, which makes them a perfect gift for anyone on your list. Bath bombs can be easily made at home, and can include all natural ingredients and essential oils. Use heart shaped molds to create perfect gifts for a group of friends.

Learn How to Bullet Journal Effectively in the New Year

By: Fatimah Coppin 

Preparing for the upcoming New Year is definitely a must.  What better way to start off 2019 than to set up a new bullet journal?

Bullet journaling is a conceptual planning system created by Ryder Carroll, where you can plan ahead for an organized lifestyle, and unleash your creativity onto the pages of your notebook. Here are some ways in which you could effectively bullet journal in the new year. Grab a pen and a notebook and let’s get organized!

Yearly Overview

Incorporating a customized yearly overview into your bullet journal is a great way to look at your year in a bigger perspective. Not only can you keep track of all the days and weeks of certain months, but you can highlight any days of personal importance. This reference prevents you from forgetting important days, and allows you to see the days ahead to see deadlines, projects, and more.

Tip: Include an “Events” portion so you could become more interactive with your calendars. Highlight or write down holidays, deadlines, or other events from your calendar.

Year in Pixels

Setting up a “Year in pixels” will make your journal a little more personal. It also encourages you to write into your journal more often! Every day, color in a box with a color in according to how you feel every day of the year. This master mood tracker will also give you a chance to reflect on your feelings for the year.

Tip: Use Zebra Mildliners for a unique variation of color, as it will help distinguish the different moods you want to include in your tracker!

Monthly Goals

Creating a list of goals for yourself in your journal for an assigned month will help you achieve your objectives. Creating realistic goals each month will help you remain focused.

Tip:  When creating goals, organize them under categories (such as fitness, academics, or habits) to help you take things one step at a time and to prevent any confusion in setting up different goals. This will allow you to achieve your goals faster.

Idea Pages

Creating idea page(s) for your journal is a great way to quickly jot down formulated ideas, or even plan for projects you may be working on. For instance, this page can include artistic or organization ideas you could implement in your journal or daily life. It can also include academic ideas for when you come up with studious plans.

Tip: Make the page blank! Create enough space to branch out your thoughts and jot down ideas that may leave your mind the next second.

Creativity pages

Creativity pages are a great way to unleash your artistic or creative abilities. Save some pages in your journal solely for creative purposes for you to brainstorm new artistic styles, inspire and motivate yourself, or even relieve some stress.

Hope these Journaling idea layouts and components will help you in your bullet journaling adventures for 2019. Wish you the best of luck, and happy planning!

Fatimah Coppin is a New York-based creator, and runs the popular Instagram account @studychaii

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Professionals

The new year is here, making it an ideal time to start implementing new resolutions. As a professional, it’s also a great time to start fresh with new habits that optimize productivity at work and at home. Consider using one of these resolutions to kick start your year in a positive way.

Focus on Financial Health

Minimize your financial stress this year and commit to your financial health. According to Forbes, a Stress in America survey published in November 2017 by the American Psychological Association states that 62% of Americans report being stressed about money. Everyone’s financial situation is different but creating a plan that combines your financial goals and objectives for the year can help you plan ahead and budget your money wisely. For more guidance, make an appointment with a financial advisor.

Utilize Career Resources

In a digital society, there is one social media platform that all professionals should be using—LinkedIn. According to Forbes, the majority of employers look for an online presence before hiring, even after an interview. Additionally, 98% of recruiters and 85% of hiring managers use LinkedIn to find candidates.

Prior to LinkedIn, employers were investigating personal social media before hiring. LinkedIn is a professional platform that when used correctly, can give employers and recruiters the chance to pre-screen candidates before requesting an interview. This is not to say that employers don’t look at other social media platforms, because they do. However, LinkedIn is the perfect way to establish your professional persona.

Start Journaling

Keeping a journal is more helpful than you may realize. According to Entrepreneur, keeping a journal can not only help you disconnect from scrolling through apps and emails, but it can also help you reflect each day. Listing helpful advice from mentors in your journal can be a great way to stay motivated in a time of stress. Use your journal to vent in a productive way, collect compliments or words of encouragement, and share your dreams and goals for the future. Don’t worry about perfection, simply write what you feel and be authentic with your thoughts. This is a place for you to be unfiltered and real. Choose a high-quality journal and pen to make your journaling experience even better.

Love Your Writing Instruments

Whether you consider yourself a writer or not, most professionals use a pen or pencil on a daily basis. If you’re looking for professional success in 2019, set yourself up for success. Think about the habits you create, the positive attitude you demonstrate, and even the writing instruments you use. For a gel pen experience in a more weighted, sophisticated body, use Zebra’s Sarasa Grand. If you need a pen or pencil that is durable and stylish, Zebra’s STEEL collection of pens and pencils provides a diverse line of professional instruments.

Make Time for Yourself

One New Year’s resolution that should be on every professional’s list is to make time for yourself. It’s a common concept to try and achieve a healthy work/life balance, however, very few professionals maintain it. Take time this year to focus on you, however you see fit. If you feel that you need more time with your family, commit to spending more time with your loved ones regularly. Don’t forget to make time for yourself, and try to spend at least half an hour each day devoted to something you love, whether it’s exercising, reading, watching your favorite show or listening to a music or podcast.

10 Easy DIY Holiday Cards

By: Christina MacArthur

Hey guys! Christina here from Pocketful of Letters! I am popping in today to show you 10 Easy DIY Holiday Cards using your favorite Zebra Products!

Card 1: Christmas Lights Holiday Card

Materials:

–  Zensations Technical Drawing Pens

– Zensations Colored Pencils

Draw a drooping line at the top of the card then one crossing and dropping just below the other line.

Add little ovals throughout the line.

Color the ovals in with whatever Christmas colors you desire, using Zensations colored pencils

Take your Zensations Technical Drawing Pens and add a fun saying in the bottom corner. Let’s go with “May your days be merry and bright!” and there you go!

Card 2: A Joyful Wreath

Materials:

– Black Zensations Brush Pen

– Green Zensations Colored Pencil

– Zensations Drafix Technical Pencil

– An Eraser

Draw a large oval in the middle of the card with your pencil. Make little leaves with your green colored pencil around the oval.

Take your brush pen and outline some of the sides of the leaves you created.

Erase the pencil lines in the middle of the leaves. Write whatever phrase you decide in the middle of the leaf. This time I am going to use the word, “Joy.” Enjoy!

Card 3: Rudolph Holiday Card

Materials:

– Red and Brown Zensations Sarasa Gel pens

– Black medium point Zensations Brush Pen

– A pencil with an eraser

With your pencil draw a medium size circle in the middle of the paper. This will be Rudolph’s nose. About a finger length about the circle create 2 little eyes.

About a finger length slightly above/to the side of the eyes you are going to want to create your antlers. Kind of like a “t,” but with two lines crossing it rather than one.

Now use your red Sarasa pen and draw horizontal lines in the circle of the nose.

Do the same with the eyes but with black. Now, draw over the antler lines with Brown 2 parallel lines for the antler ears.

And it’s just that easy!

Card 4: A Fun Christmas Tree

Materials:

– Pencil

– Ruler

– Green and Brown Sarasa Pens

– Colored Pencils

Take your ruler and with your pencil make a triangle to be the shape of the tree. Draw a little stump under the triangle. A square or rectangle works great. Take the ruler and draw 3 lines horizontally through the triangle. Use your Technical Drawing Pens to outline the triangle and the horizontal lines inside of it. Don’t forget to trace the stump.

Use the green pen for a horizontal lines in the tree. Then pencil in some patterns.

Outline the patterns in green.

Use your colored pencils to color in those patterns.

Write “Merry” above the tree and “Christmas below” and you have yourself another card!

Card 5: Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel

Materials:

– Black Brush Pen

– Blue Colored Pencil

– 2 Brown Colored Pencils (different shades)

– Washi Tape

Sketch a dreidel to the side of your card.

Add the symbols to the dreidel. I googled the symbols but you could use the ones I used too! Letter “Love & Light” around the dreidel. Outline everything with the black Brush Pens.

Color in the dreidel with the lighter brown and then the darker brown to add some texture. Add some washi tape to the edges of the card to create a frame. Then color the background light blue.

Tear off the washi tape and you are finished!

Card 5: Ornament

Materials:

– Pencil

– Technical Drawing Pen

Create a circle in the middle/lower portion of the paper with your pencil. Top it off with a little box and a line coming from the top of the card to the little box. (See photo below)

Use your pen and “scribble” sideways up and down in the circle. Do not outline with the pen because it will look cool without an outline. Scribble in the little box. And draw the vertical line coming from the top down to the ornament.

Erase the pencil marks. Add a quote or a saying below the ornament. “I like hanging with you” is a good one!

Card 6: Joy

Materials:

– Technical Drawing Pens

– Red Colored Pencil

– A Pencil

Sketch a hollowed version of the word “Joy.”

Outline it with the Technical Drawing Pens. 

Make little bendy lines to make the candy cane shape. Color in every other block with red.

It’s that easy!

Card 7: Santa Suit

Materials:

– Red Colored Pencil

– Black Colored Pencil

– Yellow Colored Pencil

– Washi Tape

Make a square in the lower third of the paper with your pencil. Make a horizontal belt going through that square. Draw 2 circles vertically above the squares.

Add some washi tape to the edges to make a frame.

Color the buttons and belt black, the belt clip yellow, and his suit red. 

Then remove the washi tape and you are all finished!

You have a Santa suit card!

Card 8: Holly-Days Watercolor

Materials:

– A ziplock bag or any sort of flat plastic

– Water

– A green and red Fude Brush Pen

– Technical drawing pens

– Black medium tip brush pen

Since this card is a bit more difficult I have attached a video for you to watch. Check out the step by step below the video.

You will first color your red and green Fude Brush Pen on the ziplock bag or whatever flat piece of plastic you choose.  Take some water and dampen the colors. Rub the plastic onto the paper to create a watercolor effect. Then use your technical pen to doodle whatever Christmas theme item you like. In my case I am choosing some holly!

Write a fun saying under the holly. Let’s go with “Happy Holly-Days!” Write your note in the middle and you are good to go!

Card 9: Hanukkah Card

Materials:

– Blue, Orange, and Yellow Mildliners

– Blue Brush Pen

– A Pencil

– Technical Drawing Pen

Draw 9 vertical lines with the blue Mildliner chisel tip. I used a ruler to get the spacing just right. You can totally do that too or free hand it.

Color in little flames above the candle sticks.

Use the blue brush pen to letter Happy Hannukah around the card.

Now outline everything with the Technical Drawing Pen.

I added some dots to add some texture to the candles. I added them to the right of every candle to add a little extra flare. No pun intended. And there you go! A super easy Hanukkah card.

Card 10: Candy Cane

Materials:

– Technical Drawing Pen

– Red Colored Pencil

This one is so simple that you could probably figure it out using the image below. But I have included a video too!

Here’s a description just in case you are like me and would rather read the instructions than watch a video. Make an upside down J a sideways J and a right side up J. Draw little swooping lines inside. Color every other block red.

Write out or letter “oh Christmas treat.” Easy peasy!

Thank you for joining me today! With these tips and pictures each of these cards shouldn’t take you more than 10-20 minutes depending on your experience!

Happy Holidays! Catch you next time!

 

XX,

Christina

Top 5 Stocking Stuffers for Professionals

The holidays are quickly approaching, and for many, it can be a stressful time of year. While scrambling to attend every holiday get together, cooking and baking, and buying perfect gifts for your loved ones, buying stocking stuffers may feel like a last-minute purchase. However, sometimes the smallest gifts are the most meaningful. When it comes to buying gifts for working professionals, practical and stylish are foolproof. Use this guide to buy the professional, coworker, or colleague in your life a gift they won’t soon forget.

2019 Planner

A new year calls for new resolutions – and new planners. Help your coworkers, friends or spouse be more organized with a new planner. Planners are perfect for keeping track of important meetings and deadlines, appointments, vacation days and more. Using a planner also helps increase productivity, manage stress, and practice time management. With so many brands and styles to choose from, you’re sure to find one that fits the style and needs of any professional.

M/F–701 Gift Set

The perfect pen can make a great first impression at a new job or with a new boss or client. Zebra’s STEEL M/F-701 gift set includes the new all-metal STEEL F-701 ballpoint pen and the STEEL M-701 mechanical pencil. Both are made with stainless steel, and feature a knurled grip for a unique writing experience. Sleek, sophisticated and durable, this gift set was created for the working professional.

Business Card Holder

In any industry, networking is crucial. It’s important to always be prepared with business cards when travelling, attending conferences, or meeting new people. Give the gift of style and confidence with a business card holder. This will make carrying cards even easier and will prevent the cards from tearing or bending in a bag, purse or pocket.

Ear Buds

Between a morning and evening commute, lunch breaks, and long days, ear buds or head phones make the perfect gift for the professional in your life. Surprise a colleague, boss or mentor with a pair of sleek headphones for listening to music, business podcasts, and more. Listening to music during the day can relieve stress and feelings of anxiousness during busy days at work. Some studies show that music can help make repetitive tasks more enjoyable, and can also help boost productivity and creativity.

Sarasa Grand

The right accessory can help you stand out from the crowd and boost your confidence at work. Surprise your friends or coworkers with Zebra’s Sarasa Grand this holiday. Available in rose gold, gold, and navy, the Sarasa Grand Retractable Pen is perfect for professionals who value self-expression and a smooth, premium writing experience.

 

Sometimes the best gifts come in small packages. Keep gifts practical and professional this holiday season and get your coworkers gifts they are sure to use everyday.

Ace Your Finals With These Study Tips

Are you ready for finals season? There’s no better time to develop strong study habits to prepare for upcoming exams, papers and projects. Use these tips to minimize stress and nail your finals.

Study with Classmates

Organize a study group with fellow classmates to help each other out. Most likely, know information your classmate doesn’t quite understand and vice versa. Use your knowledge and skills to help someone out and they can use theirs to help you.

Re-Write Notes

A great way to kick off a study session is by rewriting your notes. Whether you write terms and definitions on index cards or you simply re-write your notes in your notebook, it’s important to use the right instruments and focus on the information you are writing. Handwriting information serves as a great review before you really dive deeper into your learning.

Get a Full Night’s Sleep

Going to sleep at a reasonable hour will allow for more productive study sessions in the days leading up to your final, and especially the night before your final. If pre-test jitters keep you awake, try meditating to put your mind at ease.

Stay Organized

Each semester, you most likely have multiple finals to study for. It’s important to find ways to keep your notes and study guides organized. Color-coding is a great way to do this! Use Zebra Mildliners for a unique mild color that appears softly on paper, featuring a broad and fine tip for all hand lettering and marking applications.

Take Breaks

Breaks are not selfish, they are absolutely necessary. Grab a snack, take a walk, or even go to the gym to take a well-deserved mental break. You will return to studying refreshed and ready to work.

Meet With Your Professor

They are there to help! Even if you’re just confused on a certain topic, going to meet with your professor shows initiative and proves that you care about your studies. It’s never a bad idea to meet with your teacher or professor before a final.

Teach Someone Else

Research shows that students have better memory and recall ability when they learn with the intention of teaching the information to someone else. Test your memory and try to teach someone else the information you are studying. Ask them to repeat back to you what they understood from your lesson to make sure that you are being clear and concise in your teaching and learning because this will be reflective on your exam.

Make It Fun

You shouldn’t dread studying. Get creative and make your study sessions custom fit your personal preferences. For example, if you enjoy drawing, try creating images to help you recall information. If you enjoy poetry, try coming up with an acrostic poem or rhymes to remember information. Check out Zebra’s Zensations line to awaken your inner artist and let the creativity flow.

Try a New Study Spot

Where you choose to study has more of an effect on your retention than you may realize. According to a study, instead of sticking to one study location, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention If you’re used to studying in the same spot all the time, switch it up and try a new location.

Use Reliable Instruments

The last thing you need on the day of a final is to be well-studied and prepared only to find that your pen is being spotty or running low on ink. Stick to utensils that you can rely on and always bring extras. Check out Zebra’s STEEL line of pens for a instruments that combine style, strength, and value to ensure your writing comfort with industry-leading precision and stability to ace your finals this semester!

5 Ways to Boost Creativity at Work

When work feels admittedly boring or redundant, it can be difficult to get your head back in the right space to be productive. Use these tips to boost your creativity at work and make the most of your workday.

Be Mindful of Your Productive Peaks and Pits

According to Business Insider, it is more beneficial to work with your natural rhythms than against them. Some people tend to work more efficiently in the morning while others are more creative in the afternoon. It’s important to acknowledge these peaks so that you can take advantage of your most productive time frames. On the other hand, acknowledging and coping with your pits is just as important. Work through slumps by getting some fresh air or collaborating with a coworker. If you’re able to, sit in a different room for a fresh perspective.

Use Color to Get Organized

Colors greatly affect your emotions and thinking; you can use this to your advantage at work. According to Shift Learning, using the different colors can have a huge impact on behaviors and attitudes while learning or working. Green is said to promote concentration, while orange is said to be uplifting. Blue and orange paired together while highlighting information promotes high levels of thought and comprehension. For soft, beautiful colors to use while highlighting, use Zebra Mildliners. These pastel highlighters are double-ended, perfect for organization all while being easy on the eyes and giving you an opportunity to express your creativity.

Take an Inspiration Break

You can’t pour from an empty cup. Sometimes the best way to focus on the task at hand is to step away for a moment. Read some motivating quotes, watch an inspiring video, or listen to your favorite song or a portion of a podcast to refocus and refresh. Allow yourself to take ten or fifteen minutes to clear your mind and search for inspiration elsewhere. Taking a break is a great way to stay motivated and keep the creativity flowing throughout your work day.

Start Your Day with a To-Do List

Hold yourself accountable by creating a to-do list at the beginning of your day. Give yourself some time to plan for the day ahead and prioritize your tasks. Physically writing these lists out helps to keep your goals and actions aligned while working. As you work, check off each task as it is completed to give yourself a sense of accomplishment, no matter how small the task. Use fun stationary to keep track of your weekly schedule.

Write Handwritten Notes When You Can

Looking at a computer or phone screen for too long can begin to irritate your eyes. Try your best to take breaks from screen time by writing handwritten notes as often as possible. When attending a meeting, leave your laptop or tablet at your desk and grab a pen and paper instead. The products you use to write matter. For a premium, work-friendly line of writing instruments, check out Zebra’s STEEL line of sophisticated and stylish products. Not only does handwriting information boost creativity, it produces a more complex thought pattern and can help with memory as well.

 

 

 

 

Best Drawing Tips To Use During Inktober

By: Mark Klein

During late September, every artist, professional or beginner begins drawing to participate in “Inktober,” the time of year that gives creativity a chance to shine.

Inktober is a month-long challenge meant to inspire artists to hopefully create new drawings daily, and establish productive, artistic habits. Most of all, we get to share our art and process with our peers. It’s challenging, helpful, and most of all, fun.

Luckily, my friends at Zebra Pen to write a blog on my Inktober process and share with you. I hope you can use these helpful hints throughout Inktober!

I often get asked, “how did you learn to draw?” The answer is, I was never taught, because I believe that a person cannot be “taught”. Everyone can draw, but just like athletics or music, it requires practice and a lot of disappointments. Much like any other hobby, drawing requires practice, practice, and more practice. During Inktober, you will shock and surprise yourself on what you can do. Inktober gives us 31 days to practice and share with others. You will be amazed at your progress from October 1st until we finish on Halloween!

Here are some tips for those new to Inktober, and just beginning:

Draw what you enjoy.

Inktober gives us prompts, but most of all to be successful, draw what you enjoy.

Draw like you, and in your style.

Our art “styles” are what make us so vastly different and wonderful.

Experiment with different pen or ink types, or entirely new medias.

Find what makes you comfortable and let your work shine. You will be surprised.

Stick with it.

31 drawings in 31 days can seem like a marathon. Take a day off here and there, because everyone works at their own pace. We are here as an artistic community to have each other’s backs, and to motivate and support.

Most of all, enjoy yourself.

Have fun, share your work. You will be amazed at your process and progression!

I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s work this year. Just tag your work with #Inktober,  #Inktober2018, and #ZensationsChallenge for a chance to win your own Zebra Zensations products.. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @officialartmark

Good luck, and get those fingers inky. Cheers.

Mark A. Klein

@OFFICIALARTMARK

Top 5 Fall Activities For The Whole Family

Temperatures are cooling down and leaves are falling, which can only mean one thing. It’s time to take advantage of the autumn weather with the whole family! The cozy weather and beautiful foliage are only here for a short time. Use these tips and enjoy these fall activities to embrace all the fun and adventure this season has to offer.

Camping/Hiking

With the start of a new school year, it’s especially important to take advantage of weekends. Optimize your weekends with fun day or overnight trips by camping or hiking. Whether you’re enjoying gorgeous views, building fires for s’mores or learning about nature— there are so many ways to make hiking and camping both fun as well as educational. Keep a journal or sketchbook to document your experience and allow yourself to get creative. Zebra’s new STEEL X-701 Retractable Ballpoint Pen is the perfect writing utensil to take with you on your getaway. Its patent-pending pressurized barrel allows you to write in even the harshest weather conditions, making it the perfect outdoor pen!

Pumpkin and Apple Picking

Pumpkin and apple picking are both classic autumn activity that are perfect for kids and adults alike. Allow kids to select their own pumpkins and help them carve funny faces or their favorite characters. Enjoy a hayride and take in the sights, sounds and smells of fall at a local farm.

Fall Baking

One of the best parts of the season is enjoying warm comfort food with the ones you love.  Follow a handwritten family recipe or try something new using ingredients you picked yourself.  Get the whole family involved with the process from start to finish.

Drawing

Autumn’s beauty awakens the senses. Channel your inner artist with the whole family and create fall portraits. Doodle or sketch your favorite fall scene and share it with your family as part of your autumn decor. Use the Zebra Zensations line of calligraphy pens, brush pens and colored pencils to doodle, hand letter, and more.

Fall Crafts

Bare branches and fallen leaves are an autumn staple. Savor their beauty by collecting and pressing your favorite leaves for a journal or scrapbook. Take a walk and search or look through your own yard to find your favorites then press them between pages of a book to preserve their color and shape as much as possible. After a few hours or days, they can be glued onto pages of a journal or scrapbook to keep for as long as you’d like! You could also use leaves to create a leaf rubbing craft by placing the leaf under a sheet of paper and using a colored pencil to color lightly over the bends and stems of the leaf.

Don’t let the beautiful weather and scenery slip by this fall and get outside to enjoy the season with the whole family.