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2021 Goals bullet journal spread

Bringing Your 2021 Goals to Life with a Bullet Journal

By: Lauren Nicole (@bujo.by.lo)

Do you want to forget about 2020 and have a fresh start to the new year? Do you make yearly goals but never end up sticking to them? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then this Mildliner Challenge blog post on 2021 goals is just for you!

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Sarasa Grand and STEEL F-701 Ballpoint Retractable Pen by computer and mobile phone open to LinkedIn.com

5 Tips for Networking Like a Professional

With the latest developments in technology and social media, the way we network has drastically shifted over the last 30 years. There are countless opportunities for us to meet people in our professional fields and connect with them on a more personal level both in-person and online. While being able to network is a vital skill, approaching and engaging someone you may not know takes practice and lot of confidence. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of networking and connecting with others.

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Holiday envelope designs

3 DIY Christmas Card Envelope Designs

Hey everyone! It’s Angie from @anjcreativeletters and I am here to show you an easy and simple way to design your envelopes for the holiday season. Let’s begin!

Kirarich Glitter Highlighters, Zensations Drafix Technical Pencil, Funwari Brush Pen, Zensations Technical Pen next to sheet of paper

Envelope 1: Christmas Lights

Materials:

Christmas lights drawing in pencil

How to make it:

  1. Along the edges of the envelope, draw some Christmas lights using the Zensations Drafix Technical Pencil. It may be helpful to start with a line with some curves and loops.

 

Marker pen outline of Christmas lights2. Trace your pencil sketch with the Zensations Technical Drawing Pen. This comes in six different point sizes. I used the 0.8 mm size tip for this project.

 

Christmas lights doodles with Kirarich Glitter Highlighters

3. Let’s add the lights! Using the Kirarich Glitter Highlighters, simply add in some little circles on alternate sides of the line you traced with different colors, mimicking Christmas lights. Make sure you fill in the circles with solid color.

 

Christmas lights decorated envelope

4. Then, hand-letter the name and mailing address of your card recipient using the Funwari Brush Pen. I used the vibrant red color to give it a festive feel.

Tips for adding creative flair to the mailing address:

  • Write the recipient’s name in cursive but write the address in print
  • Emphasize the state (also in cursive), then write the zip code on its own line

The materials I used for this project are perfect because of the glitter effect of the Kirarich Glitter Highlighters. It makes the design stand out and looks beautiful!

 

Envelope 2: Christmas Wreath

ClickArt Retractable Marker Pens, Zensations Drafix Technical Pencil, Zensations Brush Pen next to paper

Materials:

 

Circle drawn in pencil on a sheet of paper with Zensations Drafix Technical Pencil

How to make it:

  1. Using the Zensations Drafix Technical Pencil, draw a big circle as a guide for the wreath. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be a perfect circle.

 

Illustration of a wreath with ClickArt Retractable Marker Pens

2. With the ClickArt Retractable Marker Pen in Black, draw some leaves and different size circles and leaf shapes around the circle.

 

Christmas wreath illustration with ClickArt Retractable Marker Pens

3. Next, color the leaves and the circles with the ClickArt Pens: Green for leaves and red for the berries.

 

Christmas wreath envelope design

4. Then, add the card recipient’s name and mailing address in the middle of the wreath using the ClickArt Pen in Black.

 

Christmas wreath envelope design with Zebra Pen products

The ClickArt Retractable Pens are perfect for this project because of the felt tip. They are easy to use especially when coloring the leaves and the circles. The capless design makes it easy to quickly switch between colors, too.

 

Envelope 3: Christmas Gift (Ribbon and Christmas Botanicals)

Funwari Brush Pen, Zensations Drafix Technical Pencil, Zensations Technical Pen next to paper

Materials:

 

Bow and ribbon illustration on an envelope

How to make it:

  1. Using the Zensations Drafix Technical Pencil, draw a ribbon across the envelope. Add circles (berries) and leaves.

 

Ribbon and bow drawn in marker on an envelope

2. Then, trace the drawing using the Zensations Technical Drawing Pen.

 

Ribbon and holly design colored in with Funwari Brush Pens

3. Color the ribbon, leaves, and berries using the Funwari Brush Pens.

 

Ribbon and holly decorated envelope

4. Then, write the recipient’s name and mailing address using the Funwari Brush Pen in Green.

 

Christmas card envelope

5. The Funwari Brush Pens are perfect for this project because the brush tip pens are so easy to use for coloring.

 

3 Christmas card envelope designs

And there you have it! I hope this gives you some inspiration for your own holiday envelope designs. To see more of my work, head over to @anjcreativeletters on Instagram. For more holiday art tutorials, check out How to Create Holiday Recipe Art.

Thanksgiving bullet journal spread

How to Plan A Thanksgiving Feast in A Bullet Journal

Hello my friends! I’m Dayna—@daynadoodles on Instagram—and I’m going to show you how to create a Thanksgiving bullet journal spread so you can have your Thanksgiving recipes (mine are based off of my mom’s Thanksgiving dinner ^_^) and ingredients all in one place.

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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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