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Fall-themed Napkin Tags by @lettersbyshells.

Put the finishing touch on your Thanksgiving table with these crafty fall-themed napkin tags from Shelly Kim at @lettersbyshells! Materials: Materials: Mildliner Double Ended Highlighter or Zebra ClickArt Retractable Marker Pen and Card Stock or Mixed Media Paper for the napkin tags. Note: feel free to create your own napkin tag designs and use the […]

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Halloween Crafts

Mini Banner Can you believe it’s almost time for the spookiest night of the year?! It’s Halloween and all the monsters, ghosts, ghouls and creatures of the night are coming out to join us! To welcome them and your guests to the party, how about a simple custom banner just for you. Materials: 2 Inch […]

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BOO! Halloween Projects

Boo! Did I startle you? Well, no need to be afraid.  I’m here to share some simple Halloween crafts to help add a little spookiness to your home decor. The days are starting to get shorter and a cold chill creeps it’s way through at nightfall. As we begin fall, Halloween starts the season of […]

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How to Make Picture-Perfect Cupcake Wrappers

Hi everyone, it’s Erin from @gofontyourself. Today I am going to show you how to easily make rainbow cupcake wrappers. Since the dessert is always the star of the birthday party, it’s fun to dress them up and really make them shine! For this rainbow themed birthday, I’m using Zebra’s Mildliner Brush Pens to make […]

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Tips for Finding a Great Career Mentor

When it comes to finding a career mentor, there are several things you should take into consideration before deciding who you should ask to take on this role.  Below are some tips on how to find the right mentor for you and your career.  1. Know your goals What is it that you want to […]

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Mark Making Fundamentals: The Object, Illumination, and the Technique

Octopus ballpoint illustration with F-402 Ballpoint Retractable Pen beside it

By Guno Park of @gunopark Guno Park is a Brooklyn, NY artist whose works have been widely published in books, magazines, and other publications and hangs in many public and private collections worldwide. His primary focus is in observational and imaginative drawing and sketching. In the blog post below, Guno explores the fundamentals of mark […]

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Quoting the Past: Contemporary Landscape Ballpoint Drawing

Ballpoint illustration of a bridge landscape

By Luis Colan of @luiscolanart Going back to my days as an art student, I always looked at the art of the past for inspiration and guidance. When working on still life paintings I was looking at Chardin and Vermeer, and as I moved to landscape imagery, I researched the different art movements through art […]

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How to Set Realistic, Achievable Career Goals

Flat lay of a desk including a paper that maps out 2022 Goals

Setting goals is key to advancing your career and feeling fulfilled by your job. Whether your employer requires you to set goals as part of your performance-review process or you take the initiative on your own, it can help you to plan out your professional future. Below we show you how to use a SMART […]

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4 Tips for Creating a Scaled Ballpoint Illustration

Canvas framed ballpoint illustration of a building

By: Catherine Spilman of @catgreenart When I first started sketching tiny houses, I used the STEEL F-301 Ballpoint Retractable Pen because Jordan Spilman, my late husband, had an extra one and let me use it. He had always extolled the virtues of the pen and I had rolled my eyes assuming he was exaggerating, however […]

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A Guide to Brush Pens for Beginners and Hobbyists Alike

Zen with "Zen's Guide to Brush Pens" added to image

Brush pens have become a staple in nearly every artist’s arsenal due to their versatility in everything from calligraphy to fine art drawings. They are available in a variety of tip sizes: nib styles, ink flows, colors, and elasticities. While it takes practice and control to use a brush pen, you don’t have to be […]

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