Category Archives: Creative Tutorials

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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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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How to Color Code StudyGram Notes

Notes with Zebra Product

It’s that time of the year again—back-to-school season! Amid all the preparation for the new school year, it’s also time to get back into the routine of taking notes. In this tutorial, we’ll go over a step-by-step guide to color code your StudyGram notes! Hey everyone, this is Christine from @studybeanthings on Instagram, and today, […]

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3 DIY Birthday Cards That Will Make Their Special Day Even Better

3 Custom Birthday Cards

Hi there! It’s Christine Asciutto of @twinkleplansherday. Today, I am going to show you how to make three colorful, custom birthdays cards in under 20 minutes. These cards are simple to make and are great to have on hand for any last-minute birthday parties that pop up!

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How to Track Your Reading in a Bullet Journal with a Book Tracker

Completed Bullet Journal

Hi everyone! I’m Salena from @salenasbujo and @letteredinblush, and I’m here to share a super fun book tracker tutorial with you. I love using my bullet journal to track lists of all kinds, and this spread is the perfect way to keep track of books you want to read or have finished reading.

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How to Create DIY Placemats for Summer

Summer Paper Placemat with Zebra Product

By: Shelly Kim Hi everyone, it’s Shelly Kim of @lettersbyshells. Today I’ll be showing you how to create this fruity paper placemat for your summer tablescape to go along with the utensil holders in my last tutorial. These paper placemats will utilize a watercolor technique with Mildliner Highlighters. The finished product is a great foundation […]

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Bouncy Lettering Tutorial Using Brush Pens

Bouncy brush calligraphy that reads, "You can do it!"

Hi! This is Melissa of @thislletters. After a lot of practice and experimentation, I found my style. I like to change things up, and bouncy lettering is a way to do that while having fun with your lettering art! I’ll show you how you can turn your basic modern lettering into bouncy lettering and how […]

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Guide to Beautiful, Effective and Productive Study Notes

Study notes with an array of colorful products next to it including Mildliner Highlighters, ClickArt, Funwari, and more

Are you tired of taking normal and simple notes? Do you want your notes to stand out and look awesome? Well, look no further than this article. We will go over every detail you need to know about taking more visually pleasing notes!

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How to Create Summer-Themed Utensil Holders

Colorful DIY utensil holder

By: Shelly Kim Hi everyone, it’s Shelly Kim of @lettersbyshells. Today I’ll be showing you how to create some fun and colorful summer-themed utensil holders. These utensil holders will utilize different techniques from painting oranges and drawing leaves. The finished product will add the perfect finishing touch to any table setting. Let’s get started!

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