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Peace, love, and joy Christmas tree ornaments

Quick & Easy Holiday Ornaments

By: Hazel Ung of @hazel.lefty.lettering

Hi everyone! I’m Hazel, Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pen USA and lettering artist on Instagram, better known as @hazel.lefty.lettering. This project is a fun way to gather family and friends to get into the holiday spirit. You decide what colors you want to use for your paints and ribbons. Unleash your creativity and personalize your Christmas tree!

Materials you need:

  • Zebra Metallic Brush Pens
  • Acrylic Ornaments
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Ribbons for decoration
  • Twine or String to hang ornaments
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Glue, double sided tape or any other adhesive
  • Modge Podge clear acrylic spray

Homemade ornaments with Zebra Metallic Brush Pens

Step 1

Before you get started, cover your work surface with newspaper or kraft paper to avoid any unwanted paint on your table. Gather your acrylic ornament and a paintbrush and choose your paint color. Take your microfiber cloth and wipe one side of the ornament to get rid of any debris, oil or fingerprints. Add a small amount of paint in the center of the ornament and spread it toward the edges. You may need a second coat; if so, dry between coats. Dry for an hour.

 Step 2

While the paint is drying, you can decide how you want to decorate your ornament. I chose to keep it simple by adding bows. You can buy some pre-made or you can make some with ribbon. Cut your ribbon to the desired size and tie into a bow. Now embellish the ornament with your bow on the side opposite that you painted. You can use glue or any adhesive to affix the bow onto your ornament and allow it to dry.

Peace, love, and joy homemade ornaments

Step 3

Once your paint is dry, you’re ready to letter on the other side of the acrylic ornament. Again, wipe away any debris with the microfiber cloth. Decide what you want to say or you can also write a name. One word will be best as your lettering surface is limited. Be careful not to touch the ink or it will smear. Allow it to dry completely. To set your design, spray Modge Podge Acrylic Sealer onto your ornament. Allow it to dry.

Step 4

Cut a piece of twine or string and insert it through the drilled hole at the top of the ornament. Tie the ends together. Admire your creation and hang them on your Christmas tree. You can get really creative with different designs or phrases. The options are limitless. I hope this inspires you to create a memorable holiday for you and your loved ones. Happy Holidays!

For a print-ready PDF downloadable, click here. And, for more creative inspiration, visit our blog.

Sugar cookie recipe art featured image

How to Create Holiday Recipe Art with Zebra Pen

By Emily Colledge of @sugar_coated_canvas

Hello! It’s Emily of @sugar_coated_canvas and I’m here today to share how to create—or more specifically, illustrate—the perfect meal for the holiday season using recipe art. These recipe art cards are perfect to have on display during your next holiday get-together. I was so excited when Zebra Pen asked me to team up with them to create this blog post. I love combining food and art. Let’s get started!

 

Cranberry and brie pullapart bread recipe art

Appetizer Recipe Art

The holidays are such a great time to bring family together. For the appetizer dish recipe art, I decided to go with a cranberry and brie pull-apart bread. To me, nothing screams holiday season like cranberries and cheese. It is a quick, elegant appetizer that’s sure to please any crowd—and with the cranberries in the recipe, it has so much fun color.

I wanted to add depth and make the colors really stand out, so I used Zebra Sarasa Fineliners to crosshatch some of the shadows. I love how these pens feel when they glide along the paper. They even worked beautifully on my rough watercolor paper! I am also amazed at the variety of colors offered. I was always able to find the color and shade I had in mind. I am not the only one obsessed with these pens. My husband tries to steal them and take them to work.

 

Creamy garlic chicken recipe art

Main Dish Recipe Art

For an illustrated recipe of the main course, the first thing I thought of was to go for a ham or turkey recipe—after all, this is one of my family’s very favorite recipes. I’m always excited to serve it. To create this recipe, I started off by lightly sketching out the ingredients and adding the instructions. Then, I used the Zebra Zensations Technical Pen to make all of it pop off the page and grab your attention. The pen has a rich, dark pigment and conveniently has many different sized tips. I used the 0.3 size for the instructions and the 0.5 size for the title.

 

Sugar cookie recipe art

Dessert Recipe Art

Finally, for dessert, what is more classic than sugar cookies? This recipe makes a good amount of dough that doesn’t spread out too much when baked. I had so much fun designing my own cookies on this fun recipe. Once again, in this recipe I used both the amazing Sarasa Fineliners and my trusted Zensations Technical Pen. I use the Zensations line on almost every project I work on. With the extra little details, like highlights on the sprinkles, I used the Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen. They glide on the paper and can create the tiny details I couldn’t with a paintbrush.

I really tried to enhance my recipe illustrations with these pens. I used crosshatching with both the Sarasa Fineliners and Zensations Technical Pen—and it gave my shadows more depth. I loved the style it brought to my work. I couldn’t have created these fun recipes without all of these pens, but especially the versatile Sarasa Fineliners —they are a must have!

Happy creating, and happy holidays! For more art inspiration, check out Zebra’s tutorial on How to Draw a Fennec Fox with Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pens.

Fall Crafts for Kids with Cadoozles

With autumn just beginning, now is the perfect time to create some adorable autumn inspired crafts with your kids!  Our Cadoozles Starters Colored Mechanical Pencils are the ultimate accompaniment to any and all crafts.   Cozy up with some apple cider and slippers and get to crafting.

Craft Stick Scarecrowscarecrow

Suggested Supplies:

  • Cardstock paper
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cadoozles® Starters Colored Mechanical Pencils
  • Googly Eyes

Assembling Craft:

  1. Cut the hat and nose out of the felt
  2. Glue sticks to cardstock to keep them together and sturdy
  3. Use Cadoozles® to color sticks for hair
  4. Glue eyes, nose, hair and hat to already adhered sticks in that order
  5. Use Cadoozles® to draw on mouth for scarecrow

owl

Paper Plate Owl

Suggested Supplies:

  • Paper Plate
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cadoozles® Starters Colored Mechanical Pencils

 

 


Assembling Craft:

  1. Use Cadoozles® to draw on the feathers of the owl’s chest
  2. Fold the two sides of the plate to create the wings of the owl. Then fold down the top to create its head
  3. Color the wings with Cadoozles®
  4. Cut the eyes, beak, and feet from the construction paper
  5. Glue the eyes, beak, and feet to the paper plate

Original craft can be found here: http://huppiemama.com/fall-kids-craft-paper-plate-owl/

 

paper plate pumpkin maskPaper Plate Pumpkin Mask

Suggested Supplies:

  • Paper Plate
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cadoozles® Starters Colored Mechanical Pencils
  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Green Pipe Cleaner
  • Stapler
  • Craft stick

 

 

Assembling Craft:

  1. Use Cadoozles® to color the paper plate as the pumpkin
  2. Cut out the center of the plate with scissors
  3. Cut about 3 inches off the toilet paper roll and staple to the top of pumpkin plate to create the stem
  4. Twist pipe cleaner around a Cadoozle® and carefully slide off to create the vine
  5. Staple this vine near the stem of the pumpkin
  6. Cut leaves from construction paper and staple them near vine and stem
  7. Glue a craft stick to the bottom to the pumpkin to complete mask

Happy crafting! Find zen in your pen. Zebra Pen.