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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.

Cards for Kids

Making Holiday Cards with Kids

With the holiday season upon us once again, now is the perfect time to snuggle up inside and get to crafting! Holiday cards are essential for all your loved ones. There is almost no better way to express gratitude and season’s greetings to another person than with a handmade card with your kids. Zebra Pen has made the job of crafting a heartwarming card beyond easy with their colorful products like Sarasa Gel Pens , Sarasa Fineliner Pens , Cadoozles Starters  or the Super Marble Gel Pens.

Use this instructional video as a source of inspiration or follow along to create your own cards with you kids!

Reindeer Greeting Card

• Cut three ovals from tan felt
• Glue felt ovals to card surface
• Use brown Cadoozle Colored Pencil to make antlers
• Adhere purchased eyes to top part of felt ovals
• Glue buttons as nose for reindeer
• Write seasonal message on bottom with Cadoozles Colored Pencils

 


 


Metallic Joy Card

• Start with dark colored paper (this helps the Super Marble Gel pen show metallic colors)
• Find space toward left or right side of paper to start silhouette
• Trace snowflake with Super Marble Gel pens (or any seasonal image) onto paper
• Make small pattern like lines or shapes inside the silhouette
• Start from center and work toward outside edge (like in snowflake example)
• Draw or glue custom holiday phrase on side of page opposite your drawing

 


 


Christmas Carol Card

• Draw music bars on page with black SARASA Gel pen
• Glue buttons for the words with spaces between each
• Glue green and red colored buttons as notes
• Add note bars as in video example (Use black or colored SARASA Gel pens)
• Under each button along bottom with SARASA black pen: “We wish you a Mer-ry Christ-mas”

 


 


Ornament Greetings Card

• Draw circles or shapes on page with SARASA Fineline markers
• Color-in with designs and holiday patterns with Cadoozles colored pencils and SARASA Fineline markers
• Glue one ornament with a button (optional)
• Draw lines from ornament towards top of page with Black SARASA Fineliner marker
• Add small loops at top of ornament with two loops to look like the string is tied
• Write seasonal message on bottom with Cadoozles Colored Pencils