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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.

Best. Stocking Stuffers. Ever.

Keep the fun in FUNctional with useful and exciting stocking stuffers this year!

Holiday stockings are the perfect opportunity to give your friends gifts they’ll love—and use! At Zebra Pen, we know how difficult it can be to come up with ideas for all your friends and family members, so we compiled some Zebra products and other fun, practical gift ideas to give your loved ones this holiday season!

Writing utensils are always a sensible gift for all ages. Whether you’re looking for colored pencils for a child, a fun pen for a teen, or something stylish for a hardworking parent or coworker, Zebra Pen has some items that your loved ones would be excited to use and find in their stockings.

Sarasa Grand

The Sarasa Grand Retractable Gel pen is just as stylish as it is sophisticated! With its rapid dry ink technology and three trendy barrel colors to choose from, there will be no smears or smudges when your loved one is writing with style. (Pairs perfectly with a journal or planner!)


Steel

One of our best-selling lines, the Steel Series offers a rugged yet sleek and highly functional writing experience! Great for using in the office or in a college classroom, the Steel Series offers pens, mechanical pencils, and highlighters perfect for stocking stuffing! (The perfect gift for Dad when paired with a pocket planner!)

Zebrites

These double-ended highlighters are perfect for students and adults looking to get organized! Combining a medium plus fine point tip, these highlighters not only highlight, but are perfect for quick notes while reading– with no bleed through! Choose from five vibrant colors and give the gift of organization this holiday! (Pair with a good paperback book for Mom’s stocking!)

Zensations Colored Pencils

For those who like to get creative, Zensations Mechanical Colored Pencils are a fun and useful stocking stuffer! Perfect for any age, these colored pencils are easy to hold and come in 24 smooth, rich, vibrant colors that blend easily for shading, coloring, or sketching. (Perfect when paired with a coloring book or sketch book!) These pencils are also refillable!

Here are some more FUNctional stocking stuffers for this holiday season.

Children

Fun Socks

Stickers

Coloring Books

Sidewalk Chalk

Slippers

Teens

Flash Drive

Headphones

Socks

Chapstick

Journal/Planner

Mom

Adult Coloring Book

Framed Family Photo

Nail Polish

Cookie Cutters

Paperback Book

Dad

Cologne

Money Clip

Coffee Gift Card

Gum or Mints

Pocket Planner

There are an unlimited amount of fun, useful gifts to put in holiday stockings this year. When you give the gift of Zebra, you give the gift of enlightened writing.

Perfect presents for every person on your list

FAMILY FEATURES –  Holiday season means it’s time to start picking out stocking-stuffers and gifts that perfectly match every friend and family member – including four-legged ones – on your list. But when that list grows longer and longer and you find that not everyone is so easy to buy for, the right present can be difficult to find. Instead of spending more time head-scratching than giftwrapping, keep everyone jolly by going for one of these great gift ideas.

GRACIOUS GIFT GIVING

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Practical Pens and Pencils If you’re searching for a present for someone who always seems to be difficult to shop for, give a practical gift, such as a Zebra Pen. There’s no doubt that it’s tough to find a gift for dad, which is why the sleek F-701 stainless steel ballpoint pen is perfect. Give the artist on your list a bit of inspiration with Sarasa colored gel pens or help your students take on schoolwork with Cadoozles mechanical pencils. Find more stocking stuffer ideas at zebrapen.com

 

 

Capture3Luxe Accessories Sure to Delight Give the gift of luxury with brilliant jewelry imbued with lush velvet, the must-have fabric of the season. The I-shaped cuff from I.N.C. International Concepts features velvet detailing as well as clean architectural lines for a sophisticated and elegant, yet modern piece of jewelry that elevates any look and offers an unexpected take on the red-hot velvet trend. Fashionable, opulent and a fantastic value at $30, this cuff can be found exclusively at Macy’s stores and macys.com.

 

Capture4A Sizzling, Tasteful Gift A gift true to the occasion is a delicious meal perfect for sharing with family and friends. The Tasteful Gift package ($69.99 with free shipping) from Omaha Steaks, which offers a holiday experience that can be shared with others, features premium steaks – two tender filet mignons and two beefy top sirloins – two boneless pork chops and an Omaha Steaks seasoning packet to emphasize the flavor. Dress up the meal with flavorful potatoes au gratin and caramel apple tartlets for a memorable finale. For more information, visit omahasteaks.com.

 

Capture5Fit and Festive Need a gift for someone looking to start a fitness routine or the workout enthusiast who has everything? The Ab Carver Pro has a carbon steel spring engine that provides resistance while rolling out and assistance rolling back, activating more muscles than an ordinary ab roller. Its wide wheel and ergonomic handles deliver a powerful core and arm workout for those of any fitness level. It also comes with kneepads and a variety of downloadable workouts. To see success stories or purchase, visit abcarverpro.com. Enter code HOLIDAY16 for 10 percent off.

 

Capture6A Holiday Treat Your Dog Will Love When shopping for your family this holiday season, don’t forget your fourlegged friend. Give your pup the gift of Pedigree Dentastix Treats to help combat dog breath and bring the whole family closer with holiday hugs and kisses. The Triple Action formula helps freshen breath, reduce tartar buildup and scrape away plaque to help clean hard-to-reach teeth. Pedigree Dentastix Treats come in various sizes and flavors. Learn more at Pedigree.com/ Dentastix.

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