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3 Back-to-School Bullet Journal Ideas for Students

By Mandy Mair of @productivedoodling

Hey everyone! It’s Mandy here, better known as @productivedoodling! I have been bullet journaling for a little over two and a half years. Every year when the new school year rolls around, I use my bullet journal to plan and stay organized.

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Five Easter DIY Cards

Hello there! I’m Angie from @anjcreativeletters.

Today I want to show you how to make easy and simple Easter cards using different Zebra pen products!

Let’s Begin!


Card 1: Happy Easter

Materials:

Zebra Funwari Brush Pens

How to make it:

Just simply write “Happy Easter” at the center of the card.
You can use you lettering/calligraphy style using the Funwari Brush Pens.


Card 2: Easter Wishes

Materials:

Zebra Funwari Brush Pens

Zebra Mildliner Creative Marker

How to make it:

At the left bottom part of your card, draw leaves and florals using Mildliner Creative Markers.

At the top right corner of the card hand letter “Easter Wishes” using the Funwari Brush Pen.


Card 3: Some Bunny Loves You

Materials:

Zebra Extra Fine Brush Pen

Zensations Drafix Technical Pencil

Zensations Colored Pencils

Zensations Technical Drawing Pens

How to make it:

Draw 3 bunnies horizontally using the Zensations Drafix Technical Pencil.

Trace your bunnies using the Zebra Technical Drawing Pen and color the tracings using Zensations Colored Pencil.

Write the word or hand-letter “Some Bunny Loves You” around the bottom part of the card.


Card 4: He is Risen

Materials:

Zensations Colored Pencils

Zensations Technical Drawing Pen

Zebra Medium Brush Pen

How to make it:

This card is as simple as Card 1, but first you draw a frame about 1 inch from the edges of the card.

Hand letter the word “He is Risen” inside the frame using the Zebra Brush Pen.

Color the empty space outside the frame using the Zensations Brush Pen. Get creative with your frame design!


Card 5: Happy Easter – Floral Wreath

Materials:

Zebra Extra Fine Brush Pen

Zensations Technical Drawing Pen

Zensations Colored Pencils

Zebra Drafix Technical Pencil

How to make it:

First draw a circle outline centered on the card using the Zebra Drafix Pencil.

Next, draw some florals and leaves to make a wreath. Use the Zebra Drafix Pencil first, then finalize your wreath design using the Zensations Technical Drawing Pen. Color your wreath as you like using the Zensations Colored Pencils.

In the middle of the wreath, hand-letter “Happy Easter” using the Zebra Extra Fine Brush Pen.

How to Create Gorgeous Watercolor Florals Using Mildliners

By: Artist Ambassador Courtney Bray
Hello there!  I’m Courtney from @tulippoplarco! I love creating watercolor paintings, but today I want to share a secret with you!  You can get that beautiful watercolor look with your Zebra Mildliners! I’m going to walk you through the process step-by-step on how to create a faux watercolor floral painting!

Materials needed:

*Mildliners
*Zensations Technical Drawing pen

*Zebra pencil and eraser

*Watercolor paper
*Watercolor brush (I used a Princeton round size 8)
*Water and paper towel
**Optional: Sarasa pens for added detail

Step 1

Sketch out your floral using your Zebra pencil. I chose to go with Zinnias since they are fun and easy!  I love doing a grouping in odd numbers (three for this one) and including lots of leaves or foliage!

Step 2

Trace over your pencil with your Technical Drawing pen. These pens are bleed-proof, so they won’t bleed into your Mildliners when water is added!  This is crucial! Also, don’t forget to erase your pencil lines when you are finished.

Step 3

Lay down blocks of various colors using the Mildliner markers. I recommend using a couple (or few) colors to add dimension and depth to your “painting.” Do not worry about filling in all of the white space.  Also, I worked with only one flower (or a few leaves) at a time so all of the colors would not bleed together once I added water.

Step 3

 Add water to the area where you added marker.  Use your brush to move the marker around to fill in all of the white space and allow the colors to blend.

Step 5

Continue adding marker and water to the rest of the painting.  If one area is still wet, I generally try to move to a dry area so that my colors do not bleed too much. Use this method to work your way around the painting. As long as you do not add a ton of water, your painting will dry pretty quickly!

Step 6

Once the painting is completely dry, you can go back and add details (like veins in your leaves or flowers, darken areas of interest, add extra shading, or highlight the center of your flower) with your Mildliners or Sarasa pens!

Step 7

 Admire your work!  You can hang it up or gift it to a friend!  These would make great cards and this method could also be used for journaling!

How to Draw a Grevy’s Zebra Tutorial

By: Alice Hendon

Anyone has the power to experience art by following instructions and using the right tools. By following this step by step tutorial, you too can draw the beautiful Grevy’s zebra!

There are many free sites online where you can download photos to use when illustrating. I knew I wanted to draw head and shoulders, so I found five photos of Grevy’s zebras in poses that were cohesive with the vision I had in my head.

I drew my zebras using a light box. Light boxes are an excellent way to learn how to draw, transfer and trace with ease regardless of skill level.  If you don’t have a light box, I recommend using a bright light on a glass tabletop.

Take the photo you want to use and place it on the light box.

Then, place a sheet of regular computer paper on top and turn on the light.  The light box will shine light through the image and through the paper placed on top, allowing you to trace the outline of the zebra.

Using the Zebra STEEL M-301 Mechanical Pencil, begin drawing over the lines of the zebra on the left. I used the main photo of the two zebras for the head, and the photo showcasing the side view of the shoulder and upper hip for the rest of the body.

For the second zebra, I wanted the head to be more front facing. I used the third image I saved and using the light box, added it to the pencil sketch.

For the body of the zebra, I used the same photo I began with, flipping the image over to draw the reverse side. The really great thing about light boxes is they can handle just about any thin to medium weight layer.

Next, to go over pencil lines, use a combination of Zensations Sarasa Fineliners and the Zensations Technical Drawing Pens to darken lines and watch the zebra take shape.  

Now, for the fun part. Place the computer sheet image sketched in pen on the light box first. Next, place a sheet of white cardstock on top of the computer paper and turn the light on. This will allow you to see the design underneath, and sketch your zebra on a higher quality paper. Use the STEEL M-301 Mechanical Pencil to sketch the zebra stripes onto your final copy.

Here is my final pencil sketch on the heavier cardstock.

Use the black Sarasa Fineliner and the Technical Drawing Pens to go over pencil lines and fill in the stripes.  The brown Sarasa Fineliner works well for the coloring in the eyes. The 0.1 Technical Drawing Pen is ideal for the little fine lines in the mane that are so distinctive to the Grevy’s zebra.

Continue filling in the stripes, going over pencil lines and adding details.

 

Before you know it, you’ll have a set of Grevy’s zebra! Use a white eraser to remove the remaining pencil lines.

 

Now, use the M-301 Mechanical Pencil to add shading to my zebras, giving the illustration dimension. Use a paper tortillon to blend in the pencil shading.Take a final look at your zebras and add any stripes, shading or details you see fit. I hope this encourages you to embark on your own creative journey!

Check out more of Alice Hendon’s work at alicehendon.com.

 

 

 

 

31 Days. 31 Drawings. Inktober is Here!

Pumpkin spice, football games, red and yellow leaves; there’s no denying October is in the air. Along with all of the Fall fun, Zebra pen is also excited to take part in this year’s Inktober events!

Inktober was created in 2009 by artist, Jake Parker as an initiative for artists to share their work and get into daily drawing habits through the month of October! Since then, Inktober has not only given artists a reason to share their work, it has also helped to build the artist community by encouraging one another through the entire month of October.

At Zebra Pen, we fully support individuality and self-expression, the basis of Inktober! This year, we are celebrating Inktober with a chance to win our new line of artist products called Zensations.

Inktober is the perfect opportunity to break out your favorite Zebra products and show off some of your own original artwork!


The rules are simple:

  1. Create a drawing
  2. Post it on your social media accounts
  3. Hashtag it with #inktober and #zensations
  4. Repeat this each day through the month of October

At the end of each week, we will select a winner to receive our new Zensations line of products including tools and utensils specifically made for artists like you!


Ink-spose

Put yourself out there and get your work exposed to the artist community! Show off what Zebra products you used to make your artwork and tell us what you like about them!

Sarasa FinelinerInk-spire

Sharing your art might just inspire someone else to share theirs! It also might inspire you to keep drawing. Many Zebra products were created with artists in mind. Try out our Sarasa Fineliner or Zebra Fountain Pen to get inspired!

Ink-courage

Build the community of artists and encourage one another through the Inktober journey! Like and comment on other art to show your support. Don’t forget to add #zensations so we can find your awesome work!