Friday, August 23, 2013

Tombow 100- Hey There Good Lookin'!

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by Tombow and asked to participate in Tombow 100 for Tombow's Centennial Year.  The company is celebrating by offering bloggers a chance to make something with a few Tombow products that they provide. After a project is made and posted, Towbow will make a $100 product donation to the Council for Art Education.

I thought I better give the products a whirl so I checked out the Irojiten Color Dictionary colored pencils to see how they would react with gamsol... Love it!  These were beautiful!  And in a lovely box.  You know I am used to children's sale pencils so this was a real treat!  These were "Light Grayish Tone 1" so they were quite pale and muted.  And perfect for shadows on die cuts to give dimension!

Next,  I tried out the markers, described on the package as 'dual brush pens'.  I used something like this years ago and wanted to see how they would react with the pencil marks I had just blended... thinking this might be the perfect way to create a printed "fabric" on die cut characters' clothing!  I had remembered that a while back, in the interview I did with artist Jayme McGowan, she had suggested that paper-crafters make their own patterned "fabric" for characters' clothing because sometimes printed papers are too recognizable.  (You can see that interview by clicking here.)  I thought this was the right project to try that!

The gamsol and pencil created a slight resist but could be used together with the markers!

I started my Tombow 100 project by cutting a camera-wielding lady from Cricut's Pack Your Bags (page 39, cut at 5") from flesh-colored paper and her dress from plain white paper.

I started by shading the white dress with Tombow Irojiten Color Dictionary colorpencils, color 'Sea Fog,' to give the garment some dimension and look like there was a body under it.  I used gamsol to blend it in.

I used the Tombow's Dual Brush Pens to create a border print on the dress.  I loved the fluidity of these markers!  Even on a tiny die cut, they really were fun to use!

As subtle as it is, I can really see the difference that putting down that layer of blended pencil makes, especially compared to the plain die cut!

Next, I worked on the character's skin.

I used color 'cork' for shadows and gamsol to blend again.

For her hair, I made two identical hair cuts, using the second to add layers and a chunk in the back.  I used the brown dual brush pen to add darker marks for a little texture in her hair and stray strands.

I decided that she would be photographing her paper husband and I liked the sunbather on Cricut's Pack Your Bags for this too.  (Page 60, cut at 7-3/4).  He is supposed to lying down, but I like him because it looks like he is posing when you stand him up!

I hand-cut a white shirt for him, colored with the Tombow dual brush pens.  I used shadowing for him just as on the female character, but I also added a little chest hair using the dual brush pens. Shadowing for the skin was done with color 'cork.'  Shadowing on the shirt was done with 'Sea Fog.'

I also added a little red ink, applied with a sponge to give him a touch of a sunburn. No worries, it doesn't bother him.  He still thinks he's a stud!

I wanted to make them at a frame-able size, so I cut a base at 5x7.  I added ripped layers, adhering with the Tombow Stamp Runner they sent me.  I added several layers of kraft paper, colored papers, and white paper to make it look like they were outside at the beach.

I stamped it on and also tried it as a roller.

OK- I will admit it.  I love my ATG so I had to make myself try this.  Can I just admit that I really loved it?  The roller application was just fine-- nice and small and would be much less cumbersome for someone like my daughter to use.  It was smooth and flawless to use, which is surprising because what drove me to an ATG in the first place is how troublesome some glue runners are.  What I really loved though, was the stamp application.  It sets on end and you just push down to get a nice, "stamp" of adhesive applied.    Perfect, easy, and permanent!  When this runs out, I will be refilling it!

I applied the characters with feet glued flush to the paper, but head and chest lifted with 1/8" dimensional foam dots.

I had so much fun making this project!  Thank you to Tombow for sending me a fun box of stuff to get my creative juices flowing!  It has been a while since I have made paper characters so it was a nice little mental vacation!  I like that the products allowed me to make die cuts unique!  The quality of the products was fantastic-- they were a dream to use!

Thank you for checking my blog post today!  You can also find me on Instagram, on Pinterest, and on Facebook.  Many of my previous projects are in my Project Gallery.

Lastly, in one of the emails I received from the folks at Tombow, they attached a press release with this info for anyone else who may be interested in taking part in Tombow 100:

"Bloggers who are interested in participating in the "100 Days of Tombow" movement should contact Barbara Pritchett, public relations coordinator, who will facilitate the provision of the "100 Days of Tombow" Starter Kit, containing Dual Brush Pens, Irojiten Color Pencils and the Stamp Runner Adhesive.  Every submission for the "100 Days of Tombow" blogging program will result in a $100.00 product donation to the Council for Arts Education."  And this contact info was provided:  Barbara Pritchett, EOS Marketing & Communications for American Tombow., 404-949-3778 (office).

Happy Crafting!


gypsyrps said...

Oh, my that is adorable. It brought a huge smile to my face. Desperately needed today so thank you!!!

Sara Andrews said...

So cute Nadia.

And I won't tell your ATG if you don't tell mine!!!

I LOVE that little tape/stamp runner. :)

sweetpea1030 said...

Great tut on the Tombows, Nadia.

Vanessa said...

Adorable project! As always, your attention to detail is amazing! Thanks for all the great ideas!

Lori said...

Hi, Nadia! Love how your characters come to life! Her hubby reminded me of mine with his sunburn after a day at the beach :) lol I really like that tape runner. The ability to do a small section is enticing!

JennyKozar said...

As always amazing! Love that they completely look like tourists! Thanks for sharing Nadia

Sis Patterson said...

I love the fabric!!! So nice to see a "Nadia" project - the details, the whimsy, the joy - it is uber fabulous! Totally joyful and wonderful!

Tanya~Studio 5380 said...

Oh my word - you've done it again! Your work always leaves me amazed and inspired! I just love this cute little vacation couple. And, he is a bit of a stud, isn't he? Fabulous work Nadia!

Amie Kiger (Kigz) said...

Oh dear, I'm not sure I could cheat on my ATG! This makes me want to give it a whirl though, shhh! Fabulous creation! You got the Hawaiian shirt spot on, Nadia, lol! Super-fun and well thought out. I need coloring lessons...hint, hint. ;)

missstamper said...

Spectacular! Your projects are the best and I love the detailed instructions! Thank you!

Lady Fair said...

I just love, love, love your character vignettes. I could just look at your projects for hours, you include so many realistic details - like the chest hair and the curled shirt tail. You are a crafting genius! I also love Tombow products and think Tombow is awesome for donating. The pink Tombow dot adhesive stamp runner is my absolute favorite adhesive. If you have trouble lining up layers (like I do), the dot adhesive allows you to reposition your cardstock without destroying your project.

byAnnette said...

Great job!
The Tombow products helped make your people look fantastic!

Ladybug said...

Who better than you, Nadia, to showcase product(s) for a company. They were bang on in their choice!!! :-)

Loooooove your li'l touristy couple! Adorable! Who would've thunk that you designed the clothing. It looks like patterned paper. Simply beautiful! Simply Nadia!!! :-)

Love the li'l chest hairs. Cute! Made me giggle! :-)

Juliana Michaels 17turtles said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! Your creativity just blows me away!!! Great work with the Tombow products and creating your own fabric designs!!!

Gina piazza said...

Oh Nadia....
You are just such an amazing artist, and wow, the coloring on the figures is just fantastic!

Unknown said...

You are amazing! Your characters look so lifelike and the attention to detail on their clothes is outstanding! Your creativity is something to aspire to!

Audrey Frelx said...

Hi, Nadia! Of course you always create the most fabulous creations and I love this one as much as I love them all!!! Of course, your art of coloring should surely help to sell many Tombows -- you color like a pro! I think you are a pro, my friend!


Mara McEwin said...

Absolutely LOVE your blog. Really inspiring, and amazing. Thank you for sharing!!

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