Tombow Techniques: 3 MORE Unique Effects

Last month, I posted about 3 unique effects I have loved achieving using my collection of Tombow Dual Brush Pens. This simple blog post was my most viewed post in February (and so far in March), so I've challenged myself to come up with 3 more unique effects that can be achieved using Tombow's most popular pens, in addition to a few other fun items you could very well have in your possession already! 

Let's jump in!

1. Speckling AKA: Confetti

(Do a better job with your G's than I did!)

(Do a better job with your G's than I did!)

Speckling, which looks a lot like Confetti, is done by placing tiny dots in concentrated areas of your letters. It works best when you layer a darker color dot on top of a lighter color. The only thing you have to be cautious of is staying inside the lines! Other than that, this technique is as easy as pie. 

Just use the Fine Point side of your Tombow Dual Brush Pen and dot your little heart out.

Feel free to experiment with more than two colors, and with various placements on your word. I love the orange/pink or salmon/pink color combo because it reminds me of Kate Spade, one of my all-time favorite brands!

2. Distress using Tombow Mono Sand Eraser

I received the Tombow Mono Sand Eraser last month and I absolutely love it! This gritty eraser is tough enough to pick up ink, marker smudges, and other accidents you make on your paper. But not only can you erase mistakes with this tool, you can "make" mistakes with it as well. I love using this eraser on letters to give them a faded or "distressed" look. It's something you don't see every day, for sure!

As you can see here, all you need to do is start erasing! I went over certain letters with more pressure and force than I did others to achieve that distressed feel. I also dragged the corners of my eraser across in straight lines for an added uniqueness! I love how easy this is!

3. Palette-less Blending

You know I'm a huge fan of using a plastic baggie with my Tombows, but just in case you are in a pinch and don't have any blending surfaces handy, there is a solution! 

Start with two like colors. For this one, I used yellow and pink! Together, I know they will make a beautiful peachy-orange color. 

In the first step here, I am rubbing the pink nib onto my yellow nib. It's always my first instinct to pick up the darker color with the lighter color, but in this instance, the PINK pen is what we'll be writing with. 

Just like any other blending process, the "guest" color will eventually fade out and you'll be left with your original color, creating a beautiful gradient. 

As always, you'll want to experiment with the colors in your collection. For this palette-less blending process, the YELLOW actually doesn't pick up much pink at all (pictured above). However, the yellow will pick up lots of the pink when you blend the old-fashioned way on a blending surface of some sort. I was surprised, but pleasantly so, when the PINK marker (the darker of the two) was the one that worked best for palette-less blending. You never how two colors will react with one another, so give it a try and let me know how yours turns out! 

What are your favorite effects to achieve with your brush pens? Let me know in the comments below!