Monday, May 20, 2013

Tombow Time

My friend, SewCal Gal, recently posted about Tombow.  I had never heard of it!  She described the products, and offered samples from Tombow to other bloggers who would write about it. 

From the Tombow press release:
"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 100 Days of Tombow Starter Kit, containing Dual Brush Pens, Irojiten Color Pencils and the Stamp Runner Adhesive (photos attached). In addition, every submission for the “100 Days of Tombow” blogging program will result in a $100.00 product donation to the Council for Art Education. “We hope to donate $10,000 worth of product to this dynamic, vibrant cause that shapes the future crafters and artists of America through its educational programs,” said Hinn in closing. “After all, we want to be the product of choice for future generations, and what better way to celebrate the past than to promote the future.”
Since my BA degree is in Art and Education, anything I can do to support this VERY important factor in education, is important to me.  I received the sample pencils, dual brush pen set, and the adhesive stamp runner.  As I'm primarily focused on quilting, I couldn't think of uses for these for me.  One thing I did check with the markers and pencils, was their conforming to the quality standards or government regulations.  Tombow's products do.  As a teacher, I preferred Crayola products, and as a resident of the northeast part of PA, I've visited the Crayola Factory in Bethlehem.  I care about the ingredients that kids use, and Tombow does to. 
I brought these samples to my friend Sue, who does scrapbooking, and teaches classes on scrapbooking.  She uses Tombow.  Since I hadn't heard of Tombow before SewCal Gal's blog, I was surprised.  Sue liked the adhesive stamp runner.  She showed me how to use it, and said it's refillable, which is smart.  I then realized it would be perfect for combining pieces of patterns together.  Sometimes when I sew, the patterns come in sections.  They need to be matched and taped.  Brainstorm!!  It will also come in handy for attaching fabric swatches to designs before cutting for the quilt. 
The pencils were great, too.  The tips were smooth and the colors vibrant.  We also played with the markers.  There is a larger brush tip, and a fine tip.  The shape of the tip is marked on the barrel, so it's easy to pull the cap for the correct tip.  Occasionally I need to draw a design, and add color.  These are blendable, so that's a great feature.  Some of the designs I teach to kids are sketched.  These products will help them see their final design before they cut the fabric. 
So, even though our Tombow time was limited to testing the products, I can see I'll enjoy using them.  Although I don't plan to get into scrapbooking, these are great products to add to my supplies.  I will be looking for more Tombow products for gifts.  If you want more information on Tombow and their products, go to  Tombow, thanks for allowing me to try out your products! 

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