Sketching with Sakura

mountains calling brush lettering

I am no stranger to Sakura's pens - I've been using their Micron pens since my drafting days in college, and teach with their gelly roll pens in my hand lettering class. But I just tested out some of their new pens and LOVE them! It's been a few weeks since I've opened my new stash, so I've had many opportunities to try them out in different applications. I notice I am falling more in love with their Micron PN pens for sketching, writing notes, and doodling. The tip is perfect, and it writes so smooth! (and bonus - they come in all different colors!) Another new product that was brand new to me were their Pigma brush pens. They come in 3 different widths - fine, medium and bold - and the black ink is rich and lovely. See some of the ways I have used them below, and then get your hands on some of your own to play with - you won't be disappointed! Oh, and if you're in need of a new notepad - try these out with our Practice Pad. Perfect for on the go.

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Design Roots Practice Pad

design roots practice pad

Hey y'all! You have probably seen this little notebook a lot recently on my Instagram page. It's our new practice pad that came out just before the holidays, and I use it for EVERYTHING. From doodling and drawing, to lettering for jobs, it's my go to pad. The pages are the same smooth translucent paper as our Design Roots workbook, except there are no grid lines printed on the sheets. The flap in the back of the book has the grid lines printed for you that you can fold underneath your page if you would still like the guides. And if that's not enough, the size is perfect to throw in your purse or travel bag and have it on the go! The paper is perfect for pen + ink, pencil, brush markers, and in my kids case - crayola markers + gelly roll pens. 

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calligraphy practice pad

Today only, enjoy FREE SHIPPING on any order with code: practicepad. Enjoy! 

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Spring is blooming with JORD + a giveaway

spring style with JORD watches

It's not everyday that you find a watch that matches your nature loving, casual yet chic taste. And that is exactly what I found in JORD wood watches! That's right, I said WOOD! Hello?! This tree lover gets to wear a pretty piece of jewelry made out of wood!? Yes!

JORD wood watch

These watches are beautiful, made to fit your wrist, and come complete with a gift box. Each watch is made from beautiful woods sourced all over the world. The piece I fell in love with and am currently wearing with everything is their Reece Zebrawood & Emerald watch. The zebrawood comes from West Africa and has the coolest grain contrast. And then the face of my watch is emerald green - perfect for spring style. And yes - my watch coordinates with all of my nursery runs. 

So, how do you get your hands on one of these beauties? I have teamed up with JORD to offer a GIVEAWAY to all of my amazing followers! ONE LUCKY WINNER will receive a $100 gift code to use on the JORD site, but everyone who enters will receive a $25 code to use once the contest ends! Hello spring style! All you have to do is fill out your name + email HERE for a chance to win. 

And, that's it! Easy right?! The The contest will close March 12th at 11:59pm. 

This post was sponsored by my friends at JORD Wood Watches. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Design Roots! 

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DIY: Hand Torn Paper

hand torn paper DIY

You may have seen me post some recent projects on paper with torn edges. Sometimes you just need a little texture to set it apart.  And hand torn paper is an easy embellishment to do just that!

wedding prayer on hand torn paper

Today I'm here to show you just how easy it is to achieve this look! With a few supplies and a soft hand, you'll have your own beautiful torn edge paper yourself. 

Materials:
 + straight edge, t-square, or ruler
 + water brush (or paint brush + cup of water)
 + paper
 + pencil

First, measure what size paper you'd like to have - then draw those lines. Second, take your straight edge and gently fold up the paper along the line you wish to "tear" off.

Once you have a crease in the paper, lightly brush on water over that line.

hand torn paper DIY

After your paper is wet, gently start tearing the paper along the crease, using the ruler as a guide to help you get started. The trick here is to pull and tug in different directions. Pull up on the page, then out to the side, then back. This will give you varying "tears" so it looks more natural than all uniform. I suggest playing around with this technique on a scratch piece of paper first to get the hang of it. 

And viola! You have a regular piece of paper that has some character to it now. Perfect for lettering quotes, verses, place cards, table numbers... you get the idea. 

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Gift Giving with Grove Collaborative

DIY gifts

It's that time of year where we seem to have a lot going on. Teacher appreciation, dinner parties and get togethers, and little weekend trips to visit friends or family. I never want to show up empty handed, and have been thinking of different types of gifts to give that the recipient will appreciate and actually use! My typical go-to has been a bottle of wine and a dish towel. (note: wine is always a good idea, but I'm trying to switch things up a bit). So I decided to use some amazing products from Grove Collaborative, that I use myself, to package up in a special way. And I'm sharing those ideas here with a FREE PRINTABLE of assorted gift tags! Whether you need a hostess gift ready to go in your back pocket, or a little token of appreciation for someone special, I've got you covered! Hooray!

diy gift tags

To print off your own gift tags, click on the image below. Print on your favorite paper and start creating your own gift package. These are for personal use only please. 

Now some of you may be asking, What's Grove? It's an online shop carrying the best natural products for your home. I have been using Grove for about a year, and LOVE it. They have all of the cleaning soaps + supplies that I typically buy elsewhere for a great price. And, I've discovered new products that I have fallen in love with that I may not have discovered elsewhere. (hello, new makeup remover!) And if that's not enough - for every order you place, they save 25 square feet of rainforest. You know how much I love my trees, so this is just one more little detail that made me fall in love with this company.

Some of our favorites that are in just about every order are:
Mrs. Meyer's Rosemary hand soap - this is our family's fave scent at the moment
Eucalyptus essential oil - I add a few drops to a hot shower for a refreshing steam
Wood handled scrub brush - works well and looks pretty on our counter

Want to give it a try? Click here and enjoy FREE soap + a $10 credit on your first order! 

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Valentine Favorites + GIVEAWAY!

designroots valentines giveaway

Valentine's Day is tomorrow and what better way to celebrate than with a very fun GIVEAWAY of course! I am so excited to partner with some amazing peeps to bring you a goodie bag filled with all things I love, and I know you will too! And better yet - all of these items fit into one of our own traveling studio canvas bags.

Wanna take a peek inside? Our lovely giveaway includes:

Ashley Bush Custom Pen - This carrot shape straight pen holder is light weight, easy to grip and hand painted in a lovely valentine themed color scheme. I have a few of her pen holders and love them! 
Beauty Counter Lip Sheer - I have become a huge fan of Beauty Counter, and this product is one of my favorites. Lip Sheer in Petal - perfect for everyday.  
Holbrook Candle Co. Mini Candle - I had the pleasure of meeting the face behind Holbrook last year at Pinners conference, and quickly fell in love with their candles. Our giveaway includes one of their new scents, Aix-en-Provence, and it's delicious!
Stella&Dot necklace - Who doesn't like some extra bling? This Stella & Dot Aurora necklace in gold is perfect with a t-shirt or layering for a night out. 
Ettiene Market BBQ spice - Add a little spice to your valentine's day with a jar of BBQ spice. This line of spices over at Ettiene Market are great, and this one is no different. 

traveling studio bag

You're probably wondering how to enter, right? Just head on over to my Instagram page and look for the giveaway picture for all the instructions. 

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