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These beautiful mud cloth inspired wedding DIY paper crafts are featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper. The projects feature Gelly Roll White, Souffle and Glaze special effect pens and SumoGrip eraser. Try these easy and simple ways to create high impact patterns. Test them on different dark toned papers for a variety of combinations or use the theme colors for your event to create customized place cards. The possibilities are endless - See the original post for more details. 

DIY Mud-cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

DIY Mud-cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas




Monday, 10 April 2017 22:09

Write On: Take the Challenge

Write_On is a mission driven campaign to promote joy, creativity, expression, and connection through hand-written correspondence. Inspired by Egg Press founder Tess Darrow’s challenge to write a letter daily, the campaign launched in 2014 with the entire staff of Egg Press and Hello!Lucky challenging themselves, friends, families, and fans to write 30 letters in 30 days during April, National Letterwriting Month. Since 2015, Sakura has helped to promote this endeavor by providing Gelly Roll pens for Write On kits and spreading the word about the campaign in hopes that letter writing continues to help people connect. 

How to Get Started

Write On 2017 Individual Kit

Grab a Write On Kit.

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Get more inspiration with Reasons to Write.

Decorate your envelopes with Pigma Professional Brush pen and helpful tips from our friend Jillian Schiavi. Visit the Write On blog for more inspiration throughout the year. 

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Be sure to track your progess along with other Write On participants by using #write_on in your Instagram posts. 

Friday, 07 April 2017 23:04

Learn to Letter on Creativebug

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Curious about lettering? Looking for a challenge? We’ve joined forces with Creativebug to bring you a Daily Lettering Challenge throughout the month of April, starting on the 1st! Watch and learn as our very own Michaela shows you how to use a variety of Sakura pens and paints to create several styles of brush-lettered and block alphabets, perfect for making custom cards, frame-worthy quotes, and more. You’ll also learn which pens are best to use on glass, metal, wood and other unconventional surfaces. Each day, you’ll gradually build your skills, inspiring you to keep lettering even when the month is over. Be sure to share your progress using #cbdrawaday on Instagram. 

Learn how to:
  • Understand the principals of different types of lettering, including brush lettering, block lettering, and script lettering
  • Make thick and thin strokes
  • Stylize letters
  • Draw and write on various surfaces, including paper, glass, canvas and metal


Visit HERE to learn more. 

Thursday, 21 July 2016 18:55

New Magazine: Illustoria

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Sakura of America is proud to sponsor a new publication - Illustoria Magazine. "Illustoria is a quarterly print magazine for creative kids & their grownups launching in Summer 2016. We celebrate visual storytelling, makers and DIY culture through stories, art, comics, interviews, crafts and activities. Our publication is geared toward readers ages 6–12 and the young at heart." Be sure to pick up your copy of Illustoria at your local indie bookstore and try the activities using Gelly Roll® pens or any Pigma® products. 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 07:36

Introducing Pigma Professional Brush

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Writes like a pen and paints a like brush – two methods in one elegant tool. The three sizes of fine, medium and bold allow for a variety of line widths and easy control of expressive marks.

Swirls, doodles, fine lines, and broad brush strokes are possible with this flexible brush-tipped pen. Pigma Brush is comfortable to hold and responds to instant changes in pressure or direction. Achieve excellent line quality with rich black, archival quality Pigma ink. Illustrators, Manga artists, cartoonists, and hand lettering artists can put pen to paper and leave a mark that will last a lifetime and is safeguarded by the lasting quality of Pigma ink.

Sakura Color Products invented and patented Pigma ink over twenty-five years ago. A formulation of pigment based inks, more complex and stable than dye based inks, Pigma ink has become the standard for what is defined as reliable, permanent, archival quality ink.          

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Tom Nguyen – visual artist
The neoprene-type tip is something else...pretty snappy, reverting quickly to form.  A very wide range of thick-to-thin lines, which is another thing older style brush pens can have trouble with.  I can go very thin--almost hairline--to thicks which are broad enough to do some blocking in of solid black areas. With the neoprene-type, it snaps back with "memory foam"-like action.  I REALLY like this.  

Robert Aragon – fine art portrait artists
The one thing which I loved about it was the flow which can only be created with a brush. There is an energy and subtle movement that can only be achieved by a paint brush and I was surprised to find that this quality was inherent in the Pigma BB Pro Brush.

The Pigma Brush features:

-          Archival quality ink – chemically stable, waterproof, and fade resistant

-          No smears, feathers, or bleed-through on most papers

-          Thorough ink delivery to the sides and tip of the flexible brush

-          Flexible nib for thin and thick brush strokes

-    Extra-durable long lasting quality flexible nibs made of:   

FB - a tough plastic polyacetal material

MB - a tough nylon material                  

BB - a tough porous polyethylene material

Average line width write-out on normal bond paper:

FB = approximately 350 meters

MB = approximately 300 meters

BB = approximately 200 meter

Proper handling and care:

-          Always replace cap when not using.

-          Do not leave uncapped for longer than 20 minutes and store in horizontal position

-          Do not drop, shake or spin pen (may cause damage or leaking)


The affordable Koi® Water Color Field Sketch Kit, a winner of the 2016 Trendy Awards, is better than ever - now with 30 blendable colors and everything you need to design with ease. The cover holds 4”x6” paper, includes a travelling water brush for no-mess application, and a vibrant palette at your fingertips for endless options. With a sleek and compact design you can take it wherever you go to create beautiful illustrations or lettering art whenever the mood strikes.

The Trendy Awards recognize the best products and designs in the greeting card, gift, and stationery industries. They are sponsored by Stationery Trends Magazine. The Koi Water Color Fireld Sketch Kit won in the 2016 GIFT category.