|Pens and star ready to get to work.|
I bought an extra star to create my sample on. At only $1.50 per star, I can afford to make a mock up. I can make my mistakes there and work out any kinks I may encounter with patterns, pens, or problems there first. I ended up using Tripoli on the stars. I wanted a pattern that I felt comfortable doing free hand, looked good without shading, and I could embellish as I wanted.
|Detail of final Star.|
I like the design this way. The open triangles keep it from feeling too busy and the gold dots add a focal point for each "section" of Tripoli and just a little sparkle. I bought a different red ribbon that I'll add to them before we give them away. I got a clear sealer to go over top of the pens. They are said to be permanent but I figure that the clear coat will help to prevent scratching over time.