Monoline Art Coasters

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been seeing monoline badge drawings everywhere. They’re circular sketches of various landscapes, made from a combination of basic shapes and lines. I decided to give it a try and use this technique to create a set of Monoline Art Coasters.

Image contains a collage of project photos, along with the project title, intended for saving to Pinterest.

How to Make Monoline Art Coasters

Monoline is an art term meaning that all of the lines in a particular illustration are the same thickness. This is the opposite of what we do when we’re brush lettering and purposely making our downstrokes thicker than the rest of the letter. To achieve a monoline effect, we just use the same bullet-tip marker (in this case, the Tombow MONOTwin Permanent Marker) for the entire project, making sure not to re-trace any of our lines.

Image contains four wooden coasters, each decorated with a landscape scene drawn in black marker. They sit on a wooden desk with a plant, a black marker, and an organizer filled with colored markers nearby.


For a full tutorial on how I created the four different scenes on my coasters, check out my post on the Tombow USA blog. I’ll walk you through how to doodle some of these shapes, and give you a step-by-step guide for the whole project.

Image contains four round wooden coasters, each decorated with a monoline travel scene.

Crafting Tips

  • Although you can certainly color in your drawings, I think that keeping them as simple outlines really maximizes the monoline effect.
  • Try this technique on other surfaces to create different projects, like a round wooden tray or canvas.
  • You can also create these drawings on non-round surfaces, just start by tracing or sketching a circle, then work inside of it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to use permanent marker?

For this project, yes. If you’re creating this type of illustration on paper, you can use a different type of marker, like the Tombow MONO Drawing Pens.

What if I’m not artistic?

These drawings are made up of very basic shapes and lines, so literally anyone can create them! I suggest practicing first on scrap paper until you have a design you really like. Or, you can always print out a design you like from Pinterest and trace it onto your coaster.

Image contains a white coffee mug sitting on a coaster, with two travel coasters and a faux plant nearby. They sit on a wooden desktop with an organizer full of colored markers in the background.

More Posts with Tombow

If you enjoyed this project, here are some of the other projects I’ve shared on the Tombow blog.

If you try making your own coasters, or any of these projects, I’d love to see how they turn out. Make sure you’re part of the Amy Latta & Friends Facebook Group so you can join the weekly show and tell thread and share your latest work. That way we can all inspire each other! Hope to see you there.

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