Eco Mixed Media Tag

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Hi everyone, Mou Saha here with an eco mixed media tag made from upcycled chipboard and cardboard! In this tutorial, you'll see how easy it is to transform discarded things with just a few mediums and supplies. So, let me list the supplies I used and break my process down into steps.

SUPPLIES:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents - Gel Medium, Gesso, Whipped Spackle

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Paper Stencils - Mandala, 201 Collection

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® - IRIDESCENTS (Nebula, Satellite); STEAMPUNK (Iced Chai, Iced Coffee)

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Tools - Palette knife, Silicone Spatula

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Collapsible Water Cup

Other - Chipboard, cardboard, thread, hole punch, cardstock, scissors, background stamp


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Cut open a cereal box with scissors. Cut it into an 8" long x 4" wide rectangle. Snip the top corners at about 45 degree angles. Punch a hole near the top center to make the tag.

Lay the Mandala stencil on the tag as shown and apply a coat of Whipped Spackle with palette knife. Let dry.


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Cut a piece of a cardboard box. Peel off the top layer to expose the corrugated surface. Tear a small piece. Attach it to the tag with Gel Medium using the silicone spatula.


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Apply a coat of gesso over the dry layers.


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Color the tag with Gelatos colors. Blend them with water using paint brush from the Iridescents set.


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Did you know that you can stamp with Gelatos colors? 'Ink up' a background stamp with Gelatos color Iced Coffee. Spritz a little water on the stamp. Stamp randomly around the tag.


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Drip some Gelatos color down the tag to add another layer of interest.


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Trace the above stencil from the 201 collection on cardstock with PITT pen. Color it with Gelatos colors and cut around it to create a focal point piece.


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Cut some thread with scissors and mush it up in your hands. attach it to the tag with gel medium. Attach the focal point piece overlapping the thread.

Cut a small strip of cardstock and snip one end to look like a banner. Write 'Be Cool' on it with PITT pen. Attach to the tag to finish.

Hope this tutorial inspires you to take a second look at discarded objects and to give them a new life!
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Mixed Media Art Journaling

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Hi everyone, Mou Saha here with a mixed media art journal page! Art journaling is such a free-ing and relaxing practice. I just add layers of colors and mediums and stop when I feel the page is done. If you have never tried art journaling, may be you should try. There are no rules really and no right or wrong way of doing it.

Here are the supplies I used for this page -

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Ice Layers Bubbles

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® colors - Buttercream, Fig, Iced Chai, Iced Coffee, Metallic Melon, Nebula

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Paper Stencils - 202 Mandala

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Transfers - Flowers, Words

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Tool Set

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Silicone spatula, paint brush

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Collapsible Water cup

Other: watercolor paper (140 lb cold press 6"x9"), found papers and trims, scissors, heat tool (optional)

Now, let me walk you through the steps.


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Cut a piece of Ice Layers - Bubbles with scissors and attach to the page. The Ice Layers are self-adhesive clear texture layers that can be used as a whole or cut up as I did. If you are planning to cut it apart, be sure to keep the protective layers on so the pieces don't stick to your cutting tools. You can even use it as stencil.


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Attach pieces of found papers and trims to the page using gel medium and silicone spatula or a brush. Seal the pieces in place with a top coat of gel medium. Let dry.


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Place a Mandala Mixed Media Paper stencil and apply Whipped Spackle with a palette knife. Let the Spackle dry completely.

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Apply a coat of gesso to unify the pieces and to prepare the page for adding colors.


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Rub Gelatos colors as shown.


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Blend the colors with a paint brush dipped in water.


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Rub some Gelatos colors on a palette or craft mat and dilute the pigment with water. Splatter some on the page and let some colors drip down.


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Once the colors are thoroughly dry, cut out pieces from the Mixed Media Transfers Flowers and apply to the page with the craft stick included in the kit.


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Create a focal point with one of the phrases from the Words Mixed Media Transfers to finish.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will give art journaling a try!

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Hand-Lettering Recipe Cards

Recipe cards have always been something special in our family. I have memories of being at my grandmother’s kitchen and seeing her pull out her recipe box and the many handwritten family recipes she kept. Now my mother has all her old recipe cards and has saved them for me to pass on to my children. A handwritten recipe is a treasure in itself, and I thought it would be nice to create some hand-drawn recipe cards to add even more sentiment.


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I chose to make some summery strawberry recipe cards using Faber-Castell Pitt pens, Faber-Castell Goldfaber colored pencils, and 8.5 x 11 cardstock cut into 4 cards (4.25 x 5.5). Pitt pens are waterproof which is perfect for recipe cards, especially if you are messy in the kitchen like me! Goldfaber colored pencils have a wonderful variety of colors, are also waterproof, and do not smudge adding the perfect touch to your artwork.


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Using Faber-Castell Pitt pens I drew a border of strawberries, flowers, and leaves on the front and back of the cards. Once my borders were in place using a straight edge I drew lines and section for the recipe.

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Once my cards where all drawn I used Goldfaber colored pencils to begin coloring in the artwork with a light layer. The key to increasing vibrance with colored pencils is adding layers (not pressure). Next I went back over the artwork adding shading and more color giving the cards soft textured look.

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After coloring each side front and back my cards are complete, and I have a sweet set of hand-drawn recipe cards ready for writing down some of my favorite summer recipes.

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Artist and illustrator Lindsay Hopkins has been drawing and creating since childhood. She has a love for color and hopes to encourage and inspire others through her creativity. In 2012 Lindsay opened Pen & Paint and began selling her artwork and stationery online. Pen & Paint licenses artwork through Jewel Branding and is privileged to work with many global brands


How to Use Gelatos with Stencils

Materials:

-Gelatos

-Blending stick/sponge

-Stencils

-Paper (I used watercolor paper in this tutorial)

-Artist PITT Pen for details

 

1. Tape down stencil so it does not move around

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2. Apply gelato directly to the paper, or to a side piece of paper or plastic (I used a plastic palette. Then pick up the color with
a blending stick or sponge and blend into paper using a small circular motion.

3. Repeat step 2 with as many colors as you like.

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4. Remove stencil and tape

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5. Add any details you would like with you Artist PITT Pen

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Erin O’Brien Dahlberg is a born and raised Utah girl. She graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors degree in Education and has spent the last 4 years as a second grade teacher! She took a few art classes in high school and college. She loves to try and inspire creativity in her students everyday! Because she’s busy during the day, the night is when her creativity gets to explode into the world through lettering and messing around with watercolors. Her biggest advice would be to not compare your art to other people’s art! Be uniquely yo


Create Your Own Floral Letters and Patterns

Learn how to create your own floral letters and patterns using Gelatos as watercolors. Gelatos are a creamy water-soluble color sticks that can be used to create unique watercolor art and mixed media pieces. The pigment glides on smooth and can be used with multiple watercolor techniques.  The video demonstrates how to create floral letters with the Intro to Watercolors with Gelatos kit.

The kit includes 8 Gelatos Colors, Silicone Mixing Tray, Deluxe Water Brush and a Design Guide.

 

Enjoy

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Create Your Own Floral-Themed Bookmarks

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Materials:

  • Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolor pencils
  • Faber-Castell Mixed Media Transfers (Flowers)
  • Watercolor paper (at least 200GSM)
  • Water brush
  • Scissors

Instructions:

1. Cut out your watercolor paper into bookmark size (approximately 2" x 6", 2" x 7", or 2.5" x 8.5")

2. Cut out your desired floral element from the mixed media transfer. Peel off the outer layer as this will be used for the bookmark.

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3. Using a ruler or wooden stick, gently rub the transfer to your watercolor paper. Make sure to position it where you want the floral element to be.

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4. Peel off the transfer layer from the watercolor paper.

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5. Using your watercolor pencils, color and paint the floral elements with your favorite colors.

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6. Add some elements if you want. I added a “Bloom” word on top to make use of the empty space.

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7. Let dry for 10-20 minutes and it’s now ready to be used as a bookmark for your books!

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How to Make Faux Washi Tape for Bujo

Happy Tuesday, all you lovely people! I've teamed up with @fabercastellusa once again to bring you another bujo how-to!

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No washi tape? No problem!

Using these simple tips and ideas, you can create the look of washi, without using any!

First, make 2 even parallel lines. Then, attach said lines at each end using a "zig-zag" line to create the look of ripped tape! To make your faux-washi pop, color it in, add a pattern, or even add a shadow to create a dimensional look!

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I've given you 12 pattern examples to try - you can go as simple as you want, or get crazy with it! Hey, that's the beauty of bujo, right? Customize it - YOUR way!

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I've also shown you how to apply your faux washi to your journal... by creating boxes that appear to be taped on, you add a lot of interest to your pages without the extra supplies.

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I hope you enjoyed this post! Any questions about the process, please feel free to comment below or DM me - If you have any questions about the products used, please visit fabercastell.com

Thanks! <3

Supplies Used:

Pitt Artist Pen - Size XS:

-Black199***

Pitt Artist Pen - Size S:

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-Magenta 133**

-Middle Purple Pink 125***

-Deep Scarlet Red 219***

-May Green 170***

Pitt Artist Pen - Size F:

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Pitt Artist Pen - Size B:

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-Warm Grey III 272***

-Leaf Green 112**

-Cobalt Turquoise 153***

-Green Gold 268**

-Crimson 134***

Pastel Textliner 1546:

-Pink

-Purple

-Teal

 

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Nicole Barlettano is a seasoned designer and illustrator living in the tri-state area. She is a bullet journalist known as @plansthatblossom, a chronic doodlebug, and a lover of list


Create a Watercolor Background

It's watercolor background time!

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Today we'll be using gelatos in the colors blueberry and raspberry, and Pitt Artist pens in black, one brush tip, and one size M. We have some watercolor paper and a sandwich bag, and that's all you'll need!

Start by gently scribbling on your sandwich bag with the gelatos. You don't want to press too hard, but you want to get a good amount of color on the bag.

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Next use a dropper (or even just a wet paintbrush or water brush if you don't have a dropper) and drop water across your paper. Then turn the sandwich bag over and rub it onto the paper with your fingers. Make sure you rub all over and get the color onto the paper.

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Once thatʼs completely dry, use your Pitt Artist pens to letter your quote! I used the brush tip for the word "love" and the size M for the rest of it. Feel free to play around with your lettering and have some fun!

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-Chelsea

@booksandbrushpens

 

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Chelsea has a not-so-slight obsession with all things lettering. Watching lettering videos is what got her started, and now you can usually find her posting videos using every art supply she can get her hands on! From brush pens to watercolors, and everything in between.


Bible Journaling

Hey friends! I’m back with another Bible Journaling process post today! I used some different products and some new techniques and I’m super excited to share them with you! I want to start off with what verse I chose.

I was scrolling through Instagram the other day and someone had posted the verse John 13:7. It says,

“Jesus replied, you don’t understand what I’m doing now, but someday you will.”

I found this verse so powerful. I am a person who questions things that happen and also impatient. I don’t like to wait for things, but we have to wait and take time to understand the plans God has for us because He knows what is best!

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I started my page by just layering some acrylic paint. I like to use a dry brush to spread the paint across the page. I added some white to tone down the yellow a bit and then used pink to make clusters of brush strokes.

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After the paint dried, I tried out these awesome mixed media transfers! They are super easy to use too! I cut out one of the flowers to put in the corner, peeled off the back, placed it on the page, and then used the popsicle stick to transfer it on to the page. I repeated those steps to put one at the top too. I love how they turned out!

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One of my favorite parts about the transfers is that you can paint on top of them. I used a Gelato in the color watermelon and then took the Faber-Castell water brush directly to the top of the Gelato to get color on my brush.

 

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Then, I started applying the color directly on top of the transfer. It worked perfectly and makes the flower look even more realistic. I used the same process to apply green to the leaves using a Gelato in the color green tea.

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After painting the flower transfers, I glued down a few flower die cuts I had on hand from Maggie Holmes Flourish collection and then doodled crosses around the page with a gold pitt pen. I always highlight the verse I focused on, so I used a big brush pitt pen to make it stand out!

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The last step was making my title! I used the glory stencil from the bible journaling stencil pack and black craft paint to make it the focal point of the page. I used a dot dabber for the black paint so that it would apply cleanly without any excess going underneath the stencil. I then hand lettered “be to God” with the medium and extra small black pitt pens.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created this page and that you learned about some new techniques or products that you want to try out in your Bible Journaling! Let’s remember to trust in God’s plan even if we don’t understand because He knows what is best!

Blessings,

Abigail

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Supplies:

Faber Castell Mixed Media Transfers Flowers, Faber Castell Bible Journaling Mixed Media Stencil Pack, Faber Castell Watermelon Gelato, Faber Castell Green Tea Gelato, Faber Castell Gold Pitt Artist Pen, Faber Castell Extra Small Black Pitt Artist Pen, Faber Castell Medium Black Pitt Artist Pen, Faber Castell Chromium Green Opaque big brush Pitt Artist Pen, Faber Castell Water Brush, Hand Made Modern Goldenrod paint, Maggie Holmes Flourish Ephemera pack, Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic in Portrait Pink

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Abigail Clone is 16 years old and a lover of all things crafty, trendy, and of course Jesus! She discovered Bible Journaling in 2015 and fell in love! She writes a teen devotional called, “Pockets Full of Jesus” for Illustrated Faith and wants to encourage teens to grow their relationships with Christ at a young age.


Watercolor Banner

Materials Needed:

-Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils

-Watercolor paper

-Black PITT artist pen S

-Black PITT artist brush pen (optional)

-paintbrush

 

Step 1: Draw banner

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Step 2: Color in Banner with watercolor pencils and add water

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Step 3: Add details with PITT artist pen

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*OPTIONAL Step 4: Add lettering with PITT artist brush pen

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Erin O’Brien Dahlberg is a born and raised Utah girl. She graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors degree in Education and has spent the last 4 years as a second grade teacher! She took a few art classes in high school and college. She loves to try and inspire creativity in her students everyday! Because she’s busy during the day, the night is when her creativity gets to explode into the world through lettering and messing around with watercolors. Her biggest advice would be to not compare your art to other people’s art! Be uniquely you!