How To Create An Ombre Effect!

Hey there! It's Nicole from @plansthatblossom back with another tutorial!

This time, I'm going to be showing you how to create an ombre gradient effect without the complex layering that can sometimes bleed through your pages!

 

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Step 1: Choose your colors!
Think about what type of gradient you'd like to choose, and pick colors that complement one another. Organize them in the order that you would like them to appear on your page. I use my beloved Faber-Castell pitt artist brush pens - they come in so many colors, so the possibilities are endless!

Step 2: Choose direction!
Once your colors and order are chosen, think about how you'd like to lay it out. You could go from dark to light, or light to dark... you can have the colors meet one another in the center of your shape... or you can even color an object based on how light would hit it to give it a touch of realism.

Step 3: Let's Do This!
Choose your starting point and carefully start adding color one by one!

Here, I've shown you a few different styles to try!
A fun way to elevate this style, is to use different color stories. For instance... you can use an autumn palette, or even get fun with it and try a rainbow!

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Now that you're well versed in making simple ombre gradients, try applying them to different shapes and doodles!

Not a doodlebug, but want to try out your new skills? Download free printable here.

Interested in applying this technique but not sure where to start? Faber-Castell USA has lovely curated pitt artist brush pen collection packs that have everything you need!

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Thanks so much! Enjoy!

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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.


Used my cute Connector watercolors for this ode to my favorite coffee! These colors are super saturated and bright! Perfect for painting happy and bright things such as a pumpkin heart on a latte. 🧡🧡 I love these paints because you can mix and match the colors you’ll be using and create your own temporary custom palette with so much ease. Love them! 

 

Finished this illustration off with my Pitt Artist Pens in Brush tip and Small tip.

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 Leah Kelly is a modern calligrapher and hand lettering artist. She is a military wife who took up the hobby to create decor and invitations for her own wedding. When she’s not addressing invitation envelopes or writing place cards, she loves to use calligraphy and painting as a creative form of meditation. Leah is currently working to get her professional certificate in graphic design.


How To Draw Planner Doodles!

Hello again! It’s Nicole from Plans That Blossom - I’ve teamed up with Faber-Castell once again to show you how to draw 5 fun little planner-related doodles!

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I often get asked how to get started with drawing, and my 2 biggest pieces of advice would be…

Start simple. Everything is made up of basic shapes pieced together, and if you take it step by step, you can draw anything!

Practice! If drawing is something you want to improve on, make time for it in your life! Doodle something every day, join a challenge, or even carry around my favorite Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pen in your bag, and use it to doodle on napkins and receipts when you’re on the go!

I’ve chosen 5 planner icons, and broken them down into 4 simple steps each. Follow along and keep practicing!

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Fun Tips:
-Try adding a thicker outline using a thicker nib pen. I suggest using Pitt Artist Pens in size XS and S for the base, then outlining it with size F or M to make it stand out!

-Add a shadow along the side and bottom edge using a grey Pitt Artist Brush Pen (my favorite is warm grey 272!) You’ll be surprised how much this can elevate something so simple!

-To push it even further, color in your doodle! You can do this with colored pencils, markers, watercolors - whatever you feel comfortable with! (Check out Faber-Castell’s website to see all the incredible products they have available)

-Lastly, remember that no one is perfect… doodles are just that, doodles. Imperfections are what make each individual style unique - Embrace it!

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If you’re not a doodlebug, keep an eye out for a fun printable sheet filled with doodles that you can use in your own journal!

Thanks, and enjoy!

Nicole-plansthatblossom

 

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.


Handlettered Halloween Decor with PITT pens

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a handlettered and illustrated Halloween decor using Faber-Castell PITT Pens and Goldfaber color pencils!

To make this project, I am using the following:

Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen B Studio Box of 48 - Crimson 134, Purple Violet 136, Magenta 133, Pale Geranium Lake 121, Dark Chrome Yellow 109, Orange Glaze 113, Green Gold 268, Raw Umber 180, Cold Grey IV 233, Light Flesh 132 and Black 199

Faber-Castell Stamper's Big Brush Pens - Scarlet Red 118, Walnut Brown 177 (Or, Nougat 178)

Faber-Castell Color Pencil Goldfaber Metal Tin of 48

'Hello Fall' Printable Collection of 30 Autumn-themed Images with Bonuses & Extras

Now, let's start coloring.


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This is an image I drew myself. You could draw your own or choose one from this printable collection.


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Start by coloring the pumpkins with Stampers Big Brush pen Scarlet Red 118.


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Color the leaves with Crimson 134, Purple Violet 136, Dark Chrome Yellow 109, Green Gold 268, and Pale Geranium Lake 121 as shown.


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Add a second layer of color to the pumpkins in alternate sections as shown using Orange Glaze 113.

Color as follows -

  • the acorns with Green Gold 268 and Cold Grey IV 233
  • the oval ring border with Magenta 133
  • the witch and cat with Cold Grey IV 233
  • the broom with Raw Umber 180
  • the moon with Light Flesh 132

Of course, these are just my color choices. Feel free to choose your own favorites.


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Start filling in the letters with Stamper's Big Brush pen Walnut Brown 177, adding variations with Black 199 and Cold Grey IV 233.


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Now that you have finished coloring the main design, it's time to fill in softer colors to the negative spaces. For that, I am using the Goldfaber Color pencils. I am staying with the same color palette that I chose for my PITT Pens. For a soft look, add the colors with gentle pressure and blend into one another.


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Finally, color around the entire piece with the Grey 273 Goldfaber color pencil to finish.

I hope you enjoyed our coloring exercise and once you finish, you can display the piece in a frame as seasonal festive decor for your home!
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Gelato Watercolor Pumpkin

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Materials needed:

  • Gelatos (Iced Chai, Iced Currant, Tangerine, Green Tea)
  • Palette
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Water/ Water Jar
  • Brush

1. Push the Gelatos each into their own well in the palette so that there is a decent amount transferred to the palette (do this for all colors).

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2. Then you can either use a dropper or just the brush to drop some water in each of the wells and mix until you have the right consistency.

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3. To paint your pumpkin:

  • Start with the middle and use Tangerine to paint an oval, while it is still wet add in drops of Iced Currant and Iced Chai
  • Repeat this step with the sides of the pumpkin making a present moon shape
  • Use Green Tea to create leaves on top and on the bottom sides
  • Use Iced Chai to create a stem and some vines as well as some ground under the pumpkin

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*Optional Step: Add details or lettering with a PITT Artist Pen 

 

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Erin is a teacher by day and a creator by night.Ă‚ 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!


Fall leaf with watercolor pencils

Fall is finally here! It's time to celebrate by bringing out all of the fall colors again!

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Today you'll be needing:

 

Start by using your pencil to sketch a maple leaf. Lightly erase the dark lines until they're barely visible.

Take your watercolor pencils and start coloring in the leaf.

Use a wet paintbrush and go over the colors to blend them all together.

Once dry, use the same colors to go over the edges to make them a bit darker.

Use a brown pencil to draw the veins of the leaf. Go over that with your paintbrush as well.

Now use your Pitt Artist pen to letter your quote! 

 

Photo Feb 28  9 52 26 AMChelsea has a not-so-slight obsession with all things lettering. Watching lettering videos is what got her started, and 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!

 

 

 


I don’t know about you, but I am ready for sweater weather! I couldn’t help but break out the beautiful colors of Autumn using my Faber Castell Goldfaber Aqua pencils. These are pigmented colored pencils that transform to a watercolor once in contact with water. These pencils are perfect for laying down pigment in a quick, controlled way. I wanted to make sureto get a burst of ombré color, so I rinsed my waterbrush in between the transition shades! After it dried, I came in with my small Pitt Artist Pen in Black for some detailing.

Here I added some lettering with my  Pitt Artist Brush Pen to give it some cute Fall themed flair.  

 

 Happy Autumn!

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The Rosa Rugosa Lesson Plan

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Creative Studio

 

Welcome to the studio, a place to relax, to be inspired and to develop your own creative potential. Here, we will explore ideas and create art with mediums and techniques that will have you achieving rewarding results with your own art. 

Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils are an exciting and enjoyable medium. These intensely pigmented pencils offer the ease of sketching, combined with the ability to produce stunning watercolor painting results as well. 

In this lesson plan, we explore the art of botanical illustration, and the basic steps to creating your own piece of art.

 

Materials:

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Choose Colors and Experiment

One of the great advantages to watercolor pencils are their ability to both sketch and paint. The most basic way to use them is to sketch directly onto the paper, and then brush water over it. The more pigment you apply, the darker the color will be when water is added.

Another painting technique I combine with the basic method is to scribble a spot of color on a piece of scratch paper. I can then pick up the pigment with a wet brush, and transfer it to the artwork. Mixed colors can also be created by layering combinations of colored pencil scribbles. 

Look carefully at your reference photo and choose as many colors as possible. More colors will add depth and interest to your artwork. 

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The Rosa Rugosa; A Botanical Study

The Rosa rugosa is a wild, carefree flower native to Maine, and nature’s own stunning accent to just about every beautiful coastal area and landmark you will find there. 

I have decided to capture the beauty of this hearty, lovely flower along with an impressive location where it can be found, in watercolor pencils. Also included in this study is some fun info about the Rosa rugosa. 

Follow along, or choose your own plant specimen for a botanical study done in the same manner here. 

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Taking Photos

I took these photos of the flower and the various stages of it’s habit for reference during my artwork. The variety of images will add interest.

I shot these images on a sunny day to insure good lighting and the flowers at their best.

 

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Begin With A Layout

I began this project by designing my layout. I decided that the finished design would be 7-1/4 x 21-3/4,— 3 panels each measuring 7-1/4 x 7-1/4. 

Referring to my photos, I then practiced some sketches on tracing paper, creating a drawing to fit each panel. I chose to highlight a few small images of rosehips and their stages of development as part of the study. Part of the design was to also allow for some blank space for copy, even though I wasn’t quite sure what I would be writing yet.

Using an exacto knife and a straight edge, I measured and cut my strip of watercolor paper. Using a light table, I then lightly traced my drawings onto the watercolor paper in pencil.

Finally, I used a black fine tipped pen to sketch over the pencil.

 

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The Line Drawing

The line drawing will look it’s best done in a light handed manner. I looked carefully at my photos and decided on areas to capture detail, and other areas to leave more simplified. The thorny stems are a combination; drawing lots of thorns (as in reality) would look heavy handed, while drawing fewer simplified, small groupings of them, look better.

 

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Line Character

I like to draw with broken lines to give the artwork a light, airy look. That means that the lines don’t always connect; some are left unfinished. This style, especially combined with watercolor, helps to create a very fresh, light look.

 

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Typography

I wanted the type to have a light, hand-done look, but also be evenly spaced and uniform. Part of the process of designing something, is to practice until you get it just right on scrap paper. I used pencil, and drew strait lines as guides to make the upper and lowercase letters uniform. I centered the 3 smaller nick-names and positioned it all on the scrap paper and then used a light table to trace the whole unit of type into position onto the watercolor paper. Instead of filling in the letters with a solid black ink, I loosely sketched them in. 

Shown here is the first stage of the ocean in watercolor pencils. Referring to my photo, I used 4 different pencils, and lightly layered colors to make nice blends for the second stage, where I painted over it with water. 

After positioning the type onto the watercolor paper, I painted the flowered hedge. I kept it very undetailed by painting it in a light wash, with very simplified shapes for roses.

 

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Painting

For painting the water, I used a soft, round wet brush. I began in the back at the horizon line and painted over the dry pencil with water. I painted in a horizonal direction as I moved towards the foreground, the colors blended into each other, creating a thin, watery wash. I left small bits of the white paper showing along parts of the shoreline and around rocks to read as shallow white waves. 

I continued to lightly sketch in color to areas of the rocks, and washing over it with water.

 

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For the sky, I begin by wetting the area with just water. I then used the “scribble, add water and transfer” method described earlier, to lay in the color. The watery blue pigment spread on the wet paper, creating a soft, light, smooth look. I also added a touch of pink to tie in with the surrounding flowers. 

I continued with painting the lighthouse by lightly sketching in color and painting. I also added more detail to the rocky ground.

 

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When painting the flowers and leaves, I lightly applied the watercolor pencils directly to the line drawing, then added water for a first, light wash. When dry, I then layered more pencil and water to create some darker spots and shaded areas for dimension and interest.

 

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Writing The Copy

When deciding what information to include, I searched for ideas regarding the rosehips of the Rosa rugosa online. I practiced writing out my ideas on lined scratch paper until I got the look and size of it to fit the space on the layout, and then traced it into position onto the artwork. 

The copy done in pencil gives a nice casual contrast to the finished art.

 

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Cover Design

Here is a simple image I painted for the outer left cover panel that is exposed when the piece is folded.

 

Click here to Download the complete lesson in a .pdf file.  

 

Lesson Plan by Janis Doukakis


Hello Autumn!

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Hi everyone, Mou here today with a tutorial to create a small sign welcoming autumn!

To create the sign, you'll need -

Supplies:

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® 15CT: TRANSLUCENTS

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Artist pens - Journaling PITT Artist Pens; PITT Artist Pens Writing Set: RED/YELLOW; PITT Artist Pens Writing Set: GREEN/BLUE

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Collapsible water cup

Faber Castell Grip 2001 Pencil

Other - watercolor paper.

Now, let me walk you through the steps.


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Sketch out leaves, pumpkins and acorns with pencil on watercolor paper.


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Fill in the shapes with Gelatos colors TRANSLUCENTS with a paint brush dipped in water as shown. The formula of the TRANSLUCENTS Gelatos will help to create distinct colors layers for your piece.


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This is what my background looked like.


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Add outlines to the pattern with various PITT artist pens.

Next, hand-letter 'Hello Autumn' with the calligraphy pen from the Journaling pen set.

Add in more pattern elements to fill the spaces and to finish the piece.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and would play with the Translucent Gelatos to make your own fall signs!
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How To Draw Boxes & Frames For Your Bullet Journal

Hello, again!

It's Nicole from Plans That Blossom bringing you another fun and easy tutorial for bullet journaling!

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By following these 4 simple steps, I have shown you how to create 5 different boxes and frames. These tutorials give your journal structure and organization, while adding a bit of fun to every page in your journal!

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  1. The Double Flag: This is a favorite of mine, as you can stretch it to use for headers, or shrink it to use for page markers! Fun Tip: Color in the bottom layer to make your flag pop!
  2. Layered Boxes: These are fantastic for adding depth to an otherwise boring shape! Fun Tip: Color in every other line on the bottom layer for a funky design!
  3. Loose Leaf Paper: Want to add a tiny to-do list to your spreads? This easy to create doodle helps your lists stay cute and compact! Fun Tip: Make your list playful by adding red and blue lines - just like a real loose leaf page!
  4. Picture Frame: This frame is a perfect home for your favorite quotes and doodles! Fun Tip: Create a "gallery wall" page for your journal using frame doodles just like this one!
  5. Ripped Tape: This ripped tape effect can be added to any shape, but adding a folded edge gives it depth! Fun Tip: Start your tape on the edge of your page so it appears to be "popping" in!

I hope you enjoyed these tutorials as much as I enjoyed making them!

Not a doodle bug? Enjoy this free printable and add fun boxes and frames to your own journal!

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Pens Used:

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens:

Black 199* - Size XS & S

Cobalt Green 156* - Size S & Brush Pen

Enjoy!

Nicole

Nicole-plansthatblossom 

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.