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February 2018

Quick & Easy Notecards with PITT Artist Pens®: Mandala Art

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial for quick and easy note cards using PITT Artist Pens®: Mandala Art.


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To make these note cards, all you need are:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist Pens®: Mandala Art

Watercolor paper, trimmed to 5.5 x 5.5 inches each

Ribbon (optional)


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Lay the mini Mandala stencil along the top edge of the paper. Trace the designs with the two S-tip pens as shown.

Repeat two more rows alternating the colors and turning the stencil to alternate the designs.


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Color in the shapes as shown, again, alternating the colors using both the S-tip and B-tip pens.


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Here's the finished note card, super simple and quick! Just turn it over to write your message.

Or, create a whole bunch, stack them neatly and tie with a ribbon to give as a gift!
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Color Layering and the Intro to Watercolor with Gelatos Kit

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The Intro to Watercolor with Gelatos kit includes a rainbow of colors, a water brush, and a silicone craft tray for mixing colors.  Naturally, you can use watercolor paper, but you can use other surfaces as well. Carolyn Dube here sharing how to watercolor in an altered journal.


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The first thing I do is add a layer of gesso.  This will help strengthen the page since this is an old beat up book that is about to have water added to it.

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Once it is completely dry, I stamp an image on the page.   Perfect stamping is not needed here, because the color of the Gelatos will define the lines and areas.

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Rub the Gelatos onto the silcone craft tray.  Using the water brush, pick a color and start coloring in the stamped image.  You can custom mix colors by dipping the brush in one than another.  Here I dipped in the Bubble Gum and Banana to create my own deep orange.

 

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You can also rub the Gelatos right next to each other, then add water from the brush and mix the colors that way.  Which is the best way? Whichever one feels most comfortable to you! To build up the blooms, add one color on the edges of another color.  This creates subtle color blending.

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The leftover bits of color in the tray became a very subtle color wash by adding lots of water to them and then brushing the diluted color to the page.

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 To create the lettering, I drew the letters with an XS black Pitt Pen. Then I filled in all of the letters with the Cotton Candy Gelatos.  Next, I added Lime to only the top of the letters.  The final touch was a swipe of Bubble Gum on on the bottom of each letter.  The colors will blend and mix creating new colors along the way.  

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 Now it's your turn to play. Grab your Gelatos and have some watercolor fun!

 


20 Minute Watercolor Cards

Hi Gang, Diana Trout here today with the 20 Minute Watercolor Kit and my Reverse Stencil technique to use them. It's a beginner friendly technique that anyone will enjoy. 

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The new 20 Minute Watercolor Kit has all of the supplies that you need to make these cards. 

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Stencils
Watercolor Paints
A Watercolor Brush
3 Faber Castell Watercolor Pencils
An XS Faber Castell Pitt Pen
Paper

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Lettering takes some practice but here is a technique I call Faux Letter that helps you fake it.

Use a T Square ruler to draw a straight, light pencil line where you want your sentiment. Use your own handwriting! Just keep the pencil line light and spread the letters out a little. Go over the pencil lines until you are happy with the letters. I used the T Square for the ascenders (the upper loops on the "h" and "k" ) to make sure they are at the same height. 

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After you're happy with the lettering, ink it in with the XS Pitt pen included in the Kit. Thicken the lines of the writing where your stroke would be a down stroke. Make sure the ink is completely dry before gently erasing your pencil lines. You can do this after your watercoloring just make sure that you have left enough space on your watercolored page for the sentiment.

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Spray your watercolors down well and let them sit for a few minutes to get juicy. We're going to do some Blob Painting with the watercolors. Wet your paintbrush and pick up some juicy paint. Add a Blob to the paper and spread it out gently. I looked at the approximate size of the stencil flowers shapes and tried to keep them about that size. Don't sweat it. 

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Move around your paper and add color here and there, avoiding the area where your sentiment will go. You can drop more wet color into your wet areas on the paper and watch it spread. 
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Tips: Don't scrub the paper or add too much water. Let your paper dry completely before the last step. 

Once your paper is completely dry, decide where you want to place the flower stencils. Lay down the stencil and trace around with the XS Pitt pen. Move around until you have a pleasing composition. You can add to the flowers by doodling and filling in some areas with black. Just have fun with it. 

You could use a sentiment stamp on this card too if you don't want to letter.

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Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. See more of my art & tutorials on my Blog and YouTube channel