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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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*You want to make sure to use darker colors where the shadows would be

 

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!


Cool Lettering Technique with Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens

 

 

Hi guys!

 

I'm back to show you a super easy way to blend together your Pitt Artist pens. All you'll need is a sandwich bag and some smooth paper.

 

Here I have deep scarlet red 219 and cadmium yellow 107, then I added in cold grey 230 for some shadowing.

 

Start by scribbling one color onto the sandwich bag, then using the second pen, pick up the first color by coloring over it on the bag. Write your letters and go back to the bag for more color as much as you'd like!

That's it! Super simple. Feel free to play around with different color combinations to find your favorite one!

 

-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. 


How To Create Novelty Monthly Trackers

Sick of me yet? Faber-Castell USA and I are back for our third and final post!

This last post is my favorite, because I love a good habit tracker and I LOVE doodles!

A long time ago I created a page of fun novelty monthly habit trackers and today, I wanted to bring you 3 tutorials on how to create your own! Novelty trackers are so fun because they almost make you WANT to fill everything in so your doodle will look “complete” - this helps you stay accountable and can push you toward your monthly goal!

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The Monthly Reading Tracker
-Follow these 3 steps to create your very own mini bookshelf!
-Fill in a book for every day that you read (you can change the number of books to however many days are in the month you are tracking)
-Fun Tip: Add a door, sub out the books for food, and you have a healthy eating tracker that looks like a refrigerator!

2. No Sweets Tracker
-Follow these 3 steps to create a cute ice cream cone with sprinkles!
-Fill in a sprinkle for every day that you avoid sweets/sugar/junk food (you can change the number of sprinkles to however many days are in the month you are tracking)
-Fun Tip: Change out the cone and add a wrapper, and you have a cute cupcake, instead!

3. Blogging/Writing Tracker
-Follow these 3 steps to create a tiny typewriter!
-Fill in a typewriter key for every day that you write/blog (you can change the number of keys to however many days are in the month you are tracking - for example, this typewriter has 31 keys - for 30, just remove the space bar!)
Fun Tip: Write what you are tracking on the piece of paper in the typewriter for a cute little header!

Creating a novelty tracker for your habits can be easier than it seems - just think of an icon that applies to the habit you want to track, and find a way to add 30-31 details to fill in!

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Faber-Castell Tools Used:
Pitt Artist Pen - Black 199*** (S)
Pitt Artist Pen - Black 199*** (F)
Pitt Artist Pen - May Green 170*** (S)
Pitt Artist Pen - Phthalo Blue 110*** (S)
Pitt Artist Pen - Deep Scarlet Red 219*** (S)
Pitt Artist Pen - Middle Purple Pink 125*** (S)
Pitt Artist Pen - Warm Grey III 272*** (B)
Pitt Artist Pen - Crimson 134*** (B)
Pitt Artist Pen - Green Gold 268*** (B)

I hope you’ve enjoyed these posts! If you have any questions about these methods, please feel free to comment below or DM me. If you have any questions regarding the products used in these posts, visit faber-castell or fabercastell.com - Thanks so much!

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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


Different Daily Log Boxes To Try Out

Hello again, my loves! Faber-Castell USA and I are here for post 2 of 3 today!

I wanted to talk a little bit about my daily log boxes. I often get asked why I don’t use a daily page like so many others, and my answer is always this: I don’t have enough to record that warrants a full page daily. I’ve come up with a daily log box for my weekly spreads that allows me to do everything I need to do, while maximizing the space in my journal at the same time. If you follow me, you’ll know that minimal spreads are not my jam - I am extra all the way!

Here are 6 different daily log boxes to try out - starting with the most basic. I love changing my weekly style every week - that’s what makes bullet journaling so fantastic!
Other questions I receive are often related to how I use my daily boxes. I have added a “key” of sorts in each example to show you how I utilize them. Some weeks call for a simple to the point day, some require a lot of tracking, and then others are just plain cute for the fun of it!
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I hope these daily boxes helped spark some creativity!

Faber-Castell Tools Used:
Pitt Artist Pen - Black 199*** (S)
Pitt Artist Pen - Black 199*** (F)
Pitt Artist Pen - May Green 170*** (S)
Pitt Artist Pen - Phthalo Blue 110*** (S)
Pitt Artist Pen - Deep Scarlet Red 219*** (S)
Pitt Artist Pen - Middle Purple Pink 125*** (S)
Pitt Artist Pen - Warm Grey III 272*** (B)
Pitt Artist Pen - Crimson 134*** (B)
Pitt Artist Pen - Green Gold 268*** (B)

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(The obsession is real, folks…)

 

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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 lis


The Basics of Bujo

Hello, you lovely people! I’ve teamed up with Faber-Castell USA once again to bring you not 1… not 2… but 3 posts today! Keep your eyes open for more!

I’d like to start with the basics of bullet journaling. Often, I am asked where to begin in your bullet journaling journey, so I’ve mapped out 3 spreads to get your started!
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1. The Yearly.
This spread is my go-to for future planning. It’s a place where you can record holidays, events, birthdays, etc, while also tracking your daily mood for the ENTIRE year! I often refer back to this spread for the calendar. It’s handy to have a physical version in a world where everything is digitized.

2. The Monthly.
This is a spread you can make for every single month of the year! It’s a great place to do your short-term future planning, while also recording daily memories and gratitude! I love looking back on my monthly spreads - it’s perfect for planning AND memory keeping.

3. The Weekly.
This is my favorite spread to create in my bullet journal, because I can adjust it however I want, depending on my week. For instance, if I know I’ll be having a slow week, I can add more room to be creative, and less room for planning. If I know it will be a very busy week, I can keep it simple, and adjust my daily boxes to include longer task lists.

The bullet journal is a fantastic customizable tool to keep you organized, productive, accountable AND creative!

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Faber-Castell Tools Used:
Pitt Artist Pen - Black 199*** (S)
Pitt Artist Pen - Black 199*** (F)
Pitt Artist Pen - Warm Grey III 272*** (B)
Pitt Artist Pen - Crimson 134*** (B)
Pitt Artist Pen - Green Gold 268*** (B)
Pitt Artist Pen - Leaf Green 112*** (B)

(Can you tell how obsessed I am with Pitt Artist Pens, yet?)

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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


Lettering with Pitt Pens


 
 
Today I am lettering with Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens! These are brush pens filled with rich saturated colors of India ink. I love to letter with these on watercolor paper because of the natural effect that the ink makes with the pressure changes. 
When you are increasing pressure in the downstrokes, the nib will transfer more ink to paper creating that subtle darker ombré effect! I also love these pens because of the huge variation they allow in pressure. I just LOVE the think upstrokes and thick downstrokes!
 
I used the colors: May Green 170, Phthalo Blue 110, and Middle Purple Pink 125. 
 
Thanks! 
-Leah Kelly
 
 
Leah-kellyLeah 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
 

Using Mixed Media Transfers for Card Making

Mixed media transfers are a great way to add beautiful hand-drawn look to your crafts. These Faber-Castell mixed media transfers can be used in variety of projects from artwork, to scrapbooking, to card making. Today I’m using these mixed media flower transfers to make note cards. I will also be using Faber-Castell Gelatos Double Scoop and Pitt pens (B) to color in my artwork.

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First I cut watercolor paper in the size of A2 note cards (4.25 by 5.5 inches). Next I cut out elements from the transfers to use on each note card. I removed the paper liner and placed the cut image onto my paper. Using the provided wooden stick I rubbed the transfer onto the paper and gently removed the transfer cover.


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Next I using the Gelatos I colored in the flowers on the note cards, and using the Pitt pens I colored in the foliage and added a few accent leaves.

 

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These simple note cards now have a unique hand-drawn look with different textures from the Gelatos and Pitt pens and are perfect for gifting as a set or using to send a thoughtful handwritten note.

 

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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.


Blending Colors with Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils

 

 

For this lettering piece I used the Goldfaber Watercolor Pencils! They write like the smoothest colored pencils I’ve ever used. They really make it easy to lay down color on paper very precisely. When it comes in contact with water, the pigment acts like watercolor! 

 I wrote out the word “blend” in some faux-lligraphy, by adding weight to the downstrokes with thick lines.  I added a gradient here with varying shades of pink. The pencils come in a wide range of shades that make transition colors easy to accomplish without having to mix colors. As soon as I use my water brush on top of the letters, the pigment becomes watercolor! 

A few tips would be to use watercolor paper with these pencils. You’ll want a paper that can stand up to the pigment and water.  Make sure not to use an excessive amount of water so that you can keep the color in control with the brush!

Thanks so much! I love these pencils! 

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Leah-kellyLeah 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