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August 2018

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.

Colorable recipe cards pic 1

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.

Colorable recipe cards pic 1

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.

Colorable recipe cards pic 1

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.

Colorable recipe cards pic 1

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.


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



-Blending stick/sponge


-Paper (I used watercolor paper in this tutorial)

-Artist PITT Pen for details


1. Tape down stencil so it does not move around


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.




4. Remove stencil and tape



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




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.




Create Your Own Floral-Themed Bookmarks



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


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.



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.


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


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


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


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




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!


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!


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!


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.


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

Thanks! <3

Supplies Used:

Pitt Artist Pen - Size XS:


Pitt Artist Pen - Size S:


-Magenta 133**

-Middle Purple Pink 125***

-Deep Scarlet Red 219***

-May Green 170***

Pitt Artist Pen - Size F:


Pitt Artist Pen - Size B:


-Warm Grey III 272***

-Leaf Green 112**

-Cobalt Turquoise 153***

-Green Gold 268**

-Crimson 134***

Pastel Textliner 1546:








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