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August 2018

Gelatos - Pointed Pen

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Using Gelatos® in your pointed pen!

Start by scraping off a small amount onto a palette using your artists spatula. Smoosh it down until itʼs super smooth, then add a few drops of water.

Gently mix it up with a paint brush. Be sure to go slow and gentle, otherwise bubbles will pop up.

Use the paint brush to add the color into your nib, and start writing! Add more water as needed, to keep a smooth consistency.


Have fun!

 


 

- Chelsea

@booksandbrushpens

 

Chelsea 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.

 


Big Brush Stampers

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Materials Needed:

  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Stampers Pens
  • Paper
  • Stamps

 


Decide which stamp and color you want to use - then color on the stamp.

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Stamp it! Continue this process with as many different colors and stamps as you would like!

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If you would like to use multiple colors on a stamp, just:

  • Pick your colors
  • Use them on the areas of the stamp where you want the color

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ErinD 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.

 

 


Habit Tracker Methods

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Hello there, sweet friends! Faber-Castell USA and I are back to show you a few habit tracker methods!

This is one of my all time favorite aspects of bullet journaling. It holds you accountable, plus - filling the trackers out can be fun, which encourages you to accomplish things!
 
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Method 1: The Line Chart
This can be a really great tool for those who want to track their health (both physical and emotional) - you can rate things on a scale and see how you progress or decline.

First, create your chart. The top will be reserved for days of the week, and the right side will be used as a rating system from 1-5. Tip: this can be done monthly, and you can have a higher rating system if you wish!

Next, you should assign colors to the items you would like to track. Once that’s complete, fill it in each day and connect the dots!

Method 2: The Standard Tracker
This is the tracker I use every week. I find it works best for me, and sometimes monthly trackers can be a little overwhelming. It’s easy to make, easy to follow, and a great way to record your progress.

First, create your chart. The top will be reserved for days of the week, and the left side will be used as a list of your habits/goals.

Next, each day, fill in the habits/goals you accomplish. Tip: Make it more fun by trying these cute little habit fillers instead of just filling in a square!

Method 3: The Individual Trackers
Some of my favorite trackers tend to be more of an illustrated version of what I’m trying to accomplish. Tracking a goal on it’s own can help it become more of a priority.



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Products used:

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens:

Size S:
Black 199
Deep Scarlet Red 219
Middle Purple Pink 125
Orange Glaze 113
May Green 170
Cobalt Green 156

Size XS:
Black 199

Size F:
Black 199

Brush: 
Warm Grey III 272
Medium Flesh 131
Cadmium Yellow 107
Green Gold 268
Phthalo Green 161
Ultramarine 120

I hope you enjoyed this habit tracker method page as much as I enjoyed creating it! If you have any questions about this process, please ask. If you have any questions about the products used, visit fabercastell.com - thanks!!
 
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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
 
 
 

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:

-Black199***

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