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August 2018

September 2018

Faber-Castell White Pens & Whimsical Leaves

Leaves are beginning to fall in our neighborhood, and that has me ready for all things Fall. One of my favorite creative activities is to paint watercolor leaves. However, when I came across the new Faber-Castell white pens I had an idea for some fun hand-drawn leaves. 


First I gathered up my supplies - different color cardstock (I went with traditional Fall colors, but this would be fun with any variety of colors), Pitt pens, a pencil, and scissors.


Next, using a pencil I sketched out simple leaf shapes. Don't worry about lots of detailed edges, just draw a variety of shapes and sizes. 


Then using my Pitt pens I drew the stem of the leaf and began adding fun details. I chose to draw whimsical details with circles, lines, and flourishes.


Lastly I cut out my leaves (trimming off my pencil sketch of the leaf outline) giving me a pretty collection of leaves perfect for scrapbooking, adding to a mixed media project, or even stringing up as a garland.


I hope you enjoy experimenting with the new Faber-Castell white pens!

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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.


DIY Celebration Card

Is there anything better than celebrating friends and family? Adding a personal touch, and a heartfelt note is always a good idea. 

To make this card you'll need:


Start by scribbling a little bit of the gelato onto a palette (any smooth surface would work).


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Pick up some of the color using the larger of the sponges from your tool kit and start coloring over top of the stencil.

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Once you've colored in the whole picture, take your metallic pitt pen and write your greeting on the front of the card!

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Use the Pitt Artist brush pen for the envelope. You can write their name or a congratulatory message, whatever you'd like!

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Finish up with a nice note on the inside, and you've just made a wonderful, personal gift for your friends!

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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!






DIY Thank You Card






1. Cut out the Mixed Media transfer that you want

        • Peel off the paper backing and then place on paper
        • Use the applicator stick to rub the design on the paper
        • Peel off slowly from one corner and keep rubbing to make sure the design stays on the paper   



2. Add color! 



3. Add your message using the Artist PITT pen!





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


The Lettering Fern


Pitt Artist Pen - Big Brush

Today I wanted to give you a look at how amazing the Big Brush Pitt Artist Pens are for handlettering! To me, there is nothing more fun than larger scale lettering. I love being able to take up space and let my hand flow in big sweeping up- and downstrokes. There is an assortment of bright, saturated colors that can be combined numerous ways for your projects.



The pens feature the same great qualities of the Pitt Artist Brush pens- flexible yet firm nib, and saturated India ink. The quality is so high and I know these markers will last a long time without fraying like most large brush pens do quickly! By varying your pressure, you will create thick and thin strokes. Heavy pressure on the down stroke and light pressure in the up stroke. Because of the large nib on this pen, you will achieve a large contrast in stroke width- which is the key factor to hand lettering!

Happy Lettering!



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.

Mixed Media Tin for hand lettering!

Hi friends! Chelsea here to show you how to make a beautiful hand lettered watercolor piece! 


The products we'll be using today come from the Faber-Castell mixed media tin. You'll also want some mixed media paper, and painters tape for the edges.


First things first, tape down the edges of your paper so you'll have a nice, clean border. Then start scribbling with your watercolor pencils! Here I'm using the light blue, dark blue, purple, and pink.


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Next, take a wet paintbrush, and blend the colors together.


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Once dry, peel off the tape, and grab your Pitt Artist  brush pen (I used Cold Grey VI 235), and letter whatever quote/phrase you'd like.


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Now it's time to add the highlights! Take your white watercolor pencil, and add a small detail anywhere you'd naturally see light shine on the letters, to really make your letters pop.


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Enjoy your finished product!


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Chelsea 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!

Bible Journaling

Hey friends! Happy Sunday! I have another Bible process page to share with you today and I’m kind of in love with the verses I focused on. I chose Psalm 91:4-5. You’ve probably heard it before and so had I, but when I read through it a couple more times it really started to speak to me. Go read it a few times through and see what jumps out at you each time. It sure does have a whole lot of meaning and truth! I’m so happy that our God makes these kinds of promises to us. With the symbolism and imagery in this verse I for sure decided to journal with a feather theme!


I found this stencil in one of the Faber Castell stencil packs and I tried a new technique with it. I usually use paint with stencils but this time I reached for a pitt pen and traced over the outlines. Afterwards it looks like it was hand drawn and has a really cool effect.

I found some feather stamps in my stash, and as I’ve said before I love clustering and layering, so these were perfect to stamp around and on the stencil. I used a couple different colors of ink pads so there were a variety of colors.


Big brush pens are some of my favorite supplies to use when journaling. I used the black big brush pen and made dots and tiny crosses around the page to add more detail.8

This is probably my favorite element I added! I took a craft feather and washi taped it down to make an even bigger cluster of feathers at the bottom of the page.9

My next two steps were adding some marks to the cross and dot clusters as well as highlighting my verse. I always highlight my verse so when I’m flipping through pages, I know exactly what I was reflecting on when journaling.


This was a new technique I tried! I usually mix and match alphabet stickers but I thought taking some of the different fonts on the stencils and mixing and matching those, would make a cool title! I found all the letters I needed to spell out “under” and used a black pitt pen to trace over them. I thought it turned out great!Final

The very last step was adding some more alphabet stickers to finish my title and then journaling what God was putting on my heart! I hope that you learned something new from this entry and that you found new meanings to Psalm 91:4-5! Have a blessed Sunday everyone!





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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.