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September 2018

October 2018

Batty "Hang in There" Card

All of the materials used in this project (except the paper) can be found in the Mixed Media Tin


I used a piece of folded watercolor paper for this card but thick cardstock would work just fine.

1. Using the black Albrecht Dürer watercolor pencil (with your card upside down) draw the outline of a bat.

  • Start with a wave shape that almost touches the top of your paper (remember the card is flipped upside down so it will actually almost be touching the bottom of the paper)
  • Draw two arches towards the center of the "wave line"
  • Where the two arches meet, draw a small head and ears.


2. Color in the outline of the bat with the black Albrecht Dürer watercolor pencil.


3. Use a small brush and water to blend the color


4. Use the PITT Artist brush pen to write "Hang in There" (or whatever you would like your card to say)








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

How To Create An Ombre Effect!

Hey there! It's Nicole from @plansthatblossom back with another tutorial!

This time, I'm going to be showing you how to create an ombre gradient effect without the complex layering that can sometimes bleed through your pages!




Step 1: Choose your colors!
Think about what type of gradient you'd like to choose, and pick colors that complement one another. Organize them in the order that you would like them to appear on your page. I use my beloved Faber-Castell pitt artist brush pens - they come in so many colors, so the possibilities are endless!

Step 2: Choose direction!
Once your colors and order are chosen, think about how you'd like to lay it out. You could go from dark to light, or light to dark... you can have the colors meet one another in the center of your shape... or you can even color an object based on how light would hit it to give it a touch of realism.

Step 3: Let's Do This!
Choose your starting point and carefully start adding color one by one!

Here, I've shown you a few different styles to try!
A fun way to elevate this style, is to use different color stories. For instance... you can use an autumn palette, or even get fun with it and try a rainbow!


Now that you're well versed in making simple ombre gradients, try applying them to different shapes and doodles!

Not a doodlebug, but want to try out your new skills? Download free printable here.

Interested in applying this technique but not sure where to start? Faber-Castell USA has lovely curated pitt artist brush pen collection packs that have everything you need!


Thanks so much! Enjoy!



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.

Used my cute Connector watercolors for this ode to my favorite coffee! These colors are super saturated and bright! Perfect for painting happy and bright things such as a pumpkin heart on a latte. 🧡🧡 I love these paints because you can mix and match the colors you’ll be using and create your own temporary custom palette with so much ease. Love them! 


Finished this illustration off with my Pitt Artist Pens in Brush tip and Small tip.




 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.

How To Draw Planner Doodles!

Hello again! It’s Nicole from Plans That Blossom - I’ve teamed up with Faber-Castell once again to show you how to draw 5 fun little planner-related doodles!


I often get asked how to get started with drawing, and my 2 biggest pieces of advice would be…

Start simple. Everything is made up of basic shapes pieced together, and if you take it step by step, you can draw anything!

Practice! If drawing is something you want to improve on, make time for it in your life! Doodle something every day, join a challenge, or even carry around my favorite Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pen in your bag, and use it to doodle on napkins and receipts when you’re on the go!

I’ve chosen 5 planner icons, and broken them down into 4 simple steps each. Follow along and keep practicing!


Fun Tips:
-Try adding a thicker outline using a thicker nib pen. I suggest using Pitt Artist Pens in size XS and S for the base, then outlining it with size F or M to make it stand out!

-Add a shadow along the side and bottom edge using a grey Pitt Artist Brush Pen (my favorite is warm grey 272!) You’ll be surprised how much this can elevate something so simple!

-To push it even further, color in your doodle! You can do this with colored pencils, markers, watercolors - whatever you feel comfortable with! (Check out Faber-Castell’s website to see all the incredible products they have available)

-Lastly, remember that no one is perfect… doodles are just that, doodles. Imperfections are what make each individual style unique - Embrace it!


If you’re not a doodlebug, keep an eye out for a fun printable sheet filled with doodles that you can use in your own journal!

Thanks, and enjoy!



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.

Handlettered Halloween Decor with PITT pens


Hi everyone, Mou here with a handlettered and illustrated Halloween decor using Faber-Castell PITT Pens and Goldfaber color pencils!

To make this project, I am using the following:

Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen B Studio Box of 48 - Crimson 134, Purple Violet 136, Magenta 133, Pale Geranium Lake 121, Dark Chrome Yellow 109, Orange Glaze 113, Green Gold 268, Raw Umber 180, Cold Grey IV 233, Light Flesh 132 and Black 199

Faber-Castell Stamper's Big Brush Pens - Scarlet Red 118, Walnut Brown 177 (Or, Nougat 178)

Faber-Castell Color Pencil Goldfaber Metal Tin of 48

'Hello Fall' Printable Collection of 30 Autumn-themed Images with Bonuses & Extras

Now, let's start coloring.


This is an image I drew myself. You could draw your own or choose one from this printable collection.


Start by coloring the pumpkins with Stampers Big Brush pen Scarlet Red 118.


Color the leaves with Crimson 134, Purple Violet 136, Dark Chrome Yellow 109, Green Gold 268, and Pale Geranium Lake 121 as shown.


Add a second layer of color to the pumpkins in alternate sections as shown using Orange Glaze 113.

Color as follows -

  • the acorns with Green Gold 268 and Cold Grey IV 233
  • the oval ring border with Magenta 133
  • the witch and cat with Cold Grey IV 233
  • the broom with Raw Umber 180
  • the moon with Light Flesh 132

Of course, these are just my color choices. Feel free to choose your own favorites.


Start filling in the letters with Stamper's Big Brush pen Walnut Brown 177, adding variations with Black 199 and Cold Grey IV 233.


Now that you have finished coloring the main design, it's time to fill in softer colors to the negative spaces. For that, I am using the Goldfaber Color pencils. I am staying with the same color palette that I chose for my PITT Pens. For a soft look, add the colors with gentle pressure and blend into one another.


Finally, color around the entire piece with the Grey 273 Goldfaber color pencil to finish.

I hope you enjoyed our coloring exercise and once you finish, you can display the piece in a frame as seasonal festive decor for your home!