Holidays

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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 


Handmade Holiday Ornament Trio with Gelatos & Holiday PITT Artist Pens

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial to make handmade holiday ornaments using Gelatos colors and Holiday PITT pens! Let me list the supplies before I show you how to make these ornaments with basic tools and supplies.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® -

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents - Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Holiday PITT Artist Pen set

Other - cardstock, thread, trimmer, scissors, pencil


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Start by trimming 4x4 inches squares out of white cardstock, six pieces for each ornament.

Fold squares in halves. Draw a tree, a gift box and a house with pencil. Cut out with scissors.

Using the first piece as template, cut the other five pieces for each ornament design.


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Cut about three pieces of thread or twine, each to 6 inches. 

With Gel Medium, attach the matching design pieces back to back. Before attaching the last piece, fold the thread in half and place between the previous and final piece to make a loop.


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Color the tree ornament with Mango, Comet and Satellite Gelatos colors. Blend with water.


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Once dry, make marks on the tree ornament with the green Holiday PITT pen.


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Color the gift box ornament with Mars, Odyssey and Gold Champagne Gelatos colors.


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Add details to the ornament with the red and gold PITT pens.


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Color the house ornament with Odyssey and Aqua Dolce Gelatos.


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Add details with the Gold and Black PITT pens.


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Now, your ornaments are ready to decorate your tree or give as gifts.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun making your own handmade ornaments!

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How to Create Plaid Patterned Paper with Gelatos Plus 3 Projects

Diana Trout here today with a tutorial on making festive plaid patterned paper for some holiday paper crafting.

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Here are the supplies you need to get crafting:

Gelatos
Pitt Pens (Bold or Stampers, I used grays, yellows and mint)
Mixed Media paper (about 100#) 8"x10" 
Glass Bead Glitter Gel
Punches, card base, ribbons
Ruler

Check the video below for more information.




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Begin by using your ruler and Gelatos to create as parallel to the edge of the paper  as you can. The T-square ruler I use works to keep your drawn line parall, but you can just eyeball it:.look at the paper edge as you draw your line.  You'll be surprisied at how much straighter your line will be! Don't worry about wiggly lines, but do try to keep the lines parallel. 

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Draw thick and thin lines to fill the paper. Rub the lines with either your finger, a sponge or a slightly dry baby wipe (I love the firm sponge that comes in the Gelatos pack).  Turn the paper vertically and draw in some intersecting lines. I suggest using a darker color for these lines such as Squid Ink. 

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This is your background plaid. Your paper may look a little messy now but at the last step, it'll come together. I promise. Once you've smooshed the Gelatos into the paper, it won't come off and you'll be able to use Pitt Pens over top.

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To complete the plaid pattern, use your ruler and Pitt Pens to draw straight, parallel lines. This step will pull your plaid together. Once again, use thick and thin lines by using the tip and side of the Pitt Pens. I used light colors and grays that were harmonizing.

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Three Projects: 

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1. Make a simple card by cutting a plaid triangle, a little trunk and a star. I added a sentiment and some twine.

See the photo at the top of this post for the examples of the next two projects.

2. Use punches, dies or scissors to create tags. Add a stamped or handwritten TO and FROM stamps and some Glass Bead Glitter Gel (sparkly!) to the edges of the tags. Thread with some ribbon. 

3.  Make a gift card holder. The internet is full of ideas on this project. I use a piece of paper, 5" x 4 1/4"

Hold the paper with the longer side at the top and bottom and score at 1 3/8" on each of the short sides and 3/4" from the bottom. Trim away some of the outside corners. Fold the scored sides in and glue. Fold the scored bottom up and glue. Cut a "V" shape or use a circle punch to add a finger hold to the top of the gift card holder. 

I hope you enjoy these projects today. My favorite part of  holiday preparations is crafting! 


Holiday Art with Holiday Lettering PITT Pens

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a Holiday art tutorial for you! Whether you are looking to make a quick home decor or just de-stress in your art journal, I hope you'll find today's tutorial using the Holiday Lettering Mixed Nib Set of PITT Artist pens inspiring.

Let's look at the supplies before I walk you through the steps.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Holiday Lettering Mixed Nib Set of PITT Artist pens

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Other: Watercolor paper, trimmer, star die-cut, scissors, paint brush


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Trim watercolor paper into 1 inch wide strips. Cut the strips into smaller pieces as shown with scissors, with the smallest piece at the top and increasing the length as you go down. Picture the conical shape of a Christmas tree in your mind. Ink the edges of each strip with the Black 199 B nib PITT pen.


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Handletter Christmas words, alternating between Permanent Green Olive 167 and Pale Geranium Lake 121 B nib PITT pens, on the above strips. Take your time to hand letter - it doesn't have to be perfect but being patient will certainly improve the quality of writing.


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Color the star die-cut with the Gold 250 Bullet Nib pen. Use the same pen to color a stem for your tree.


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Arrange the pieces to create your tree and attach them to the page with gel medium.

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Make simple marks around the focal point as shown with the Permanent Green Olive 167 and Pale Geranium Lake 121 B nib PITT pens and Gold 250 Bullet Nib pen to finish.

I hope you enjoy this Holiday Lettering Pen set as much as I did!

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Last Minute Christmas Cards

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Hello artists and fellow procrastinators! This is Rachel Kleinman joining you today, and I am a master procrastinator whether I like it or not (and I know I'm not alone!). I'm sharing two fast and last minute holiday cards using the Gelatos® of the Week, Iced Currant.

The stag head card focuses on stamping with Gelatos®, which was one of the first techniques I ever used with Gelatos® years ago. The background was created by coloring Lime Gelatos® on a stamp, misting it with water to activate the pigment, then pressing my watercolor paper directly on top of the stamp. Then I also added Texture Luxe™ Gold over the Mixed Media Stencil 101 diamond pattern. The Stag itself was stamped with Ice Currant Gelatos®, but then I added a lot of shading with my Stamper's Big Brush Pens (watch this part in the video!)

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Of course I have a quick video to go with the quick card! Watch it here

 

 

My next card is very simple and really packs a punch! I covered the card panel with Iced Current Gelatos® mixed with Glaze medium, then used a 102 Collection stencil with Texture Luxe™ Pearl to create candy cane stripes.

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The letters to spell Joyeux Noel were made with the alphabet stencil from the Stencil 301 collection and Metallic Mint Gelatos®. I fussy cut the letters and adhered them over silver ribbon using Gel Medium. Easy easy!

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I also have a video for this card! Watch it here!

Thanks for joining me today. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

 

SUPPLIES:

Gelatos®: Iced Currant, Metallic Mint, Lime

Texture Luxe™ Paste: Gold, Pearl

Mixed Media Stencils: 101 Collection, 102 Collection, 301 Collection

Stamper's Big Brush Pens: Black, Scarlet Red, Green Olive

Design Memory Craft Glaze

Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

 

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DIY Christmas Ornament (Gelatos Color of the Week: Iced Currant)

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I love making Christmas ornaments to add to the tree. Here's one using this week's Faber-Castell Gelatos ® Color of the Week: Iced Currant:

Supplies:

Gelatos - Iced Currant, Green Tea

Glaze

Plastic Bulb Ornament

Palette Knives

Spray Bottle filled with Water

Craft Mat

Muslin

Canvas

Alphabet Stamps

Ink

Fabric Glue

Dry Adhesive

Ribbon

Wire

Beads

Paper Towels

Heat Gun (optional)

 

Instructions:

 Start by cutting off about 1/4" chunk of Iced Current Gelatos with a palette knife. Use the pallet knife to mash it down onto your craft mat.  


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Mix in about 2 tablespoons of Glaze.
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Use your palette knife to drip it into the bulb.
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Rotate the bulb so that the Gelatos + Glaze mixture covers it completely.
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Allow it to sit upside down to help it spread out, then put it upright, placing the mixture back inside and allowing it to spread around again.  You may need to do this a few times to build up a good coverage.  When finished,  allow any remaining mixture to drain out and allow the bulb to dry.

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Chop off about 1/4" of Green Tea Gelatos and add a few sprays of water to it as you mash it out.  Keep mixing it until you have a think consistency without any lumps.
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Add in your muslin and stir and flip it all around in the diluted Gelatos to dye it.  Add more sprays of water if you need it.  It's helpful to use a palette knife or two to do it so your hands don't turn green.
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Once finished, spread it out onto some paper towels and remove some of the moisture. You can use a heat gun to dry it if you're in a hurry.
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Use alphabet stamps and ink to stamp a word or phrase onto a piece of canvas and then adhere it to the green muslin fabric strip using fabric glue.
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To adhere the fabric pieces onto the bulb it's helpful to use a dry adhesive on the back side of the fabric so it can be positioned onto the bulb. Use fabric glue to glue the ends together.

Re-assemble the ornament pieces together and use wire and bead to embellish it.
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And when it's finished, enjoy it on your tree or give it as a gift!

ERIN

 

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Shimmery Holiday Card with Silver Ice Gelatos®

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Hi everyone, Mou here today with a shimmery holiday card tutorial using Silver Ice Gelatos®! It's quick and easy. Gather the supplies listed below and follow along.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® : Silver Ice, Iced Chai

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent: Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens: BLACK

Other: Watercolor paper, ledger paper or another print paper, scissors, stamp, palette/ craft mat, paint brush, water

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Trim watercolor paper down to your favorite size and fold in half to make the card base. Rub Silver Ice Gelatos softly on the surface and blend with water.

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Did you know that you can use your Gelatos with stamps? Just gently rub Silver Ice Gelatos on a scripty background stamp. Then huff on it or spritz it with a little water to activate the pigment. Stamp all over the card using this technique. Remember that we are simply trying to create an interesting background, so the stamping does not need to be perfect. In fact, in this case, the more imperfection the better.

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Rub some Iced Chai Gelatos on a palette or craft mat and activate with water. Splatter the diluted pigment on the card as shown.

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Use the same stamp with the Iced Chai Gelatos to create another shimmery layer to your card.

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Take some ledger or print or another found paper and cut it into a Christmas tree. Again, the more childish your cut, the better!

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Attach the tree to the card with Gel Medium. Add a small banner piece below the tree and write your greetings on it with Essential PITT Artist pen to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial! A very Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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So Cute, Clothespin, Angel Ornaments

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Hi Loves. Tiare here.  I've got a serious love thang for angels.  This quick, cute idea makes my heart pitter-patter and is a great, crafty project to do alone, with friends or with the kids.  

So grab this week's color Gelatos® Silver Ice and let's make some last minute, angel ornaments.   Here's how...

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String a large round bead onto twine and tie a knot at the top and bottom of the bead, to hold bead into place.  Be sure to leave a loop at the top and a little twine hanging at the bottom.   Add a drop of adhesive in the opening of the clothespin.  Place the bottom of twine inside, let clothespin close onto twine.  Set aside to dry. 

 

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Paint clothespins using Texture Luxe™ Gold.

 

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Once dried,  cut a few pieces of burlap for the wings. Tie at center to create the look of wings. Adhere to back of clothespin. Use Gelatos® Iced Chai to add interest to wings.  Add a bit of shine by scribbling on wings using Texture Gems™ Gold and add a bit of sparkle by adding some Glass Bead Glitter Gel to  bottom half of clothespin. 

 

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Finish it off by coloring on some Gelatos® Silver Ice onto a piece of paper, punch out star shapes and adhere to your angel. 

 

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Here's a little close up so you can see some of the sparkle!

Tada!

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Me in PinkTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, challenges and more. 

Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com


Geometric Trees Winter Locket

Hey friends!  Adrianne Surian with you here today to share a fun jewelry idea - showcase your mixed media art inside a glass locket.  This simple geometric winter design featuring the Gelatos® color of the week, Metallic Mint, is versatile enough for your next Christmas party right up through the beginning of spring.

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What even better about this project is that you can change out the art inside anytime you like - consider this accessory a tiny frame for your miniature mixed media.  Showcase your personality with any of your favorite artwork, or just read on to re-create this simple stenciled design.  

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You can get the full supply list at the bottom of this post.   You may notice above that I included some stamping supplies, but in the end, I decided that simple was better (a small canvas is easy to fill, after all)!  You'll just need to do some basic mixing, stenciling, and texture painting.

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Begin by tracing a circle the same size as the opening in your locket (in my case, 1-1/4 inches).  Alternately, if you have a circle hole punch in the correct size, you may simply use that.  

Apply Gelatos in Elderberry directly to the background, and blend it with a damp brush or sponge for a background with a watercolor effect.  Then, prepare Gel Medium for the trees by cutting off a small piece of Gelatos sticks in Iced Pear, and the color of the week, Metallic Mint.  Mix a small amount of Gel Medium with each color until well-blended.  (You may also choose to add a hint of Glass Bead Glitter Gel to the Metallic Mint mix, like I did, for extra texture on the darker trees!)

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Using the Triangle Stencil from the 101 Stencil Collection, overlap layers of trees ranging from lighter in the background to darker and more textural in the foreground.  I layered a thin watercolor coat of Metallic Mint Gelatos, then a layer of Iced Pear Gelatos mixed with Gel Medium, and finally a layer of Metallic Mint Gelatos mixed with Glass Bead Glitter Gel.  (Note: allow each layer to dry in between before applying the next.)

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Finally, apply Texture Luxe in the color Pearl to the bottom of the circle to provide a snowy base for your art.  You can also add a few dots in the air as snowflakes, or paint a bit of snow onto the textured trees.  

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To showcase your art inside the locket, make sure that it's fully dry and cut (or punch) it to the correct size to fit inside.  My locket has an interior diameter of 1-1/4 inches which makes a nice size for jewelry.  Then simply close the locket for wear, and reopen it at any time to change the artwork inside!

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I hope you enjoyed this simple winter design, and that you're inspired to proudly wear your own art this season - or give it as a gift!  Handmade jewelry gifts like this are easy to put together and they're especially personal to your loved ones, who can own a bit of your art without worrying if it suits their decor or if they have space for it.  There's always space right next to their heart!

Adrianne Surian

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Holiday Tags with Metallic Mint Gelatos®

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Hi everyone, Mou here today to show you how quickly you can make  your own holiday gift tags! 

Gather the following supplies before you start:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos®:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Tag Collection

Others: watercolor paper, red twine, scissors

Let's get started.

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Start with white tags. I die cut mine out of white watercolor paper. You can also buys packs of tags at any craft store.

Rub Metallic Mint Gelatos® on the tags and blend with water.

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Color the punch hole protectors with Iced Chai Gelatos®.

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Attach the punch hole protectors to the tags using Gel Medium.

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Add some texture to the tags using the dots stencil, Texture Luxe Gold and a palette knife. Simply lay the stencil over the tag, hold the stencil in place and apply medium with palette knife.

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Cut small lengths of red twine and thread them through the tag holes.

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Write ‘To’ and ‘From’ to each tag with black PITT Artist pen, B tip.

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Fill in the names. Tie them to your gifts. And there you have it!

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and will try making your own gift tags this holiday!

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