PITT® Artist Pens

Blending Gelatos for Summer!

Today we are celebrating the Summer Solstice. We will use Gelatos to blend fun colors to create a festive artwork for Summer. Gelatos® are compact acid-free color sticks that glide on creamy smooth for vibrant color and coverage. All Gelatos blend easily with or without water.

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Using watercolor paper, start by lightly “coloring” on your paper with the Faber-Castell Gelatos. Don’t press too hard! A little goes a long way.

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Using a dry Faber-Castell blending sponge, start rubbing in small, circular motions until the color is smooth across your paper.

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Take the Pitt Artist big black brush pen and letter your quote! (Thick on the down strokes, and thin on the upstrokes.)

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This marker has really nice, dark ink, and the ink won’t fade, which is exactly what we want!

Take the metallic silver 1.5 marker and draw a thin line through the middle of each down stroke on your quote.

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Admire your work!

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 Happy Summer Solstice!

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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.


 


Learn to Letter with Pitt Artist Brush Pens

Hey everyone! It’s Erin from @the.lettering.fern and I am here to talk about the basics of lettering. I am going to break down all the basic strokes for you. These strokes are what you would call the outline, or the basic “rules” of lettering. I say “rules” in parenthesis because once you develop some muscle memory you are going to want to break the rules to start developing your own style! Let’s get to it. 

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To start I used a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen with a brush tip. You can tell the difference between the brush tip and the monoline tip by the letter on the cap and at the end of the pen. The brush tip will have a B and the monoline tip will have a letter that corresponds to the size of the pen, example S= 0.3mm.

 

Before we even talk about strokes, I am going to give you a quick anatomy lesson of line spacing. There are basically 4 lines you want to keep in mind. The very top line is the ascender. This is where all the tall letters like to hang out like h, l, k, t, the tops of these letters will touch this line. The next line is called the waist. Think about your waist is in the middle of your body and this is the middle line. Most of the basic strokes will hang out in this area (along with letters like m, n, e, r, s). Next you have the baseline, all letters will touch this line. The letters that have a tail like g, j, and p will  go below to the very bottom line called the descender.


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Now, let’s talk about the first two strokes: the upstroke and the downstroke. This is where you get the pressure of lettering into your muscle memory. One of the most important things to remember to get the different weighted lines is thin/light upstrokes and thick/hard downstrokes. When you are doing an upstroke you will start at the bottom of your line, the baseline. Then using the tip of your pen draw a light thin line to the waist. When you are doing a downstroke it is the opposite. Start at the waist, pushing with a pressure you are comfortable with, draw a slight S shape. For the downstrokes I have found holding my pen at about a 45 degree angle helps. Practice these about a billion times (you think I am kidding but the more you practice the happier your hand will be).

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The next strokes are the overturn and underturn. The under turn looks just like a U and the overturn is, well, just an upside down U. These strokes help you combine your upstrokes and downstrokes in a fluid way. To form the overturn stroke start at the baseline and work your way up to the waist with a thin upstroke but as you approach the top slightly curve, follow an arch shape, and head back down to the baseline with your thicker (more pressurized) downstroke. The underturn is the exact opposite. This time start at the was it with a thick downstroke and as you approach the baseline start that curve into an upside down arch shape and head back up to the waistline just like you are making the letter U. Remember as you are headed back up to the waistline it should be a thin upstroke. Lettters you will need this stroke for: m, n, y, u.

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After you have practiced the overturn and underturn a million times you can combine them into a compound curve. For the compound curve you start with the overturn but when you are finished you immediately head into the underturn stroke. This is a fun one to practice because you really develop your muscle memory of the pressure you need to get the ups and downs. Always remember up is thin, down is thick. Letters you will need this stroke for: h, v, x.

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The next stroke is called the oval, well, because it looks like an oval. This stroke will come in handy for letters like a, q, o, g, even c if you can believe it. This stroke is also kind go tricky because you are going to want to start at the waist line and you really need to be starting half way in between the waist and baseline. You are going to start with a small upstroke, arch around on the waistline into a thick downstroke, arch around again on the baseline into a thin upstroke to finish off the oval. Starting in the middle of the two lines helps to give the oval a more rounded look. Letters you will need this stroke for: g, d, p, b, q.

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The last two strokes include loops. Yes, I said loops. There will be a descending loop and an ascending loop. Do you remember the anatomy of the lines earlier? Then you guessed it! The descending loop will stretch down to the descending line and the ascending loop up to the ascending line. Let’s break down these strokes starting with the descending stroke. You will start this stroke at the waistline, do a thick downstroke to the descending line and then curve back up with a thin upstroke and connect the loop at the baseline. The ascending loop will start at the waistline, do a thin upstroke to start the loop, once you get to the ascending line curve back down into a thick downstroke  all the way down to the baseline (make sure your starting point connects the loop to the downstroke). Letters you will need these strokes for: f, h, k, j, g.

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And that’s a wrap! You know are in the loop on the basics of lettering. I have also included a short (but real time) video of myself writing out each of these strokes. Remember these things: don’t get frustrated if your hand isn’t doing what you want it to do right away, build up that muscle memory with practice, thin=upstroke, thick=downstroke, and have fun!

 

Happy Lettering!

~Erin

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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 you!

 


Bullet Journaling 101 - Add Some Doodles!

Dress Up Your Doodles!


Step 1: Create a cute little doodle with clean lines.

Step 2: Add a border/outline to your doodle using a thicker pen.

Step 3: Add interest to your doodle by adding color, details, and shadow! (Pro-tip: try stippling for a fun way to create detail and dimension!)

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Supplies Used:
-Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Superfine
    Black 199***

    Middle Purple Pink 125***
-Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Medium
    Black 199***
-Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Brush
    
Warm Grey III 272***

Check out: Faber-Castell Mix & Match Essential Pitt Artist Pens Set!

~Nicole

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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 lists.

 


Bullet Journaling 101 - Drawing A Simple Box

I've partnered with @fabercatellusa to bring you a few tutorials on how to add interest and dimension to your journal! With just a few tips and tricks, these tutorials can help bring your journaling to the next level!

Let's start with a simple box!
Step 1: Simply draw your shape with clean corners and straight lines.

Step 2: Give your shape dimension by creating a faux layer underneath. (Pro-tip: if using a dotted journal, just go over one dot, and down one dot for uniformity)

Step 3: Add depth by using a light brush marker along the bottom and right edges of your shapes.


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Supplies Used:
-Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen -    
    Size S (Black 199***)
    Size S (Deep Scarlet Red 219***)
    Size S (Orange Glaze 113***)
    Brush (Warm Grey III 272***)

Check out: Faber-Castell Mix & Match Pitt Artist Pens Writing Set!

 Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my tutorials!
For more information on the products, please go to www.fabercastell.com

All my best!
-Nicole 

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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 lists.


Art Journaling with Mixed Media Transfers

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Hi everyone, Mou here with an art journaling tutorial using Mixed Media Transfers.

If you are unfamiliar with the Mixed Media Transfers, be sure to check out this video where I explain the features of this product.

For today's art journal page, I have chosen the Mixed Media Transfers - Feathers.

Let's look at all the supplies I used on this page.

SUPPLIES:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Transfers - Feathers

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® 15CT: TRANSLUCENTS

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist Pens® Lettering Set: Modern Lettering

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big White Pen

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils RED

Other - Watercolor paper, scissors, pencil, paper trimmer


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Start by transferring your favorite feather images from the Mixed Media Transfers - Feathers to watercolor paper using the craft stick included with the transfers. Cut the images out with scissors.


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Trim watercolor paper to 9 x 9 inches. Color it with Gelatos colors TRANSLUCENTS. When dry, attach the cut-out feathers with gel medium as shown.


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Handletter 'Tread Gently" with the SB Tip PITT pen from the Modern Lettering Set following the curve of the feather. Make marks with the SB PITT pen, Stamper's Big White pen and pencil around the page.


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Add some more marks with watercolor pencils. Along the right edge, add the quote - Tread softly. All the earth is holy ground. - Christina Rossetti with watercolor pencil to finish.

Hope this art journal page had you thinking of using your art supplies in different ways and combinations.

Happy crafting!
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Bible Journaling

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a Bible Journaling tutorial using the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Bible Journaling Kit. 

SUPPLIES:

 

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Bible Journaling Kit

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents & Tools - Gel Medium, GlazeGesso, Whipped Spackle, Gelatos Tool Kit

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Collapsible Water Cup

Silicone Spatula (from Honey Medium Starter kit - you can use a brush instead)

Scissors

Watercolor paper (I used 140 lb cold press by Canson, cut to 9x9 inches)


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The Bible I have does not have a wide margin, so I make color copies of the verses, trim around with scissors and attach to a wider piece of watercolor paper with Gel Medium. You may not need to do this step if your Bible is designed for journaling.

Apply Gesso around the verse and even layer on parts of the verse that you don't plan to focus on. Let dry.


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Add some color to the page using the highlighter Gelatos from the kit. Blend with water.


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Lay the stencil Trust His Path on the page and apply Whipped Spackle with a palette knife.


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Doodle a frame around your chosen verse with a PITT pen.


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Cut out a phrase from the kit with scissors to attach to the page. Add a diecut or sticker to decorate.


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Rub some more Gelatos colors on and blend it with a coat of glaze over the whole page. Let dry completely.


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Doodle some feathers around the verse with PITT pen.


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Handletter the verse near the framed verse and doodle a frame around it with the Metallic Gold PITT pen. Make marks and add more touches of gold all around the page to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will find the Bible Journaling Kit very useful in your own art practice!

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Create Your Own Stylish Bullet Journal Pages

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial to create your own bullet journal pages using the Journaling Art PITT Artist Pen set from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft. The set comes with three fine and brush nib Pitt Artist Pens® in Black, Blue and Green and a Textliner for highlighting along with super cute designer stencils. If you have this set, the only other thing you need is a plain journal or even make one yourself by folding some cardstock. Let me show you how I created my bullet journal page.


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Use the XS tip Black PITT pen to trace the stencil shapes to lay the foundation of your page.


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Use the S tip blue pen to add the icons.


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Write the dates with the B tip green PITT pen.


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Fill in your journal entries with the blue pen.


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Highlight with the textliner and doodle all around.

The doodling, of course, is totally optional. You may not have the time to do it on every page or you can add only a few doodles to each page. I love to doodle with the black pen to visually represent my journal entries. For example, I'm reading a book called The Unicorn in the Barn which inspired the unicorn on the top right of the page. We have a milestone birthday coming up, so I drew presents, cake, the birthday boy and his dog, the flowers are all that I am seeing whenever I am outside (I live in the Garden State) and so on and so forth.

Whether you have a little time or a lot, or you like it simple or detailed, this Journaling Art set is sure to become a staple in your bullet journaling!

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Make a Snazzy Frame with the Mandala Art Set

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial for creating a snazzy paper frame using the Mandala Art set from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft!

Let's start by looking at the supplies.

SUPPLIES

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist Pens®: Mandala Art

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK

White cardstock

Ruler

Pencil

Adhesive

Craft knife

Self healing craft mat

1" Circle punch/ die/ scissors

 

Now, let me walk you through the steps.


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Trim cardstock to 8.5 x 5.5 inches. You can also choose your favorite size. You'll need three pieces.

Start by tracing the outlines of the mini mandala stencil from the set using the S tip pens, altering the colors as shown. You'll need twelve of the mandalas for the given dimensions.


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Fill colors in the traced mandalas with the B tip pens as shown.


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If you have 1" circle punch or dies, you can place them framing the colored mandalas and punch or diecut them. You can also cut around the mandalas with scissors.


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Attach the mandalas along the outer edges of the second piece of cardstock on all four sides.


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With ruler and pencil, mark an opening in the page. Placing the page on a self healing craft mat, carefully cut the opening with craft knife.

Use a ruler to draw lines along the edges with Black XS tip PITT pen from the Essential set.

You can place a photo behind the frame. I decided to add a quote hand-lettered with the Black B tip PITT pen on the third piece of cardstock.

Use the frame to jazz up a scrapbook layout or a card. Or give it as a gift.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and will try this lovely Mandala Art set!

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A Quotable Quote with Modern Calligraphy Kit

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a lettering tutorial using the Modern Calligraphy Kit from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft! I chose a quote that rings true in my heart - Creativity takes courage by one of my most favorite artists of all time, Henri Matisse.

Before we begin, let me list the supplies you'll need to follow along.

SUPPLIES:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Modern Calligraphy Kit

Watercolor paper ( I used 140 lb cold press by Canson)

Palette

And now, let me walk you through the steps.

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Use the curve tool from the kit to draw some light pencil lines with the Goldfaber 6B Graphite pencil as shown. These lines will be your baseline for your words.


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Write your quote with the same pencil.


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Go over the pencil lines with the B tip PITT pen. It is okay to make corrections at this stage. I changed how I wrote 'courage' in the previous step.


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Use the curve to add a line under 'courage' to emphasize the word.


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In a different font, add the author's name using the SB tip PITT pen.


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Squeeze little drops of the highly pigmented watercolor paints from the tubes in the kit onto a palette. Using the waterbrush, add small patches of color around the quote to finish the piece.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and be sure to try out the Modern Calligraphy Kit. With all the pieces provided including a lined practice pad in the kit, you'll be lettering beautiful quotes yourself in no time!
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Introducing Mixed Media Transfers

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a video to introduce you to the brand new Mixed Media Transfers from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft! In this video, I talk about the key differences between these Mixed Media Transfers and scrapbooking rub-ons that some of you might be familiar with and I also walk you through the techniques of application and coloring theses transfers. I used Mixed Media Transfers from the Tropical and Words set to create pretty postcards and notecards in this example and you can also make lovely additions to your art projects with the Feathers and Flowers sets.

Click the play button below or follow this link to watch the video.


I hope you enjoyed the video. Try these out and I know that you’ll have fun!


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