PITT® Artist Pens

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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Bullet Journaling with PITT Pens

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a bullet journaling page using the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist Pens®: Journaling Art!


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The PITT Artist Pens®: Journaling Art set includes

  • Three Pitt Artist Pens® -  India ink, permanent, lightfast and will not bleed through pages - perfect for writing, doodling, planning, even tracing and filling in designer stencils
  • One Textliner - water-based, ideal for highlighting important events and notes
  • Designer Stencils with all the daily icons you'll need to plan

The only other materials I used for this bullet journal page are white cardstock, pencil and a straight edge. I'll show you how I designed my own journal/planner page using this set. You could also use a planner or journal of your choice.


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If you are designing your planner page, start at the very top. Trace the wavy banner using the PITT Artist pen COBALT GREEN 156 S-tip.


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Use a straight edge to draw a light pencil line down the center of the page. Trace the mini square in the designer stencil, the dotted lines and the banner on both sides of the line as shown using the same COBALT GREEN pen.


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Add decorative shadows to the traced elements using LEAF GREEN 112 B-Tip PITT pen.


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Start entering the events, appointments, reminders and other important details to your planner page using the designer stencils and BLACK 199 S-tip PITT pen. Add decorative touches to fill up the rest of the page.


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Use the neon straightliner to highlight the important entries on your page.


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Start decorating the remainder of the page with doodles as shown. This is totally optional but you might find doodling quite relaxing!
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I hope you'll try the PITT Artist Pens®: Journaling Art set.
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Quick & Easy Notecards with PITT Artist Pens®: Mandala Art

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial for quick and easy note cards using PITT Artist Pens®: Mandala Art.


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To make these note cards, all you need are:

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

Watercolor paper, trimmed to 5.5 x 5.5 inches each

Ribbon (optional)


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Lay the mini Mandala stencil along the top edge of the paper. Trace the designs with the two S-tip pens as shown.

Repeat two more rows alternating the colors and turning the stencil to alternate the designs.


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Color in the shapes as shown, again, alternating the colors using both the S-tip and B-tip pens.


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Here's the finished note card, super simple and quick! Just turn it over to write your message.

Or, create a whole bunch, stack them neatly and tie with a ribbon to give as a gift!
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Color Layering and the Intro to Watercolor with Gelatos Kit

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The Intro to Watercolor with Gelatos kit includes a rainbow of colors, a water brush, and a silicone craft tray for mixing colors.  Naturally, you can use watercolor paper, but you can use other surfaces as well. Carolyn Dube here sharing how to watercolor in an altered journal.


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The first thing I do is add a layer of gesso.  This will help strengthen the page since this is an old beat up book that is about to have water added to it.

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Once it is completely dry, I stamp an image on the page.   Perfect stamping is not needed here, because the color of the Gelatos will define the lines and areas.

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Rub the Gelatos onto the silcone craft tray.  Using the water brush, pick a color and start coloring in the stamped image.  You can custom mix colors by dipping the brush in one than another.  Here I dipped in the Bubble Gum and Banana to create my own deep orange.

 

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You can also rub the Gelatos right next to each other, then add water from the brush and mix the colors that way.  Which is the best way? Whichever one feels most comfortable to you! To build up the blooms, add one color on the edges of another color.  This creates subtle color blending.

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The leftover bits of color in the tray became a very subtle color wash by adding lots of water to them and then brushing the diluted color to the page.

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 To create the lettering, I drew the letters with an XS black Pitt Pen. Then I filled in all of the letters with the Cotton Candy Gelatos.  Next, I added Lime to only the top of the letters.  The final touch was a swipe of Bubble Gum on on the bottom of each letter.  The colors will blend and mix creating new colors along the way.  

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 Now it's your turn to play. Grab your Gelatos and have some watercolor fun!

 


20 Minute Watercolor Cards

Hi Gang, Diana Trout here today with the 20 Minute Watercolor Kit and my Reverse Stencil technique to use them. It's a beginner friendly technique that anyone will enjoy. 

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The new 20 Minute Watercolor Kit has all of the supplies that you need to make these cards. 

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Stencils
Watercolor Paints
A Watercolor Brush
3 Faber Castell Watercolor Pencils
An XS Faber Castell Pitt Pen
Paper

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Lettering takes some practice but here is a technique I call Faux Letter that helps you fake it.

Use a T Square ruler to draw a straight, light pencil line where you want your sentiment. Use your own handwriting! Just keep the pencil line light and spread the letters out a little. Go over the pencil lines until you are happy with the letters. I used the T Square for the ascenders (the upper loops on the "h" and "k" ) to make sure they are at the same height. 

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After you're happy with the lettering, ink it in with the XS Pitt pen included in the Kit. Thicken the lines of the writing where your stroke would be a down stroke. Make sure the ink is completely dry before gently erasing your pencil lines. You can do this after your watercoloring just make sure that you have left enough space on your watercolored page for the sentiment.

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Spray your watercolors down well and let them sit for a few minutes to get juicy. We're going to do some Blob Painting with the watercolors. Wet your paintbrush and pick up some juicy paint. Add a Blob to the paper and spread it out gently. I looked at the approximate size of the stencil flowers shapes and tried to keep them about that size. Don't sweat it. 

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Move around your paper and add color here and there, avoiding the area where your sentiment will go. You can drop more wet color into your wet areas on the paper and watch it spread. 
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Tips: Don't scrub the paper or add too much water. Let your paper dry completely before the last step. 

Once your paper is completely dry, decide where you want to place the flower stencils. Lay down the stencil and trace around with the XS Pitt pen. Move around until you have a pleasing composition. You can add to the flowers by doodling and filling in some areas with black. Just have fun with it. 

You could use a sentiment stamp on this card too if you don't want to letter.

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Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. See more of my art & tutorials on my Blog and YouTube channel


Word Art with Modern Calligraphy Kit

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Happy New Year everyone! Mou here today with a word art tutorial using the new Modern Calligraphy Kit from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft.

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The Modern Calligraphy Kit comes with

  • 4 tubes of Watercolor Paint - Red Violet, Yellow Gold, Emerald Green, Cobalt Blue
  • 3 PITT Artist pens - Black Soft Brush Nib, Black Brush Nib, Black 1.5 Bullet Nib
  • 1 Graphite Pencil
  • 1 Mini Waterbrush
  • Practice Pad
  • Envelope Template
  • Curves Template
  • Ruler
  • Design Guide

In addition to the kit, I used watercolor paper, table salt, eraser, Faber-Castell Collapsible Water Cup and Silicone Tray/ palette.


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Start by trimming watercolor paper to chosen size. I trimmed mine to 9 x 6 inches.

Squeeze out little dabs of Red Violet, Yellow Gold, and Cobalt Blue Watercolor paints on the silicone tray. Dilute paints with mini waterbrush and apply a wash on the watercolor paper. Let the colors blend naturally.

While the wash is still wet, sprinkle a little bit of table salt on the paper and let it sit till the wash dries. You'll notice that the paint will start to react with the salt creating interesting effects. I do not recommend using a heat tool for this step to keep the salt crystals from melting into the paper. Let it air dry and then gently shake off all the salt from the paper.


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Use the curve from the kit to draw a wavy line. My word art centers around the lyrics from a song by Boy and I felt this was appropriate because we all make resolutions and fresh starts when a year begins. Choose your favorite quote to create your own word art.

In the lyrics I chose, the word 'beginning' came at about the middle and was the most important word for me. So, that's the word I wrote first, lightly with the graphite pencil from the kit.


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I wrote the remaining words above and below 'beginning', also with pencil, rotating the curve as I felt fitted best.

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Go over the pencil work with the B nib PITT pen. The ink dries almost instantly. Once dry, you can erase any pencil lines.

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Use the brush pen to thicken some of the lines. Refer to the design guide for helpful tips on stylizing your letters. Remember, no matter where you start, your lettering skills will improve with practice.

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After you letter your quote, if you have some space left on your paper, you could add some decorative touches of your own. I painted some vines around mine with the watercolor paints and a brush. I used the curve as my guide for placing the vines. Just make sure that the focus of your art remains on the words and does not get overpowered by the decorative elements around it.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will venture into creating your own word art using the Modern Calligraphy Kit!
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Watercolor with Gelatos

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I recently got to create some greeting cards with the Watercolor With Gelatos set and had such a great time making greeting cards!

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This is what comes in the set. It's everything you need to get started.

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I started by cutting out a flower shape to use as a template. using my Essential Pitt Artist Pens, I traced the shape onto card stock.

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Next, I doodle in my flower petals and other details.

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I used different sized Pitt Pens to complete my doodled blooms.

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To add some color, I rubbed the Gelatos onto the silicone tray that's included and used my Deluxe Water brush to paint my flowers, slowly building layers of color.

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I did similar but different designs for 2 greeting cards.

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On my third piece of card stock I stamped a background pattern and used my Watercolor Gelatos set to add color.

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Using a combination of stamping and doodling I created a design that was a bit different than my first two cards, but still cohesive.

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After giving everything a bit of time to dry, I trimmed each piece of card stock down to size and adhered each to a blank, white greeting card. It's always nice to be able to include a handcrafted hello with a gift to a friend.

xo, Belen

 

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Iridescent Word Tags

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It's that time of year when many of us select a word to focus on for the year, rather than make traditional resolutions. This is something that I've done for the last several years. In 2018 my word will be "Intentional".

For me that means making more deliberate choices about what I spend my money on, the food that I eat, how I spend my time and who I give my energy to. I've found that having visual reminders helps keep my word at the forefront of my mind.

Today I've made some altered shipping tags with my own word, as well as one for a friend.

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I started by giving 2 shipping tags a generous coat of Gesso.

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I began building color by using one of my favorite techniques which is to scribble onto a craft sheet, with my Gelatos, and spritzing with water. First I used Stardust, which is part of the Iridescents set.


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Next, I did the same thing with Supernova and Nebula Gelatos, also from the Iridescents set. I just love where the colors run together and blend. That's where the magic starts to happen, for me!

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I brushed on some Gesso to help soften and unite the colors. Building layers is part of the fun, so don't worry about losing some of the vibrancy.

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To create texture, I added stamping using miscellaneous stamps that I had on hand.

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Using the same color Gelatos, I began adding color back in.

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To add even more texture, I used a stencil from the 301 Stencil Collection, and wiped off some of the color with a wet baby wipe.

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After letting my tags dry for a couple minutes, I used Essential PITT Artist Pens, and a Stampers Big White Pen to make some marks.

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Next, I tore thin strips of leftover muslin that I had on hand and used the same Gelatos to give them some color. I also added a few drops of ink and a bit of stamping.

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On another couple of pieces of muslin I stamped out my two words and ran a wonky stitch around them to attach them to the tags.

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I don't let my lack of sewing skills stop me. Instead, I embrace the wonky stitch and have at it.

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To finish off my tags, I used the torn strips of muslin like ribbon, and looped them through the holes. I also added a bit of contrasting color to the edges, using Black Hole, also from the Iridescents set, to create some depth.

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Thank you for following along. Wishing  you much, love, laughter, happiness in the coming year.

xo, Belen

 

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Colorful Cardboard Christmas Tree

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Carolyn Dube here sharing a whimsical Christmas decoration made by recycling one of the cardboard boxes that has shown up at my door.  It starts by cutting out 5 triangles for the tree and 5 rectangles for the trunk.  Why did I use cardboard? I love the ridges and texture in cardboard plus it is an easy to find supply. 

 

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Using Gelatos, I added a color to part of the tree.  For the green, I did something a little different by mixing 2 colors together so I could get just the shade that I was envisioning. You can create custom colors by blending different colors together.

 

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Next, I blended it with my finger.  Another option is to use water and a paintbrush to move the color around also but I love the feel of smearing the color so I opted for using my hands. On the smaller triangles I filled it in completely with color but on the larger triangles, I left the center plain because it was just going to be covered up when the tree was glued together.

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To glue it together, I used Gel Medium.  Then  I added a top coat of Gel Medium to seal the Gelatos so that I could add the next layer to it.  The tree trunk was attached using masking tape on the back. 

The back isn't glamorous at all, since the writing from the box is there too. Nobody will see the back because this will be hanging on a door in my art studio.  How will I hang it?  A Command Adhesive mount since this is so light.  After all it is just cardboard.

 

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Once the Gel Medium was completely dry, and it was very important that it is completely dry, I used the brush tip Pitt Pens to add a bit of pattern.  On the pink, I did scribble journaling where I captured my gratitude for the blessings in my life.  For each color, I chose a different pattern  to add with the pens. On the yellow the drawing is tough to see in photo, but it is there!

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 Thanks for stopping by for a bit of colorful holiday play.  Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday!

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