PITT® Artist Pens

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.

 


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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DIY Thank You Card

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Materials:

 

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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   

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2. Add color! 

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3. Add your message using the Artist PITT pen!

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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!

 

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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!


Big Brush Stampers

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Materials Needed:

  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Stampers Pens
  • Paper
  • Stamps

 


Decide which stamp and color you want to use - then color on the stamp.

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Stamp it! Continue this process with as many different colors and stamps as you would like!

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If you would like to use multiple colors on a stamp, just:

  • Pick your colors
  • Use them on the areas of the stamp where you want the color

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ErinD 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.

 

 


Habit Tracker Methods

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Hello there, sweet friends! Faber-Castell USA and I are back to show you a few habit tracker methods!

This is one of my all time favorite aspects of bullet journaling. It holds you accountable, plus - filling the trackers out can be fun, which encourages you to accomplish things!
 
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Method 1: The Line Chart
This can be a really great tool for those who want to track their health (both physical and emotional) - you can rate things on a scale and see how you progress or decline.

First, create your chart. The top will be reserved for days of the week, and the right side will be used as a rating system from 1-5. Tip: this can be done monthly, and you can have a higher rating system if you wish!

Next, you should assign colors to the items you would like to track. Once that’s complete, fill it in each day and connect the dots!

Method 2: The Standard Tracker
This is the tracker I use every week. I find it works best for me, and sometimes monthly trackers can be a little overwhelming. It’s easy to make, easy to follow, and a great way to record your progress.

First, create your chart. The top will be reserved for days of the week, and the left side will be used as a list of your habits/goals.

Next, each day, fill in the habits/goals you accomplish. Tip: Make it more fun by trying these cute little habit fillers instead of just filling in a square!

Method 3: The Individual Trackers
Some of my favorite trackers tend to be more of an illustrated version of what I’m trying to accomplish. Tracking a goal on it’s own can help it become more of a priority.



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Products used:

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens:

Size S:
Black 199
Deep Scarlet Red 219
Middle Purple Pink 125
Orange Glaze 113
May Green 170
Cobalt Green 156

Size XS:
Black 199

Size F:
Black 199

Brush: 
Warm Grey III 272
Medium Flesh 131
Cadmium Yellow 107
Green Gold 268
Phthalo Green 161
Ultramarine 120

I hope you enjoyed this habit tracker method page as much as I enjoyed creating it! If you have any questions about this process, please ask. If you have any questions about the products used, visit fabercastell.com - thanks!!
 
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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 list
 
 
 

Hand-Lettering Recipe Cards

Recipe cards have always been something special in our family. I have memories of being at my grandmother’s kitchen and seeing her pull out her recipe box and the many handwritten family recipes she kept. Now my mother has all her old recipe cards and has saved them for me to pass on to my children. A handwritten recipe is a treasure in itself, and I thought it would be nice to create some hand-drawn recipe cards to add even more sentiment.


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I chose to make some summery strawberry recipe cards using Faber-Castell Pitt pens, Faber-Castell Goldfaber colored pencils, and 8.5 x 11 cardstock cut into 4 cards (4.25 x 5.5). Pitt pens are waterproof which is perfect for recipe cards, especially if you are messy in the kitchen like me! Goldfaber colored pencils have a wonderful variety of colors, are also waterproof, and do not smudge adding the perfect touch to your artwork.


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Using Faber-Castell Pitt pens I drew a border of strawberries, flowers, and leaves on the front and back of the cards. Once my borders were in place using a straight edge I drew lines and section for the recipe.

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Once my cards where all drawn I used Goldfaber colored pencils to begin coloring in the artwork with a light layer. The key to increasing vibrance with colored pencils is adding layers (not pressure). Next I went back over the artwork adding shading and more color giving the cards soft textured look.

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After coloring each side front and back my cards are complete, and I have a sweet set of hand-drawn recipe cards ready for writing down some of my favorite summer recipes.

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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


How to Use Gelatos with Stencils

Materials:

-Gelatos

-Blending stick/sponge

-Stencils

-Paper (I used watercolor paper in this tutorial)

-Artist PITT Pen for details

 

1. Tape down stencil so it does not move around

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2. Apply gelato directly to the paper, or to a side piece of paper or plastic (I used a plastic palette. Then pick up the color with
a blending stick or sponge and blend into paper using a small circular motion.

3. Repeat step 2 with as many colors as you like.

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4. Remove stencil and tape

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5. Add any details you would like with you Artist PITT Pen

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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 yo


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.

Gelatos colors used were:

 

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!

Chelsea

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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!