Stamper's Big Brush

Coloring a Stamped Image with Gelatos

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Carolyn Dube here coloring in a fun beach house rubber stamp using Pitt Pens and Gelatos.  Big Brush Pitt Pens are great for inking up a stamp.  Just use the side of the tip to cover the image in ink and stamp. 

One of the nice features of using a Pitt Pen to do this is the India ink won't react or smear when water is added on top of it.  

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Block in color with your favorite Gelatos. No need to worry about filling in entire areas, we'll take care of that in the next step.  I used iridescent Gelatos for the house and roof.  The water is a blue highlighter Gelatos. That one is so translucent that I could color over the image and all the detail showed through.  
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Use a water brush and move the color around to fill in entire areas.  By putting the Gelatos only on the edges of the house, when I use the water brush to pull the color around it creates instant interest with some areas darker and some lighter.  

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Now it's your turn to play. Grab stamp and start coloring it in with your favorite Gelatos!

 

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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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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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Mixed Media Journal

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I recently got to play with some new Stencils and made a mixed media journal for a friend.

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I used mixed media paper & card stock, trimmed to size, a stencil and Gelatos for this projects. I also used a book binding machine for mine, but if you don't have one, no problem. You can punch holes by hand and either bind it together with ribbon or use loose leaf binder rings, like these shown below.

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These are readily available at your local office supply store.

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I trimmed my card stock down to the desired size.
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I used my book binder machine to punch holes along one edge, but again, you can do this by hand.

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I used Gel Medium to adhere the card stock to my two chipboard pieces.

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Next, I used Gelatos in Fig and Satellite, available in the Iridescents set along with one of the stencils to decorate the front and back covers. I also used touches of Lunar and Silver Ice Gelatos.

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I used Essential Pitt Artist Pens and a Stampers Big White Pen to add some definition and ran Satellite around the edges.

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I added some glitter to Whipped Spackle to add a bit of shimmer.

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To finish it off, I bound everything together and added some hand dyed ribbon as an accent.

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Thank you for following along!

 

 

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Winter Canvas

Hey friends! Today I'm in the studio making some winter inspired canvas artwork.

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I started by giving my 2 canvas a generous coat of Gesso and allowing it to dry.


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I gave both my canvas a base layer of color, using Fig, Silver Ice, and a Deluxe Water Brush.

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Using a wet baby wipe, I removed some of the color from each canvas. This helps create some great texture.

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On one of my canvas I use the Warm Wishes stencil and Texture Luxe in copper. I set that aside to dry and started on my other canvas.

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For this one I used a mittens stencil and a Gelatos in Satellite, which comes in the Iridescents set.

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Using Gelatos in Blueberry to add some definition to my mittens design and ran a water brush around it to soften the line.

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Next, I added a bit of stamping and used a Stampers Big White Pen to make some marks.

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For an extra bit of sparkle, I added glitter to Whipped Spackle and spread that on with Palette Knife. I set this canvas aside to dry.

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Switching back to the first canvas, I used more of the Satellite Gelatos to add the sentiment,
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For some added texture, I added a few dots, using Texture Gems and some stamping to grunge it up a bit.

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Thank you for following along. Wishing you a wonderful week!

 

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Life is Change Art Journal Page

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Hi Loves,

Tiare here.   Well, the weather is changing and we have gotten our first bit of cool here in GA.  I've had to turn on the heat for the past couple of days. The leaves are starting to change colors and this time of year reminds of how much, life is change, we renew, we start fresh, we let go etc. Seems like the appropriate time to celebrate that continuous change.  Here's what I did. 

 

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Tada!

Now it's your turn.  

Supplies Used:

Stamper's™ Big Brush Pen(s)Nougat,

Gelatos® Gift Set- Dolce 2

Stencils 10ct 101 Collection


Fall Pumpkin with Gelatos

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a mixed media pumpkin tutorial using Gelatos®! Get out your Gelatos® and follow along to see how I made the pumpkin above.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos colors: Mango, Banana, Lemon,  Margarita Mix, Green Tea, Cherry, Black Licorice, Chocolate, Cinnamon

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Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents: Whipped Spackle, Gesso, 102 Stencil Collection, Gelatos Tool Kit

Other: Watercolor paper, pencil

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Lightly sketch a pumpkin on watercolor paper with pencil. Color in with  Gelatos colors Lemon, Banana, Mango, Cinnamon and Chocolate as shown.

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Blend the colors with Gesso.

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Color around the pumpkin with Gelatos colors Margarita Mix and Green Tea.

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Lay a stencil from 102 Stencil Collection over the pumpkin and apply Whipped Spackle with Palette knife. Shift the stencil a bit and repeat in a different area of the pumpkin.

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Apply more Gelatos colors to the background and the pumpkin through stencils.

Also make marks on the pumpkin with Stamper's big Brush pens.

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Make more marks in and around the pumpkin. Drip some Black Licorice Gelatos color down the pumpkin.

Write pumpkin in brush lettering style with Stamper's Big Brush pens to finish.

Hope you enjoy this tutorial!

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Happy Halloween Card

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Hey loves.  Tiare here.  Well, it's that time of year....Halloween and the Halloween crafts, decor, costumes and card abound. Although, Halloween is my favorite, this is the first year that I actually put a Halloween scene outside my house.  I've gotten into the decorating mood.  So fun.  I also decided make a some fun Halloween cards.  Here's what I did.... 


Now it's your turn.  Give a try.  Have fun!

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Gelatos and Texture Play

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No matter how bumpy, Gelatos can add color to any texture!  Carolyn Dube here playing with textured areas as I add layers of color to this canvas.  There was even an O.O.P.S. or two along the way.  What is an O.O.P.S.?  It's an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly.

 



 

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The crocheted doily created lots of texture to grab the color while the canvas board provided a subtle texture.  No matter what level of texture you add Gelatos to, you have the flexibility to leave it as it is or to blend it.  

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 To blend the color, simply rub with a baby wipe or a damp paper towel.  The more you do this, the more blended it becomes. 

Gelatos-mixed-media-play-carolyn-dube-2A Stamper's Big Brush pen added the color on the found poetry to add the final touches. The Gel Medium that I used to attach the doilies to the canvas board also worked wonderfully with the little pieces of text.

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My Messy Mandala

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Hi Loves,

Tiare here.  I was recently inspired to create a messy mandala by one of my artsy pals.  I love her style but had to put my own spin on it.  I love mandalas but don't have the patience for "perfection" or trying to create art based on a formula.  I like freedom.  So I let go of the measurements and went in with my own coloring and doodling.  I thought, this was the perfect technique to share a card of encouragement.  With all the devastation happening with fires, earthquakes and hurricanes, we could all use a bit of uplift.  This card is one way to do so.  Markers, coloring and lettering are all the rage right now and these fallish colors add a nice touch.

 

 

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Tada!

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Tiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor.