Watercolors

DIY Thank You Card

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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!


Create Your Own Floral Letters and Patterns

Learn how to create your own floral letters and patterns using Gelatos as watercolors. Gelatos are a creamy water-soluble color sticks that can be used to create unique watercolor art and mixed media pieces. The pigment glides on smooth and can be used with multiple watercolor techniques.  The video demonstrates how to create floral letters with the Intro to Watercolors with Gelatos kit.

The kit includes 8 Gelatos Colors, Silicone Mixing Tray, Deluxe Water Brush and a Design Guide.

 

Enjoy

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Create Your Own Floral-Themed Bookmarks

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Materials:

  • Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolor pencils
  • Faber-Castell Mixed Media Transfers (Flowers)
  • Watercolor paper (at least 200GSM)
  • Water brush
  • Scissors

Instructions:

1. Cut out your watercolor paper into bookmark size (approximately 2" x 6", 2" x 7", or 2.5" x 8.5")

2. Cut out your desired floral element from the mixed media transfer. Peel off the outer layer as this will be used for the bookmark.

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3. Using a ruler or wooden stick, gently rub the transfer to your watercolor paper. Make sure to position it where you want the floral element to be.

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4. Peel off the transfer layer from the watercolor paper.

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5. Using your watercolor pencils, color and paint the floral elements with your favorite colors.

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6. Add some elements if you want. I added a “Bloom” word on top to make use of the empty space.

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7. Let dry for 10-20 minutes and it’s now ready to be used as a bookmark for your books!

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Create Watercolor Art with Watercolor Pencils

Summer is one of my most creative times of the year. I have more time to experiment creatively and that means more time making fun seasonal crafts like today’s project with Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils. This set of 48 colored pencils comes with a beautiful range of colors. They are perfect for shading and transform into watercolor paints when you use a wet brush. Drawing with these pencils gives you more control and allows you to create finer detailed lines. The Goldfaber Aqua pencils are perfect for beginners or creatives who are not skilled with watercolor paints. You draw, shade, and add water — it’s seriously so fun and easy! The outcome produces soft watercolor art with beautiful pigmentation.

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Today I’m creating a seasonal piece for July 4th with a variety of red, blue, and silver watercolor pencils from the Goldfaber Aqua set. I’m using watercolor paper and this fantastic Faber Castell Deluxe Waterbrush.

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To create my piece I sketched out my design with the watercolor pencils. I wanted a bold, bright look for my lettering so I made sure to do a heavier shade with the pencils. Remember, the lighter you shade, the lighter the pigmentation will be when you add water with your wet brush.

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Next, using the Deluxe Waterbrush I lightly began painting water over my colored pencil drawing. I made sure to blot my waterbrush with a paper towel so I didn’t have too much water loaded. The watercolor pencil drawing then transformed into a painted piece.

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Once my lettering was dry and I added stars and accents with the watercolor pencils and painted over those with my waterbrush as well.

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My finished piece has lots of texture and great colors and looks like it was done completely with watercolor paints!

The Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils are perfect for creating artwork, hand-lettering, adding color to your planner or Bible journal, for use in coloring books, and so much more!

   

New headshot pen and paint - low resArtist 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 Seasonal Note Cards

Seasonal note cards are something I always keep on hand. They are perfect for a 'thank you' or 'thinking of you' note. Cards are even more special when they are handmade. However, it can be challenging to have all the supplies on hand. Thankfully, the Faber-Castell Watercolor Art Kit for Beginners is the perfect set of supplies to make your own cards. It includes my favorite Pitt pen, watercolor pencils, a paint brush, stencils, a watercolor palette, and sheets of watercolor paper. Just add water and envelopes and you are set to create your own personalized seasonal cards.

Now, let's create some cute, summery cards!

STEP ONE:
Familiarize yourself with all your new supplies.

STEP ONE 1 pen and paint watercolor kit

-Pitt Artist Pen® - fine tip black pen made from india ink, fast drying and waterproof
-3 watercolor pencils - super smooth with vibrant colors, shade and paint over with water to create a watercolor look
-a paint brush - medium size, quality brush
-2 Mixed Media stencils - a variety of flowers, leaves, and foliage for easy tracing
-watercolor palette - nine vibrant colors perfect for a starter kit
-8 sheets of watercolor paper - precut with rounded edges, the perfect size for flat note cards

STEP TWO:
Using the Pitt Artist Pen® and stencils draw out the foundation your design on the watercolor paper. Don't worry about fine lines with the stencil, we'll add those later.

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STEP THREE:
Remove the stencil and begin adding in fine lines and details. Get creative with your lines and add in a message like 'hello' or 'happy summer'.

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STEP FOUR:
Using the watercolor pencils and paints color in your design.

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STEP FIVE:
Allow card to dry, then pair with an envelope for a cute summery note card.

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Happy Card Making!

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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.


Create Beautiful Watercolors

I loved using this Watercolor Art for Beginners kit! It comes with everything you need from start to finish making it an excellent gift for someone (or yourself!)


The kit comes with excellent tips in the pamphlet included.

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To create this loose floral illustration- start by stenciling 2-3 flowers and layer beneath and around them with the leaves and vines. Leave a small space for some lettering if you wish to!


Make sure to keep in mind what you want in the foreground (the flowers) and do not overlap the leaves and vines on top of those. The Pitt artist pen in XS included is wonderful because you can lay down your ink lines and they will not smudge or bleed when painting on top!

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I loved the palette color choices because the colors are already complementary! Experiment with varying light to dark shades on the same flower petals to add dimension and really make it pop. Try out lettering a short quote using a Pitt brush pen for a touch of modern calligraphy.

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Leah Kelly is a modern calligrapher in hand lettering artist. She is military wife who took up the hobby to create things for her own wedding. When she’s not addressing invitation envelopes or place cards, she loves to use calligraphy and painting as a creative form of meditation. Leah is currently working to get her professional certificate in graphic design.

 


Take Your Intro to Watercolor with Gelatos Kit on Your Travels

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Hi everyone, Mou here with some on-the-go inspiration using the Intro to Watercolor with Gelatos kit!

This nifty kit comes with eight Gelatos colors, a Deluxe waterbrush and a silicone trey palette - everything you need to create on the go. Plus, there's an information booklet to guide you if this is your first time trying out Gelatos for watercoloring. All you need to use this kit are some watercolor papers, pencil and eraser.

Recently, I visited Puerto Rico with my family. I fell in love with the island and filled my sketch book with a lot of drawings and paintings. My favorite site was the Castillo San Cristobal in Old San Juan. Below is a step-by-step of one of my paintings of the fort.


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I started my painting with a light pencil sketch on watercolor paper. I use 140 lb cold press paper.


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I rubbed Gelatos color Snow Cone generously on the Silicone tray, diluted the pigment with the waterbrush and painted the sky first.


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I repeated the same dilution process with the Gelatos colors - Mango, Red Cherry, Black Licorice and Lime to add the first color layer to the fort and ground.


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I mixed Lime and Snow Cone with water on the silicone tray to paint the sea.


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After determining the light source, I added shadows with another wash of colors.


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I used the darker colors to add details to my painting to finish.

I hope you enjoyed this little inspiration/tutorial and are encouraged to take the Intro to Watercolor with Gelatos kit along in your travels!

 

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Quick Art with Watercolor for Beginners Kit

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial for a quick piece of art using Watercolor for Beginners Kit!

To create this, I used the Watercolor for Beginners Kit, Collapsible water cup and some watercolor paper. You can also use the papers included in the kit.


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Plan a composition for your piece. Lay the floral and leaf and vine stencils to trace the shapes with the PITT pen.


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Dip the paint brush in water and pick up some pigment from the little cake watercolor tray. Apply it to the same elements on the entire piece.

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For color variation or if you are not too comfortable with using paint brushes especially in the smaller areas, you can also use the watercolor pencils from the kit.

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Create variations in the foliage using blues, greens and yellows.


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Start coloring the flowers using orange first or choose any other color, but work with one color at a time.


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Continue coloring the flowers with pink and red.


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You don't have to limit yourself to solid colors. Feel free to experiment with shading and gradations.

If any of the details got lost while coloring, go back in with the stencils and PITT pen to add them after the paints dry.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Be sure to check out the Watercolor for Beginners Kit which makes it super easy to create elaborate compositions in just a few steps.

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Create Dreamy Landscapes with Translucent Gelatos

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial to show you how to create dreamy landscapes in just a few steps using the Gelatos® 15CT: TRANSLUCENTS.

Let's start with the list of supplies you'll need.

SUPPLIES

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

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Deluxe Waterbrush/ Collapsible Water Cup

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Silicone tray (from Intro to Watercolor with Gelatos set)

Faber-Castell Creative Studio Goldfaber 1221 6B Graphite pencil

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

 

Now let me walk you through the steps.


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Recently, I traveled to Puerto Rico on family vacation and fell in love with this beautiful island. We drove around the entire stretch of land and enjoyed the peaceful green vistas. Travel always inspires me to create. I came home with a sketchbook full of drawings and paintings (you can see them on my Instagram @mou.saha.studio) and I am still enjoying painting those scenes.

To begin painting your dreamy landscape, start with a light pencil sketch of the basic composition.


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If you look at my basic sketch, you'll see two parts - the heaven and the earth or the sky and the ground. I picked Creme de Menthe for the sky and Persimmon for the meadow.


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On the Silicone trey, rub patches of each color of Translucent Gelatos. Dilute them with the waterbrush and start creating washes to define the mountains in the distance and the grassland in the front.

Remember, the objects in the front will have more details because they are closer to you whereas the distant objects will remain more vague.


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Add details with the darker colors to the grassland.


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Finally, add some cattle to the foreground to finish.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will try out these Translucent Gelatos to paint dreamy landscapes of your own!
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