Watercolors

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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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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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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