Let's talk about the weather!

The weather is an essential part of our lives. Given the fact that on the east coast, it has been raining seemingly nonstop, I figured it would be a good time to discuss how the weather affects our days and how we can track it in our journals!

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Here, I've shown you how to doodle 7 different weather icons. These are very simple to do and can be completed in just 2 steps.

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I've also shown you 6 different ways to track the weather in your journal. Some people like to peek at the forecast and record it ahead of time, while others like to track it day by day. I personally like to track the weather the night before, so I know what to expect.

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For me, tracking the weather is very important since I travel for work, and I have a 4 year old in pre-school. It helps me prepare for the day ahead. Do I need to leave earlier because of a storm? Do I need to dress my child in a jacket or rain boots? Will I have to cancel my plans for the day? Do I have to water my plants or will mother nature do the work for me? There are infinite reasons why tracking weather is important, but it's also a fun little doodle snapshot of the day!

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Not sure about creating your own weather icons? Download this free printable HERE!

Thanks for stopping by! Keep creating!

-Nicole

@plansthatblossom

 


More than Just a Color - White Pitt Artist Pens

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In a world full of color, perhaps the most powerful pen an artist can use is a white Pitt Artist Pen. Adding a white Pitt Artist Pen to your collection brings the opportunity to add dimension and character to your images as well as alter the appearance of other colors. Made of India ink and available in four nib sizes: brush, calligraphy, 1.5 mm bullet nib and 2.5mm bullet nib, Faber-Castell’s white Pitt Artist Pen offers professional grade quality in a versatile artist marker.


Keep it Simple:

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We pride ourselves in our Pitt Artist Pen selection of 60 colors and 6 metallics, but there is something special about a simple monochrome piece of art. The contrast of black and white creates an opportunity for great depth and bold statements and draws attention to fine detail.

 

Offer Opacity:

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The rich pigment of India ink supplies flexibility in the opacity of your drawing. White India ink can vary from highly opaque to transparent, all depending on the substrate being used and the layers of application. The white Pitt Artist Pen is particularly radiant and bold against a dark substrate. To strengthen opacity, apply an extra layer of ink. Create a singular layer of ink for a more transparent appearance. The ability to create a more transparent finish is perfect to use when desiring a more subtle or blended touch.
The Pitt Artist Pen is made ready to create; you do not need to pump or prime the nibs as the India ink is already flowing. It is also important to remember, a product this special requires care. Store your white Pitt Artist Pen horizontally to preserve proper ink flow and opacity.


Alter Appearance:

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Using a white Pitt Artist Pen alone creates a beautiful bold image; mix with other colors and you will discover another unique coloring quality to the white ink. There are two recommended methods of mixing white with other India ink colors. If you have a color that you desire to just make slightly tinted, layer strokes of the color of your choice over a layer of the white ink. For a more blended subtle color appearance, layer the white ink over the strokes of the color of your choice.


Bring it to Life:

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With a desire to capture an image as realistic as possible, it is important for an artist to utilize various techniques. Adding highlights and accents to an image brings another dimension and adds character to your creation. There is no better way to add the illusion of light to an image than with the white Pitt Artist Pen. Thanks to its high opacity, the ink can be applied effortlessly on layers of dried watercolor, graphite, artists’ colored pencils, or colored ink. Apply highlights where the imaginary light hits the highest part of an object.

White India ink is more than just a color, it is an opportunity to make a statement. Faber-Castell’s white Pitt Artist Pen is a unique addition to the art world that is unmatchable. The expressiveness and covering power of the ink, along with its permanence and ability to be combined with many other painting techniques, have ensured that this artist pen will continue to consistently spark the interest of artists and graphic designers.

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How to Use Highlighters in Your Journal!

Well, hello again! Did you know that Faber-Castell makes a fabulous set of pastel textliners? Not only are they adorable, but the colors are fantastic! I was lucky enough to try them out, and I have to say, there is more than meets the eye!

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Normally, when faced with a highlighter, you think of it's main purpose... BUT it doesn't have to limited! Think of these as a new type of marker.

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For drawing, I like to create color blocks and illustrate over top of them. This creates such a unique and modern look.

For my journal, I like to use these to separate lines or even create a big block of color to write on top of - think of it as a sticky note that you draw yourself!

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Lastly, I really enjoy using these for color coding. Whether it be for mood tracking, or differentiating tasks, these textlines are the perfect fit!

I've created a few digital color block boxes for you to use in your journals! You can download Here!

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Thanks! Keep creating!!


Birthday Card

June is crazy busy with birthdays for my family. With me, my mom, my husband, my sister-in-law, even my dog! Having to go to the store, read through 100 cards, spend a bunch of money only for it to eventually be thrown away is such a huge waste. This year, instead of doing all of that, I decided to hand make the cards. It shows love and creativity, and maybe it'll make them keep it a bit longer since my heart was put into it. 

 

All you'll need is the 20 minute Card Making For Beginners Kit. Thats it.

 

Start by picking your stencil. For this, we're going with birthday theme.

 

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Place the stencil over top of the card, and get to coloring with the Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils.


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Now take the paintbrush, and add some water to your design. I purposely went with a rough sort of painting. Blobs of color were exactly what I wanted here since I'll be outlining it later.


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Now take the Pitt Artist pen, place the stencil back on top, and outline.

 

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I chose to color in the "happy bday" part as well to make it stand out a bit more. Then add a a note to the inside of your card, and get to that birthday party!

 

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FaberCastellBirthdayCard1Chelsea 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 watercolor and everything in between!


Summer Word Art

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a summer-y word art tutorial using Faber-Castell PITT artist pens. I  am listing the colors of pen I used below. Feel free to choose pen colors that you love most.

Materials:

Faber-Castell Graphite pencil Grip 2001 with eraser HB

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Black 199 - Soft Brush Tip - SB, Superfine - S

Green Gold 268 - Brush tip - B

Raw Umber 180 - B

Orange Glaze 113 - B

Middle Purple Pink 125 - B

Phthalo Green 161 - B

Ultramarine 120 - B

Permanent Olive Green 167 - B

Dark Phthalo Green 264 - B

Watercolor paper, 140 lb. cold press, 6 x 9 inches

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Choose a quote you like and write it lightly with pencil on watercolor paper.

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You can choose to make your word art monochromatic or colorful. I chose vibrant colors that suited my words best.

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Use a Black Soft Brush PITT pen to trace the pencil lettering. Erase pencil lines.

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Doodle images around your words and use colors that fit the theme. 

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and would keep practicing your hand-lettering with the various tips and colors of PITT Artist pens over the summer!

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RAD DAD CARD

Who has a RAD DAD? You are never too old to make your dad feel special with a handmade card!

Materials:

  • Paper (printer paper or cardstock)
  • Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens (S)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil to sketch
  • Eraser

To start of this card you want to fold your paper and sketch your letters. Remember to sketch lightly so when you go to erase you can get rid of the lines.

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Then, pick your PITT pen colors. I used 3 but you can use as many (or as few) as you would like. Use your ruler to draw diagonal lines across your card, leaving a white space where the letters are.

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When you have finished all of your lines it is time to erase. *Make sure you let the ink dry fully so you don't get any smudges.

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After you are done erasing all of the lines you can decide to leave the card as is or fill in some of the lines for a BOLDER effect.

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The Lettering Fern

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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Elevated Corners For Your Journal!

Hi there! I'm back with 7 ways to elevate the corners of the boxes in your journal! Whether they are for your headers, to-do lists, or even fun page borders, these corners will add something a little special to your layouts!

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Starting with one corner at a time, work through the 4 steps of each corner design. I'd recommend using pencil to start with and then finishing off with some Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens for color, shading, and detail!

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This is an easy approach to upgrade your layouts. If you think about the corners individually instead of the box as a whole, the process is much more manageable!

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Want to snag a free printable? Download HERE!

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Thanks, keep creating!

-Nicole @plansthatblossom


Explore Art Styles with Pitt Artist Pens

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With every product made, we at Faber-Castell live out our dedication to being your companion for life. Our Pitt Artist Pen embodies this mission with its reliable India ink and flexible talent of being the go-to tool for a multitude of artistic outlets. Hand lettering, classical ink drawings, urban sketches, illustrations, and mixed media art can be created with Pitt Artist Pens. Hobbyist or professional artist, you will find great use out of the Pitt Artist Pen.

 

Mixed Media

One of the many great qualities of India ink is its opacity and ability to blend with other media. Color pencils, watercolor, and acrylic paint all partner perfectly with the Pitt Artist Pen. Let our ink pen be the foundation and outline of your artwork. After it dries, India ink is waterproof and can be painted over with other mediums without losing its quality. You can also provide a watercolor effect with the ink pen and water alone by dampening your surface before drawing with your pen. Mixed media techniques such as these create artwork that will last a lifetime. 

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Illustration and Design

A lot of personality can go into illustration. Comics, graffiti, manga, fashion, and digital design all have an artistic edge that needs the right tool to be executed properly. The expressive powers of the Pitt Artist Pen can capture every detail in illustration; large and small. There are many techniques that can be used with Pitt Artist Pens to manipulate the color of your illustration beyond the 60 colors and six metallics we provide. Use techniques such as hatching to add density and detail, or you can even blend your colors. Along with the wide color range, nib sizes ranging from a 0.1mm extra superfine to an 8mm big brush allow illustrators and designers to capture minor details as precise as possible and easily cover extensive drawings when needed.

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Classic (India ink) Drawings and Urban Sketching

Strip away the vibrant colors and the dramatic caricatures and there is beauty behind classic ink drawings. With all 11 nib sizes available in black and a large assortment available in neutral tones, the Pitt Artist Pen proves it can live on opposite sides of artistic style.

Urban sketchers live their artistic lives on the go. Inspiration can strike at any moment; Pitt Artist Pens bring quality India ink in a portable convenient pen. With waterproof ink, artists do not need to worry about their sketches losing quality while traveling.

When creating classic ink drawings and urban sketches, it is important that your ink support the detail that goes into your work. India ink is lightfast and permanent, and our Pitt Artist Pen nib sizes are great for delicate detail. You can trust that every stroke from a Pitt Artist Pen will create quality art.

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Hand Lettering and Bullet Journaling®

More modern uses of our Pitt Artist Pens are hand lettering and Bullet Journaling. Hand lettering brings back the classic love for detailed handwriting. A similar but modern spin off calligraphy and classic lettering, artists have taken this trend to new heights with different designs and techniques. Our Pitt Artist brush pen, bullet nib, or any of our fineliners are all you need to get lettering.

Bullet Journaling is more than just keeping a journal; it is a method to keeping your life organized in a balance of productivity and mindfulness. Pitt Artist Pens are a favorite for journaling because the India ink will not bleed through the paper and ruin the journal. The creativity that individuals display in their journals put any regular productivity method to shame.  Standard logging or creatively designed layouts, we have Pitt Artist Pens for every Bullet Journal need.

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The Pitt Artist Pen is created for artists to manifest into their own artistic tool. Give an urban sketcher and a manga artist the same Pitt Artist Pen and completely different results will be created, using the quality of our pen that caters to their art. This versatility makes our Pitt Artist Pen a favorite amongst all artists.

 

 

 

 


Gelato Blending

Did you know that you can blend your gelatos using a baby wipe? It's super easy, basically mess free, easily bendable, and the colors stay super vibrant!

Here we have some smooth mixed media paper and the iridescents pack! Go give it a try!

 

 

Photo Feb 14  2 32 01 PMChelsea 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 them using every art supply she can get her hands on. From brush pens to watercolor, and everything in between!


Summer Doodle Tutorials

Hi there! Tired of the cold? Sick of the snow? Well here are 5 Summer doodle tutorials to give your journal a little sunshine!

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With the end of Memorial Day Weekend, comes the unofficial start of the Summer season! What better way to celebrate than to add these little cuties to your spreads for a bit of fun?

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These were all done in 3 simple steps, because Summer is all about taking it easy! Once you've completed your doodles, feel free to add some color and detail to make it more fun! I'd recommend using Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens since their colors are so vibrant and fun - perfect for Summer!

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In addition to these tutorials, I'm giving you a free printable of summer doodles to use however you like!

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You can grab it Here!

Keep Creating! Cheers!

-Nicole @plansthatblossom