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October 2014

Haunted Halloween Birdhouse and Video with Rachel (Comment here for Ustream)

Hello everyone! This is Rachel Kleinman here with my first ever post with Faber Castell Design Memory Craft! I am beyond excited to be a part of the Fall/Winter 2014 Guest Design Team and thank you for joining me for my first 'official' project :)

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A Halloween Chandelier with Mou & October Take the Challenge winners

Hi everyone, Mou here with Halloween home decor tutorial for you.


Do you ever shop in kid craft aisles? I do... some for my kids, especially my son who loves to paint things, but also for me. Don't always have a plan, but I pick up random things here and there. Such was the case of the Halloween chandelier.


After sitting in a bin in my studio for at least a couple of years, it finally saw light of day. I found this chandelier at JoAnn. I altered it with the following supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent: Chalkboard Paint

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent: Gesso

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent: Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent: Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Tool Set

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® colors: Gold Champagne, Iced Chai, Tangerine, Mango, Red Cherry, Blueberry, Cotton Candy, Metallic Mint

Others: punchinella, stencil, string


Start by adding a coat of Gesso to the chandelier pieces. Be sure to coat both the front and the back as you'll see all the sides when it's assembled and displayed.


Next, coat parts of the chandelier with chalkboard paint leaving out the candles and flames.


It should look something like this.


Color the candles with Gold Champagne and Iced Chai Gelatos® colors and blend with Gel Medium.


Color the flames with Mango, Tangerine and Red Cherry Gelatos® colors and blend with Gel Medium.

Add some dimension to the chandelier structure by rubbing on  Blueberry, Cotton Candy, Gold Champagne and Metallic Mint Gelatos® colors. Blend the colors with your fingers.


Lay a stencil over the chalkboard painted part of a chandelier piece and apply Glass Bead Glitter Gel with palette knife. Let dry thoroughly. Repeat on every surface of each chandelier piece.

When dry, lay a punchinella over some parts and color lightly with Iced Chai Gelatos® color.


Assemble the pieces together and tie with string to display in a chosen spot.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and now, it's time to announce the winners of October 2014 Take the Challenge with Mou.

Drumrolls please...

1. Just finished this yesterday

Posted by: Jean Marmo | 10/06/2014 at 07:18 AM

2. Blogger  Paper Therapy Ponderings  said... (on my blog)

here is the link to my project since typeset does not like me
Barb Housner

6:06 PM


Congrats Jean & Barb! And thanks everyone who joined in this month :)

Jean & Barb, please get in touch with Naoko for your prizes. Email her [] with September Take the Challenge winners on the subject line.

Will see you all next month with another creative challenge :)



Subway Selfie Layout by Jen Matott


 I love a good selfie once in awhile but I hate the silly faces people make.  I just had to take one when I was in the subway in New York City a couple years ago for an Art Education Association Conference.  The NAEA conference travels around each year to a different city.  That year, it was only 5 hours from me!  I had to go!  So, some fellow art teachers and I traveled there and stayed for 4 days.  We attended workshops by day (I even presented one on Visual Journaling) and explored the museums, landmarks, and shops by evening!

Riding the subway after a fun night out on the town led to some silly selfies.  Each of us took our own selfies making that signature "duck face" just to be funny.  So, this page is about that memory! 

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Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Shilpa



Hello Everyone, Shilpa here with my first project at Design Memory Craft and I am super excited about this new journey!!

Today, I've brought to you a Mixed Media Canvas which is inspired by Faber- Castell design Memory Craft's amazing Texture Accents and Double Scoop Gelatos.

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A Post Box to a Chic Bag by Mahe Zehra


1. A Small Post-Box - I used a USPS flat rate medium sized box

2. Dictionary Paper

3. Music Paper

4. Assorted Stamps

5. Dark Blue Ink Pad

6. Black and White Printed Napkin

7. Assorted Fiber - To make a handle for the bag - Each piece should be 2 feet long

8. Ephemera

9. Faber-Castell Gelatos® Peach

10. Faber-Castell Gelatos® Double Scoop® BlueBerry, Mango, Snow Cone, Mettallic Melon and Bubble Gum

11. Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

12. Faber-Castell Design Memory Glass Bead Glitter Gel

13. PaintBrush

14. Water Spritzer

15. Stencils

16. Black Ink

17. A Button

18. Small Wood Letters - I used mine to spell DREAM

19. Crop-a-Dile

20. Tacky Glue



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Mixed Media Halloween Art Video with Christina


Hello everyone, it's Christina (seena) Young! I'm so excited to be here today sharing my first post as a Guest Designer for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®! Inspired by Halloween, I'm sharing a mixed media collage project featuring Chalk Board Paint and Gelatos®. I've created the Bride of Frankenstein, mwahahaaa (evil laugh)! The finished project is a 9x12 piece of art you can make a part of your Halloween decor. Here are a few photos:

Chalk Board Paint as the hair - so much fun to paint!

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Whimsical Lady Butterfly by Mahe Zehra


Hi Everyone!

I am so excited to part of the new Faber-Castell guest design team! This is my first project and I hope you enjoy playing along as much as I did while making this.

I love altered and upcycled art of all kinds and try to use as many recycled elements as I can in my art. My studio is full of found objects, old book pages, magazines and other treasures that have to be saved and incorporated into art projects.

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Happy Mixed Media Art Piece by Daniela Dobson

Happy by Daniela Dobson


Stamper's Big Brush Pen PINK MADDER
Stamper's Big Brush Pen COBALT BLUE
Stamper's Big Brush 3 ct YELLOW
Stamper's Big Brush Pen LIGHT BLUE
Stamper's Big Brush Pen VIOLET
Stamper's Big Brush Pen MAY GREEN
Stamper's Big White Pen
Stamper's Big Brush Pen ORANGE GLAZE
Stamper's Big Brush Pen CHROME YELLOW
Stamper's Big Brush Pen CHROME GREEN
Stamper's Big Brush Pen NOUGAT

Stamper's Big Brush Pen BLACK

Gel Medium

Metallic Gelatos Color & Clear Stamp Metallic Melon, Metallic Grape, Metallic Blueberry, Metallic Mint

Gelatos Color- Yellow Tangerine, Mango, Lemon and Butter Cream
Gelatos Colors-Red Guava, Lavender, Bubble Gum and Red Cherry
Gelatos Color-Blue Cotton Candy, Blueberry, Boysenberry and Grape
Gelatos Color- Green  Pistachio, Lime, Green Tea and Spearmint
Gelatos Color- Neutral Peach, Butterscotch, Chocolate and Earl Grey
Metallic Gelatos Color & Clear Stamp Metallic Melon, Metallic Grape, Metallic Blueberry, Metallic Mint
Gelatos Designer Colors - 50's Diner
Gelatos Color BLACK & WHITE

Essential PITT Artist Pens Black

Other Supplies:

Watercolor paper

Old book pages

May Arts twine

My Mind’s Eye chipboard and sticker

Basic Grey button

Impression Obsession Stamps

The Crafters Workshop template

Therm O Web adhesive

Plaid paint in Taffy



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Be Happy Layout by Jen Matott


Do you have a child who just loves art? Young children love to make messes and create with wild abandon. I often sit with my kids and enjoy watching them just discover what the colors will do.  My son doesn't worry about what his work looks like too much.  This day he was just having a great time creating colors and adding water!  Sometimes I have to remember to be more like that and not worry too much about placement, color choice and just play!

I took this fun printed paper by Studio Calico and scribbled all over it with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Color Pencils. 

I wanted to mimic the fun scribbling in my son's artwork. 

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