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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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Pumpkin Patch

Diana Trout here today painting pumpkins. I love the Autumn palette, it's a final burst of juicy color before the black and white of winter. 

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For today's project I used

Watercolor Paper
Iced Current
Odyssey (Irridescent)
Iced Rose
Nebula (Irridescent)
Galaxy (Irridescent)
Squid Ink
Watercups (x 2)

I used a few Pitt pens in oranges, greens and grays.

I gessoed my paper (you could use any heavy paper or canvas for this project). When the gesso was dry, I loosely drew three pumpkins. 

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I started by collapsing my water cup and adding a puddle of water to the center. I chose my palette of Gelatos and stuck them into the puddle (uncapped) to let them "juice up." I love this palette! I picked oranges, plums, golds and reds. I love using grays as well. I started by filling in the geneeral colors for the pumpkins. 

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I filled in large areas by drawing  a line of juicy Gelatos around the edges of the objects and then going in with a wet brush. The Gelatos slide easily over the gessoed surface. I used Mango and Iced Current for the pumpkins. Around the pumpkins I used the purples and blue/green. I loaded my brush with lots of water and held the paper up to let the color drip to create patterns and interest in the background.

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I deepened some of the color where shadows might occur. This is called an underpainting. You shouldn't have thick Gelatos on your paper now, everything should be washed out. Let it dry before proceeding. 

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To finish the painting, use Pitt pens. I used greens, oranges and grays to deepen the color and add details to the pumpkins and addd some shadow work. I left the background pretty much as is. 

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The pens layer very well over the Gelatos as long as the Gelatos  are soaked into the paper or gessoed surface

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Here is a close up. I like to keep things a little loose and add some line work. I hope you enjoyed this project! 

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Thanks for stopping by to spend some time with us. You can find me at my blog

Fall Art Journaling with Iridescent Gelatos

Hi Friends! Belen here, to share with you my Fall inspired art journal page using a mixture of Gelatos, including Iridescent Gelatos. Fall is my favorite season. I love everything about it... the scents, the cooler evenings, wearing sweaters... San Diego weather permitting, of course! But what I really love about Fall is the colors of the season. 2017-10-18 21.10.22WM
For this journal page I worked with varying shades of brown, orange, blue and even a touch of a gorgeous jewel toned color called Stardust.

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I started by layering bits of torn paper, with Gel Medium, to an already gessoed page, and letting that dry.

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Once dry, I brushed on a minimal amount of Gesso, to help unify the layer of papers.

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While that dried, I stamped leaves onto book paper, using some of my own hand carved stamps.

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I then used my Gelatos to add color to my page, dipping my fingers into water to help me blend them together.

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Once I was happy with the level of color on my page, I used more Gel Medium to adhere my stamped leaves.

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To finish it off, I used Satellite and a bit of Stardust, both from the Iridescents set, around my leaves to help anchor them to the page.

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 Thanks for following along. Now it's your turn! I hope you'll grab your Gelatos and create a Fall inspired art journal page of your own.

Wishing you a week full of Art and full of Whimsy.

xo, Belen







Word Art with Lettering Pens


Hi everyone, Mou here with a word art tutorial using various PITT pens by Design Memory Craft.

Let's start by looking at the supplies I used for this project -

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist Pens® Lettering Set: Modern Lettering

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens Black

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Mango

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso

Other: watercolor paper, pencil, eraser, paint brush

Here's the video tutorial.

I hope you enjoy and give these awesome pens a try!


Lettering with PITT Pens


Hi everyone, Mou here today with a Lettering Tutorial for you using the Essential PITT® Artist Pens BLACK!

Let's take a quick look at the supplies before we start.


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT® Artist Pens BLACK

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT® Artist Pens Lettering Set: Primary Brush

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT ®Artist Pens Lettering Set: Jewel Brush

Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Deluxe Waterbrush

Other - Sketchbook of your choice, pencil, eraser


I journal my travels in a sketchbook. Here I started with the M-tip pen to create the basic outlines.


Because my trip was in the fall, I wanted to add colors to the mountains. For this, I used the Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.


I blended the colors with the Deluxe Waterbrush and let it dry.


I used the S-tip to write my journaling. You can use a pencil to draw a path for your journaling. Mix and match your own handwritten fonts to create interest.


Added some brush lettered fonts using the B-tip pen.


Pitt® Artist pens are not just for lettering though - you can also use them for making marks like I did above using the PITT Artist Pens Lettering Set: Primary Brush and PITT Artist Pens Lettering Set: Jewel Brush to finish my page.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and be sure to try these vibrant and permanent India Ink pens in your own journals!


Studio Caddy Play


Carolyn Dube here playing with the Studio Caddy Premium Gift Set.  It is loaded with a wonderful assortment of the rainbow with Gelatos, Paper Crafter Crayons, Art Grip Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, Pitt Pens, and an assortment of tools.  The fun variety of the goodies include ones that react to water and ones that don't react to water.  Just having it all right next to me had me end up using the palette knife in a way I usually don't...but will be from now on!    



Gelatos Three Ways


Diana Trout here today with a journal page. I'll be using Gelatos as watercolors, underneath Gesso and over Glaze. 


Here are the materials I used 

Mix and Match Color Gelatos 
Mix and Match Essential Artist Pitt Pens
Paint Brushes
Water Cup
Craft Mat or Silicone Tray


I'm working in my Junk Journal today so the paper usually needs some Gesso before making art. I began by scribbling Snow Cone and Kiwi Gelatos on my page. 


Next, I activated the water-soluble Gelatos by painting over them with Gesso. That's one fun way to use Gelatos. You can rub the Gelatos around with a foam or your fingers before painting over with Gesso. I created some texture in areas with the Gesso. 


I love drawing with a pencil into wet Gesso. It's fun! You should try it. You can see how that's done in the video ... 



You can see in the video that I used the Gelatos as a watercolor by rubbing them into a puddle on my silicone mat. Wait until the Gelatos are dry before you go over it again. A wet paintbrush will pick up wet Gelatos from your artwork, just like regular watercolor. You can also pick up Gelatos from the tube with a wet paintbrush. That's the second Gelatos Technique.

For the third technique, I first used Glaze to seal the page. This is a good way to seal your work and it provides a writing surface as well. You can't write over Gelatos! Make sure you let the Glaze dry completely before adding details with Pitt Pens. 

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For more information on using Gelatos as watercolors, see this post and video on the DesignMemoryCraft blog.

Thanks for reading!

Diana Trout