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July 2018

How to create a simple header box


Hi! It's Nicole from @plansthatblossom! I've partnered with @fabercastellusa once again to bring you a fun and easy way to elevate your journal.

Follow these 3 simple steps to create 8 different header boxes for your journal! These 8 example show easy ways to elevate your journal without having to be an artist. You'd be amazed at what a few simple lines can do to add interest and fun to your weekly spreads!

This entire page was created using Faber Castell Pitt Artists Pens, which, if you know me, you know how obsessed I am! I recently discovered the color green gold and it's the closest I've ever seen an ink be to a nice solid gold, without being shimmery or taking an hour to dry. These pens always dry very quickly, which is one of my favorite things about them. I'm so excited to use this color in my journal moving forward - hope you enjoy this tutorial!

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Nicole Barlettano is a seasoned designer and illustrator living in the tri-state area. She is a bullet journalist known as @plansthatblossom, a chronic doodlebug, and a lover of list

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.

PIC 1 pen and paint wc pencils

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.

PIC 2 pen and paint wc pencils

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.

PIC 3 pen and paint wc pencils

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.

PIC 4 pen and paint wc pencils

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

PIC 5 pen and paint wc pencils

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.

Blending Colors and Lettering with Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils

Faber-Castell new Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils blend with a wet brush to create amazing watercolor effects. The Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils are made with a new, innovative production technique and are available in 48 colors!


Materials Used: 

Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils

Watercolor Paper 

Faber-Castell Watercup

Faber Castell Waterbrush


Have a great day!





Erin O’Brien Dahlberg is a born and raised Utah girl. She graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors degree in Education and has spent the last 4 years as a second grade teacher! She took a few art classes in high school and college. 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!