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September 2018

Gelato Watercolor Pumpkin


Materials needed:

  • Gelatos (Iced Chai, Iced Currant, Tangerine, Green Tea)
  • Palette
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Water/ Water Jar
  • Brush

1. Push the Gelatos each into their own well in the palette so that there is a decent amount transferred to the palette (do this for all colors).



2. Then you can either use a dropper or just the brush to drop some water in each of the wells and mix until you have the right consistency.

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3. To paint your pumpkin:

  • Start with the middle and use Tangerine to paint an oval, while it is still wet add in drops of Iced Currant and Iced Chai
  • Repeat this step with the sides of the pumpkin making a present moon shape
  • Use Green Tea to create leaves on top and on the bottom sides
  • Use Iced Chai to create a stem and some vines as well as some ground under the pumpkin




*Optional Step: Add details or lettering with a PITT Artist Pen 





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!

Fall leaf with watercolor pencils

Fall is finally here! It's time to celebrate by bringing out all of the fall colors again!



Today you'll be needing:


Start by using your pencil to sketch a maple leaf. Lightly erase the dark lines until they're barely visible.

Take your watercolor pencils and start coloring in the leaf.

Use a wet paintbrush and go over the colors to blend them all together.

Once dry, use the same colors to go over the edges to make them a bit darker.

Use a brown pencil to draw the veins of the leaf. Go over that with your paintbrush as well.

Now use your Pitt Artist pen to letter your quote! 


Photo Feb 28  9 52 26 AMChelsea 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 watercolors and everything in between!




I don’t know about you, but I am ready for sweater weather! I couldn’t help but break out the beautiful colors of Autumn using my Faber Castell Goldfaber Aqua pencils. These are pigmented colored pencils that transform to a watercolor once in contact with water. These pencils are perfect for laying down pigment in a quick, controlled way. I wanted to make sureto get a burst of ombré color, so I rinsed my waterbrush in between the transition shades! After it dried, I came in with my small Pitt Artist Pen in Black for some detailing.

Here I added some lettering with my  Pitt Artist Brush Pen to give it some cute Fall themed flair.  


 Happy Autumn!



The Rosa Rugosa Lesson Plan


Creative Studio


Welcome to the studio, a place to relax, to be inspired and to develop your own creative potential. Here, we will explore ideas and create art with mediums and techniques that will have you achieving rewarding results with your own art. 

Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils are an exciting and enjoyable medium. These intensely pigmented pencils offer the ease of sketching, combined with the ability to produce stunning watercolor painting results as well. 

In this lesson plan, we explore the art of botanical illustration, and the basic steps to creating your own piece of art.




Choose Colors and Experiment

One of the great advantages to watercolor pencils are their ability to both sketch and paint. The most basic way to use them is to sketch directly onto the paper, and then brush water over it. The more pigment you apply, the darker the color will be when water is added.

Another painting technique I combine with the basic method is to scribble a spot of color on a piece of scratch paper. I can then pick up the pigment with a wet brush, and transfer it to the artwork. Mixed colors can also be created by layering combinations of colored pencil scribbles. 

Look carefully at your reference photo and choose as many colors as possible. More colors will add depth and interest to your artwork. 



The Rosa Rugosa; A Botanical Study

The Rosa rugosa is a wild, carefree flower native to Maine, and nature’s own stunning accent to just about every beautiful coastal area and landmark you will find there. 

I have decided to capture the beauty of this hearty, lovely flower along with an impressive location where it can be found, in watercolor pencils. Also included in this study is some fun info about the Rosa rugosa. 

Follow along, or choose your own plant specimen for a botanical study done in the same manner here. 



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Taking Photos

I took these photos of the flower and the various stages of it’s habit for reference during my artwork. The variety of images will add interest.

I shot these images on a sunny day to insure good lighting and the flowers at their best.



Begin With A Layout

I began this project by designing my layout. I decided that the finished design would be 7-1/4 x 21-3/4,— 3 panels each measuring 7-1/4 x 7-1/4. 

Referring to my photos, I then practiced some sketches on tracing paper, creating a drawing to fit each panel. I chose to highlight a few small images of rosehips and their stages of development as part of the study. Part of the design was to also allow for some blank space for copy, even though I wasn’t quite sure what I would be writing yet.

Using an exacto knife and a straight edge, I measured and cut my strip of watercolor paper. Using a light table, I then lightly traced my drawings onto the watercolor paper in pencil.

Finally, I used a black fine tipped pen to sketch over the pencil.



The Line Drawing

The line drawing will look it’s best done in a light handed manner. I looked carefully at my photos and decided on areas to capture detail, and other areas to leave more simplified. The thorny stems are a combination; drawing lots of thorns (as in reality) would look heavy handed, while drawing fewer simplified, small groupings of them, look better.



Line Character

I like to draw with broken lines to give the artwork a light, airy look. That means that the lines don’t always connect; some are left unfinished. This style, especially combined with watercolor, helps to create a very fresh, light look.




I wanted the type to have a light, hand-done look, but also be evenly spaced and uniform. Part of the process of designing something, is to practice until you get it just right on scrap paper. I used pencil, and drew strait lines as guides to make the upper and lowercase letters uniform. I centered the 3 smaller nick-names and positioned it all on the scrap paper and then used a light table to trace the whole unit of type into position onto the watercolor paper. Instead of filling in the letters with a solid black ink, I loosely sketched them in. 

Shown here is the first stage of the ocean in watercolor pencils. Referring to my photo, I used 4 different pencils, and lightly layered colors to make nice blends for the second stage, where I painted over it with water. 

After positioning the type onto the watercolor paper, I painted the flowered hedge. I kept it very undetailed by painting it in a light wash, with very simplified shapes for roses.




For painting the water, I used a soft, round wet brush. I began in the back at the horizon line and painted over the dry pencil with water. I painted in a horizonal direction as I moved towards the foreground, the colors blended into each other, creating a thin, watery wash. I left small bits of the white paper showing along parts of the shoreline and around rocks to read as shallow white waves. 

I continued to lightly sketch in color to areas of the rocks, and washing over it with water.



For the sky, I begin by wetting the area with just water. I then used the “scribble, add water and transfer” method described earlier, to lay in the color. The watery blue pigment spread on the wet paper, creating a soft, light, smooth look. I also added a touch of pink to tie in with the surrounding flowers. 

I continued with painting the lighthouse by lightly sketching in color and painting. I also added more detail to the rocky ground.



When painting the flowers and leaves, I lightly applied the watercolor pencils directly to the line drawing, then added water for a first, light wash. When dry, I then layered more pencil and water to create some darker spots and shaded areas for dimension and interest.



Writing The Copy

When deciding what information to include, I searched for ideas regarding the rosehips of the Rosa rugosa online. I practiced writing out my ideas on lined scratch paper until I got the look and size of it to fit the space on the layout, and then traced it into position onto the artwork. 

The copy done in pencil gives a nice casual contrast to the finished art.



Cover Design

Here is a simple image I painted for the outer left cover panel that is exposed when the piece is folded.


Click here to Download the complete lesson in a .pdf file.  


Lesson Plan by Janis Doukakis

Hello Autumn!


Hi everyone, Mou here today with a tutorial to create a small sign welcoming autumn!

To create the sign, you'll need -


Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® 15CT: TRANSLUCENTS

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Artist pens - Journaling PITT Artist Pens; PITT Artist Pens Writing Set: RED/YELLOW; PITT Artist Pens Writing Set: GREEN/BLUE

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Collapsible water cup

Faber Castell Grip 2001 Pencil

Other - watercolor paper.

Now, let me walk you through the steps.


Sketch out leaves, pumpkins and acorns with pencil on watercolor paper.


Fill in the shapes with Gelatos colors TRANSLUCENTS with a paint brush dipped in water as shown. The formula of the TRANSLUCENTS Gelatos will help to create distinct colors layers for your piece.


This is what my background looked like.


Add outlines to the pattern with various PITT artist pens.

Next, hand-letter 'Hello Autumn' with the calligraphy pen from the Journaling pen set.

Add in more pattern elements to fill the spaces and to finish the piece.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and would play with the Translucent Gelatos to make your own fall signs!

How To Draw Boxes & Frames For Your Bullet Journal

Hello, again!

It's Nicole from Plans That Blossom bringing you another fun and easy tutorial for bullet journaling!


By following these 4 simple steps, I have shown you how to create 5 different boxes and frames. These tutorials give your journal structure and organization, while adding a bit of fun to every page in your journal!


  1. The Double Flag: This is a favorite of mine, as you can stretch it to use for headers, or shrink it to use for page markers! Fun Tip: Color in the bottom layer to make your flag pop!
  2. Layered Boxes: These are fantastic for adding depth to an otherwise boring shape! Fun Tip: Color in every other line on the bottom layer for a funky design!
  3. Loose Leaf Paper: Want to add a tiny to-do list to your spreads? This easy to create doodle helps your lists stay cute and compact! Fun Tip: Make your list playful by adding red and blue lines - just like a real loose leaf page!
  4. Picture Frame: This frame is a perfect home for your favorite quotes and doodles! Fun Tip: Create a "gallery wall" page for your journal using frame doodles just like this one!
  5. Ripped Tape: This ripped tape effect can be added to any shape, but adding a folded edge gives it depth! Fun Tip: Start your tape on the edge of your page so it appears to be "popping" in!

I hope you enjoyed these tutorials as much as I enjoyed making them!

Not a doodle bug? Enjoy this free printable and add fun boxes and frames to your own journal!

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Pens Used:

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens:

Black 199* - Size XS & S

Cobalt Green 156* - Size S & Brush Pen




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.

Faber-Castell White Pens & Whimsical Leaves

Leaves are beginning to fall in our neighborhood, and that has me ready for all things Fall. One of my favorite creative activities is to paint watercolor leaves. However, when I came across the new Faber-Castell white pens I had an idea for some fun hand-drawn leaves. 


First I gathered up my supplies - different color cardstock (I went with traditional Fall colors, but this would be fun with any variety of colors), Pitt pens, a pencil, and scissors.


Next, using a pencil I sketched out simple leaf shapes. Don't worry about lots of detailed edges, just draw a variety of shapes and sizes. 


Then using my Pitt pens I drew the stem of the leaf and began adding fun details. I chose to draw whimsical details with circles, lines, and flourishes.


Lastly I cut out my leaves (trimming off my pencil sketch of the leaf outline) giving me a pretty collection of leaves perfect for scrapbooking, adding to a mixed media project, or even stringing up as a garland.


I hope you enjoy experimenting with the new Faber-Castell white pens!

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Artist 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.


DIY Celebration Card

Is there anything better than celebrating friends and family? Adding a personal touch, and a heartfelt note is always a good idea. 

To make this card you'll need:


Start by scribbling a little bit of the gelato onto a palette (any smooth surface would work).


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Pick up some of the color using the larger of the sponges from your tool kit and start coloring over top of the stencil.

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Once you've colored in the whole picture, take your metallic pitt pen and write your greeting on the front of the card!

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Use the Pitt Artist brush pen for the envelope. You can write their name or a congratulatory message, whatever you'd like!

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Finish up with a nice note on the inside, and you've just made a wonderful, personal gift for your friends!

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Photo Feb 28  9 52 26 AMChelsea 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 watercolors, and everything in between!






DIY Thank You Card






1. Cut out the Mixed Media transfer that you want

        • Peel off the paper backing and then place on paper
        • Use the applicator stick to rub the design on the paper
        • Peel off slowly from one corner and keep rubbing to make sure the design stays on the paper   



2. Add color! 



3. Add your message using the Artist PITT pen!





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!


The Lettering Fern


Pitt Artist Pen - Big Brush

Today I wanted to give you a look at how amazing the Big Brush Pitt Artist Pens are for handlettering! To me, there is nothing more fun than larger scale lettering. I love being able to take up space and let my hand flow in big sweeping up- and downstrokes. There is an assortment of bright, saturated colors that can be combined numerous ways for your projects.



The pens feature the same great qualities of the Pitt Artist Brush pens- flexible yet firm nib, and saturated India ink. The quality is so high and I know these markers will last a long time without fraying like most large brush pens do quickly! By varying your pressure, you will create thick and thin strokes. Heavy pressure on the down stroke and light pressure in the up stroke. Because of the large nib on this pen, you will achieve a large contrast in stroke width- which is the key factor to hand lettering!

Happy Lettering!



Leah Kelly is a modern calligrapher and hand lettering artist. She is a military wife who took up the hobby to create decor and invitations for her own wedding. When she’s not addressing invitation envelopes or writing place cards, she loves to use calligraphy and painting as a creative form of meditation. Leah is currently working to get her professional certificate in graphic design.