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October 2018

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Materials Needed: 

  • Cardstock
  • PITT Artist Pens

 

1. Write out your words. I wrote out "Happy Halloween" for a fun halloween card using my PITT artist brush pens. I used Light Green 171 for the word "Happy" and Crimson 134 for the word "halloween."

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2. Trace you letters with your Black 199 PITT artist pen.

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3. Using your Black 199 PITT artist pen again, draw spider webs coming from the top corners of your page and attaching to your letters. I also added a little spider hanging down. 

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4. Last I added shadows to my letters with my Warm Grey V 274 PITT artist brush pen.

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FernLOGO2Erin 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


Sketching Botanical Specimens with Watercolor Pencils

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a study of some botanical specimens using watercolor pencils!

For this study, you'll need the following materials -

Faber-Castell Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils set of 48

Faber-Castell Gelatos® Black Licorice

Faber-Castell Collapsible Water Cup with water

Faber-Castell Deluxe Water brush

Other - Watercolor sketchbook, botanical specimen

Now, let me show you how I did my sketches.


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Collect some botanical specimens on your nature walk or buy some at the florist's. Pick out the shades of Goldfaber Aqua that match your botanical specimen the best.


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Sketch out the specimen with the watercolor pencils from your perspective. You can aim for realism or let your intuition take over.


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Fill the Deluxe Waterbrush with water from the Collapsible water cup and go over the lines of your sketch.

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Sketch out other specimens from the same trip following the same steps as above.


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Once the first layer of water dries, you can go back in to add details with the watercolor pencils.

After you finish sketching your specimens, add information about where you found them and when. I used Gelatos color Black Licorice and the waterbrush to add this information. You could also use a PITT pen to write this.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial. Whether you are studying in your studio or sketching on location, the Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils and the Deluxe Waterbrush are really great tools for you!

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Halloween Doodles & How To Apply Them To Your Journal!

Hello again! I'm here to bring you some spooktacular doodle tutorials, and show you how you can apply them to your bullet journal!

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This time of year is one of my favorites because the holidays provide so many fun theme ideas! What better way to get into any holiday spirit, than to open your bujo!

Here, I am showing you 5 easy Halloween doodle tutorials!

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I get a lot of questions about my doodles, and how I create them - but my "not-so-big" secret is that everything I draw is made up of simple shapes put together. If you take it one step at a time, you will be able to create more complex drawings! Once you take that into consideration, it becomes easier to visualize what you want to create, and how you can build onto it!

Once you've mastered these doodles, take them a step further by adding color and shading using my beloved Pitt Artist Pens!

Tip: Layer similar colors together to add depth!

Now, you can move onto my favorite part - Applying these doodles to your journal in a functional way! Use these examples to get in the Halloween spirit, and come up with your own ideas as well. Once you realize how versatile doodling can be, you can master any theme you want! Interested in giving these a try? Tag me at @plansthatblossom and @fabercastellusa so we can see your creepy creations!

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Not into drawing your own spooky spread, but still want a little Halloween flare in your journal? Download this free printable!

Happy Halloween! Enjoy!!


Fall Magic

A little fall magic today, with the help of stencils and watercolor pencils!

 

What you'll be needing:

  • Mixed media paper
  • Pencil/eraser
  • Stencil
  • Goldfaber aqua watercolor pencils
  • Paintbrush
  • Pitt Artist brush pen (Indian red)
  • Pitt Artist fine liner XS

 

Start by tracing the leaves stencil using Faber-Castell 2B pencil. Then mirror the image on the other side. Stencils make adding fun little details SO quick and easy!

 

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Gently erase the dark lines, so the image is very light. This way you won't have to erase once the watercolor is down!

Then, color in with your Goldfaber watercolor pencils.


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Wet your paintbrush and start painting over the colored pencil. Watching the pencil turn into creamy paint on the paper is always my favorite part.


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Using your Pitt Artist brush pen (here I used Indian red, the PERFECT color for fall), letter your favorite quote.



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Go in with your fine liner XS Pitt Artist pen and add little details. Here I did a rough outline of the leaves and I added a small shadow on the lettering.


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Don't forget to have fun with it!

 

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Chelsea 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!
 

 

 

 

 

 


These Fall Feelings: Art Journal Page

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Hello everyone! Mou here with an art journal video tutorial all about the Fall!

Materials

Faber-Castell -

Gelatos – Iridescents

Gelatos – Translucents

Gel Medium

Goldfaber Aqua pencils

Collapsible Water cup

Paper Crafter Crayons – Neutral

Stampers Big Brush Pen set of 3 - RED

Hello Fall Printable Image Collection

Other – Watercolor paper, Scissors, Trimmer

You can watch the video tutorial by pressing 'play' below  or click right here.

 

I hope you enjoy!
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Fallin' for You Wreath

Materials Needed:Paper, thick card stock or watercolor paper

 

1. Start by drawing your circle.

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2. After you have your circle start sketching your wreath design, I drew two pumpkins and some leaves.

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3. Once you have your design sketched out lightly erase it so the pencil lines are not so dark, then you can start coloring in with the Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils. 

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4. Use a small brush and some water to blend the colors.

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5. Use the PITT Artist pen to add outline details.

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6. Add words with a PITT Artist brush pen!

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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


Batty "Hang in There" Card

All of the materials used in this project (except the paper) can be found in the Mixed Media Tin

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I used a piece of folded watercolor paper for this card but thick cardstock would work just fine.

1. Using the black Albrecht Dürer watercolor pencil (with your card upside down) draw the outline of a bat.

  • Start with a wave shape that almost touches the top of your paper (remember the card is flipped upside down so it will actually almost be touching the bottom of the paper)
  • Draw two arches towards the center of the "wave line"
  • Where the two arches meet, draw a small head and ears.

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2. Color in the outline of the bat with the black Albrecht Dürer watercolor pencil.

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3. Use a small brush and water to blend the color

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4. Use the PITT Artist brush pen to write "Hang in There" (or whatever you would like your card to say)

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FernLOGO2

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


How To Create An Ombre Effect!

Hey there! It's Nicole from @plansthatblossom back with another tutorial!

This time, I'm going to be showing you how to create an ombre gradient effect without the complex layering that can sometimes bleed through your pages!

 

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Step 1: Choose your colors!
Think about what type of gradient you'd like to choose, and pick colors that complement one another. Organize them in the order that you would like them to appear on your page. I use my beloved Faber-Castell pitt artist brush pens - they come in so many colors, so the possibilities are endless!

Step 2: Choose direction!
Once your colors and order are chosen, think about how you'd like to lay it out. You could go from dark to light, or light to dark... you can have the colors meet one another in the center of your shape... or you can even color an object based on how light would hit it to give it a touch of realism.

Step 3: Let's Do This!
Choose your starting point and carefully start adding color one by one!

Here, I've shown you a few different styles to try!
A fun way to elevate this style, is to use different color stories. For instance... you can use an autumn palette, or even get fun with it and try a rainbow!

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Now that you're well versed in making simple ombre gradients, try applying them to different shapes and doodles!

Not a doodlebug, but want to try out your new skills? Download free printable here.

Interested in applying this technique but not sure where to start? Faber-Castell USA has lovely curated pitt artist brush pen collection packs that have everything you need!

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Thanks so much! Enjoy!

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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.


Used my cute Connector watercolors for this ode to my favorite coffee! These colors are super saturated and bright! Perfect for painting happy and bright things such as a pumpkin heart on a latte. 🧡🧡 I love these paints because you can mix and match the colors you’ll be using and create your own temporary custom palette with so much ease. Love them! 

 

Finished this illustration off with my Pitt Artist Pens in Brush tip and Small tip.

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 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.


How To Draw Planner Doodles!

Hello again! It’s Nicole from Plans That Blossom - I’ve teamed up with Faber-Castell once again to show you how to draw 5 fun little planner-related doodles!

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I often get asked how to get started with drawing, and my 2 biggest pieces of advice would be…

Start simple. Everything is made up of basic shapes pieced together, and if you take it step by step, you can draw anything!

Practice! If drawing is something you want to improve on, make time for it in your life! Doodle something every day, join a challenge, or even carry around my favorite Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pen in your bag, and use it to doodle on napkins and receipts when you’re on the go!

I’ve chosen 5 planner icons, and broken them down into 4 simple steps each. Follow along and keep practicing!

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Fun Tips:
-Try adding a thicker outline using a thicker nib pen. I suggest using Pitt Artist Pens in size XS and S for the base, then outlining it with size F or M to make it stand out!

-Add a shadow along the side and bottom edge using a grey Pitt Artist Brush Pen (my favorite is warm grey 272!) You’ll be surprised how much this can elevate something so simple!

-To push it even further, color in your doodle! You can do this with colored pencils, markers, watercolors - whatever you feel comfortable with! (Check out Faber-Castell’s website to see all the incredible products they have available)

-Lastly, remember that no one is perfect… doodles are just that, doodles. Imperfections are what make each individual style unique - Embrace it!

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If you’re not a doodlebug, keep an eye out for a fun printable sheet filled with doodles that you can use in your own journal!

Thanks, and enjoy!

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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.