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December 2018

Hey guys! Today I’m going to give you the rundown on how I created this cute holiday art! It’s so versatile and can be used as decor, gift tags, or even holiday greeting cards! 



I am using my Connector Watercolor Paints by Faber Castell. I used this with my water brush and Pitt Artist Pens to finish it off!

The whole goal for me was to achieve a beautiful, bright color bleed and then go in later with my medium tip Pitt Pen for definition and that fun, loose, cartoon look. 

The first step is to sketch out your layout and lettering. Then you will want to lay down a lot of paint with water so that there is a light layer of moisture. When you go back in with more pigment, it creates a beautiful blend and texture. Paint the surround trees in the complementing light green color and make sure to carefully drag your brush very close to the edge of the darker green. This will give you a beautiful color bleed! I also used this techniques with the brown trunks. If your bleeds get a little crazy, no worries- just lightly dab with the corner of a paper towel to absorb the unwanted color! 

Allow this first layer of paint to dry. Go back in with the corresponding colors if desired to add more definition into the foliage. I added some fun stars to the top of my trees! 

I added in some lettering with my Pitt Artist Pens in Medium and Brush tip  I finished off my art by adding a whimsical loose outline with the medium pen! 

I ended up framing my piece and I will use it as home decor for the holidays. Perfect for the season and the beginning of December!

'Tis the Season!


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.






Christmas Countdown - Draw Your Own Ornaments Challenge!

Hi everyone!

I'm so excited to announce the arrival of our Christmas Countdown Challenge!

To start counting down to Christmas, create 15 ornaments, and each day, decorate them! The ornaments can be simple or ornate... big or small - it's up to you!


Personally, I'm going to challenge myself to use multiple mediums for this one! One day will be pitt artist pens, and the next could be colored pencils! I'm so excited to get started and experiment! The end result will be stunning, and I cannot wait for you to share your fabulous work with Faber-Castell USA & I!

If you decide to post, be sure to tag me at @plansthatblossom and Faber-Castell at @fabercastellusa and use the hashtag: #fcornamentchallenge so we can enjoy your beautiful creations!

Fun tip - looking for an advent calendar for the kids? This challenge is perfect for that! It's a fun family activity that keeps everyone creative and festive!

If you're not into drawing your own ornaments, but would still like to decorate them - you're in luck! I have a printable for you! )You know I love a good printable!) It can be trimmed to A5 size which is a great fit for the typical bullet journal. Check it out printable and enjoy!

Thanks, and Happy Holidays!!