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April 2019

Floral Wreath Doodle Tutorials!

Hi there! April showers bring May... floral wreaths! These are some of my favorite things to draw because they are much more simple to create than they look. They give my layouts a touch of spring happiness without taking hours to create. Naturally I use my beloved Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens!


These wreath doodles are not only decorative, but can be functional as well. They can have text written inside of them such as numbers or dates, or they can hang above a decorative task list box for some added fun!


Starting with a circle, slowly build onto the shape to create your wreath. I personally like to start with leaves and then build flowers around it to add depth. If there are areas that seem empty, feel free to add more leaves or florals. The sizes of the circles you create may vary, but the technique is the same!


You can snag a free printable HERE!

Thanks for stopping by - keep creating!!

-Nicole @plansthatblossom

Congrats Grad!


Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial to make card/ decor for an upcoming Graduate!

For this project, you'll need the following :

Faber-Castell Connector paint box 24 colors + brush (#125029)

Faber-Castell Essential PITT Artists Pen - Black

Faber-Castell - Pitt Artist Pens - White Lettering 4ct Set

Faber-Castell Graphite pencil Goldfaber 1221 HB (#112500)

Other: Watercolor paper

Now, let me walk you through the steps.


Sketch a graduation cap lightly with pencil on watercolor paper (I'm working with 9x6 inches)


Color the cap as shown with Connector paints. Let it dry.


Handletter 'Congrats' with the PITT Big White pen, 'Grad' with PITT White pen B, 'You did it!' with PITT Black pen B and add details to the tassel with PITT Black pen XS to finish. That's it - a quick easy way for to deck up the celebration!

TIP: You can personalize your decor. Simply replace the 'Grad' with your favorite graduate's first name.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will reach for your art supplies to make something personal and special to celebrate their achievement!


How To Create Minimalist Nature Doodles For Your Journal!

Well, hello there, my darling! I'm back to bring you some minimalist nature doodle tutorials for your journal!


Don’t be fooled - minimalist journaling and drawing doesn’t always have to mean there is a lack of color! If you keep your line work simple and stick to a more simplistic palette, you can achieve something very uncomplicated and elegant!


I’ve personally been playing around a lot with this method and I’ve been loving it! Minimalism is a hard concept for me to grasp because I tend to go overboard 99% of the time (if you follow me, you know this!) These doodles make me feel like I’m being creative without having to fill the entire page that I’m working on, which leaves room for tasks, lists, etc... plus - they are addicting! It's amazing what you can do with a few lines.



Start with your linework first, then using a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen of your choice, make some simple flower and leaf shapes - then BOOM! You've achieved this unique style quickly and painlessly!


As usual (I just can't help myself) I've included a free downloadable printable with a bunch of nature doodles in this minimalist style - I think you'll really enjoy them! Get them HERE!

Thanks for stopping by! Keep creating!

-Nicole @plansthatblossom

Teacher Appreciation Hand Lettered Sign

Today's project is super simple, yet will make a big impact. All you'll need is the Faber-Castell big brush stamper's set and some marker paper.


Using your choice of colors (I did rainbow. The more colors, the better!), letter away! I had a rough sketch done with a pencil, and placed underneath my paper to make sure I got the spacing/centering right. Watch below for a step-by-step. Then, finish it up by putting it in a frame, or adding some ribbon! Let your teachers know you're grateful for what they do!



Photo Feb 14  2 32 01 PMChelsea 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 watercolor to brush pens, and everything in between!


DIY Bridesmaid Proposals

Spring time brings wedding season! You'll definitely be needing your girls with you on your special day, so here's a fun way to ask them to join you in the craziness that is wedding planning!




Start by lightly tracing the bouquet stencil from the Faber-Castell wedding pack onto some watercolor or mixed media paper.



Using a small, cheap paint brush (this is a 5/0 from a cheap children's paintbrush pack), paint the outlines of your bouquet with some masking fluid. Since the spaces are so small, this will help ensure that your paint will stay where you want it.


Now for the important part... let it dry! Seriously. This is probably the most important part of your whole project. Walk away. Make a Sandwich. Got to Target. Take a nap. Whatever you do, make sure you give it enough time to dry all the way (about an hour or so just to be safe).



Now that you're well rested and full of sandwiches, it's time to break out your Gelatos! Here I used Guava, Watermelon, Fig, Elderberry, Kiwi, and Silver Ice. Very fruity. Just color a bit onto a paint palette, add a few drops of water, and mix until you get a good watercolor consistency. Paint your flowers until you get the dimension that you like.



Now for the fun part. PEELING! Once your paint is... you guessed it... dry (we should be sensing a theme here), pick a spot and rub, rub, rub! When it starts peeling off a bit, grab it and peel all the way!



Finish it off with some lettering. Here I used the Pitt Brush pen in Pink Madder Lake from the pastel pack since the colors went together nicely. Then take a small black fineliner and outline your bouquet to make it pop.



Pro tip: add this card to a basket filled with a few of your girls' favorite things, or a nice bottle of wine! Spoil them a little.  They deserve it!



Photo Feb 14  2 32 01 PMChelsea 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 them using every art supply she can get her hands on. From brush pens to watercolor and everything in between!

DIY Graduation Card

Graduation is right around the corner and who doesn't love a homemade card?



The first step is deciding what you would like to write on your card...


Then you can add some fun details like CONFETTI or outlining certain words to make them POP!


Or you can choose a completely different design.

CongratsGrad with Leaves

Here is a small practice sheet with some "GRAD" phrases so you can practice some monoline lettering (no brush pen needed). Just print and trace!

GRAD Practice Sheet

The Lettering Fern


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



Mandala Art in Your Bullet Journal!

Hi there, friends! Did you know that Faber-Castell includes stencils in some of their Pitt-Artist Pen sets? Well... now you do! I'm quite fond of one in particular - the Mandala Art set!


This set not only includes fabulous pens, but also stencils to help you step up your journal game! They are super easy to use and absolutely stunning on their own. Mandalas are very popular right now, but I know how challenging they can be to achieve. These stencils will give you the helping hand to be part of the craze and add something a little fun in your journals, scrapbooking, happy mail - wherever you want!



If you want to use them in your journals but aren't sure where to begin, you can adjust them to fit your needs if you break down the shapes of the stencils given to you. For instance, you can use the inner most shapes of the mandala stencil for a simple look or tracker, or you can use the top or bottom half only to create a really fabulous header! You can even add other shapes such as leaves to make it look like a flower - the possibilities are endless!


I've also included a free mandala printable - you can grab it HERE!

FC_PTB_MandalaPrintableThanks for stopping by - keep creating!


Saying Thanks to Teachers

Teacher_Thank You Ideas

Hi everyone! Mou here with a little piece for a favorite teacher. In this tutorial, we'll explore lettering with B-tip PITT pen, drawing with XS-tip PITT pen and coloring with Goldfaber Color Pencils.

To do this project, you'll need the following -

Faber-Castell Essential PITT Artist Pen SetFaber-Castell Goldfaber Color Pencils - Tin of 48

Faber-Castell GRIP 2001 Graphite pencil HB

Other - watercolor paper (trimmed to 9 x 6 inches)

Now, let me walk you through the steps.

Teacher Gift Ideas

On the watercolor paper, write 'You are my favorite teacher' as shown with a B-tip PITT Artist pen. If you need, write lightly with pencil first and then trace over it with the pen. erase pencil lines.

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

After finishing the lettering, draw some school icons under the text such as, pencil, eraser, sharpener, crayon, paper clip, etc. with pencil and then with the XS-tip PITT pen.

Handmade Teacher Gifts

Color in the icons with Goldfaber Color pencils as shown.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and choose to make the gifts for the teachers in your life by hand this year!FC_Apr19Blog2_-PITTPenGoldfaberColorPencils_Teacher Appreciation_Image1_MouS

Novelty Trackers For Your Journal!

Hi there, you creative thing, you! I'm back to show you some fun novelty doodle trackers to put in your journals and planners! For my last weekly spread, I subbed out my usual habit tracker for novelty ones, and it was much more popular than anticipated! Due to said excitement from my kind following, I decided to team up Faber-Castell USA to bring you even more!


As seen here, I’ve shown you just a few ways you can track your goals and habits. It may look complex, but trust me - it's not! If you think deeply about the habit you are trying to either accomplish or quit, you can doodle your way to your goals!


For instance, take the water tracker example I've drawn... What I wanted out of a water tracker, is one that I can fill in every day of the week, and something that can represent the standard 8 glasses a day, per day, so this was the perfect option for me. You could prefer different types of drinking glasses, mason jars, water drops - whatever works best for you! Have fun with it!


Fun fact: I love doodle trackers because I actually want to fill them in... which, in turn, means I am more productive... solely because I like to color! 


Interested in these trackers and want to use them in your journal or planner? Be sure to tag myself @plansthatblossom and @fabercastellusa so we can see how you doodle your way to productivity! Are you not really into doodling, but still want to enjoy these? I may or may not have a free printable available HERE

Thanks everyone! Stay motivated, and keep creating!

Spring Doodles!

Hi there, lovelies! I'm back to bring you more doodle tutorials (my personal favorite!)

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again (and shout it from the rooftops!) - if you break your doodles down into simple steps, ANYONE can achieve them, I promise! Often we look at something as a whole which can be overwhelming and disheartening, but if you look at something in terms of smaller shapes, it will take the pressure right off and allow you to push your creativity!


What better way to take that pressure off, than to practice with some Spring doodles! Spring is right around the corner, and I think we all could benefit from adding a little sunshine into our lives!


These doodles can make the perfect addition to your journal! Not into journaling, but still want to give them a shot? Go for it! Make them work for you! Use them for any Spring occasions or holidays that call for crafting, decorating, or gift giving! I personally like to sign my name and add a little doodle inside cards - makes for an extra special touch!


Once you follow these 5 tutorials, be sure to make it your own. Add color, shading, texture - whatever you want! For example - you can add more flowers to the flower pot... or try a different flower all together. Doodle a tiny bee flying around it to add some interest. Make it yours with Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens!

Please enjoy this tutorial and keep your eye out for more doodle tutorials on the blog, very soon!

Until then, download this free spring doodle PRINTABLE and keep creating!!