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Doodle Dividers For Your Journal

Hi there! It's Nicole from Plans That Blossom once again to bring you examples of journaling dividers! These are a really fun and simple way to spruce up your journal and compartmentalize your days and tasks. Mostly, I like to use them to underline text, but they have so many other possibilities!
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You can use the dividers to separate your lists, or even connect them together to create frames and boxes! A lot of you washi lovers out there are familiar with this decorate border concept, and can create your own faux washi page edges using these examples!

FC_DoodleDividers4I love using Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens on my dot grid journal to make these dividers because it allows me to create symmetrical designs by connecting the dots! A divider can appear very complex, but is actually quite simple to create using the dots as a guide.

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Thanks for stopping by - keep creating!


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!

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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!!


Faith Bookmark

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Hi Loves,

Tiare here.  If I've got to come out of my art journal or off of my canvas, I love to make functional art. I still love books, physical books and I love bookmarks.  Here's one for you, that you can make to mark a spot in your favorite book.  Here's what I did using the Bible Journaling Kit. 

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Tada!

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Tiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

 


One Sparkly Drawstring Bag

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Hi Loves,

Tiare here.   Every girl loves a bit of sparkle and a cute, small drawstring is the perfect touch.  The Gelatos® Iridescents  dd just the right amount of sparkle and shine! 

Grab your Gelatos® Iridescents and let's make this sweet bag together.  It's the perfect little gift wrapping for a special friend or for yourself.  Be sure to notice how the  Gelatos® Blue Lunar helps the flower to "pop."  Watch this quick video to learn how....

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Tada!

Now it's your turn.  Please share if this inspires you. I'd love to see what you make.  Just tag me on Instram @iamclassygirl or Facebook at Tiare Smith Designs.  

Supplies Used:

Me in Pink

Tiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, challenges and more. 

Pick up more FREE tutorials from Tiare at http://www.tiaresmith.com



Library Pocket Card and Gift Tag

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Hi Loves,Tiare here. A unique card and gift tag are sure gifts that will make the recipient smile.  Here is a fun way to jazz up your next gift giving experience. 

Grab your Gelatos® Iridescents and let's make a library pocket card and gift tag.  Let me show you how to make them. 

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First, be sure to Gesso both the library pocket and the tag.  Next, use Stamper’s Big Brush Pens:  Black, Violet, Cobalt Blue, Light Blue to create your backgrounds.  Draw color onto craft sheet, spritz with water and drag the library pocket and tag through the  color.  Do this one color at a time.

 

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Next grab your Ice Layers - Bubbles to create cool circle patterns.   Just color in the shapes with your Gelatos® Iridescents and activate with a water brush or rub in with your fingers. To make a fun overlapping pattern,  pick up Ice Layers and  place over previous circles.  I love how the Gelatos® Galaxy stands out, it is such a rich and creamy color. 

 

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Use Stamper’s Big Brush Pens:  Black #199 to add color on various circle stamps.  Stamp images on circles. Stamper's Big Brush Pens are perfect for stamping. You can also use the  ink to add detail to the edges of the tag and card.  Write a sentiment onto the library pocket and tag using Journaling Pitt®Artist Pens Medium Nib Black #199

 

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Lastly, add a cute dimensional flower to the library pocket and a fun ribbon to the tag. 

Tada!

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Me in PinkTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, challenges and more. 

Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com


Sparkly Iced Pear Frame

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Hi Loves. Tiare here.  Sparkle and shine just make me smile.  I hope it makes you smile too, because I've got some shimmer and shine for you today.  The color of the week is, Gelatos® Iced Pear and boy, does it shine!  

Grab your  Gelatos® and let's play.  Let's make this awesome frame together. 

Pear Frame 1

Cover frame with Gesso and use a bit of  Whipped Spackle too, to create texture.  Dry and color frame using the Gelatos® Iced Pear.  Spread with a wet paint brush. 

 

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Mix the Gelatos® Iced Pear with Glass Bead Glitter Gel to create this sparkly texture. 

 

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Spread around frame.  I sure wish you could see the sparkle better in the picture.  It's lovely!

 

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Scribble around frame using Texture Gems™ Pearl in white, to add a bit of dazzle.  Finish it off by embellishing with paper flowers, some bling and hang a dragonfly charm from a piece of twine.  

 Tada!

 

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Me in PinkTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, challenges and more. 

Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com


DIY Christmas Ornament (Gelatos Color of the Week: Iced Currant)

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I love making Christmas ornaments to add to the tree. Here's one using this week's Faber-Castell Gelatos ® Color of the Week: Iced Currant:

Supplies:

Gelatos - Iced Currant, Green Tea

Glaze

Plastic Bulb Ornament

Palette Knives

Spray Bottle filled with Water

Craft Mat

Muslin

Canvas

Alphabet Stamps

Ink

Fabric Glue

Dry Adhesive

Ribbon

Wire

Beads

Paper Towels

Heat Gun (optional)

 

Instructions:

 Start by cutting off about 1/4" chunk of Iced Current Gelatos with a palette knife. Use the pallet knife to mash it down onto your craft mat.  


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Mix in about 2 tablespoons of Glaze.
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Use your palette knife to drip it into the bulb.
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Rotate the bulb so that the Gelatos + Glaze mixture covers it completely.
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Allow it to sit upside down to help it spread out, then put it upright, placing the mixture back inside and allowing it to spread around again.  You may need to do this a few times to build up a good coverage.  When finished,  allow any remaining mixture to drain out and allow the bulb to dry.

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Chop off about 1/4" of Green Tea Gelatos and add a few sprays of water to it as you mash it out.  Keep mixing it until you have a think consistency without any lumps.
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Add in your muslin and stir and flip it all around in the diluted Gelatos to dye it.  Add more sprays of water if you need it.  It's helpful to use a palette knife or two to do it so your hands don't turn green.
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Once finished, spread it out onto some paper towels and remove some of the moisture. You can use a heat gun to dry it if you're in a hurry.
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Use alphabet stamps and ink to stamp a word or phrase onto a piece of canvas and then adhere it to the green muslin fabric strip using fabric glue.
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To adhere the fabric pieces onto the bulb it's helpful to use a dry adhesive on the back side of the fabric so it can be positioned onto the bulb. Use fabric glue to glue the ends together.

Re-assemble the ornament pieces together and use wire and bead to embellish it.
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And when it's finished, enjoy it on your tree or give it as a gift!

ERIN

 

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So Cute, Clothespin, Angel Ornaments

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Hi Loves. Tiare here.  I've got a serious love thang for angels.  This quick, cute idea makes my heart pitter-patter and is a great, crafty project to do alone, with friends or with the kids.  

So grab this week's color Gelatos® Silver Ice and let's make some last minute, angel ornaments.   Here's how...

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String a large round bead onto twine and tie a knot at the top and bottom of the bead, to hold bead into place.  Be sure to leave a loop at the top and a little twine hanging at the bottom.   Add a drop of adhesive in the opening of the clothespin.  Place the bottom of twine inside, let clothespin close onto twine.  Set aside to dry. 

 

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Paint clothespins using Texture Luxe™ Gold.

 

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Once dried,  cut a few pieces of burlap for the wings. Tie at center to create the look of wings. Adhere to back of clothespin. Use Gelatos® Iced Chai to add interest to wings.  Add a bit of shine by scribbling on wings using Texture Gems™ Gold and add a bit of sparkle by adding some Glass Bead Glitter Gel to  bottom half of clothespin. 

 

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Finish it off by coloring on some Gelatos® Silver Ice onto a piece of paper, punch out star shapes and adhere to your angel. 

 

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Here's a little close up so you can see some of the sparkle!

Tada!

Supplies Used:

 

Me in PinkTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, challenges and more. 

Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com


DIY Fall Earrings

Cinnamon Gelatos - Fall Earrings - Erin Bassett

These fall earrings were really fun to make and I love how they turned out. Often times larger earrings are heavy, but because I chose to create them with paper-mache,  they are really light, easy to wear, and feature a great fall Gelatos® color: Cinnamon!

 

To begin, I used my Scan N Cut to cut out this shape using a thin piece of chipboard. They are 1.75" x 1.60" in size.  Of course if you don't have a die-cutting machine you can just create a pattern and cut out two of them.
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Next, I took a lot of layers of ripped up tissue paper and adhered it to the shape with Gel Medium. I allowed it to dry between layers and just continued to build it up to the thickness I wanted.
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Since I wanted both sides to have that fun texture and thickness, I devised a clever way to allow them to dry by bending paperclips and hanging it off of one of my tool baskets.
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Next, I mixed up some of the Gelatos Color of the Week, Cinnamon, and a little bit of Glaze and applied it to the earring bases. I allowed it to dry and then repeated that process until it was the desired look I wanted.
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After they had thoroughly dried overnight, I took just a tiny bit of the Gold Texture Luxe and applied it to the earrings. Oh how I love Texture Luxe!
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I applied it with a damp (not dripping wet) finger to the earrings so that it really just transferred onto the high points of the folds of texture. I also applied it along the edge as well.

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I added a few beads and fishhook earrings and voilà, they are ready to wear!

 
 
Supplies: Thin Chipboard, Tissue Paper, Palette Knife, Glaze, Gel Medium, Cinnamon Gelatos, Gold Texture Luxe, Beads, Jump Rings, Fishhook Earrings

ERIN

 

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The Not-So-Scary Halloween Owl

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Hi everyone, Mou from Color Happy Creations here today with a tutorial to create a not-too-scary Halloween Owl!

Recently, I came across this fun Halloween quote on Pinterest:

"A Great Big Owl in a great big tree, On a night so dark, you could hardly see, Was watching the lights in the deep ravine, Where the witches danced on Halloween."                                                                                                                                                                         

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It inspired me to alter this chipboard owl I found in the children's craft section at Michaels using our Gelatos® color of the week, Cinnamon. Let me show you the steps.

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Use Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Gel Medium to attach the parts to the owl as shown.

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Prime the slick surface of the owl with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso to receive colors better.

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Color the ears, wings and belly with Cinnamon Gelatos®. Blend colors with a slightly wet brush.

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Color around the eyes and the feet with Caramel Gelatos®.

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Color the body and below the ears black using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Chalkboard Paint.

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Sketch some details on the owl with pencil. Color around the eyes with Gelatos® Iced Coffee.

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Accentuate the details with a Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft  PITT® Artist pen.

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Lay the leaf pattern stencil from the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft 102 Stencil Collection on the owl's belly and apply Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle with a palette knife. Remove stencil immediately and let the medium dry on the owl.

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Add some white specks to the owl's body with Gesso and a paint brush.

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Here's a close-up of my owl.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and that this project inspires you to create handmade decor′ this Halloween.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® colors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Iced Coffee

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents: Chalkboard Paint, Gel Medium, Gesso, Whipped Spackle

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft 102 Stencil Collection

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Tool Set

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Journaling PITT Artist Pens

Others: chipboard owl, paint brushes

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