Bullet Journal

How To Create Ornamental Boxes!

Hi everyone! Faber-Castell USA and I are back with another tutorial! This time, I'm going to walk you through creating simple ornamental boxes for journal!

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I’m here to tell you that while some of bullet journaling looks complex, it can actually be pretty simple if you break it down into steps! Starting with a simple rectangle, you can create an interesting space in your bujo for lists, notes, or even quotes!

Tip: Use a pencil first! (Word on the street... Faber-Castell has some pretty sweet supplies if you’re interested... just sayin’) 

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Try out each step shown here on these 4 simple boxes! As you can tell, I wasn’t sure what to call them, so forgive the names... I just can't help myself!

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Once you’ve completed the three steps, it’s time to push it (...push it real good!) Add flourishes, shadows, florals, and metallic elements to help elevate your boxes, and then use them in your journal! How many other ornamental boxes can you create from a simple rectangle? Experiment and make it your own!

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If you'd love to use ornamental boxes in your journal, but aren't ready to take the plunge, check out this free printable here! Download

Thanks, everyone! Keep creating!


Layering Colors & Adding Depth

I truly never thought I would love coloring with markers, but I do!! Pitt Artist Pens are perfect for this! The colors are rich and the markers/pens give you a lot of control.

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Using the first 3 tips you can learn how to draw these simple flowers.

Then comes the fun part - coloring! Starting with the lightest color, fill in the space for a base. Then choose a slightly darker color to add in details. Choose another color that is even darker, but part of the same color story, and add in the finishing touches!

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Once your flowers are colored, you can outline your drawing to make it pop... add highlights and shadows to create depth... and add stippling in the shading to add interest!

You could choose to stop at any point. Some people will choose a simple drawing in step number 3, while some others might want to go through all 9 steps!

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On the bottom I’ve shown the Pitt artist pens I used to create these florals. Interested in trying this out? Be sure to tag Faber-Castell USA and I so we can see!

I've also included a fun printable! You can download it here!

Enjoy! Keep Creating!


Tutorial: How To Create Art Deco Header Boxes!

Hi there, old sport! I’ve shown you a few ways to make header boxes before, that's nothing new - BUT since you are all so kind and supportive of my Art Deco posts, I figured I’d show you some simple ways to make your header boxes with a little 1920s flare! ✨

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A lot of Art Deco is built upon symmetry, angles, and line work, which makes them easy to create step by step, and easy to apply to any dot grid journal. The dots create the perfect canvas for this style!

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Using the simple steps above, and some fantastic Faber-Castell pens, you are able to bring a little glam to your days! Did you know they make metallic pens as well? In MORE than just silver and gold? You heard me correctly! I'm such a fan!

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Want to give these tutorials a try and share it? Be sure to tag @fabercastellusa and @plansthatblossom so we can take a peek! If you’re interested in this style, but can’t master the technique, we've created a fun printable with many different art deco styles to use in your own journal! I've left them blank so you can use them for months, days, lists - whatever you choose! Jazz them up with some fabulous pitt artist pens as well! Download the printable HERE.

Thanks so much! Keep creating!


Grip Color Marker Swatch Page & Doodles!

Hi there! Faber-Castell USA was kind enough to send me a set of Grip Color Markers, and I LOVE them! The colors are so vibrant, and the markers themselves are created to be easy to hold while using. Plus, they are non-toxic and washable, which is perfect for kids! (...and me!)

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So, what’s a girl to do with a fresh set of supplies? Make a swatch page, of course!

Swatch pages are one of my favorite pages to make - I use them as a reference constantly, and they are just so pleasing to look at.

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Another great part of playing with new markers, is seeing them in action! Here I’ve shown you how to create 3 writing utensils from a rectangle. It’s amazing how much you can do with a simple shape!

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When you’ve finished creating your doodle, be sure to make it pop with vibrant colors like the ones shown here!

If you’re not sure how to create a swatch page, I’ve created a free printable template for your journal or sketchbook! You can download it *here*

Thanks for stopping by - Keep creating!


Preparing for the New Year in Your Journal!

Happy Holidays, everyone! Now that 2018 is coming to a close, I wanted to share some tips on how to reflect on the year, and prepare for the next one!

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Faber-Castell USA and I partnered up to give you examples on how to create list and topic boxes to help you grow into your best self! Using these simple structured boxes, you are able to make a plan for the new year.

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There is real value in taking time to pause and reflect on the past year before you make your resolutions. We are able to learn so much about ourselves and really focus our attention toward the future.

So while this year is quickly dwindling, don’t run from the difficult moments - take time to learn from them. A new year full of opportunity and possibility is right around the corner! Cheers to you and to 2019!

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Click the link for a free download to help you prepare for the new year!

Pitt Artist Pens Used:

Black 199 (Sizes: XS & F) - Warm Grey III 272 (Brush) - Green Gold 268 (Brush)

Happy New Year! 

Nicole


Bullet Journal Headers!

Hello there, my darlings! Today, I’m bringing you another Faber-Castell tutorial!

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My most requested tutorials have been headers, so I wanted to start simple with some fun ways to elevate your own handwriting! Using these tips, and my beloved Pitt Artist Pens (of course!) you can easily stretch your creativity further than you think!

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Tips:
-Pick a color palette that suits your layout, and experiment using the tutorials above!

-You will be amazed how much you can do with a few pens! First, pick your base color. After you’ve chosen that, pick 2 others similar in color, but different in value - one lighter, and one darker. Then, choose a grey color for your shadows and a black pen for everything else.

-If you want to push yourself a little further, use a white pen for more highlights.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these tutorials! Please enjoy this fun free printable with my different headers to choose from!

If you’re looking for a challenge, check out our #fcornamentchallenge on Instagram & Facebook!

Pitt Artist Pens Used:
Black 199 (XS & M)
Purple Violet 136 (B)
Crimson 134 (B)
Middle Purple Pink 125 (S)
Lilac 239 (B)
Warm Grey III 272 (B)

Thanks for stopping by!


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!!


Christmas Doodles & How To Use Them In Your Journal!

Hey there! I have another tutorial for you! This time (by VERY popular demand) are some Christmas & winter doodles to help you set up your bujo for the holiday season!

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I kept them very simple so they can be more of an accent in your already stunning journals! My advice here would be not to overthink it - just have fun! These simple shapes can transform quickly into fun seasonal favorites in under 5 minutes!


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Any doodle or shape can be applied to your journal if you think about how the functionality can be utilized. For instance, candy canes make EXCELLENT water or daily trackers! The same with a Christmas tree - just color in a bulb for each day!

If you’re interested in trying these doodles in your own journal, please don’t forget to tag us on social media so we can see and share your beautiful creations!

If you’re not into drawing, but would love to incorporate some seasonal elements on your pages, here is a festive printable! Thank you - enjoy!

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Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens used:
Black 199 (XS, S, F)
Deep Scarlet Red 219 - S
Phthalo Blue 110 - S
Warm Grey III 272 - B
Cadmium Yellow 107 - B
Leaf Green 112


Floral Doodles For Your Bujo!


Hi there! I'm back with another tutorial!

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This time, we're bringing you florals!

Florals are the number 1 bujo doodle out there, but they can be a little tricky to master.

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These 5 easy floral doodle tutorials will help you add some sunshine to your bujo even when the weather isn't so bright.

These doodles can pop out behind your daily task boxes or even make a springy floral border around your pages! The mason jars make excellent text boxes for dates or notes!

Tips:
-Try these doodles in pencil, and color them in using Faber-Castell USA Pitt Artist Pens.
-Once you've colored them in, give them a chance to dry, and then erase your pencil marks.
-What you're left with are painterly illustrations that really elevate your journal.
-Add highlights using the white ink pen, and add dimension to your illustrations going over your chosen color once more in the sections where shadows would land. This creates a darker shade of the same value that really adds interest to otherwise simple drawings!

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Pitt artist pens are my absolute favorite pens to use!
The more I use them, the more I am discovering what they are capable of, and I am endlessly impressed!

Check out this free floral printable!

Thanks, and enjoy!

-Nicole

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens Used:

Brush Pens:
White 101
Ice Blue 148
Skyblue 146
Chromium Green Opaque 174
Raw Umber 180
Green Gold 268
Dark Chrome Yellow 109
Orange Glaze 113
Medium Flesh 131
Crimson 134

Black: Sizes XS, S, & M
Red: Size S


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!

Nicole-plansthatblossom

 

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.