Cards

One in a Melon

For this fun summer card I used the Faber-Castell Mixed Media tin and some watercolor paper.

Mixed Media tin

To start I used the red and green watercolor pencils to sketch out the shape of a slice of watermelon.

Sketch

Then, using the provided brush, add water to blend the color!

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Add Water 1

Next I used the brush tip pen to create the seeds. If you use the side of the brush pen and push down it creates a seed shape! (I used the same technique to make rain drop in this post)

Seeds

Last, add in your details- I outlined the watermelon and added the words "One in a Melon."

One in a Melon

 

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


RAD DAD CARD

Who has a RAD DAD? You are never too old to make your dad feel special with a handmade card!

Materials:

  • Paper (printer paper or cardstock)
  • Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens (S)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil to sketch
  • Eraser

To start of this card you want to fold your paper and sketch your letters. Remember to sketch lightly so when you go to erase you can get rid of the lines.

Letter Sketch

Then, pick your PITT pen colors. I used 3 but you can use as many (or as few) as you would like. Use your ruler to draw diagonal lines across your card, leaving a white space where the letters are.

Drawing Lines

More Lines

When you have finished all of your lines it is time to erase. *Make sure you let the ink dry fully so you don't get any smudges.

Before Erasing

Erase

After you are done erasing all of the lines you can decide to leave the card as is or fill in some of the lines for a BOLDER effect.

Rad Dad 1

Rad Dad 2

 

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


Be Kind Note

It is always fun to spread a little kindness wherever you go! So every once in awhile I will make a few cards and hide them for people to find! :)

I used the 20 Minute Studio Watercolor for Beginners kit from Faber-Castell.

Supplies

To start I added a piece of thick washi tape in the middle of the paper.

WashiTape

Then, I started adding some florals and leaves all around the washi like a border. You can add whatever type of design you want here.

Draw Florals 1

Draw Florals 2

Once I finished inking my design, I used the mini watercolor palette to add some color. I like to just add big bold strokes. (I don't worry about the color staying inside the lines).

Add Watercolor 1

Add Watercolor 2

After I made sure the watercolor was completely dry, I SLOWLY peeled off the washi tape. (If you don't let the watercolor dry all the way or you go too fast you can rip the paper).

Remove Washi

Final touch is adding a message inside the empty space! Then you can keep it or go hide it for someone to find! :)

Be Kind

 

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


CONGRATS DIY Card

I used the Faber Castell 20 Minute Studio Card Making for Beginners Kit for this card!

Card Making kit

I decided to keep it simple with just black and white. I started by picking a transfer image and you need to use the popsicle stick to rub all over it so it transfers to your paper.

 

Transfer

Next I picked the floral stencil and decided to fill in the whole image instead of just tracing the outline.

Stencil 2
Stencil 2

Finally, I added a touch of lettering (with the PITT Brush pen *not included in this kit).

Finished Card

 

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


Just Keep Swimming

Just a little motivation to get you through the week!

Materials:

  • Watercolor Art for Beginners kit

Watercolor Art Kit

This kit is awesome! It comes with a small set of watercolors, a brush, 3 Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor pencils, stencils, some paper, and a Pitt Artist pen!

To start I picked the stencil I wanted to use. The one I picked reminded me of seaweed. To start I just quickly and lightly traced it (I like a more loose and messy look, if you want a clean line go slowly when tracing your stencil)

Pick the stencil

Trace the Stencil

After the initial trace I went back over it for a more "sketched" look.

Add to the Sketch

Then add your words! I played around with a mix of styles here!

Add Words

ADD COLOR!!! Just use the brush to wet the paints. Like I said earlier I like the messy, loose look so I just brushed the color on all over!

Green Paint

Then finally I added some paint splats (that hopefully resemble bubbles...sorta) as well as a few other paint details.

Just Keep Swimming

 

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


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!

 

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



FaberCastellBridesmaid1

 

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).


FaberCastellBridesmaid1

 

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.


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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!


FaberCastellBridesmaid1

 

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.


FaberCastellBridesmaid1

 

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?

Materials:

Materials

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

CongratsGRAD

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

CongratsGradConfetti

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!

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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!

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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!

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

FC_PTB_MandalaPrintableThanks for stopping by - 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!

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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!

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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!

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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!!


Lucky Charm Card

Watch how I used the Big Stamper brush pens to create this fun St. Patrick's Day card!

 

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