Introducing the Abstract Art for Beginners Kit from 20 Minute Studio


Hi everyone, Mou here today with a video introducing the newest 20 Minute Studio Kit - Abstract Art for Beginners!

A kit like this is great not only to give as gift but more importantly, it's a fun and inexpensive way to try a new kind of art. As I mentioned in the video, I'm truly a beginner when it comes to Abstract Art. I used only contents from the kit along with a cup of water and a palette. Here are all the materials I used -


20 Minute Studio Abstract Art for Beginners (#770804)

Faber-Castell Collapsible Water Cup with water

Silicone palette (from Faber-Castell Intro to Watercolor with Gelatos Kit)

I hope you enjoy the video and have fun making your own abstract art!

'Blooms of Spring' Word Art with the NEW Iridescents II Gelatos Colors & PITT Pens


Hi everyone, Mou here with a word art tutorial using the newest set of Gelatos colors - Iridescents II and PITT artist pens! It has been a long cold winter here in the Atlantic North East and I have to say that I am ready for spring! While the drab winter drags on, I'm filling my surrounding with soft, colorful, florals and some word art using a quote by S. Brown.

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

Faber-Castell Gelatos® Colors, Iridescents II-15 Piece Set (#770177)

Faber-Castell India ink Pitt Artist Pen Hand Lettering 8ct wallet pink (#267124)

Faber-Castell Collapsible Water cup (#770310)

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

Now, let me walk you through the steps.


Rub the Gelatos colors on the paper as shown.


Blend the colors with water using the paint brush included in the Gelatos set.

NOTE: Sometimes even watercolor paper tends to turn wavy after you add water to blend. I have a tip for you to correct that - after I finish my piece, I put it under a pile of heavy books overnight to flatten the paper out. And if I want to frame it, I put the paper between two sheets of wax paper, lay a small towel on top and quickly iron over it to take any wrinkles out.


Write the words with the brush tip (B) PITT pens, varying colors, sizes and styles of handwritten fonts. Mix things up. Be loose and don't worry too much about making it perfectly perfect.


Once you have the quote written, doodle some vines with flowers around the words with the Superfine tip (S) PITT pens from the set.


Fill in the doodled vines with the PITT pens to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and try playing with Gelatos and PITT pens together in your word art!


Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Gelatos

We’re asked all the time, “What is a Gelato®?”. Gelatos are a water-soluble pigment stick, they look similar to a lipstick or lip balm. They come in a tube with a twist up feature. When you use Gelatos, you’ll notice that they have a soft, silky texture that is similar to lipstick. Gelatos are made of a combination or emollients, wax and pigments. You can find Gelatos in 80 colors including opaque, metallic, translucent and iridescent.

Gelatos are water-soluble, so you can paint with them. You can apply Gelato straight to your surface and then go over it with a wet brush, dissolving the Gelato into a rich, vibrant watercolor. Another method to using Gelatos as watercolor is to apply some Gelato onto a palette, if you don’t have a painter’s palette an old plate or take out container lid works just fine. Then, drip some water and mix with your paintbrush to create watercolor paint that you can then paint with.

Watercolor on palette

Gelatos can also be used dry just by applying to paper and then blending with a fingertip, blending stump, damp cloth or baby wipe. If you’d like to create art with more texture, you can mix Gelatos into different mediums like Gel Medium, Gesso and Glaze. To mix simply cut off a small piece of Gelato, “smoosh” it up with a palette knife or the back of a spoon, then mix into your medium.

Gelatos Dry Blending

When working with Gelatos, don’t limit yourself to just paper! Gelatos can be used on wood, fabric, canvas, unglazed ceramic – nearly any porous surface can be used with Gelatos. When working on fabric, you may want to finish your work by spraying a clear fixative over your work to protect it, especially if you have used Gelatos with a dry method. They work on dark or light surfaces too!

Watercolor on paper

One of the benefits of working with Gelatos is that you don’t have to worry about your work fading over time. Gelatos have been tested for lightfastness. Gelatos are also permanent when dry so you can layer other colors or mediums over Gelatos.

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Word Art with the NEW Iridescents II Gelatos Colors & PITT Pens


Hi everyone, Mou here with a word art tutorial using the newest set of Gelatos colors - Iridescents II and PITT artist pens! Mermaids are everywhere these days - from birthday cakes to crochet patterns to Halloween costumes. I wanted to hop on this trend train and create a mermaid word art using a quote by Anthony T. Hinks.

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

Faber-Castell Gelatos® Colors Iridescents II

India ink Pitt Artist Pen Hand Lettering 6ct wallet blues

Goldfaber 6 Ct. Graphite Pencil Tin

Collapsible Water cup

Other - watercolor paper (trimmed to 4.5 x 6 inches)

Now, let me walk you through the steps.


Rub the Gelatos colors on the paper as shown.


Blend the colors with water using the paint brush included in the Gelatos set.


Draw a mermaid tail lightly with pencil. Color around it with more Gelatos.


Sketch some details to the tail as shown.


Write the words with the PITT pens, varying colors, size and style of handwritten fonts. Mix things up. Be loose and don't worry too much about making it perfectly perfect.

Make some marks around the page also with the PITT pens to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and try playing with Gelatos and PITT pens together in your word art!


A Christmas Painting


Hi everyone, Mou here today getting into the Holiday mood!

Today it's snowing out here and I have a little painting tutorial to celebrate the season. Let me show you the steps I took for the above painting so you can create one too.

For this painting, I used the following supplies:


Watercolor pencil Goldfaber Aqua tin of 48 (#114648) - 108,109, 115, 183, 273

Deluxe Waterbrush (#770306)

PITT Artist Pens S tip - BLACK

Gelatos® color - Iced Currant

Other - Watercolor paper, pencil


Start with a light pencil sketch of a floral planter with Holiday elements like pine cones, berries, etc.


Color the elements with Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils as shown.


Blend the colors with a brush dipped in water or use the Deluxe waterbrush . Let dry.


After the colors have dried completely, give the individual elements in the composition some definition with S-tip Black PITT Artist pen.

Next add more colors with the Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils to create visual depth and dimension.


Rub some Gelatos color Iced Currant, a gorgeous metallic red, onto a craft mat or palette and dilute the pigment with water. Dip your brush into it and use it as ink as you hand-letter the word 'joy' under the painting.

Add some touches of the Iced Currant Gelatos on the berries and the planter to bring some added shin to the painting as a finishing touch.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will pull out your watercolor pencils, Gelatos and PITT pens this Holiday for some creative joy!


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!!

Gelato Watercolor Cornucopia

Holiday time is my favorite time, because there are so many fun and festive things you can do! Like this watercolor cornucopia made using gelatos and Pitt pens!

For this I used:

  • Faber-Castell 2B pencil
  • kneaded eraser
  • Pitt artist pen XS
  • Pitt artist pen white 1.5 fineliner
  • watercolor paper
  • paintbrush
  • collapsible water cup

Gelatos in the colors:

  • chocolate
  • butterscotch
  • lime
  • pistachio
  • green tea
  • red cherry
  • tangerine
  • mango
  • lemon


Start by sketching your work with the 2B pencil, then erase until the lines are very faint (that way you won't see them through the watercolor when it dries). Then on a palette, add a bit of the gelato and add some water until it becomes the consistency of watercolor paint! Use a mix of these to add color to your artwork, and add an outline and highlight using the Pitt pens!



Photo Feb 28  9 52 26 AMChelsea 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 brush pens to watercolor and everything in between!

Sketching Botanical Specimens with Watercolor Pencils


Hi everyone, Mou here with a study of some botanical specimens using watercolor pencils!

For this study, you'll need the following materials -

Faber-Castell Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils set of 48

Faber-Castell Gelatos® Black Licorice

Faber-Castell Collapsible Water Cup with water

Faber-Castell Deluxe Water brush

Other - Watercolor sketchbook, botanical specimen

Now, let me show you how I did my sketches.


Collect some botanical specimens on your nature walk or buy some at the florist's. Pick out the shades of Goldfaber Aqua that match your botanical specimen the best.


Sketch out the specimen with the watercolor pencils from your perspective. You can aim for realism or let your intuition take over.


Fill the Deluxe Waterbrush with water from the Collapsible water cup and go over the lines of your sketch.


Sketch out other specimens from the same trip following the same steps as above.


Once the first layer of water dries, you can go back in to add details with the watercolor pencils.

After you finish sketching your specimens, add information about where you found them and when. I used Gelatos color Black Licorice and the waterbrush to add this information. You could also use a PITT pen to write this.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial. Whether you are studying in your studio or sketching on location, the Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils and the Deluxe Waterbrush are really great tools for you!


These Fall Feelings: Art Journal Page


Hello everyone! Mou here with an art journal video tutorial all about the Fall!


Faber-Castell -

Gelatos – Iridescents

Gelatos – Translucents

Gel Medium

Goldfaber Aqua pencils

Collapsible Water cup

Paper Crafter Crayons – Neutral

Stampers Big Brush Pen set of 3 - RED

Hello Fall Printable Image Collection

Other – Watercolor paper, Scissors, Trimmer

You can watch the video tutorial by pressing 'play' below  or click right here.


I hope you enjoy!

Gelato Watercolor Pumpkin


Materials needed:

  • Gelatos (Iced Chai, Iced Currant, Tangerine, Green Tea)
  • Palette
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Water/ Water Jar
  • Brush

1. Push the Gelatos each into their own well in the palette so that there is a decent amount transferred to the palette (do this for all colors).



2. Then you can either use a dropper or just the brush to drop some water in each of the wells and mix until you have the right consistency.

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3. To paint your pumpkin:

  • Start with the middle and use Tangerine to paint an oval, while it is still wet add in drops of Iced Currant and Iced Chai
  • Repeat this step with the sides of the pumpkin making a present moon shape
  • Use Green Tea to create leaves on top and on the bottom sides
  • Use Iced Chai to create a stem and some vines as well as some ground under the pumpkin




*Optional Step: Add details or lettering with a PITT Artist Pen 





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!