Gelatos

A Christmas Painting

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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:

Faber-Castell

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


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

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Color the elements with Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils as shown.

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

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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.

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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!

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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!!


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

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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.


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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.


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


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

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


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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!

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These Fall Feelings: Art Journal Page

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

Materials

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!
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Gelato Watercolor Pumpkin

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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).

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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

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

 

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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!


Hello Autumn!

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Hi everyone, Mou here today with a tutorial to create a small sign welcoming autumn!

To create the sign, you'll need -

Supplies:

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® 15CT: TRANSLUCENTS

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Artist pens - Journaling PITT Artist Pens; PITT Artist Pens Writing Set: RED/YELLOW; PITT Artist Pens Writing Set: GREEN/BLUE

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Collapsible water cup

Faber Castell Grip 2001 Pencil

Other - watercolor paper.

Now, let me walk you through the steps.


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Sketch out leaves, pumpkins and acorns with pencil on watercolor paper.


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Fill in the shapes with Gelatos colors TRANSLUCENTS with a paint brush dipped in water as shown. The formula of the TRANSLUCENTS Gelatos will help to create distinct colors layers for your piece.


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This is what my background looked like.


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Add outlines to the pattern with various PITT artist pens.

Next, hand-letter 'Hello Autumn' with the calligraphy pen from the Journaling pen set.

Add in more pattern elements to fill the spaces and to finish the piece.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and would play with the Translucent Gelatos to make your own fall signs!
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DIY Celebration Card

Is there anything better than celebrating friends and family? Adding a personal touch, and a heartfelt note is always a good idea. 

To make this card you'll need:

 

Start by scribbling a little bit of the gelato onto a palette (any smooth surface would work).

 

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Pick up some of the color using the larger of the sponges from your tool kit and start coloring over top of the stencil.


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Once you've colored in the whole picture, take your metallic pitt pen and write your greeting on the front of the card!


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Use the Pitt Artist brush pen for the envelope. You can write their name or a congratulatory message, whatever you'd like!


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Finish up with a nice note on the inside, and you've just made a wonderful, personal gift for your friends!

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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 watercolors, and everything in between!

 

 

 

 

 


Gelatos - Pointed Pen

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Using Gelatos® in your pointed pen!

Start by scraping off a small amount onto a palette using your artists spatula. Smoosh it down until itʼs super smooth, then add a few drops of water.

Gently mix it up with a paint brush. Be sure to go slow and gentle, otherwise bubbles will pop up.

Use the paint brush to add the color into your nib, and start writing! Add more water as needed, to keep a smooth consistency.


Have fun!

 


 

- Chelsea

@booksandbrushpens

 

Chelsea Chelsea has a not-so-slight obsession with all things lettering. Watching lettering videos is what got her started, and now you can usually find her posting videos using every art supply she can get her hands on! From brush pens to watercolors, and everything in between.

 


Eco Mixed Media Tag

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Hi everyone, Mou Saha here with an eco mixed media tag made from upcycled chipboard and cardboard! In this tutorial, you'll see how easy it is to transform discarded things with just a few mediums and supplies. So, let me list the supplies I used and break my process down into steps.

SUPPLIES:

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

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Paper Stencils - Mandala, 201 Collection

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® - IRIDESCENTS (Nebula, Satellite); STEAMPUNK (Iced Chai, Iced Coffee)

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Tools - Palette knife, Silicone Spatula

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Collapsible Water Cup

Other - Chipboard, cardboard, thread, hole punch, cardstock, scissors, background stamp


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Cut open a cereal box with scissors. Cut it into an 8" long x 4" wide rectangle. Snip the top corners at about 45 degree angles. Punch a hole near the top center to make the tag.

Lay the Mandala stencil on the tag as shown and apply a coat of Whipped Spackle with palette knife. Let dry.


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Cut a piece of a cardboard box. Peel off the top layer to expose the corrugated surface. Tear a small piece. Attach it to the tag with Gel Medium using the silicone spatula.


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Apply a coat of gesso over the dry layers.


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Color the tag with Gelatos colors. Blend them with water using paint brush from the Iridescents set.


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Did you know that you can stamp with Gelatos colors? 'Ink up' a background stamp with Gelatos color Iced Coffee. Spritz a little water on the stamp. Stamp randomly around the tag.


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Drip some Gelatos color down the tag to add another layer of interest.


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Trace the above stencil from the 201 collection on cardstock with PITT pen. Color it with Gelatos colors and cut around it to create a focal point piece.


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Cut some thread with scissors and mush it up in your hands. attach it to the tag with gel medium. Attach the focal point piece overlapping the thread.

Cut a small strip of cardstock and snip one end to look like a banner. Write 'Be Cool' on it with PITT pen. Attach to the tag to finish.

Hope this tutorial inspires you to take a second look at discarded objects and to give them a new life!
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