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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!!


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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


Create a Watercolor Shamrock for St. Patrick's Day!

Today, let's make this super festive watercolor shamrock!

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All you'll need is your connector paints in "yellow green" and "green", your Pitt Artist pens in "leaf green" and a size small black fineliner.

 

Sketch out a shamrock lightly in pencil, and paint the inside of it with water. Then grab your connector paints, and drop in your color! I like to mix the two colors together to add a little depth to it.

 

Use your Pitt Artist brush pen to letter your words, then use the fineliner to add a shadow! Super simple, super festive, super fun!

 

Watch step-by-step below!

 

 

 

 

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Get Lucky in March

What do you think of when you think of March? I start to think of Spring, rainbows, shamrocks, and the Luck of the Irish!

Here is a fun rainbow blend using negative space that you can use on whatever you want!

Materials:

To start use the Washi tape to tape down the edges of your paper.

When you peel the tape off it will make a nice boarder on your paper.

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Then using the masking fluid draw out your shamrock shapes (you can draw other shapes here).

(Let the masking fluid COMPLETELY DRY before painting over it)

*If you don't have masking fluid (or you don't want to buy it) there are 2 options:

1.You can sketch out the shape with pencil and paint around it or

2. you can get this inexpensive contact paper and cut out the shape that way.

Masking Fluid

Once the masking fluid is completely dry you can start painting. I used a flat watercolor brush, but any watercolor brush should work. Start at the top with red and for your way through the rainbow. 

*You want to work fairly quickly while the watercolors are wet to get those nice watercolor bleeds.

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When the paint is COMPLETELY DRY you can start peeling off the masking fluid.

If you just start to rub it a little it will start coming off.

*It is very important when you are using masking fluid that you make sure everything is fully dry or your paper will rip.

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In the negative space add your lettering or words!

Get Lucky

 

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


Watercolor Pencil Block Letter Blends

Materials:


First, you want to lightly sketch out your block letters.

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Then, start filling in the block letters with the watercolor pencils. I used a mix of 4 colors (2 reds and 2 pinks) starting with the darkest color on the bottom of the letters. 

*Repeat this step until you have filled in all the letters.

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Once you have colored in the full letter, just add water! Don't worry about filling in all the white spaces with the pencil because when you add water it will even out.

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If you want, you can use a black Pitt Artist pen to add in details, like the outline I added in the next picture. 

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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


Watercolor Hearts Card

I guess you could call this a "bleeding hearts" card :)

Materials Used:

It is so fun to be able to make homemade cards to give to the special people in your life! To start this one off place your tape across the bottom of the card somewhere (wherever you want your words to go). Then pick your colors and start painting hearts everywhere!

*The quicker you go the better the color bleeds will be because the paint will still be wet.

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Let the hearts dry, remove the tape, and use the PITT pens to add details. I outlined a few of the hearts and then added my lettered words across the bottom in the white space.

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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


Small Gift Tags

Creating small gift tags can be fun and easy-to-do!

Materials Used:

Goldfaber Aqua

For the background, I used most of the blue pencils in the collection. When I put the color on the paper I would overlap the colors a little bit to make a smoother transition.

Background Before Water

Once you are done with the watercolor pencils you add water! I like to use a bigger brush that will hold more water.

Background During Water

After all the colors have been activated by water and the blend looks the way you want, let it dry (you can speed this up a bit by using a paper towel to dab up and extra water, you can also use a heat source like a hair dryer to finish drying the background).

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Use a circle paper punch (or whatever size/shape paper punch you would like) to cut out the tags!

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Write whatever messages you would like on the tags!

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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!

The Lettering Fern


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


Bringing You Some Holiday Cheer!

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Hi everyone, Mou here today wishing you Happy Holidays! 

My little girl and I started playing a little holiday game of our own this year - whenever we are out and about, we count the cars driving home with Christmas trees on the roof. We have several Christmas tree farms around here which means people come from far and wide and even from New York City to get their trees. I decided to draw one such car and let me show you how I did it.

Let's start by looking at the supplies:

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Watercolor pencil Goldfaber Aqua tin of 48

Deluxe Waterbrush

PITT Artist Pens S tip - BLACK

Other - Watercolor paper, pencil

And now, scroll down to see my step-by-step process.

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Start with a light pencil sketch of a vintage-looking car with a Christmas tree tied to the top. Next, if you like, add a Holiday themed word below it.

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Go over the pencil lines with the S-tip Black PITT Artist pen. Erase pencil lines.

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Color the drawing with Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils as shown.

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Blend the colors with the Deluxe waterbrush. Because the PITT pen is an India ink pen, it is permanent when dry and will not smudge during wet blending.

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Fill the space above the car with little circles also drawn with watercolor pencil to finish.

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

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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:

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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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