Mixed Media

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


Gelato Blending

Did you know that you can blend your gelatos using a baby wipe? It's super easy, basically mess free, easily bendable, and the colors stay super vibrant!

Here we have some smooth mixed media paper and the iridescents pack! Go give it a try!

 

 

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!


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


April Showers...

Materials Needed:

I always love saying April showers...(do you know what comes next?)

I thought an umbrella silhouette would be fun to make. I also used the big brush pen that comes in the tin to make the raindrops using a similar technique to my previous heart rainbow post.

Start by using the black watercolor pencil to sketch out an umbrella shape. Then use some water and the provided brush to blend the color.

Umbrella Sketch   Umbrella Sketch

Then, I used the PITT artist pen to add some simple monoline lettering.

Add Monoline Lettering

 

Last, I used the side of the big brush pen to make raindrops. If you slightly push the pen tip down at an angle you get the perfect raindrop shape!

Add Raindrops

April Showers

 

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 Florals for Spring

This post will show you a super quick and easy way to make a cute, abstract floral picture using watercolor pencils!

Materials:

First, you want to start with the grass. I used the dark green watercolor pencil from the kit to sketch out grass along the bottom of my paper.

Grass Sketch

Next, add in the stems, leaves and swirls on top for the flower color. (We will add in the floral details later)

Add Color

Using the watercolor brush from the kit, blend the color! It's ok if it looks messy because remember we will be adding in details later!

Wet the Color

I used the brush pen (from the kit) to add some lettering to the top of my page. You can either do this or add more illustrations like clouds or the sun. Make it creatively yours!

Add Lettering

Last step! Using the PITT artist pen from the kit ADD THOSE DETAILS! I added the flower petals right onto the spots of color we made for the flowers. Added other details in the stems, leaves and even the grass!

Spring has Sprung

 

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


Pastel Blending for Spring

 

Happy spring!

It's time break out the pastel colors! Let's blend together our pastel Pitt brush pen pack, and some mixed media paper.

 

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 Pitt Pens from the Pastel back in colors:

 Light Yellow Glaze

 Light Phthalo Green

 Ice Blue

 Lilac

 Pink Madder Lake 

 Cold Grey I

 

 

 

 

 

Start by using the grey Pitt pen to write out the base of your words.


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Now start with the yellow and green together. Since these pens can be layered, and since they aren't water based, you'll want to make sure you blend while the ink is still wet, so doing one letter at a time is a good idea. If you wait too long and it dries, just color lightly on top again, and blend quickly. I like to start with the darker color, and then take the lighter one and gently bring the darker color to mix. 


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Continue this until all colors are blended.


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Now take that grey pen again and add a shadow.


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Sit back and admire your work!


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Chelsea

 

 

 

 

Photo Feb 14  2 32 01 PMChelsea has a not-so-sight 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!


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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Pitt Pen Wreath

Lets make a wreath! Pitt pens make it super simple.

Draw a circle in pencil, lightly erase, then go to town with your favorite colored Pitt pens!

Here we have the big brush pen in leaf green, Pitt brush pens in chromium green opaque,  permanent green olive, and coral, and the size small black fine liner.

Start with the big brush pen. The fun thing about these is that if you just press the side down, it'll look leaf-like, and you don't have to put much work into it. The big brush pens will give you bigger leaves, and if you mix and match, it'll add lots of depth to it!

Letter your favorite quote inside it, and hang it up!

 

 

 

 

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 supply she can get her hands on. From brush pens, to watercolor, and everything in between!


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!!


Connector Color Blending

Raise your hand if you love playing with color!

 

Watercolors are super fun, especially when you can mix and blend them to make new colors!

 

First, start with some watercolor paper. Tape off the edges and a rectangular box in the middle so you have a nice border.

Then, grab your Faber-Castell connector watercolor paints in the colors magenta, yellow, and cyan blue.

 

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Using magenta, start painting in the border you made with the tape. Add the yellow, and gently mix them together in the middle, to make orange. 

 

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Continue doing this, alternating colors, all the way around the border of your paper. 


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Once that dries, remove the tape, and grab your Pitt Artist pens.

Colors: 

  • Middle Purple Pink 125
  • Pale Geranium Lake 121
  • Orange Glaze 113
  • Cadmium Yellow 107
  • Light Green 171
  • Leaf Green 112
  • Sky Blue 146
  • Phthalo Blue 110
  • Purple Violet 130
  • Black 199 fineliner size M

With each letter a different color, letter "colorfully" while blending each color into the next. Then take the black fineliner and add "live" above it. 


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Happy painting! 

 

 

 

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!