Inspired by a summer song

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Is there a summer song that you hum and can't get out of your head? I have one that I grew up with - it's 'We're all going on a summer holiday', sung by Cliff Richard many many years ago. my inspiration of today's word art came from the lyrics of summer holiday.

Here are the materials I used:

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Soft Brush India ink pen, black

Faber-Castell Graphite pencil Goldfaber 1221 HB

Faber-Castell Connector paint box 24 colors + brush

Faber-Castell Water cup Clic&Go light green

Faber-Castell Kneadable Art Eraser, grey

Faber-Castell Goldfaber color pencils - Cobalt Turquoise 153, Dark Cadmium Orange 115

Other: watercolor paper trimmed to 9x6 inches

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Start by sketching out the lyrics with pencil on watercolor paper. You can include only a few lines or the whole of your favorite song.

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Go over the pencil lines with SB tip PITT pen in black. As I started lettering with the pen, I decided to make my letters bigger and did not want to include all the lines that I had written with pencil. Erase pencil lines.

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Add any imagery you think suits the lyrics. I sketched a sun at the top and a line near the bottom as the horizon line of ocean.

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Using Connector Paints, color in the sun and sea.

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Add some details and outlines with Goldfaber color pencils to finish.

I hope your summer is off to a great start and that you'll find some time to make art!

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Handlettering with Mixed Media Transfers

Here's a fun summer project for you!

 

You'll need the Tropicals Mixed Media Transfer set, gelatos, and a Pitt Artist pen in size Medium.

 

Start by following the instructions on your mixed media transfer kit. Rub it all over, into your paper. Add some color with gelatos, and get to writing! I made sure to use the Faber-Castell 2B pencil to sketch out my lettering first, to make sure it was centered the way I wanted it. That's it! Super easy, super fun.

 

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

 


A Comparison of Two Skin Tone Colored Pencil Sets By Jean Van’t Hul, The Artful Parent

 

We enjoyed exploring and testing the Faber-Castell World Colors pencils that we received to review and were interested to see how their skin tone colored pencils compared with other multicultural colored pencils out there.

So we tested two sets side by side.

Faber-Castell’s World Colors and Crayola’s Multicultural Colored Pencils

And by we, I mean Maia and Daphne.

Daphne used the Faber-Castell pencils to color and make a set of paper dolls (see my post on The Artful Parent for the free printable paper dolls).

Maia sat down and did a side by side test of all the skin tone shades in each box. We already knew that the World Colors set had a great range of natural skin colors and combinations from drawing people from around the world. There are 6 colors in the box (3 double-sided pencils), plus a lot more once you start combining and layering.

But we were surprised at how little some of the Crayola pencils looked like skin tones. Maia kept making comments about the purplish color and the reddish color and how she didn’t know anyone with skin those colors. She didn’t layer the Crayola pencils the way she did with the Faber-Castell colors so we don’t know if perhaps more realistic skin tones could be achieved that way. 

Overall, we were very impressed by how much care and effort Faber-Castell put into their set of World Colors. But then, that shouldn’t surprise us since they are a company that’s been around since 1761. They’ve stood the test of time for a reason.

This post is sponsored by Faber-Castell and I received their World Colors colored pencils for free in order to review and write about them.

 


One in a Melon

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

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

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

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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)

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

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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


Let's talk about the weather!

The weather is an essential part of our lives. Given the fact that on the east coast, it has been raining seemingly nonstop, I figured it would be a good time to discuss how the weather affects our days and how we can track it in our journals!

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Here, I've shown you how to doodle 7 different weather icons. These are very simple to do and can be completed in just 2 steps.

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I've also shown you 6 different ways to track the weather in your journal. Some people like to peek at the forecast and record it ahead of time, while others like to track it day by day. I personally like to track the weather the night before, so I know what to expect.

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For me, tracking the weather is very important since I travel for work, and I have a 4 year old in pre-school. It helps me prepare for the day ahead. Do I need to leave earlier because of a storm? Do I need to dress my child in a jacket or rain boots? Will I have to cancel my plans for the day? Do I have to water my plants or will mother nature do the work for me? There are infinite reasons why tracking weather is important, but it's also a fun little doodle snapshot of the day!

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Not sure about creating your own weather icons? Download this free printable HERE!

Thanks for stopping by! Keep creating!

-Nicole

@plansthatblossom

 


More than Just a Color - White Pitt Artist Pens

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In a world full of color, perhaps the most powerful pen an artist can use is a white Pitt Artist Pen. Adding a white Pitt Artist Pen to your collection brings the opportunity to add dimension and character to your images as well as alter the appearance of other colors. Made of India ink and available in four nib sizes: brush, calligraphy, 1.5 mm bullet nib and 2.5mm bullet nib, Faber-Castell’s white Pitt Artist Pen offers professional grade quality in a versatile artist marker.


Keep it Simple:

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We pride ourselves in our Pitt Artist Pen selection of 60 colors and 6 metallics, but there is something special about a simple monochrome piece of art. The contrast of black and white creates an opportunity for great depth and bold statements and draws attention to fine detail.

 

Offer Opacity:

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The rich pigment of India ink supplies flexibility in the opacity of your drawing. White India ink can vary from highly opaque to transparent, all depending on the substrate being used and the layers of application. The white Pitt Artist Pen is particularly radiant and bold against a dark substrate. To strengthen opacity, apply an extra layer of ink. Create a singular layer of ink for a more transparent appearance. The ability to create a more transparent finish is perfect to use when desiring a more subtle or blended touch.
The Pitt Artist Pen is made ready to create; you do not need to pump or prime the nibs as the India ink is already flowing. It is also important to remember, a product this special requires care. Store your white Pitt Artist Pen horizontally to preserve proper ink flow and opacity.


Alter Appearance:

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Using a white Pitt Artist Pen alone creates a beautiful bold image; mix with other colors and you will discover another unique coloring quality to the white ink. There are two recommended methods of mixing white with other India ink colors. If you have a color that you desire to just make slightly tinted, layer strokes of the color of your choice over a layer of the white ink. For a more blended subtle color appearance, layer the white ink over the strokes of the color of your choice.


Bring it to Life:

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With a desire to capture an image as realistic as possible, it is important for an artist to utilize various techniques. Adding highlights and accents to an image brings another dimension and adds character to your creation. There is no better way to add the illusion of light to an image than with the white Pitt Artist Pen. Thanks to its high opacity, the ink can be applied effortlessly on layers of dried watercolor, graphite, artists’ colored pencils, or colored ink. Apply highlights where the imaginary light hits the highest part of an object.

White India ink is more than just a color, it is an opportunity to make a statement. Faber-Castell’s white Pitt Artist Pen is a unique addition to the art world that is unmatchable. The expressiveness and covering power of the ink, along with its permanence and ability to be combined with many other painting techniques, have ensured that this artist pen will continue to consistently spark the interest of artists and graphic designers.

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How to Use Highlighters in Your Journal!

Well, hello again! Did you know that Faber-Castell makes a fabulous set of pastel textliners? Not only are they adorable, but the colors are fantastic! I was lucky enough to try them out, and I have to say, there is more than meets the eye!

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Normally, when faced with a highlighter, you think of it's main purpose... BUT it doesn't have to limited! Think of these as a new type of marker.

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For drawing, I like to create color blocks and illustrate over top of them. This creates such a unique and modern look.

For my journal, I like to use these to separate lines or even create a big block of color to write on top of - think of it as a sticky note that you draw yourself!

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Lastly, I really enjoy using these for color coding. Whether it be for mood tracking, or differentiating tasks, these textlines are the perfect fit!

I've created a few digital color block boxes for you to use in your journals! You can download Here!

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Thanks! Keep creating!!


Birthday Card

June is crazy busy with birthdays for my family. With me, my mom, my husband, my sister-in-law, even my dog! Having to go to the store, read through 100 cards, spend a bunch of money only for it to eventually be thrown away is such a huge waste. This year, instead of doing all of that, I decided to hand make the cards. It shows love and creativity, and maybe it'll make them keep it a bit longer since my heart was put into it. 

 

All you'll need is the 20 minute Card Making For Beginners Kit. Thats it.

 

Start by picking your stencil. For this, we're going with birthday theme.

 

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Place the stencil over top of the card, and get to coloring with the Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils.


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Now take the paintbrush, and add some water to your design. I purposely went with a rough sort of painting. Blobs of color were exactly what I wanted here since I'll be outlining it later.


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Now take the Pitt Artist pen, place the stencil back on top, and outline.

 

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I chose to color in the "happy bday" part as well to make it stand out a bit more. Then add a a note to the inside of your card, and get to that birthday party!

 

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FaberCastellBirthdayCard1Chelsea 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!


Summer Word Art

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a summer-y word art tutorial using Faber-Castell PITT artist pens. I  am listing the colors of pen I used below. Feel free to choose pen colors that you love most.

Materials:

Faber-Castell Graphite pencil Grip 2001 with eraser HB

Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens -

Black 199 - Soft Brush Tip - SB, Superfine - S

Green Gold 268 - Brush tip - B

Raw Umber 180 - B

Orange Glaze 113 - B

Middle Purple Pink 125 - B

Phthalo Green 161 - B

Ultramarine 120 - B

Permanent Olive Green 167 - B

Dark Phthalo Green 264 - B

Watercolor paper, 140 lb. cold press, 6 x 9 inches

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Choose a quote you like and write it lightly with pencil on watercolor paper.

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You can choose to make your word art monochromatic or colorful. I chose vibrant colors that suited my words best.

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Use a Black Soft Brush PITT pen to trace the pencil lettering. Erase pencil lines.

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Doodle images around your words and use colors that fit the theme. 

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and would keep practicing your hand-lettering with the various tips and colors of PITT Artist pens over the summer!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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