Elevated Corners For Your Journal!

Hi there! I'm back with 7 ways to elevate the corners of the boxes in your journal! Whether they are for your headers, to-do lists, or even fun page borders, these corners will add something a little special to your layouts!


Starting with one corner at a time, work through the 4 steps of each corner design. I'd recommend using pencil to start with and then finishing off with some Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens for color, shading, and detail!


This is an easy approach to upgrade your layouts. If you think about the corners individually instead of the box as a whole, the process is much more manageable!


Want to snag a free printable? Download HERE!

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Thanks, keep creating!

-Nicole @plansthatblossom

Explore Art Styles with Pitt Artist Pens



With every product made, we at Faber-Castell live out our dedication to being your companion for life. Our Pitt Artist Pen embodies this mission with its reliable India ink and flexible talent of being the go-to tool for a multitude of artistic outlets. Hand lettering, classical ink drawings, urban sketches, illustrations, and mixed media art can be created with Pitt Artist Pens. Hobbyist or professional artist, you will find great use out of the Pitt Artist Pen.


Mixed Media

One of the many great qualities of India ink is its opacity and ability to blend with other media. Color pencils, watercolor, and acrylic paint all partner perfectly with the Pitt Artist Pen. Let our ink pen be the foundation and outline of your artwork. After it dries, India ink is waterproof and can be painted over with other mediums without losing its quality. You can also provide a watercolor effect with the ink pen and water alone by dampening your surface before drawing with your pen. Mixed media techniques such as these create artwork that will last a lifetime. 



Illustration and Design

A lot of personality can go into illustration. Comics, graffiti, manga, fashion, and digital design all have an artistic edge that needs the right tool to be executed properly. The expressive powers of the Pitt Artist Pen can capture every detail in illustration; large and small. There are many techniques that can be used with Pitt Artist Pens to manipulate the color of your illustration beyond the 60 colors and six metallics we provide. Use techniques such as hatching to add density and detail, or you can even blend your colors. Along with the wide color range, nib sizes ranging from a 0.1mm extra superfine to an 8mm big brush allow illustrators and designers to capture minor details as precise as possible and easily cover extensive drawings when needed.



Classic (India ink) Drawings and Urban Sketching

Strip away the vibrant colors and the dramatic caricatures and there is beauty behind classic ink drawings. With all 11 nib sizes available in black and a large assortment available in neutral tones, the Pitt Artist Pen proves it can live on opposite sides of artistic style.

Urban sketchers live their artistic lives on the go. Inspiration can strike at any moment; Pitt Artist Pens bring quality India ink in a portable convenient pen. With waterproof ink, artists do not need to worry about their sketches losing quality while traveling.

When creating classic ink drawings and urban sketches, it is important that your ink support the detail that goes into your work. India ink is lightfast and permanent, and our Pitt Artist Pen nib sizes are great for delicate detail. You can trust that every stroke from a Pitt Artist Pen will create quality art.



Hand Lettering and Bullet Journaling®

More modern uses of our Pitt Artist Pens are hand lettering and Bullet Journaling. Hand lettering brings back the classic love for detailed handwriting. A similar but modern spin off calligraphy and classic lettering, artists have taken this trend to new heights with different designs and techniques. Our Pitt Artist brush pen, bullet nib, or any of our fineliners are all you need to get lettering.

Bullet Journaling is more than just keeping a journal; it is a method to keeping your life organized in a balance of productivity and mindfulness. Pitt Artist Pens are a favorite for journaling because the India ink will not bleed through the paper and ruin the journal. The creativity that individuals display in their journals put any regular productivity method to shame.  Standard logging or creatively designed layouts, we have Pitt Artist Pens for every Bullet Journal need.

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The Pitt Artist Pen is created for artists to manifest into their own artistic tool. Give an urban sketcher and a manga artist the same Pitt Artist Pen and completely different results will be created, using the quality of our pen that caters to their art. This versatility makes our Pitt Artist Pen a favorite amongst all artists.





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!

Summer Doodle Tutorials

Hi there! Tired of the cold? Sick of the snow? Well here are 5 Summer doodle tutorials to give your journal a little sunshine!


With the end of Memorial Day Weekend, comes the unofficial start of the Summer season! What better way to celebrate than to add these little cuties to your spreads for a bit of fun?



These were all done in 3 simple steps, because Summer is all about taking it easy! Once you've completed your doodles, feel free to add some color and detail to make it more fun! I'd recommend using Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens since their colors are so vibrant and fun - perfect for Summer!


In addition to these tutorials, I'm giving you a free printable of summer doodles to use however you like!

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You can grab it Here!

Keep Creating! Cheers!

-Nicole @plansthatblossom



Be Kind Note

It is always fun to spread a little kindness wherever you go! So every once in awhile I will make a few cards and hide them for people to find! :)

I used the 20 Minute Studio Watercolor for Beginners kit from Faber-Castell.


To start I added a piece of thick washi tape in the middle of the paper.


Then, I started adding some florals and leaves all around the washi like a border. You can add whatever type of design you want here.

Draw Florals 1

Draw Florals 2

Once I finished inking my design, I used the mini watercolor palette to add some color. I like to just add big bold strokes. (I don't worry about the color staying inside the lines).

Add Watercolor 1

Add Watercolor 2

After I made sure the watercolor was completely dry, I SLOWLY peeled off the washi tape. (If you don't let the watercolor dry all the way or you go too fast you can rip the paper).

Remove Washi

Final touch is adding a message inside the empty space! Then you can keep it or go hide it for someone to find! :)

Be Kind


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

Wedding Place Card


Hi everyone, Mou here today with a wedding place card tutorial! You can use this process to create place cards for any occasion.

Supplies I used:

Faber-Castell Essential PITT Artist Pen Set - BLACK

Faber-Castell Mixed Media Paper Stencils - 305 (Wedding)

Faber-Castell Collapsible Water cup

Faber-Castell Graphite pencil Goldfaber 1221 HB

Faber-Castell Kneadable Eraser

Gel Paint (from Faber-Castell - 20 Minute Studio - Abstract Art For Beginners)

Palette knife (from Faber-Castell - Mix and Match Collection - Gelatos Tool Set)

Whipped Spackle (or another texture paste)

Cardstock (5x8.5 inches, folded in half to make 5x4.25 inches card)

Paper trimmer


Now, let me walk you through the steps.


Choose a heavy cardstock in the color that suits your color scheme best. I picked grey. Trim the cardstock to 8.5" x 5" and fold in half to make 4.25" x 5" card.

Place the 'celebration' stencil from the Faber-Castell Mixed Media Paper Stencils - 305 (Wedding) set near the bottom edge of the front flap of the place card. Tape it in place if you like. Take out some texture paste with palette knife and apply through the stencil. Let dry.


Use the gold Gel paint from the Faber-Castell - 20 Minute Studio - Abstract Art For Beginners to add some texture dots on your place card as shown. Let dry. This instantly glams up your place card!


Use the Soft Brush PITT pen in black to write the date, name and table number on the card. Underline the words using Superfine tip PITT pen and a ruler.

And that's it - a super quick and easy technique that adds elegance and glamour to your special day!


Patriotic Lettering with Goldfaber Aqua


Memorial Day is a day to remember those who fight for our freedom. We may not know them all, but we owe them all. Show them how patriotic you can be with your Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils and Pitt Artist pens!




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!






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.



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

Journal Sticky Notes!

Hi there!


I've created 6 fun sticky note tutorials for you to use in your journals! These are very common in sketch-noting as they help reminders, important notes, lists and even powerful quotes stand out!


Beginning with a simple square, follow just 3 easy steps to make your own sticky notes. 

All of these were created using my beloved Pitt-Artist Pens. Add color to make them fit a theme and add shadows to make them pop right off the page!


Interested in a free sticky note printable? Grab it HERE!


Keep creating!

Learn Pitt Artist Pen Techniques



One of the many reasons we at Faber-Castell are proud of our Pitt Artist Pen collection is the versatility it provides, all while delivering a high-quality result. With every line drawn in reliable and richly pigmented India ink, the result is unmatchable. Add texture, density, and more personality into your work by practicing different techniques. Whether it be hatching, compressing, or highlighting, incorporating these drawing techniques will add the perfect finishing touch to your image.


Go Beyond 66 Colors: 

As if a selection of 66 colors isn’t enough to choose from, use the compressing and mixing techniques to add further depth and variation to your artwork. The technique of compressing is best to use when looking to enrich the shade of the color you are using. You can do so by repeatedly layering lines of the same color until the color is at your desired depth. Mixing your colors is another way to expand your color selection. Pitt Artist Pens are water-based, giving you the ability to mix with other colors to create beautiful blends of bright shades. 

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Modify the Medium with a Little Water: 

The Pitt Artist Pen exceeds the traditional expectations of an ink pen. The versatility allows artists to use it as if it is another medium; watercolor. Using India ink on damp paper will create a watercolor effect. Once the color has dried, it is waterproof, permanent, and recoatable. This dissolving technique allows for overlayering; the process of further layering a Pitt Artist Pen or other media over the dried watercolor to create further depth, definition and emotion.

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Add Density with Hatching: 

Working with Pitt Artist Pens can go further than simply designing smooth lines. Add density and variety to your work utilizing the technique of hatching. There are three different types of hatching techniques: parallel hatching, cross- hatching, and contoured hatching. Parallel hatching consists of drawing lines closely to each other at the same angle. Adding parallel hatching to your work will add an extra tone to the object being applied. Cross-hatching is quite the opposite. Apply layers of hatching at different angles. This technique will give your artwork the illusion of depth. To achieve adding shapely detail, utilize contoured hatching. Contoured hatching will highlight the character of the shape by following the outline of the object.

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Create Personality with Pointillism and Highlights: 

Hatching isn’t the only way to add extra detail to your artwork. Utilize pointillism and highlighting. Pointillism is the technique of applying various dots to your work; adding personality and depth to the image. Apply a few dots to add a hint of definition to your image or add hundreds to deepen your detail. This technique can be best achieved with the 1.5mm or 2.5 mm bullet nibs.

Add an illusion of light to your artwork by adding highlights to the image. Envision where light would cast on the object you are drawing and highlight accordingly. Our unique white Pitt Artist Pen adds a realistic touch with this technique.

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Artists of all genres and styles are drawn to the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen because of its expressive quality, permanence, and ability to be combined with many other techniques. With the right tool and the right techniques, you have the power to bring your creative visions to life. The Pitt Artist Pen is that tool.