Pastel Pencils

Art Journaling with Rita Barakat

 Rita Barakat Art Journaling
Hey creatives, Rita Barakat here. Have you been art journaling? I thought I'd share this insert I made in my art journal today. Sometimes you run across a great quote worth preserving; this one is from a song "If we're honest" by Francesca Battistelli. The minute I heard it I knew I wanted to do something with it putting it in my art journal was a perfect choice.
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First I had cut this page in my art journal book, just to break it up - it makes for a good place to hide journaling. I had some paint spilled on it previously but that's ok, sometimes you work with what you have.  I drew some lines and the words in pencil, then traced the words with a PITT® Artist Pen and erased those pencil lines.
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Then the fun part began! I don't know what it is but there is something very relaxing about drawing  doodles! Decorating my letters, not really worried about how it turns out...just doodling. Art journaling is perfect for trying out things, no worries, just be creative.
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Here is how it turned out, now it's time for color!

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I grabbed my Stamper’s Big Brush Pens and filled in some color.
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This is when it takes on a life of it's own, more doodles, more color... I used a little gesso to cover any unwanted spots of previous paint when I decided I wanted a clean look.
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Here is a close up, anything goes, sometimes you just have to be creative for the fun of it! I loved the way it came out. I also ended up using PITT® Pastel Pencils for the background, they blend easily for a soft look.  I used to do these all the time and I forgot how much fun it is! You definitely need to try this - what will you create?
Stampers Big Brush Pens -121 pale geranium lake, 102 cadmium yellow, 171 light green, 154 light cobalt turquoise, 199 black
PITT® Artist Pens in black - XS & S tips
PITT Pastel pencils  
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Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacturer websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

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DIY Wood Slice Christmas Ornament with Chalkboard Paint


Hi Everyone! Today I'm sharing a fun Christmas ornament I created using wood slices from our Christmas tree last year. We always get a real tree and I had the crazy idea to ask my hubby to cut the trunk into thin slices because I just knew I could use them for something. haha I've had fun making ornaments ever since. You can easily pick up wood slices at your local crafty store for this technique as well. I was mainly inspired by the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Chalk Board Paint for this project because I was excited to work with it. Other Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft products wanted to come out to play, too namely Glass Glitter Bead Gel, PITT®  Pastel Pencils and Texture Luxe™!!

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Pinterest Inspired project with Rita Barakat

1-RBarakat Hey there creatives, Rita Barakat here! Today I am sharing a project inspired by Pinterest! I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest, while I love seeing so many creative ideas I hate that you can easily lose track of time looking and pinning ideas that you may never get around to doing! I have been especially inspired lately by people who have mad skills using an Xacto knife! I am not one of those but I thought I would give it a shot of course on a much smaller and simplified scale!

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One Card Done Two Ways with Marjolaine Walker


Hello creative friends, Marjolaine Walker here. Today I have a simple card to show you that I made twice. Once with PITT Pastels and once with Gelatos®. As you've probably already noticed, I use Gelatos® all the time. My PITT Pastels on the other hand have sat unused for many years. How sad is that? They are amazing and I should have been creating with them all along! With minimal effort the color glides on the paper and blends easily. They are lovely to use! I have recorded the process to make this card, I hope you enjoy watching the video and that you'll try this out for yourself!

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Take the Challenge with Mou, October 2015

Hello Bloggers, Mou here! Are you ready for a creative challenge? I hope you are, for it's time for the October 2015 Take the Challenge with Mou!

If you are new to this blog, let me fill you in about Take the Challenge. Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. We will pick TWO winners from among the readers who participated in that month's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.

October is the month of Halloween, at least here in the States. If  you are around children, you know that what they love most about that, is the Trick or Treat ritual. So, I thought, for October, why don't I issue you a two-part challenge? No no, don't worry it won't be too tricky and as always there will be a treat at the end! And even if you are not in the States, you can totally play along too. So, without further ado, your challenge this month is:

Part 1: Use BLACK Chalkboard Paint (as much or as little you like) on something you create. It does not have to be Halloween-related, although that would be fun too! 

Part 2: Add an owl. Sketch it, doodle it, draw it, transfer it, stamp it... you decide it.

Take a look at what I made.


I really love owls. I see them practically everywhere from mugs to pendants and I am impressed with how artists interpret this wise bird in their works. So, I decided to make a nursery décor for my baby with an owl on it.

Here's a list of supplies I used:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents: Chalkboard Paint
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Pastel Pencils NEUTRALS
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Tool: GRIP Triangular Sharpener
Others: wood plaque, paint brush

If you like to do something similar, here are the instructions.
Start by painting the wood plaque with BLACK Chalkboard Paint. You don't need to gesso your wood plaque. Once the first coat dries, apply another coat.


Sketch your bird with WHITE PITT Pastel Pencil. This works like chalk, only better. Keep a GRIP Triangular Sharpener handy for you'll need to sharpen your WHITE PITT Pastel Pencil in between.

Once you have the outline, fill in details and shade some parts.


Here's a close up of my nursery plaque.

Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to this challenge post with link to your project image(s) by Sunday, 10/18 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these.

And now the TREAT part as promised... The prize for this challenge is: One pack of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Pastel Pencils NEUTRALS (#770182)
Don't forget to check back on Monday, 10/19 to see if YOU won! Good luck to all!

Right Where You Should Be Tag - with Lisa


Hi everyone it's Lisa here with a new tag that I made using a BUNCH of stuff in a few new ways! Let me show you what I did to create this:

1. Start with a manila tag that is  4⅛“ x 8 ½ “. Tear a few pieces of patterned tissue paper and adhere to tag using Gel Medium on both sides of tissue paper.

2. Coat tag with Gelatos® from the Pastels collection: Peach, Earl Grey, Watermelon, Fig, Elderberry, and Buttercream.

Not pictured: Spritz tag with mixture made from water and Texture Luxe™ Pearl and combined/mixed in mister from Gelatos® Mist Maker Set.

3. Place hexagon stencil from (Stencil 101 pack) on top of tag while still damp and rub open area with paper towel or rag to reveal open area. Using pastel pencil #226 from the PITT Pastel Pencil Set in Red/Yellow shade the outer areas of the hexagons.

4. Using the same stencil, but the smallest hexagons, place the stencil back on the tag and smooth some Whipped Spackle over the upper right hand corner of the tag using a palette knife.


5. Using another pastel pencil in black #199 from the PITT Pastel Pencils in Neutral add shading around various images on tissue paper.

6.  Create a loose circular "nest" from vintage gold string and use dots/dabs of Texture Gems™ Ice to hold in place.

7. Smear with finger the same Texture Gems™ Ice and embed flecks of Gold Glass glitter. Tap off excess. Allow to dry thoroughly.

8. Stamp sentiment and bird (lifting off some ink off bird, if possible to create more of a ghost-type image). 

9. Distress edges of tag and go around edge with Stamper's Big Brush Pen in Black #199.

Here is a close-up for you!


Wouldn't this be a great tag to give to someone to lift their spirits? Or as a just because on a bag of cookies or something sweet for a friend? Tags are a great way to try techniques and so fun to give instead of a card! And there's tons of room to write a personal message on the back. :) Do you like to create tags, too?

Enjoy your weekend everyone and thanks so much for joining me today!


Gel Medium

Whipped Spackle

Texture Luxe™ Pearl

Texture Gems™ Ice

Stencil 101 pack

PITT Pastel Pencils - Red/Yellow

PITT Pastel Pencils - Neutral

Gelatos® Colors 15 Ct: PASTELS (Watermelon, Earl Grey, Peach, Elderberry, Fig, Buttercream)

Gelatos® Mist Maker Set

Stamper's Big Brush Pen in Black #199

(Stamps by Donna Downey)

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Graphic 45 Blog Hop Day 1 with Tiffany

Hello Blogosphere! It's Tiffany here with Day 1 of our Blog Hop!


This week we're so excited to be hopping with Graphic 45! Stop by our blog every day this week to see craft inspirations! Don't forget to leave a comment on the posts to be entered in our giveaway! 

Graphic 45 will also have crafts up on their blog so don't forget to stop by their sites-



1. First, I added Chalkboard Paint to the top and bottom portion of one of the tags from the Graphic 45 Tag Album.

2. Then, I mix 1 part Chalkboard Paint to 2 Parts Glaze blending with water until smoothie like consistency.

3. Adhere the Rare Oddities Patterned Papers on top of each other with Gel Medium.

4. Before completely dry, tear portions of the top layer of paper to reveal the bottom layer.

5. Add Drips of Chalkboard Paint mixture with a dropper tool.


6. The next step is easy, simply adhere die-cut apothecary bottles with Gel Medium.

7. Adhere the Graphic 45 Rare Oddities Chipboard to the bottles with Gel Medium & trim excess. 

8. Add a thick coat of Gel Medium around the Chipboard labels.

9. Now, this is when the magic happens. Heat Set the Gel Medium until it BUBBLES!!!! Yes, you WANT air bubbles! I loved discovering this happy mistake :)

10. Outline the bottles with a PITT Artist Pen Black (M).

11. Now, be brave and add some sort of handwritten sentiment on the tag with the Stamper's Artist Pen in White. I layered my sentiment with a Metallic PITT Artist Pen Gold. Now, you just have to adhere the finished Apothecary bottles to the finished tag!

So what do you think?! I cannot wait to add this finished tag to a bottle of wine for a host gift!

Thanks for hopping by,


Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Products:

Graphic 45 Products:


  • Sizzix Bigz Die Apothecary Bottles by Tim Holtz

Art Journaling Week 2 with Lisa and blog hop with Stampendous

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Hi everyone! Lisa with you today. We started our Art Journal Journey's last Monday and here we are for the second week and it's a BONUS that we are also blog hopping with Stampendous! Yay!


For my post last week I shared how I was using Gesso, Gel Medium,  Gelatos® and a fun vintage postcard image to start building up my Art Journal. This week I'll be adding more layers with stamps, stencils, and additional Textural Accents.

I used  the same Gelatos® as last week (over a Gesso base) to give my board a coated with color look. I know I want to journal on a lot of my pages to I'm planning where to use the lightest colors as I color.



Using a Stamper's Big Brush Pen in Black #199 I used one of the Stampendous Stamps from this set called NK Studio Wired Cling Rubber Stamps (NKCRS02) by the artist Nathalie Kalbach.



Then I put down a messy layer of Chalkboard Paint where I thought I'd want my journaling to go.


And I then stamped on top of the dried Chalkboard Paint with a layer of white pigment ink using the Journal Lines Perfectly Clear Stamps (SSC1205):


Perfect grid lines for all of my journaling! In this case with the Chalkboard Paint the PITT Pastel Pencils will work perfectly for my journaling.

I added some more texture with Whipped Spackle, one of the Mixed Media Stencils and another stamp  NK Studio Grunge Cling Rubber Stamps (NKCRS03):




Next week is all about embellishments, so I hope you'll be joining us then as we keep working on our Art Journals. And don't forget to stop by the Stampendous Blog to see what THEIR team is creating with our products! :)

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Supplies:
Glass Bead Glitter Gel
Whipped Spackle
Chalkboard Paint
From the Gelatos® Colors 15 ct: METALLICS – Iced Pear, Metallic Blueberry, Iced Currant, Iced Coffee.
PITT Artist Pen Cobalt Green #156
Stamper’s Big Brush Pen Black #199 and May Green #170
Pastel Pencils #1122-101 and 1122-226
Stencil Pack 101 Collection

Stampendous Stamps: Wired, Journal Lines, and Grunge

Lisa Sig

Art Journaling Week 2 with Tiffany and blog hop with Stampendous


We started this journey last Monday and encouraged readers to join the designers every week for a month to create their own art journals. I hope you have your journal and inspiration piece picked out.


Hello Blogosphere! It's Tiffany here today with a Video Tutorial showing you how I created the foundation for my Art Journal Boards. You'll learn different ways to use Gesso, Gel Medium, and Whipped Spackle including Photo Transfers! You'll also see the various ways Stampendous Stamps lend AWESOME texture to those Art Journal pages.

I loved the versatility and quality of Stampendous Stamps, both the Cling & Clear stamps! Here are some of my favorites:NK Studio Marks Cling Rubber Stamps & Discover Today Perfectly Clear Stamps





 Once my art journal's foundation was dry, I went at hand-painted various titles with Chalkboard Paint & then added some color with PITT Pastel Pencils. This is similar to my Art Journal Cover's title!


 Thanks so much for stopping by! Stop by next week to see how I jazz it up a wee bit more!



Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Products Used:

Stampendous Products Used:

Art Journaling Week 2 with Jen and blog hop with Stampendous

Art Journaling Banner 2We started this journey last Monday and encouraged readers to join the designers every week for a month to create their own art journals. I hope you have your journal and inspiration piece picked out.

JenMatottJOurnal - 1Last week, I showed you how I prepped my pages with some Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium and papers.  This week, I'm building the bases of all my pages with more of our Textural Accents to create an additional layer on the pages.

JenMatottJOurnal - 8Here, I'm using Gel Medium through one of our new Mixed Media Stencils. I will be adding more color and using it as a resist in next week's post.

JenMatottJOurnal - 9The Gel Medium will be milky until fully dry and then it turns clear!  It's like magic!  It stays somewhat textured and raised.

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I also used the Gel Medium for adhering a Mixed Media Stencil onto the page itself.  I just adhered it down and coated over it to ensure good, even coverage.

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Another page in which I 'm adding more Gel Medium to adhere papers.  I used Chalk Board Paint over it to create a center of interest to my journal page.

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Using one of the Mixed Media Stencils, I created a scribbled frame using a PITT Pastel Pencil in white.

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Some Gelatos® colors in the Pastel set were added and smudged.  I also dripped some wet Gelatos® Double Scoop® Color - Gold Champagne down the top of the page.  Once dry, it gives a beautiful shimmer to the page.

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Stampendous was so very generous and sent us loads of stamp sets!  My favorites were the ones below from NK Studio called Kaffee Klatsch  and Wired.  I  adored the textures and shapes for my page here.



I inked up the stamp with a Stamper's Big Brush pen in Black and stamped some of the smaller doily prints and the barbed circle. Once dry, the ink is permanent as it is India Ink!

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That's it for this week's progress on my journal pages.  I hope you will continue on with us in your own journal and create bases for the pages.  Join me next week as I layer more and add more embellishment to my journal pages!