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Two Love Birds

2 Love Birds

Create raised, textured bird with modeling paste, stencil and a pallet knife on the scrapbook paper. Let dry.

Create a framing edge around the birds with Gelato colors; butter cream & guava. Blend colors with the foam blending tool.

Color modeling paste birds with Gelato colors; metallic melon & metallic mint. Blend colors with the foam blending tool.

Add sketch details with the Pitt Artist Pen.

SUPPLIES

  • Design Memory Craft Gelato Colors / Guava,  Butter Cream, metallic melon, metallic mint
  • PITT Artist Brush Pen / sepia 175
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Modeling paste
  • Bird stencil
  • Pallet knife
  • Foam blending tool

 

Colleenprofile

Colleen McGinty Colleen has a rich, eclectic style that she has honed during her 12 years she has worked in-house with us at Faber-Castell. She has been using our products with amazing results on all her paper crafting projects for years! You can also find her on Etsy. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two Love Birds

2 Love Birds

Create raised, textured bird with modeling paste, stencil and a pallet knife on the scrapbook paper. Let dry.

Create a framing edge around the birds with Gelato colors; butter cream & guava. Blend colors with the foam blending tool.

Color modeling paste birds with Gelato colors; metallic melon & metallic mint. Blend colors with the foam blending tool.

Add sketch details with the Pitt Artist Pen.

SUPPLIES

  • Design Memory Craft Gelato Colors / Guava,  Butter Cream, metallic melon, metallic mint
  • PITT Artist Brush Pen / sepia 175
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Modeling paste
  • Bird stencil
  • Pallet knife
  • Foam blending tool

 

Colleenprofile

Colleen McGinty Colleen has a rich, eclectic style that she has honed during her 12 years she has worked in-house with us at Faber-Castell. She has been using our products with amazing results on all her paper crafting projects for years! You can also find her on Etsy. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stretching with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft (Guest Design Team)

Cheryl1

Hello, Cheryl Boglioli here and I’m excited to be back again for another Guest Design spot with Design Memory Craft. I really want to improve my painting skills, specifically my watercolor skills. I’ve taken art classes since middle school and watercolor was NEVER my thing. However, I’m determined to get a decent style going with a little more practice. The one thing I have learned is that many of us get frustrated trying a new medium not realizing that the medium may not be of good quality to begin with. We find ourselves buying a low-grade version in an effort to save money and see if ‘we like it’ or not. I can tell you flat out that you will not like a low-grade medium. They do not blend well, they do not have enough pigmentation, they are chalky, etc. I know that Faber-Castell is a high-quality product, so I’ve been playing with as many of their products as I can to stretch my skills. This week, I decided to play with Faber-Castell Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils as my main medium. However, I also added some Faber-Castell Gelatos™ as well as Art GRIP® Color Pencils.

Cheryl2

I started by sketching a Florida beach scene on my watercolor paper. I used a 2H pencil that would leave really light marks and be easily erased.

Cheryl3

I wanted an early sunrise scene, so I started layering my base colors, blending and drying as I went. Let me confess and stress right up front that I am not a watercolor artist, so my technique is not ‘by the book.

Cheryl4

I love texture, so I applied a little technique I learned to give a little texture to your watercolor pieces. If you sand a little pencil color over your wet paper, the paper will pick up the little pigment pieces and hold onto them creating an extra layer of texture.

Cheryl5

I added a few flecks to my water as well.

Cheryl6

I came back in and blended a little Coconut and Tangerine Gelatos™ color to my sketch.

I kept playing with my beach scene at this point. After blending everything, I came back in with the Art GRIP® Color Pencils to add a little stronger contrast in places, especially at edges and borders, blending with a blending stump. I used the Art GRIP® Color Pencils in brown (176) and black (199) to sketch in some sea grass and some little flying birds. I stamped my quote with Ranger Archival Ink using a Donny Downey & Unity Stamp from the She Said collection and came back in with a little dry brush and gesso to add some sea foam in random places.

Cheryl7

It’s not quite a masterpiece, but I played and practiced on a skill I want to improve. By doing so, I felt the surge of creative energy kick in that I needed this week and I learned things I’ll try different next time. For example, I know my sky needs to be darker for this to really look like a sunrise scene, but I needed to stop before messing up the progress I did make. Nevertheless, I’m quite happy with my creation today and might just be matting and framing this to put on my gallery wall…until I make one even better. I love seeing my progress and learning to share those with the world as well. I hope you find inspiration today to stretch your wings and try something different; a new technique, a new medium, a new perspective.

SUPPLIES USED:

 

Cheryl

Cheryl Boglioli is a Florida native, a wife, and a mother of one beautiful daughter.   She is a mixed media artist, craft designer, and educator who loves to stay on the cutting edge of new products and techniques as it pertains to the crafting industry.  She achieved a CHA Designer Member status in 2011 and in 2012 became a full-time designer and educator traveling and teaching workshops at local scrapbook stores and events.  She currently works with several manufacturers in the industry including Tattered Angels, Canvas Corp, Basically Bare, Helmar and Zutter.  

 

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Stretching with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft (Guest Design Team)

Cheryl1

Hello, Cheryl Boglioli here and I’m excited to be back again for another Guest Design spot with Design Memory Craft. I really want to improve my painting skills, specifically my watercolor skills. I’ve taken art classes since middle school and watercolor was NEVER my thing. However, I’m determined to get a decent style going with a little more practice. The one thing I have learned is that many of us get frustrated trying a new medium not realizing that the medium may not be of good quality to begin with. We find ourselves buying a low-grade version in an effort to save money and see if ‘we like it’ or not. I can tell you flat out that you will not like a low-grade medium. They do not blend well, they do not have enough pigmentation, they are chalky, etc. I know that Faber-Castell is a high-quality product, so I’ve been playing with as many of their products as I can to stretch my skills. This week, I decided to play with Faber-Castell Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils as my main medium. However, I also added some Faber-Castell Gelatos™ as well as Art GRIP® Color Pencils.

Cheryl2

I started by sketching a Florida beach scene on my watercolor paper. I used a 2H pencil that would leave really light marks and be easily erased.

Cheryl3

I wanted an early sunrise scene, so I started layering my base colors, blending and drying as I went. Let me confess and stress right up front that I am not a watercolor artist, so my technique is not ‘by the book.

Cheryl4

I love texture, so I applied a little technique I learned to give a little texture to your watercolor pieces. If you sand a little pencil color over your wet paper, the paper will pick up the little pigment pieces and hold onto them creating an extra layer of texture.

Cheryl5

I added a few flecks to my water as well.

Cheryl6

I came back in and blended a little Coconut and Tangerine Gelatos™ color to my sketch.

I kept playing with my beach scene at this point. After blending everything, I came back in with the Art GRIP® Color Pencils to add a little stronger contrast in places, especially at edges and borders, blending with a blending stump. I used the Art GRIP® Color Pencils in brown (176) and black (199) to sketch in some sea grass and some little flying birds. I stamped my quote with Ranger Archival Ink using a Donny Downey & Unity Stamp from the She Said collection and came back in with a little dry brush and gesso to add some sea foam in random places.

Cheryl7

It’s not quite a masterpiece, but I played and practiced on a skill I want to improve. By doing so, I felt the surge of creative energy kick in that I needed this week and I learned things I’ll try different next time. For example, I know my sky needs to be darker for this to really look like a sunrise scene, but I needed to stop before messing up the progress I did make. Nevertheless, I’m quite happy with my creation today and might just be matting and framing this to put on my gallery wall…until I make one even better. I love seeing my progress and learning to share those with the world as well. I hope you find inspiration today to stretch your wings and try something different; a new technique, a new medium, a new perspective.

SUPPLIES USED:

 

Cheryl

Cheryl Boglioli is a Florida native, a wife, and a mother of one beautiful daughter.   She is a mixed media artist, craft designer, and educator who loves to stay on the cutting edge of new products and techniques as it pertains to the crafting industry.  She achieved a CHA Designer Member status in 2011 and in 2012 became a full-time designer and educator traveling and teaching workshops at local scrapbook stores and events.  She currently works with several manufacturers in the industry including Tattered Angels, Canvas Corp, Basically Bare, Helmar and Zutter.  

 

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Play Along With Erin - Part 2: Mixed Media Techniques (Guest Design Team)

Welcome back to part two of our mixed media play along.  I hope you had a chance to play with yesterday's techniques and that you found yesterday's video of me working on my project helpful!

Rooted and grounded in love frame

Today I have some fun techniques to show you and I created another video of my work in progress, so check that out here:

I love to use old book text in my mixed media projects.  In fact, that's all I really use "real" books for anymore now that read books on my e-reader!  

The flowers I made on this piece were done with book text, I used stamps, Gelatos™ Colors, and Stamper’s Big Brush Pens all randomly over a page or two I ripped out of an old book and then cut it into varying heart shapes.

Rooted and grounded in love -3

I then used some of the Gelatos™ ColorsStamper’s Big Brush Pens, and PITT® Artist Pens to create the stems and leaves on the flowers and add doodling to the flowers.

Next, I went to my computer.  I whipped up some word art to use and made sure I reversed the text so that I could do an image transfer technique with it.  I'm even sharing the word art with you in case you want to use it on your project....click here to download the word art!  Check out the video to see the technique!
Rooted and grounded in love -1

And here's how it looks once the image has been transfered....
Rooted and grounded in love -1
Such a fun and easy way to get cool computer generated text (and photos) onto your art!!

I hope you enjoyed this two part blog post!  If you were able to play along with us please leave a link to your project in the comment section below, we'd LOVE to see your work!

 

Supplies: Cold Press Watercolor Paper, Laser Printer, Printer Paper, Gel Medium,  Color Gelatos® 4ct - GREEN Color Gelatos® 4ct - RED (#770156), Color Gelatos® 4ct - YELLOW (#770157), Stamper's Big Brush Pens: RED (#770050), Essential PITT® Artist Pens: BLACK (#770075)

ERIN2 

 

ErinbErin Bassett  Erin is a craft addict who loves to do something creative every day.  She shares her love of all things artsy on her blog and in the classes and events she teaches at.  Erin is a freelance artist, designing for top manufactures and has had many of her projects published in various magazines and books.  She considers it a blessing to be able to call her passion "work".

 

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Play Along with Erin - Part 1: Mixed Media Backround (Guest Design Team)

Hi everyone, it's Erin here, back again to share with you some fun mixed media techniques.  You are welcome to play along with me today and tomorrow & create your own mixed media project!

You know what, I love to do art journals, but sometimes the page I'm working on turns out really cool and I want to frame it...so that's just what I did with this piece.  

Rooted and grounded in love frame
Since I knew I was going to share this project here on the blog, I filmed myself as I worked on the background of this page instead of taking a photo of each layer since there are SO many layers!  

Check out this video to see the progression of the background:

I started off with my spiral bound 11" x 15" cold press water color paper art journal that I often use.

 I really like the large size! So, to get started I took a great stencil and layed it on my page.  I then painted over it with gesso, removed the stencil, and let it dry.

Once the gesso was dry I took some of my favorite shades of Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils and scribbled over the page.  Yep, you heard me right...I scribbled.  Sometimes layering different colors over one another, sometimes not.  I also left a lot of white space around the page.  Really, I'm the only one that sees this layer since I ended up putting a lot (and boy do I mean A LOT!) of layers over it.  It's a fun way to just let loose & not worry about how this is going to turn out.

Background3

Then once I was done scribbling I took my waterbrush and painted over the scribbles with water to give it a nice water color effect.  I then added a bunch of different layers of Gelatos™ Colors, acrylic paint, and even a stamp.  I eventually wound up with a background I liked!

Rooted and grounded in love -background
Check back tomorrow for part 2 of this blog post where I will show you how I created the rest of this mixed media piece, and feel free to create your own background today following these techniques so that tomorrow you play around with that day's techniques!

 

Supplies: Cold Press Watercolor Paper, Gesso, Stencil, Waterbrush, White Acrylic Paint, Color Gelatos® 4ct - GREEN (#770158), Color Gelatos® 4ct - BLUE (#770159), Metallic Gelatos® & Clear Stamp (#770155), Art GRIP® Aquarelles: GREEN (#770112), Art GRIP® Aquarelles: BLUE (#770113)

 

  ERIN2

2Erin Bassett

 

 Erin Bassett  Erin is a craft addict who loves to do something creative every day.  She shares her love of all things artsy on her blog and in the classes and events she teaches at.  Erin is a freelance artist, designing for top manufactures and has had many of her projects published in various magazines and books.  She considers it a blessing to be able to call her passion "work".

 

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Play Along With Erin - Part 2: Mixed Media Techniques (Guest Design Team)

Welcome back to part two of our mixed media play along.  I hope you had a chance to play with yesterday's techniques and that you found yesterday's video of me working on my project helpful!

Rooted and grounded in love frame

Today I have some fun techniques to show you and I created another video of my work in progress, so check that out here:

I love to use old book text in my mixed media projects.  In fact, that's all I really use "real" books for anymore now that read books on my e-reader!  

The flowers I made on this piece were done with book text, I used stamps, Gelatos™ Colors, and Stamper’s Big Brush Pens all randomly over a page or two I ripped out of an old book and then cut it into varying heart shapes.

Rooted and grounded in love -3

I then used some of the Gelatos™ ColorsStamper’s Big Brush Pens, and PITT® Artist Pens to create the stems and leaves on the flowers and add doodling to the flowers.

Next, I went to my computer.  I whipped up some word art to use and made sure I reversed the text so that I could do an image transfer technique with it.  I'm even sharing the word art with you in case you want to use it on your project....click here to download the word art!  Check out the video to see the technique!
Rooted and grounded in love -1

And here's how it looks once the image has been transfered....
Rooted and grounded in love -1
Such a fun and easy way to get cool computer generated text (and photos) onto your art!!

I hope you enjoyed this two part blog post!  If you were able to play along with us please leave a link to your project in the comment section below, we'd LOVE to see your work!

 

Supplies: Cold Press Watercolor Paper, Laser Printer, Printer Paper, Gel Medium,  Color Gelatos® 4ct - GREEN Color Gelatos® 4ct - RED (#770156), Color Gelatos® 4ct - YELLOW (#770157), Stamper's Big Brush Pens: RED (#770050), Essential PITT® Artist Pens: BLACK (#770075)

ERIN2 

 

ErinbErin Bassett  Erin is a craft addict who loves to do something creative every day.  She shares her love of all things artsy on her blog and in the classes and events she teaches at.  Erin is a freelance artist, designing for top manufactures and has had many of her projects published in various magazines and books.  She considers it a blessing to be able to call her passion "work".

 

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Featured Post: Helmar!

Helmardmctiffany

Hi everyone!  Here's a card that Tiffany Johnson made using Gelatos and Helmar glue.

Helmarstep1

 I sprinkled the Helmar Zap Dots with glitter and coated them with the Premium Craft Glue so that the glitter doesn't get all over the place. It also adds some sparkly dimension. 

Helmarstep2

Helmarstep3

Helmarstep4

Then I used the Helmar Premium Craft glue to write "smile" and sprayed it with a custom gelato mist demonstrating a resist technique. Enjoy!

Tiffany

Tiffprofile

Tiffany Johnson Tiffany is a hard-working mother and wife whose creativity & sense of humor shine in her paper crafting projects, in her clever video tutorials, and on her blog "iheartart." Tiffany also designs for Hambly Studios, Lawn Fawn, Clear & Simple Stamps iPhone App, and CupCards To Go.

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Featured Post: Helmar!

Helmardmctiffany

Hi everyone!  Here's a card that Tiffany Johnson made using Gelatos and Helmar glue.

Helmarstep1

 I sprinkled the Helmar Zap Dots with glitter and coated them with the Premium Craft Glue so that the glitter doesn't get all over the place. It also adds some sparkly dimension. 

Helmarstep2

Helmarstep3

Helmarstep4

Then I used the Helmar Premium Craft glue to write "smile" and sprayed it with a custom gelato mist demonstrating a resist technique. Enjoy!

Tiffany

Tiffprofile

Tiffany Johnson Tiffany is a hard-working mother and wife whose creativity & sense of humor shine in her paper crafting projects, in her clever video tutorials, and on her blog "iheartart." Tiffany also designs for Hambly Studios, Lawn Fawn, Clear & Simple Stamps iPhone App, and CupCards To Go.

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Play Along with Erin - Part 1: Mixed Media Backround (Guest Design Team)

Hi everyone, it's Erin here, back again to share with you some fun mixed media techniques.  You are welcome to play along with me today and tomorrow & create your own mixed media project!

You know what, I love to do art journals, but sometimes the page I'm working on turns out really cool and I want to frame it...so that's just what I did with this piece.  

Rooted and grounded in love frame
Since I knew I was going to share this project here on the blog, I filmed myself as I worked on the background of this page instead of taking a photo of each layer since there are SO many layers!  

Check out this video to see the progression of the background:

I started off with my spiral bound 11" x 15" cold press water color paper art journal that I often use.

 I really like the large size! So, to get started I took a great stencil and layed it on my page.  I then painted over it with gesso, removed the stencil, and let it dry.

Once the gesso was dry I took some of my favorite shades of Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils and scribbled over the page.  Yep, you heard me right...I scribbled.  Sometimes layering different colors over one another, sometimes not.  I also left a lot of white space around the page.  Really, I'm the only one that sees this layer since I ended up putting a lot (and boy do I mean A LOT!) of layers over it.  It's a fun way to just let loose & not worry about how this is going to turn out.

Background3

Then once I was done scribbling I took my waterbrush and painted over the scribbles with water to give it a nice water color effect.  I then added a bunch of different layers of Gelatos™ Colors, acrylic paint, and even a stamp.  I eventually wound up with a background I liked!

Rooted and grounded in love -background
Check back tomorrow for part 2 of this blog post where I will show you how I created the rest of this mixed media piece, and feel free to create your own background today following these techniques so that tomorrow you play around with that day's techniques!

 

Supplies: Cold Press Watercolor Paper, Gesso, Stencil, Waterbrush, White Acrylic Paint, Color Gelatos® 4ct - GREEN (#770158), Color Gelatos® 4ct - BLUE (#770159), Metallic Gelatos® & Clear Stamp (#770155), Art GRIP® Aquarelles: GREEN (#770112), Art GRIP® Aquarelles: BLUE (#770113)

 

  ERIN2

2Erin Bassett

 

 Erin Bassett  Erin is a craft addict who loves to do something creative every day.  She shares her love of all things artsy on her blog and in the classes and events she teaches at.  Erin is a freelance artist, designing for top manufactures and has had many of her projects published in various magazines and books.  She considers it a blessing to be able to call her passion "work".

 

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Watercolor Art Journal (Guest Design Team)

Jen1

Watercolor Art Journal by Jen Osborn

I cannot tell you how excited I am to be guest designing for one of my absolute favorite pen companies! I use PITT ® Artist Pens almost every day in my journaling, and it’s a true dream come true to be here today to share this simple, yet amazing journal project with you. this is one of those projects that looks much more involved than it really is, so please stick with me to the end and I promise you’ll be holding something you love in your hands by the end of our journey together. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • PITT ® Artist Pens - brush
  • •pale geranium lake 121
  • •pink carmine127
  • •cobalt turqoise 153
  • •light cobalt turqoise 154
  • •cobalt green 156
  • •leaf green 112
  • •light green 171
  • •black - S
  • Uniball Signo gel pen - white - broad
  • Bookrings - 2 inch diameter
  • Thick/handmade paper - 5 x 7
  • Watercolor/Drawing paper
  • Hole punch
  • Decorative rub-ons
  • Ribbon
  • Antique book pages
  • Washi tape
  • Tags & Tickets
  • Ephemera & do-hickies
  • Sewing machine or needle & thread
  • Double stick tape

Jen2

I used a spare children’s book page I had lying around to make my journal cover. I chose one that had an image on it as well as text to give me something to draw on top of. I simply sewed it horizontally to a piece of 5 x 7 handmade paper using the straight stitch, and going around the outside edge three times. You want to set your stitch width to 4 or something on the large end or you will end up perforating your papers instead of sewing them together. Then I folded the paper in half the long way to create a 3 x 5 cover piece that is double sided. Do not sew or glue them together at this point so you can attach things to both sides without having to worry about covering up. I created my watercolor journal with only a front page, but if you want an end page simply repeat this process over again for the back.

Next you will punch two holes through your cover for the book rings. I made mine at 1 inch in from the side and 1/2 inch down from the top. Tear or cut your watercolor/drawing paper down to 3 x 5 inch pieces. Use the cover as a guide to make spots on all your pages so all you have to do is assembly line punch them all at once. This is a lot easier than trying to line it up right every time. Once you have them all punched, put them on your book rings and set aside until you are ready to add the cover.

Jen3

Now you get to do a fun bit of drawing with your black PITT ® journal pen. I usually keep to the S one, but you can use the M to get thicker lines. I like to draw mine thicker with the S so I can get uneven lines, but I tend to go for the homemade look, so bear with me if mine looks a little untidy at times. You’ll remember that I choose a bookpage that already had an image printed on it in monochrome. This is a really great way to practice drawing, and you can easily make it pop simply by adding a black outline and then coloring it in. So mine has this blockprint image of a boy in a stream on one side, and a house on the other. All I had to do was use my pen to outline all the details, and I instantly had something fabulous.

Jen4

I like to do all my black drawing at once so it all has a chance to dry before I move on to the next step and help avoid schmears. One of the things I really enjoy is adding little details like tags with quotes, and words that have special meaning to me. Think geometric shapes when you draw freehand: circles, squares, ovals, triangles, and rectangles are pretty much all you need to draw anything. I really love to doodle too, so you’ll see that I added little hearts and messy scallops to give my bookpage more character. Once your drawing has dried, you can fill in some of the spaces with the white Signo gel pen, and layer rub-ons like the bird and birdcage I added to the bus ticket here:

Jen5

You want to open up your cover page now, and sew, glue, or paste on fun little accents like the ribbons and washi tape. It can really add a lot of character when you use them to fill in some of the negative space like the Little Red Riding Hood ribbon I ran along the bottom of the front. I cut it down to match the shape of the details, and then used a lighter to melt the edges of the ribbon so it wouldn’t unravel. Something as simple as drawing the moon and a few stars is all it takes to make it look like it belongs there. Try to imagine you are telling a story with your art if that helps.

Jen6

Once you have all the detail work finished on your front page, it’s time to close it up along the fold and sew or glue it together. I used my sewing machine because it’s always handy, but you could just as easily sew it together by hand using the blanket stitch all around the outside. If you are worried about covering up or ruining some of the things you added, you can just close up the open edges with double stick tape. I know that sounds chinsy, but I cannot tell you the amount of times over the last 10 years I have done just that. Just make sure that you don’t buy the removable kind, and you will find it sticks together just fine for life!

 Jen7

So, here’s the front and back of my cover all stitched closed. I had this funky felt poppy left over from another project, and I just couldn’t decide if It cluttered up my cover too much or if I really liked it. In the end I just went with it, and I find myself touching it every time I go to draw in my journal. It helps remind me that there really isn’t any wrong way when you’re creating art; sometimes you just have to GO FOR IT!

Jen8

If you find that you inadvertently covered up your holes, all you have to do is re-punch them. Now comes the last little bit of fun - coloring everything in with your PITT ® Artist Pens. I want to take a quick minute and thank Naoko for filling in the gaps of my colors, and all the inspiration they provided for this project!

Jen9

Tap into your inner five year old, and have some fun. I didn’t color everything in, but I came pretty darn close. I really like using the PITT ® Artist Pens because they don’t run or bleed. You can also layer the colors to add shadow or deepen the hues. I really like to use dark to light shades of a certain color right next to each other. For example, I used a lighter blue to color in the head of my bluebird, and then went with a darker shade for the body. On the wings and tail I used three different shades for each part.

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Now you’re ready to add your altered front cover to the rings with your paper already on them. Here’s a closer look at how mine turned out:

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I strung the small yellow tag onto the ties for the manilla one, and tied the ends into a knot. That way all I had to do was open the book rings up, and slide it on and it will move around as I turn the pages. I like the book rings because they will allow you to open your journal flat so you can draw on both sides without a spine in the way. I also tied a little snippet of vintage lace I had lefterover from a sewing project onto one of the book rings to add a bit of silly whimsy. I just roll that way. Here’s how the back of my front cover turned out:

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I told you towards the beginning of this post that I decided not to create a back cover this time. I don’t know why, it’s just how I made it (remember no right or wrong way). I did journal the last page however, with a message to keep me journaling:

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If you have any questions about how I did something, please feel free to ask in the comments section, and I’ll do my best to answer and clarify. I tend to create off the cuff, so I don’t always have a reason for why I did something a certain way ... I just did. I would really love to see what how your journals turn out, so please post a link to a picture or blog post about yours here and I’ll hop over for a peek. Thank you again to Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft ®, Christa Trivisonno, and Naoko Ohno for this amazing opportunity. You’ll be seeing much more of me and their incredible products very soon!

 

NOW GO MAKE ART!

                                        

JenJen Osborn is an artist, writer, and stitcher who lives in the heart of rural Michigan. She has an enormous imagination, and loves nothing more than giving you a peek inside her noodle. She creates artwork that’s as wonderful to touch as it is to look at, and has a knack for blending quirky vintage items with a uniquely modern twist. Jen is a mixed media artist at heart, and loves crafting collage on canvas or anything else she can get my mitts on. She's currently branching out into licensing her whimsical drawings for use as rubber stamps, illustrations, and embroidery patterns. Her first solo book “Mixed and Stitched: fabric inspiration for the mixed media artist” is on bookshelves now, and she has a new column, Happy Home Goods, debuting in the pages of Stitch Craft Create January 2013.

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Watercolor Art Journal (Guest Design Team)

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Watercolor Art Journal by Jen Osborn

I cannot tell you how excited I am to be guest designing for one of my absolute favorite pen companies! I use PITT ® Artist Pens almost every day in my journaling, and it’s a true dream come true to be here today to share this simple, yet amazing journal project with you. this is one of those projects that looks much more involved than it really is, so please stick with me to the end and I promise you’ll be holding something you love in your hands by the end of our journey together. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • PITT ® Artist Pens - brush
  • •pale geranium lake 121
  • •pink carmine127
  • •cobalt turqoise 153
  • •light cobalt turqoise 154
  • •cobalt green 156
  • •leaf green 112
  • •light green 171
  • •black - S
  • Uniball Signo gel pen - white - broad
  • Bookrings - 2 inch diameter
  • Thick/handmade paper - 5 x 7
  • Watercolor/Drawing paper
  • Hole punch
  • Decorative rub-ons
  • Ribbon
  • Antique book pages
  • Washi tape
  • Tags & Tickets
  • Ephemera & do-hickies
  • Sewing machine or needle & thread
  • Double stick tape

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I used a spare children’s book page I had lying around to make my journal cover. I chose one that had an image on it as well as text to give me something to draw on top of. I simply sewed it horizontally to a piece of 5 x 7 handmade paper using the straight stitch, and going around the outside edge three times. You want to set your stitch width to 4 or something on the large end or you will end up perforating your papers instead of sewing them together. Then I folded the paper in half the long way to create a 3 x 5 cover piece that is double sided. Do not sew or glue them together at this point so you can attach things to both sides without having to worry about covering up. I created my watercolor journal with only a front page, but if you want an end page simply repeat this process over again for the back.

Next you will punch two holes through your cover for the book rings. I made mine at 1 inch in from the side and 1/2 inch down from the top. Tear or cut your watercolor/drawing paper down to 3 x 5 inch pieces. Use the cover as a guide to make spots on all your pages so all you have to do is assembly line punch them all at once. This is a lot easier than trying to line it up right every time. Once you have them all punched, put them on your book rings and set aside until you are ready to add the cover.

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Now you get to do a fun bit of drawing with your black PITT ® journal pen. I usually keep to the S one, but you can use the M to get thicker lines. I like to draw mine thicker with the S so I can get uneven lines, but I tend to go for the homemade look, so bear with me if mine looks a little untidy at times. You’ll remember that I choose a bookpage that already had an image printed on it in monochrome. This is a really great way to practice drawing, and you can easily make it pop simply by adding a black outline and then coloring it in. So mine has this blockprint image of a boy in a stream on one side, and a house on the other. All I had to do was use my pen to outline all the details, and I instantly had something fabulous.

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I like to do all my black drawing at once so it all has a chance to dry before I move on to the next step and help avoid schmears. One of the things I really enjoy is adding little details like tags with quotes, and words that have special meaning to me. Think geometric shapes when you draw freehand: circles, squares, ovals, triangles, and rectangles are pretty much all you need to draw anything. I really love to doodle too, so you’ll see that I added little hearts and messy scallops to give my bookpage more character. Once your drawing has dried, you can fill in some of the spaces with the white Signo gel pen, and layer rub-ons like the bird and birdcage I added to the bus ticket here:

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You want to open up your cover page now, and sew, glue, or paste on fun little accents like the ribbons and washi tape. It can really add a lot of character when you use them to fill in some of the negative space like the Little Red Riding Hood ribbon I ran along the bottom of the front. I cut it down to match the shape of the details, and then used a lighter to melt the edges of the ribbon so it wouldn’t unravel. Something as simple as drawing the moon and a few stars is all it takes to make it look like it belongs there. Try to imagine you are telling a story with your art if that helps.

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Once you have all the detail work finished on your front page, it’s time to close it up along the fold and sew or glue it together. I used my sewing machine because it’s always handy, but you could just as easily sew it together by hand using the blanket stitch all around the outside. If you are worried about covering up or ruining some of the things you added, you can just close up the open edges with double stick tape. I know that sounds chinsy, but I cannot tell you the amount of times over the last 10 years I have done just that. Just make sure that you don’t buy the removable kind, and you will find it sticks together just fine for life!

 Jen7

So, here’s the front and back of my cover all stitched closed. I had this funky felt poppy left over from another project, and I just couldn’t decide if It cluttered up my cover too much or if I really liked it. In the end I just went with it, and I find myself touching it every time I go to draw in my journal. It helps remind me that there really isn’t any wrong way when you’re creating art; sometimes you just have to GO FOR IT!

Jen8

If you find that you inadvertently covered up your holes, all you have to do is re-punch them. Now comes the last little bit of fun - coloring everything in with your PITT ® Artist Pens. I want to take a quick minute and thank Naoko for filling in the gaps of my colors, and all the inspiration they provided for this project!

Jen9

Tap into your inner five year old, and have some fun. I didn’t color everything in, but I came pretty darn close. I really like using the PITT ® Artist Pens because they don’t run or bleed. You can also layer the colors to add shadow or deepen the hues. I really like to use dark to light shades of a certain color right next to each other. For example, I used a lighter blue to color in the head of my bluebird, and then went with a darker shade for the body. On the wings and tail I used three different shades for each part.

Jen10

Now you’re ready to add your altered front cover to the rings with your paper already on them. Here’s a closer look at how mine turned out:

Jen11

I strung the small yellow tag onto the ties for the manilla one, and tied the ends into a knot. That way all I had to do was open the book rings up, and slide it on and it will move around as I turn the pages. I like the book rings because they will allow you to open your journal flat so you can draw on both sides without a spine in the way. I also tied a little snippet of vintage lace I had lefterover from a sewing project onto one of the book rings to add a bit of silly whimsy. I just roll that way. Here’s how the back of my front cover turned out:

Jen12

I told you towards the beginning of this post that I decided not to create a back cover this time. I don’t know why, it’s just how I made it (remember no right or wrong way). I did journal the last page however, with a message to keep me journaling:

Jen13

If you have any questions about how I did something, please feel free to ask in the comments section, and I’ll do my best to answer and clarify. I tend to create off the cuff, so I don’t always have a reason for why I did something a certain way ... I just did. I would really love to see what how your journals turn out, so please post a link to a picture or blog post about yours here and I’ll hop over for a peek. Thank you again to Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft ®, Christa Trivisonno, and Naoko Ohno for this amazing opportunity. You’ll be seeing much more of me and their incredible products very soon!

 

NOW GO MAKE ART!

                                        

JenJen Osborn is an artist, writer, and stitcher who lives in the heart of rural Michigan. She has an enormous imagination, and loves nothing more than giving you a peek inside her noodle. She creates artwork that’s as wonderful to touch as it is to look at, and has a knack for blending quirky vintage items with a uniquely modern twist. Jen is a mixed media artist at heart, and loves crafting collage on canvas or anything else she can get my mitts on. She's currently branching out into licensing her whimsical drawings for use as rubber stamps, illustrations, and embroidery patterns. Her first solo book “Mixed and Stitched: fabric inspiration for the mixed media artist” is on bookshelves now, and she has a new column, Happy Home Goods, debuting in the pages of Stitch Craft Create January 2013.

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Hi everyone!   It's Jill here and I recently had a crafting party with my nieces.  We used Gelatos and Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive along with a Spellbinders die to create these 3-dimensional flowers.  Here's a look at our creations:

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The kids (and the adults, of course!) had a ball coloring with the Gelatos.  And the Helmar glue was easy to use and was strong enough for a 3D project.  For a peek at how to create these flowers, click HERE for a video tutorial.

 

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Jill Foster Preschool teacher by day and stamper by night, Jill turns stamped images into true works of art. She also designs and teaches classes for her local scrapbook store, Mementos. 

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Hi everyone!   It's Jill here and I recently had a crafting party with my nieces.  We used Gelatos and Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive along with a Spellbinders die to create these 3-dimensional flowers.  Here's a look at our creations:

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The kids (and the adults, of course!) had a ball coloring with the Gelatos.  And the Helmar glue was easy to use and was strong enough for a 3D project.  For a peek at how to create these flowers, click HERE for a video tutorial.

 

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Jill Foster Preschool teacher by day and stamper by night, Jill turns stamped images into true works of art. She also designs and teaches classes for her local scrapbook store, Mementos. 

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Crafting Slump?

In a crafting slump?  Layout A Day has a solution with this girly tag (made with Stamper's Big Brush Pens and Gelatos!).  Click on the link for detailed instructions on her blog! 

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Here's little piece of art on a canvas tag using coloring products from Faber Castell Design Memory Crafts and Helmar adhesives.?
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Don't forget to check out my blog and Helmar's for more tips and techniques!

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Mou Saha  Mou won the Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame in 2007, was a member of their Dream Team in 2009 and you've seen her work in numerous craft publications. Currently she collaborates with 7 Gypsies, Crate Paper, Cocoa Daisy and Anna Griffin.

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Hey bloggers Rita Barakat here! We are currently doing featured posts with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and Helmar! I came up with this card using Gelatos™,  a red Stamper’s Big Brush Pen , stamps, glitter & Helmar Scrap Dots.
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Have you seen this product? This is really fun, if you haven't this will take the place of all those foam squares! I tell you one of my pet peeves is peeling off the paper backs to those foam squares and them getting all over the place! This is a really thick  liquid adhesive, you squeeze a little dot onto your page and add you paper or embellishment - don't push real hard and it will stay popped off the page! Cool stuff!
 
Supplies:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft red Stamper’s Big Brush Pen  & 
Gelatos™ in Bubble Gum
Red Cherry & Lemon
Mix and matching the Yellow and the Red groups
Stamps & glitter : the Rubber Cafe
 
 
RitaprofileRita Barakat  Rita channels her boundless energy into her family (she has 5 kids!), directing a youth choir & drama team, and her eclectic paper crafting projects. She is on the design teams for Creative Memories, Clear Scraps, Glue Dots and GCD Studio. 

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I LOVE Helmar adhesives!  I was so excited to be able to create with these products so I made a fun little banner using Donna Downey's Canvas ATCs from Prima.  I started by added some background color with the Design Memory Craft Gelato colors:  Mango, Tangerine, Lemon, Bubble Gum, Blueberry, Lime, Licorice, Green Tea, and Metallic Blueberry.  These became the base of all the pieces. 

Then, I used the Stamper's Big Brush Pens in Nougat 178 and Black 199 to stamp using Prima's new stamps from their Romance Novel line and Craftsman line.

Next, I used some spray inks and Design Memory Craft Gelato sprays(I mixed up a few in mini misters) through some of Donna Downey's new stencils.  I also mixed the licorice with Gesso to create a paint that I could pounce through the stencils. 

The Gelatos were perfect to water down on a craft mat to create a color wash for the paintable Canvas pieces from Prima. They have resist already printed on them so when the color is applied, it shows the design.

Once I got them all colored, I started to glue the banner pieces together on a piece of seam binding using Helmar's 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this glue!  It's perfect on fabrics and paper alike.  I glued all the pieces down with it and added it to some bling for a finishing touch! 

To see more tips and techniques with Helmar, visit their blog!

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Jen Matott  A self-proclaimed Mom, Wife, Artist, Scrapper and Teacher, Jennifer has a funky & trendy style. She also serves on the design teams for Nikki Sivils, Scrap Mojo and XOXO Girls.

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I love this cute Summer Banner I made for the Helmar featured post!

I picked leaves and grasses from around my yard...arranged them on the Donnna Downey Canvases from Prima...made a spray mist with water and Design Memory Craft Gelato colors / green tea, pistachio & lemon, arranged the leaves and grasses on the canvas pieces then misted them to create a negative image on the canvas! 

When dry I used the Design Memeory Craft Super Fine Pitt Artist Pen, May Green 170 to sketch the leaf designs...cute!...

I painted various paper flowers with Design Memory Craft Gelato colors/ guava, lavender, bubble gum, red cherry, tangerine, lemon, grape, metallic blueberry...yummy!...  

 To Finish I used Helmar's Scrap Dots Liquid  to glue the flowers in place and the Helmar ZapDots to see the chipbaord Letters Pop...Then tied it all together with Lace from Prima...

Happy Creative Summer Days!

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Colleen McGinty Colleen has a rich, eclectic style that she has honed during her 12 years she has worked in-house with us at Faber-Castell. She has been using our products with amazing results on all her paper crafting projects for years! You can also find her on Etsy.

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Mixed Media Picnic Project by Vicki O'Dell (Guest Design Team)

Here's Vicki O'Dell's first post as a Design Memory Craft Guest Designer!  We hope you enjoy it as much as we did:)

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Scan the photo you want to use with the Flip-Pal™ Mobile Scanner. Print out onto heavy weight printer paper and a laser jet printer. Set aside.

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Even though the Ampersand Artist Panel says it's for Oil and Acrylics I found that it works really well with gelatos and water. First, put a little water in the area you want to work in and then scribble in the space with the gelato. Work the color around with your finger until you get the look you like. Tipping the board this way and that while the color is still pretty wet is great for blending the colors like I did in the sky.

It may take a while for the water and color to dry but you can use a heat gun to hurry the process along.

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Once the background is dry lay out the elements where you think you'll want them and move things around until you get a pleasing layout. Secure the photo with Mod Podge and let dry completely. Embellish two corners of the photo with washi tape.

Lay the fence in place and draw "scribble roses" with the red big brush. Draw leaves with the green Stamper's Big Brush Pen. Don't forget to draw on the fence too so that it looks like the roses are growing over the fence.

To created the little dot flower "buttercups" draw larger dots with the Dark Naples ochre big brush and then bits of stem or leaves with green.

Draw in the distant trees with the may green big brush. Color them in loosely allowing some sky to show through. Once dry, go back in and add dots of color with the same brush to create darker patches.

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Color the mushrooms as desired with the green and red big brushes. Adhere the fence, mushrooms and Christmas ornament clouds with E-6000.

Use alphabet stickers, stamps or markers for the word "picnic".

Supplies:

  • Stamper's Big Brush Pens - May green, Pale Geranium Lake, Dark Naples ochre
  • Flip-Pal™ Mobile Scanner
  • Gelatos- From Mixed Media Samplers -green and blue
  • Wooden picket fence from the craft store
  • Mushroom cutout from Twiddly Bitz
  • Silver wire Christmas ornament hangers - 3
  • E-6000
  • Photo - Printed with a laserjet printer
  • Mod Podge and brush
  • Ampersand Artist Panel 6x12
  • Washi Tape in color/pattern of your choice
  • Alphabet stickers or stamps of your choice

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Vicki O'Dell is The Creative Goddess A mixed media artist, jewelry maker and creative whirlwind. She has a blog at vickiodell.com, a daily creative lifestyle blog where she shares craft and home decor projects as well as recipes, inspiration and her own brand of Creative Goddess wisdom. She can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. Be careful... She'll talk your eyeballs off if you let her. :)

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Design Memory Craft Fan (Guest Design Team)

Cathy Andronicou's second blog post.  Enjoy!

Yesterday I was stood at a coffee machine waiting for my drink to be dispensed and my eyes settled on a jar full of coffee stirrers......my mind began to wander and before I knew it I was fanning several out on the counter and so the idea of creating a paper fan was born!

 I think this would be a great project to do over the summer with the children, they could have great fun colouring in and decorating their own fan.

Here it is open:

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And here it is closed.

To make a fan you need some basic supplies; a sheet of white tissue paper, 12 coffee stirrers (many coffee shops have these - make sure you wash them if they have been used), PVA glue, a cocktail stick and two beads.

This fan also used the following items to decorate it;

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Mixed Media Aquarelles and Ink in Red 770200 - Aquaralles 125 & 119 and Big Brush Marker Deep Scarlet Red 219, Blue 770203 - Aquarelles 147, 153 & 144 and Big Brush Marker Cobalt Blue 143, Green 770202 - Aquarelles 168 & 166 and Big Brush May Green 170;  in addition to the sets I also used Aquarelles 111 & 176, Gelatos™ Colors Blue Green Set 770153 Light Blue Gelato™  and Mixed Media Sampler Metallics 770260 Gold Gelato™.

 Memento Tuxedo Black ink Penny Black Wood stamps Deco 3978K, Nature’s Day 4157K,transparent stamp Winter Whites and Greens 30-057.

Cath3To begin layout the tissue paper and cut out four arches (I used a dinner plate and a bowl to draw the curves). Place a layer of watered down PVA glue on two of the arches and lay the remaining ones on top, this strengthens the paper ready for colouring.

 

 

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Stamp the bird, swirls and flowers with Memento ink and allow to dry.

 

 

 

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Colour the image with the Aquarelle pencils,I used the blues for the bird colour the whole fan before blending with water, this prevents the tissue paper from getting too soggy and tearing.

 

 

 

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Colour the flowers with the Reds and Pinks aquarelles, the branches in brown and the beak and feet in orange.

 

 

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 The swirls were coloured with the May Green big Brush marker 170 and the leaves cololured with the green aquarelle pencils, the remaining flowers were coloured with the red and pink aquarelles and the centres dotted with the Deep Red Scarlet 219 big brush marker.

 

 

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When the colouring is complete dampen a paint brush and blend the colours - do not over wet otherwise the paper will tear.

 

 

 

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The background was then roughly coloured with the light blue Gelato™ and lightly rubbed in with my finger (if it doesn’t blend in to the paper easily dampen your finger). 

 

 

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I then randomly added touches of Gold Gelato™ and blended in using my finger.

 

 

 

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I then lightly sanded the coffee stirrers (this is important if you are making fans with children to avoid then getting any splinters.

 

 

 

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A hole was then punched at one end on each stirrer using a Cropadile (if you don’t have a Cropadile the hole can be drilled).

 

 

 

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 The stirrers were then banded together and a cocktail stick passed through the hole, the cocktail stick was trimmed and a bead glued to each end - this completes the fan mechanism and allows it to open freely.

The stirrers were then spaced out and glued into place on the plain arch using PVA glue.

 

 

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Glue was then spread over the plain arch and stirrers and the pattern layer placed over the top to complete the fan. Once dry it can be folded.

 

 

 

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Now all I need is some hot weather to test it out!

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Happy Day Mixed Media Notebook (Guest Design Team)

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Hi all! Brittny Kvilhaug here.  Here is my second project for the Faber-Castell Design Memory Works guest design team. There is nothing like looking back through my journals from years past and so I decided that for my next one I’d definitely need an extra special one.  So here is my Happy Day notebook!

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Find a ready-made journal or notebook from your local craft store and prepare your base by mixing some clear gloss medium with acrylic paint or other medium.

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Lay down some of the mixed medium and spread some pattern tissue down and allow to wrinkle. This will create some great texture later on. And don’t worry about the brush strokes – they help to collect lots of yummy color later as well.

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Add some painted stencils to the cover to add some texture, and then lay down large areas of gelatos in various colors. This will create background color to shine through all the subsequent layers.

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Squirt some acrylic paint on the cover and scrape it with a rubber scraping tool or playing card. Be sure to let some of the paint catch in the wrinkles and other textured spots.

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Use a Stamper’s Big Brush to color over the stenciled acrylic paint. Be sure to rub it in and feel free to go over it several times to create deep color. You can add another color on top to create even more depth. See how it picks up all that yummy texture in the paint? Oh yeah, YUM.

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Add some paper ephemera to the front, doodle with a black indian ink pen, and use a Stamper’s Big Brush to darken the edges of the ephemera and around the outside edge of the journal.

There’s nothing I love more than when it ends up looking like it’s about a million years old. Look at all those layers of color. YUMMO.

SUPPLIES:

Supply List:

Notebook

Gloss Gel Medium

Paint Brush

Scraping Tool

Palette Knife

Sewing Pattern

Acrylic Paint

Stencils

Paper Ephemera

Gelatos

Metallic Gelatos

Stamper’s Big Brush Pens

Essential Pitt Artist Pens

Metallic Pitt Artist Pens

 

BrittnyBrittny Kvilhaug I’m a wife to Eric, the proud mommy of a four-legged mouse-killer, an emotional baker and sometimes I even call myself an artist. Sometimes… I’ve been working in the industry for about five years and have loved every minute! I’ve had the opportunity to wear several hats, including designer, teacher, sales rep, team member, and now mixed media artist – there’s that word again!!!  There is nothing more exciting than breaking into a brand new of goodies and imagining all the fun stuff that’s going to come out of it! I am so happy to be a part of the guest design team for Faber-Castell and have had a blast playing along!

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Thank You Note (Guest Design Team)

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Photo credit -crafttestdummies.com

We had the pleasure of meeting Vicki and Jenny (Craft Test Dummies) at the summer CHA in Chicago.  To say that we were wowed by their vibrant personalities is an understatement.  Today's craft from Vicki is something we LOVE- it's always nice to remember that a little DIY can make someone's day.   

Summertime. The time for vacation, reunions and other travel. If you are traveling this summer it may be that someone has played host and offered you a place to stay during your travels. The photo above was taken at the Summer CHA show last week where Jenny from Craft Test Dummies hosted her writers for the show.

While it's always a good idea to take a gift along with you as a "Thank You" it's also extra nice if you can send a note (hand written, please) letting your host know just how much you appreciated their hospitality.

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  This is a quick, and relaxing, thank you note for you to make with the Mixed Media Sampler in BLUE and just a couple of other supplies.You won't believe how easy and relaxing this thank you note is to make.

Other Supplies:

Cardstock or a card blank

Stencil - The Crafter's Workshop

Watercolor brush

Blue painters tape

Stamp from Stamper's Big Brush Pen

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Lay the cardstock or card blank on your work surface and then the stencil over top. Tape the stencil and a corner or two of the card to the work surface. Lightly trace around the stencil edges and lightly color in the open spaces with the Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil.

Keeping the stencil in place use a SLIGHTLY DAMP water color brush to soften the pencil lines. Don't use too much water because then the color will leak underneath the stencil and cause the paper to warp. Just a damp brush to smooth out the lines and blend the color.

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Then I borrowed the stamp from Mixed Media Aquarelle & Ink in blue and the Stamper's Big Brush Pen to stamp the image three times on the right.

For  a personal touch, add a photo from the vacation, event, or trip to the front of the card. You can leave it as is or embellish it further like the one at the top of this post.

Now you can write a note to your host(ess) inside and thank them for their hospitality while sending them a little memento of the fun you had at the same time.

 

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Vicki O'Dell is The Creative Goddess A mixed media artist, jewelry maker and creative whirlwind. She has a blog at vickiodell.com, a daily creative lifestyle blog where she shares craft and home decor projects as well as recipes, inspiration and her own brand of Creative Goddess wisdom. She can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. Be careful... She'll talk your eyeballs off if you let her. :)

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The Night Owl Scrapper

Design Memory Craft Brand Ambassador, Sharon, The Night Owl Scrapper has posted a few cute projects using Design Memory Craft products. 

Click here to see videos on how she made them!

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Playing with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft- Guest Design Team

Up next is Cheryl Boglioli!  Here's why it's a fantastic idea to let your imagination run loose.

 

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And this is what I made with my “play time” last week. Hello, my name is Cheryl Boglioli and I am so honored and thrilled to be a Guest Designer this summer with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®. This week I took some time to just play with many of the different Faber-Castell products. I made mistakes along the way, but I learned from them and I had a lot of fun experimenting and just playing. Isn’t that what this art journey is supposed to be about too?

My inspiration piece was a new brush travel tote I just received and some Wendy Vecchi Stamps. I knew these would work so well together. I know myself well enough to know that I will spill paint, drop a stamp, lay a wet stencil upside down, or any of these things when I am working. I know my brush tote will end up looking a wreck sooner or later, so I decided to give it a head start.

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Here is my new tote with no marks on it…yet.

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I pulled out some of my favorite stamps by Wendy Vecchi. Aren’t they perfect for this?

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Look how I opened the brush pockets and carefully slid the stamps down in the pocket before pressing down to stamp the actual image. It is so cute.

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I did stamp these with Ranger Archival Ink and then heat set all of the images. It looks good, but I can show you how Faber-Castell can make it look even better.

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I used Stamper’s Big Brush Pens, PITT® Artist Pen(s) and Metallic PITT® Artist Pen(s) to color in many of the images. I chose to color with these pens because these pens are India Ink, which is wonderfully waterproof when dry. I almost stopped right here because this was gorgeous to me. However, my inner child was screaming for more color and something that looks like it has been used for a long time.

After heat setting all the colored images, I started randomly washing the tote with Gelatos™ Colors mixed with water.

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Here you see where I scribbled some Cotton Candy Gelatos™ and Mango Gelatos™ on my nonstick craft mat. I spritz the Gelatos™ Colors with just a little water and then brushed the color like watercolor on the tote.

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I wanted streaks of paint to look like paint streaks, so I scraped little shavings off from my Gelatos™ Colors directly onto the tote. I brushed these with a damp brush to get a streaky paint look. You will also notice washes of bright color coming from each of the paint brushes. I used the Stamper’s Big Brush Pens to scribble some color and then blended immediately with a wet brush. You can still blend the India Ink while it is wet.

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I layered various stencils and colored with Stamper’s Big Brush Pens and some Gelatos™ Colors . I even added a little gesso in places for a bit of texture and contrast.

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My signature is really on the tote – signed with a black Stamper’s Big Brush Pens! I also used the same pen to add more doodles to the stamped flowers as well as coloring these doodles with cadmium yellow and light cobalt turquoise Stamper’s Big Brush Pens. I finished with dry brushing using remisted leftover Gelatos™ Colors from nonstick craft mat.

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Now, add my well-used brushes and it all starts coming together. It looks used, dripped on, spilled on, smeared, and well loved! It’s not a framed masterpiece by any means, but it will help me carry my tools to make masterpieces. I don’t think I’m finished with it either. I think I’m going to keep adding a little color and some more doodling and approach it much like I would an art journal. It was pure playtime and fun to color without worrying about coloring out of the lines or the gesso running under a stencil because of the layered fabric. I learned to embrace mistakes even when working on something that was supposed to look like mistakes.

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I will proudly take my travel tote with me (except I’m not sure I’ll have room in my CHA suitcase this trip).

I think I was brave to try just playing around on my first Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Guest Design Team post, but I hope you are inspired by it and I hope you find time in your art journey just to play sometimes without worrying about the outcome. You never know what you might discover.

 

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Guest Design Team: Post 3!

Hi everyone!  Today, we'd like to introduce Cathy Andronicou.  We love the way she used the pastels here- it almost makes us want to drop by the flower shop on the way home:)

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I thought I would share a video with you to show how really easy they are to use:

 

 

For Cathy's bonus post, click here!

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Brand Ambassador-Mod Podge Rocks!

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Accessorize with Gelatos!  You can see the adorable tutorial for these botanical pendants on Mod Podge's blog here.   

You can also see how she makes the colorful Good Day sign here!

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Art journaling on the road

Hi everyone, Mou Saha here!

Are you hitting the roads this summer? If you are, don't forget to take a sketchbook and some color pencils with you... I took some of my most favorite shades of Faber Castell Design Memory Crafts products with me on our summer vacation:

I usually take a lot of photos while we are driving but later find that seriously very little of what I saw got captured in my snapshots. So, in order to capture the experience, I decided to do super simple sketches this time. I used a mechanical pencil and then filled in colors using the watercolor pencils.

Here you can see my basic sketch from inside our rental car.

I blended the colors with a wet brush once we reached our hotel.

Here's another page where I added some extra details with the PITT pen and color pencils as well as journaled a bit.

You could take notes, make sketches when you are not on the driver's seat, or when you are taking a break. Add colors on the spot. You can always blend the colors later, something I really love about using watercolor pencils. Add details with pen. One good pen can be used for sketch detailing, note taking and journaling.

If you are heading out this summer, make sure to pack yourself a little art kit.  When you get back, please share with us your sketched adventures by leaving links to your creations here for all of us to be inspired.

Happy summer!

SUPPLIES:

Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils

Art GRIP ® Color Pencils

Essential PITT Artist Pens Black M

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Mou Saha  Mou won the Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame in 2007, was a member of their Dream Team in 2009 and you've seen her work in numerous craft publications. Currently she collaborates with 7 Gypsies, Crate Paper, Cocoa Daisy and Anna Griffin.

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Cooling off with watercolors!

Here's a post from our Guest Design Team member, Erin Bassett!  We absolutely love the way she used the Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils and PITT Artist Pens here!

Hi Faber-Castell Lovers!  I'm so thrilled to be part of the guest design team and sharing a new project with you today!

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I've been hoarding a few of these awesome little frames from Ikea for about a year now and finally I've gotten around to using one for some inspiration around my studio.  

To start with I cut out a 4" x 6" piece of smooth white cardstock and then rubbed one of the black Stamper’s Big Brush Pen all over the first stamp I used and stamped my paper with it.

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I then did the same thing for the other stamps, carefully masking any parts that overlapped.

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Now, you can see that it turned out pretty good, but there are some lighter parts in the flower section.  No worries though!  To fix that I just grabbed my black PITT® Artist Pen and drew right over the faded parts.

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Next I took some of the Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils from the green & yellow Mixed Media Aquarelles and Ink sets plus a few other colors, and colored in the stamps.  As you can see in the photo below, it's cool to mix colors together because when you activate them with water the colors blend!
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Next I took one of the green Stamper’s Big Brush Pen and scribbled on my craft mat with it.  I then took a wet paint brush and dipped it into the ink and then painted in the frame that I had stamped.
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I love how the color lightens on the paper depending on how much ink I used each time I dipped my brush into the ink.  It's a great (and easy!!) shading technique!
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And then lastly I added a bit of detail with the Stamper’s Big Brush Pens and PITT® Artist Pens and then slipped it into the frame.  
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Supplies: Green & Yellow Mixed Media Aquarelles and Ink setsArt GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils: 147, 124, 126, 123; PITT® Artist Pens: Pink Carmine 127; Stamper’s Big Brush Pen: Black 199; White Cardstock - Stampin Up!; Frame - Ikea; Stamps - Unity Stamp Co.

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2Erin BassettErin Bassett  Erin is a craft addict who loves to do something creative every day.  She shares her love of all things artsy on her blog and in the classes and events she teaches at.  Erin is a freelance artist, designing for top manufactures and has had many of her projects published in various magazines and books.  She considers it a blessing to be able to call her passion "work".

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Gelato fun with Rita!


Hey bloggers, Rita Barakat here! I love mixing different elements to come up with something beautiful!  This is a 12x12 clear acrylic album  decorated with odds and ends from my stash!
Here you can see the full cover-  on the far left the spine was covered with iridescent paste mixed
with Bubble Gum 
Gelatos™.  *If you  you do this, do it last as you have to set it aside to dry.
 
 
The gold alphas are very old stickers from my stash.   The paper underneath is from Pink Paislee,  it already has  a resist design on it - I added color with Bubble Gum and Lemon Gelatos™, sprayed it with a little water and blended the color with a paintbrush.  I think this would make a great coffee table book don't you?
RitaprofileRita Barakat  Rita channels her boundless energy into her family (she has 5 kids!), directing a youth choir & drama team, and her eclectic paper crafting projects. She is on the design teams for Creative Memories, Clear Scraps, Glue Dots and GCD Studio. 

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Grab your pencils!

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 Hey there bloggers Rita Barakat here!  What can you do with Die cuts? Color them of course!
I colored these fun popsicles spaces in wiht my colored pencils, making sure each ice cream it's own yummy color!  What's nice about the Art GRIP®Color Pencils is that they have a slightly
 triangular shape and wont roll off you table when you are working! 
Once I trimmed and mounted the laser cut to the size I wanted,  I colored and highlighted the ice cream!  Nothing says summer like hot sunny days and cold ice cream!  Hope you are having a good one!

 

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Rita Barakat  Rita channels her boundless energy into her family (she has 5 kids!), directing a youth choir & drama team, and her eclectic paper crafting projects. She is on the design teams for Creative Memories, Clear Scraps, Glue Dots and GCD Studio. 

 

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Design Memory Craft GUEST DESIGN TEAM!!

 We're so excited to announce our FIRST Guest Design Team!!  Over the next three months, we'll be posting the fabulous posts of 6 special designers.  Up first is Brittny Kvilhaug!

 

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Hi all! Here is my first project for the Faber-Castell Design Memory Works guest design team. I am super in love with making something from nothing, and this has been a puuuurty fun something to make!! I’ve gotta say, when I first started painting, I was so scared that I might mess up, as if there was even such a thing, and now I see that part of the reason I love this so much is that you CAN’T mess up. No matter what, you always end up with something fantastic, because it comes from your heart. So here is my Two Hearts canvas.

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Cover your canvas with sewing patterns, using a gloss gel medium such as Decoupage or Mod Podge. Wrinkles will form and that is a good thing! It adds lots of texture later on.

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Use a palette knife to spread acrylic paint over stencils to add some great texture to your canvas. Dry with a heat tool to speed up the process.

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Smooth a metallic gelato over certain areas of the canvas, using no water. The wrinkles in the pattern will catch the color nicely. Let it sit for a few minutes and then add some acrylic paint and paper ephemera.

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Squeeze some acrylic paint onto a rubber scraper and scrape onto the canvas to get some great smearing effects. Coat with another layer of glossy gel medium.

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Spread another coat of gelato  over the canvas.

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Use a few different colors of the Stamper’s Big Brush Pen to create lots of depth on your canvas. Be sure to rub in with your finger to get the best results. It is going to pick up the texture from your brush strokes and just generally make everything look super yummy.

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Drip some white acrylic paint from about 12 inches above your canvas to get a splatter look on your canvas, add some poetic words, and just keep blending! I used a black pearl pen to add some dimension over the hearts that I shaded with my Stamper’s Big Brush Pens. {LOVE}

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Apply rub-ons and use Thickers to spell out a title and cover with glossy gel medium. Allow to dry and outline with Silver Metallic Pitt Artist Pen and Black Pitt Artist Pen.

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I love how you can see through all the layers to the pattern tissue. There’s just so much depth and warmth when you are able to layer mediums and still retain their original colors.  I don’t know when dirty, yucky, and old-looking became gorgeous again, but I am in love!!

 

Supply List:

6x12 Canvas

Gloss Gel Medium

Paint Brush

Scraping Tool

Palette Knife

Sewing Pattern

Acrylic Paint

Stencils

Paper Ephemera

Thickers

Rub-Ons

Gelatos

Metallic Gelatos

Stamper’s Big Brush Pens

Essential Pitt Artist Pens

Metallic Pitt Artist Pens

 

BrittnyBrittny Kvilhaug I’m a wife to Eric, the proud mommy of a four-legged mouse-killer, an emotional baker and sometimes I even call myself an artist. Sometimes… I’ve been working in the industry for about five years and have loved every minute! I’ve had the opportunity to wear several hats, including designer, teacher, sales rep, team member, and now mixed media artist – there’s that word again!!!  There is nothing more exciting than breaking into a brand new of goodies and imagining all the fun stuff that’s going to come out of it! I am so happy to be a part of the guest design team for Faber-Castell and have had a blast playing along!

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