Rooster canvas


Hello everyone it's kimberly N here to share with you a simple but fun way to make a piece of art you would be proud showcase. 

First step I cut, a rooster out with my cricut, you can do this with any other animal you choose, then layer it so it has some depth, now add Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®Gesso all over a lay the rooster on top of the gesso then continue to cover the top of rooster with gesso.make sure it's completely dry before next step. Image

Second step choose some yummy Gelatos® that would bring you animal ( rooster ) to life. Choose colors of Gelatos that will complement the animal you have chosen to paint . Now over the top of the of your animal you will layer the Gelatos then blend them in, keep layering until it brings you animal to life. Image

Third step take the Stamper's Big Brush Pen,( I used black) and paint your stamp and randomly stamp onto the canvas . Image
Fourth step take some complimenting colors of Gelatos to the outer edge of canvas and around your animal keep blending. Until you get the desired look Image
Fifth step take clear Glaze and seal you canvas , this will keep it from getting smudged . You can still add more effects that you desire after the glaze has sealed . Image
Sixth step, if you want your picture that you just painted to look vintage, take some yummy chalkboard paint and a sponge brush and add a small amount over part of you canvas that you sealed with glaze) then scrunch up a paper towel and tap/wipe off some , you can keep applying this until you get the desired look!

Be sure to stop by my blog for more Insperation!

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Star Marquee Light


Hi! Dana Tatar here sharing a star marquee light that I altered to add a little glamor to my craft space. I used one of my favorite color combinations, gold and blue, for this project. I had a lot of fun adding dimensional stars to this piece with the NEW Gold Texture Luxe Metallic Paste!

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Winner of the Ustream Class


Congratulations to the winner of our Ustream Class!  Please send an email to with your mailing address.  


Missed the class?  No problem!  Get the recap here


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Ustream Class TONIGHT!


Join us for a free Ustream class TONIGHT at 9PM EST.

Spring is a season full of celebrations and parties.  Wow your guests and make yours extra special with this budget friendly banner by Tiffany Johnson!  Her secret?  Faux calligraphy:)

We'll also be giving away prizes during the class so don't miss it!

RSVP here


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Mermaids, Gelatos and Glaze

Hey there artsy peeps Rita Barakat here sharing a mixed media page from my art journal book. If you haven't seen the newest Gelatos® Colors they are gorgeous!  I used the new metallic  Gelatos® Colors on my mermaid tail and hair. I used peach and cinnamon Gelatos® Colors for the skin.

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Promise of new beginnings & the winners of April Take the Challenge with Mou and the Blog Hop Winner

Hi everyone, Mou here with today's post.

Spring promises of new beginnings. Beginnings filled with possibilities. Here's an art journal page about the essence of beginnings for me.


I used:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Textural Accents: Gesso, Gel Medium, Glaze, Whipped Spackle

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Colors: 15 ct. PASTELS

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pens: BLACK, SCARLET RED, MAGENTA, NEUTRAL set

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils:124 (RED), 147 (BLUE), 131, 176, 234 (NEUTRAL)  

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Mist Maker Set

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Stencils 201 collection: Fleur de lis

Others: Sizzix Egg & Wire Basket die & die-cutting system; art journal, cardstock, old book paper stamps, acrylic mounts, lace trim


Prime the journal page with gesso. When dry, color with your favorite shade of Gelatos® Pastels colors.


Blend the colors with Glaze medium for a subtle shin.


Diecut basket and eggs from cardstock. Prime the diecuts with gesso and color the eggs with PASTELS Gelatos® colors and blend with Glaze medium.


Attach some bits of lace and the diecuts to the page using gel medium.

Add details to the eggs using Stamper's Big Brush pens.

Color the basket with Gesso and Art GRIP® Aquarelle watercolor pencils.


Stamp around some more using the same stamp but different colors of Stamper's Big Brush pens.


Cut a word you like from an old book page and attach to the egg to finish.

And now, the winners of  April 2015 Take the Challenge with Mou...

1. This is my entry: hope it fits the challenge. For me is ...using Gelatos in the most creative ways!

Posted by: gio | 04/08/2015 at 07:55 AM

2. This was too great a challenge not to join in on :-)

I really love you AJ page - so inspiring (as always!).

This morning I got up early to work on this so time wouldn't get away from me. I hope you like it:

Warmly, Nicole

Posted by: Nicole Maki | 04/10/2015 at 01:15 PM

Congrats Gio & Nicole! And thanks everyone who joined in this month :)

Ladies, please get in touch with Naoko for your prizes. Email her [] with April Take the Challenge winners on the subject line.

Will see you all next month with another creative challenge :)


The winner of the blog hop is Jennifer Taylor!  Congratulations!  Please send your mailing address to 


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Breaking Out the Chalkboard Paint - with Lisa


Hey there! It's Lisa :) and I'm super excited to be sharing this super cool card with you all today.  You know when everything just comes together and POW! it's like magic? Yeah...THAT happened.  I hope that you'll find the creative process of this card one that you'll try, too. So fun! Let's get going...

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Canvas Corp Blog Hop Day 5- Jen

Hi everyone and welcome to day five of the blog hop with Canvas Corp! To win Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®'s $50 prize, comment below each day this week.  One random winner will be selected on April 20th. 

Hi everyone!  Jen here to share with you a project that creates with Canvas Corp bag and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft products.   FrontofbagI started with a hexagon stencil from the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Stencil 101 Collection and used Gelatos® Colors Brights set to create areas of shape and color.

GelatosonbagColor inside the stencil and then blend with finger.  I rub in a circlular direction to create a mixed effect.

I used the same stencil to dab Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Chalkboard Paint over to create some black areas.  Once dry, I added Art GRIP® Color Pencil in white over the chalkboard painted shapes as well as PITT® Artist Pen in Black around some of the Gelatos® shapes.


Here's a view of the back of the bag... I just added some Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Chalkboard Paint through the hexagon stencil and drew with the ArtGrip colored pencil in white.


On the front of the bag, I colored with the Gelatos® Colors in Snow Cone from the Brights set.  I tipped the bag up ( I suggest putting a piece of cardboard inside the bag to create a flat, solid surface to paint on) and sprayed water to create drips down the surface.  Some text was stamped using a Stamper’s Big Brush Pen in black over some areas.


Next, I added Texture Luxe™ in Gold to some chipboard shapes from UmWowStudio using a foam dabber in the Gelatos Tool Set.

Luxe onbag

Using that same hexagon stencil, I added some of the Texture Luxe™ in Gold through using a palette knife.  Allow to dry completely.


Draw a shape (I created a bee shape) with a PITT® Artist Pen and use as a guide to backstitch using colored floss.




Be sure to hop along with our lovely Design Team all of this week to see what we've made with the Canvas Corp. products and check out THEIR blog to see what they've done with the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® products this week, too!   I hope you enjoyed my project!

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Stencil 101 Collection

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Colors Brights set

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Texture Luxe™ in Gold

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Chalkboard Paint

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art GRIP® Color Pencil in white

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper’s Big Brush Pen in black

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT® Artist Pen in Black

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Tool Set


Other materials:

Canvas Corp Canvas Shoulder bag

text stamp (unknown)

colored craft floss DMC

UmWowStudio Hexagon Confetti Chip

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Blog Hop with Canvas Corp: Day 4 with Mou

Welcome to day 4 of the blog hop with Canvas Corp! To win Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®'s $50 prize, comment below each day this week.  One random winner will be selected on April 20th.

Hi everyone, Mou here with today's blog hop project and a tutorial!


To make this project, you'll need:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents: Gesso, Gel Medium, Whipped Spackle, Texture Luxe™ Gold,

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pens: MAGENTA, PINK MADDER

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Mist Maker Set
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Stencils 201 collection
Canvas Corp. Home Basics 8" x 10" Medium Texture Stretched Canvas
Others: Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 23PK - Floral Wreath; die-cutting system; flowers, old book paper, lace trim, craft sheet
Here are the steps.
Start with this raw or unprimed canvas from Canvas Home Basics.

Using Gel Medium as adhesive, attach two strips of lace trims onto the canvas. Seal off with a top coat of Gel Medium.


When dry, color the canvas with Gelatos® colors Cotton Candy and Lavender. Blend colors with wet brush.


Create textured design by applying Whipped Spackle through Fleur De Lis stencil from the Stencils 201 collection.

TIP: If you coat these stencils with gel medium before first use, they will last longer. Thanks Tammie Wilson for the helpful tip!


Here's what the stenciled design looks like.


Apply some Texture Luxe™ in Gold with palette knife to accentuate the texture of the lace trims and to add beautiful shin.


To create a focal point on the canvas, cut out text from old book paper in strips and attach with gel medium. Add some flowers around it. Once the gel medium dries, apply Gesso, Gelatos® colors, and Texture Luxe™ in Gold to unify the diverse flowers.


Diecut leaves. Rub some Grape, Blueberry and Boysenberry Gelatos® colors on craft mat and dilute with water. Press the leaves face down onto the colors to create watercolored leaves.


Tuck the leaves around the flowers and secure in place with Gel Medium. to finish.

Hope you enjoyed today's project!

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Canvas Corps Blog Hop Day 3 - Tiffany


Hi everyone and welcome to day one of the Blog Hop with Canvas Corp! To win Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft's $50 prize, comment below each day this week.  One random winner will be selected on April 20th.  

Hey Blogosphere, it's Tiffany for Day 3 of our Blog Hop with Canvas Corp and today I'm showcasing the Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® product line with an 8 x 10 Stretched Natural Canvas. I definitely went out of my comfort zone to create on such a large-to-me surface, but I had fun! What matches more perfectly with a Cityscape Canvas than the Manhattan Gelatos®? Nothing, right? Oh, I usually create Video Tutorials, but decided to make a Photo Tutorial for you:


1. Create a Cityscape Mask from cardstock & then dab Gel Medium through the Brick Background Stencil (Stencils 10ct 201 Collection) using a foam brush. Allow to dry.

2. Color background with the Gelatos® Designer Colors - Manhattan

3. Blend with a wet brush & then dab away the excess color with a towel to reveal the Gel Medium resist.

4. Trace Cityscape Mask outline using an Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil (black).



5. Paint Cityscape with Chalk Board Paint medium.

6. Paint windows with Gesso medium. Allow to dry.



7. Dab Texture Luxe™ Gold through Key & Fleur Di Lis Stencils (Stencils 10ct 201 Collection) using a foam dauber. Dab a little throughout the canvas to add more texture as well. Allow to dry.

8. Paint "home" with Chalk Board Paint medium onto the key with a fine paintbrush.

9. Splatter Chalk Board Paint medium across finished canvas & add some to the upper-left corner. Spray with a mini-mister (Essentials Tool Set) of water to all drips.  Allow to dry & then add embellishments!




I hope you enjoyed this photo tutorial & much as I enjoyed working with the Canvas Corps 8 x 10 Stretched Natural Canvas!

Thanks for hopping by,


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