Using Mixed Media Transfers for Card Making

Mixed media transfers are a great way to add beautiful hand-drawn look to your crafts. These Faber-Castell mixed media transfers can be used in variety of projects from artwork, to scrapbooking, to card making. Today I’m using these mixed media flower transfers to make note cards. I will also be using Faber-Castell Gelatos Double Scoop and Pitt pens (B) to color in my artwork.

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First I cut watercolor paper in the size of A2 note cards (4.25 by 5.5 inches). Next I cut out elements from the transfers to use on each note card. I removed the paper liner and placed the cut image onto my paper. Using the provided wooden stick I rubbed the transfer onto the paper and gently removed the transfer cover.


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Next I using the Gelatos I colored in the flowers on the note cards, and using the Pitt pens I colored in the foliage and added a few accent leaves.

 

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These simple note cards now have a unique hand-drawn look with different textures from the Gelatos and Pitt pens and are perfect for gifting as a set or using to send a thoughtful handwritten note.

 

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 Artist and illustrator Lindsay Hopkins has been drawing and creating since childhood. She has a love for color and hopes to encourage and inspire others through her creativity. In 2012 Lindsay opened Pen & Paint and began selling her artwork and stationery online. Pen & Paint licenses artwork through Jewel Branding and is privileged to work with many global brands.


Blending Colors with Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils

 

 

For this lettering piece I used the Goldfaber Watercolor Pencils! They write like the smoothest colored pencils I’ve ever used. They really make it easy to lay down color on paper very precisely. When it comes in contact with water, the pigment acts like watercolor! 

 I wrote out the word “blend” in some faux-lligraphy, by adding weight to the downstrokes with thick lines.  I added a gradient here with varying shades of pink. The pencils come in a wide range of shades that make transition colors easy to accomplish without having to mix colors. As soon as I use my water brush on top of the letters, the pigment becomes watercolor! 

A few tips would be to use watercolor paper with these pencils. You’ll want a paper that can stand up to the pigment and water.  Make sure not to use an excessive amount of water so that you can keep the color in control with the brush!

Thanks so much! I love these pencils! 

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Leah-kellyLeah Kelly is a modern calligrapher and hand lettering artist. She is a military wife who took up the hobby to create decor and invitations for her own wedding. When she’s not addressing invitation envelopes or writing place cards, she loves to use calligraphy and painting as a creative form of meditation. Leah is currently working to get her professional certificate in graphic design


How to create a simple header box

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Hi! It's Nicole from @plansthatblossom! I've partnered with @fabercastellusa once again to bring you a fun and easy way to elevate your journal.

Follow these 3 simple steps to create 8 different header boxes for your journal! These 8 example show easy ways to elevate your journal without having to be an artist. You'd be amazed at what a few simple lines can do to add interest and fun to your weekly spreads!

This entire page was created using Faber Castell Pitt Artists Pens, which, if you know me, you know how obsessed I am! I recently discovered the color green gold and it's the closest I've ever seen an ink be to a nice solid gold, without being shimmery or taking an hour to dry. These pens always dry very quickly, which is one of my favorite things about them. I'm so excited to use this color in my journal moving forward - hope you enjoy this tutorial!

For more information on the products used, please go to www.fabercastell.com

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Nicole Barlettano is a seasoned designer and illustrator living in the tri-state area. She is a bullet journalist known as @plansthatblossom, a chronic doodlebug, and a lover of list


Create Watercolor Art with Watercolor Pencils

Summer is one of my most creative times of the year. I have more time to experiment creatively and that means more time making fun seasonal crafts like today’s project with Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils. This set of 48 colored pencils comes with a beautiful range of colors. They are perfect for shading and transform into watercolor paints when you use a wet brush. Drawing with these pencils gives you more control and allows you to create finer detailed lines. The Goldfaber Aqua pencils are perfect for beginners or creatives who are not skilled with watercolor paints. You draw, shade, and add water — it’s seriously so fun and easy! The outcome produces soft watercolor art with beautiful pigmentation.

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Today I’m creating a seasonal piece for July 4th with a variety of red, blue, and silver watercolor pencils from the Goldfaber Aqua set. I’m using watercolor paper and this fantastic Faber Castell Deluxe Waterbrush.

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To create my piece I sketched out my design with the watercolor pencils. I wanted a bold, bright look for my lettering so I made sure to do a heavier shade with the pencils. Remember, the lighter you shade, the lighter the pigmentation will be when you add water with your wet brush.

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Next, using the Deluxe Waterbrush I lightly began painting water over my colored pencil drawing. I made sure to blot my waterbrush with a paper towel so I didn’t have too much water loaded. The watercolor pencil drawing then transformed into a painted piece.

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Once my lettering was dry and I added stars and accents with the watercolor pencils and painted over those with my waterbrush as well.

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My finished piece has lots of texture and great colors and looks like it was done completely with watercolor paints!

The Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils are perfect for creating artwork, hand-lettering, adding color to your planner or Bible journal, for use in coloring books, and so much more!

   

New headshot pen and paint - low resArtist and illustrator Lindsay Hopkins has been drawing and creating since childhood. She has a love for color and hopes to encourage and inspire others through her creativity. In 2012 Lindsay opened Pen & Paint and began selling her artwork and stationery online. Pen & Paint licenses artwork through Jewel Branding and is privileged to work with many global brands.


Blending Colors and Lettering with Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils

Faber-Castell new Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils blend with a wet brush to create amazing watercolor effects. The Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils are made with a new, innovative production technique and are available in 48 colors!

 

Materials Used: 

Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils

Watercolor Paper 

Faber-Castell Watercup

Faber Castell Waterbrush

 

Have a great day!

~Erin

 

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Erin O’Brien Dahlberg is a born and raised Utah girl. She graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors degree in Education and has spent the last 4 years as a second grade teacher! She took a few art classes in high school and college. She loves to try and inspire creativity in her students everyday! Because she’s busy during the day, the night is when her creativity gets to explode into the world through lettering and messing around with watercolors. Her biggest advice would be to not compare your art to other people’s art! Be uniquely you!




Bible Journaling


Hey! My name is Abigail Clone and I’m so happy to get to share a Bible Page process today! If you are new to Bible Journaling, my favorite way of describing it is art worship in your Bible. Shanna Noel, who is the fouder of Illustrated Faith started this idea a few years back and it has since grown into this amazing community! We use a whole bunch of different art and scrapbooking supplies to study the word in a visual way. A lot of Bible Journalers out there do it directly in a Bible that has margins on the side; but if you aren’t comfortable with that, grab a blank journal or sketchbook and you can totally do it in there! There are a ton of great products out there to get started and Faber Castell has a great starter kit! It includes pens that don’t bleed through the pages, stencils, die cuts, and so much more, so if you are just starting, this is a great thing to pick up!


Today, I created a page with a little sunset polaroid picture I took while I was in Florida earlier this summer. The verse I picked was, Psalm 113:3. Everytime I look at a sunset I can just see God painting it with His big paint brushes, and what a great verse to remind us to always praise Him for His greatness!

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I started out with using gelatos and a stencil for my background just to have some fun pattern. The color I used for this was, Guava. It is such a pretty pink color and accented the picture well.

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To get that light color I first dipped a sponge in water. I didn’t get it too wet, just enough to dampen the tip.





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I then rubbed the damp sponge on the tip of the Gelatos. You have to push a little hard to get color to transfer, and you won’t get a lot on there so repeat when you need more color. 

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I took another Gelatos, this one is the color Butter Cream, and made art marks around the page. I love having clusters of elements on my page so that the eye travels around it. Another tip is to do these in odd numbers so that it looks balanced.

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The next step is to take the sponge and dab it over the stencil so the color transfers to the page. If your stencil keeps moving, lightly tape it down with some washi tape so you can peel it up later without tearing your page. Take the stencil off and your beautiful design is revealed!


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After making art marks, I added a light grey splatter to the background as well. I took the Earl Grey gelato and my palette knife to cut the tip off the gelato. I added some water to the tip and stirred it around with my paintbrush until the chunks were dissolved. I used the stipple brush to splatter the paint and it just added a really light detail to the page.

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I added a few small elements to the top of my picture to add a little bit of detail. I took some stickers and a tiny paper clip I had on hand and clustered them together.

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To get the cool sun in the corner, I took one of the die cut cards that came in the Bible Journaling kit by Faber Castell and cut it out. I glued it down and layered one of the rays on top of the polaroid. I also added a few stickers on the bottom of the polaroid so I could write the date when it was taken.

Highlighting the verse I am focusing on is probably one of my favorite parts to creating a page. I love using either Faber Castell’s big brush pens or just the brush pitt pens and then putting a box around it with some doodles.

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The last finishing touch was a tab at the top and this page is finished! I loved how it turned out and the colors matched so well with the picture. I hope this has inspired you to get into your Bible and praise God for His greatness!

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Supplies:
Scissors, Instax polaroid printer, Faber Castell Bible Journaling Kits (die cuts), Faber Castell Mixed Media Mandala Stencils, Faber Castell Guava Gelatos, Faber Castell Butter Cream Gelatos, Faber Castell Earl Grey Gelatos, Faber Castell Black Pitt Artist Pen (superfine nib), Faber Castell Green Gold Pitt Artist Pen (Brush), Felicity Jane Small Paper Clips, Faber Castell Stipple Brush from The Gelatos Artist Tool Set, and Illustrated Faith All People All Nations Sticker Sheet.

 

Blessings -

Abigail

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Abigail Clone is 16 years old and a lover of all things crafty, trendy, and of course Jesus! She discovered Bible Journaling in 2015 and fell in love! She writes a teen devotional called, “Pockets Full of Jesus” for Illustrated Faith and wants to encourage teens to grow their relationships with Christ at a young age.


Travel Memory Box

Store your mementos in this nifty DIY box!

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Materials:

  • Faber-Castell Translucent Gelatos
  • Old maps, posters and newspapers
  • Ephemera (tickets, wrapping paper, stamps, stickers, etc)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Watercolor paper
  • Paint brush
  • Box of your choice

Instructions:

Measure the paper/s you will use on the box and cut it so that it fits the box perfectly.

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Using the Gelatos, apply color on your watercolor paper. The Gelatos blend well, so using your paint brush, spread the colors to create gradients.

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Design the box to your tastes and add the ephemera and paper sheets accordingly. 

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Coat the whole box with clear glue and let dry overnight. Store your tickets/ ephemeras inside.

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Happy Travels!

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Blending Gelatos for Summer!

Today we are celebrating the Summer Solstice. We will use Gelatos to blend fun colors to create a festive artwork for Summer. Gelatos® are compact acid-free color sticks that glide on creamy smooth for vibrant color and coverage. All Gelatos blend easily with or without water.

Gelatos colors used were:

 

Using watercolor paper, start by lightly “coloring” on your paper with the Faber-Castell Gelatos. Don’t press too hard! A little goes a long way.

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Using a dry Faber-Castell blending sponge, start rubbing in small, circular motions until the color is smooth across your paper.

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Take the Pitt Artist big black brush pen and letter your quote! (Thick on the down strokes, and thin on the upstrokes.)

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This marker has really nice, dark ink, and the ink won’t fade, which is exactly what we want!

Take the metallic silver 1.5 marker and draw a thin line through the middle of each down stroke on your quote.

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Admire your work!

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 Happy Summer Solstice!

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Chelsea has a not-so-slight obsession with all things lettering. Watching lettering videos is what got her started, and now you can usually find her posting videos using every art supply she can get her hands on! From brush pens to watercolors, and everything in between.


 


DIY Seasonal Note Cards

Seasonal note cards are something I always keep on hand. They are perfect for a 'thank you' or 'thinking of you' note. Cards are even more special when they are handmade. However, it can be challenging to have all the supplies on hand. Thankfully, the Faber-Castell Watercolor Art Kit for Beginners is the perfect set of supplies to make your own cards. It includes my favorite Pitt pen, watercolor pencils, a paint brush, stencils, a watercolor palette, and sheets of watercolor paper. Just add water and envelopes and you are set to create your own personalized seasonal cards.

Now, let's create some cute, summery cards!

STEP ONE:
Familiarize yourself with all your new supplies.

STEP ONE 1 pen and paint watercolor kit

-Pitt Artist Pen® - fine tip black pen made from india ink, fast drying and waterproof
-3 watercolor pencils - super smooth with vibrant colors, shade and paint over with water to create a watercolor look
-a paint brush - medium size, quality brush
-2 Mixed Media stencils - a variety of flowers, leaves, and foliage for easy tracing
-watercolor palette - nine vibrant colors perfect for a starter kit
-8 sheets of watercolor paper - precut with rounded edges, the perfect size for flat note cards

STEP TWO:
Using the Pitt Artist Pen® and stencils draw out the foundation your design on the watercolor paper. Don't worry about fine lines with the stencil, we'll add those later.

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STEP THREE:
Remove the stencil and begin adding in fine lines and details. Get creative with your lines and add in a message like 'hello' or 'happy summer'.

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STEP FOUR:
Using the watercolor pencils and paints color in your design.

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STEP FIVE:
Allow card to dry, then pair with an envelope for a cute summery note card.

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Happy Card Making!

Lindsay

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Artist and illustrator Lindsay Hopkins has been drawing and creating since childhood. She has a love for color and hopes to encourage and inspire others through her creativity. In 2012 Lindsay opened Pen & Paint and began selling her artwork and stationery online. Pen & Paint licenses artwork through Jewel Branding and is privileged to work with many global brands.


Learn to Letter with Pitt Artist Brush Pens

Hey everyone! It’s Erin from @the.lettering.fern and I am here to talk about the basics of lettering. I am going to break down all the basic strokes for you. These strokes are what you would call the outline, or the basic “rules” of lettering. I say “rules” in parenthesis because once you develop some muscle memory you are going to want to break the rules to start developing your own style! Let’s get to it. 

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To start I used a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen with a brush tip. You can tell the difference between the brush tip and the monoline tip by the letter on the cap and at the end of the pen. The brush tip will have a B and the monoline tip will have a letter that corresponds to the size of the pen, example S= 0.3mm.

 

Before we even talk about strokes, I am going to give you a quick anatomy lesson of line spacing. There are basically 4 lines you want to keep in mind. The very top line is the ascender. This is where all the tall letters like to hang out like h, l, k, t, the tops of these letters will touch this line. The next line is called the waist. Think about your waist is in the middle of your body and this is the middle line. Most of the basic strokes will hang out in this area (along with letters like m, n, e, r, s). Next you have the baseline, all letters will touch this line. The letters that have a tail like g, j, and p will  go below to the very bottom line called the descender.


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Now, let’s talk about the first two strokes: the upstroke and the downstroke. This is where you get the pressure of lettering into your muscle memory. One of the most important things to remember to get the different weighted lines is thin/light upstrokes and thick/hard downstrokes. When you are doing an upstroke you will start at the bottom of your line, the baseline. Then using the tip of your pen draw a light thin line to the waist. When you are doing a downstroke it is the opposite. Start at the waist, pushing with a pressure you are comfortable with, draw a slight S shape. For the downstrokes I have found holding my pen at about a 45 degree angle helps. Practice these about a billion times (you think I am kidding but the more you practice the happier your hand will be).

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The next strokes are the overturn and underturn. The under turn looks just like a U and the overturn is, well, just an upside down U. These strokes help you combine your upstrokes and downstrokes in a fluid way. To form the overturn stroke start at the baseline and work your way up to the waist with a thin upstroke but as you approach the top slightly curve, follow an arch shape, and head back down to the baseline with your thicker (more pressurized) downstroke. The underturn is the exact opposite. This time start at the was it with a thick downstroke and as you approach the baseline start that curve into an upside down arch shape and head back up to the waistline just like you are making the letter U. Remember as you are headed back up to the waistline it should be a thin upstroke. Lettters you will need this stroke for: m, n, y, u.

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After you have practiced the overturn and underturn a million times you can combine them into a compound curve. For the compound curve you start with the overturn but when you are finished you immediately head into the underturn stroke. This is a fun one to practice because you really develop your muscle memory of the pressure you need to get the ups and downs. Always remember up is thin, down is thick. Letters you will need this stroke for: h, v, x.

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The next stroke is called the oval, well, because it looks like an oval. This stroke will come in handy for letters like a, q, o, g, even c if you can believe it. This stroke is also kind go tricky because you are going to want to start at the waist line and you really need to be starting half way in between the waist and baseline. You are going to start with a small upstroke, arch around on the waistline into a thick downstroke, arch around again on the baseline into a thin upstroke to finish off the oval. Starting in the middle of the two lines helps to give the oval a more rounded look. Letters you will need this stroke for: g, d, p, b, q.

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The last two strokes include loops. Yes, I said loops. There will be a descending loop and an ascending loop. Do you remember the anatomy of the lines earlier? Then you guessed it! The descending loop will stretch down to the descending line and the ascending loop up to the ascending line. Let’s break down these strokes starting with the descending stroke. You will start this stroke at the waistline, do a thick downstroke to the descending line and then curve back up with a thin upstroke and connect the loop at the baseline. The ascending loop will start at the waistline, do a thin upstroke to start the loop, once you get to the ascending line curve back down into a thick downstroke  all the way down to the baseline (make sure your starting point connects the loop to the downstroke). Letters you will need these strokes for: f, h, k, j, g.

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And that’s a wrap! You know are in the loop on the basics of lettering. I have also included a short (but real time) video of myself writing out each of these strokes. Remember these things: don’t get frustrated if your hand isn’t doing what you want it to do right away, build up that muscle memory with practice, thin=upstroke, thick=downstroke, and have fun!

 

Happy Lettering!

~Erin

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Erin O’Brien Dahlberg is a Born and raised Utah girl. She graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors degree in Education and has spent the last 4 years as a second grade teacher! She took a few art classes in high school and college. She loves to try and inspire creativity in her students everyday! Because she’s busy during the day, the night is when her creativity gets to explode into the world through lettering and messing around with watercolors. Her biggest advice would be to not compare your art to other people’s art! Be uniquely you!