Take the Challenge with Mou, May 2015

Hi everyone, Mou here with the fifth Take the Challenge of 2015.

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

My May prompt for you is SPRING. Create anything you like that relates to spring in some way. Here's my art journal page.
On this project, I used:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents & Tools: Gesso, Gel Medium, Texture Luxe™ Gold, Whipped Spackle, Texture Cards, Gelatos Mist Maker Set
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Stencils 101 collection: Dots
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Colors: Blueberry, Cotton Candy (BLUE set), Margarita Mix (TROPICAL set)
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist pens BLACK
Others: Sizzix Die Watering Can; die-cutting system; art journal, patterned papers
And here are the steps.
Apply a moderately thick coat of Gesso to prime the journal page. While still wet, color with Margarita Mix Gelatos color. Create a texture pattern using Texture Card # 8.
In a bowl, mix about 3 parts water and 1 part gesso. Add in Blueberry and Cotton Candy Gelatos colors by cutting a little off with the palate knife. Mix well.
With a drip dropper, drop a generous quantity of the above mix and let it travel around by turning the journal page in different directions.
Go back in with the same Texture Card to accentuate the texture further.
Apply Whipped Spackle through the Dots stencil. Let dry. Rub in some Texture Luxe Gold with your fingers around the page. When the page feels dry, drip in more of the liquid mix prepared above.
After the water dries, Add diecut watering can and some handcut water drops with gel medium. Let dry.
With PITT Artist pen, outline the elements, doodle and journal on the page. Again, drip in more of the liquid mix to finish.
Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to the challenge post with link to your project image(s) by Friday, 5/15 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these.
The prize for this challenge is: One pack of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Texture Cards.
Don't forget to check back on Monday, 5/18 to see if YOU won!

Good luck to all!
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Did you know? with Rita Barakat

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Hey there artsy peeps! Rita Barakat here with my latest apron. Did  you know that you can use PITT® Artist Pens and Big Stampers Brush pens work on fabric? They are filled with India ink, which means they are odorless, waterproof, lightfast and archival. The images you make  stay bright and vibrant for many years to come. I have even thrown aprons in the wash with detergent and they come out beautifully - no change in the colors! I love that! This apron was made especially for one of my blog readers! I hope she loves it!

Because of the delicate fabric I did choose to use a little Gesso under the face. You have to test your fabrics if you choose to use them - thicker fabrics work quite well and don't bleed, but this particular fabric did (looks like she had chapped lips! LOL). No need to panic though, a little Gesso adds a stiffness to the fabric and keeps the marks in place - especially important when doing faces.

Here is a close up! I love products that have multi-purposes don't you? What will you do with your PITT® Artist Pens?


April 2014 132100siggyb Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®,The Crafters Workshop, DCWV, Deflecto, ColourArte and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

Stamping Fun with Stencils and Design Memory Craft



Hello Creative Friends!

Guest Designer, Keri Sallee , here and I am excited to sure with you a mixed media tag I made recently using PITT Artist Pens, Gelatos (R), stencils and stamps. {see below for complete list}

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Stay Strong and Shine Layout with Jen Matott


Hi artsy friends!  I am sharing a scrapbook layout with you that I used some of my favorite Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® products! I used Inside Out Journaling's April Kit for the papers and embellishments as well.

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Creating Texture with Whipped Spackle & Gelatos

It's another day and another opportunity to get creative! It's Julia Stainton here today with a burlap canvas mixed media project to share with you. I've been wanting to create with Gelatos® and see what I could come up with.

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Good Times- Scrapbooking Tutorial by Irit Landgraf


Hi! Irit here with a new project, using my favorite media, Gelatos®, in my favorite colors. Let's get started!

I started my layout with gesso. I used it on most of my layout, but left some areas I knew will not be painted bare. As my base layered I added some color with Gelatos® Double Scoop® in Guava and Metallic Melon, using a wet baby wipe for blending.

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For my second layer I went with some bright colors, Bubble Gum, Lemon and a more muted Peach. I used wet wipes, my fingers and some water for blending.

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This technique is one of my favorites, removing color with a baby wipe through a stencil. Just remember that you must prime your paper with gesso to be able to do this.

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I love making my own embellishments, and decided to experiment with some Whipped Spackle. I applied a thin layer of it, and then stamped right onto it. I sprayed my stamp with some water before, just to make sure it doesn't pick up too much of the Whipped Spackle. I also applied some through the same floral stencil.

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Don't forget to clean your stamp before you try this! I obviously did... I then applied some gelatos in the same colors as my background and used some water to blend them. After everything was dry, I added a thick later of Glass Bead Glitter Gel. I love the finished look, but you do lose some of the details in the image this way, so make sure it's something big and simple without a lot of tiny details. I added some more Whipped Spackle through a stencil behind my photo, as well as some fabric flowers I colored with Gelatos. Here's the finished project with some close ups-

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I also made a video tutorial that shows exactly how I created this layout-


List of products:

Gelatos® Double Scoop®-

Guava (#770250)

Metallic Melon (#770267)


Bubblegum -Gelatos Colors-Red (#770156)

Peach-Gelatos Color- Neutral (#770160)

Lemon-Gelatos Color- Yellow (#770157)


Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Whipped Spackle

Other products used- Amy Tan Rise&Shine Thickers and patterned paper, Obsession Impression stamps, Crafter's Workshop stencil, Maggie Holmes sequins, Prima fabric flowers, A Flair For Buttons flair, Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I'll be back next month with a new project! Have a great day!

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Our family - playing with Gelatos® Double Scoops®


Hello there! It's Riikka here to share another guest project with you! This time I did a quick layout using Gelatos® Double Scoops® and making a print with them. 

The title of the page is "Our family" but the picture is of Legos? Let me explain. Our girls love Legos. Especially my older one can spend hours and hours building houses and cars and restaurants out of them. So one day my husband brought home some new Legos that he thought would represent our family in a funny way. So meet our Lego family! My husband, me and our two daughters!


First I added some color to the white background using Gelatos® Double Scoops®. On top I drew the hexagons using a PITT® Artist Pen and a Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® stencil. I used the PITT® Artist Pen also for the journaling - the Black ones are nowadays the only pens I use for that! Love the flow of the pen and that it will stuck to any surface. The PITT® Artist Pens are made of India ink like the Stamper's Big Brush pens which I also used in the page. I stamped with them some scribble texture to the background and finally added also little doodled circles to the page.

Underneath is a video showing the steps I used to create the page.


 I used a Gelli Plate in my project, but you can use your craft sheet as well. The image will be slightly different, though, as the plate is soft and gives up a little when you apply pressure. One key point is also the amount of water you apply while taking the print. The more water, the more watercolor like the image will be but also then the colors will be lighter and if you are making a pattern it might not come off as detailed. The best way is try and see what's the right amount for your project! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Until next time!


Materials from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®:

Gelatos® Double Scoop® - Metallic Mint, Snow Cone, Green Tea

PITT® Artist Pen - Black M and S

Stamper's Big Brush Pens - Light Cobalt Turquoise 154, Black 199

Stencils 101 Collection

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Feather Art by Angie Blom



Happy Sunday... Hope you are all having a wonderful relaxing day..  Today I am going to show you  a fun project using the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Glaze in my background.  To start I needed to get my Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®  Mixed Media Journal .. I used the square size.  Then using the circle dots Mixed Media stencil with the Texture Cards.. I love these cards.. they come with 8 different designs. This is my kind of heaven. 

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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 canvas.next 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.

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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™!

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