Take the Challenge with Mou, May 2014 Winners
Mixed Media Journal with Metallic Gelatos

Inspiration around you

Hi everyone, Mou here today!

Magnolias are in full bloom all around here... the big white flowers and their intoxicating fragrance fill the nights when we sometimes hang out by the pool in the back porch. They inspired me to create a little collage.


To create this collage, I used:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft  Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Aquarelle Art Grip Pencils: 144, 153 (BLUE set)151 (GREEN set)119, 126, 136 (RED set)

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pens: Light Cobalt Turquoise 154, Skyblue 146, Cobalt Turquoise 153, Manganese Violet 160, Magenta 133, May Green 170, Permanent Green Olive 167

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Deluxe Waterbrush

Let me walk you through the steps.


Prep your page with Gesso.


Sketch your inspiration with pencil.


Color around the sketch with watercolor pencils.


Blend the colors with waterbrush.


Add colors and details to the sketch with Stamper's Big Brush pens.


Attach bits and pieces of tissues and book paper with Gel Medium around the flower.


Tone down the prints and areas of intense colors with a bit of Gesso to finish.

Here's a close up


What would you create with inspiration that's around you?


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TracyM #6773

STUNNING magnolia Mou!!!

THANK YOU for sharing how you created this beauty - I always enjoy learning the practicalities of your techniques and the different products!!!
I immediately knew what I would create ... today I was taking photos of our hibiscus flowers, apart from the petals being huge with big veins, the stamens are bright yellow & pistils rich red and they were casting amazing shadows. I would love to try my hand recreating them in that moment :)

Linsey R

How beautiful and inspiring this is Mou. I think I could even do something like it sketching a much more simple flower of course! Because you share your time and wonderful creations, I am inspired to grow as an artist and that is really special. So thank you very much for that and for all you do :)


I love your design. I'll be sure to refer back to your design for the techniques you used and for the inspiration. The colors you used are exquisite.

Zoey Emanuela

Very well done!! Love how you colored the flower Mou!!! such a big inspiration! xoxo

Salla Porra

Super beautiful page and a great tutorial! Thank you for the inspiration!

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