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Create Your Own Coloring Page

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Hi Loves. Tiare here.  I love coloring and today it appears to be all the rage.  However, I like "old school" coloring.  You know not so tiny, tons of details kinda coloring.   Most adult coloring books have many, tiny details, and sometimes my eyes just cannot take staring at those details for too long.  However, I still want to color.  So I thought, why not use my Scandinavia Mixed Media Stencils to create my own coloring page.  I don't always feel like doodling. However, stencils are perfect and they take the pressure off of needing to draw or doodle yourself.  You can layer and play with the patterns.  Woohoo!  So I did.  This was extremely satisfying.  

Grab your Gelatos® Iridescent and let's doodle and color.  Here's what I did. 

Coloring Page 1

First up, Gesso your entire page.  Grab your Scandinavia Mixed Media Stencils and trace the pattern of choice using Journaling Pitt®Artist Pens Medium Nib Black #199.  Be sure you use various patterns, shapes, sizes and don't forget you can overlap if you like. 

 

Coloring Page 2

Next, I colored in the shapes.  Just color in the shapes with your Gelatos® Iridescents and activate with a water brush.  I love how the Gelatos® Supernova makes the flowers really pop and adds a bright happy, fun feel to the page. 

 

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Finish it off by coloring the background with Gelatos® Iridescents and activate and spread with a water brush and by adding shimmering, colored pearls to the center of flowers. 

Tada! 

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Me in PinkTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, challenges and more. 

Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com


 


An Art Journal Page with Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Supernova

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Hello there! Mou here today with an art journaling page using Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Supernova. Follow along if you want to create a similar page yourself.

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Let's start with the supply list. You'll need:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS - Supernova, Mars, Stardust

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents - Gesso, Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pen BLACK

Other: watercolor paper, found papers, paint brush, stamps

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Ink up your favorite background stamp with Stamper's Big Brush pen and stamp on the watercolor paper.

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Rub the Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Supernova on the page and blend with water.

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Attach found papers to the page with gel medium.

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Add more colors with Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Stardust and Mars. Also use another stamp with Stamper's Big Brush pen.

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Take another stamp and stamp it randomly over the previous layers.

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With a paintbrush and gesso, paint any geometric pattern on the page. This will create even more depth to your page.

 

 

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When completely dry, draw a bird and a branch with Stamper's Big Brush pen BLACK. Add some details to the bird with gesso.

I hope you enjoy today's tutorial!

Happy creating!

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Floral Art Supplies Storage Cup

Hey friends!  Adrianne Surian here with you today sharing a bright floral look you can add to your art storage area.  Square shaped pencil cups and tool organizers save space and allow for more storage than round cups, so you can fit more of what you love into a smaller space.  But in your art studio - give your storage some attitude inspired by this week's Gelatos® color of the week, Spearmint!

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Don't worry, no books were harmed in the making of this mixed media decor piece!  You can take photocopies of your favorite books, sheet music, bible verses, and more and print them out before beginning this project!  

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I happened to pick the final pages of a beloved fantasy series of mine, but this is your chance to make it your own.  A bit of Glaze, Gel Medium, and a few shades of pinks and greens along with the new Ice Layers stencils are all you need to make a personal, colorful, and useful storage piece!

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First, trim your photocopies to fit the panels of your pencil cup.  Decoupage the papers to the wooden cup with Glaze, and coat it with a mixture that is  tinted with Gelatos®  in shades of pink.  Just cut a bit of your Gelatos® sticks and mix each individually with a small amount of Glaze in Strawberry and Bubble Gum shades.  Cover the papered areas beginning with Strawberry, the lighter shade, and accent it with small amounts of Bubble Gum tinted Glaze.

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Allow the base coat to dry, and then adhere Ice Layers stencils to the cup.  It's convenient that the stencils can be cut apart, because offsetting the stencils instead of centering them, and making each side a little different gives the cup a more organic look.  

Mix Spearmint Gelatos with Gel Medium and fill the stencil in with a rich layer of tinted glaze.  

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Allow the floral designs to dry, and accent your stencils with a bit of Glaze tinted with Green Tea Gelatos® and also with Bubble Gum colored Gelatos.  There's no right or wrong way to fill your stencils in!  I just brushed random areas with these shades to highlight the Spearmint-colored stencil.

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Thanks for joining me for today's simply-designed storage project that lets you bring a special piece of art to where you store your tools.  I hope you enjoyed it, and let me know in the comments if you try it for yourself!

Adrianne Surian

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Make a St. Patrick's Day Card with Shamrock Flowers

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It's almost  St. Patrick's Day! It's Laura Bray and I'm here to show you how to make this cute card. The best part? You don't have to go out and buy shamrock embellishments that you will only end up using once a year. I'm going to show you how to turn some white paper flower embellishments into four leaf clovers!

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Dream Scrapbook Page with Starburst Gelatos

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Ok everyone, Rachel here and I have a confession to make... My very first crafty love was (and still is) scrapbooking. I don't think I've ever shared a scrapbook-type layout on the Design Memory Craft blog, but I think now is the time to break that! The brand new Iridescent Gelatos® have sparked my scrapbooky creativity back! This week's Color of the Week is the new Starburst Iridescent Gelatos®; that gorgeous yellow color in front and center in my page.

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In my traveler's notebook layout I used a combination of Starburst and Blue Moon, with a pop of Stardust. I was able to combine some of my favorite Gelatos® techniques that I typically use in art journal pages and bring them into this scrapbook layout. I mixed Whipped Spackle and Blue Moon Gelatos® to put over the arrow Mixed Media 102 stencil. I also added my super skinny stripes of color that I made with Stardust Gelatos®, a palette knife, and water.

I show all these techniques in my process video for how to create the page shown here!

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Watch my video here on the blog or click the link for youtube! Thanks and I hope you enjoy it!

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SUPPLIES

Iridescent Gelatos® - Starburst, Blue Moon, Stardust

Design Memory Craft Gesso

Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle

Mixed Media Stencils 102 Collection

 


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Whimsical Wall Art: Always Be A Unicorn

Hey friends!  Adrianne Surian here with you today to share a piece of wall art that's great for young girls (or not-so-young girls)! Featuring the color of the week, Passion Fruit, this unicorn themed star adds an element of attitude to anyone's wall.

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I'm not going to lie - I made this for myself, and it's one of my favorite decor pieces to date.  I love adding colorful art to the walls of my studio, but this bright and bold design can be adapted to your art journal, or you can change up the colors to match your room.

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I created my own stencil using letter dies, because while the stencil collections have great inspirational messages, this one was quite specific!  (You can view the entire list of products used at the bottom of this post.)  In addition to using Gelatos® in a palette to complement the color of the week, Passion Fruit, I also used a black Essential Pitt®Artist Pen with a medium nib, a Stamper's Big Brush Pen to stamp my message, and Textural Accents to add depth to the piece.  

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Now I have to confess, I'm not the greatest sketch artist.  So I bought a digital stamp set from an Etsy seller to give me a great starting image.  I resized it to fit within the 11.5" MDF star base, and used Gelatos as watercolors and my Pitt Artist Pen to begin.  

While I let that dry, I used Glaze to decoupage a plain sheet of white paper and a scrap of an old map onto the front of the wood shape.  While you can use Gelatos and Textural accents directly on wood, I wanted to start off with a bright white background.  

Next, I cut my unicorn shape out, and decoupaged that image onto the star.  I mixed glaze with Passion Fruit Gelatos to create a striking pink background that would blend well with the unicorn's tail and mane.  

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Once the Glaze dried, I used the polka dot stencil from the 101 Stencil Collection, mixing Gel Medium with Metallic Mint Gelatos.  I added a few circles kind of randomly, mainly to the areas that would not be stamped or stenciled with words. 

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Finally, I added my message, using my homemade stencil to highlight some of the words in the phrase.  I mixed Iced Pear Gelatos with Glitter Glass Bead Gel for a thick, highly textured stencil, and spread it on using my palette knife.  

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Next, I stamped the rest of the message in around the stencils and images within the design.  Stampers Big Brush Pens work great for adding elements like letters.  (Note: Cold Grey is pictured here, but after seeing it, I decided that Black would look better and stamped over it with a darker color.)

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This project was a lot of fun, and I really enjoy the bright combination of pink and green.  Once the piece dried all the way, I flipped it over and screwed a hanger onto the backside for easy wall hanging.  Thanks for joining me today and I hope you're inspired to make something whimsical yourself!  

Adrianne Surian

Supplies Used:

Gelatos®: Passion FruitIced Pear, Metallic Mint

Glaze

Gel Medium

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Stamper's Big Brush Pen - Black #199

Journaling Pitt®Artist Pen, Essentials Set, Black with Medium Nib

Polka Dot Stencil from 101 Stencil Collection

White printer paper

Map Scrap(s)

Digital Stamp (or freehand draw!)

Sizzix Alphabet Dies and cardstock to create a custom stencil

Alphabet stamps

11.5" MDF Star Shape

Hanger


An Art Journal Page with Gelatos® Color Passion Fruit

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Hi everyone! Mou here today with an art journal page using Gelatos® Color Passion Fruit. Lately, I have been enjoying creating art journal pages outside an actual journal. I am using mixed media or watercolor paper as my base. Let me show you how I made this page, starting with the supplies you'll need.

SUPPLIES:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Colors: Passion Fruit, Caramel, Elderberry, Margarita Mix, Strawberry

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pen BLACK

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent: Gel Medium, 102 Stencil CollectionTexture Gems™ 3ct Metallics

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist Pens Lettering Set: Jewel Brush

Other: mixed media paper, stamps, found papers, pencil

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As crafters, we all have a stash for pretty supplies. I collect rubber stamps wherever I find them. It makes me feel connected to another artist when I make their art part of mine. Use the stamps that you have. Ink them up with the Stamper's Big Brush pen BLACK and stamp on the paper to cover the entire surface.

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Tear small pieces of saved papers from old books, rejected artwork, scrap papers, etc. and attach a few pieces to the page with Gel Medium.

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Next, to add some colors to the page - Passion Fruit is going to be today's main color and you can use other colors to make it stand out more. Having one color to focus on helps me develop the whole color scheme of the page.

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The other Gelatos® Colors I'm using today are Caramel, Elderberry, Margarita Mix and Strawberry. Rub them on the page and blend them water.

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Lay a stencil on the colored page and trace parts of it with pencil.

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Freehand sketch a heart or another simple shape that you like with pencil. Add more colors around the heart and traced stencil shapes as shown.

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Stamp a favorite quote with alphabet stamps and Stamper's Big Brush pen BLACK.

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Add small dots with Texture Gems Metallics Gold to the page for some shine and texture.

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Make marks on the page with PITT Artist pens Jewel Brush following the contours of the shapes to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will try your own art journal page with Gelatos® Color Passion Fruit.

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