Altered Arts

DIY Fall Earrings

Cinnamon Gelatos - Fall Earrings - Erin Bassett

These fall earrings were really fun to make and I love how they turned out. Often times larger earrings are heavy, but because I chose to create them with paper-mache,  they are really light, easy to wear, and feature a great fall Gelatos® color: Cinnamon!


To begin, I used my Scan N Cut to cut out this shape using a thin piece of chipboard. They are 1.75" x 1.60" in size.  Of course if you don't have a die-cutting machine you can just create a pattern and cut out two of them.
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Next, I took a lot of layers of ripped up tissue paper and adhered it to the shape with Gel Medium. I allowed it to dry between layers and just continued to build it up to the thickness I wanted.
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Since I wanted both sides to have that fun texture and thickness, I devised a clever way to allow them to dry by bending paperclips and hanging it off of one of my tool baskets.
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Next, I mixed up some of the Gelatos Color of the Week, Cinnamon, and a little bit of Glaze and applied it to the earring bases. I allowed it to dry and then repeated that process until it was the desired look I wanted.
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After they had thoroughly dried overnight, I took just a tiny bit of the Gold Texture Luxe and applied it to the earrings. Oh how I love Texture Luxe!
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I applied it with a damp (not dripping wet) finger to the earrings so that it really just transferred onto the high points of the folds of texture. I also applied it along the edge as well.

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I added a few beads and fishhook earrings and voilà, they are ready to wear!

Supplies: Thin Chipboard, Tissue Paper, Palette Knife, Glaze, Gel Medium, Cinnamon Gelatos, Gold Texture Luxe, Beads, Jump Rings, Fishhook Earrings



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The Not-So-Scary Halloween Owl


Hi everyone, Mou from Color Happy Creations here today with a tutorial to create a not-too-scary Halloween Owl!

Recently, I came across this fun Halloween quote on Pinterest:

"A Great Big Owl in a great big tree, On a night so dark, you could hardly see, Was watching the lights in the deep ravine, Where the witches danced on Halloween."                                                                                                                                                                         


It inspired me to alter this chipboard owl I found in the children's craft section at Michaels using our Gelatos® color of the week, Cinnamon. Let me show you the steps.


Use Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Gel Medium to attach the parts to the owl as shown.


Prime the slick surface of the owl with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso to receive colors better.


Color the ears, wings and belly with Cinnamon Gelatos®. Blend colors with a slightly wet brush.


Color around the eyes and the feet with Caramel Gelatos®.


Color the body and below the ears black using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Chalkboard Paint.


Sketch some details on the owl with pencil. Color around the eyes with Gelatos® Iced Coffee.


Accentuate the details with a Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft  PITT® Artist pen.


Lay the leaf pattern stencil from the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft 102 Stencil Collection on the owl's belly and apply Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle with a palette knife. Remove stencil immediately and let the medium dry on the owl.


Add some white specks to the owl's body with Gesso and a paint brush.


Here's a close-up of my owl.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and that this project inspires you to create handmade decor′ this Halloween.


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® colors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Iced Coffee

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents: Chalkboard Paint, Gel Medium, Gesso, Whipped Spackle

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft 102 Stencil Collection

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Tool Set

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Journaling PITT Artist Pens

Others: chipboard owl, paint brushes





Red Ruby Slippers



Hi Everyone, Mou Saha here today from Color Happy Creations!

School's back in session and conversations have already started about the first school dance. There's also tons of discussion and texting going on about Halloween plans and costumes. With any such occasion comes shopping and we all know how much girls love shopping for shoes! During every such shopping expedition, we come across pretty shoes that we can't even walk in, let alone dance in them but we always share a few good laughs over our inabilities. This time we saw a tiny little pair of red shoes that could be part of a Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz costume. While we didn't buy that pair, I decided to create my own cute version of it using my crafting supplies. Let me show you how I created my pair of red ruby slippers.


For the red ruby slippers, I chose Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Iced Currant. The deep rich red hue of the pigment along with its metallic sheen was just perfect for this project.


To cut  my slippers,  I used a die but if you search the internet, you can easily find a slipper template that would work just as well. Here's one I found.


Here are my die-cut slipper parts colored with Gelatos® Iced Currant.


And the remaining pieces colored with Gelatos® Caramel.




Whether you are using the die cuts or cutting your pieces following a template, fold along the crease lines. Assemble the toes and backs on the small sole using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium.


Assemble the heels and attach them to the bigger sole. These will be the bases of the slippers. Attach the top sole to the bottom sole with Gel Medium. You can refer to this assembly instruction pdf too.


Once the slippers are assembled, add another coat or two of Gelatos® Iced Currant and blend with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Glaze for a glossy finish. Let dry thoroughly.


Add pretty touches to your ruby slippers with doodling using the Magenta Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist Pen from Writing Set: RED/YELLOW.


Die-cut or punch out a couple of bows or tie them out of ribbon. Color with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Texture Luxe™ Gold. When dry, attach to the slippers to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial. Did you know that you could also color plain cloth shoes with Gelatos? Yes, you can! So, whether you want to create a tiny pair like I did or jazz up a real pair, click your heels and have some FUN!


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos®:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist Pens Writing Set: RED/YELLOW

Sizzix Bigz L Die - Ballroom Slippers

Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Bow-Tied

Others: cardstock, paint brush, diecutter, scissors




Be Awesome Altered Tin and Album

Welcome back to another colorful Gelatos® post! This is Rachel Kleinman and I'm sharing a new-to-me project with my favorite Gelatos® color: GUAVA! Last post I shared that Snowcone Gelatos® was the first color I ever owned; but Guava Gelatos® was my first favorite! The name definitely had something to do with it, I mean, Guava Juice is delicious :)


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I started with a plain metal tin that included a little accordion style album inside. You can find these at many arts and crafts stores, or just make your own with an old mint tin. I covered everything with Gesso before adding my Gelatos®, Aquarelle® Pencils, and Whipped Spackle.


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Since Guava Gelatos® is naturally a light color, I used my Aquarelle® Pencils to highlight and outline. You can see I've added a lot of orange to my album, and that's because I always find myself using Guava alongside the Mango Gelatos®. They just work together! You'll see in a lot of my pieces that where there's pink... there is orange right along side it!


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There are a lot of new techniques I share in my how-to video for new ways to use your Guava Gelatos®. This includes misting, melting, and stenciling! 



This little album and tin is also filled to the brim with Mixed Media Stencils! I really love the addition of stencils to the Design Memory Craft line, it just makes designing so easy!


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So, go! BE AWESOME and play in your craft space, create something new, and try out new ways to use your Gelatos®! Thanks for joining me and happy creating!



Gelatos® - Guava, Mango

Double Scoop Gelatos® Guava


Whipped Spackle

Stencils 101 Collection

Stencils 102 Collection

Stencils 301 Collection

Scandinavian Stencil Collection

Art GRIP® Aquarelles - Blues

Art GRIP® Aquarelles - Reds

Gelatos Tool Set



An Altered Paint Brush Holder by Mou Saha


Hello fellow Design Memory Craft fans, Mou here from Color Happy Creations with today's tutorial! It's all about altering a plain wooden brush holder with various Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents mediums. So, let's get started!


Here's a 'before' look at my brush holder. You can find similar ones at Michaels or another craft store. You can even upcycle cans from your recycle bin.


Here begins the fun! Cut off a little bit of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Cotton Candy with a palette knife onto a dish. Smash down the solid Gelatos® color with the palette knife.


Add Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent Whipped Spackle and mix the color in. Add more Gelatos® color for a darker shade. I used very little for I just wanted a hint of patina.  I left some spots of color from the mixing for effect, if you want even color you can add a couple drops of water to the Gelatos to completely dissolve color into the texture.


Wrap your favorite Mixed Media Stencil from the 102 Stencil Collection around your can/cylinder. Hold or tape in place.


Apply the colored Whipped Spackle mix you created earlier through the stencil with a palette knife. Remove the stencil. Use a heat tool to dry. If you didn't cover the whole cylinder in the first go, just match up the stencil and continue. 

TIP: When you use the heat tool, you'll notice that the Whipped Spackle tends to bubble up. This actually adds a lot of texture, especially on a project like this one.


Start rubbing in some Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Texture Luxe™ Gold and Texture Luxe™ Copper, diluted with water using your fingers or a paint brush.

WARNING: Do NOT add water directly into the Texture Luxe™ tubs or any other medium for that matter as that will make them mold over time depending on where you live. Just scoop some medium out and dilute.


Rub some Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso on the textured surface.


Also, sparingly rub some Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Chalk Board Paint to bring out the texture even more. And your altered brush holder is ready.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have FUN making things with these cool products!


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents:


Chalk Board Paint

Whipped Spackle

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Texture Luxe™ Copper

102 Stencil Collection

Gelatos® Cotton Candy

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Tool Set

Others: cylinder, paint brush, tape, heat tool, mixing dish


Cool 4th of July Monogram Art


Home Décor with Gelatos

Hello Loves.  So glad to be here with you as part of the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Team.  Very grateful for this opportunity to create and share with you.  

It’s summer and many of us are all gearing up for a fun and festive 4th of July.  One of my favorite things for the holidays and seasons is to create something fun to hang on our door.  I love seeing what my neighbors do and have to join the fun with my own little handmade creation.  This time I decided on our last name initial.  How cool is that!  It’s quick and easy.  Here’s how you too can make your own!

Gather your supplies


Cover letter with Gesso.  


Use washi tape to create section lines, to allow for painting straight lines.

Use Gelatos® Boysenberry to cover top right, activate with water, spread using finger or paint brush.  I used my finger. Add Gelatos® Double Scoop®  Red Cherry to create red strips and use Gelatos® Iced Coffee to smudge in various spots to create an aged look. 

Stripes added

Punch out stars and cover with Glass Bead Glitter Gel.  Allow to dry and then adhere using Gel Medium.  Set aside to dry. 


Use Gelatos® Boysenberry and Gelatos® Double Scoop®  Red Cherry to color string.  Color on and rub in with fingers. This step is messy, have baby wipes handy for cleaning hands. 

Use Mixed Media Stencils, Scandinavian to create bird and color using Gelatos® Boysenberry, Metallic Grape and Snow cone.  Cut out bird.  Outline using a Black Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen, or here I used the Polychromos black pencil.

String and bird

Wrap string around top right and tie bow. 

Use Gel Medium to adhere bird bottom left.

  Bird and string added

Use Mixed Media Stencils, Scandinavian to add flower by spreading  Texture Luxe™  in Gold over stencil to create sparkle and dimension.  Adhere string from bird beak to flower using Gel Medium. 

Finish off by adding dots using Texture Gems™ in gold. 

Protect by covering with Glaze or Gel Medium.


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Supplies Used: 

•Gelatos® Double Scoop® Red Cherry (also available in original size)

•Gelatos® Colors Boysenberry, Iced Coffee, Metallic Grape, Snow Cone


•Gel Medium

•Glass Bead Glitter Gel

•Mixed Media Stencils, Scandinavian

•Texture Luxe™

•Texture Gems™

Thank you so much! 


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Guten Tag (Hello) from Jamie Dougherty

Hello everyone! Jamie Dougherty here and I am beyond excited to be joining the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft team. I am honored to be a Featured Designer and wanted to kick off this new adventure with a little home decor piece to say Guten Tag or Hello ;) 


This little home decor piece was created on a 5x7" wood panel. Those of you who know me, know how much I love working with wood so I wanted to share how beautifully my favorite surface works with one of my favorite Design Memory Craft® mediums. The rich and colorful Gelatos®



As you can see in the video tutorial. The Gelatos® allow the wood's grain to show through while still accenting and defining the details in the wood.


Thank you everyone for joining me today and welcoming me to the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft family. I look forward to creating many more projects and sharing many more techniques and ideas with you.

Happy Creating



Country Style Vision Board by Penny

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Hello friends....Penny here today as a Guest Designer with some inspiration using the new  Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Vision Board Kit. When this kit first arrived, I was like a kid in a candy store. So many fun elements in the kit, I just didn't know where to start. Being a country girl at heart, and knowing that pallet boards are popular right now...I started with that.

Let me show you how fun this is to put together:

Vision board

1.  Start by making the Linen covered foam board according to Design Memory Craft directions in the included Design Guide.

Then start having some fun...


2.  For my Vision Board I used four yards of lace that I adhered double sided tape to, then ruffled it by hand about every inch. 



3.  Again using double sided tape, I attached the ruffle to the back of the Vision Board.



4.  Pallet boards were adhered together and cut to 17 x 14 inches. I then mixed  Coconut Gelatos® with water and flicked it across the boards. I also used a Stipple Brush to add a bit of my mixture to the edges of the wooden boards.



5.  There are so many fun elements in this Vision Board Kit, that I am sure you will have a hard time selecting some to play with. I used a few that I could color with the provided markers in the kit.  



6.  I adhered some of the elements like this pattern paper with re-positionable glue. Most of the cardstock paper pieces, I adhered to the board with the provided straight pins.



 7.  This is where you can have a lot of fun changing your board daily, weekly or monthly as desired. I want to go skiing in January, so that is what my board is about. There are so many ideas to use for your own Vision, special anniversary, vacation, baby, remodeling....How would you design your Vision Board?



 The picture of my Vision Board at the top has flowers in the mason jar...but I also like the idea of having the markers & pins handy when I want to add something new to my board. Just giving you options here!!!  :)



Vision Board Kit (#770409)

Gelatos Tool Set (#770312)

Gelatos® Coconut (#771217)


Pallet Boards

Eye Hooks/Wire

Double sided tape

Small Mason jar



Thanks so much for visiting with me today. I hope you find some kind of inspiration to create your own Vision Board.

Happy Crafting,

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Penny Ward...Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Nana, Breast Cancer Survivor and Card Designer. Life is good!

Spring Shoes by Jen

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Hi Artsy friends!  Jen here with another of my shoe creations!  I love altering shoes to wear with my basic outfits.  I always feel great wearing something that I created and something that is one of a kind. These shoes were purchased a local large store and were canvas.  Perfect for altering with Gelatos® colors!  I used Margarita Mix, Metallic Mint, Snow Cone, Lemon, Mango, and Passion Fruit for these shoes.  


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