Art Journaling

Being Bold Art Journal Page

Welcome back everyone! This is Rachel Kleinman here to share a new art journal page - Freedom Lies in Being Bold.

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I started by adding some old torn book pages and pieces of punchinella to my page using Design Memory Craft Gel Medium. This will add subtle interest and texture to the page without being overpowering.

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Once the Gel Medium was dried, I scribbled some pink and red Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils directly on the page as well Double Scoop® Gelatos® in Mango. I spread the colors with a large wet paintbrush until the entire page had color.

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Next I added some patterns with a Mixed Media Stencil from the Stencil 101 Collection combined with the beautiful Boysenberry Gelatos®. I just added a small amount of Boysenberry Gelatos® to the spaces of the stencil and blended with my finger. You can also wipe the stencil down with a baby wipe to drag the color onto your journal page.

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Now it's time to add the focal image! I traced the beautiful flowing leaves pattern from the Doodle Stencil Collection with my Black PITT® Artist Brush Pen.

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Finally we get to color in those gorgeous leaves! I started by filling in each leaf with Design Memory Craft Gelatos® in Kiwi. I spread the pigment using my blending tool from the Gelatos® Tool Kit... this was so helpful with getting the color in those skinny spaces! Then I added some shading with a touch of Lime and Snow Cone Gelatos®, and finally added some highlight with my Stampers Big Brush Pen in White.

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This wasn't enough texture for me, so I decided to add some big polka dots to the leaves. I mixed Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle with some Boysenberry Gelatos® and used that paste with the circle pattern from the Stencil 101 Collection. Once the Whipped Spackle was completely dry I used my finger to add some Texture Luxe™ Gold to the dots and random places throughout the page.

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The page was finished off with a quote that I wrote using a Black PITT® Artist Brush Pen and a Black Stamper's Big Brush Pen... I think next I'll practice some handwriting tricks, everyone can always improve ;). Handwriting is a personal mark and doesn't always need to look perfect for your projects.

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Thanks so much for joining me! I hope you've been inspired to dive into your art journal today!

SUPPLIES

Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils RED

Gelatos® Double Scoop® Mango

Gelatos® Snow Cone, Lime, Boysenberry, and Kiwi

Stamper's Big Brush Pens;  Deep Scarlet Red 219Black 199, White 101

PITT® Artist Pen Black

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents:

Gel Medium

Whipped Spackle

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Stencil 101 Collection

Doodle Stencil Collection

The Gelatos® Tool Kit

 

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A Touch of This A Bit of That with Jamie Dougherty

Hello everyone,

Jamie Dougherty here and today I'd like to share with you a video tutorial I created of a tag I designed that would be perfect for bible journaling. Or you can use the techniques in the video in your art journal or other mixed media projects. I hope you enjoy.

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Take your mediums and art and create a little bit of journaling.  It can be for your faith, love, hope. 

No matter how your faith walks in this world. Use these watercolor layering techniques to create something beautiful.

 

 

I can't wait to see what you create from this tutorial. Please make sure you share your work with us on Facebook and tag Design Memory Craft so we can see your work!

Happy Creating

Jamie

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An Art Journaling Tutorial by Mou

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Hey everyone, Mou here from colorhappycreations.com. I'm SO glad to be back for another term on the Design Memory Craft Core Design Team! Before I move on to the tutorial, I wanted to thank you all, our readers for taking part in the monthly Take the Challenge with Mou series over the last 3 years and a huge thanks to Design Memory Craft for sponsoring the challenges.

And now, as my first post for this term, I have an art journaling tutorial for you. So, let's get started!

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Using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent Gel Medium, collage some found papers onto a old book spread. You can use any journal for this project. Let the gel medium dry thoroughly.

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Apply Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent Chalk Board Paint with a paint brush leaving out a few selected words from the text.

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Once the Chalk Board Paint dries, circle the words and color around them with various shades of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Paper Crafter Crayons™, blending them as you go.

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Apply some Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso with palette knife from Gelatos Tool Set.

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Lay a pattern stencil from the 102 Stencil Collection on the left half of the page and apply a thin coat of Texture Luxe™ Gold with a palette knife. Repeat near the bottom right on the facing page. Let dry.

Add another layer of interest with the numeric stencil from the 301 Stencil Collection and Chalk Board Paint.

Rub some Texture Luxe™ Copper on both pages with your fingers.

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Make marks and journal with the B tip pen from Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK to finish.

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Here are some close-up shots of my art journal spread.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and are now inspired to give these COOL products a try!

SUPPLIES:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents:

Gel Medium

Gesso

Chalk Board Paint

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Texture Luxe™ Copper

102 Stencil Collection

301 Stencil Collection

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Tool Set

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Paper Crafter Crayons™: Red-Yellow and Blue-Green

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK

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We asked Rita to share a few thoughts about her time on our Design Team! "Five years with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft" by Rita Barakat

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Hey there creatives, Rita Barakat reflecting on the past five years I have spent here at Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft. Being one of the originals - or OGG, Original Gelatos Girls I remember getting that first email before anyone knew what Gelatos were! I almost threw it out because I did not know the sender; but after a little time spent on Google I decided it was LEGIT! (LOL) And it's a good thing I did because there was a whirlwind of activity to follow!

Here are a couple of my first projects I did on the team. Even then I loved color, so I knew it would be a perfect fit!

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As the core design team we had to wear aprons for CHA and I just couldn't leave mine blank! I ended up falling in love with decorating aprons! (This was one of many over the years!  PITT Artist pens work great on fabric!)

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I've had a lot of fun on this team, I loved traveling, doing demos and meeting other creatives in person! 


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I loved teaching at CHA  and other venues...

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I've loved the friends I made along the way. I learned a lot about the creative business, the art itself and I feel like I blossomed into who I am today creatively...

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As fun as it's been, when given the opportunity, I chose instead to start a new venture. This is my last post as an official design team member OGG for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft. As a Mixed Media Artist I know I won't be giving up my Gelatos and PITT Artist pens anytime soon, but I am excited about what the future holds for me creative wise!  I am thankful I was able to work with some amazing people and products; to have met so many beautiful people in person and of course for the sweet blog readers.

It's a new season.
Good luck to the new team and make sure you check in with me at RitaBarakat.com.


Blessings!
Rita Barakat
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Rita Barakat is a 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, manufacturer websites and magazines. She designs and teaches workshops for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® and freelances for a variety of manufacturers. Not anywhere near a local event? Sign up for her newsletter and receive a Top Secret Mixed Media Class each month! http://ritabarakat.com/classes/ Written by Rita Barakat - Visit Website


Layered Stenciled Journal Page with Jen

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Hi Artsy Friends!  It's always fun to share a journal page that I have worked on with you!  I am doing a sort of "round robin" journal swap with fellow art teachers in my school district and this page was one of them using lots of stencils and layers.  I wanted to try some different materials together and use different techniques.

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Coloring Book with PITT Artist Pens

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Hi Artsy Friends!  Jen here to share a fun way to destress from crazy times!  This time of year is full of sports, end of the year school events, and lots of stress!  I am sitting at a child's sports practice at least 3 times a week!  So, I loved bringing something to do when I'm waiting.  I packed up a bunch of PITT Artist Pens in a variety of colors and a fun coloring book to take with me for soccer practice.

 

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Mixed Media Art with Rita Barakat!

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Hey there creatives Rita Barakat here! I get so excited about mixed media projects and this one is especially fun because of the way it came about! Grab your Paper Crafter Crayons, Gesso and Gelatos®  and come back!

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OK first of all, I was thinking of a project to make and sharpening my Paper Crafter Crayons when I thought I am wasting the crayons. So I decided to put them on my art journal page...

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I had several colors going and decided to melt them with my mini iron.

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I know it doesn't look like much at first, but sometimes that's how mixed media is - messy and unpredictable. You just have to enjoy the process and  keep working it.

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I grabbed a Blueberry Gelato® and drew around the outside, at this point I am thinking it can't hurt right?

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I used a wet paintbrush to spread the color around. The melted Paper Crafter Crayons do make a solid hard surface that resists the Gelatos®.  (These aren't your kids crayons!) Once I filled in any empty areas I did work the melted areas a bit more until I liked how it looked, it goes back to a solid state super quick! Then I decided to dip a paper cup in gesso and makes some circles- it was a perfect finishing touch!  If you don't have Paper Crafter Crayons you should give them a try in your next mixed media project and if you do have them you have to try this technique!

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Blessings!
Rita Barakat
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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® and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

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Art Journal Page by Jen Matott

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I have been working in an art journal lately with other art teachers.  We trade journals every month and create a page that explores techniques, images, ideas and lessons that we are inspired by for our students.  Our hope was that we might have a collection of professional art, ideas and lessons in which to share at the end of the year.   So, for this page, I was exploring some pen drawing and areas of color using Gelatos® watered down as well as splattered on.   As an Art educator and artist, I like working out ideas in a journal so that I can possibly use them on a full sized canvas or paper.  

 

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Art Journaling with Rita Barakat

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Hey creatives, Rita Barakat here. Have you been art journaling? I thought I'd share this insert I made in my art journal today. Sometimes you run across a great quote worth preserving; this one is from a song "If we're honest" by Francesca Battistelli. The minute I heard it I knew I wanted to do something with it putting it in my art journal was a perfect choice.
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First I had cut this page in my art journal book, just to break it up - it makes for a good place to hide journaling. I had some paint spilled on it previously but that's ok, sometimes you work with what you have.  I drew some lines and the words in pencil, then traced the words with a PITT® Artist Pen and erased those pencil lines.
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Then the fun part began! I don't know what it is but there is something very relaxing about drawing  doodles! Decorating my letters, not really worried about how it turns out...just doodling. Art journaling is perfect for trying out things, no worries, just be creative.
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Here is how it turned out, now it's time for color!

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I grabbed my Stamper’s Big Brush Pens and filled in some color.
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This is when it takes on a life of it's own, more doodles, more color... I used a little gesso to cover any unwanted spots of previous paint when I decided I wanted a clean look.
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Here is a close up, anything goes, sometimes you just have to be creative for the fun of it! I loved the way it came out. I also ended up using PITT® Pastel Pencils for the background, they blend easily for a soft look.  I used to do these all the time and I forgot how much fun it is! You definitely need to try this - what will you create?
 
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PITT® Artist Pens in black - XS & S tips
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Blessings!
Rita Barakat
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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, manufacturer websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

Written by Rita Barakat - Visit Website