Art Journaling

Art Journaling with Mixed Media Transfers

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Hi everyone, Mou here with an art journaling tutorial using Mixed Media Transfers.

If you are unfamiliar with the Mixed Media Transfers, be sure to check out this video where I explain the features of this product.

For today's art journal page, I have chosen the Mixed Media Transfers - Feathers.

Let's look at all the supplies I used on this page.

SUPPLIES:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Transfers - Feathers

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® 15CT: TRANSLUCENTS

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist Pens® Lettering Set: Modern Lettering

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big White Pen

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils RED

Other - Watercolor paper, scissors, pencil, paper trimmer


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Start by transferring your favorite feather images from the Mixed Media Transfers - Feathers to watercolor paper using the craft stick included with the transfers. Cut the images out with scissors.


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Trim watercolor paper to 9 x 9 inches. Color it with Gelatos colors TRANSLUCENTS. When dry, attach the cut-out feathers with gel medium as shown.


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Handletter 'Tread Gently" with the SB Tip PITT pen from the Modern Lettering Set following the curve of the feather. Make marks with the SB PITT pen, Stamper's Big White pen and pencil around the page.


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Add some more marks with watercolor pencils. Along the right edge, add the quote - Tread softly. All the earth is holy ground. - Christina Rossetti with watercolor pencil to finish.

Hope this art journal page had you thinking of using your art supplies in different ways and combinations.

Happy crafting!
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Word Art with Modern Calligraphy Kit

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Happy New Year everyone! Mou here today with a word art tutorial using the new Modern Calligraphy Kit from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft.

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The Modern Calligraphy Kit comes with

  • 4 tubes of Watercolor Paint - Red Violet, Yellow Gold, Emerald Green, Cobalt Blue
  • 3 PITT Artist pens - Black Soft Brush Nib, Black Brush Nib, Black 1.5 Bullet Nib
  • 1 Graphite Pencil
  • 1 Mini Waterbrush
  • Practice Pad
  • Envelope Template
  • Curves Template
  • Ruler
  • Design Guide

In addition to the kit, I used watercolor paper, table salt, eraser, Faber-Castell Collapsible Water Cup and Silicone Tray/ palette.


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Start by trimming watercolor paper to chosen size. I trimmed mine to 9 x 6 inches.

Squeeze out little dabs of Red Violet, Yellow Gold, and Cobalt Blue Watercolor paints on the silicone tray. Dilute paints with mini waterbrush and apply a wash on the watercolor paper. Let the colors blend naturally.

While the wash is still wet, sprinkle a little bit of table salt on the paper and let it sit till the wash dries. You'll notice that the paint will start to react with the salt creating interesting effects. I do not recommend using a heat tool for this step to keep the salt crystals from melting into the paper. Let it air dry and then gently shake off all the salt from the paper.


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Use the curve from the kit to draw a wavy line. My word art centers around the lyrics from a song by Boy and I felt this was appropriate because we all make resolutions and fresh starts when a year begins. Choose your favorite quote to create your own word art.

In the lyrics I chose, the word 'beginning' came at about the middle and was the most important word for me. So, that's the word I wrote first, lightly with the graphite pencil from the kit.


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I wrote the remaining words above and below 'beginning', also with pencil, rotating the curve as I felt fitted best.

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Go over the pencil work with the B nib PITT pen. The ink dries almost instantly. Once dry, you can erase any pencil lines.

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Use the brush pen to thicken some of the lines. Refer to the design guide for helpful tips on stylizing your letters. Remember, no matter where you start, your lettering skills will improve with practice.

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After you letter your quote, if you have some space left on your paper, you could add some decorative touches of your own. I painted some vines around mine with the watercolor paints and a brush. I used the curve as my guide for placing the vines. Just make sure that the focus of your art remains on the words and does not get overpowered by the decorative elements around it.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will venture into creating your own word art using the Modern Calligraphy Kit!
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Holiday Art Journaling

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Carolyn Dube here shaking off a bit of holiday stress in my art journal with the help of the rainbow.  Along the way, there was an O.O.P.S. or two.  What's an O.O.P.S.?  I used to call them mistakes, but now I know they're Outstanding Opportunities Presenting Suddenly. 

 



Whatever is on my mind ends up in my art journal, and since the holidays were top of mind, I created trees by cutting out book text.   Using Gelatos and water, they became colorful trees. 


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 I colored the trees right on the page, not a drop of color was wasted since that became a part of the background as I added yellow and green Gelatos for the golden sky and grass. 

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 Using Gel Medium, I glued the tress on the page.  One of the trees didn't make it on the page.  You can see why in the video.  By using Gesso around the tree trunks, bits of the background show through.   Gesso is traditionally a primer, but who says it can't be used for more than that!

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 The Paper Crafter Crayons added a subtle layer of journaling as I got my thoughts out on to the page.  If you use these on wet areas, such as Gel Medium that hasn't dried, it is a very subtle look.  

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There was a big O.O.P.S. when I put the title on the page.  They are words cut out from a newspaper and one of the words ended up ripped off.  Was this a bad thing? Not at all! Just an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly.  I took a little heart and put it right over the word heart that was ripped up.  

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 And that led me to filling the sky with hearts!   Thanks for stopping by for a bit of play as I shook off the stress so I could be back to what was really important to me about the holidays, the heart.

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Holiday Art with Holiday Lettering PITT Pens

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a Holiday art tutorial for you! Whether you are looking to make a quick home decor or just de-stress in your art journal, I hope you'll find today's tutorial using the Holiday Lettering Mixed Nib Set of PITT Artist pens inspiring.

Let's look at the supplies before I walk you through the steps.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Holiday Lettering Mixed Nib Set of PITT Artist pens

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Other: Watercolor paper, trimmer, star die-cut, scissors, paint brush


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Trim watercolor paper into 1 inch wide strips. Cut the strips into smaller pieces as shown with scissors, with the smallest piece at the top and increasing the length as you go down. Picture the conical shape of a Christmas tree in your mind. Ink the edges of each strip with the Black 199 B nib PITT pen.


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Handletter Christmas words, alternating between Permanent Green Olive 167 and Pale Geranium Lake 121 B nib PITT pens, on the above strips. Take your time to hand letter - it doesn't have to be perfect but being patient will certainly improve the quality of writing.


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Color the star die-cut with the Gold 250 Bullet Nib pen. Use the same pen to color a stem for your tree.


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Arrange the pieces to create your tree and attach them to the page with gel medium.

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Make simple marks around the focal point as shown with the Permanent Green Olive 167 and Pale Geranium Lake 121 B nib PITT pens and Gold 250 Bullet Nib pen to finish.

I hope you enjoy this Holiday Lettering Pen set as much as I did!

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Life is Change Art Journal Page

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Hi Loves,

Tiare here.   Well, the weather is changing and we have gotten our first bit of cool here in GA.  I've had to turn on the heat for the past couple of days. The leaves are starting to change colors and this time of year reminds of how much, life is change, we renew, we start fresh, we let go etc. Seems like the appropriate time to celebrate that continuous change.  Here's what I did. 

 

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Tada!

Now it's your turn.  

Supplies Used:

Stamper's™ Big Brush Pen(s)Nougat,

Gelatos® Gift Set- Dolce 2

Stencils 10ct 101 Collection


Lettering with PITT Pens

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Hi everyone, Mou here today with a Lettering Tutorial for you using the Essential PITT® Artist Pens BLACK!

Let's take a quick look at the supplies before we start.

SUPPLIES:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT® Artist Pens BLACK

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

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

Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Deluxe Waterbrush

Other - Sketchbook of your choice, pencil, eraser

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I journal my travels in a sketchbook. Here I started with the M-tip pen to create the basic outlines.

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Because my trip was in the fall, I wanted to add colors to the mountains. For this, I used the Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.

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I blended the colors with the Deluxe Waterbrush and let it dry.

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I used the S-tip to write my journaling. You can use a pencil to draw a path for your journaling. Mix and match your own handwritten fonts to create interest.

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Added some brush lettered fonts using the B-tip pen.

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Pitt® Artist pens are not just for lettering though - you can also use them for making marks like I did above using the PITT Artist Pens Lettering Set: Primary Brush and PITT Artist Pens Lettering Set: Jewel Brush to finish my page.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and be sure to try these vibrant and permanent India Ink pens in your own journals!

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Art Journaling with Tea Stains

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial to show you how to use Tea Stains on your art journal pages!

Let's start by looking at the supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft -

Tea Stain - Agra

Stencils 10-ct 101 Collection

Whipped Spackle

Essential PITT Artist Pens - BLACK

PITT  Artist Pens Lettering Set - JEWEL BRUSH

Stamper's Big Brush Pen - BLACK

Gelatos Tool Set

Other -

100% Cotton Fabric

Rubber stamp

Dye Bath Containers

Hot water

Watercolor paper, Magazine page, Scrap Paper, Seam binding, Tags

Sewing machine, Thread, Needle

Baby wipe

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Start by preparing the dye baths, one for each color. Place the Tea Stain Dye bag in the container and add hot water to it and let it steep just like tea for about 5 minutes. Be careful to not burn yourself.

Place 100% cotton fabric squares into the dye baths. Leave it in longer for more saturated colors. Carefully remove and let the fabric dry.

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Also dip in some  seam binding and baby wipe into the dye baths. Let them dry.

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Add some pattern to the dyed fabric, torn in strips, with rubber stamp inked with Stamper's Big Brush pen.

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Layer your papers and fabric as shown. Machine stitch to hold everything securely in place.

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With Essential PITT Artist pen, sketch a key on a manila tag.

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Attach the tag to the page. Machine stitch.

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Add some texture to the page with Whipped Spackle applied through the dots stencil from 101 collection with palette knife.

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Make marks on the page with Stamper's Big Brush pen and Jewel Brush Lettering pen. Also add some stitches to the page with needle and thread.

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On a small tag, add a word and attach to the page to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial! 

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Journal Spill with Watercolor Pencils and Pitt Pens

Diana Trout here today with a journal spill. A blank journal page can be hard to confront. That's why I sometimes start my pages with a word spill. It puts me in touch with my head and heart. 

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Supplies:

Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils
Pitt Artist Metallic Pens
PITT Artist Pens

For this page, I wrote with a rainbow of Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils. It's helpful to turn your journal upside down. I arranged these pencils in rainbow order and got my pencil moving as quickly as possible so that my brain had no time to edit. Forget about spelling and punctuation and write real sloppy. 

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I worked through the rainbow of pencils for these two pages. I only completed one of the pages though. After scribble writing, use a wet paintbrush to blend out the color. Some of the lines may still be visible but that's OK. There is nobody that will work that hard to read upside down, sloppy, watery words. Your writing may have informed you but now it's just background pattern.

Don't forget to turn your book right side up before proceeding! 

I added more color to the page by scribbling with another watercolor pencil. Use analogous colors (colors that are next to each other on the color wheel) when your colors are still wet so that you don't get mud. For instance, don't go over a wet green or blue area with orange!

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You can dip your watercolor pencil into water or wet an area on the page to make a juicy line  or area, such as the rectangular box above. I still wasn't sure where I was going with this page. I let one idea lead to another. Working in a flow  that may require practice. I know it's hard, but try not to be afraid of messing up. 

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Flowers hold a great deal of meaning for me and these are easy to re-create. They are asterisks with extra lines through them, like Pom-Pom Mums. Since the light blue background was dry, I used a yellow Pitt Pen and yellow Watercolor pencil. The wet of the pen activated the watercolor pencil and blended into an orange. Since the blue background was dry there was no mud puddle.

I added some silver Metallic Pitt pen  for the stamen center of the flower. I added more detail to my rectangle with a Medium size black Pitt pen.

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The last detail I added was stamping. I used a Stampers Big Brush Pen to color the stamp and add a bit of pattern to the background.

After you've colored your stamp, be sure to "huff" on it with warm breath to moisten before you stamp. When you've finished stamping, wipe off your stamps with a wet rag just as you would for any ink. Don't worry if your stamps are stained. That means they are well loved. 

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I used anWatercolor Pencil to add the stems, then added some of the green Stamper's Big Brush to activate. I like that trick, it can give you cool effects.

I hope you'll pull out your journal and scribble away!

NOTE: I used a 140# watercolor paper journal for this page. 


Bible Journaling with Faber Castell

Hey Design Memory Crafters!! I'm Lindsay with seeLINDSAY and I'm going to show you how easy it is to use the Bible Journaling Kit from Faber-Castell®.  Bible Journaling with Faber Castell-1-5

Bible journaling is one of the easiest ways to personalize your favorite scriptures. This kit is also essential because it comes with everything you need plus a booklet to sketch a picture out before you decide to put it in your scriptures. 

The Bible Journaling Kit includes 2 Gelatos® and 2 Gelatos highlighters, 2 PITT® Artist pens in gold and black, an artist sketch book, different die cuts and several stencils. I also used some Texture Luxe to  smear metallic colors on the bottom of the page. 

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I began by mixing some additional colors of Gelatos I had on hand with the ones included in the Bible Journaling Kit to get a pallet that I loved. I just smeared some on the page towards the bottom and used my blending tool to make it smooth. Once that was the tones I wanted, I added my Texture Luxe with a palette knife and just wiped it across the page. I saved a small area so that I could use the included stencil with the Texture Luxe as well.

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I layed down my stencil, once the Texture Luxe was dry, at the top of my page and started tracing it with the black PITT marker. I then mixed up some Gelatos with some Gel Medium and blended it together with my Palette Knife. I just started spreading it evenly over my included stencil and didn't care if I made the flowers two-toned or how they ended up look altogether. I wanted a real rustic look on this piece of my bible. I then removed the stencil and allowed it all to dry.

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I then used the black and gold PITT Artist Pens that were included in the Bible Journaling Kit and added the phrase "I will go, I will do". Now when I open my scriptures I have a sentiment that is near and dear to my heart that I have always loved. I have always loved these words and I strive to go and do when He would have me do. 

 


Enter to Win a $173 Art Supply Bundle from Faber-Castell and Art Journaling! 

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This month’s issue of Art Journaling features our Design Team Member Carolyn Dube and her amazing Permission to Play Journal. We are thrilled to be partnering with Stampington & Company to offer a giveaway to our fans. Be sure to enter for your chance to win one of five mixed-media art bundles!

Each Prize Bundle Includes 3 Magazines from Stampington & Company and Art Supplies from Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft®:

  • Art Journaling Summer 2017, featuring Carolyn Dube!
  • Somerset Studio May/June 2017
  • Somerset Apprentice Spring 2017
  • 2  Pitt® Artist Pens Lettering Sets
  • Deluxe Water Brush
  • 15 Ct. Gelatos® Colors Brights
  • 1 jar of 3 different mediums, Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Whipped Spackle, and Gesso
  • Essential Planner Pack 6 piece count includes: 3 Grip™Highlighter Pencils, 1 Pitt ®Artist Pen superfine tip and 2 stencils
  • Essential PItt® Artist Pen set includes 4 Pitt Pens one extra superfine nib, one Superfine nib, one Medium nib and one brush nib
  • Gelatos® tool set

That’s $173 worth of supplies and inspiration!
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