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So Grateful!

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Hi everyone, Mou here from mousaha.com with a canvas project using Gelatos® color of the week Raspberry! As we get closer to Thanksgiving, gratitude is on our minds. We are also thinking of getting our homes ready for the holidays, to entertain our family and friends. I wanted to create a piece that spoke to both: a word to ponder over and a handmade home decor project. Follow along to see how you can make it too.

Supplies you'll need:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® color:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents:

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

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK

Sizzix Bigz Die w/Bonus Textured Impressions - Millinery Leaves

Others: 7" x 9" canvas, stamp, diecuts, found papers, washi tape, moist baby wipe, scissors

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Start by applying a coat of gesso to the canvas. I used one measuring 7" x 9". You could choose any size you like.

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Rub some Raspberry Gelatos in the middle of the canvas.

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Blend with a lot of water. Let dry thoroughly.

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Ink  any background stamp with Black Stamper's Big Brush pen and stamp around the canvas.

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Using Gel Medium, layer found papers, tapes and die cuts on the canvas.

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Layer the tribal patterned stencil from 102 Stencil Collection near the right edge of the canvas and apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife from the Gelatos Tool Kit. Lift off the stencil immediately and clean it with a moist baby wipe.

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While the medium dries thoroughly, die-cut and emboss the leaf and color it with Tangerine Gelatos. Rub more Raspberry Gelatos over the embossed stem and veins.

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With your B tip Black PITT Artist Pen, write 'Gratitude' on a piece of paper and cut it into a small banner with scissors.

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Attach the little banner and leaf to the canvas to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial. Before I go, I want to say to you that I AM SO VERY GRATEFUL TO YOU ALL! Thanks for checking out my tutorials, visiting my personal blog and leaving sweet comments and your questions. Thank you!

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The Not-So-Scary Halloween Owl

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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."                                                                                                                                                                         

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

Supplies:

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

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Hello Beautiful Jewelry Station Featuring Lime Green Gelatos

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Hey friends!  Adrianne here with you today to share an outside-of-the-box jewelry display solution that allows you to express your inner artist in a fun and functional way.  This jewelry station is a great place for all your go-to pieces - the ones I always end up leaving on my night table or the bathroom counter because I wear them so often.  I'm determined to clean up some of the clutter at home and this solution was fun to make!

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I started with a MDF initial, and added Gelatos® (highlighting the color of the week, Lime!), Texture Luxe, Gel Medium and Glass Bead Glitter Gel before finishing it off with a set of decorative knobs.  Green is my favorite color so I have really enjoyed this week's Gelatos color!

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I began by covering my MDF letter "A" with a couple base colors.  I mixed a bit of each of three colors - Metallic Icing, Acqua Dolce, and Passion Fruit - with Gel Medium, spread it over the piece, and allowed it to dry before adding some geometric stencils.  

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Next, I mixed Lime Green Gelatos with some Glass Bead Glitter Gel.  If you haven't tried tinting the gels or textural mediums in the Design· Memory· Craft® line, it's so easy!  Simply cut off a small bit of the Gelatos with your palette knife, add a dab of the medium you're using, and mix them together.  

It helps if you first crush the solid Gelatos - I just squash it with my palette knife before mixing!  It helps to more quickly dissolve and mix with the gel.  You can use palette paper for your mixing, or I just do it directly on my craft mat  and wipe it clean with a baby wipe between colors.  

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I added a hexagon theme using a stencil from the 101 stencil collection and hexagonal knobs.  I used both small and medium hexies in my piece, because while the "A" itself is large enough for this project, there actually aren't a lot of large spaces to work on with a letter cutout.  If you're using a plaque or a letter with more surface area, larger shapes would work well also!  

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The 301 stencil pack is filled with letters and numbers.  Many are pre-cut expressions, but that doesn't mean you're locked into saying only what the stencil reads!  I used the word "hello" from the multi-lingual greeting design and the word "beautiful" from a stencil that reads "that beautiful smile".  While I knew I wanted the shine from the silver Texture Luxe, I also wanted to begin slightly darker than the silver shine to help my words stand out as much as possible.  

I mixed a bit of Squid Ink Gelatos with the first layer of stenciling.  If you're wondering why I planned for more than one layer, I'll let you in on a little trick of mine!  It begins with a confession: I rarely manage to create perfectly stenciled shapes and letters over other textures.  When you have this kind of "oops", you can wipe it off and begin again in many cases, but what I have found is that it's also a fantastic base for building textures and raised lettering and shapes.  

By starting with a darker shade and allowing it to dry, you can re-set your stencil over the same letters and brush lightly with a lighter shade (in this case, un-tinted Silver Texture Luxe).  It draws attention away from a messy first try and allows you to smooth out any textures you're not satisfied with.  Two layers also really makes the letters stand out!  With a soft color like silver, you have to rely on more texture if you don't want the letters to blend into the background.  

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Once the stencils have dried, you can add additional color to get the look you want.  In my case, I wanted a little more green.  I applied Lime Green Gelatos directly to the board in a few select places, and blended it to soften the color.  This way it coordinates with the hexies, but doesn't compete or draw the eye away.

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After the entire piece has dried, there's just one step left - to add the knobs that turns your art into a jewelry display station!  I drilled four holes along the diagonal of the "A" (the placement of knobs on each letter will vary!  Play with the layout for yourself to determine how many knobs you want, and their ideal placement).  To the topmost knob, I also added a hanger to the backside of the piece.  

Finally, I finished the raw wood edge with a bit of green by applying Lime Green Gelatos directly the the edges and blending it to smooth the finish.  

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If you discover that the screws that are included with your knobs are a little too long for your slim MDF, you can either make a quick trip to your hardware store for shorter screws, or you can increase the number of pieces your knobs cam hold by adding something to the front side between the MDF and the knob.  I added 11mm large hole crystal beads to my piece (partly because I make a lot of jewelry and I didn't have to leave the house by opting for this solution.  Hey, I like to work with what I have!)

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The end result is a unique jewelry display that's a reflection of you!  This size is small enough to fit in most spaces, and it accommodates several pieces on each knob.  

I hope you enjoyed exploring this fun and functional art piece with me today, and I'll see you again soon!

Adrianne Surian
 

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Red Ruby Slippers

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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And the remaining pieces colored with Gelatos® Caramel.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Supplies:

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

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Autumn Leaves

This week's Gelatos® color of the week is Red Cherry.  I chose a project with an Autumn theme which works perfectly with this bright, fun color.

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I started by decoupaging a canvas panel with a music sheet and Gel Medium. Next, I applied Red Cherry and Blood Orange Gelatos to it and used Gel Medium to move it around my background. I ended up layering up a few layers this way so that the colors would become intense.

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Next I added a layer of Glaze. I love how glossy the glaze makes the paper! I used a rubber stamp to make an impression in it while it was still wet.  It's a really neat technique.  I ended up covering it but I at least wanted to show you another fun way to use the Glaze.
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For the leaves, I used my die-cut machine to cut a leaf shape out of black cardstock .  You can also draw the leaf and cut it out of cardstock if you don't have a die-cut machine. Next, I  mixed together some Whipped Spackle and Gold Texture Luxe™. Mixing these creates a different color and texture while retaining it's metallic shine.  After they were mixed, I added some Gold Champagne Gelatos to half of it. The gold  really bumped up the metallic look and darkened it as well. I used a pencil to etch some vein lines before the mixture dried.

I did the same technique using Whipped Spackle, Copper Texture Luxe, and Iced Chai Gelatos to it for the other leaf.
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The bookplate I used was originally silver, and I wanted it to be copper, so I used a dab of the copper Texture Luxe and added a couple of drops of water to it and then applied it.  After it dried, I rubbed ink from the Walnut Brown #177 Stamper's Big Brush Pen into the recessed areas.
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Next I used a small piece of black cardstock and covered the front side of it with 3 layers of Chalk Board Paint . Once it was  dry, I wrote the word Autumn on  it with the Stamper's Big Brush pen in white. I applied some Walnut Brown ink around the edge of the canvas as well to create a frame.
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After everything was dry,  I wrapped some string and beads around the right edge to finish it off.

Autumn Leaves - closeupThis project made me really look forward to the upcoming fall season.

Enjoy,

 

Erin

Supplies:

  • 5" x 7" Canvas Panel
  • Gelatos®: Red Cherry, Blood Orange, Gold Champagne, Iced Coffee
  • Glaze
  • Gel Medium
  • Chalk Board Paint
  • Texture Luxe: Gold, Copper
  • Stamper's Big Brush: Walnut Brown #177
  • Whipped Spackle
  • Sheet Music
  • Rubber Stamp
  • Black Cardstock
  • Pallet Knife
  • String and thread
  • Beads
  • Bookplate
  • Stamper's Big Brush Pen White

 

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Stamping with Gelatos®

  Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

You are awesome!

Sometimes you just need that reminder or want to share it with someone else so I made this little 4" x 6" piece of art that I could put in our guest room. I love how it turned out. It's almost magic how the highlighting of the flowers happens with this technique. Here's how I created the project.

 

I started off by using PITT® Artist Pen Black #199 as ink to stamp a flower image onto a 4" x 6" piece of watercolor paper. 

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Next,  I used Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil #126 to color in the areas of the flowers that I wanted shaded.
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Next,  I activated the watercolor with water.
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While that dried, I mixed together about a 1/8" chunk of Guava Gelatos®, a Palette Knife full of Gel Medium, and a small spritz of water.
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I then painted it onto the shadow stamp and stamped it onto my flower.

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I really love the irregularity of the Gelatos® and how the watercolor pencils pop through. 

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Next, I stamped some leaves with May Green #170 PITT® Artist Pen and water colored them in with a Kiwi Gelatos®. I also used Art GRIP®Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil #147 and #153 to color in the blue background and then activated it with water.  Lastly, I added a sentiment that was stamped and embossed with black embossing powder and slipped it into the frame.
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Tea time mini canvas tutorial by Mou

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Hi friends, Mou here today with a mini canvas tutorial using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents and tools, Texture Luxe™ and Gelatos®! So, let's get started.

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Lay the tea cups stencil from the Scandinavian Stencil Collection on a piece of cardboard. Apply Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent Whipped Spackle with a palette knife from the Gelatos Tool Set.

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Once the Whipped Spackle is dry, cut out the cup, handle and plate with scissors.

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Color a 4"x 4" canvas with Gelatos® colors: Fig and Guava. Blend the colors with gesso.

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Here's the painted canvas.

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Attach the tea cup pieces to the canvas with Gel Medium.

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Color inside the tea cup with Texture Luxe™ Gold.

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Use Gelatos® color Guava to color the tea cup.

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Cut a small tag out of cardstock and color it with Gelatos® color Guava and Texture Luxe™ Gold. When dry, write 'Tea time' with the B-tip Essential PITT Artist pen, BLACK. Thread a needle and poke a hole through the top of the tag.

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Attach the tag to the canvas as shown. Add some more color to the canvas with Gelatos® colors: Metallic Grape and Watermelon.

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Ink up a stamp with #133 Magenta and # 219 Deep Scarlet Stamper's Big Brush pens and randomly stamp on the canvas.

When all the inks and mediums are dry, seal the piece with a thin coat of gel medium to finish.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun being creative!

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents & Tools:

Whipped Spackle

Gel medium

Gesso

Scandinavian Stencil Collection

Gelatos Tool Set

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos®: Fig, Guava, Metallic Grape, Watermelon

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pen: #133 Magenta and #219 Deep Scarlet (both from RED set)

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist pen: BLACK

Other: 4" x 4" canvas, stamp, heat tool, thread, needle, cardstock, paint brush, cardboard, scissors

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Put a Bird on it Canvas

Hello everyone, this is Rachel Kleinman from rwkrafts.com here for my first post as a member of the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft CORE Design Team! I am so excited to be working for this amazing company. I have been using these wonderful mixed media products for years and truly love them! With that, I'm here to share my newest canvas - Put a Bird on it!

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I've put together a full process video that shows you how the canvas came together, as well sharing some fun techniques that mix Design Memory Craft Glaze medium with Gelatos®. Don't worry, if you're not a video person I've got some step by step photos as well!...

 

 

I started with a gesso'd 6x6" canvas that I colored with Gelatos® colors Limoncello and Margarita Mix then blended with water. I was playing with some techniques that use the Glaze medium and this first technique is my favorite: I blended Gelatos® Passion Fruit with Glaze using my spatula. This creates a very thick somewhat translucent colored glaze that looks beautiful when dried on the canvas. (I recommend watching this in the video... it's just yummy!)

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Next I did a similar technique with Glaze and Gelatos® Orange Soda but I didn't mix the Gelatos® fully into the Glaze. This leaves more of the clear gloss behind with added hints of the Gelatos® pigment. I did this to spread my paste over a triangle stencil from the Stencils 101 collection.

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I love mixing and matching even my wet mediums together to see what happens! Here I mixed Texture Luxe™ Gold with Glass Bead Glitter Gel and added 'smudges' of it on my canvas with my spatula. The Glass Bead Glitter Gel adds a little extra sparkle and texture to the already brilliant Texture Luxe™.

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For the focal image of my canvas, I traced this bird from the Scandinavian Stencil Collection with my black PITT Artist Pen. Then I colored it with Art Grip® Aquarelle watercolor pencils. Once dried, I cut out each piece and adhered it to the canvas with Gel Medium.

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 I used a couple extra elements to add finishing details to the canvas, such as Gold Texture Gems™, Glass Bead Glitter Gel, and Pearl Texture Luxe™ paste.

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Thank you so much for joining me in my first post here! I hope you've been inspired to use some of your Design Memory Craft mediums in a different way! 

 

SUPPLIES:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Supplies:

Gesso

Gel Medium

Glaze

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Texture Gems™ Gold

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Texture Luxe™ Pearl

Gelatos Tool Set

Stencils 101 Collection

Stencils Scandinavian Collection

Essential PITT Artist Pens Black

Gelatos® Margarita Mix, Passion Fruit, Limoncello, Orange Soda  

Metallic PITT Artist Pen Gold

Art Grip® Aquarelle Pencils

 

OTHER SUPPLIES:

6x6 Canvas

Printmaking Paper

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An Altered Paint Brush Holder by Mou Saha

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

SUPPLIES:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents:

Gesso

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

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Clipboard Artwork! Mixed Media & Hand lettering

Hi everyone, Erin Bassett here!

For this piece I started off by sketching out my word art with a graphite pencil and then erasing it a bit so I could trace over it using a PITT® Artist Pen, Black Fine Nib.  I made sure to let the pen work dry completely before erasing any visible pencil marks so I could add wet layers on top of it without it running (once the India ink is dry it's waterproof).


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Next I painted over the block lettering with Gel Medium and allowed it to dry.
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Then I rubbed some Gelatos® on my craft mat, added a spray of water and then used that to watercolor in my word art. After the Gelatos® watercoloring is dry, I gently took a damp cotton swab over the Gel Medium since it resists the Gelatos® leaving the letters white. 
1 - Pencil Sketch

3c - Gel Medium Resist with Gelatos

Next I wanted to jazz up my clipboard so I took Glass Bead Glitter Gel and mixed it with the Red Cherry Gelatos® and then painted it into a heart shape on the clipboard, I added a touch more Glass Bead Glitter Gel to it, and then let it dry.


1 - Pencil Sketch

I then jazzed it up a bit more by dotting the pearl colored Metallic Texture Gem around the heart and adding some ribbons and trims.


1 - Pencil Sketch

At that point I thought I might be done...but it was just missing something so I broke out a stencil from the 102 Stencil Collection and then mixed some Whipped Spackle and Gelatos® together to use with it.

7 - Stencil Whipped Spackle and Gelatos

I knew I wanted to add in a darker color as well so I mixed up some Gelatos® and Glaze and dripped it on and then allowed it to dry before attaching my watercolored word art to the clipboard. 
7 - Stencil Whipped Spackle and Gelatos

 Done and ready to put up in my studio!

Word Art Clipboard

Erin Bassett DT 2