Gel Medium

Mixed Media Journal

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I recently got to play with some new Stencils and made a mixed media journal for a friend.

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I used mixed media paper & card stock, trimmed to size, a stencil and Gelatos for this projects. I also used a book binding machine for mine, but if you don't have one, no problem. You can punch holes by hand and either bind it together with ribbon or use loose leaf binder rings, like these shown below.


These are readily available at your local office supply store.

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I trimmed my card stock down to the desired size.
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I used my book binder machine to punch holes along one edge, but again, you can do this by hand.

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I used Gel Medium to adhere the card stock to my two chipboard pieces.

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Next, I used Gelatos in Fig and Satellite, available in the Iridescents set along with one of the stencils to decorate the front and back covers. I also used touches of Lunar and Silver Ice Gelatos.

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I used Essential Pitt Artist Pens and a Stampers Big White Pen to add some definition and ran Satellite around the edges.

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I added some glitter to Whipped Spackle to add a bit of shimmer.

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To finish it off, I bound everything together and added some hand dyed ribbon as an accent.

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Thank you for following along!




Colorful Cardboard Christmas Tree


Carolyn Dube here sharing a whimsical Christmas decoration made by recycling one of the cardboard boxes that has shown up at my door.  It starts by cutting out 5 triangles for the tree and 5 rectangles for the trunk.  Why did I use cardboard? I love the ridges and texture in cardboard plus it is an easy to find supply. 


Gelatos-cardboard-christmas-tree-decor-carolyn-dube-1aI covered the front and sides with Gesso. New to Gesso? It is a primer that I am putting on the cardboard.  It will allow me to blend the Gelatos in the next step more easily. 


Using Gelatos, I added a color to part of the tree.  For the green, I did something a little different by mixing 2 colors together so I could get just the shade that I was envisioning. You can create custom colors by blending different colors together.



Next, I blended it with my finger.  Another option is to use water and a paintbrush to move the color around also but I love the feel of smearing the color so I opted for using my hands. On the smaller triangles I filled it in completely with color but on the larger triangles, I left the center plain because it was just going to be covered up when the tree was glued together.


To glue it together, I used Gel Medium.  Then  I added a top coat of Gel Medium to seal the Gelatos so that I could add the next layer to it.  The tree trunk was attached using masking tape on the back. 

The back isn't glamorous at all, since the writing from the box is there too. Nobody will see the back because this will be hanging on a door in my art studio.  How will I hang it?  A Command Adhesive mount since this is so light.  After all it is just cardboard.



Once the Gel Medium was completely dry, and it was very important that it is completely dry, I used the brush tip Pitt Pens to add a bit of pattern.  On the pink, I did scribble journaling where I captured my gratitude for the blessings in my life.  For each color, I chose a different pattern  to add with the pens. On the yellow the drawing is tough to see in photo, but it is there!


 Thanks for stopping by for a bit of colorful holiday play.  Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday!


Handmade Holiday Ornament Trio with Gelatos & Holiday PITT Artist Pens

12-11-2017 Handmade Holiday Ornaments with Gelatos & Holiday PITT Pens - Mou Saha

Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial to make handmade holiday ornaments using Gelatos colors and Holiday PITT pens! Let me list the supplies before I show you how to make these ornaments with basic tools and supplies.


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® -

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents - Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Holiday PITT Artist Pen set

Other - cardstock, thread, trimmer, scissors, pencil


Start by trimming 4x4 inches squares out of white cardstock, six pieces for each ornament.

Fold squares in halves. Draw a tree, a gift box and a house with pencil. Cut out with scissors.

Using the first piece as template, cut the other five pieces for each ornament design.


Cut about three pieces of thread or twine, each to 6 inches. 

With Gel Medium, attach the matching design pieces back to back. Before attaching the last piece, fold the thread in half and place between the previous and final piece to make a loop.


Color the tree ornament with Mango, Comet and Satellite Gelatos colors. Blend with water.


Once dry, make marks on the tree ornament with the green Holiday PITT pen.


Color the gift box ornament with Mars, Odyssey and Gold Champagne Gelatos colors.


Add details to the ornament with the red and gold PITT pens.


Color the house ornament with Odyssey and Aqua Dolce Gelatos.


Add details with the Gold and Black PITT pens.


Now, your ornaments are ready to decorate your tree or give as gifts.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun making your own handmade ornaments!






Holiday Art Journaling


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. 


 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. 


 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!


 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.  


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.  


 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.


A Layered Mixed Media Decor Piece


Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial for a layered mixed media decor piece perfect for the Holidays! 

Before I walk you through the steps, let me list the supplies.


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft-

Gelatos® Colors -

Textural Accents -

Tools -

Other - 5x7 inches canvas, silk leaves, thread, chipboard, palette, paper trimmer, scissors, heat tool (optional)


Rub Gelatos colors Iridescents Blue Moon and Odyssey generously on 5x7 inches canvas and blend with your fingers or a smudge sponge. Seal with a top coat of Gel Medium applied lightly with a silicone spatula and let dry.


Layer the feather stencil from the Mixed Media Paper Stencils (Faith) near the right edge of the canvas and apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife. Let dry.


Rub a little Gelatos color Blueberry around the feather design and blend with water. Let dry.

Pick up a slight bit of Texture Luxe Gold and gently rub over and around the feather.


Color a 2.5x5 inches chipboard with Gelatos colors Mars and Iced Rose. Blend the colors with Gesso. Let dry. 


Mix three parts Glass Bead Glitter Gel and one part Texture Luxe Gold thoroughly in a palette.


Apply the mixed medium through the Sing His Praise stencil from the Faith collection on the colored chipboard. Let dry.


Apply dots around the stenciled phrase on the chipboard with Texture Gems Gold. Let it dry.


Color a 4 x 6 inch chipboard with Gelatos color Boysenberry. Apply Gelatos Color Iridescents Odyssey through the floral stencil, also from the Faith collection.

Trim the chipboard into two pieces -  2.75 x 5.25 inches and 0.75 x 3 inches.


Now, let's assemble the pieces on the canvas.

Cut some 18 inches of thread and loosely wrap around your palm. Pull it out and attach near the bottom left of the canvas with Gel Medium.

Attach the 2.75 x 5.25 inches chipboard piece on top of the thread layer as shown.

Layer a pair of silk leaves so they extend beyond the canvas on top of the chipboard piece.

Mount the Sing His Praise chipboard on top with Gel Medium.

Add the 0.75 x 3 inch strip below the Sing His Praise chipboard.

Apply some more Texture Luxe Gold through the flower stencil around the canvas to finish.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will reach for your Design Memory Craft stash for creating handmade Holiday decor and gifts!







Merry Canvas


Carolyn Dube here sharing a Christmas gift I've made for a friend. These 4 Pitt Pens, from the Holiday Lettering Assortment, did it all on this canvas from creating the soft background color, to the two tone edging, to the bright stars, and more! In the video, you'll see how it all came together! 


Using a preprimed canvas board, I colored the background in sections with a Pitt Pen. While the ink was still fresh, I added Gesso with a brush. The ink, mixed with the Gesso on the canvas, created a custom color for the background.  One word of caution, you want to keep the tip of the pen out of any wet gesso.  


Next, I ripped three triangles out of old book text.  Using the same pen that I used for the background, I colored each tree.  It didn't have to be a perfect coloring job because of what was coming next.

Once the trees were colored, a layer of sparkle and texture was added using the Glass Bead Glitter Gel.  When it goes on, it is white but when it is dry, it is sparkly, textured and see through.  Here you can see one that was just covered in the Glass Bead Glitter Gel and one that is completely dry.


Trees need a star on top, so a free handed a star.  For the largest tree, the largest star, for the smaller trees, smaller stars.  When I drew it on the book text, I didn't worry if it was perfect or had well defined points.  Cutting them out with scissors took care of that.

IMG_3557I am not a big fan of my handwriting so I have learned ways to make my handwriting a little better.  One trick is to write on book text.  Often, when I write words seem to slant as if they are going up a hill. But if I write on the book text, I use the lines of words as my guide to keep me level.  Without a guide, letters in my words are often different heights.  The book text acts as my guide so the -erry in Merry had letters all the same height.  Another benefit of writing on the book text is that if I don't like it, I can simply grab another piece of book text and try again.  


Another trick is to layer the pens. No matter what I do, I can never get the second layer to be exactly the same as the first. That's a good thing because that means some of the bottom color peeks through and adds interest. I wrote Merry in red first, then wrote over it in black.  I did the same kind of thing on the edges by first drawing the lines in gold, then going over the top of it with the red.  


Thanks for stopping by for today's play.  Now I am off to wrap up this gift! 

Holiday Art with Holiday Lettering PITT Pens


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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!





Stamping Holiday Tags with Pitt Pens


Carolyn Dube with a quick holiday gift tag tutorial using the Pitt Artist Pens Holiday Lettering Set.  These pens did it all! They were used to stamp the tree, color the book text, and create the lines on the ribbon.


Using a pen makes it easy to selectively color parts of the stamp, like the star on top and the tree trunk. To stamp with a Pitt Pen, I use the side of the brush tip to add color to parts of the rubber stamp. 

The tag, which is just basic white cardstock, has a small piece of vintage book text glued on with Gel Medium. Using the same pen to color that book text is why it matches perfectly with the stamped tree.  


Using the black Pitt Pen and a straight edge, I drew lines to frame the stamped image.  The ribbon had been plain black ribbon but the gold Pitt Pen is opaque so it shows up wonderfully on the ribbon.  Using a straight edge, I customized the ribbon with 4-5 lines on each side.


Thanks for stopping by for a some of Pitt Pen play!  


Gelatos and Texture Play


No matter how bumpy, Gelatos can add color to any texture!  Carolyn Dube here playing with textured areas as I add layers of color to this canvas.  There was even an O.O.P.S. or two along the way.  What is an O.O.P.S.?  It's an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly.



Watch on YouTube. 

The crocheted doily created lots of texture to grab the color while the canvas board provided a subtle texture.  No matter what level of texture you add Gelatos to, you have the flexibility to leave it as it is or to blend it.  


 To blend the color, simply rub with a baby wipe or a damp paper towel.  The more you do this, the more blended it becomes. 

Gelatos-mixed-media-play-carolyn-dube-2A Stamper's Big Brush pen added the color on the found poetry to add the final touches. The Gel Medium that I used to attach the doilies to the canvas board also worked wonderfully with the little pieces of text.


Thanks for stopping by for a bit of texture and Gelatos play!Gelatos-mixed-media-play-carolyn-dube

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.