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Shimmery Holiday Card with Silver Ice Gelatos®

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Hi everyone, Mou here today with a shimmery holiday card tutorial using Silver Ice Gelatos®! It's quick and easy. Gather the supplies listed below and follow along.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® : Silver Ice, Iced Chai

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent: Gel Medium

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

Other: Watercolor paper, ledger paper or another print paper, scissors, stamp, palette/ craft mat, paint brush, water

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Trim watercolor paper down to your favorite size and fold in half to make the card base. Rub Silver Ice Gelatos softly on the surface and blend with water.

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Did you know that you can use your Gelatos with stamps? Just gently rub Silver Ice Gelatos on a scripty background stamp. Then huff on it or spritz it with a little water to activate the pigment. Stamp all over the card using this technique. Remember that we are simply trying to create an interesting background, so the stamping does not need to be perfect. In fact, in this case, the more imperfection the better.

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Rub some Iced Chai Gelatos on a palette or craft mat and activate with water. Splatter the diluted pigment on the card as shown.

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Use the same stamp with the Iced Chai Gelatos to create another shimmery layer to your card.

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Take some ledger or print or another found paper and cut it into a Christmas tree. Again, the more childish your cut, the better!

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Attach the tree to the card with Gel Medium. Add a small banner piece below the tree and write your greetings on it with Essential PITT Artist pen to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial! A very Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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Geometric Trees Winter Locket

Hey friends!  Adrianne Surian with you here today to share a fun jewelry idea - showcase your mixed media art inside a glass locket.  This simple geometric winter design featuring the Gelatos® color of the week, Metallic Mint, is versatile enough for your next Christmas party right up through the beginning of spring.

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What even better about this project is that you can change out the art inside anytime you like - consider this accessory a tiny frame for your miniature mixed media.  Showcase your personality with any of your favorite artwork, or just read on to re-create this simple stenciled design.  

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You can get the full supply list at the bottom of this post.   You may notice above that I included some stamping supplies, but in the end, I decided that simple was better (a small canvas is easy to fill, after all)!  You'll just need to do some basic mixing, stenciling, and texture painting.

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Begin by tracing a circle the same size as the opening in your locket (in my case, 1-1/4 inches).  Alternately, if you have a circle hole punch in the correct size, you may simply use that.  

Apply Gelatos in Elderberry directly to the background, and blend it with a damp brush or sponge for a background with a watercolor effect.  Then, prepare Gel Medium for the trees by cutting off a small piece of Gelatos sticks in Iced Pear, and the color of the week, Metallic Mint.  Mix a small amount of Gel Medium with each color until well-blended.  (You may also choose to add a hint of Glass Bead Glitter Gel to the Metallic Mint mix, like I did, for extra texture on the darker trees!)

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Using the Triangle Stencil from the 101 Stencil Collection, overlap layers of trees ranging from lighter in the background to darker and more textural in the foreground.  I layered a thin watercolor coat of Metallic Mint Gelatos, then a layer of Iced Pear Gelatos mixed with Gel Medium, and finally a layer of Metallic Mint Gelatos mixed with Glass Bead Glitter Gel.  (Note: allow each layer to dry in between before applying the next.)

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Finally, apply Texture Luxe in the color Pearl to the bottom of the circle to provide a snowy base for your art.  You can also add a few dots in the air as snowflakes, or paint a bit of snow onto the textured trees.  

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To showcase your art inside the locket, make sure that it's fully dry and cut (or punch) it to the correct size to fit inside.  My locket has an interior diameter of 1-1/4 inches which makes a nice size for jewelry.  Then simply close the locket for wear, and reopen it at any time to change the artwork inside!

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I hope you enjoyed this simple winter design, and that you're inspired to proudly wear your own art this season - or give it as a gift!  Handmade jewelry gifts like this are easy to put together and they're especially personal to your loved ones, who can own a bit of your art without worrying if it suits their decor or if they have space for it.  There's always space right next to their heart!

Adrianne Surian

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Holiday Tags with Metallic Mint Gelatos®

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Hi everyone, Mou here today to show you how quickly you can make  your own holiday gift tags! 

Gather the following supplies before you start:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos®:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Tag Collection

Others: watercolor paper, red twine, scissors

Let's get started.

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Start with white tags. I die cut mine out of white watercolor paper. You can also buys packs of tags at any craft store.

Rub Metallic Mint Gelatos® on the tags and blend with water.

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Color the punch hole protectors with Iced Chai Gelatos®.

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Attach the punch hole protectors to the tags using Gel Medium.

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Add some texture to the tags using the dots stencil, Texture Luxe Gold and a palette knife. Simply lay the stencil over the tag, hold the stencil in place and apply medium with palette knife.

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Cut small lengths of red twine and thread them through the tag holes.

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Write ‘To’ and ‘From’ to each tag with black PITT Artist pen, B tip.

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Fill in the names. Tie them to your gifts. And there you have it!

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and will try making your own gift tags this holiday!

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry Plaque

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 This is Rachel here, and today, I would like to share with you some inspiration all about decorating for the holidays! To begin,  I used the Strawberry Gelatos®  to create a festive plaque that I can keep on display through New Years.

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I started by covering the entire plaque with Strawberry Gelatos® then incorporating a few Mixed Media Stencils in a lot of different ways. I used a ghosting technique to take color away, I used Silver Ice Gelatos® to add color through a stencil, and finally I used Texture Luxe™ Pearl Paste through the triangle stencil to add dimension. Each of these techniques are shared in my process video to give you a better idea of what I did!

For the finishing pop on the background I painted on a generous amount of Glass Bead Glitter Gel (my favorite!) and spread on a mix of Strawberry Gelatos® with Glaze medium.

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As much as I loved creating the background, the letters are really the star! I traced the Stencil 301 letters onto watercolor paper, fussy cut them out, then gave each one a coat of Gold Champagne Gelatos®, Glass Bead Glitter Gel, and Ice Texture Gems™. Each letter has so much sparkle and dimension! I love the combination of the Glass Bead Glitter Gel with the Texture Gems™ on top.

 

Please watch the process video to get a clearer idea of each step used to create this plaque! Thanks for watching!

 

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I hope you all have a festive start to your holiday season :)

 

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SUPPLIES:

Gelatos®: Strawberry, Gold Champagne, Silver Ice

Mixed Media Stencils: 101 Collection, 102 Collection, 301 Collection

Texture Luxe™ Paste Pearl

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Gesso

Gel Medium

Glaze

Texture Gems™ Ice

Texture Gems™ Gold


Slumber Should Be Broken: A Mixed Media Canvas

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Hi everyone! Mou here today with a mixed media canvas tutorial for you. Holiday season is busy, so let's get started right away.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Colors: Metallic Grape, Iced Chai, Iced Coffee

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents and Tools:

Gesso

Gel Medium

Whipped Spackle

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Gelatos Tool Set

101 Stencil Collection

102 Stencil Collection

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

Sizzix Thinlits Die - Doily #2

Others: canvas, cardstock, old book paper, resin accent, stamp, tissue

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Color canvas with Metallic Grape Gelatos and blend with gesso.

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Once the color dries, lay a stencil from the 102 Stencils Collection on the canvas and apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife.

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Ruffle up some tissue paper and attach to the canvas with gel medium. Layer a die-cut doily on top.

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Once the surfaces dry, add more colors with Iced Chai and Iced Coffee Gelatos. Color the die cut doily with Black Stamper's Big Brush pen. Layer a stencil from the 101 Stencil Collection on top of the doily and apply Whipped Spackle with a palette knife.

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Ink up a background stamp with Stamper's Big Brush pen and stamp around the canvas.

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Add some strips of old book paper near the top left part of the canvas.

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Rub some Texture Luxe Gold and dilute some of it to so it will drip down. Let dry.

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Attach a resin accent with gel medium. Rub more Texture Luxe Gold on it. Attach a phrase cut out of old book paper.

And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial.

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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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Halloween Art Journal

Autumn is my favorite time of year, even if in California it still feels like summer! Now, I'm not a big Halloween person, but I do love pumpkins, and cats, and crows, so I decided I'd create an art journal page fall and I used this week's Gelatos® color of the week: Black Licorice.

 

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I started off by sketching  my design...I wanted to keep it in more of a folk art style than a scarey Halloween one.

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Next, I chopped off a bit of Mango Gelatos and a tiny bit of the Cinnamon. I mashed those up and combined the mixture with some Glass Bead Glitter Gel
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I used the Glass Bead Glitter Gel and Gelatos mixture to "paint" in my pumpkin, leaving the features unpainted. 
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Next,  I combined the Black Licorice Gelatos and the Glass Bead Glitter Gel and filled in the cat and the crow.
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To make the marks on the crow's tail, the cat's whiskers, and mouth I just took a sharp pencil and drew through the Gelatos/Glass Bead Glitter Gel mixture while it was still wet.
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I also mixed up a tiny bit of Watermelon Gelatos and Glass Bead Glitter Gel to fill in the ears and nose on the cat  and for the pumpkin stem I used Iced Chai Gelatos and Glass Bead Glitter Gel. Once it was all filled in I let the whole page dry completely before starting on the background. Now , I knew I wanted to have a darker background, but I also wanted to be able to see the cat and the crow so for the first layer I used the following Gelatos: Snow Cone, Boysenberry, and Metallic Grape.
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I used a baby wipe that I had squeezed out as much of the liquid out of as possible to blend out the Gelatos.
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 I allowed the backround to dry.

 I then outlined the cat and crow with a Black #199 PITT Artist Pen, and the pumpkin with a Dark Sepia #175.  I filled in all the details on the crow, cat, and pumpkin. I then got the idea to add some patterns to the background. Now, because of the waxy finish to the Gelatos you're not able to write on top of it with the finer tipped PITT Artist Pens very easily so I brushed on a thin layer of Gel Medium to seal it in so I could add those details.
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I wish you could see the glitter and texture on this page "in real life!" It's really neat!

 

Supplies:

Gelatos - Mango, Cinnamon,Watermelon, Black Licorice, Snow Cone, Boysenberry, Metallic Grape

PITT Artist Pens - Orange Glaze #113, Black #199, Pale Geranium #12, Dark Chrome Yellow #109, May Green #170, Magenta #133

Gel Medium

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Pencil & Eraser

 

ERIN

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October Leaves - Art Journal Video

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Hello! Rachel here sharing an art journal page that honors the beautiful month of October! The Gelatos® Color of the Week is the gorgeous Cinnamon, such a perfect autumn shade. 

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I combined the Cinnamon Gelatos® with Metallic Blueberry, Boysenberry, and Snow Cone Gelatos, I just love the true blue shades with pretty browns. The art journal includes tracings of oak leaves from my backyard that I painted with Boysenberry Gelatos and traced with the gorgeous Gold Texture Gems™. I also used Gesso through a Mixed Media 101 stencil, then painted highlights on each polka dot with Cinnamon Gelatos.

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I used my Black Stamper's Big Brush Pen to very loosely trace my leaves on parchment paper. Then I painted the 'leaves' with Gesso before adhering to the journal with Gel Medium.

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The quote was added with the alphabet Mixed Media Stencil 301 using Black Licorice Gelatos.

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I also have a complete process video for this art journal spread! You can watch here or Click Here to view!

 

SUPPLIES:

Gelatos®: Cinnamon, Boysenberry, Metallic Blueberry, Snow Cone, and Black Licorice

Texture Gems™ Gold

Gesso

Gel Medium

Glaze

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Mixed Media Stencil Collection 101, 102, and 301

Asphalt Texture Paste

Whipped Spackle

 

 

 

 

 


DIY Fall Earrings

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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

ERIN

 

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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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