Metallic Pens

Put a Bird on it Canvas

Hello everyone, this is Rachel Kleinman from 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!



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!)


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.


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™.


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.


 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.




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! 



Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Supplies:


Gel Medium


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



6x6 Canvas

Printmaking Paper


A Touch of This A Bit of That with Jamie Dougherty

Hello everyone,

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

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

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



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

Happy Creating



We asked Jen to share a few design team stories! "Memories by Jen Matott"

I have so many amazing memories from the five years that I've been on this design team.  I was one of the original crew that started when the Design Memory Craft brand started.  DSC05490

I was sent a pack of Gelatos colors in blue, Art Grip Aquarelle pencils and some PITT Artist pens to try out and create something with.  It was amazing!  Coming up with brand new ways to use these fabulous products was a thrill!  I fell in love with Gelatos and the entire Design Memory Craft line!  I had used Faber-Castell pencils and markers since I was a kid but these were so full of possibilities!  My banner was the first art piece in the ads.  It was so exciting!  I have a lot of favorite projects from my time on this team but I'll share a few of my favorites and a few memories along the way!


This booklet will always hold a special place in my heart.  It was the first kit project that I made and I created the project pages for the entire kit!  It went on to be one of the best selling kits.  I loved coming up with different ways to use the Gelatos on each page!  I still get a thrill when I see it on the packaging in the store!  Which leads to the next kit: Mixed Media with Gelatos.  I love this page from that artwork!  It was another amazing adventure to create art for this kit!

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One of my favorite memories was getting to go to CHA in Las Vegas and Anaheim, CA!  What fun that was!  Lots of demoing and meeting people that I only knew from online.  It was a blast hanging out with the other designers and people behind the scenes at Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft! 



Every demo opportunity that I've had along the way has been amazing but especially with Marco's Paper!  Thanks for all those that stopped by and listened to me go on and on about these products and what they can do!


Also, the trip to Cleveland, OH to meet with the rest of the design team and staff at Faber-Castell headquarters!  It was a dream come true.  Fun to explore the entire building, hang out with everyone and brainstorm the future!  I loved every moment of it!  


There are so many good memories from working with these people and products.  I cannot say enough how lucky I was, how honored that they valued my artwork and ideas and that I got to work with such cool products!  I will be forever grateful for the long stretch that I got to work with this company!  But like all good things, it's time to move on and let some new artists have those same experiences.  I am sad to leave the team at this time but I have a lot going on at home with two very busy boys, my running/ training schedule and my own artwork.  I am an elementary school art teacher too so it is time to refocus my creative and personal goals.  I will continue to work with the Design Memory Craft products in my art and hope that I can still create work to show off these products.  Thank you for the amazing opportunity to inspire and share my love of art!

Layered Stenciled Journal Page with Jen

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

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Coloring Book with PITT Artist Pens

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


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Mixed Media Canvas with Gelatos® Colors


Hi everyone! Carisa here.  Today I'm back to share with you a pretty mixed media canvas using primarily Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gelatos® Colors. I was inspired by the pretty papers I had just received as well as the rub on from the collection. I wanted to see how it would work over a background made with Gelatos® Colors. I pulled out Butter Cream Gelatos®, Kiwi Gelatos®, Aqua Dolce Gelatos®, Earl Grey Gelatos® from the Pastels Set and Iced Currant Gelatos® from the Metallics Set. 


 I started out by covering my entire canvas with Gesso and adhering pattern paper with Gel Medium. Then I added Gelatos® Colors using one of my favorite methods by scribbling a lot of color on and spritzing with water then letting it drip down the canvas.


 After drying that with a heat tool, I applied Gelatos® Colors through a stencil from the 101 Collection using a baby wipe. I then added the rub on and coated it with a thin layer of Gel Medium to protect it for coloring later. I also added some Texture Luxe through a stencil to add more texture and tie in the gold from the rub on.


Finally, I colored in the flower using Stamper’s Big Brush Pens and added some Glass Bead Glitter Gel on top. To see the entire process, I have a video for you:


Products Used:

Gelatos® Colors (Kiwi, Aqua Dolce, Butter Cream, Earl Grey, Iced Currant)

Gel Medium


Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Metallic PITT® Artist Pens (Red, Copper)

Mixed Media Stencils (101 Collection)

Stamper’s Big Brush Pen (Dark Naples Ochre 184, Pink Madder Lake 129, Cold Grey III 232, Cold Grey IV235)

Texture Luxe™ (Gold)

I hope you enjoyed this mixed media canvas using two of my favorite techniques with Gelatos® Colors. 


You can find Carisa blogging at Inky Fairy Designs and Blitsy as well as follow her on instagram and YouTube where she shares works in progress and process videos. Her work has been published in magazines such as CardMaker, Stamper's Sampler and Scrapbook and Cards Today .

Metallic Luxe Holiday Glass Jar Decoration Tutorial

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Hello and Happy December! Margie here.  The trend of glass jar is going strong and I wanted to see what I can do with it using the Texture Luxe™ Pearl medium. What is Texture Luxe™? It is an opaque acrylic paste designed to create a thick texture with a shimmery metallic finish. So I used it as a paint to cover the glass jar! What do you think?

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Magic - Alphabet background with Gelatos® Brights kit by Valerie Ouellet


For my second project, I used Gelatos® 15 colors Brights kit. I particularly like those kit because I love neon color. You get some incredible effects when you mix neon with sepia or black and white photos.

First, I used my left over alphabet chipboards to build a background. I began by glueing my chipboards randomly. Then I applied Gesso. With a bit more heat, I made some texture while the gesso expanded.

Then, I coloured my alphabets with my Gelatos® (Passion Fruit, Red Cherry, Bubblegum) while playing with different colours to create a shading. To finish, I added water to complete my background.

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Graphic 45 Blog Hop Day 1 with Tiffany

Hello Blogosphere! It's Tiffany here with Day 1 of our Blog Hop!


This week we're so excited to be hopping with Graphic 45! Stop by our blog every day this week to see craft inspirations! Don't forget to leave a comment on the posts to be entered in our giveaway! 

Graphic 45 will also have crafts up on their blog so don't forget to stop by their sites-



1. First, I added Chalkboard Paint to the top and bottom portion of one of the tags from the Graphic 45 Tag Album.

2. Then, I mix 1 part Chalkboard Paint to 2 Parts Glaze blending with water until smoothie like consistency.

3. Adhere the Rare Oddities Patterned Papers on top of each other with Gel Medium.

4. Before completely dry, tear portions of the top layer of paper to reveal the bottom layer.

5. Add Drips of Chalkboard Paint mixture with a dropper tool.


6. The next step is easy, simply adhere die-cut apothecary bottles with Gel Medium.

7. Adhere the Graphic 45 Rare Oddities Chipboard to the bottles with Gel Medium & trim excess. 

8. Add a thick coat of Gel Medium around the Chipboard labels.

9. Now, this is when the magic happens. Heat Set the Gel Medium until it BUBBLES!!!! Yes, you WANT air bubbles! I loved discovering this happy mistake :)

10. Outline the bottles with a PITT Artist Pen Black (M).

11. Now, be brave and add some sort of handwritten sentiment on the tag with the Stamper's Artist Pen in White. I layered my sentiment with a Metallic PITT Artist Pen Gold. Now, you just have to adhere the finished Apothecary bottles to the finished tag!

So what do you think?! I cannot wait to add this finished tag to a bottle of wine for a host gift!

Thanks for hopping by,


Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Products:

Graphic 45 Products:


  • Sizzix Bigz Die Apothecary Bottles by Tim Holtz