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.


Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal


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.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1


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.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1


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.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1


I used a baby wipe that I had squeezed out as much of the liquid out of as possible to blend out the Gelatos.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1

 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.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1


I wish you could see the glitter and texture on this page "in real life!" It's really neat!



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



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BOO! Halloween Card

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Hello spooky artists! This is Rachel again and I'm here to share this quick Halloween card. Halloween is only 10 days away! I hope your house is decorated and your candy bowls are full :)

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I started with a card base that I had very lightly Gesso'd, and blended Silver Ice and Metallic Icing Gelatos® throughout the background. The Design Memory Craft Gesso is great to make cardstock sturdier and more water resistant, as well as giving the Gelatos® a non-porous surface to blend. 

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Next,  I mixed the Cinnamon Gelatos® Color of the Week with some Design Memory Craft Glaze medium. I added a very thick and somewhat messy large strip of the Glaze across the card. When the Glaze dried it left an almost velvety look and feel to my card. It is such an easy way to make a big impact on a card!

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I really wanted this card to be all about the metallic colors that match so perfectly with Cinnamon Gelatos®. So obviously Gold Texture Luxe™ through a Mixed Media 102 Stencil was the next best choice! Have I mentioned already how much I love this stuff?! Because I love Gold Texture Luxe™. A lot.

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Now it's time to add the details to finish the card. I die cut a circle frame from some Halloween patterned paper to anchor my creepy boy bat stamped image. The stamp is colored with Art Grip® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils and topped with some Glass Bead Glitter Gel. For the sentiment I used Mixed Media 301 Stencils with Black Licorice Gelatos® to spell the word "BOO!".

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Thanks for stopping in! I hope you use this weekend to finish off your fun autumn and Halloween cards!



Gelatos® - Cinnamon, Silver, Metallic Icing, Black Licorice

ArtGRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Mixed Media Stencil Collection - 101, 102, 301

Textural Accents - Gesso, Glaze, Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Gel Medium



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.

Autumn Leaves - by Erin Bassett

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.

Gelatos on decoupaged canvas


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.
Stamped impression in Glaze


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.
Mixing Texture Luxe and Whipped Spackle


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.
Bookplate and Copper Texture Luxe

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.





  • 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


Erin Bassett - Faber Castell

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


An Altered Paint Brush Holder by Mou Saha


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!


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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!


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents:


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


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



Cool 4th of July Monogram Art


Home Décor with Gelatos

Hello Loves.  So glad to be here with you as part of the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Team.  Very grateful for this opportunity to create and share with you.  

It’s summer and many of us are all gearing up for a fun and festive 4th of July.  One of my favorite things for the holidays and seasons is to create something fun to hang on our door.  I love seeing what my neighbors do and have to join the fun with my own little handmade creation.  This time I decided on our last name initial.  How cool is that!  It’s quick and easy.  Here’s how you too can make your own!

Gather your supplies


Cover letter with Gesso.  


Use washi tape to create section lines, to allow for painting straight lines.

Use Gelatos® Boysenberry to cover top right, activate with water, spread using finger or paint brush.  I used my finger. Add Gelatos® Double Scoop®  Red Cherry to create red strips and use Gelatos® Iced Coffee to smudge in various spots to create an aged look. 

Stripes added

Punch out stars and cover with Glass Bead Glitter Gel.  Allow to dry and then adhere using Gel Medium.  Set aside to dry. 


Use Gelatos® Boysenberry and Gelatos® Double Scoop®  Red Cherry to color string.  Color on and rub in with fingers. This step is messy, have baby wipes handy for cleaning hands. 

Use Mixed Media Stencils, Scandinavian to create bird and color using Gelatos® Boysenberry, Metallic Grape and Snow cone.  Cut out bird.  Outline using a Black Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen, or here I used the Polychromos black pencil.

String and bird

Wrap string around top right and tie bow. 

Use Gel Medium to adhere bird bottom left.

  Bird and string added

Use Mixed Media Stencils, Scandinavian to add flower by spreading  Texture Luxe™  in Gold over stencil to create sparkle and dimension.  Adhere string from bird beak to flower using Gel Medium. 

Finish off by adding dots using Texture Gems™ in gold. 

Protect by covering with Glaze or Gel Medium.


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Supplies Used: 

•Gelatos® Double Scoop® Red Cherry (also available in original size)

•Gelatos® Colors Boysenberry, Iced Coffee, Metallic Grape, Snow Cone


•Gel Medium

•Glass Bead Glitter Gel

•Mixed Media Stencils, Scandinavian

•Texture Luxe™

•Texture Gems™

Thank you so much! 


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Inspirational Vision Board

Hey everyone, Erin Bassett here sharing how I used the Vision Board Kit to create a board that would be inspiring to me yet useful and interactive.

Inspiration Vision Board

One of my favorite things about this kit is that it comes with everything you need to get started creating and if you want to add in more things or use more products you can easily mix those in.  I created this video showing step by step how I created the actual bulletin board and each of the pieces I added to it:

After making the board and inserting it into a frame I had at home I took the 6"x6" piece of printed paper with the flowers on it and decide I'd watercolor them in using the Grip markers that also come in the kit and some Gelatos that I already had. The Grip markers are waterbased  and are perfect for scribbling out on a craft mat, adding water to, and then painting in the flowers on the paper. (And another cool thing about them is if they dry out you can dip them into water to reactivate them!)

I also used a stencil from the 101 Stencil Collection and both the Pearl and the Silver Texture Luxe to add some texture and shine to the background.

Inspiration Vision Board

I knew I wanted to tuck the other 6"x6" piece of paper behind the flower one so I wanted to keep it simple but meaningful and inspirational to me. I came up with the plan to just use a small tipped PITT Artist pen to write out attributes of the Lord that began with each of the letters. I really enjoyed focusing on those and knowing I can pull it out and refer to it when I need it. I used the PITT Artist pen instead of the Grip marker that comes in the kit because it has a smaller nib that made it easier to write small with but I will use the Grip marker for coloring.
Inspiration Vision Board


This kit comes with so many cute smaller pieces of paper and tags that are perfect for keeping my lists on, so I bundled them all together and put them on a ring so I could hang them on one of the pens that come in the kit .
Inspiration Vision Board


I also used some of the banner and diecut pieces that come in the kit to tie in with one of my favorite quotes I had written on another card that came in the kit.
Inspiration Vision Board


Don't you love that big, glittery hash tag!!! I knew that I wanted to use that on the frame and so I used my ScanNCut to cut out the word "inspire" out of double-sided  tape and glittered it up to match.
Inspiration Vision Board

This was such a fun project to do and I hope to keep using the board, adding to it, rearranging things, and continue to be inspired from it.


Doodle Tote Bag by Jen Matott


770620_1Jen Matott here to share a project that you might have seen a glimpse of on product packaging of our new large 13" x 13" Doodle Stencil Collection!  Yes, that bag is one that I created!  A canvas bag doodled on with PITT Artist pens,  Stencil and Gelatos® colors! I'll share how I created this so you can create your own unique tote bag!

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Spring Shoes by Jen

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Hi Artsy friends!  Jen here with another of my shoe creations!  I love altering shoes to wear with my basic outfits.  I always feel great wearing something that I created and something that is one of a kind. These shoes were purchased a local large store and were canvas.  Perfect for altering with Gelatos® colors!  I used Margarita Mix, Metallic Mint, Snow Cone, Lemon, Mango, and Passion Fruit for these shoes.  


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