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An art journal page with Marie-Eve Bernard



It's Marie-Eve Bernard and I'm here today to present you a art journal page with a simple watercolor technique.  As a guest design team member, we have received a box full of marvelous products!  One of those products was this little Mixed Media Journal. These ultra-durable, double sided board have a watercolor texture and are designed to withstand wet mediums without warping. Bind your journal pages together with the expandable rings (included) or use your own twine, yarn, ribbon or fabric! Try these boards with any Design Memory Craft® product!  The possibilities are endless!

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Small Art Journal page by Maya

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I fell head over heals for the Mini Journal Boards when I started playing with them. I keep a large Art Journal but as I am a cardmaker at heart I sometimes have trouble planning such a large surface. These Journaling Boards are just the perfect small format for me and I can add my own pages too since they are bound with rings.  Here's the process of making the page and I added a video at the end for you to watch if you'd like. Let's get started! 

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DIY mini coloring book!

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Hi ya! Lynn here and I've got a super cute quick project for you that is perfect for popping in your bag and making art on the go.

My geekiness over drawing tons of patterns has led me into creating coloring book style drawings. I'm sure you've heard about adults turning to coloring books to de-stress from our busy lives? Well, here's how you can make a coloring book from your very own designs.

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Here are the supplies that I used for this project:

* Mini Mixed Media Journal®

* PITT Artist Pens® in various colors (I'll tell you the colors during the tutorial)

* Paper Crafter Crayons NEUTRAL®

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Can I just say that the Mini Mixed Media Journal® seriously has it going on? We're talking very heavy duty  board that lets you work on both sides. Which means with a six board set you can go nuts and create TWELVE patterns to color in - woo!



I used Pitt Artist Pen® in Cold Grey VI 235 to create the outlines for the patterns:

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If you're new to drawing patterns, here are a few tips:

1. If you need some inspiration, take a look around you. You'll be surprised at how many everyday items have patterns on them. They make great jumping off points for your own drawings.

2. Use a black or dark grey pen to draw your patterns - these create great contrast for the colors you will add.

3. Draw large shapes/images first and then go back and fill in with smaller details.

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STEP 2: 

Once you have your patterns complete, it's time to COLOR!! Yay! I used a combo of Pitt Artist Pens® and Paper Crafter Crayons® on this project.

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 I started coloring with Pitt Artist Pens® in the following colors:

* Deep Scarlett Red 219

* Orange Glaze 113

* Magenta 133

* Cobalt Green 156

* Black 199

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After I finished with the Pitt Artist Pens®, I worked with the Paper Crafter Crayons®. Since the journal boards do have some texture to it, you can see a little bit of it come through when you use the crayons. But I really like the effect, makes me think of coloring as a kid. :)

The crayons are super cool, lots of pigment and really smooth. Here is how I applied them to my pattern:

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And viola! Your little coloring board is done!

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 I adore creating super complex projects but I also value the simpler, FUN projects too. It's nice sometimes to just play and go with the flow. That's how this project feels to me - a lovely little pause in a hectic schedule.

I hope you'll make your own little coloring book and if you do, I'd love to see pictures - have fun!!!!

Stenciled Negative Background

Hello Blogosphere! It's Tiffany here today with another way to use those Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils with the new Mixed Media Stencils! I love the new Mixed Media Stencils because they come in a variety of patterns at an affordable price! They're also disposable, but with a coat of glaze you can prolong their life & usability! Pretty neat, right?


Video Tutorial:


I hope you're inspired to try this SUPER EASY technique on your own!

Thanks for stopping by,


Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Products Used:

Other Products:

  • Strathmore Watercolor Paper

Mini Mixed Media Journal with Marjolaine Walker


Hi creative friends, Marjolaine Walker here with my first post as a guess designer. I am so thrilled to be here! This project is part one of a two part project.  The Mini Mixed Media Journal has twelve pages and today I am showing you six. I will be doing something different to finish up the rest of the journal.

For my projects I rely heavily on Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Mix and Match collections. The reason for this is that I am partially color blind and need all the help I can get in putting colors together! Mix and Match takes the guess work out of it for me because the colors are set to look fantastic together. All the Gelatos® I used come from the 15 piece Brights that has quickly become my favorite!

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Ann Corbiere-Scott's Bloom Art Journal page featuring Aquarelle water color pencils


Hi, Ann Corbiere-Scott here and I am over the moon to be a little part of the most amazing company, Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®! I am thrilled to share some Art GRIP® Aquarelle watercolor pencil artsy fun with you!  I love art journaling, I have oodles of them!  I find them a excellent way to try out new techniques and products, coupled with a positive message is absolutely perfection to me! 

Here we go! I am madly in love with the mini Mixed Media journal, so I took a page from mine and jumped right in!

1. I adhered a vintage book paper page onto the mixed media journal page with Gel Medium.

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2. I painted a thin layer of Chalkboard paint over the book paper, I wanted to be able to slightly see the words through the paint. 


3. On another sheet of book paper, I loosely drew some organic flowers and leaves with Art GRIP Aquarelle water color pencils (I used 168 for the leaves and 117,121,111, 107, 152, 125, 162, and 156 for flowers). With a wet brush, activate the watercolor to create loose, flowy flower and leaf shapes.


4. With an XS PITT® Artist Pen, randomly scribble draw flower and leaf outlines around painted shapes.


5. Cut out and adhere in a frame like shape, with Gel Medium, taking a moment to layer and tuck pieces under others for lots of visual interest and depth. ( here's a trick I use-before I adhere it all down, I play with placement of all of the bits and pieces. Once I have a layout I really like, I take a photo with my cell phone, then I have a visual reminder to work from when adhering!)


6. Lastly, I wrote the word bloom with a pencil onto the open chalkboard space. Next, I traced over the pencil lines with the silver (251) pencil. To add depth to your handwritten letters, widen the down strokes. Fill in the open down stroke spaces with the silver pencil. Go over the outer lines of each letter with a Silver (251) PITT artist pen 1,5 and add a few coordinating colored enamel dots for a bit more dimension.

Supplies used

  • Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils (green 168 for leaves,red/ orange 117, red 121, orange 111, yellow 107,blue 152, purple 125, green 162, teal 156, silver 251 for lettering)
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Gel Medium
  • PITT® Artist Pen(s) XS black 199 and silver 251
  • mini Mixed Media Journal
  • vintage book paper 
  • Doodlebug Sprinkles enamel dots

Art Journaling Week 3 with Tiffany



Hello Blogosphere! It's Tiffany here with Week 3 of our Art Journaling Month & this week we're featuring Embellishing techniques! For my video tutorial I'll be sharing various techniques using the Stamper's Big White Pen, PITT Artist Pens, and Paper Crafter Crayons™! I've also chosen to add some washi tape accents!

I hope you learned some new tricks and techniques! Last week was pretty intense with all those Gel Medium transfers & Stampendous Stamping Techniques, so this week I went back to my mood board to refocus. I highly recommend creating your own Mood Board! I like to use Pic Monkey.


Thanks for stopping by,


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Art Journaling Week 3 with Jen

Art Journaling Banner 3Welcome back to another week of sharing our journals with you!  We are embellishing this week. I started to go through my hundreds of photos from my trip to Italy in 2011.  I picked some of my favorites. Those that have a story to tell or that represent my trip best.  Adding color, textures, and words was next.

JenMatottJOurnal - 1 (2)I drew some on the Chalk Board Painted circle with a Stamper's Big White Pen, Metallic PITT Artist Pen in Silver, and an Art Grip White Colored Pencil.  I added a title "Italy" with the Stamper's Big White Pen.

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Then, I used another Stampendous stamp and a Stamper's Big Brush Pen in Chrome Yellow to stamp some text.

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I used our new Texture Gems™ in Gold to embellish a bit and create some sparkle to my title area. They look like little gold gems and stay puffy when dry!

On to my next page in my journal book...  I used the Paper Crafter Crayons™ in an assortment of colors from all three color sets to shade the bricks in.  I layered colors for a fun look.

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Then, I used our Chalk Board Paint to splatter on the page with our stipple brush from the Gelatos Tool Set.  

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I added a photo and some word strips using the Gel Medium as an adhesive and top coat (to the word stickers only).

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I also added the title puffy stickers with Gel Medium too.  I wanted to ensure they would on fall off later!  This stuff holds it's ground!

Next up, is another page using Gelatos® colors from the Pastels set. I used my finger to blend the colors over the collaged background.

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Adding some Texture Luxe in Gold with a sponge applicator through a stencil (101 Collection)  creates the perfect embellished background for a page about Italy!

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It picks up just the right amount of texture and leaves a very metallic shimmer to the page!

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I did brush a light coat of Gel Medium over it in order to write smoothly with an Essential  PITT Artist Pen in small tip.

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The last page I'm going to share with you, shows how I used the Metallic Gelatos® Colors wet over a Gel Medium stenciled background.

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I was inspired by the colors and textures of Tuscany, Italy when I visited there and hope you enjoy my art that captures some of the beauty I saw on my trip.  Be sure to join me next Tuesday as I share my finished pages with you. Check back throughout this week to see how  Tiffany, Rita and Lisa are working on their art journals. 

Stenciled Watercolor Background

Hello Blogosphere! It's Tiffany here today with a Video Tutorial showing you an easy way to create a beautiful background with the Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils! I'm currently on Spring Break Vacation, so I was inspired by the ocean in Florida!

If you're not familiar with the Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, they're pretty amazing and my most favorite product in the Design Memory Craft® Mix & Match line! Not only are they completely water soluble, but you can get beautiful vibrant detail with them that will last because they're also lightfast & permanent once they're dry! I especially love how portable they are!

Video Tutorial:


Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you're inspired to create something of your own today!

See you soon,


Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Products Used:

Other Products Used:

  • Strathmore Watercolor Paper
  • Washi Tape
  • Awesomeness ;)