Mixed Media

So Creative Planner Dashboard

So Creative Done

Hi Loves. Tiare here.  I've been playing in my planner lately. Planning is such a big part of my life, I thought why not add a bit of my art to my planner.  This adds a bit of beauty and fun to what could be an otherwise mundane task.  Seeing my art in my planner makes me smile.  The Gelatos® Black Licorice sure helps to make this page, 'pop!".  Here's what I did: 

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Use Stamper’s Big Brush Pens:  Deep Scarlet Red 219, Warm Grey V 274, Chrome Yellow 268 to create your background.  Draw color onto craft sheet, spritz with water and drag page through color.  Do this one color at a time.

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Use 301 Stencil Collection to add colorful numbers to your page.  I used Gelatos®Black Licorice, Silver Ice and Iced Currant  to add a variety of colors to the numbers.  Just spread colors over stencil. 


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Adhere an Art Accents cutout from Tiare Smith Designs.  Next create and color on a half flower along the edge using Gelatos®Black Licorice, just color and spread with the blender.


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Add a half flower and jewel to your colored flower, handwrite, "so creative," or words of your choice along the side of Art Accent Strip using your PITT® Artist Pen Black 199.  Lastly, scribble around the page using the Texture Gems™ Silver to add sparkle 


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Punch holes and add to your planner! 


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Me in PinkTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a weekly challenge: Embrace Your Art 2016: Journal About Me (JAM) Challenge, which features weekly prompts, creative challenges and process videos. 

She also hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, as well. 

Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com


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.
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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!



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



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!



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

Texture Gems™ Gold


Gel Medium


Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Mixed Media Stencil Collection 101, 102, and 301

Asphalt Texture Paste

Whipped Spackle






DIY Fall Earrings

Cinnamon Gelatos - Fall Earrings - Erin Bassett

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



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The Not-So-Scary Halloween Owl


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."                                                                                                                                                                         


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.


Use Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Gel Medium to attach the parts to the owl as shown.


Prime the slick surface of the owl with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso to receive colors better.


Color the ears, wings and belly with Cinnamon Gelatos®. Blend colors with a slightly wet brush.


Color around the eyes and the feet with Caramel Gelatos®.


Color the body and below the ears black using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Chalkboard Paint.


Sketch some details on the owl with pencil. Color around the eyes with Gelatos® Iced Coffee.


Accentuate the details with a Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft  PITT® Artist pen.


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.


Add some white specks to the owl's body with Gesso and a paint brush.


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.


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





Fall Themed Thank You Card

Fallish Watermarked

Hi Loves. Tiare here.  Fall is here and it is a great time to express gratitude.  Every year around this time, I begin to think about expressing and sharing gratitude with my family and friends.  During this time, I love to make cards that say, "Thank You," or just "Hello."  Pulling out the Gelatos® Orange Soda with a few others colors is perfect for creating cards with a "Fallish" feel. Here's what I did: 

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Use Stamper’s Big Brush Pens:  Walnut Brown 177, Chrome Yellow to create your background.  Draw color onto craft sheet, spritz with water and drag card base through color.  Do this one color at a time. 

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Use the Scandinavian Stencil Set to add leaves. Rub Gelatos® Orange Soda, Iced Coffee, Lemon over stencil to create leaves. Blend various colors to create a "Fallish," feel. 

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Use a pop dot and add a circle sticker.  I used an angel sticker from the Tiare Smith Designs Angel Sticker set.  Tie a bit of twine in a bow under the sticker. 

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Lastly, add a handwritten sentiment.  Add dots, scribbles and accents using Texture Gems™ Gold

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Me in PinkTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a weekly challenge: Embrace Your Art 2016: Journal About Me (JAM) Challenge, which features weekly prompts, creative challenges and process videos. 

She also hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, as well. 

Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com


Flowers and Flourishes

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Hi Beauties. Tiare here.  Today, I am playing in my mixed media journal.  I love putting together art journals.  I have tons of them for all kinds of reasons.   This one is filled with Design Memory Craft goodness.  Lots of playing with techniques here.  I decided I wanted to play with Gelatos® and try out a fun floral technique. Cute, right?  You should try it too.  Here's how.  

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First cover your background with Gesso.  Choose a fun background stamp, spritz with a little bit of water, color with various Stamper’s Big Brush Pens.  I used May Green 170 and Cobalt Turquoise 153. Stamp your image. 


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Color over using Gelatos® Colors Snowcone and Kiwi spread with finger or paint brush.  Be sure to spritz with a little bit of water or dip your paint brush in water first.  I really love how the Gelatos® and Big Brush Pens work together so well.


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Use Gelatos® Colors Banana to draw and color in flowers.  I added Gelatos® Colors Cinnamon to add a bit of shading and depth.   Use blender to blend colors. 


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Outline flowers, petals and stems using Stamper's Big Brush Black 188.


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Use Stamper's Big Brush Pen Black 188 to doodle in flourishes and to ink the edge of your page. 


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To finish it off, add splatters of Gelatos® Colors Licorice by flicking a wet brush across the top the Gelatos®.

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Me in PinkTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a weekly challenge: Embrace Your Art 2016: Journal About Me (JAM) Challenge, which features weekly prompts, creative challenges and process videos. 

She also hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, as well. 

Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com

Art Journaling with the Gelatos Color of the Week Banana

This week we are using the Gelatos® color of the week: Banana. It has a great tone to it that really sets it apart from other yellows.

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For this art journal page I used the Gelatos® Mist Maker to make my own Banana Gelatos mist! I took about 1/4" of the Banana Gelatos and placed it on a lid that I like to use for mixing because it's shallow, yet has a lip around it to keep liquids in.  I mashed the Gelatos down with my pallet knife and then added 2 drip droppers full of water to it and mashed it down some more to get rid of any lumps. Next I added two more droppers of water and then poured it into the spray bottle.
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I then sprayed it onto my piece of watercolor paper and blotted it with a paper towel which left a cool pattern on the page.  I then held my paper up and brought the spray mist closer to the paper to create concentrated dips onto the paper.
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Next,  I found a picture of our 4 year old Australian Labradoodle, Willow. I trimmed the photo a bit and then sewed around it with my sewing machine. 

Art Journal - Willow Dog


I then covered the background of the photo with gesso and allowed the gesso to "spill off the photo" visually.  
Art Journal - Willow Dog


Now, at this point I liked the texture that the sewing gave to the photo, but I decided that I wanted to see the color of the thread so I ended up printing out another copy of this photo, adding the gesso, and then stitching around the photo. I then adhered the photo to the page and then traced around the dog with a Stampers Big Brush Pen in Warm Grey IV #273, smudging it as I went. Next,  I used a black PITT® Artist Pen to draw sketch lines around her. I then added pops of color by coloring the tennis ball with a Stampers Big Brush Pen in Light Green #171 and using the Snow Cone Gelatos on the background as a contrasting color.
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The finishing touch was using a PITT Artist Pen with a brush tip to hand letter her name onto the page. Hand lettering on watercolor paper covered in gesso is a bit of a challenge since the paper is so absorbent and the gesso makes it bumpy, but it still has a nice look to it thanks to the brush tip on the pen.
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Subtle Layers with Jamie Dougherty

Hello Everyone! Thank you for joining us on the Design Memory Craft blog. Today, I would like to share with you an art journal tutorial I have created, as part of a challenge I have begun called Gelatos30. Every day from September 4th through October 3rd,  I will be creating a new Art Journal page focusing on Gelatos®. Different techniques, different themes, just a way to encourage you to  get out the Gelatos and push them to their limits. (and myself)

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This page was my day 3 page, featuring Iced Current.  A somewhat simple page when all said and done, but the techniques make for a beautiful and rich layout.

Supplies used: Gelatos® Iced Current, Caramel, Cinnamon, and Blood Orange; PITT Artist Pen in Bronze.

I would love for you to join in the #Gelatos®30 challenge. To share your work and be entered into a chance for a Design Memory Craft prize pack, hosted by me, make sure to tag myself @jamielynn dougherty as well as use the #Gelatos®30 hashtag on your photos! I hope these posts will inspire you and encourage you to take a deeper look at your Gelatos. (You can share on Instagram or Facebook)

To get your creative gears moving, here is a video on Subtle Layers using Gelatos®


Gelatos Iced Current with Jamie Dougherty and Design Memory Craft from Jamie Dougherty on Vimeo.


Enjoy and Happy Creating,