My Messy Mandala

My Messy Mandala 2

Hi Loves,

Tiare here.  I was recently inspired to create a messy mandala by one of my artsy pals.  I love her style but had to put my own spin on it.  I love mandalas but don't have the patience for "perfection" or trying to create art based on a formula.  I like freedom.  So I let go of the measurements and went in with my own coloring and doodling.  I thought, this was the perfect technique to share a card of encouragement.  With all the devastation happening with fires, earthquakes and hurricanes, we could all use a bit of uplift.  This card is one way to do so.  Markers, coloring and lettering are all the rage right now and these fallish colors add a nice touch.



My Messy Mandala 1


Supplies Used:

Tiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

"Bee Yourself" - An Art Journal Page

Hi all. Today I'm going to share with you my latest art journal page featuring some of my favorite Design Memory Craft products.

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As usual, I started by giving my page a layer of Gesso to prime my page and help it receive the various mediums better.

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Using the hexagonal stencil from the Stencil 101 Collection, I added Banana colored Gelatos.

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To begin building up some depth, I added Mango Gelatos to the outside edges of each hexagon and blended it with my finger.

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Next, I did the same with Tangerine Gelatos.

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To make my honeycomb area larger, I flipped the stencil and repeated these steps again.

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To help define my honeycomb even further, I outlined each with my Stampers Big Brush Pen in Nougat.

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When the ink is still wet it has a wonderful, blendable quality to it, that I love. As you can see here from my page, I wasn't aiming for precision. I really like the grungy effect that was emerging.

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I defined my page edges using Tangerine Gelatos, Stampers Big Brush Pen in Nougat, and Gold Champagne Gelatos.

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For my focal point, I colored a stamped image with Art Grip Aquarelles in Yellow and adhered it to my page using Gel Medium.

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To add a little more visual interest, I used my Stampers Big Brush Pen in Black to color right onto my rubber stamps to add some texture and a sentiment.

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I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and that I've inspired you to get out your Gelatos and Pitt Pens and spend some time creating. I wish you a wonderful week. Happy Arting!

xo, Belen



Watercolor Gelatos: A Feathered Forest

Diana Trout here today with a technique using Gelatos to create a watercolor effect. Check out the video for a close up on how I prep my Gelatos for watercolor.


Here are the materials I used for this project. 



Metallic Blue 
Iced Chai
Iced Coffee
I used the silicone tray from the Honey Medium kit. You can use a piece of palette paper or craft mat.
1/4" flat brush
1/2" flat brush
Watercolor paper: 140#
Pitt Pen, Black S

Here I'm preparing my Gelatos by spraying the silicone tray (or palette paper) with water and then rubbing the Gelatos in a circular motion to create a puddle of water. You can make the color as thick or thin as you like. Remember that the way to create pale washes with watercolor, you use more water. Gelatos are the same.


I decided to make a forest of feathers for this painting. I decided to draw a loose line around the area I was painting. I used a black Pitt Pen for that. I used a pencil to lightly draw in my feathers (Google Feathers :). When I was happy with the drawing, I went over the lines very lightly with the Pitt Pen, then erased the pencil lines. 


I wanted a glow around the feathers so I outlined them with the Limoncello Gelatos and then used a wet flat brush to wash the yellow Gelatos out. 


In the next picture, you see me dotting wet Comet Gelatos into the wet Limoncello Gelatos. The wet colors with mingle together. 

I let the background dry a bit (you can hurry it along with a heat gun). Next I added some more green Gelatos and mixed it with Metallic Blueberry. I kept layering the color, letting it dry, then layered another darker color on top. 


To add pattern, I used the Gelatos from my palette. In the feather on the far left, I didn't put any background color in. Then I added some fun stripes. 

It's fun to come up with simple patterns for your feathers. Again, Google feathers and plenty of examples will come up.


This is a fun way to work with Gelatos as you can use the washes in the palette and the Gelatos. You can pick up more color from the wet Gelatos too. I leave the caps off my Gelatos until they are dry. Enjoy! 

Here is a short video illustrating how I created my watercolor Gelatos palette.

Diana Trout: My Blog

The Highlight of my Week

I'm a planner girl through and through. I love decorating them and using them to keep track all of the many projects and activities that make up my days. So when I come across a new tool to use in my planners I can hardly wait to give it a try. This was the case with these Gelatos® Highlighters. They're acid-free pigment sticks that glide on without water and give a nice vibrant color to your planner pages.   


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I used them in this week's planner layout and can tell you that they'll be something I keep in my planner bag.

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As I usually do, my planner pages are made up of a mixture of stamping and writing. I used one of my favorite pens which is a Essential Pitt Artist Pen and the stencils that come included in the the Gelatos Highlighters to draw my boxes and tick boxes.

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To add color, you can rub the Gelatos Highlighters directly from the stick onto your paper, or you can do as I do, which is to rub the pigment onto your finger and then use your finger as a "tool" to apply the color to your paper.

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I like the nice smooth finish you get when using your finger.

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The stencils are incredibly easy to use. Just place them where you want them and use a pen to outline the shape.


Apply the Gelatos Highlighters.

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And there you go, wonderfully pigmented color that you can write over.

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You can see here the rich color that these Highlighters add.

The pack comes with 4 different Gelatos Highlighters.

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Whether you're a planner girl, a student, or just like to highlight sections in your books or notebooks, I encourage you to give them a try. You just might find them to be the highlight of your week too!

xo, Belen


Art Journaling with Tea Stains


Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial to show you how to use Tea Stains on your art journal pages!

Let's start by looking at the supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft -

Tea Stain - Agra

Stencils 10-ct 101 Collection

Whipped Spackle

Essential PITT Artist Pens - BLACK

PITT  Artist Pens Lettering Set - JEWEL BRUSH

Stamper's Big Brush Pen - BLACK

Gelatos Tool Set

Other -

100% Cotton Fabric

Rubber stamp

Dye Bath Containers

Hot water

Watercolor paper, Magazine page, Scrap Paper, Seam binding, Tags

Sewing machine, Thread, Needle

Baby wipe


Start by preparing the dye baths, one for each color. Place the Tea Stain Dye bag in the container and add hot water to it and let it steep just like tea for about 5 minutes. Be careful to not burn yourself.

Place 100% cotton fabric squares into the dye baths. Leave it in longer for more saturated colors. Carefully remove and let the fabric dry.


Also dip in some  seam binding and baby wipe into the dye baths. Let them dry.


Add some pattern to the dyed fabric, torn in strips, with rubber stamp inked with Stamper's Big Brush pen.


Layer your papers and fabric as shown. Machine stitch to hold everything securely in place.


With Essential PITT Artist pen, sketch a key on a manila tag.


Attach the tag to the page. Machine stitch.


Add some texture to the page with Whipped Spackle applied through the dots stencil from 101 collection with palette knife.


Make marks on the page with Stamper's Big Brush pen and Jewel Brush Lettering pen. Also add some stitches to the page with needle and thread.


On a small tag, add a word and attach to the page to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial! 





Faux Glass Mosaic Card with Honey Medium


Carolyn Dube  here with a faux glass mosaic card.  The secret to this card is the Honey Medium. Those dimensional glass "shards" are actually flexible and easy to cut.  Far easier than glass! 


Honey Medium comes clear and can be mixed with Gelatos to become any color of the rainbow. The Starter Kit includes the Honey Medium, the silicone tray, and the silicone spatula used to make this card, plus there are other goodies in the kit.

To get started, mix the Gelatos color with some of the Honey Medium to create the sheets of color. The texture from the spatula that is created while spreading it evenly around the tray, will be there when it dries.   Once it is completely dry, remove it from the silicone tray.


Repeat the process for each color.   I used 5 colors from the Brights collection, but of course you can use any color of Gelatos.   The only thing to watch out for is when you stack them on top of each other, like I did for the photo below, even when completely dry they can stick to each other, so try to keep them separate.  


 Cut the sheets of Honey Medium into random shapes and create a mosaic.  The sheets are flexible and a breeze to cut with scissors. 

The faux glass sheets are translucent so what is under them will show through.  To add an extra touch to the mosaic, take the yellow shapes and glue them to book text with the Honey Medium as the glue. Then cut away the excess book text. 

Once you have the shapes where you want them, use the Honey Medium as the glue to attach them to the card.  Trim up any edges with scissors once it is dry.

 Here's the finished card, all trimmed up and ready to send to a friend!  


Thanks for stopping by for a bit of Honey Medium fun.  This is just one of the ways it can be used. Check out Mou's tutorial for another way to use it! 

Art Journaling with Gelatos

Art Journaling and mixed media is something that I'm passionate about. Being able to share my love for it with all of you makes it extra special. Today I'm excited to share an art journal process video.  You will find the video just below this photograph.


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I used the following supplies:


Gel Medium

Assorted Gelatos

Stampers Big White Brush Pen

Pitt Artist Pens

Deluxe Waterbrush

Stencils 101 Collection

Mixed Media Stencils


Enjoy & Thanks for Watching!

xo, Belen


Sweet Notes

Sweet Notes 1

Hi Loves,

Tiare here.   Back to school is in full swing for many and many more starting in the coming weeks.  This is a great time to make some "sweet notes" to slip into a lunch box, book bag or even into a briefcase. 

Here's how... 

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Supplies Used:

Gelatos® Brights 

Mixed Media Paper Stencils - 304

Journaling Pitt®Artist Pens Medium and Brush Nib Black #199

Gelatos® Tool Set

Whipped Spackle

PITT Artist Pens Writing Set: RED/YELLOW



Journal Spill with Watercolor Pencils and Pitt Pens

Diana Trout here today with a journal spill. A blank journal page can be hard to confront. That's why I sometimes start my pages with a word spill. It puts me in touch with my head and heart. 

Pencils in Hand


Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils
Pitt Artist Metallic Pens
PITT Artist Pens

For this page, I wrote with a rainbow of Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils. It's helpful to turn your journal upside down. I arranged these pencils in rainbow order and got my pencil moving as quickly as possible so that my brain had no time to edit. Forget about spelling and punctuation and write real sloppy. 

Washed page

I worked through the rainbow of pencils for these two pages. I only completed one of the pages though. After scribble writing, use a wet paintbrush to blend out the color. Some of the lines may still be visible but that's OK. There is nobody that will work that hard to read upside down, sloppy, watery words. Your writing may have informed you but now it's just background pattern.

Don't forget to turn your book right side up before proceeding! 

I added more color to the page by scribbling with another watercolor pencil. Use analogous colors (colors that are next to each other on the color wheel) when your colors are still wet so that you don't get mud. For instance, don't go over a wet green or blue area with orange!

Wet in wet
You can dip your watercolor pencil into water or wet an area on the page to make a juicy line  or area, such as the rectangular box above. I still wasn't sure where I was going with this page. I let one idea lead to another. Working in a flow  that may require practice. I know it's hard, but try not to be afraid of messing up. 

Close up flowers
Flowers hold a great deal of meaning for me and these are easy to re-create. They are asterisks with extra lines through them, like Pom-Pom Mums. Since the light blue background was dry, I used a yellow Pitt Pen and yellow Watercolor pencil. The wet of the pen activated the watercolor pencil and blended into an orange. Since the blue background was dry there was no mud puddle.

I added some silver Metallic Pitt pen  for the stamen center of the flower. I added more detail to my rectangle with a Medium size black Pitt pen.

Stamp marker
The last detail I added was stamping. I used a Stampers Big Brush Pen to color the stamp and add a bit of pattern to the background.

After you've colored your stamp, be sure to "huff" on it with warm breath to moisten before you stamp. When you've finished stamping, wipe off your stamps with a wet rag just as you would for any ink. Don't worry if your stamps are stained. That means they are well loved. 

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I used anWatercolor Pencil to add the stems, then added some of the green Stamper's Big Brush to activate. I like that trick, it can give you cool effects.

I hope you'll pull out your journal and scribble away!

NOTE: I used a 140# watercolor paper journal for this page. 

Faith Bookmark

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Hi Loves,

Tiare here.  If I've got to come out of my art journal or off of my canvas, I love to make functional art. I still love books, physical books and I love bookmarks.  Here's one for you, that you can make to mark a spot in your favorite book.  Here's what I did using the Bible Journaling Kit. 

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Supplies Used:

Me in Pink

Tiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor.