20 Minute Watercolor Cards

Hi Gang, Diana Trout here today with the 20 Minute Watercolor Kit and my Reverse Stencil technique to use them. It's a beginner friendly technique that anyone will enjoy. 

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The new 20 Minute Watercolor Kit has all of the supplies that you need to make these cards. 

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Stencils
Watercolor Paints
A Watercolor Brush
3 Faber Castell Watercolor Pencils
An XS Faber Castell Pitt Pen
Paper

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Lettering takes some practice but here is a technique I call Faux Letter that helps you fake it.

Use a T Square ruler to draw a straight, light pencil line where you want your sentiment. Use your own handwriting! Just keep the pencil line light and spread the letters out a little. Go over the pencil lines until you are happy with the letters. I used the T Square for the ascenders (the upper loops on the "h" and "k" ) to make sure they are at the same height. 

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After you're happy with the lettering, ink it in with the XS Pitt pen included in the Kit. Thicken the lines of the writing where your stroke would be a down stroke. Make sure the ink is completely dry before gently erasing your pencil lines. You can do this after your watercoloring just make sure that you have left enough space on your watercolored page for the sentiment.

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Spray your watercolors down well and let them sit for a few minutes to get juicy. We're going to do some Blob Painting with the watercolors. Wet your paintbrush and pick up some juicy paint. Add a Blob to the paper and spread it out gently. I looked at the approximate size of the stencil flowers shapes and tried to keep them about that size. Don't sweat it. 

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Move around your paper and add color here and there, avoiding the area where your sentiment will go. You can drop more wet color into your wet areas on the paper and watch it spread. 
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Tips: Don't scrub the paper or add too much water. Let your paper dry completely before the last step. 

Once your paper is completely dry, decide where you want to place the flower stencils. Lay down the stencil and trace around with the XS Pitt pen. Move around until you have a pleasing composition. You can add to the flowers by doodling and filling in some areas with black. Just have fun with it. 

You could use a sentiment stamp on this card too if you don't want to letter.

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Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. See more of my art & tutorials on my Blog and YouTube channel


Easy Marbling Art for Beginners

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Hi everyone, Mou here to introduce you to the brand new kit Marbling Art for Beginners from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft!

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This beginner’s kit includes a Pitt Artist Pen®, 12 colors of Soft Pastels, 5 sheets of paper, 12 die cut tags, 2 sheets of gold foil transfers with transfer stick, sanding board for breaking up the pastels, glitter and a design guide.

To create the above project, I used the following supplies:

Let me show you how I created the project.


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Trim papers to desired size. I used watercolor paper (140 lb., cold press) and trimmed it to 4.5 x 6 inches.

Fill a tray with water. Pick 2 or 3 colors of soft pastels from the Marbling Kit. Shave a pastel above the water tray using the sanding board, also from the kit. Repeat with another color. Swipe a water color paper face across the water surface of the tray. Lay the paper, face up to dry.


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Repeat with another set of colors, preferably complementary to the first set. You could change the water between swipes or allow the second paper to pick up some leftover colors from the first round.


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Choose a design from the foil transfers included in the kit. Cut around it with scissors.

Transfer the image by rubbing with the given stick to one of the marbled paper which should be dry by now. You can speed up the process with a heat tool.

Because I’m using a heavier paper, it didn’t curl too much from the moisture. But if you are using thinner papers, follow the directions provided in the kit design guide to dry such papers flat.


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On the other marbled paper, sketch a flower stem with leaves using a PITT Artist pen Black, SB tip from the Modern Lettering Set. You could also use the XS tip PITT pen from the kit itself for this step.


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Cut the flower out with scissors.


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Attach the cut flower step from above to the project using Gel Medium.


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Make some marks around the attached stem as shown to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun creating with this Marbling Art for Beginners Kit!

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Word Art with Modern Calligraphy Kit

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Happy New Year everyone! Mou here today with a word art tutorial using the new Modern Calligraphy Kit from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft.

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The Modern Calligraphy Kit comes with

  • 4 tubes of Watercolor Paint - Red Violet, Yellow Gold, Emerald Green, Cobalt Blue
  • 3 PITT Artist pens - Black Soft Brush Nib, Black Brush Nib, Black 1.5 Bullet Nib
  • 1 Graphite Pencil
  • 1 Mini Waterbrush
  • Practice Pad
  • Envelope Template
  • Curves Template
  • Ruler
  • Design Guide

In addition to the kit, I used watercolor paper, table salt, eraser, Faber-Castell Collapsible Water Cup and Silicone Tray/ palette.


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Start by trimming watercolor paper to chosen size. I trimmed mine to 9 x 6 inches.

Squeeze out little dabs of Red Violet, Yellow Gold, and Cobalt Blue Watercolor paints on the silicone tray. Dilute paints with mini waterbrush and apply a wash on the watercolor paper. Let the colors blend naturally.

While the wash is still wet, sprinkle a little bit of table salt on the paper and let it sit till the wash dries. You'll notice that the paint will start to react with the salt creating interesting effects. I do not recommend using a heat tool for this step to keep the salt crystals from melting into the paper. Let it air dry and then gently shake off all the salt from the paper.


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Use the curve from the kit to draw a wavy line. My word art centers around the lyrics from a song by Boy and I felt this was appropriate because we all make resolutions and fresh starts when a year begins. Choose your favorite quote to create your own word art.

In the lyrics I chose, the word 'beginning' came at about the middle and was the most important word for me. So, that's the word I wrote first, lightly with the graphite pencil from the kit.


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I wrote the remaining words above and below 'beginning', also with pencil, rotating the curve as I felt fitted best.

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Go over the pencil work with the B nib PITT pen. The ink dries almost instantly. Once dry, you can erase any pencil lines.

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Use the brush pen to thicken some of the lines. Refer to the design guide for helpful tips on stylizing your letters. Remember, no matter where you start, your lettering skills will improve with practice.

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After you letter your quote, if you have some space left on your paper, you could add some decorative touches of your own. I painted some vines around mine with the watercolor paints and a brush. I used the curve as my guide for placing the vines. Just make sure that the focus of your art remains on the words and does not get overpowered by the decorative elements around it.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will venture into creating your own word art using the Modern Calligraphy Kit!
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Watercolor with Gelatos

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I recently got to create some greeting cards with the Watercolor With Gelatos set and had such a great time making greeting cards!

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This is what comes in the set. It's everything you need to get started.

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I started by cutting out a flower shape to use as a template. using my Essential Pitt Artist Pens, I traced the shape onto card stock.

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Next, I doodle in my flower petals and other details.

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I used different sized Pitt Pens to complete my doodled blooms.

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To add some color, I rubbed the Gelatos onto the silicone tray that's included and used my Deluxe Water brush to paint my flowers, slowly building layers of color.

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I did similar but different designs for 2 greeting cards.

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On my third piece of card stock I stamped a background pattern and used my Watercolor Gelatos set to add color.

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Using a combination of stamping and doodling I created a design that was a bit different than my first two cards, but still cohesive.

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After giving everything a bit of time to dry, I trimmed each piece of card stock down to size and adhered each to a blank, white greeting card. It's always nice to be able to include a handcrafted hello with a gift to a friend.

xo, Belen

 

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Iridescent Word Tags

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It's that time of year when many of us select a word to focus on for the year, rather than make traditional resolutions. This is something that I've done for the last several years. In 2018 my word will be "Intentional".

For me that means making more deliberate choices about what I spend my money on, the food that I eat, how I spend my time and who I give my energy to. I've found that having visual reminders helps keep my word at the forefront of my mind.

Today I've made some altered shipping tags with my own word, as well as one for a friend.

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I started by giving 2 shipping tags a generous coat of Gesso.

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I began building color by using one of my favorite techniques which is to scribble onto a craft sheet, with my Gelatos, and spritzing with water. First I used Stardust, which is part of the Iridescents set.


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Next, I did the same thing with Supernova and Nebula Gelatos, also from the Iridescents set. I just love where the colors run together and blend. That's where the magic starts to happen, for me!

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I brushed on some Gesso to help soften and unite the colors. Building layers is part of the fun, so don't worry about losing some of the vibrancy.

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To create texture, I added stamping using miscellaneous stamps that I had on hand.

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Using the same color Gelatos, I began adding color back in.

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To add even more texture, I used a stencil from the 301 Stencil Collection, and wiped off some of the color with a wet baby wipe.

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After letting my tags dry for a couple minutes, I used Essential PITT Artist Pens, and a Stampers Big White Pen to make some marks.

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Next, I tore thin strips of leftover muslin that I had on hand and used the same Gelatos to give them some color. I also added a few drops of ink and a bit of stamping.

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On another couple of pieces of muslin I stamped out my two words and ran a wonky stitch around them to attach them to the tags.

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I don't let my lack of sewing skills stop me. Instead, I embrace the wonky stitch and have at it.

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To finish off my tags, I used the torn strips of muslin like ribbon, and looped them through the holes. I also added a bit of contrasting color to the edges, using Black Hole, also from the Iridescents set, to create some depth.

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Thank you for following along. Wishing  you much, love, laughter, happiness in the coming year.

xo, Belen

 

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Mixed Media Journal

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I recently got to play with some new Stencils and made a mixed media journal for a friend.

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I used mixed media paper & card stock, trimmed to size, a stencil and Gelatos for this projects. I also used a book binding machine for mine, but if you don't have one, no problem. You can punch holes by hand and either bind it together with ribbon or use loose leaf binder rings, like these shown below.

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These are readily available at your local office supply store.

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I trimmed my card stock down to the desired size.
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I used my book binder machine to punch holes along one edge, but again, you can do this by hand.

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I used Gel Medium to adhere the card stock to my two chipboard pieces.

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Next, I used Gelatos in Fig and Satellite, available in the Iridescents set along with one of the stencils to decorate the front and back covers. I also used touches of Lunar and Silver Ice Gelatos.

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I used Essential Pitt Artist Pens and a Stampers Big White Pen to add some definition and ran Satellite around the edges.

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I added some glitter to Whipped Spackle to add a bit of shimmer.

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To finish it off, I bound everything together and added some hand dyed ribbon as an accent.

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Thank you for following along!

 

 

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Winter Canvas

Hey friends! Today I'm in the studio making some winter inspired canvas artwork.

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I started by giving my 2 canvas a generous coat of Gesso and allowing it to dry.


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I gave both my canvas a base layer of color, using Fig, Silver Ice, and a Deluxe Water Brush.

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Using a wet baby wipe, I removed some of the color from each canvas. This helps create some great texture.

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On one of my canvas I use the Warm Wishes stencil and Texture Luxe in copper. I set that aside to dry and started on my other canvas.

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For this one I used a mittens stencil and a Gelatos in Satellite, which comes in the Iridescents set.

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Using Gelatos in Blueberry to add some definition to my mittens design and ran a water brush around it to soften the line.

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Next, I added a bit of stamping and used a Stampers Big White Pen to make some marks.

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For an extra bit of sparkle, I added glitter to Whipped Spackle and spread that on with Palette Knife. I set this canvas aside to dry.

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Switching back to the first canvas, I used more of the Satellite Gelatos to add the sentiment,
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For some added texture, I added a few dots, using Texture Gems and some stamping to grunge it up a bit.

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Thank you for following along. Wishing you a wonderful week!

 

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Colorful Cardboard Christmas Tree

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Carolyn Dube here sharing a whimsical Christmas decoration made by recycling one of the cardboard boxes that has shown up at my door.  It starts by cutting out 5 triangles for the tree and 5 rectangles for the trunk.  Why did I use cardboard? I love the ridges and texture in cardboard plus it is an easy to find supply. 

 

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Using Gelatos, I added a color to part of the tree.  For the green, I did something a little different by mixing 2 colors together so I could get just the shade that I was envisioning. You can create custom colors by blending different colors together.

 

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Next, I blended it with my finger.  Another option is to use water and a paintbrush to move the color around also but I love the feel of smearing the color so I opted for using my hands. On the smaller triangles I filled it in completely with color but on the larger triangles, I left the center plain because it was just going to be covered up when the tree was glued together.

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To glue it together, I used Gel Medium.  Then  I added a top coat of Gel Medium to seal the Gelatos so that I could add the next layer to it.  The tree trunk was attached using masking tape on the back. 

The back isn't glamorous at all, since the writing from the box is there too. Nobody will see the back because this will be hanging on a door in my art studio.  How will I hang it?  A Command Adhesive mount since this is so light.  After all it is just cardboard.

 

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Once the Gel Medium was completely dry, and it was very important that it is completely dry, I used the brush tip Pitt Pens to add a bit of pattern.  On the pink, I did scribble journaling where I captured my gratitude for the blessings in my life.  For each color, I chose a different pattern  to add with the pens. On the yellow the drawing is tough to see in photo, but it is there!

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 Thanks for stopping by for a bit of colorful holiday play.  Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday!

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Handmade Holiday Ornament Trio with Gelatos & Holiday PITT Artist Pens

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial to make handmade holiday ornaments using Gelatos colors and Holiday PITT pens! Let me list the supplies before I show you how to make these ornaments with basic tools and supplies.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® -

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents - Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Holiday PITT Artist Pen set

Other - cardstock, thread, trimmer, scissors, pencil


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Start by trimming 4x4 inches squares out of white cardstock, six pieces for each ornament.

Fold squares in halves. Draw a tree, a gift box and a house with pencil. Cut out with scissors.

Using the first piece as template, cut the other five pieces for each ornament design.


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Cut about three pieces of thread or twine, each to 6 inches. 

With Gel Medium, attach the matching design pieces back to back. Before attaching the last piece, fold the thread in half and place between the previous and final piece to make a loop.


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Color the tree ornament with Mango, Comet and Satellite Gelatos colors. Blend with water.


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Once dry, make marks on the tree ornament with the green Holiday PITT pen.


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Color the gift box ornament with Mars, Odyssey and Gold Champagne Gelatos colors.


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Add details to the ornament with the red and gold PITT pens.


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Color the house ornament with Odyssey and Aqua Dolce Gelatos.


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Add details with the Gold and Black PITT pens.


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Now, your ornaments are ready to decorate your tree or give as gifts.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun making your own handmade ornaments!

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