Paper Crafter Crayons

Studio Caddy Play

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Carolyn Dube here playing with the Studio Caddy Premium Gift Set.  It is loaded with a wonderful assortment of the rainbow with Gelatos, Paper Crafter Crayons, Art Grip Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, Pitt Pens, and an assortment of tools.  The fun variety of the goodies include ones that react to water and ones that don't react to water.  Just having it all right next to me had me end up using the palette knife in a way I usually don't...but will be from now on!    

 



 


Passion Fruit Mosaic Page by Rachel

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I hope you are loving all the pink on the Design Memory Craft blog this month! This is Rachel Kleinman to continue with the happy color, specifically the Gelatos® Color of the Week: Passion Fruit.  Maybe you can tell I used quite a lot of pink Gelatos® on this journal page... couldn't help myself :)

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I started with a gesso'd page and drew in squares with Gelatos® Strawberry, Watermelon, Guava, Passion Fruit, and Blood Orange. I used a paintbrush with water to break down the pigments and paint in the squares. I love the smooth matte look of blended Gelatos®, it made for a gorgeous mosaic spread!

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Next, I added some small simple doodles throughout the page. I drew thin lines with a Black Paper Crafter Crayon™, thick lines with a Pink Madder Stamper's Big Brush Pen, circles with the Metallic Gold Pitt Pen and then just smeared some Pearl Texture Luxe™ with my finger.

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My favorite way to use the Glaze medium is to mix it with Gelatos® and apply it through a stencil. Here I mixed Glaze with chopped up Passion Fruit Gelatos® and the Mixed Media 102 Stencil. Now time to let everything dry completely!

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Gelatos® are so versatile... don't forget they work as a great water color, too! You can vary the strength of the color by adding more water to lighten it and less water to keep it more opaque. Here I scribbled some Black Licorice Gelatos® on my craft mat and mixed up the pigment with a wet paintbrush. Then I used the brush to flick splatters of black throughout my journal page.

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Finally, the last step! The White Stamper's Big Brush Pen was traced through this little flower stencil from the Scandinavian Stencil Collection. Lastly I added some writing with a Black Pitt Pen. I've been listening to The Beauty and the Beast soundtrack, so of course I had to add some lyrics to this!

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Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the last couple days of your February and get creative!

 

SUPPLIES:

Gelatos®: Passion Fruit, Strawberry, Watermelon, Guava, Blood Orange, Black Licorice

Mixed Media 102 Stencil Collection

Mixed Media Scandinavian Stencil Collection

Pitt Pen: Black, Gold

Stamper's Big Brush Pen: White, Pink Madder

Paper Crafter Crayons™ Neutral Pack

Texture Luxe Paste Pearl

Gesso

Glaze

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

 

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Rain Grows Flowers - Art Journal Page

Hello colorful creative souls! I am very much looking forward to a 3 day weekend of playtime in my studio. But before the weekend begins, I'm here to share a very quick art journal spread that celebrates our first 4 featured Gelatos® in the 52 Weeks of Color campaign: Lemon, Snow Cone, Margarita Mix, and Guava!

 

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This art journal page started off very neat and clean, but took a quick turn when some emotions got the best of me and I covered a lot of my pages with black Chalkboard Paint. I'm so thankful that art is a part of my life so I can use it as a stress reliever! So anyways, I started with a base of Gelatos® Snow Cone and Margarita Mix that I blended with a wet paintbrush...

 

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Next, I added some pattern with the Doodle Stencil Collection and Snow Cone Gelatos, followed by the Scandinavian Stencil Collection with Lemon Gelatos.

 

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And that's when my giant fan brush met my Chalkboard Paint and they decided to make friends with my art journal :) Once the Chalkboard Paint dried I used my fingers to add some Texture Luxe™ Pearl.

 

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I revisited this page a couple days later, when I was in a much better mood :) and decided to brighten it back up with some flowers. I outlined the flowers with Gesso and a brush. Once the Gesso dried I blended the petals with Guava Gelatos, the centers with Lemon Gelatos, and outlined with Snow Cone Gelatos. I also added some very loose details with my Paper Crafter Crayons™.

 

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Raise your words, not your voice.

It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

    - Rumi

 

SUPPLIES:

Gelatos Lemon, Snow Cone, Guava, Margarita Mix

Paper Crafter Crayons™ Red/Yellow

Chalkboard Paint

Texture Luxe Pearl

Black Brush Pen

Gesso

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Cement Texture Paste

Doodle Stencil Collection

Scandinavian Stencil Collection

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Lemon Yellow + Glittering Gray Bracelet

Hello friends!  I've got a bright and vibrant project to share with you today that combines Gelatos® color of the week, Lemon with elements that sparkle and shine in shades of gray and silver.  This glittering bracelet project keeps your art close to you as a one-of-a-kind accessory!

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The wooden clasp is the star piece of this chunky 5-strand bracelet that features crystal glass beads and has an organic feel with dyed yellow stone beads to complement the wood element.  

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Let me share with you how I got the look.  Here's what you'll need (see below for a list of products and colors used in this design):

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You'll be able to use your Paper Crafter Crayons in combination with stencils (or freehand a design) and give the wood rich color with Gelatos® color of the week, Lemon! The mixture of cool crystals , earthy wood and stone beads as well as silver spacers make this bracelet a beautiful piece to complement your summer attire! Beginner as well as advanced jewelry makers will love to make this simply-styled bracelet.  

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Begin by creating your design or pattern on the wood clasp using Paper Crafter Crayons.  Simple silver dots are featured here, but there are so many stencils to choose from!

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Next, add pigment to the wood by applying Gelatos® color directly to it.  Spread the color evenly over the entire piece by using a small amount of water - the Deluxe Water Brush is a perfect companion for the heavy color used here.  

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Because Gelatos® are easily blended with water, you'll need to seal your design with a generous coat of Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft Glaze.

Finally, string beads in various patterns in shades of silver and gray along with a few yellow accents onto 12-inch strands of .8mm stretch bead cord.  When you have strung 6.5 inches of beads onto each of the 5 strands, feed the cord through each of the holes.  Thread a crimp bead onto the cord inside the channel on the underside of the clasp, and use a pair of crimp pliers to secure it.  The crimp bead acts as a stopper so that the cords stay in place!  Repeat the process for the other half of the clasp, and trim away the excess cord with scissors.  

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All that's left is to wear your new piece out and enjoy saying, "Thanks, I made it myself!"

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Thanks for joining me today to get inspiration for using Design· Memory· Craft® products on even the smallest of canvases.  Enjoy your art anywhere you go! 

Supplies used:

Gelatos®: Lemon (Brights Set)

Paper Craft Crayons: Silver (Neutral Set)

Texture Gems™ 3ct. Metallics: Silver

Glaze Textural Accents

101 Stencil Collection (6.5"x6.5"): Polka Dots

Deluxe Water Brush

Other Supplies Used:

5-Hole Wooden Clasp

.8mm Stretch Bead Cord

Yellow Howlite Beads: Moroccan Rings, Puff Flower, and 6mm Rondelles

Dark Gray Crystal Glass Beads: 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm

Clear Crystal Glass Beads: 4mm, 8mm, and 10 mm

Silver Spacer Beads: 4mm and 6mm

2mm Crimp Beads

Crimp Pliers

Scissors


An Art Journaling Tutorial by Mou

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Hey everyone, Mou here from colorhappycreations.com. I'm SO glad to be back for another term on the Design Memory Craft Core Design Team! Before I move on to the tutorial, I wanted to thank you all, our readers for taking part in the monthly Take the Challenge with Mou series over the last 3 years and a huge thanks to Design Memory Craft for sponsoring the challenges.

And now, as my first post for this term, I have an art journaling tutorial for you. So, let's get started!

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Using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent Gel Medium, collage some found papers onto a old book spread. You can use any journal for this project. Let the gel medium dry thoroughly.

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Apply Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent Chalk Board Paint with a paint brush leaving out a few selected words from the text.

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Once the Chalk Board Paint dries, circle the words and color around them with various shades of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Paper Crafter Crayons™, blending them as you go.

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Apply some Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso with palette knife from Gelatos Tool Set.

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Lay a pattern stencil from the 102 Stencil Collection on the left half of the page and apply a thin coat of Texture Luxe™ Gold with a palette knife. Repeat near the bottom right on the facing page. Let dry.

Add another layer of interest with the numeric stencil from the 301 Stencil Collection and Chalk Board Paint.

Rub some Texture Luxe™ Copper on both pages with your fingers.

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Make marks and journal with the B tip pen from Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK to finish.

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Here are some close-up shots of my art journal spread.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and are now inspired to give these COOL products a try!

SUPPLIES:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents:

Gel Medium

Gesso

Chalk Board Paint

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Texture Luxe™ Copper

102 Stencil Collection

301 Stencil Collection

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Tool Set

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Paper Crafter Crayons™: Red-Yellow and Blue-Green

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK

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Mixed Media Art with Rita Barakat!

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Hey there creatives Rita Barakat here! I get so excited about mixed media projects and this one is especially fun because of the way it came about! Grab your Paper Crafter Crayons, Gesso and Gelatos®  and come back!

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OK first of all, I was thinking of a project to make and sharpening my Paper Crafter Crayons when I thought I am wasting the crayons. So I decided to put them on my art journal page...

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I had several colors going and decided to melt them with my mini iron.

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I know it doesn't look like much at first, but sometimes that's how mixed media is - messy and unpredictable. You just have to enjoy the process and  keep working it.

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I grabbed a Blueberry Gelato® and drew around the outside, at this point I am thinking it can't hurt right?

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I used a wet paintbrush to spread the color around. The melted Paper Crafter Crayons do make a solid hard surface that resists the Gelatos®.  (These aren't your kids crayons!) Once I filled in any empty areas I did work the melted areas a bit more until I liked how it looked, it goes back to a solid state super quick! Then I decided to dip a paper cup in gesso and makes some circles- it was a perfect finishing touch!  If you don't have Paper Crafter Crayons you should give them a try in your next mixed media project and if you do have them you have to try this technique!

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Blessings!
Rita Barakat
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Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

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Gift Wrapping with Paper Crafter Crayons™ and Clover Mini Iron with Mou & December Take the Challenge Winners

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Hello bloggers, Mou here today with another gift wrapping idea using the Clover Mini Iron along with Paper Crafter Crayons™!

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Alternative ideas for wrapping presents with Rita

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Hey there creatives, Rita Barakat here today! Holidays are just around the corner and I don't know about you but there have been times when I needed to wrap a present  quickly and didn't have any wrapping paper. So what's a girl to do? Pull out my supplies of course!  Today I grabbed a gift box, my Paper Crafter Crayons and my Clover mini iron. 

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Heat up your mini iron, pick your colors and roll them up a bit. Melt the paper crafter crayons by placing them on the iron. Spread the melted crayons on the box, melt a little more and repeat until the box is covered.

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My box already had  a shiny coating on it but any box will do - make sure not to keep the mini iron still in one place, so it doesn't burn the box. I used red, magenta and silver.

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Once the box is covered take the tip of your mini iron and draw your design - use a paper towel to wipe off the color as you go. If you make a mistake smooth it over the paper crafter crayons and start again. Easy to customize to any design and even add a personal message! And if you haven't used the Paper Crafter Crayons these are not your kids crayons - when it's dry (and it dries quickly) it is solid! You will love them!

Blessings,
Rita
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Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacturer websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® and freelances for a variety of manufacturers.  


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!

 

STEP 1:

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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STEP 3:

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!!!!