PITT® Artist Pens

My Messy Mandala

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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.

 

 

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Tada!

Supplies Used:

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


Art Journaling with Tea Stains

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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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Attach the tag to the page. Machine stitch.

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

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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.

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

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial! 

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Sweet Notes

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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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Tada!

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. 

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Supplies:

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. 

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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!

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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. 

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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. 


Bible Journaling with Faber Castell

Hey Design Memory Crafters!! I'm Lindsay with seeLINDSAY and I'm going to show you how easy it is to use the Bible Journaling Kit from Faber-Castell®.  Bible Journaling with Faber Castell-1-5

Bible journaling is one of the easiest ways to personalize your favorite scriptures. This kit is also essential because it comes with everything you need plus a booklet to sketch a picture out before you decide to put it in your scriptures. 

The Bible Journaling Kit includes 2 Gelatos® and 2 Gelatos highlighters, 2 PITT® Artist pens in gold and black, an artist sketch book, different die cuts and several stencils. I also used some Texture Luxe to  smear metallic colors on the bottom of the page. 

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I began by mixing some additional colors of Gelatos I had on hand with the ones included in the Bible Journaling Kit to get a pallet that I loved. I just smeared some on the page towards the bottom and used my blending tool to make it smooth. Once that was the tones I wanted, I added my Texture Luxe with a palette knife and just wiped it across the page. I saved a small area so that I could use the included stencil with the Texture Luxe as well.

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I layed down my stencil, once the Texture Luxe was dry, at the top of my page and started tracing it with the black PITT marker. I then mixed up some Gelatos with some Gel Medium and blended it together with my Palette Knife. I just started spreading it evenly over my included stencil and didn't care if I made the flowers two-toned or how they ended up look altogether. I wanted a real rustic look on this piece of my bible. I then removed the stencil and allowed it all to dry.

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I then used the black and gold PITT Artist Pens that were included in the Bible Journaling Kit and added the phrase "I will go, I will do". Now when I open my scriptures I have a sentiment that is near and dear to my heart that I have always loved. I have always loved these words and I strive to go and do when He would have me do. 

 


Negative Space Painting with Gelatos

Diana Trout here today with Negative Space Painting. If you're scratching your head right now, read on. NSP is easier to demonstrate than explain.

Finished Piece

The supplies I used for this piece

Canvas board 6" x 8"
Pastel Gelatos
Glaze
Metallic Gelatos
Texture Gems
Awl (or other tool for scratching)
Paint Brush 
Pottery Sponge (or cosmetic wedge)

Finished Piece

Begin by creating a patchy background. I'm using the lightest of the Pastel Gelatos because I was thinking of a Fire Opal. No need to make a pattern on the background. Fill the canvas (or page) with color. I spread the color out with a damp sponge. For the best results, fill in the entire canvas. I added marks by scratching through the Gelatos with an awl.

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You might use stencils as well. 

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You can see the scratches above. Let this dry and then put a couple of coats of Glaze over it. While Gelatos remain re-wettable, they do dry to the touch. Let the Glaze layer dry thoroughly.

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It's time to begin the negative space painting. I used the Metallic Gelatos. They are super shiny and fun! (See my video linked at the end of this post for a swatch test.) You can use any shape you'd like or draw anything at all: leaves, flowers, house. I started with the Metallic Mint Gelatos and then, since I wanted the pastel shapes to really POP! I used darker colored Gelatos, like the Gold Champagne and Iced Chai.  

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You can use various tools to spread the Metallic Gelatos around: a potter's sponge, paintbrush, the dense foam sponge and your fingers (just make sure to keep them clean). You'll have no problem retaining the pastel shapes since they've been preserved with the Glaze.

Close up tools for finish
A range of values and most importantly Dark and Light make your piece really sparkle. I used a PITT Artist Brush Pen to draw around around the circles. I didn't want a solid line so I followed the pen with a wet brush. PITT pens are permanent but if you catch them while they are wet, they will run. Yum

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Finally, I chose a Texture Gem in Pearl to create some more shiny light by creating dots all around each circle. 

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Negative Space painting is a different way to think and create. I hope you'll try this and see for yourself. Enjoy!


How to Paint Wild Roses with Gelatos

Hi, Diana Trout here today. I'm excited to share my first post for the Design Memory Craft design team.  Let's paint flowers!

For Roses Final Piece

For this project I used a canvas panel (6"x8"), Gelatos Brights, a Pitt Brush Pen and Texture Luxe Gold to "frame" the painting. 

For Roses Supplies

I used the brush and water to remove some Gelatos for the stems later in the painting. It's easy to "erase" some or all of the Gelatos color using a wet brush or rag. 

For Roses Drawing

The roses are simple doodles done with the Pitt Brush Pen. I like the heavy black line. I varied the size of the doodle flowers and have them cascading down the panel from the top left. (I used the Rule of Thirds for the composition.) 

Once you have your doodles finished, start adding the dark green close to the flower outlines. Try not to cross over the black lines but don't sweat it. I began adding the lighter lime green next. Pushing the creamy Gelatos around and away from the roses. 

For Roses Smudging

Use either the blender that comes with the Gelatos or your fingers. Either way, make sure your "tools" stay clean as you don't want to muddy your colors later on. Just rub any media away on a scrap paper. We'll be crossing the color wheel to reds and leftover green on your tools could make some serious Mud.

For Roses Reductive Stenciling
I added some stenciling to the background using hexagon and dot stencils , 101 Collection. I laid the stencil down and rubbed away the Gelatos® with a cloth. Vary the amount of rubbing away you do. You can use a baby wipe (or wet rag) to take the Gelatos® off completely. 

For Roses Scratching
I pulled out pinks, yellow and orange Gelatos and filled in (roughly) the center of the flowers and the shapes that were created when the doodling was happening. I pushed the Gelatos around and did some blending. You can still see the heavy dark line under the Gelatos but it is faded back somewhat. I left some of the lines uncovered so they would be darker.

For Roses Scratcching

I used my binder's awl to make scratches in the Gelatos; just doodly lines again. Try the non-business end of a paint brush for a thicker line. The white lines around the flowers give movement to my project.

For Roses Detail Stems

For the stems, I removed color using a wet brush. I mixed a tiny bit of green and red Gelato on palette paper for the muddy green color (sometimes mud is a good thing).  I added a little bit of the color near the bottom of the flower and then gently smudging it straight down. 

I finished this piece by brushing Texture Luxe gold around the edges to give it a frame. Ready to hang! I think two small clear Command hooks (top and bottom) will do the trick.

I hope you enjoy this project! The Gelatos are lush and smooshy and very easy to use. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments and be sure to let me know if you try this project. 


Watercolor Pencils Aren't Just for Water!

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How can Glaze create soft layers of color?  By using it with Stamper's Big Brush Pens and Art Grip Aquarelles! Carolyn Dube here sharing how Glaze can play with these pens and pencils while coloring a few flowers.


Start by loosely tracing over some of the lines in a design with an Art Grip Aquarelle.  You can use a page from a coloring book, clip art, a stamped image, or something you've drawn.

Pitt-pens-glaze-coloring-flower-carolyn-dube-11Usually, you use water with a watercolor pencil, but not here.  Dip a paint brush into Glaze and then brush it over the pencil.  Be sure to put the brush in water as soon as you are finished so the Glaze doesn't dry on the brush.

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To add another layer of translucent color, use a Stampers Big Brush and color on a piece of transparency plastic or other non absorbent surface. Then dip your paint brush in the Glaze and mix with the color on the transparency and color in more of the flower.

You can see on the transparency below that each time I did this, I used a fresh or clean area of the transparency.  This is because I want to avoid getting any of the wet Glaze on the pen. Pitt-pens-glaze-coloring-flower-carolyn-dube-14

You can change the intensity of the color by altering how much Glaze or color you use.  I primarily used the Big Brush Pens because the bigger tip goes faster than a smaller tip, but you can also use a standard size brush tip Pitt Pen.

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Thanks for joining me for today's play! 

Supplies Used

Glaze

Art Grip watercolor pencils (I used 121)  

Stampers Big Brush Pen (I used Orange Glaze, Leaf Green, and Dark Naples Ochre)

Watercup  

Transparency plastic (or other non absorbent surface)

Paintbrush

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Carolyn is a self- taught mixed media art adventurer who has rediscovered play. She plays with every color of the rainbow, avoid rules whenever possible, and lets the little kid inside of her free.  You can find more of her play at aColorfulJourney.com

 


Fly Free Art Journal Page

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Hi Loves,

Tiare here.   Summer time and the crafting is easy...especially with our Honey Medium Kit.    

Grab it along with one of our fun Ice Layers and your all set to create a fun, art journal page and fly, free creatively!

Here's what I did....  

 

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Tada!

Now it's your turn.  Please share if this inspires you. I'd love to see what you make.  Just tag me on Instram @iamclassygirl or Facebook at Tiare Smith Designs.  

Supplies Used:

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

She hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, challenges and more. 

Pick up more FREE tutorials from Tiare at http://www.tiaresmith.com


June Plan with Me Page

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Hi Loves,

Tiare here.   June is almost here, so it's time to start planning.   

I grabbed the Bible Journaling Kit and Gelatos® Bubble Gum to make a fun planner page, to start my monthly organization.

Here's what I did....  

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Tada!

Now it's your turn.  Please share if this inspires you. I'd love to see what you make.  Just tag me on Instram @iamclassygirl or Facebook at Tiare Smith Designs.  

Supplies Used:

Me in Pink

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

She hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, challenges and more. 

Pick up more FREE tutorials from Tiare at http://www.tiaresmith.com