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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.

Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1


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
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1


I used the Glass Bead Glitter Gel and Gelatos mixture to "paint" in my pumpkin, leaving the features unpainted. 
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1


Next,  I combined the Black Licorice Gelatos and the Glass Bead Glitter Gel and filled in the cat and the crow.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1


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.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1


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.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1


I used a baby wipe that I had squeezed out as much of the liquid out of as possible to blend out the Gelatos.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1

 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.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1


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

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Glass Bead Glitter Gel

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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





On-the-go Travel Journal Tutorial by Mou Saha


Hello there, Mou here today with an on-the-go travel journal tutorial for you using various Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® products along with a Clear Scraps Chipboard and Acrylic album!

You can approach an on-the-go travel journal in several ways - I sometimes approach it by creating the backgrounds in advance. This inspires me to work on the journal when I am traveling because I am not starting a blank journal which like a blank canvas can sometimes be daunting. Moreover, I have colorful pages to work on without having to carry a ton of products with me. In this case, I will be carrying just the brush tip pen from the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK set.

So, let's get started!

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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.

Art Journal - Willow Dog

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.
Art Journal - Willow Dog


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.
Art Journal - Willow Dog


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.
Art Journal - Willow Dog


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.
Art Journal - Willow Dog




Erin Bassett - Faber Castell

Red Ruby Slippers



Hi Everyone, Mou Saha here today from Color Happy Creations!

School's back in session and conversations have already started about the first school dance. There's also tons of discussion and texting going on about Halloween plans and costumes. With any such occasion comes shopping and we all know how much girls love shopping for shoes! During every such shopping expedition, we come across pretty shoes that we can't even walk in, let alone dance in them but we always share a few good laughs over our inabilities. This time we saw a tiny little pair of red shoes that could be part of a Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz costume. While we didn't buy that pair, I decided to create my own cute version of it using my crafting supplies. Let me show you how I created my pair of red ruby slippers.


For the red ruby slippers, I chose Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Iced Currant. The deep rich red hue of the pigment along with its metallic sheen was just perfect for this project.


To cut  my slippers,  I used a die but if you search the internet, you can easily find a slipper template that would work just as well. Here's one I found.


Here are my die-cut slipper parts colored with Gelatos® Iced Currant.


And the remaining pieces colored with Gelatos® Caramel.




Whether you are using the die cuts or cutting your pieces following a template, fold along the crease lines. Assemble the toes and backs on the small sole using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium.


Assemble the heels and attach them to the bigger sole. These will be the bases of the slippers. Attach the top sole to the bottom sole with Gel Medium. You can refer to this assembly instruction pdf too.


Once the slippers are assembled, add another coat or two of Gelatos® Iced Currant and blend with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Glaze for a glossy finish. Let dry thoroughly.


Add pretty touches to your ruby slippers with doodling using the Magenta Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist Pen from Writing Set: RED/YELLOW.


Die-cut or punch out a couple of bows or tie them out of ribbon. Color with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Texture Luxe™ Gold. When dry, attach to the slippers to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial. Did you know that you could also color plain cloth shoes with Gelatos? Yes, you can! So, whether you want to create a tiny pair like I did or jazz up a real pair, click your heels and have some FUN!


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos®:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist Pens Writing Set: RED/YELLOW

Sizzix Bigz L Die - Ballroom Slippers

Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Bow-Tied

Others: cardstock, paint brush, diecutter, scissors




Art Journal Page with Gelatos® Guava



Hi everyone, Mou Saha here today with an altered book art journal page tutorial using Faber-Castell ® Design Memory Craft® Gelatos®  Guava and Faber-Castell®  Design Memory Craft®  Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.

Before we start, let me tell you two things:

  • This art journal is not a journal at all. It's an old hard cover book. I'll show you how to prep it into an art journal.
  • The illustration I used is actually a coloring page. That's a creative way to take your colored pages beyond the coloring book.

So, let's get started.


Book pages are typically thinner than art journal pages. Adding a few coats of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent Gesso makes it a bit stronger while priming the very porous book paper for your wet mediums. Use binder clips to hold your pages together while you apply gesso to your pages.


Tear out a page from a coloring book. Here, I have used a page from my own printable coloring book, No Place Like Home. You can use any page you have.

Cut out the image with scissors.


Attach the cut out illustration to the art journal with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent Gel Medium.


Rub Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Guava on the page and blend with a wet brush.


With Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, color the illustration. Blend colors with a wet brush.


Use Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK, B tip to journal.


Here's a close up of my finished page.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun with the Gelatos Guava!


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos  Guava

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent Gesso

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK

"No Place Like Home” Printable Coloring Book




Stamping with Gelatos®

  Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

You are awesome!

Sometimes you just need that reminder or want to share it with someone else so I made this little 4" x 6" piece of art that I could put in our guest room. I love how it turned out. It's almost magic how the highlighting of the flowers happens with this technique. Here's how I created the project.


I started off by using PITT® Artist Pen Black #199 as ink to stamp a flower image onto a 4" x 6" piece of watercolor paper. 

Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett


Next,  I used Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil #126 to color in the areas of the flowers that I wanted shaded.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett


Next,  I activated the watercolor with water.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett


While that dried, I mixed together about a 1/8" chunk of Guava Gelatos®, a Palette Knife full of Gel Medium, and a small spritz of water.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

I then painted it onto the shadow stamp and stamped it onto my flower.

Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett


I really love the irregularity of the Gelatos® and how the watercolor pencils pop through. 

Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett - Step 4

Next, I stamped some leaves with May Green #170 PITT® Artist Pen and water colored them in with a Kiwi Gelatos®. I also used Art GRIP®Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil #147 and #153 to color in the blue background and then activated it with water.  Lastly, I added a sentiment that was stamped and embossed with black embossing powder and slipped it into the frame.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett


Erin Bassett DT 2



Let Your Dreams Bloom Art Journal Page with Jamie Dougherty

Hello everyone. I would like to share a video tutorial that features a few techniques using Gelatos® and Stamper's Big Brush Pens. The two mediums work very well together. The water solubility of the Gelatos® and the permanence of the India Ink in the Stamper's Big Brush Pens create the perfect balance between light and soft, and bold and graphic.


Supplies Used: Gelatos® Margarita Mix Stamper's Big Brush Pens (Black*199, Green Gold *268, and Walnut Brown*177) Gesso and the triangle stencil from the 101 Stencil Collection.




The combination of these colors creates a mod and retro look all in one.


We welcome your comments! Let us know what you think of this really cool project. Make sure to tag us on Facebook and Instagram. We would love to see how this video inspires you.

Hugs and Happy Creating!



Daydreaming in Snowcone

Daydreamer Done

Hi All. Tiare here with my first August post.  I've been mixing up my Design Memory Crafts products and simply having a ball with color.  This week I've been playing with Gelatos® Color Snowcone, the color of the week and mixing it up with a few fun items. Here's what I did.

Daydreamer 1

First, I created a colorful background using Stamper’s Big Brush Pens: Light Green 171, May Green 170, Permanent Green Olive 167 and Chromium Green Opaque 174 and a little bit of water. I used the Mixed Media Stencil 101 on top, along with Gelatos® Color Snowcone and Kiwi to create a cute pattern. 

Daydreamer 2

Next, I sketched in my "Daydreamer."

Daydreamer 3

Next, I made gorgeous shimmering hair by mixing Gelatos® Colors Snowcone with Texture Luxe™ Pearl and spread it using a palette knife. I was sure to NOT smooth it out so that the natural textures remained. 

Daydreamer Done

Lastly, I added a bit of color to the lips and eyelids using Gelatos® Colors Snowcone and  Kiwi.  I added details with a Journaling Pitt®Artist Pens Medium Nib. It activated quickly. Next, I created shading with a Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft paintbrush, found in the Gelatos Brights 15 Ct . set. I finished by rubbing the Gelatos® Color Snowcone over the hair.  The raised parts picked up the color and added visual interest. 

Supplies Used: 


Me HatTiare 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 a weekly prompts, creative challenges and process videos. 

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


Bloom Mini Mixed Media Art Journal with Clear Scraps

Hi everyone, it's Erin Bassett here. This week the Design Team was challenged to use a combination of Design Memory Craft™  and Clear Scraps products.  Clear Scraps manufactures some beautiful artistic pieces for mixed media.  Check out their website for more information. I was really excited to use these products. This is what I came up with...a mini art journal. By allowing myself the creative freedom to combine elements into one project, I bloomed as an artist.

Bloom MiniBook 1

Here's how I created the pages.

For the first page I covered the chipboard piece with Gesso and then layered  Stamper's Big Brush Pens in Dark Chrome Yellow #109 and Cadmium Yellow #107. To create the flower embellishment,  I took the chipboard piece and applied the Silver Texture Luxe over  a stencil from the 101 collection to create a pattern. Once that was dry,  I placed the stencil back on the chipboard and traced the pattern with a PITT® Artist Pen Cobalt Green #156 and then mounted it on top of a foil cupcake liner that I was smashed flat. 

Bloom MiniBook - CloseUp1
Bloom MiniBook 1

The  button on top was colored with the PITT® Artist Pen Cobalt Green #156.

Coloring buttons with PITT Artist Pens 1

For the backside of that page I mounted layered cupcake liners and topped it with a clear button that I colored as well. 
Bloom MiniBook 1

To add texture to this clear acrylic page, I used Silver Texture Luxe and a stencil from the 101 collection . I created the same design on both sides of the page being careful to line up the pattern . Once it was dry,  I marked and smudged the edges of the pattern with a PITT® Artist Pen.
Bloom MiniBook 1

For this chipboard page I used the 3 x 12 Bloom where you are Planted stencil from Clear Scraps and traced over it with the Stamper's Big Brush White Pen and then shadowed it with the PITT® Artist Pen. I also used Copper and Pearl Texture Luxe with the stencil to create the flower. Once everything was dry,  I rubbed a Banana Gelatos® around the background.

Bloom MiniBook - CloseUp4

Bloom MiniBook 1

For the backside of the page, I added Gesso and then used both the small and the large dot dabber with the Snow Cone Gelatos® to create circles all over the page. I outlined the larger ones using a Black #199 PITT® Artist Pen. I again used the 3 x 12 Bloom where you are Planted stencil and Banana Gelatos® to create and color the flowers. The Black  Stamper's Big Brush Pen was used along with letter stamps to add the quote to this and the following pages.
Bloom MiniBook 1

 I mounted a square of sticky backed canvas onto this clear page. I added Gesso to the canvas and then used a stencil from the Scandinavian collection and the Stamper's Big Brush pens in Dark Chrome Yellow #109 and Cadmium Yellow #107. I also scribbled a bit of color onto my craft mat and added a drop of water to it so I could brush it on around the design. Next I used the Texture Gems Ice Liner to trace around parts of the design. Lastly,  I sprinkled some glitter to add some sparkle. 
Bloom MiniBook 1

Bloom MiniBook - CloseUp6

The backside of the page also has canvas that was prepped with Gesso.  I used a wash of the Banana Gelatos® to color the background. While that dried I mixed together the Blueberry Gelatos® and Whipped Spackle Paste. Next, I applied it over a stencil from the Scandinavian collection. Once dried,  I added some doodles with a PITT® Artist Pen. The leaves and flag were rubbed with the Lime and Bubble Gum Gelatos® onto white cardstock.  Next I cut them out into the shapes I needed. I also made a wash with the Cobalt Green#156 Stamper's Big Brush pen and water and dipped some cotton lace into it to dye it blue.
Bloom MiniBook 1

For the last page I added some Gesso and then used a Texture Card to add a pattern. Once it was dry,  I made a color wash with Cobalt Green#156 Stamper's Big Brush pen and water and applied it to the background. On a piece of white cardstock  I brushed a wash of Stamper's Big Brush Pens in Dark Chrome Yellow #109 and Cadmium Yellow #107. I used a stamp from the Gelatos Dolce 2 gift set to add another design element.  Once again,  I created the leaves by rubbing the Lime Gelatos® onto the paper and then cut it into the shape I needed. The veins were added with a May Green #170 Stamper's Big Brush Pen. Lastly, I  added a dot of the Pearl Texture Gems Liner to each of the flowers.
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Bloom MiniBook 8

I hope this inspires you to use a variety of mixed media products on your Clear Scraps art journal pages. 

Erin Bassett DT 2