PITT® Artist Pens

Being Bold Art Journal Page

Welcome back everyone! This is Rachel Kleinman here to share a new art journal page - Freedom Lies in Being Bold.

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I started by adding some old torn book pages and pieces of punchinella to my page using Design Memory Craft Gel Medium. This will add subtle interest and texture to the page without being overpowering.

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Once the Gel Medium was dried, I scribbled some pink and red Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils directly on the page as well Double Scoop® Gelatos® in Mango. I spread the colors with a large wet paintbrush until the entire page had color.

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Next I added some patterns with a Mixed Media Stencil from the Stencil 101 Collection combined with the beautiful Boysenberry Gelatos®. I just added a small amount of Boysenberry Gelatos® to the spaces of the stencil and blended with my finger. You can also wipe the stencil down with a baby wipe to drag the color onto your journal page.

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Now it's time to add the focal image! I traced the beautiful flowing leaves pattern from the Doodle Stencil Collection with my Black PITT® Artist Brush Pen.

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Finally we get to color in those gorgeous leaves! I started by filling in each leaf with Design Memory Craft Gelatos® in Kiwi. I spread the pigment using my blending tool from the Gelatos® Tool Kit... this was so helpful with getting the color in those skinny spaces! Then I added some shading with a touch of Lime and Snow Cone Gelatos®, and finally added some highlight with my Stampers Big Brush Pen in White.

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This wasn't enough texture for me, so I decided to add some big polka dots to the leaves. I mixed Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle with some Boysenberry Gelatos® and used that paste with the circle pattern from the Stencil 101 Collection. Once the Whipped Spackle was completely dry I used my finger to add some Texture Luxe™ Gold to the dots and random places throughout the page.

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The page was finished off with a quote that I wrote using a Black PITT® Artist Brush Pen and a Black Stamper's Big Brush Pen... I think next I'll practice some handwriting tricks, everyone can always improve ;). Handwriting is a personal mark and doesn't always need to look perfect for your projects.

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Thanks so much for joining me! I hope you've been inspired to dive into your art journal today!

SUPPLIES

Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils RED

Gelatos® Double Scoop® Mango

Gelatos® Snow Cone, Lime, Boysenberry, and Kiwi

Stamper's Big Brush Pens;  Deep Scarlet Red 219Black 199, White 101

PITT® Artist Pen Black

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents:

Gel Medium

Whipped Spackle

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Stencil 101 Collection

Doodle Stencil Collection

The Gelatos® Tool Kit

 

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Put a Bird on it Canvas

Hello everyone, this is Rachel Kleinman from rwkrafts.com here for my first post as a member of the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft CORE Design Team! I am so excited to be working for this amazing company. I have been using these wonderful mixed media products for years and truly love them! With that, I'm here to share my newest canvas - Put a Bird on it!

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I've put together a full process video that shows you how the canvas came together, as well sharing some fun techniques that mix Design Memory Craft Glaze medium with Gelatos®. Don't worry, if you're not a video person I've got some step by step photos as well!...

 

 

I started with a gesso'd 6x6" canvas that I colored with Gelatos® colors Limoncello and Margarita Mix then blended with water. I was playing with some techniques that use the Glaze medium and this first technique is my favorite: I blended Gelatos® Passion Fruit with Glaze using my spatula. This creates a very thick somewhat translucent colored glaze that looks beautiful when dried on the canvas. (I recommend watching this in the video... it's just yummy!)

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Next I did a similar technique with Glaze and Gelatos® Orange Soda but I didn't mix the Gelatos® fully into the Glaze. This leaves more of the clear gloss behind with added hints of the Gelatos® pigment. I did this to spread my paste over a triangle stencil from the Stencils 101 collection.

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I love mixing and matching even my wet mediums together to see what happens! Here I mixed Texture Luxe™ Gold with Glass Bead Glitter Gel and added 'smudges' of it on my canvas with my spatula. The Glass Bead Glitter Gel adds a little extra sparkle and texture to the already brilliant Texture Luxe™.

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For the focal image of my canvas, I traced this bird from the Scandinavian Stencil Collection with my black PITT Artist Pen. Then I colored it with Art Grip® Aquarelle watercolor pencils. Once dried, I cut out each piece and adhered it to the canvas with Gel Medium.

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 I used a couple extra elements to add finishing details to the canvas, such as Gold Texture Gems™, Glass Bead Glitter Gel, and Pearl Texture Luxe™ paste.

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Thank you so much for joining me in my first post here! I hope you've been inspired to use some of your Design Memory Craft mediums in a different way! 

 

SUPPLIES:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Supplies:

Gesso

Gel Medium

Glaze

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Texture Gems™ Gold

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Texture Luxe™ Pearl

Gelatos Tool Set

Stencils 101 Collection

Stencils Scandinavian Collection

Essential PITT Artist Pens Black

Gelatos® Margarita Mix, Passion Fruit, Limoncello, Orange Soda  

Metallic PITT Artist Pen Gold

Art Grip® Aquarelle Pencils

 

OTHER SUPPLIES:

6x6 Canvas

Printmaking Paper

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A Touch of This A Bit of That with Jamie Dougherty

Hello everyone,

Jamie Dougherty here and today I'd like to share with you a video tutorial I created of a tag I designed that would be perfect for bible journaling. Or you can use the techniques in the video in your art journal or other mixed media projects. I hope you enjoy.

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Take your mediums and art and create a little bit of journaling.  It can be for your faith, love, hope. 

No matter how your faith walks in this world. Use these watercolor layering techniques to create something beautiful.

 

 

I can't wait to see what you create from this tutorial. Please make sure you share your work with us on Facebook and tag Design Memory Craft so we can see your work!

Happy Creating

Jamie

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Clipboard Artwork! Mixed Media & Hand lettering

Hi everyone, Erin Bassett here!

For this piece I started off by sketching out my word art with a graphite pencil and then erasing it a bit so I could trace over it using a PITT® Artist Pen, Black Fine Nib.  I made sure to let the pen work dry completely before erasing any visible pencil marks so I could add wet layers on top of it without it running (once the India ink is dry it's waterproof).


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Next I painted over the block lettering with Gel Medium and allowed it to dry.
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Then I rubbed some Gelatos® on my craft mat, added a spray of water and then used that to watercolor in my word art. After the Gelatos® watercoloring is dry, I gently took a damp cotton swab over the Gel Medium since it resists the Gelatos® leaving the letters white. 
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Next I wanted to jazz up my clipboard so I took Glass Bead Glitter Gel and mixed it with the Red Cherry Gelatos® and then painted it into a heart shape on the clipboard, I added a touch more Glass Bead Glitter Gel to it, and then let it dry.


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I then jazzed it up a bit more by dotting the pearl colored Metallic Texture Gem around the heart and adding some ribbons and trims.


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At that point I thought I might be done...but it was just missing something so I broke out a stencil from the 102 Stencil Collection and then mixed some Whipped Spackle and Gelatos® together to use with it.

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I knew I wanted to add in a darker color as well so I mixed up some Gelatos® and Glaze and dripped it on and then allowed it to dry before attaching my watercolored word art to the clipboard. 
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 Done and ready to put up in my studio!

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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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Guten Tag (Hello) from Jamie Dougherty

Hello everyone! Jamie Dougherty here and I am beyond excited to be joining the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft team. I am honored to be a Featured Designer and wanted to kick off this new adventure with a little home decor piece to say Guten Tag or Hello ;) 

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This little home decor piece was created on a 5x7" wood panel. Those of you who know me, know how much I love working with wood so I wanted to share how beautifully my favorite surface works with one of my favorite Design Memory Craft® mediums. The rich and colorful Gelatos®

 

 

As you can see in the video tutorial. The Gelatos® allow the wood's grain to show through while still accenting and defining the details in the wood.

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Thank you everyone for joining me today and welcoming me to the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft family. I look forward to creating many more projects and sharing many more techniques and ideas with you.

Happy Creating

Jamie

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Inspirational Vision Board

Hey everyone, Erin Bassett here sharing how I used the Vision Board Kit to create a board that would be inspiring to me yet useful and interactive.

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One of my favorite things about this kit is that it comes with everything you need to get started creating and if you want to add in more things or use more products you can easily mix those in.  I created this video showing step by step how I created the actual bulletin board and each of the pieces I added to it:

After making the board and inserting it into a frame I had at home I took the 6"x6" piece of printed paper with the flowers on it and decide I'd watercolor them in using the Grip markers that also come in the kit and some Gelatos that I already had. The Grip markers are waterbased  and are perfect for scribbling out on a craft mat, adding water to, and then painting in the flowers on the paper. (And another cool thing about them is if they dry out you can dip them into water to reactivate them!)

I also used a stencil from the 101 Stencil Collection and both the Pearl and the Silver Texture Luxe to add some texture and shine to the background.

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I knew I wanted to tuck the other 6"x6" piece of paper behind the flower one so I wanted to keep it simple but meaningful and inspirational to me. I came up with the plan to just use a small tipped PITT Artist pen to write out attributes of the Lord that began with each of the letters. I really enjoyed focusing on those and knowing I can pull it out and refer to it when I need it. I used the PITT Artist pen instead of the Grip marker that comes in the kit because it has a smaller nib that made it easier to write small with but I will use the Grip marker for coloring.
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This kit comes with so many cute smaller pieces of paper and tags that are perfect for keeping my lists on, so I bundled them all together and put them on a ring so I could hang them on one of the pens that come in the kit .
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I also used some of the banner and diecut pieces that come in the kit to tie in with one of my favorite quotes I had written on another card that came in the kit.
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Don't you love that big, glittery hash tag!!! I knew that I wanted to use that on the frame and so I used my ScanNCut to cut out the word "inspire" out of double-sided  tape and glittered it up to match.
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This was such a fun project to do and I hope to keep using the board, adding to it, rearranging things, and continue to be inspired from it.

ERIN


We asked Rita to share a few thoughts about her time on our Design Team! "Five years with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft" by Rita Barakat

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Hey there creatives, Rita Barakat reflecting on the past five years I have spent here at Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft. Being one of the originals - or OGG, Original Gelatos Girls I remember getting that first email before anyone knew what Gelatos were! I almost threw it out because I did not know the sender; but after a little time spent on Google I decided it was LEGIT! (LOL) And it's a good thing I did because there was a whirlwind of activity to follow!

Here are a couple of my first projects I did on the team. Even then I loved color, so I knew it would be a perfect fit!

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As the core design team we had to wear aprons for CHA and I just couldn't leave mine blank! I ended up falling in love with decorating aprons! (This was one of many over the years!  PITT Artist pens work great on fabric!)

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I've had a lot of fun on this team, I loved traveling, doing demos and meeting other creatives in person! 


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I loved teaching at CHA  and other venues...

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I've loved the friends I made along the way. I learned a lot about the creative business, the art itself and I feel like I blossomed into who I am today creatively...

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As fun as it's been, when given the opportunity, I chose instead to start a new venture. This is my last post as an official design team member OGG for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft. As a Mixed Media Artist I know I won't be giving up my Gelatos and PITT Artist pens anytime soon, but I am excited about what the future holds for me creative wise!  I am thankful I was able to work with some amazing people and products; to have met so many beautiful people in person and of course for the sweet blog readers.

It's a new season.
Good luck to the new team and make sure you check in with me at RitaBarakat.com.


Blessings!
Rita Barakat
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Rita Barakat is a 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 and teaches workshops for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® and freelances for a variety of manufacturers. Not anywhere near a local event? Sign up for her newsletter and receive a Top Secret Mixed Media Class each month! http://ritabarakat.com/classes/ Written by Rita Barakat - Visit Website


We asked Jen to share a few design team stories! "Memories by Jen Matott"

I have so many amazing memories from the five years that I've been on this design team.  I was one of the original crew that started when the Design Memory Craft brand started.  DSC05490

I was sent a pack of Gelatos colors in blue, Art Grip Aquarelle pencils and some PITT Artist pens to try out and create something with.  It was amazing!  Coming up with brand new ways to use these fabulous products was a thrill!  I fell in love with Gelatos and the entire Design Memory Craft line!  I had used Faber-Castell pencils and markers since I was a kid but these were so full of possibilities!  My banner was the first art piece in the ads.  It was so exciting!  I have a lot of favorite projects from my time on this team but I'll share a few of my favorites and a few memories along the way!

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This booklet will always hold a special place in my heart.  It was the first kit project that I made and I created the project pages for the entire kit!  It went on to be one of the best selling kits.  I loved coming up with different ways to use the Gelatos on each page!  I still get a thrill when I see it on the packaging in the store!  Which leads to the next kit: Mixed Media with Gelatos.  I love this page from that artwork!  It was another amazing adventure to create art for this kit!

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One of my favorite memories was getting to go to CHA in Las Vegas and Anaheim, CA!  What fun that was!  Lots of demoing and meeting people that I only knew from online.  It was a blast hanging out with the other designers and people behind the scenes at Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft! 

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Every demo opportunity that I've had along the way has been amazing but especially with Marco's Paper!  Thanks for all those that stopped by and listened to me go on and on about these products and what they can do!

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Also, the trip to Cleveland, OH to meet with the rest of the design team and staff at Faber-Castell headquarters!  It was a dream come true.  Fun to explore the entire building, hang out with everyone and brainstorm the future!  I loved every moment of it!  

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There are so many good memories from working with these people and products.  I cannot say enough how lucky I was, how honored that they valued my artwork and ideas and that I got to work with such cool products!  I will be forever grateful for the long stretch that I got to work with this company!  But like all good things, it's time to move on and let some new artists have those same experiences.  I am sad to leave the team at this time but I have a lot going on at home with two very busy boys, my running/ training schedule and my own artwork.  I am an elementary school art teacher too so it is time to refocus my creative and personal goals.  I will continue to work with the Design Memory Craft products in my art and hope that I can still create work to show off these products.  Thank you for the amazing opportunity to inspire and share my love of art!


Doodle Tote Bag by Jen Matott

 

770620_1Jen Matott here to share a project that you might have seen a glimpse of on product packaging of our new large 13" x 13" Doodle Stencil Collection!  Yes, that bag is one that I created!  A canvas bag doodled on with PITT Artist pens,  Stencil and Gelatos® colors! I'll share how I created this so you can create your own unique tote bag!

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