PITT® Artist Pens

Holiday Ornament Trio with Holiday PITT Artist Pens


Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial for you to dress up a set of paper mache Holiday ornaments using the Holiday Lettering Mix Nib Set PITT Artist Pens!


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Holiday Lettering Mix Nib Set PITT Artist Pens

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Colors - Iridescents - Comet, Mars, Odyssey

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents - Gesso, Texture Gems™ 3ct Metallics - Gold, 102 Stencil Collection, 201 Stencil Collection

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Tool set

Other: Paper mache ornaments


Apply a coat of Gesso to your ornaments to prime the bases.


Color the ornaments using Gelatos Colors - Iridescents - Comet, Mars and Odyssey. Blend with gesso. Let dry.


Choose your favorite stencil from the 102 Stencil collection. Layer it on the ornament colored with Gelatos Colors - Iridescents - Comet. Use Permanent Green Olive 167 B Nib to trace the design through the stencil.


Darken the edges of the ornament using the Black 199 B nib PITT pen.


Trace the stencil design on the red ornament, colored with Gelatos color Mars, with Pale Geranium Lake 121 B nib PITT pen and on the ornament colored gold with Gelatos color Odyssey with Gold 250 Bullet Nib pen. Distress the edges of both ornaments with the Black 199 B nib PITT pen.


Use the stipple brush from the Gelatos Tool set to fill in banner designs using stencil from the 201 Stencil collection on the ornaments. This will create label-like spots on the ornaments where you can hand-letter Holiday words. 


In your best lettering style, hand write your favorite Holiday words on the ornaments.


Place small dots with the Texture Gems Gold on the left side of each ornament to finish.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun creating with the Holiday Lettering Mix Nib Set PITT Artist Pens!




How to Create Plaid Patterned Paper with Gelatos Plus 3 Projects

Diana Trout here today with a tutorial on making festive plaid patterned paper for some holiday paper crafting.


Here are the supplies you need to get crafting:

Pitt Pens (Bold or Stampers, I used grays, yellows and mint)
Mixed Media paper (about 100#) 8"x10" 
Glass Bead Glitter Gel
Punches, card base, ribbons

Check the video below for more information.


Begin by using your ruler and Gelatos to create as parallel to the edge of the paper  as you can. The T-square ruler I use works to keep your drawn line parall, but you can just eyeball it:.look at the paper edge as you draw your line.  You'll be surprisied at how much straighter your line will be! Don't worry about wiggly lines, but do try to keep the lines parallel. 


Draw thick and thin lines to fill the paper. Rub the lines with either your finger, a sponge or a slightly dry baby wipe (I love the firm sponge that comes in the Gelatos pack).  Turn the paper vertically and draw in some intersecting lines. I suggest using a darker color for these lines such as Squid Ink. 

This is your background plaid. Your paper may look a little messy now but at the last step, it'll come together. I promise. Once you've smooshed the Gelatos into the paper, it won't come off and you'll be able to use Pitt Pens over top.

To complete the plaid pattern, use your ruler and Pitt Pens to draw straight, parallel lines. This step will pull your plaid together. Once again, use thick and thin lines by using the tip and side of the Pitt Pens. I used light colors and grays that were harmonizing.


Three Projects: 

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1. Make a simple card by cutting a plaid triangle, a little trunk and a star. I added a sentiment and some twine.

See the photo at the top of this post for the examples of the next two projects.

2. Use punches, dies or scissors to create tags. Add a stamped or handwritten TO and FROM stamps and some Glass Bead Glitter Gel (sparkly!) to the edges of the tags. Thread with some ribbon. 

3.  Make a gift card holder. The internet is full of ideas on this project. I use a piece of paper, 5" x 4 1/4"

Hold the paper with the longer side at the top and bottom and score at 1 3/8" on each of the short sides and 3/4" from the bottom. Trim away some of the outside corners. Fold the scored sides in and glue. Fold the scored bottom up and glue. Cut a "V" shape or use a circle punch to add a finger hold to the top of the gift card holder. 

I hope you enjoy these projects today. My favorite part of  holiday preparations is crafting! 

Gelatos Zhoosh and a Star Garland

Star garlands and winter go together like snow and cocoa! 


Today's project starts with a spin on a technique my students dubbed the Sumi Smoosh. Let's call it Gelatos Zhoosh (Jooosh: make it lively). Check out the video at the end of this post to see more in depth tips. 

Here's what you need for this simple and addictive technique and today's project. Make plenty of Zhooshed paper to have on hand for any paper craft you have up your sleeve. I like the 90# mixed media paper for this. It's easy to fold, trim and die cut.


For the Gelatos Zhoosh

Gelatos (any kind)
A plastic report cover, sleeve or packaging
Water mister
90# Mixed Media type paper, I cut it into 6" squares so it would fit into my die cut machine. 

NOTE: Watercolor paper isn't recommended for this technique.

For the Garland 

Star dies or punches. Hand cut stars are beautiful in my opinion, especially when cut by kids.
Decorative trim
String or twine for garland
Hole punch


Start by defining the area on your plastic where you'll be Zhooshing. I used a black pen to create the area. Now just scribble on the plastic Gelatos.


Open the cover and scribble in the traced square with Gelatos. Spritz gentle with water, place the paper inside and close the cover again, Zhooshing the activated Gelatos over the paper. Open and Voila! 


For a variation, try stenciling with Glaze medium onto your paper and let it dry before Zhooshing. You could use Gesso, Texture Luxe or Texture Gems for extra shine. Glass Bead Glitter Gel would work here too. 


After the paper has dried, cut stars (by hand, punches or die cuts). 


Go wild by stamping with Pitt Pens, adding Glass Beat Glitter Gel and doodling with Pitt Pens (the Metallics are very nice). More is more with Star Garlands. 


I made Glittery Tinsel Tassels because ... well why not? LOL. Here's my Garland cheering up the dreary view from my studio window. 


I use to lay out the supplies for projects like this for my kids to come and go with. 

Make the paper in one session.
Make the stars and decorate at will.
Snowy weekend fun.

Enjoy the video. I added some color theory tips for you too.


Merry Canvas


Carolyn Dube here sharing a Christmas gift I've made for a friend. These 4 Pitt Pens, from the Holiday Lettering Assortment, did it all on this canvas from creating the soft background color, to the two tone edging, to the bright stars, and more! In the video, you'll see how it all came together! 


Using a preprimed canvas board, I colored the background in sections with a Pitt Pen. While the ink was still fresh, I added Gesso with a brush. The ink, mixed with the Gesso on the canvas, created a custom color for the background.  One word of caution, you want to keep the tip of the pen out of any wet gesso.  


Next, I ripped three triangles out of old book text.  Using the same pen that I used for the background, I colored each tree.  It didn't have to be a perfect coloring job because of what was coming next.

Once the trees were colored, a layer of sparkle and texture was added using the Glass Bead Glitter Gel.  When it goes on, it is white but when it is dry, it is sparkly, textured and see through.  Here you can see one that was just covered in the Glass Bead Glitter Gel and one that is completely dry.


Trees need a star on top, so a free handed a star.  For the largest tree, the largest star, for the smaller trees, smaller stars.  When I drew it on the book text, I didn't worry if it was perfect or had well defined points.  Cutting them out with scissors took care of that.

IMG_3557I am not a big fan of my handwriting so I have learned ways to make my handwriting a little better.  One trick is to write on book text.  Often, when I write words seem to slant as if they are going up a hill. But if I write on the book text, I use the lines of words as my guide to keep me level.  Without a guide, letters in my words are often different heights.  The book text acts as my guide so the -erry in Merry had letters all the same height.  Another benefit of writing on the book text is that if I don't like it, I can simply grab another piece of book text and try again.  


Another trick is to layer the pens. No matter what I do, I can never get the second layer to be exactly the same as the first. That's a good thing because that means some of the bottom color peeks through and adds interest. I wrote Merry in red first, then wrote over it in black.  I did the same kind of thing on the edges by first drawing the lines in gold, then going over the top of it with the red.  


Thanks for stopping by for today's play.  Now I am off to wrap up this gift! 

Holiday Art with Holiday Lettering PITT Pens


Hi everyone, Mou here with a Holiday art tutorial for you! Whether you are looking to make a quick home decor or just de-stress in your art journal, I hope you'll find today's tutorial using the Holiday Lettering Mixed Nib Set of PITT Artist pens inspiring.

Let's look at the supplies before I walk you through the steps.


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Holiday Lettering Mixed Nib Set of PITT Artist pens

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Other: Watercolor paper, trimmer, star die-cut, scissors, paint brush


Trim watercolor paper into 1 inch wide strips. Cut the strips into smaller pieces as shown with scissors, with the smallest piece at the top and increasing the length as you go down. Picture the conical shape of a Christmas tree in your mind. Ink the edges of each strip with the Black 199 B nib PITT pen.


Handletter Christmas words, alternating between Permanent Green Olive 167 and Pale Geranium Lake 121 B nib PITT pens, on the above strips. Take your time to hand letter - it doesn't have to be perfect but being patient will certainly improve the quality of writing.


Color the star die-cut with the Gold 250 Bullet Nib pen. Use the same pen to color a stem for your tree.


Arrange the pieces to create your tree and attach them to the page with gel medium.


Make simple marks around the focal point as shown with the Permanent Green Olive 167 and Pale Geranium Lake 121 B nib PITT pens and Gold 250 Bullet Nib pen to finish.

I hope you enjoy this Holiday Lettering Pen set as much as I did!





Stamping Holiday Tags with Pitt Pens


Carolyn Dube with a quick holiday gift tag tutorial using the Pitt Artist Pens Holiday Lettering Set.  These pens did it all! They were used to stamp the tree, color the book text, and create the lines on the ribbon.


Using a pen makes it easy to selectively color parts of the stamp, like the star on top and the tree trunk. To stamp with a Pitt Pen, I use the side of the brush tip to add color to parts of the rubber stamp. 

The tag, which is just basic white cardstock, has a small piece of vintage book text glued on with Gel Medium. Using the same pen to color that book text is why it matches perfectly with the stamped tree.  


Using the black Pitt Pen and a straight edge, I drew lines to frame the stamped image.  The ribbon had been plain black ribbon but the gold Pitt Pen is opaque so it shows up wonderfully on the ribbon.  Using a straight edge, I customized the ribbon with 4-5 lines on each side.


Thanks for stopping by for a some of Pitt Pen play!  


Happy Halloween Card

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Hey loves.  Tiare here.  Well, it's that time of year....Halloween and the Halloween crafts, decor, costumes and card abound. Although, Halloween is my favorite, this is the first year that I actually put a Halloween scene outside my house.  I've gotten into the decorating mood.  So fun.  I also decided make a some fun Halloween cards.  Here's what I did.... 

Now it's your turn.  Give a try.  Have fun!

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Word Art with Lettering Pens


Hi everyone, Mou here with a word art tutorial using various PITT pens by Design Memory Craft.

Let's start by looking at the supplies I used for this project -

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist Pens® Lettering Set: Modern Lettering

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens Black

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Mango

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso

Other: watercolor paper, pencil, eraser, paint brush

Here's the video tutorial.

I hope you enjoy and give these awesome pens a try!


Lettering with PITT Pens


Hi everyone, Mou here today with a Lettering Tutorial for you using the Essential PITT® Artist Pens BLACK!

Let's take a quick look at the supplies before we start.


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT® Artist Pens BLACK

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT® Artist Pens Lettering Set: Primary Brush

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT ®Artist Pens Lettering Set: Jewel Brush

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

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Deluxe Waterbrush

Other - Sketchbook of your choice, pencil, eraser


I journal my travels in a sketchbook. Here I started with the M-tip pen to create the basic outlines.


Because my trip was in the fall, I wanted to add colors to the mountains. For this, I used the Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.


I blended the colors with the Deluxe Waterbrush and let it dry.


I used the S-tip to write my journaling. You can use a pencil to draw a path for your journaling. Mix and match your own handwritten fonts to create interest.


Added some brush lettered fonts using the B-tip pen.


Pitt® Artist pens are not just for lettering though - you can also use them for making marks like I did above using the PITT Artist Pens Lettering Set: Primary Brush and PITT Artist Pens Lettering Set: Jewel Brush to finish my page.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and be sure to try these vibrant and permanent India Ink pens in your own journals!


Studio Caddy Play


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!