Stamper's Big Brush

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

Gel Medium

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Pencil & Eraser



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Fall Themed Thank You Card

Fallish Watermarked

Hi Loves. Tiare here.  Fall is here and it is a great time to express gratitude.  Every year around this time, I begin to think about expressing and sharing gratitude with my family and friends.  During this time, I love to make cards that say, "Thank You," or just "Hello."  Pulling out the Gelatos® Orange Soda with a few others colors is perfect for creating cards with a "Fallish" feel. Here's what I did: 

Fallish Thank You Card 1

Use Stamper’s Big Brush Pens:  Walnut Brown 177, Chrome Yellow to create your background.  Draw color onto craft sheet, spritz with water and drag card base through color.  Do this one color at a time. 

Fallish 2

Use the Scandinavian Stencil Set to add leaves. Rub Gelatos® Orange Soda, Iced Coffee, Lemon over stencil to create leaves. Blend various colors to create a "Fallish," feel. 

Fallish 3

Use a pop dot and add a circle sticker.  I used an angel sticker from the Tiare Smith Designs Angel Sticker set.  Tie a bit of twine in a bow under the sticker. 

Fallish Watermarked

Lastly, add a handwritten sentiment.  Add dots, scribbles and accents using Texture Gems™ Gold

Supplies used: 

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Me in PinkTiare 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 weekly prompts, creative challenges and process videos. 

She also hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, as well. 

Join her for more creative fun at


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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Flowers and Flourishes

Flowers to Flourishes Watermarked

Hi Beauties. Tiare here.  Today, I am playing in my mixed media journal.  I love putting together art journals.  I have tons of them for all kinds of reasons.   This one is filled with Design Memory Craft goodness.  Lots of playing with techniques here.  I decided I wanted to play with Gelatos® and try out a fun floral technique. Cute, right?  You should try it too.  Here's how.  

Florals and Flourishes 1

First cover your background with Gesso.  Choose a fun background stamp, spritz with a little bit of water, color with various Stamper’s Big Brush Pens.  I used May Green 170 and Cobalt Turquoise 153. Stamp your image. 


Flowers and Flourishes 2

Color over using Gelatos® Colors Snowcone and Kiwi spread with finger or paint brush.  Be sure to spritz with a little bit of water or dip your paint brush in water first.  I really love how the Gelatos® and Big Brush Pens work together so well.


Flowers and Flourishes 3

Use Gelatos® Colors Banana to draw and color in flowers.  I added Gelatos® Colors Cinnamon to add a bit of shading and depth.   Use blender to blend colors. 


Flowers and Flourishes 4

Outline flowers, petals and stems using Stamper's Big Brush Black 188.


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Use Stamper's Big Brush Pen Black 188 to doodle in flourishes and to ink the edge of your page. 


Flowers to Flourishes 2 Watermarked

To finish it off, add splatters of Gelatos® Colors Licorice by flicking a wet brush across the top the Gelatos®.

Supplies used: 


Me in PinkTiare 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 weekly prompts, creative challenges and process videos. 

She also hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, as well. 

Join her for more creative fun at

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

Autumn Leaves

This week's Gelatos® color of the week is Red Cherry.  I chose a project with an Autumn theme which works perfectly with this bright, fun color.

Autumn Leaves - by Erin Bassett

I started by decoupaging a canvas panel with a music sheet and Gel Medium. Next, I applied Red Cherry and Blood Orange Gelatos to it and used Gel Medium to move it around my background. I ended up layering up a few layers this way so that the colors would become intense.

Gelatos on decoupaged canvas


Next I added a layer of Glaze. I love how glossy the glaze makes the paper! I used a rubber stamp to make an impression in it while it was still wet.  It's a really neat technique.  I ended up covering it but I at least wanted to show you another fun way to use the Glaze.
Stamped impression in Glaze


For the leaves, I used my die-cut machine to cut a leaf shape out of black cardstock .  You can also draw the leaf and cut it out of cardstock if you don't have a die-cut machine. Next, I  mixed together some Whipped Spackle and Gold Texture Luxe™. Mixing these creates a different color and texture while retaining it's metallic shine.  After they were mixed, I added some Gold Champagne Gelatos to half of it. The gold  really bumped up the metallic look and darkened it as well. I used a pencil to etch some vein lines before the mixture dried.

I did the same technique using Whipped Spackle, Copper Texture Luxe, and Iced Chai Gelatos to it for the other leaf.
Mixing Texture Luxe and Whipped Spackle


The bookplate I used was originally silver, and I wanted it to be copper, so I used a dab of the copper Texture Luxe and added a couple of drops of water to it and then applied it.  After it dried, I rubbed ink from the Walnut Brown #177 Stamper's Big Brush Pen into the recessed areas.
Bookplate and Copper Texture Luxe

Next I used a small piece of black cardstock and covered the front side of it with 3 layers of Chalk Board Paint . Once it was  dry, I wrote the word Autumn on  it with the Stamper's Big Brush pen in white. I applied some Walnut Brown ink around the edge of the canvas as well to create a frame.
Autumn Leaves - closeup2


After everything was dry,  I wrapped some string and beads around the right edge to finish it off.

Autumn Leaves - closeupThis project made me really look forward to the upcoming fall season.





  • 5" x 7" Canvas Panel
  • Gelatos®: Red Cherry, Blood Orange, Gold Champagne, Iced Coffee
  • Glaze
  • Gel Medium
  • Chalk Board Paint
  • Texture Luxe: Gold, Copper
  • Stamper's Big Brush: Walnut Brown #177
  • Whipped Spackle
  • Sheet Music
  • Rubber Stamp
  • Black Cardstock
  • Pallet Knife
  • String and thread
  • Beads
  • Bookplate
  • Stamper's Big Brush Pen White


Erin Bassett - Faber Castell

Red Cherry and I'm Thinking of You

Sept 5 Thinking of You Card

Hi All. Tiare here with a sweet card idea.  With so much stress in the world from natural disasters, to sadness, to loneliness, to just because, it is always a good idea to have a stash of "Thinking of You," cards.  I love having cards available to send when any occasion calls. 

Here's how you too can make this cute card with a splash of the Color of the Week, Gelatos® Red Cherry.  

Don't have a pre-made card base, no worries, just cut an 8.5"x11" piece of paper in half, straight down the middle.  Next fold in half and you'll have a 4.25"x5.5" card.  Perfect for an A2 envelope.

Sept 5 Thinking of You 1

Use the spatula to spread a bit of Glass Bead Glitter Gel on your card background. To add a touch of color, color on a piece of freezer paper using your Stamper's Big Brush Cadmium Yellow 107 and Scarlet Red 118, spritz with water and tap onto Glass Bead Glitter Gel and card background. 

Sept 5 Thinking of You 2

Put aside to dry.  While drying use the Scandinavian Stencil Set to create a fun flower using Gelatos® Buttercream, Guava and Red Cherry. Use blending tool to the blend the colors as you go from one color to the other.  Do the same to create your leaves using Gelatos® Lime and Iced Pear. Cut out flowers and leaves.

Sept 5 Thinking of You 4

Adhere leaves to the back of the flower. 

Sept 5 Thinking of You Card

Adhere black floss to the back of the flower, allowing it to peek from sides, to add interest.  Use pop dots to adhere flower and allow it to pop from the card. Use Stamper's Big Brush Black 101 to color onto sentiment stamp and then stamp onto a small piece of paper and add to card, as the finishing touch. 

Tada.  So sweet and ready to send. 

Supplies used:

Gelatos® Red Cherry, Guava, Buttercream, Lime, Iced Pear

Stamper's Big Brush Cadmium Yellow 107 and Scarlet Red 118, Black 101

Glass Bead Glitter Gel 

Scandinavian Stencil Set

Gelatos Tool Set


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. 

She also hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, as well. 

Join her for more creative fun at



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


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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!



Stencil Layering Techniques with Snow Cone

How much are you loving the new 52 Weeks of Color featuring Gelatos®?! I'm very excited that my first project with this campaign is all about the color Snow Cone! It just so happens that many years ago a single lone Gelatos® made its way into my life... and it was Snow Cone :) It's safe to say my life was changed after that!


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I always love combining my Snow Cones Gelatos® with bold pink colors like Passion Fruit. This art journal page features a lot of cool stencil layering techniques, and I share all these tips and tricks in the process video! It's fun to layer the same color (Snow Cone) on top of itself to get different tones and shading. The Passion Fruit mixed with Snow Cone also sometimes gave me a purple shade, but other times that bright pink color. It really is fun to Mix and Match and see what gorgeous outcome you get!


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The photo above shows the results of my favorite stencil layering technique. I laid down the flower pattern from Doodle Stencil Collection first, then the polka dots from Stencil 101 Collection on top. When the Texture Luxe™ Pearl is layered on top I'm left with the polka dot pattern only showing on the flower petals, which is just what I wanted! I also mixed Snow Cone Gelatos® with the Pearl Texture Luxe™ to get the ice-like color above.


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I finished off the page with the sentiment 'dream' from Stencils 301 Collection and a thick layer of Texture Luxe™ Copper.


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Be sure to watch the video for oodles of stencil techniques and layering your Snow Cone Gelatos®! Thanks so much for joining me today and thanks for watching!



Gel Medium


Gelatos® - Snow Cone, Passion Fruit

Stamper's Big Brush Pens - Light Blue, Cobalt Blue

Texture Luxe™ Paste Pearl

Texture Luxe™ Paste Copper

Stencil 101 Collection

Stencil 102 Collection

Stencil 301 Collection

Doodle Stencil Collection

Chalkboard Paint

Gelatos® Mist Maker Tool Kit