Textural Accents

BOO! Halloween Card

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Hello spooky artists! This is Rachel again and I'm here to share this quick Halloween card. Halloween is only 10 days away! I hope your house is decorated and your candy bowls are full :)

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I started with a card base that I had very lightly Gesso'd, and blended Silver Ice and Metallic Icing Gelatos® throughout the background. The Design Memory Craft Gesso is great to make cardstock sturdier and more water resistant, as well as giving the Gelatos® a non-porous surface to blend. 

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Next,  I mixed the Cinnamon Gelatos® Color of the Week with some Design Memory Craft Glaze medium. I added a very thick and somewhat messy large strip of the Glaze across the card. When the Glaze dried it left an almost velvety look and feel to my card. It is such an easy way to make a big impact on a card!

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I really wanted this card to be all about the metallic colors that match so perfectly with Cinnamon Gelatos®. So obviously Gold Texture Luxe™ through a Mixed Media 102 Stencil was the next best choice! Have I mentioned already how much I love this stuff?! Because I love Gold Texture Luxe™. A lot.

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Now it's time to add the details to finish the card. I die cut a circle frame from some Halloween patterned paper to anchor my creepy boy bat stamped image. The stamp is colored with Art Grip® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils and topped with some Glass Bead Glitter Gel. For the sentiment I used Mixed Media 301 Stencils with Black Licorice Gelatos® to spell the word "BOO!".

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Thanks for stopping in! I hope you use this weekend to finish off your fun autumn and Halloween cards!



Gelatos® - Cinnamon, Silver, Metallic Icing, Black Licorice

ArtGRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Mixed Media Stencil Collection - 101, 102, 301

Textural Accents - Gesso, Glaze, Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Gel Medium



October Leaves - Art Journal Video

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Hello! Rachel here sharing an art journal page that honors the beautiful month of October! The Gelatos® Color of the Week is the gorgeous Cinnamon, such a perfect autumn shade. 

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I combined the Cinnamon Gelatos® with Metallic Blueberry, Boysenberry, and Snow Cone Gelatos, I just love the true blue shades with pretty browns. The art journal includes tracings of oak leaves from my backyard that I painted with Boysenberry Gelatos and traced with the gorgeous Gold Texture Gems™. I also used Gesso through a Mixed Media 101 stencil, then painted highlights on each polka dot with Cinnamon Gelatos.

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I used my Black Stamper's Big Brush Pen to very loosely trace my leaves on parchment paper. Then I painted the 'leaves' with Gesso before adhering to the journal with Gel Medium.

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The quote was added with the alphabet Mixed Media Stencil 301 using Black Licorice Gelatos.

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I also have a complete process video for this art journal spread! You can watch here or Click Here to view!



Gelatos®: Cinnamon, Boysenberry, Metallic Blueberry, Snow Cone, and Black Licorice

Texture Gems™ Gold


Gel Medium


Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Mixed Media Stencil Collection 101, 102, and 301

Asphalt Texture Paste

Whipped Spackle






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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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




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.
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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

Rain Grows Flowers - Art Journal Page

Hello colorful creative souls! I am very much looking forward to a 3 day weekend of playtime in my studio. But before the weekend begins, I'm here to share a very quick art journal spread that celebrates our first 4 featured Gelatos® in the 52 Weeks of Color campaign: Lemon, Snow Cone, Margarita Mix, and Guava!


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This art journal page started off very neat and clean, but took a quick turn when some emotions got the best of me and I covered a lot of my pages with black Chalkboard Paint. I'm so thankful that art is a part of my life so I can use it as a stress reliever! So anyways, I started with a base of Gelatos® Snow Cone and Margarita Mix that I blended with a wet paintbrush...


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Next, I added some pattern with the Doodle Stencil Collection and Snow Cone Gelatos, followed by the Scandinavian Stencil Collection with Lemon Gelatos.


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And that's when my giant fan brush met my Chalkboard Paint and they decided to make friends with my art journal :) Once the Chalkboard Paint dried I used my fingers to add some Texture Luxe™ Pearl.


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I revisited this page a couple days later, when I was in a much better mood :) and decided to brighten it back up with some flowers. I outlined the flowers with Gesso and a brush. Once the Gesso dried I blended the petals with Guava Gelatos, the centers with Lemon Gelatos, and outlined with Snow Cone Gelatos. I also added some very loose details with my Paper Crafter Crayons™.


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Raise your words, not your voice.

It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

    - Rumi



Gelatos Lemon, Snow Cone, Guava, Margarita Mix

Paper Crafter Crayons™ Red/Yellow

Chalkboard Paint

Texture Luxe Pearl

Black Brush Pen


Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Cement Texture Paste

Doodle Stencil Collection

Scandinavian Stencil Collection



beYOUtiful System Art Journal Page

Hello creatives! This is Rachel Kleinman back with another tutorial video and art journal page! Nerd alert... this journal page is completely inspired by the solar system, especially with our recent orbit around Jupiter (I mean c'mon.. how cool is that?!) This was one of those projects that just flowed easily from start to finish. Meaning I don't have any step-by-step photos because I was so caught up in the process! But lucky for you guys I filmed the entire thing


 And here is the full tutorial! Watch it here or to watch directly on click youtube

 One of my favorite, but subtle, parts of this page was when I used sand paper to rub off the dried chalkboard paint to let the Texture Luxe Silver paste shine through.




 Don't you just love the subtle but bright shimmer from Glass Bead Glitter Gel?! I added some of that lovely shimmer inside each of the 'planets' to help them stand out.






Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Texture Luxe™ Silver

Texture Luxe™ Pearl

Chalk Board Paint

Gelatos Tool Set

Stencils 101 Collection

Stencils 301 Collection

Doodle Stencil Collection

Essential PITT Artist Pens Black

Gelatos® Elderberry, Aqua Dolce, Lime, Snow Cone, Metallic Blueberry, Metallic Melon, Bubble gum


Collapsible Water Cup

ble Gum



Tea time mini canvas tutorial by Mou


Hi friends, Mou here today with a mini canvas tutorial using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents and tools, Texture Luxe™ and Gelatos®! So, let's get started.


Lay the tea cups stencil from the Scandinavian Stencil Collection on a piece of cardboard. Apply Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent Whipped Spackle with a palette knife from the Gelatos Tool Set.


Once the Whipped Spackle is dry, cut out the cup, handle and plate with scissors.


Color a 4"x 4" canvas with Gelatos® colors: Fig and Guava. Blend the colors with gesso.


Here's the painted canvas.


Attach the tea cup pieces to the canvas with Gel Medium.


Color inside the tea cup with Texture Luxe™ Gold.


Use Gelatos® color Guava to color the tea cup.


Cut a small tag out of cardstock and color it with Gelatos® color Guava and Texture Luxe™ Gold. When dry, write 'Tea time' with the B-tip Essential PITT Artist pen, BLACK. Thread a needle and poke a hole through the top of the tag.


Attach the tag to the canvas as shown. Add some more color to the canvas with Gelatos® colors: Metallic Grape and Watermelon.


Ink up a stamp with #133 Magenta and # 219 Deep Scarlet Stamper's Big Brush pens and randomly stamp on the canvas.

When all the inks and mediums are dry, seal the piece with a thin coat of gel medium to finish.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun being creative!


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents & Tools:

Whipped Spackle

Gel medium


Scandinavian Stencil Collection

Gelatos Tool Set

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos®: Fig, Guava, Metallic Grape, Watermelon

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pen: #133 Magenta and #219 Deep Scarlet (both from RED set)

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist pen: BLACK

Other: 4" x 4" canvas, stamp, heat tool, thread, needle, cardstock, paint brush, cardboard, scissors



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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!


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