Texture Gems

Winter Canvas

Hey friends! Today I'm in the studio making some winter inspired canvas artwork.

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I started by giving my 2 canvas a generous coat of Gesso and allowing it to dry.


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I gave both my canvas a base layer of color, using Fig, Silver Ice, and a Deluxe Water Brush.

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Using a wet baby wipe, I removed some of the color from each canvas. This helps create some great texture.

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On one of my canvas I use the Warm Wishes stencil and Texture Luxe in copper. I set that aside to dry and started on my other canvas.

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For this one I used a mittens stencil and a Gelatos in Satellite, which comes in the Iridescents set.

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Using Gelatos in Blueberry to add some definition to my mittens design and ran a water brush around it to soften the line.

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Next, I added a bit of stamping and used a Stampers Big White Pen to make some marks.

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For an extra bit of sparkle, I added glitter to Whipped Spackle and spread that on with Palette Knife. I set this canvas aside to dry.

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Switching back to the first canvas, I used more of the Satellite Gelatos to add the sentiment,
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For some added texture, I added a few dots, using Texture Gems and some stamping to grunge it up a bit.

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Thank you for following along. Wishing you a wonderful week!

 

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Holiday Ornament Trio with Holiday PITT Artist Pens

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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!


Supplies:

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


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

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


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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.

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


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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.


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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. 


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


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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!

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Gelatos Zhoosh and a Star Garland

Star garlands and winter go together like snow and cocoa! 

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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.

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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

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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.

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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! 

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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. 

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

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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. 

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

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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.

 




A Layered Mixed Media Decor Piece

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial for a layered mixed media decor piece perfect for the Holidays! 

Before I walk you through the steps, let me list the supplies.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft-

Gelatos® Colors -

Textural Accents -

Tools -

Other - 5x7 inches canvas, silk leaves, thread, chipboard, palette, paper trimmer, scissors, heat tool (optional)

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Rub Gelatos colors Iridescents Blue Moon and Odyssey generously on 5x7 inches canvas and blend with your fingers or a smudge sponge. Seal with a top coat of Gel Medium applied lightly with a silicone spatula and let dry.


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Layer the feather stencil from the Mixed Media Paper Stencils (Faith) near the right edge of the canvas and apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife. Let dry.


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Rub a little Gelatos color Blueberry around the feather design and blend with water. Let dry.

Pick up a slight bit of Texture Luxe Gold and gently rub over and around the feather.


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Color a 2.5x5 inches chipboard with Gelatos colors Mars and Iced Rose. Blend the colors with Gesso. Let dry. 


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Mix three parts Glass Bead Glitter Gel and one part Texture Luxe Gold thoroughly in a palette.


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Apply the mixed medium through the Sing His Praise stencil from the Faith collection on the colored chipboard. Let dry.


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Apply dots around the stenciled phrase on the chipboard with Texture Gems Gold. Let it dry.


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Color a 4 x 6 inch chipboard with Gelatos color Boysenberry. Apply Gelatos Color Iridescents Odyssey through the floral stencil, also from the Faith collection.

Trim the chipboard into two pieces -  2.75 x 5.25 inches and 0.75 x 3 inches.


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Now, let's assemble the pieces on the canvas.

Cut some 18 inches of thread and loosely wrap around your palm. Pull it out and attach near the bottom left of the canvas with Gel Medium.

Attach the 2.75 x 5.25 inches chipboard piece on top of the thread layer as shown.

Layer a pair of silk leaves so they extend beyond the canvas on top of the chipboard piece.

Mount the Sing His Praise chipboard on top with Gel Medium.

Add the 0.75 x 3 inch strip below the Sing His Praise chipboard.

Apply some more Texture Luxe Gold through the flower stencil around the canvas to finish.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will reach for your Design Memory Craft stash for creating handmade Holiday decor and gifts!

 

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Negative Space Painting with Gelatos

Diana Trout here today with Negative Space Painting. If you're scratching your head right now, read on. NSP is easier to demonstrate than explain.

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The supplies I used for this piece

Canvas board 6" x 8"
Pastel Gelatos
Glaze
Metallic Gelatos
Texture Gems
Awl (or other tool for scratching)
Paint Brush 
Pottery Sponge (or cosmetic wedge)

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Begin by creating a patchy background. I'm using the lightest of the Pastel Gelatos because I was thinking of a Fire Opal. No need to make a pattern on the background. Fill the canvas (or page) with color. I spread the color out with a damp sponge. For the best results, fill in the entire canvas. I added marks by scratching through the Gelatos with an awl.

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You might use stencils as well. 

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You can see the scratches above. Let this dry and then put a couple of coats of Glaze over it. While Gelatos remain re-wettable, they do dry to the touch. Let the Glaze layer dry thoroughly.

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It's time to begin the negative space painting. I used the Metallic Gelatos. They are super shiny and fun! (See my video linked at the end of this post for a swatch test.) You can use any shape you'd like or draw anything at all: leaves, flowers, house. I started with the Metallic Mint Gelatos and then, since I wanted the pastel shapes to really POP! I used darker colored Gelatos, like the Gold Champagne and Iced Chai.  

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You can use various tools to spread the Metallic Gelatos around: a potter's sponge, paintbrush, the dense foam sponge and your fingers (just make sure to keep them clean). You'll have no problem retaining the pastel shapes since they've been preserved with the Glaze.

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A range of values and most importantly Dark and Light make your piece really sparkle. I used a PITT Artist Brush Pen to draw around around the circles. I didn't want a solid line so I followed the pen with a wet brush. PITT pens are permanent but if you catch them while they are wet, they will run. Yum

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Finally, I chose a Texture Gem in Pearl to create some more shiny light by creating dots all around each circle. 

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Negative Space painting is a different way to think and create. I hope you'll try this and see for yourself. Enjoy!


Happy Art Journal Page

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Hi Loves,

Tiare here.   Time to mix it up in our art journals and make a bit of happy.  This is a fun, easy way to add color and create a wonderful, mixed media art journal page.  

Grab your Gelatos® Iridescents and let's pop a bit of color with a happy page and a flower using Gelatos® Blue Moon.  Just watch this quick video to learn how....

 

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Tada!

Now it's your turn.  Please share if you this inspires you. I'd love to see what you make.  Just tag me on Instram @iamclassygirl or Facebook at Tiare Smith Designs.  

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Me in PinkTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, challenges and more. 

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


For the Love of Art - Tag

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Happy spring everyone! This is Rachel sharing a quick mixed media tag featuring the stunning new Iridescent Gelatos®, including the Color of the Week: Supernova.

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First, I started with this tag I had leftover from my last project; it's covered in Whipped Spackle that was mixed with Blue Moon Iridescent Gelatos®. I also had some watercolor paper from when I experimented with the brand new Color Fizz products... aren't the colors beautiful?! 

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I found some rubber heart shaped stamps that I "inked" up with Supernova Gelatos®, misted with water, and stamped onto my Color Fizz watercolor paper.

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Two of the hearts were fussy cut and added to my tag, along with some drywall tape that was also colored with Supernova and Mars Gelatos®. You'll also see an extra-thick coat of Glass Bead Glitter Gel through a mixed media stencil.

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Lastly I added some word stickers and the tag is complete!

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SUPPLIES:

Iridescent Gelatos®: Supernova, Mars, Blue Moon

Whipped Spackle

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Texture Gems™ Silver

Mixed Media Stencils 102

Color Fizz: Champagne Bright

 


An Art Journal Page with Gelatos® Color Passion Fruit

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Hi everyone! Mou here today with an art journal page using Gelatos® Color Passion Fruit. Lately, I have been enjoying creating art journal pages outside an actual journal. I am using mixed media or watercolor paper as my base. Let me show you how I made this page, starting with the supplies you'll need.

SUPPLIES:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Colors: Passion Fruit, Caramel, Elderberry, Margarita Mix, Strawberry

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pen BLACK

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent: Gel Medium, 102 Stencil CollectionTexture Gems™ 3ct Metallics

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

Other: mixed media paper, stamps, found papers, pencil

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As crafters, we all have a stash for pretty supplies. I collect rubber stamps wherever I find them. It makes me feel connected to another artist when I make their art part of mine. Use the stamps that you have. Ink them up with the Stamper's Big Brush pen BLACK and stamp on the paper to cover the entire surface.

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Tear small pieces of saved papers from old books, rejected artwork, scrap papers, etc. and attach a few pieces to the page with Gel Medium.

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Next, to add some colors to the page - Passion Fruit is going to be today's main color and you can use other colors to make it stand out more. Having one color to focus on helps me develop the whole color scheme of the page.

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The other Gelatos® Colors I'm using today are Caramel, Elderberry, Margarita Mix and Strawberry. Rub them on the page and blend them water.

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Lay a stencil on the colored page and trace parts of it with pencil.

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Freehand sketch a heart or another simple shape that you like with pencil. Add more colors around the heart and traced stencil shapes as shown.

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Stamp a favorite quote with alphabet stamps and Stamper's Big Brush pen BLACK.

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Add small dots with Texture Gems Metallics Gold to the page for some shine and texture.

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Make marks on the page with PITT Artist pens Jewel Brush following the contours of the shapes to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will try your own art journal page with Gelatos® Color Passion Fruit.

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Just to say, "Hello."

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Hi Loves. Tiare here.  I'm feeling like spreading a little happy these days and what a simple way to do so by sending a handmade card, just because!

Grab your Gelatos® Stardust and let's create.  Here's what I did. 

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Spread Gesso on card base and an  extra piece of paper.   Color extra piece of paper with Gelatos® Stardust, allow to dry and punch or die- cut mini flowers. 

 

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Next, use Stamper’s Big Brush Pens:  Pink Madden # 129,Maganese Violet # 160 to create your background.  Draw color onto craft sheet, spritz with water and drag the card base through the  color.  Do this one color at a time.

  

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Use Stamper’s Big Brush Pens:  Black #199 to add color on a fun circle stamp.  Stamp image.  Big Brush Pens are perfect for stamping. 

 

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Write sentiment on a small piece of paper using Journaling Pitt®Artist Pens Medium Nib Black #199.  Use Stamper’s Big Brush Pens:  Black #199 to ink the edge of the sentiment block.   Adhere with pop dots and add flowers around sentiments, pop up a few with pop dots as well. 

  

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Finish card by scribbling around page using Texture Gems™ Silver  and use to make flower centers as well.  Lastly, add a small piece of twine tied in a bow. 

Tada!

  

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Me in PinkTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, challenges and more. 

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


Let Your Art Out

 

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Hi Loves. Tiare here.  Sometime you just gotta play.  There are days when I am short on time but just gotta do something creative.  My little art journal is the perfect place for this and the color of the week  Gelatos® Mars added the right amount of sparkle and energy.  

Grab your Gelatos® Mars, Black Hole, Satellite, Galaxy and let's play.  Let's get creative together. 

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Use  Gelatos® Mars, Black Hole, Satellite and Galaxy to color background.  Spritz with water,  color with Gelatos and  spread with a wet paint brush or finger. Let it dry.  Add a small drop of Gesso, spritz with water and spread with a  brayer. 

 

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Use Ice Layers - Arrows to add a fun dimensional pattern.  Spread Texture Luxe™ Silver

 with a palette knife.  Gently remove Ice Layer.  Notice how clean the pattern is.  Woohoo!

 

Let Your Art Out 2

Color a paper flower(die cut) or two with Gelatos® Mars.  Spritz paper with water, add Gelatos and spread with finger.  Crumble and ink edges with  Gelatos® Black Hole

Add a  decorative brad to the  center of the  flower and adhere to page. 

 

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Scribble around page using Texture Gems™ Silver . 

 

 Let Your Art Out Finish

Add splatters along the edges of the page by loading paintbrush with water, swipe across the  top of Gelatos® Mars and Black Hole and tap paintbrush to add splatters.  Lastly, apply  Gelatos® Black Hole around the edges of the page. 

Tada! 

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Me in PinkTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, challenges and more. 

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