DIY Fall Earrings

Cinnamon Gelatos - Fall Earrings - Erin Bassett

These fall earrings were really fun to make and I love how they turned out. Often times larger earrings are heavy, but because I chose to create them with paper-mache,  they are really light, easy to wear, and feature a great fall Gelatos® color: Cinnamon!


To begin, I used my Scan N Cut to cut out this shape using a thin piece of chipboard. They are 1.75" x 1.60" in size.  Of course if you don't have a die-cutting machine you can just create a pattern and cut out two of them.
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Next, I took a lot of layers of ripped up tissue paper and adhered it to the shape with Gel Medium. I allowed it to dry between layers and just continued to build it up to the thickness I wanted.
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Since I wanted both sides to have that fun texture and thickness, I devised a clever way to allow them to dry by bending paperclips and hanging it off of one of my tool baskets.
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Next, I mixed up some of the Gelatos Color of the Week, Cinnamon, and a little bit of Glaze and applied it to the earring bases. I allowed it to dry and then repeated that process until it was the desired look I wanted.
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After they had thoroughly dried overnight, I took just a tiny bit of the Gold Texture Luxe and applied it to the earrings. Oh how I love Texture Luxe!
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I applied it with a damp (not dripping wet) finger to the earrings so that it really just transferred onto the high points of the folds of texture. I also applied it along the edge as well.

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I added a few beads and fishhook earrings and voilà, they are ready to wear!

Supplies: Thin Chipboard, Tissue Paper, Palette Knife, Glaze, Gel Medium, Cinnamon Gelatos, Gold Texture Luxe, Beads, Jump Rings, Fishhook Earrings



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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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DIY Clock with the Color of the Week: Banana

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Hello friends!  Adrianne here with you today to show you how you can turn a MDF circle into a mixed media clock.  This week's color of the week - Banana - makes a cheerful background to this half floral, half steampunk design that brightens up any space.

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Gelatos® work wonderfully on wood surfaces both when applied directly and also mixed with textured mediums.  I'm using a combination of Glass Bead Glitter Gel and Gel Medium, tinted with Gelatos, to stencil layers of numbers onto my clock. Metallic Texture Gems™ in Pearl also help this piece to shine!

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First, I painted with the Gelatos to get a great watercolor look to the dandelion puff-style flowers.  Using Watermelon and Coconut Gelatos, I  layered strokes and dots in round designs using a paintbrush.  

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Next, I colored directly onto the wood with the Banana Gelatos for a vibrant background.  I evened the coverage by rubbing it gently with a paper towel.  To vary the colors slightly, I added a hint of Mango and Margarita Mix Gelatos in small areas to break up the solid look of the bright yellow.  

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Next, I added textures!  I found that the tube applicator of the Texture Gems works great for dots, but I wanted more control to make straight, small uniform lines.  I dipped the edge of a wedge sponge into a dab of the Pearl colored Texture Gems and used the sponge to stamp small lines all around each flower.

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Then, I used tinted gels to add textured numbers to the face of the clock.  Using your palette knife, cut a small amount off the Gelatos sticks you're going to use.  Then, scoop a small amount of Glass Bead Glitter Gel and / or Gel Medium and mix it well with the Gelatos to tint the gel.

Using more Glass Bead Glitter Gel will give you crisper edges when you stencil the numbers on and using Gel Medium will be a little softer and smoother.  You can use one, the other or a mix of both to get the look you prefer!  Allow the stenciled numbers to dry before layering on other colors and use a combination of large and small numbers for a hint of a steampunk look.  You can also paint with Gelatos to get subtle flat numbers that blend into the background.  

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Finally, drill a 3/8 inch hole in the center of the clock and follow the assembly instructions on the clock kit.  Adding clockwork parts is as simple as adding a few washers, the hands and screwing the assembly together!  

Note: when choosing a clock kit, it's sized based on the thickness of your clock base.  Because my MDF is 3/8" thick, I am using a 3/8" clock kit but a few different sizes are available.  Knowing the thickness of your base before buying your clock kit will ensure correct assembly in this final step!

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Once the clock parts have been attached, you can just set the time and mount your artwork on the wall!  Turning your own art into functional decor gives you a way to show off your style and you've got a one-of-a-kind clock that will catch every visitor's eye.

Thanks for joining me to check out today's project and I hope you're enjoying this week's color, Banana!  

Floral Clock Banana Yellow 1.1

Supplies Used:

Gelatos: Banana, Mango, Coconut, Watermelon, Margarita Mix, Silver Ice, Grape

Texture Gems Metallics: Pearl

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Gel Medium

301 Stencils: Large and Small Numbers

Palette Knife

Wedge Sponge


1o-inch MDF Circle (3/8 inch thick)

Clockwork Kit (3/8 sized)





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

Be Awesome Altered Tin and Album

Welcome back to another colorful Gelatos® post! This is Rachel Kleinman and I'm sharing a new-to-me project with my favorite Gelatos® color: GUAVA! Last post I shared that Snowcone Gelatos® was the first color I ever owned; but Guava Gelatos® was my first favorite! The name definitely had something to do with it, I mean, Guava Juice is delicious :)


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I started with a plain metal tin that included a little accordion style album inside. You can find these at many arts and crafts stores, or just make your own with an old mint tin. I covered everything with Gesso before adding my Gelatos®, Aquarelle® Pencils, and Whipped Spackle.


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Since Guava Gelatos® is naturally a light color, I used my Aquarelle® Pencils to highlight and outline. You can see I've added a lot of orange to my album, and that's because I always find myself using Guava alongside the Mango Gelatos®. They just work together! You'll see in a lot of my pieces that where there's pink... there is orange right along side it!


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There are a lot of new techniques I share in my how-to video for new ways to use your Guava Gelatos®. This includes misting, melting, and stenciling! 



This little album and tin is also filled to the brim with Mixed Media Stencils! I really love the addition of stencils to the Design Memory Craft line, it just makes designing so easy!


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So, go! BE AWESOME and play in your craft space, create something new, and try out new ways to use your Gelatos®! Thanks for joining me and happy creating!



Gelatos® - Guava, Mango

Double Scoop Gelatos® Guava


Whipped Spackle

Stencils 101 Collection

Stencils 102 Collection

Stencils 301 Collection

Scandinavian Stencil Collection

Art GRIP® Aquarelles - Blues

Art GRIP® Aquarelles - Reds

Gelatos Tool Set



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!



Art Journal Tutorial

Hi fellow mixed media enthusiasts, Mou here today with an art journal tutorial for you using Gelatos® Snow Cone & Texture Luxe™ Gold! The soft blue of the Gelatos®  Snow Cone along with the rich gold of the Texture Luxe™  turned out to be a great color combination. Let me show you how I created my art journal page.

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Daydreaming in Snowcone

Daydreamer Done

Hi All. Tiare here with my first August post.  I've been mixing up my Design Memory Crafts products and simply having a ball with color.  This week I've been playing with Gelatos® Color Snowcone, the color of the week and mixing it up with a few fun items. Here's what I did.

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First, I created a colorful background using Stamper’s Big Brush Pens: Light Green 171, May Green 170, Permanent Green Olive 167 and Chromium Green Opaque 174 and a little bit of water. I used the Mixed Media Stencil 101 on top, along with Gelatos® Color Snowcone and Kiwi to create a cute pattern. 

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Next, I sketched in my "Daydreamer."

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Next, I made gorgeous shimmering hair by mixing Gelatos® Colors Snowcone with Texture Luxe™ Pearl and spread it using a palette knife. I was sure to NOT smooth it out so that the natural textures remained. 

Daydreamer Done

Lastly, I added a bit of color to the lips and eyelids using Gelatos® Colors Snowcone and  Kiwi.  I added details with a Journaling Pitt®Artist Pens Medium Nib. It activated quickly. Next, I created shading with a Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft paintbrush, found in the Gelatos Brights 15 Ct . set. I finished by rubbing the Gelatos® Color Snowcone over the hair.  The raised parts picked up the color and added visual interest. 

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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. 

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