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Tea time mini canvas tutorial by Mou

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Here's the painted canvas.

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

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Color inside the tea cup with Texture Luxe™ Gold.

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Use Gelatos® color Guava to color the tea cup.

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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.

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

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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!

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents & Tools:

Whipped Spackle

Gel medium

Gesso

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

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An Altered Paint Brush Holder by Mou Saha

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Hello fellow Design Memory Craft fans, Mou here from Color Happy Creations with today's tutorial! It's all about altering a plain wooden brush holder with various Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents mediums. So, let's get started!

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Here's a 'before' look at my brush holder. You can find similar ones at Michaels or another craft store. You can even upcycle cans from your recycle bin.

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Here begins the fun! Cut off a little bit of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Cotton Candy with a palette knife onto a dish. Smash down the solid Gelatos® color with the palette knife.

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Add Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent Whipped Spackle and mix the color in. Add more Gelatos® color for a darker shade. I used very little for I just wanted a hint of patina.  I left some spots of color from the mixing for effect, if you want even color you can add a couple drops of water to the Gelatos to completely dissolve color into the texture.

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Wrap your favorite Mixed Media Stencil from the 102 Stencil Collection around your can/cylinder. Hold or tape in place.

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Apply the colored Whipped Spackle mix you created earlier through the stencil with a palette knife. Remove the stencil. Use a heat tool to dry. If you didn't cover the whole cylinder in the first go, just match up the stencil and continue. 

TIP: When you use the heat tool, you'll notice that the Whipped Spackle tends to bubble up. This actually adds a lot of texture, especially on a project like this one.

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Start rubbing in some Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Texture Luxe™ Gold and Texture Luxe™ Copper, diluted with water using your fingers or a paint brush.

WARNING: Do NOT add water directly into the Texture Luxe™ tubs or any other medium for that matter as that will make them mold over time depending on where you live. Just scoop some medium out and dilute.

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Rub some Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso on the textured surface.

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Also, sparingly rub some Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Chalk Board Paint to bring out the texture even more. And your altered brush holder is ready.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have FUN making things with these cool products!

SUPPLIES:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents:

Gesso

Chalk Board Paint

Whipped Spackle

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Texture Luxe™ Copper

102 Stencil Collection

Gelatos® Cotton Candy

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Tool Set

Others: cylinder, paint brush, tape, heat tool, mixing dish

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Clipboard Artwork! Mixed Media & Hand lettering

Hi everyone, Erin Bassett here!

For this piece I started off by sketching out my word art with a graphite pencil and then erasing it a bit so I could trace over it using a PITT® Artist Pen, Black Fine Nib.  I made sure to let the pen work dry completely before erasing any visible pencil marks so I could add wet layers on top of it without it running (once the India ink is dry it's waterproof).


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Next I painted over the block lettering with Gel Medium and allowed it to dry.
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Then I rubbed some Gelatos® on my craft mat, added a spray of water and then used that to watercolor in my word art. After the Gelatos® watercoloring is dry, I gently took a damp cotton swab over the Gel Medium since it resists the Gelatos® leaving the letters white. 
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Next I wanted to jazz up my clipboard so I took Glass Bead Glitter Gel and mixed it with the Red Cherry Gelatos® and then painted it into a heart shape on the clipboard, I added a touch more Glass Bead Glitter Gel to it, and then let it dry.


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I then jazzed it up a bit more by dotting the pearl colored Metallic Texture Gem around the heart and adding some ribbons and trims.


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At that point I thought I might be done...but it was just missing something so I broke out a stencil from the 102 Stencil Collection and then mixed some Whipped Spackle and Gelatos® together to use with it.

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I knew I wanted to add in a darker color as well so I mixed up some Gelatos® and Glaze and dripped it on and then allowed it to dry before attaching my watercolored word art to the clipboard. 
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 Done and ready to put up in my studio!

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An Art Journaling Tutorial by Mou

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Hey everyone, Mou here from colorhappycreations.com. I'm SO glad to be back for another term on the Design Memory Craft Core Design Team! Before I move on to the tutorial, I wanted to thank you all, our readers for taking part in the monthly Take the Challenge with Mou series over the last 3 years and a huge thanks to Design Memory Craft for sponsoring the challenges.

And now, as my first post for this term, I have an art journaling tutorial for you. So, let's get started!

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Using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent Gel Medium, collage some found papers onto a old book spread. You can use any journal for this project. Let the gel medium dry thoroughly.

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Apply Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent Chalk Board Paint with a paint brush leaving out a few selected words from the text.

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Once the Chalk Board Paint dries, circle the words and color around them with various shades of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Paper Crafter Crayons™, blending them as you go.

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Apply some Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso with palette knife from Gelatos Tool Set.

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Lay a pattern stencil from the 102 Stencil Collection on the left half of the page and apply a thin coat of Texture Luxe™ Gold with a palette knife. Repeat near the bottom right on the facing page. Let dry.

Add another layer of interest with the numeric stencil from the 301 Stencil Collection and Chalk Board Paint.

Rub some Texture Luxe™ Copper on both pages with your fingers.

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Make marks and journal with the B tip pen from Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK to finish.

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Here are some close-up shots of my art journal spread.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and are now inspired to give these COOL products a try!

SUPPLIES:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents:

Gel Medium

Gesso

Chalk Board Paint

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Texture Luxe™ Copper

102 Stencil Collection

301 Stencil Collection

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Tool Set

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Paper Crafter Crayons™: Red-Yellow and Blue-Green

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK

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Patriotic Watercolor Pendant

Hello, friends!  I'm Adrianne, and I'm going to share a patriotic-themed pendant with you today.  This piece is easy to make, and lets you share your red white and blue with your own style and flair!

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The silver frame is a pre-made jewelry tray available in the jewelry section of your favorite craft store, and it showcases your tiny work of art.  I'm going to share my minimalist star design today, but you can put your own spin on your design to wear a piece that is one of a kind!

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You can get the watercolor look you love easily using Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.  Draw or trace a single star on a 1" square piece of white watercolor paper, and color it in shades of blue (see supply list below for the colors used here).  With a paintbrush and water, gently blend the colors.

In addition to the watercolors, you can add your favorite textures, too!  I painted the star with Pearl Texture Luxe to set it off just a little more.

Note: my pendant tray has a 1" square opening, but consider other shapes and sizes!  You can trim your paper to the correct size, and place it in the tray to ensure it's sized properly before you begin.  

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Once the elements of your tiny work of art have dried, give the backside of the square a generous coat of glaze to adhere it to the inside of the pendant tray.  Coat the top with a heavy layer of glaze as well, and leave it flat to dry.  

When dry, string the pendant on a long necklace chain.  If you would like to add a handmade beaded charm, I'll show you the steps to create one!  These beads add a pop of red to the muted blue design for a simple and elegant look for Independence Day.

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Stack a few coordinating beads onto a 2" jewelry head pin (see below for exact supplies used).  Grip the pin just above the beads with a pair of round nose jewelry pliers.  Wrap the wire end over one side of the pliers, forming a loop.

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Next, wrap the wire end of the pin around the base of the pin, filling the space between the top of the bead and the loop you created.  Cut off any excess wire with wire cutters.  Attach a 15mm jump ring to the charm's loop, ensuring it's twisted fully closed to complete your beaded charm.  Alternately, you could use pre-made bead or metal charms to accent your art pendant!

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String the art pendant and charm onto a necklace chain, and be prepared for the compliments you'll receive!  I prefer a long chain of 30" to hang at the ribcage area, but a standard 18" necklace will work with most necklines.  (It's your art - wear it the way you love it!)

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Thanks for joining me for today's wearable art project!  Don't forget - this technique works well for all kinds of seasonal or personalized jewelry.  

Supplies Used:

White watercolor paper, trimmed to 1" square

Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils #141 and #144

Fine tip paintbrush and water

Texture Luxe, Pearl

Glaze

1" square silver pendant tray

26" silver necklace chain

2" silver jewelry head pin

8mm faceted glass rondelle bead, red

6mm faceted glass rondelle bead, white

4mm silver spacer bead

15mm silver jump ring

Jewelry pliers

Round nose pliers

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Country Style Vision Board by Penny

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Hello friends....Penny here today as a Guest Designer with some inspiration using the new  Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Vision Board Kit. When this kit first arrived, I was like a kid in a candy store. So many fun elements in the kit, I just didn't know where to start. Being a country girl at heart, and knowing that pallet boards are popular right now...I started with that.

Let me show you how fun this is to put together:

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1.  Start by making the Linen covered foam board according to Design Memory Craft directions in the included Design Guide.

Then start having some fun...

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2.  For my Vision Board I used four yards of lace that I adhered double sided tape to, then ruffled it by hand about every inch. 

 

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3.  Again using double sided tape, I attached the ruffle to the back of the Vision Board.

 

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4.  Pallet boards were adhered together and cut to 17 x 14 inches. I then mixed  Coconut Gelatos® with water and flicked it across the boards. I also used a Stipple Brush to add a bit of my mixture to the edges of the wooden boards.

 

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5.  There are so many fun elements in this Vision Board Kit, that I am sure you will have a hard time selecting some to play with. I used a few that I could color with the provided markers in the kit.  

 

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6.  I adhered some of the elements like this pattern paper with re-positionable glue. Most of the cardstock paper pieces, I adhered to the board with the provided straight pins.

 

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 7.  This is where you can have a lot of fun changing your board daily, weekly or monthly as desired. I want to go skiing in January, so that is what my board is about. There are so many ideas to use for your own Vision Board.....wedding, special anniversary, vacation, baby, remodeling....How would you design your Vision Board?

 

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 The picture of my Vision Board at the top has flowers in the mason jar...but I also like the idea of having the markers & pins handy when I want to add something new to my board. Just giving you options here!!!  :)

 

Supplies:

Vision Board Kit (#770409)

Gelatos Tool Set (#770312)

Gelatos® Coconut (#771217)

Lace

Pallet Boards

Eye Hooks/Wire

Double sided tape

Small Mason jar

Jute

 

Thanks so much for visiting with me today. I hope you find some kind of inspiration to create your own Vision Board.

Happy Crafting,

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Penny Ward...Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Nana, Breast Cancer Survivor and Card Designer. Life is good!


We asked Jen to share a few design team stories! "Memories by Jen Matott"

I have so many amazing memories from the five years that I've been on this design team.  I was one of the original crew that started when the Design Memory Craft brand started.  DSC05490

I was sent a pack of Gelatos colors in blue, Art Grip Aquarelle pencils and some PITT Artist pens to try out and create something with.  It was amazing!  Coming up with brand new ways to use these fabulous products was a thrill!  I fell in love with Gelatos and the entire Design Memory Craft line!  I had used Faber-Castell pencils and markers since I was a kid but these were so full of possibilities!  My banner was the first art piece in the ads.  It was so exciting!  I have a lot of favorite projects from my time on this team but I'll share a few of my favorites and a few memories along the way!

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This booklet will always hold a special place in my heart.  It was the first kit project that I made and I created the project pages for the entire kit!  It went on to be one of the best selling kits.  I loved coming up with different ways to use the Gelatos on each page!  I still get a thrill when I see it on the packaging in the store!  Which leads to the next kit: Mixed Media with Gelatos.  I love this page from that artwork!  It was another amazing adventure to create art for this kit!

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One of my favorite memories was getting to go to CHA in Las Vegas and Anaheim, CA!  What fun that was!  Lots of demoing and meeting people that I only knew from online.  It was a blast hanging out with the other designers and people behind the scenes at Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft! 

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Every demo opportunity that I've had along the way has been amazing but especially with Marco's Paper!  Thanks for all those that stopped by and listened to me go on and on about these products and what they can do!

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Also, the trip to Cleveland, OH to meet with the rest of the design team and staff at Faber-Castell headquarters!  It was a dream come true.  Fun to explore the entire building, hang out with everyone and brainstorm the future!  I loved every moment of it!  

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There are so many good memories from working with these people and products.  I cannot say enough how lucky I was, how honored that they valued my artwork and ideas and that I got to work with such cool products!  I will be forever grateful for the long stretch that I got to work with this company!  But like all good things, it's time to move on and let some new artists have those same experiences.  I am sad to leave the team at this time but I have a lot going on at home with two very busy boys, my running/ training schedule and my own artwork.  I am an elementary school art teacher too so it is time to refocus my creative and personal goals.  I will continue to work with the Design Memory Craft products in my art and hope that I can still create work to show off these products.  Thank you for the amazing opportunity to inspire and share my love of art!


Doodle Tote Bag by Jen Matott

 

770620_1Jen Matott here to share a project that you might have seen a glimpse of on product packaging of our new large 13" x 13" Doodle Stencil Collection!  Yes, that bag is one that I created!  A canvas bag doodled on with PITT Artist pens,  Stencil and Gelatos® colors! I'll share how I created this so you can create your own unique tote bag!

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Coloring Book with PITT Artist Pens

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Hi Artsy Friends!  Jen here to share a fun way to destress from crazy times!  This time of year is full of sports, end of the year school events, and lots of stress!  I am sitting at a child's sports practice at least 3 times a week!  So, I loved bringing something to do when I'm waiting.  I packed up a bunch of PITT Artist Pens in a variety of colors and a fun coloring book to take with me for soccer practice.

 

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