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Holiday Tags with Metallic Mint Gelatos®

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Hi everyone, Mou here today to show you how quickly you can make  your own holiday gift tags! 

Gather the following supplies before you start:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos®:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Tag Collection

Others: watercolor paper, red twine, scissors

Let's get started.

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Start with white tags. I die cut mine out of white watercolor paper. You can also buys packs of tags at any craft store.

Rub Metallic Mint Gelatos® on the tags and blend with water.

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Color the punch hole protectors with Iced Chai Gelatos®.

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Attach the punch hole protectors to the tags using Gel Medium.

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Add some texture to the tags using the dots stencil, Texture Luxe Gold and a palette knife. Simply lay the stencil over the tag, hold the stencil in place and apply medium with palette knife.

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Cut small lengths of red twine and thread them through the tag holes.

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Write ‘To’ and ‘From’ to each tag with black PITT Artist pen, B tip.

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Fill in the names. Tie them to your gifts. And there you have it!

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and will try making your own gift tags this holiday!

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Slumber Should Be Broken: A Mixed Media Canvas

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Hi everyone! Mou here today with a mixed media canvas tutorial for you. Holiday season is busy, so let's get started right away.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Colors: Metallic Grape, Iced Chai, Iced Coffee

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents and Tools:

Gesso

Gel Medium

Whipped Spackle

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Gelatos Tool Set

101 Stencil Collection

102 Stencil Collection

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pen: Black

Sizzix Thinlits Die - Doily #2

Others: canvas, cardstock, old book paper, resin accent, stamp, tissue

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Color canvas with Metallic Grape Gelatos and blend with gesso.

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Once the color dries, lay a stencil from the 102 Stencils Collection on the canvas and apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife.

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Ruffle up some tissue paper and attach to the canvas with gel medium. Layer a die-cut doily on top.

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Once the surfaces dry, add more colors with Iced Chai and Iced Coffee Gelatos. Color the die cut doily with Black Stamper's Big Brush pen. Layer a stencil from the 101 Stencil Collection on top of the doily and apply Whipped Spackle with a palette knife.

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Ink up a background stamp with Stamper's Big Brush pen and stamp around the canvas.

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Add some strips of old book paper near the top left part of the canvas.

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Rub some Texture Luxe Gold and dilute some of it to so it will drip down. Let dry.

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Attach a resin accent with gel medium. Rub more Texture Luxe Gold on it. Attach a phrase cut out of old book paper.

And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial.

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Metallic Grape Ornament

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For my family, now that Thanksgiving has passed in North America we have moved our focus onto Christmas.  In preparation for creating some new ornaments this year I picked up a package of these Styrofoam balls from the craft store and I decided to decorate each of them differently, and this is the first ornament.

Now this week our Gelatos® color is Metallic Grape, which isn't necessarily the first color you think about when you think of holiday colors, but I don't believe you have to stick to traditional rules in art! 

To create this ornament I dug through my fabric stash for some white background fabric and came up with these three patterned fabrics: houndstooth, polka-dot, and a light cream with some screen printed white flowers on it.

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I started off by ripping my fabric into about 1" strips. 
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I took my Gelatos and scribbled it all over my craft mat, not minding the little chunks that were there.
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Next, I sprayed a lot of water onto the Gelatos and used my spatula to blend it together as I smashed out the chunks. I also gave the fabric strips a good spritz.
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I then took all of the fabric strips and kneaded them into the diluted Gelatos to dye them.
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I then let all the strips dry by tossing them on my craft mat as I used my heat gun on them.
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I love how all of them turned out, but the fabric with the flowers on it was my favorite since the screen printing acted as a resist to the diluted Gelatos.
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After heating up my glue gun I began wrapping the Styrofoam ball with the dyed fabric alternating the patterns and directions I wrapped.
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I also hot glued a ribbon onto it as well so I could hang it on my tree.
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You can stay tuned to my blog for how I decorated the remaining ornaments in the weeks leading up to Christmas!

 

ERIN

 

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So Grateful!

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Hi everyone, Mou here from mousaha.com with a canvas project using Gelatos® color of the week Raspberry! As we get closer to Thanksgiving, gratitude is on our minds. We are also thinking of getting our homes ready for the holidays, to entertain our family and friends. I wanted to create a piece that spoke to both: a word to ponder over and a handmade home decor project. Follow along to see how you can make it too.

Supplies you'll need:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® color:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents:

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

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK

Sizzix Bigz Die w/Bonus Textured Impressions - Millinery Leaves

Others: 7" x 9" canvas, stamp, diecuts, found papers, washi tape, moist baby wipe, scissors

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Start by applying a coat of gesso to the canvas. I used one measuring 7" x 9". You could choose any size you like.

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Rub some Raspberry Gelatos in the middle of the canvas.

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Blend with a lot of water. Let dry thoroughly.

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Ink  any background stamp with Black Stamper's Big Brush pen and stamp around the canvas.

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Using Gel Medium, layer found papers, tapes and die cuts on the canvas.

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Layer the tribal patterned stencil from 102 Stencil Collection near the right edge of the canvas and apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife from the Gelatos Tool Kit. Lift off the stencil immediately and clean it with a moist baby wipe.

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While the medium dries thoroughly, die-cut and emboss the leaf and color it with Tangerine Gelatos. Rub more Raspberry Gelatos over the embossed stem and veins.

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With your B tip Black PITT Artist Pen, write 'Gratitude' on a piece of paper and cut it into a small banner with scissors.

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Attach the little banner and leaf to the canvas to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial. Before I go, I want to say to you that I AM SO VERY GRATEFUL TO YOU ALL! Thanks for checking out my tutorials, visiting my personal blog and leaving sweet comments and your questions. Thank you!

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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.

 

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I started off by sketching  my design...I wanted to keep it in more of a folk art style than a scarey Halloween one.

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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
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I used the Glass Bead Glitter Gel and Gelatos mixture to "paint" in my pumpkin, leaving the features unpainted. 
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Next,  I combined the Black Licorice Gelatos and the Glass Bead Glitter Gel and filled in the cat and the crow.
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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.
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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.
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I used a baby wipe that I had squeezed out as much of the liquid out of as possible to blend out the Gelatos.
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 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.
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I wish you could see the glitter and texture on this page "in real life!" It's really neat!

 

Supplies:

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

 

ERIN

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DIY Fall Earrings

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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

ERIN

 

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The Not-So-Scary Halloween Owl

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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."                                                                                                                                                                         

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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.

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Use Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Gel Medium to attach the parts to the owl as shown.

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Prime the slick surface of the owl with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso to receive colors better.

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Color the ears, wings and belly with Cinnamon Gelatos®. Blend colors with a slightly wet brush.

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Color around the eyes and the feet with Caramel Gelatos®.

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Color the body and below the ears black using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Chalkboard Paint.

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Sketch some details on the owl with pencil. Color around the eyes with Gelatos® Iced Coffee.

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Accentuate the details with a Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft  PITT® Artist pen.

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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.

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Add some white specks to the owl's body with Gesso and a paint brush.

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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.

Supplies:

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

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On-the-go Travel Journal Tutorial by Mou Saha

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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!  

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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

Paintbrush

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

Clockwork Kit (3/8 sized)

Drill

 

 

 


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.

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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.
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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.
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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. 

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I then covered the background of the photo with gesso and allowed the gesso to "spill off the photo" visually.  
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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.
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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.
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Erin Bassett - Faber Castell