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Mini Book Cover


Hi everyone! It's Mieko with my final guest post on Faber-Castell ®Design Memory Craft® Guest Design team. Today, I would like to share a mini-book cover I made using Gelatos®, Big Brush Pens and other Design Memory Craft products.


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Happy Father's Day!


Hi everyone! It's Lisa here with you and I just wanted to start out today's blog post by wishing all of our gentlemen crafter's a very Happy Father's Day (whether you are a dad to kids or fur children or a pet rock...ha!) . This post is dedicated to all of you, and to those of you who support us crazy  dedicated crafters in our daily  shenanigans  struggles. :) My dad certainly knows that sentence is true about ME! 

Let me show you how I put today's Dad's Day card together:

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Art Journaling Week 3 with Tiffany



Hello Blogosphere! It's Tiffany here with Week 3 of our Art Journaling Month & this week we're featuring Embellishing techniques! For my video tutorial I'll be sharing various techniques using the Stamper's Big White Pen, PITT Artist Pens, and Paper Crafter Crayons™! I've also chosen to add some washi tape accents!

I hope you learned some new tricks and techniques! Last week was pretty intense with all those Gel Medium transfers & Stampendous Stamping Techniques, so this week I went back to my mood board to refocus. I highly recommend creating your own Mood Board! I like to use Pic Monkey.


Thanks for stopping by,


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Art Journaling Week 3 with Jen

Art Journaling Banner 3Welcome back to another week of sharing our journals with you!  We are embellishing this week. I started to go through my hundreds of photos from my trip to Italy in 2011.  I picked some of my favorites. Those that have a story to tell or that represent my trip best.  Adding color, textures, and words was next.

JenMatottJOurnal - 1 (2)I drew some on the Chalk Board Painted circle with a Stamper's Big White Pen, Metallic PITT Artist Pen in Silver, and an Art Grip White Colored Pencil.  I added a title "Italy" with the Stamper's Big White Pen.

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Then, I used another Stampendous stamp and a Stamper's Big Brush Pen in Chrome Yellow to stamp some text.

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I used our new Texture Gems™ in Gold to embellish a bit and create some sparkle to my title area. They look like little gold gems and stay puffy when dry!

On to my next page in my journal book...  I used the Paper Crafter Crayons™ in an assortment of colors from all three color sets to shade the bricks in.  I layered colors for a fun look.

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Then, I used our Chalk Board Paint to splatter on the page with our stipple brush from the Gelatos Tool Set.  

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I added a photo and some word strips using the Gel Medium as an adhesive and top coat (to the word stickers only).

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I also added the title puffy stickers with Gel Medium too.  I wanted to ensure they would on fall off later!  This stuff holds it's ground!

Next up, is another page using Gelatos® colors from the Pastels set. I used my finger to blend the colors over the collaged background.

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Adding some Texture Luxe in Gold with a sponge applicator through a stencil (101 Collection)  creates the perfect embellished background for a page about Italy!

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It picks up just the right amount of texture and leaves a very metallic shimmer to the page!

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I did brush a light coat of Gel Medium over it in order to write smoothly with an Essential  PITT Artist Pen in small tip.

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The last page I'm going to share with you, shows how I used the Metallic Gelatos® Colors wet over a Gel Medium stenciled background.

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I was inspired by the colors and textures of Tuscany, Italy when I visited there and hope you enjoy my art that captures some of the beauty I saw on my trip.  Be sure to join me next Tuesday as I share my finished pages with you. Check back throughout this week to see how  Tiffany, Rita and Lisa are working on their art journals. 

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Art Journaling Week 3 with Mou and winners of Take the Challenge

Hi everyone, Mou here today as we continue into week 3 of our art journaling journey.  


So let's recap here... we have chosen a journal and an inspiration piece and created the foundations in our journals. My journal is about seeing beauty beyond landmarks and exotic vacations. It's about paying attention to the beauty in little insignificant things that are often ignored. I took this challenge so if any of you out there feels like they can't art journal because they didn't take a vacation to an intriguing place, I can show you that you can create on the go as well as right where you are. So, while we go on wonderful trips to Italy with Jen, to Florida with Tiffany and to Colorado with Lisa, this time I invite you to take a walk with me in my neighborhood and explore my backyard. Here's to beauty in humble things!


This is my sea glass collection sitting on my window sill. Love how time can polish off the sharp edges of a piece of broken glass. They are no longer clear and bright. But the smoothed out uneven pieces of colored glasses glow in the sunlight. Every morning, I see them when I make breakfast. I sketched the stack with pencil and colored them with various shades of Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils. To create an impression of a soft shimmering morning sun through the window, I applied Glass Bead Glitter Gel through a stencil with palette knife. For journaling I used PITT Artist pen BLACK Superfine and the calligraphy pen from Journaling PITT Artist Pens set for the title.


While my Whipped Spackle was still wet after stamping into it, I wrote on it with a pencil.


After stenciling and multi-colored stamping, I still felt that my page looked boring. So I colored the backdrop with some Lemon Gelatos® Double Scoop® Color and blended it with a Deluxe Waterbrush. Love this Waterbrush as it makes watercoloring so easy on the go, whether on a trip or just local strolling and quick sketching.


Here are my real leaves. The background is Chalkboard paint and then I painted a frame around it with Gesso and journaled with the Magenta pen from PITT Artist Pens Writing Set: RED/YELLOW. An it wrote beautifully even on a glazed surface! The title is written with the Stamper's Big White pen, another favorite of mine.


The eggs are colored with Metallic Mint Gelatos® Double Scoop® Color and the shadowing is with PITT Pastel Pencils NEUTRALS. Now, because I'm working on a book where facing pages touch each other when closed, I don't want the pastel pencil to rub off. So I sealed it with Glaze.


Here the background is Chalkboard paint and the leaves are colored with Stamper's Big Brush pens Chrome Yellow # 109 and Scarlet Red # 118. They are also the Stamper's Big Brush pens I used to stamp the background. Yep, you can stamp on Chalkboard paint with Stamper's Big Brush pens... I just realized that while playing!


You can use your PITT Pastel Pencils not only for coloring and shadowing, you can use it as chalk! They go on beautifully on a surface painted with Chalkboard paint. Again, seal it off before you close the book.

Be sure to join me next Monday as I share my finished pages with you. Check back throughout this week to see how Jen, Tiffany, Rita and Lisa are working on their art journals. From what I have seen so far, I know I'll come back every day for more!

And now time to announce the winners of Take the Challenge with Mou, June 2015!

1. Here's my project:  http://herpeacefulgarden.blogspot.com/2015/06/welcome-your-majesty-friends-with-flair.html

So much fun using your products on my project!!! < 3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

Posted by: Janis in ID | 06/05/2015 at 04:55 AM

2. here's my project http://creationsforastar.blogspot.com/2015/06/using-whats-on-my-desk.html  and my inspiration is located within Thanks so very much, I love working in my art journal!

Posted by: Diana Fernandez | 06/05/2015 at 12:05 PM

Congrats Janis in ID and Diana! And thanks everyone who joined in this month :)

Ladies, please get in touch with Naoko for your prizes. Email her [naoko@fabercastell.com] with June Take the Challenge winners on the subject line.

Will see you all next month with another creative challenge :)

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Stenciled Watercolor Background

Hello Blogosphere! It's Tiffany here today with a Video Tutorial showing you an easy way to create a beautiful background with the Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils! I'm currently on Spring Break Vacation, so I was inspired by the ocean in Florida!

If you're not familiar with the Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, they're pretty amazing and my most favorite product in the Design Memory Craft® Mix & Match line! Not only are they completely water soluble, but you can get beautiful vibrant detail with them that will last because they're also lightfast & permanent once they're dry! I especially love how portable they are!

Video Tutorial:


Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you're inspired to create something of your own today!

See you soon,


Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Products Used:

Other Products Used:

  • Strathmore Watercolor Paper
  • Washi Tape
  • Awesomeness ;)
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Art Journaling Week 2 with Lisa and blog hop with Stampendous

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Hi everyone! Lisa with you today. We started our Art Journal Journey's last Monday and here we are for the second week and it's a BONUS that we are also blog hopping with Stampendous! Yay!


For my post last week I shared how I was using Gesso, Gel Medium,  Gelatos® and a fun vintage postcard image to start building up my Art Journal. This week I'll be adding more layers with stamps, stencils, and additional Textural Accents.

I used  the same Gelatos® as last week (over a Gesso base) to give my board a coated with color look. I know I want to journal on a lot of my pages to I'm planning where to use the lightest colors as I color.



Using a Stamper's Big Brush Pen in Black #199 I used one of the Stampendous Stamps from this set called NK Studio Wired Cling Rubber Stamps (NKCRS02) by the artist Nathalie Kalbach.



Then I put down a messy layer of Chalkboard Paint where I thought I'd want my journaling to go.


And I then stamped on top of the dried Chalkboard Paint with a layer of white pigment ink using the Journal Lines Perfectly Clear Stamps (SSC1205):


Perfect grid lines for all of my journaling! In this case with the Chalkboard Paint the PITT Pastel Pencils will work perfectly for my journaling.

I added some more texture with Whipped Spackle, one of the Mixed Media Stencils and another stamp  NK Studio Grunge Cling Rubber Stamps (NKCRS03):




Next week is all about embellishments, so I hope you'll be joining us then as we keep working on our Art Journals. And don't forget to stop by the Stampendous Blog to see what THEIR team is creating with our products! :)

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Supplies:
Glass Bead Glitter Gel
Whipped Spackle
Chalkboard Paint
From the Gelatos® Colors 15 ct: METALLICS – Iced Pear, Metallic Blueberry, Iced Currant, Iced Coffee.
PITT Artist Pen Cobalt Green #156
Stamper’s Big Brush Pen Black #199 and May Green #170
Pastel Pencils #1122-101 and 1122-226
Stencil Pack 101 Collection

Stampendous Stamps: Wired, Journal Lines, and Grunge

Lisa Sig

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Art Journaling Week 2 with Tiffany and blog hop with Stampendous


We started this journey last Monday and encouraged readers to join the designers every week for a month to create their own art journals. I hope you have your journal and inspiration piece picked out.


Hello Blogosphere! It's Tiffany here today with a Video Tutorial showing you how I created the foundation for my Art Journal Boards. You'll learn different ways to use Gesso, Gel Medium, and Whipped Spackle including Photo Transfers! You'll also see the various ways Stampendous Stamps lend AWESOME texture to those Art Journal pages.

I loved the versatility and quality of Stampendous Stamps, both the Cling & Clear stamps! Here are some of my favorites:NK Studio Marks Cling Rubber Stamps & Discover Today Perfectly Clear Stamps





 Once my art journal's foundation was dry, I went at hand-painted various titles with Chalkboard Paint & then added some color with PITT Pastel Pencils. This is similar to my Art Journal Cover's title!


 Thanks so much for stopping by! Stop by next week to see how I jazz it up a wee bit more!



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Art Journaling Week 2 with Jen and blog hop with Stampendous

Art Journaling Banner 2We started this journey last Monday and encouraged readers to join the designers every week for a month to create their own art journals. I hope you have your journal and inspiration piece picked out.

JenMatottJOurnal - 1Last week, I showed you how I prepped my pages with some Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium and papers.  This week, I'm building the bases of all my pages with more of our Textural Accents to create an additional layer on the pages.

JenMatottJOurnal - 8Here, I'm using Gel Medium through one of our new Mixed Media Stencils. I will be adding more color and using it as a resist in next week's post.

JenMatottJOurnal - 9The Gel Medium will be milky until fully dry and then it turns clear!  It's like magic!  It stays somewhat textured and raised.

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I also used the Gel Medium for adhering a Mixed Media Stencil onto the page itself.  I just adhered it down and coated over it to ensure good, even coverage.

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Another page in which I 'm adding more Gel Medium to adhere papers.  I used Chalk Board Paint over it to create a center of interest to my journal page.

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Using one of the Mixed Media Stencils, I created a scribbled frame using a PITT Pastel Pencil in white.

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Some Gelatos® colors in the Pastel set were added and smudged.  I also dripped some wet Gelatos® Double Scoop® Color - Gold Champagne down the top of the page.  Once dry, it gives a beautiful shimmer to the page.

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Stampendous was so very generous and sent us loads of stamp sets!  My favorites were the ones below from NK Studio called Kaffee Klatsch  and Wired.  I  adored the textures and shapes for my page here.



I inked up the stamp with a Stamper's Big Brush pen in Black and stamped some of the smaller doily prints and the barbed circle. Once dry, the ink is permanent as it is India Ink!

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That's it for this week's progress on my journal pages.  I hope you will continue on with us in your own journal and create bases for the pages.  Join me next week as I layer more and add more embellishment to my journal pages!


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Art Journaling Week 2 with Mou and blog hop with Stampendous

Hi everyone, Mou here today as we continue into week 2 of our art journaling journey.  


We started this journey last Monday and encouraged readers to join the designers every week for a month to create their own art journals. I hope you have your journal and inspiration piece picked out.


This week's focus is on creating the bases of your journal pages. I touched on this a bit last week when I attached paper scraps to my journal with Gel Medium and unified the colors and patterns with the help of Gesso. Today I'll show you how I have used various Textural Accents to create the other foundations of my art journal.


I used Chalkboard Paint and paint brush to color a few pages of my Square Journal Boards.


On these pages, I have rubbed Gelatos® colors (Tangerine, Bubblegum, Guava and Metallic Melon) and blended with Gesso using my fingers. Of course, you can use a brush to blend too!


Here's a page with Whipped Spackle applied through a stencil from the Stencils 10ct 101 Collection using palette knife from the Gelatos Mist Maker set. Remember that if you are going to write on a page, you may want to apply Whipped Spackle around that area as Whipped Spackle is a texture medium and is harder to write on than a plain surface.


This page was a lot of fun! I attached real leaves to the page with Glaze and painted around it with Chalkboard Paint


But art journaling is also about layering. And that's where stamps can come in handy. I used some of the FUN stamps from Stampendous to create interest on my foundation pages. 


I inked up my stamp with Stamper's Big Brush pens and stamped on the pages. When I art journal, I don't always use a stamp as  a whole. Let me explain. I ink up only a section of my stamp and stamp on my page multiple times without re-inking in between.


Here I have used three or four different stamps and quite a few different colors of Stamper's Big Brush pens. 


Layered stamped images can add quite a bit of depth to your pages.


But stamps can also be used to create interesting textures. Apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife and while the paste is still wet, stamp into it. Be sure to clean up the stamp immediately. Let dry before you go to your next step.

So, that's it from me this week. Be sure to check back throughout the week to see what the other designers are doing. I know I will and see you next Monday with my progress.

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