Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils

Journal Spill with Watercolor Pencils and Pitt Pens

Diana Trout here today with a journal spill. A blank journal page can be hard to confront. That's why I sometimes start my pages with a word spill. It puts me in touch with my head and heart. 

Pencils in Hand

Supplies:

Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils
Pitt Artist Metallic Pens
PITT Artist Pens

For this page, I wrote with a rainbow of Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils. It's helpful to turn your journal upside down. I arranged these pencils in rainbow order and got my pencil moving as quickly as possible so that my brain had no time to edit. Forget about spelling and punctuation and write real sloppy. 

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I worked through the rainbow of pencils for these two pages. I only completed one of the pages though. After scribble writing, use a wet paintbrush to blend out the color. Some of the lines may still be visible but that's OK. There is nobody that will work that hard to read upside down, sloppy, watery words. Your writing may have informed you but now it's just background pattern.

Don't forget to turn your book right side up before proceeding! 

I added more color to the page by scribbling with another watercolor pencil. Use analogous colors (colors that are next to each other on the color wheel) when your colors are still wet so that you don't get mud. For instance, don't go over a wet green or blue area with orange!

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You can dip your watercolor pencil into water or wet an area on the page to make a juicy line  or area, such as the rectangular box above. I still wasn't sure where I was going with this page. I let one idea lead to another. Working in a flow  that may require practice. I know it's hard, but try not to be afraid of messing up. 

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Flowers hold a great deal of meaning for me and these are easy to re-create. They are asterisks with extra lines through them, like Pom-Pom Mums. Since the light blue background was dry, I used a yellow Pitt Pen and yellow Watercolor pencil. The wet of the pen activated the watercolor pencil and blended into an orange. Since the blue background was dry there was no mud puddle.

I added some silver Metallic Pitt pen  for the stamen center of the flower. I added more detail to my rectangle with a Medium size black Pitt pen.

Stamp marker
The last detail I added was stamping. I used a Stampers Big Brush Pen to color the stamp and add a bit of pattern to the background.

After you've colored your stamp, be sure to "huff" on it with warm breath to moisten before you stamp. When you've finished stamping, wipe off your stamps with a wet rag just as you would for any ink. Don't worry if your stamps are stained. That means they are well loved. 

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I used anWatercolor Pencil to add the stems, then added some of the green Stamper's Big Brush to activate. I like that trick, it can give you cool effects.

I hope you'll pull out your journal and scribble away!

NOTE: I used a 140# watercolor paper journal for this page. 


How to use the Modern Lettering Kit in your art journals

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Every task gets easier if you have the right tools. The Modern Lettering Kit from Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® is a set of four pens designed to take your hand lettering to the next level. No, it's not a miracle product - you still have to practice your writing, but you'll notice significant difference in your lettering, drawing and mark-making with the use of these India Ink pens!

Hi everyone, Mou Saha here with a video tutorial to show you some ways to use the Modern Lettering Kit in your art journals. But before we start, here's a list of the supplies I used for my project.

Supplies:

Faber- Castell Design Memory Craft -

Other -

I hope you enjoyed the video tutorial!

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Watercolor Pencils Aren't Just for Water!

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How can Glaze create soft layers of color?  By using it with Stamper's Big Brush Pens and Art Grip Aquarelles! Carolyn Dube here sharing how Glaze can play with these pens and pencils while coloring a few flowers.


Start by loosely tracing over some of the lines in a design with an Art Grip Aquarelle.  You can use a page from a coloring book, clip art, a stamped image, or something you've drawn.

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To add another layer of translucent color, use a Stampers Big Brush and color on a piece of transparency plastic or other non absorbent surface. Then dip your paint brush in the Glaze and mix with the color on the transparency and color in more of the flower.

You can see on the transparency below that each time I did this, I used a fresh or clean area of the transparency.  This is because I want to avoid getting any of the wet Glaze on the pen. Pitt-pens-glaze-coloring-flower-carolyn-dube-14

You can change the intensity of the color by altering how much Glaze or color you use.  I primarily used the Big Brush Pens because the bigger tip goes faster than a smaller tip, but you can also use a standard size brush tip Pitt Pen.

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Thanks for joining me for today's play! 

Supplies Used

Glaze

Art Grip watercolor pencils (I used 121)  

Stampers Big Brush Pen (I used Orange Glaze, Leaf Green, and Dark Naples Ochre)

Watercup  

Transparency plastic (or other non absorbent surface)

Paintbrush

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Carolyn is a self- taught mixed media art adventurer who has rediscovered play. She plays with every color of the rainbow, avoid rules whenever possible, and lets the little kid inside of her free.  You can find more of her play at aColorfulJourney.com

 


How to Create an Art Journal Page with Glaze, Gelatos & Coloring Book Page

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Hi everyone, Mou here with an art journaling tutorial showing you some techniques using Glaze medium, Gelatos color of the week Cotton Candy and a coloring book page! Let's start by looking at the supplies I used.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft

Other

 Here's the video tutorial. Watch by clicking the play button below or follow this link.

I hope you enjoyed the video and that you are inspired to use your supplies in various different ways!

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A Mother's Day Card with Honey Medium Kit & Iced Rose Gelatos

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a video tutorial for making a mother's day card with Honey Medium and Gelatos color Iced Rose!

Before we begin, let me list the supplies I used:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft

Honey Medium Starter Kit

Stamper’s Big Brush pen - BLACK

Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil - Red set

Other

Watercolor paper

Alphabet stamp

And here's the video tutorial. You can watch by clicking the play button below or follow this link.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will make beautifully textured project using Honey Medium!

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An Art Journal Page with Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Lunar & Tea Stain Dyes

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Hi everyone, Mou here today with an art journaling video tutorial using Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Lunar & Tea Stain Dyes and a coloring page.

Here's the supply list for this project:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft -

Other-

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BOO! Halloween Card

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Hello spooky artists! This is Rachel again and I'm here to share this quick Halloween card. Halloween is only 10 days away! I hope your house is decorated and your candy bowls are full :)

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I started with a card base that I had very lightly Gesso'd, and blended Silver Ice and Metallic Icing Gelatos® throughout the background. The Design Memory Craft Gesso is great to make cardstock sturdier and more water resistant, as well as giving the Gelatos® a non-porous surface to blend. 

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Next,  I mixed the Cinnamon Gelatos® Color of the Week with some Design Memory Craft Glaze medium. I added a very thick and somewhat messy large strip of the Glaze across the card. When the Glaze dried it left an almost velvety look and feel to my card. It is such an easy way to make a big impact on a card!

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I really wanted this card to be all about the metallic colors that match so perfectly with Cinnamon Gelatos®. So obviously Gold Texture Luxe™ through a Mixed Media 102 Stencil was the next best choice! Have I mentioned already how much I love this stuff?! Because I love Gold Texture Luxe™. A lot.

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Now it's time to add the details to finish the card. I die cut a circle frame from some Halloween patterned paper to anchor my creepy boy bat stamped image. The stamp is colored with Art Grip® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils and topped with some Glass Bead Glitter Gel. For the sentiment I used Mixed Media 301 Stencils with Black Licorice Gelatos® to spell the word "BOO!".

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Thanks for stopping in! I hope you use this weekend to finish off your fun autumn and Halloween cards!

 

SUPPLIES:

Gelatos® - Cinnamon, Silver, Metallic Icing, Black Licorice

ArtGRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Mixed Media Stencil Collection - 101, 102, 301

Textural Accents - Gesso, Glaze, Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Gel Medium

 

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Art Journal Page with Gelatos® Guava

 

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Hi everyone, Mou Saha here today with an altered book art journal page tutorial using Faber-Castell ® Design Memory Craft® Gelatos®  Guava and Faber-Castell®  Design Memory Craft®  Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.

Before we start, let me tell you two things:

  • This art journal is not a journal at all. It's an old hard cover book. I'll show you how to prep it into an art journal.
  • The illustration I used is actually a coloring page. That's a creative way to take your colored pages beyond the coloring book.

So, let's get started.

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Book pages are typically thinner than art journal pages. Adding a few coats of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent Gesso makes it a bit stronger while priming the very porous book paper for your wet mediums. Use binder clips to hold your pages together while you apply gesso to your pages.

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Tear out a page from a coloring book. Here, I have used a page from my own printable coloring book, No Place Like Home. You can use any page you have.

Cut out the image with scissors.

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Attach the cut out illustration to the art journal with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent Gel Medium.

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Rub Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Guava on the page and blend with a wet brush.

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With Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, color the illustration. Blend colors with a wet brush.

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Use Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK, B tip to journal.

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Here's a close up of my finished page.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun with the Gelatos Guava!

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos  Guava

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent Gesso

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK

"No Place Like Home” Printable Coloring Book

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Paper Bead Bracelets with Guava Gelatos

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Hello friends!  Adrianne Surian here with you today to share a jewelry project inspired by the Gelatos® color of the week, Guava, and Art GRIP®Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.  You can make your own beads out of paper and string them alongside crystals and pearls for an organic look in a delicious color scheme!

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Paper beads have been around a long time, but today's post will show you how to give them beautiful, dimensional color before making and using them in simple stacking bracelets.

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By using Gelatos® color over an Art GRIP®Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil base, you can create beautiful boutique-worthy beads.  They're easy to make, so this project is well-suited to beginner artists and crafters!  (You can refer to the list at the end of this post for the exact colors and tools used in this project.)

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Begin with a 12x12 sheet of white paper or light cardstock (ideal paper weight less than 65#).  Sketch lightly in an allover pattern with Art GRIP®Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, and blend them with a wet paintbrush.  As you can see in the photo above, this does not need to be a carefully blended step.  To create your watercolor base, just choose 3-4 colors and apply them randomly to the page.  A few white areas are fine, but try to blend colors to fill the paper as much as possible.  

Allow your paper to dry, then use a paper trimmer to cut it into long, skinny triangular strips.  On one side of the sheet of paper, measure 1/2 inch from the edge.  Place your sheet so that you can cut the paper on a slight diagonal, from the half inch mark on the bottom edge of the paper tapering off at the top corner of the top edge of the paper.  Then, trim from the bottom corner of the paper up to the top, ending at the half inch point.  

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From one sheet of paper you can cut 48 triangular strips that are 12 inches long, and 1/2 inch wide at the widest point.  Each strip will be colored slightly different- and the narrow strips will hide any errors or messy areas of your watercolor background!

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Next is the fun part!  Using a toothpick or similarly small dowel, place the wide side of the strip along the toothpick and begin winding it around.  As the strip narrows, you will create an oval-shaped bead.  When you reach the point of the triangular strip, secure it down with a dot of glaze.  Take care to use just the least amount of glaze as you can in this step; this is a temporary hold before adding a permanent coat later.  

You may notice that all the lovely water coloring you did in the previous step is now quite subtle!  As you wrap the beads, it's the edges of the paper strips that will show the most.  This is where the color of the week is important!

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Once you have created several beads (the exact number will vary depending on how many bracelets you wish to make, and what pattern you will use to create them) place them on a paper towel or similar disposable surface.  

Prepare a Gelatos® mist in a misting bottle by cutting off approximately 1/4 inch of the Gelatos® stick and putting it in a mixing cup with 2-3 ounces of warm water.  Mix it thoroughly until the Gelatos® are dissolved.  Then add the liquid Gelatos® to a misting bottle, and generously spray the beads. 

The mist will help to color the edges of the paper beads, and give them an overall Guava color to tie them together as a coordinated set.  The subtle layers of color between the watercolor base and Gelatos® mist make each bead slightly different while giving your beads richer color.

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Allow the beads to dry, then apply a generous coat of glaze to each bead.  The glaze will make the beads more durable and will also seal in the color of the Gelatos® mist.

When the glaze has dried, combine the beads with other crystals, pearls, and spacers on .7mm clear stretch cord.  String 7.5 inches of beads onto a 10-inch length of cord, and tie the ends together with a square knot (you may know it as a double knot).

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You can create as many bracelets as you like to stack together!  When making more than one, stacked bracelets look their best when each is slightly different.  As you can see above, both bracelets feature beautiful paper beads, but are offset with different colors and textures for variety.

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Thanks for joining me today to check out this beginner friendly jewelry project layering Gelatos® color of the week, Guava, over warm shades of Art GRIP®Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.  I've enjoyed sharing it with you and I will see you again soon!

Adrianne Surian®®®

Supplies used:

Gelatos® color of the week, Guava

Art GRIP®Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils #123, #126 (Red set) and #105, #115 (Yellow set)

Palette Knife

Misting Bottle

Glaze 

Paintbrush

Mixing Cup

12x12 Sheet 40# White Paper

Paper Trimmer

Toothpicks

.7mm Clear Stretch Jewelry Cord

4mm Light Pink Faceted Glass Crystal Beads

4mm White Glass Pearls

6mm Silver Ball Beads

3mm Silver Square Spacer Beads

 


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!

 

SUPPLIES

Gelatos® - Guava, Mango

Double Scoop Gelatos® Guava

Gesso

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

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