Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils

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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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. 

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Next,  I used Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil #126 to color in the areas of the flowers that I wanted shaded.
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Next,  I activated the watercolor with water.
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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.
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I then painted it onto the shadow stamp and stamped it onto my flower.

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I really love the irregularity of the Gelatos® and how the watercolor pencils pop through. 

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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.
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Being Bold Art Journal Page

Welcome back everyone! This is Rachel Kleinman here to share a new art journal page - Freedom Lies in Being Bold.

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I started by adding some old torn book pages and pieces of punchinella to my page using Design Memory Craft Gel Medium. This will add subtle interest and texture to the page without being overpowering.

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Once the Gel Medium was dried, I scribbled some pink and red Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils directly on the page as well Double Scoop® Gelatos® in Mango. I spread the colors with a large wet paintbrush until the entire page had color.

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Next I added some patterns with a Mixed Media Stencil from the Stencil 101 Collection combined with the beautiful Boysenberry Gelatos®. I just added a small amount of Boysenberry Gelatos® to the spaces of the stencil and blended with my finger. You can also wipe the stencil down with a baby wipe to drag the color onto your journal page.

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Now it's time to add the focal image! I traced the beautiful flowing leaves pattern from the Doodle Stencil Collection with my Black PITT® Artist Brush Pen.

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Finally we get to color in those gorgeous leaves! I started by filling in each leaf with Design Memory Craft Gelatos® in Kiwi. I spread the pigment using my blending tool from the Gelatos® Tool Kit... this was so helpful with getting the color in those skinny spaces! Then I added some shading with a touch of Lime and Snow Cone Gelatos®, and finally added some highlight with my Stampers Big Brush Pen in White.

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This wasn't enough texture for me, so I decided to add some big polka dots to the leaves. I mixed Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle with some Boysenberry Gelatos® and used that paste with the circle pattern from the Stencil 101 Collection. Once the Whipped Spackle was completely dry I used my finger to add some Texture Luxe™ Gold to the dots and random places throughout the page.

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The page was finished off with a quote that I wrote using a Black PITT® Artist Brush Pen and a Black Stamper's Big Brush Pen... I think next I'll practice some handwriting tricks, everyone can always improve ;). Handwriting is a personal mark and doesn't always need to look perfect for your projects.

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Thanks so much for joining me! I hope you've been inspired to dive into your art journal today!

SUPPLIES

Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils RED

Gelatos® Double Scoop® Mango

Gelatos® Snow Cone, Lime, Boysenberry, and Kiwi

Stamper's Big Brush Pens;  Deep Scarlet Red 219Black 199, White 101

PITT® Artist Pen Black

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents:

Gel Medium

Whipped Spackle

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Stencil 101 Collection

Doodle Stencil Collection

The Gelatos® Tool Kit

 

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Put a Bird on it Canvas

Hello everyone, this is Rachel Kleinman from rwkrafts.com here for my first post as a member of the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft CORE Design Team! I am so excited to be working for this amazing company. I have been using these wonderful mixed media products for years and truly love them! With that, I'm here to share my newest canvas - Put a Bird on it!

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I've put together a full process video that shows you how the canvas came together, as well sharing some fun techniques that mix Design Memory Craft Glaze medium with Gelatos®. Don't worry, if you're not a video person I've got some step by step photos as well!...

 

 

I started with a gesso'd 6x6" canvas that I colored with Gelatos® colors Limoncello and Margarita Mix then blended with water. I was playing with some techniques that use the Glaze medium and this first technique is my favorite: I blended Gelatos® Passion Fruit with Glaze using my spatula. This creates a very thick somewhat translucent colored glaze that looks beautiful when dried on the canvas. (I recommend watching this in the video... it's just yummy!)

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Next I did a similar technique with Glaze and Gelatos® Orange Soda but I didn't mix the Gelatos® fully into the Glaze. This leaves more of the clear gloss behind with added hints of the Gelatos® pigment. I did this to spread my paste over a triangle stencil from the Stencils 101 collection.

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I love mixing and matching even my wet mediums together to see what happens! Here I mixed Texture Luxe™ Gold with Glass Bead Glitter Gel and added 'smudges' of it on my canvas with my spatula. The Glass Bead Glitter Gel adds a little extra sparkle and texture to the already brilliant Texture Luxe™.

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For the focal image of my canvas, I traced this bird from the Scandinavian Stencil Collection with my black PITT Artist Pen. Then I colored it with Art Grip® Aquarelle watercolor pencils. Once dried, I cut out each piece and adhered it to the canvas with Gel Medium.

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 I used a couple extra elements to add finishing details to the canvas, such as Gold Texture Gems™, Glass Bead Glitter Gel, and Pearl Texture Luxe™ paste.

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Thank you so much for joining me in my first post here! I hope you've been inspired to use some of your Design Memory Craft mediums in a different way! 

 

SUPPLIES:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Supplies:

Gesso

Gel Medium

Glaze

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Texture Gems™ Gold

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Texture Luxe™ Pearl

Gelatos Tool Set

Stencils 101 Collection

Stencils Scandinavian Collection

Essential PITT Artist Pens Black

Gelatos® Margarita Mix, Passion Fruit, Limoncello, Orange Soda  

Metallic PITT Artist Pen Gold

Art Grip® Aquarelle Pencils

 

OTHER SUPPLIES:

6x6 Canvas

Printmaking Paper

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A Touch of This A Bit of That with Jamie Dougherty

Hello everyone,

Jamie Dougherty here and today I'd like to share with you a video tutorial I created of a tag I designed that would be perfect for bible journaling. Or you can use the techniques in the video in your art journal or other mixed media projects. I hope you enjoy.

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Take your mediums and art and create a little bit of journaling.  It can be for your faith, love, hope. 

No matter how your faith walks in this world. Use these watercolor layering techniques to create something beautiful.

 

 

I can't wait to see what you create from this tutorial. Please make sure you share your work with us on Facebook and tag Design Memory Craft so we can see your work!

Happy Creating

Jamie

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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

Wire cutters





 

 


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!