Hey guys! Today I’m going to give you the rundown on how I created this cute holiday art! It’s so versatile and can be used as decor, gift tags, or even holiday greeting cards! 

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I am using my Connector Watercolor Paints by Faber Castell. I used this with my water brush and Pitt Artist Pens to finish it off!

The whole goal for me was to achieve a beautiful, bright color bleed and then go in later with my medium tip Pitt Pen for definition and that fun, loose, cartoon look. 

The first step is to sketch out your layout and lettering. Then you will want to lay down a lot of paint with water so that there is a light layer of moisture. When you go back in with more pigment, it creates a beautiful blend and texture. Paint the surround trees in the complementing light green color and make sure to carefully drag your brush very close to the edge of the darker green. This will give you a beautiful color bleed! I also used this techniques with the brown trunks. If your bleeds get a little crazy, no worries- just lightly dab with the corner of a paper towel to absorb the unwanted color! 

Allow this first layer of paint to dry. Go back in with the corresponding colors if desired to add more definition into the foliage. I added some fun stars to the top of my trees! 

I added in some lettering with my Pitt Artist Pens in Medium and Brush tip  I finished off my art by adding a whimsical loose outline with the medium pen! 

I ended up framing my piece and I will use it as home decor for the holidays. Perfect for the season and the beginning of December!

'Tis the Season!

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Leah Kelly is a modern calligrapher and hand lettering artist. She is a military wife who took up the hobby to create decor and invitations for her own wedding. When she’s not addressing invitation envelopes or writing place cards, she loves to use calligraphy and painting as a creative form of meditation. Leah is currently working to get her professional certificate in graphic design.

 

 

 

 

 


Christmas Countdown - Draw Your Own Ornaments Challenge!

Hi everyone!

I'm so excited to announce the arrival of our Christmas Countdown Challenge!

To start counting down to Christmas, create 15 ornaments, and each day, decorate them! The ornaments can be simple or ornate... big or small - it's up to you!

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Personally, I'm going to challenge myself to use multiple mediums for this one! One day will be pitt artist pens, and the next could be colored pencils! I'm so excited to get started and experiment! The end result will be stunning, and I cannot wait for you to share your fabulous work with Faber-Castell USA & I!

If you decide to post, be sure to tag me at @plansthatblossom and Faber-Castell at @fabercastellusa and use the hashtag: #fcornamentchallenge so we can enjoy your beautiful creations!

Fun tip - looking for an advent calendar for the kids? This challenge is perfect for that! It's a fun family activity that keeps everyone creative and festive!

If you're not into drawing your own ornaments, but would still like to decorate them - you're in luck! I have a printable for you! )You know I love a good printable!) It can be trimmed to A5 size which is a great fit for the typical bullet journal. Check it out printable and enjoy!

Thanks, and Happy Holidays!!


Connector Color Blending

Raise your hand if you love playing with color!

 

Watercolors are super fun, especially when you can mix and blend them to make new colors!

 

First, start with some watercolor paper. Tape off the edges and a rectangular box in the middle so you have a nice border.

Then, grab your Faber-Castell connector watercolor paints in the colors magenta, yellow, and cyan blue.

 

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Using magenta, start painting in the border you made with the tape. Add the yellow, and gently mix them together in the middle, to make orange. 

 

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Continue doing this, alternating colors, all the way around the border of your paper. 


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Once that dries, remove the tape, and grab your Pitt Artist pens.

Colors: 

  • Middle Purple Pink 125
  • Pale Geranium Lake 121
  • Orange Glaze 113
  • Cadmium Yellow 107
  • Light Green 171
  • Leaf Green 112
  • Sky Blue 146
  • Phthalo Blue 110
  • Purple Violet 130
  • Black 199 fineliner size M

With each letter a different color, letter "colorfully" while blending each color into the next. Then take the black fineliner and add "live" above it. 


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Happy painting! 

 

 

 

Photo Feb 28  9 52 26 AMChelsea has a not-so-slight obsession with all things lettering. Watching lettering videos is what got her started, and you can usually find her posting videos using every art supply she can get her hands on! From brush pens to watercolor, and everything in between!


🍂🍁How perfect are these colors for fall!? You can find these beauties in the “Terra” pack of Pitt Artist Pens. The muted autumn tones are making me fall-obsessed in my color palettes! 

 

I don’t know about you, but sometimes picking a color palette is super overwhelming for me! There are too many choices. Faber Castell has created so many beautiful coordinated brush marker packs that make color combos a no-brainer. So many possibilities 😍

 


Christmas Doodles & How To Use Them In Your Journal!

Hey there! I have another tutorial for you! This time (by VERY popular demand) are some Christmas & winter doodles to help you set up your bujo for the holiday season!

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I kept them very simple so they can be more of an accent in your already stunning journals! My advice here would be not to overthink it - just have fun! These simple shapes can transform quickly into fun seasonal favorites in under 5 minutes!


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Any doodle or shape can be applied to your journal if you think about how the functionality can be utilized. For instance, candy canes make EXCELLENT water or daily trackers! The same with a Christmas tree - just color in a bulb for each day!

If you’re interested in trying these doodles in your own journal, please don’t forget to tag us on social media so we can see and share your beautiful creations!

If you’re not into drawing, but would love to incorporate some seasonal elements on your pages, here is a festive printable! Thank you - enjoy!

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Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens used:
Black 199 (XS, S, F)
Deep Scarlet Red 219 - S
Phthalo Blue 110 - S
Warm Grey III 272 - B
Cadmium Yellow 107 - B
Leaf Green 112


Feeling Grateful!

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Hi everyone, Mou here today wishing all my North American friends a very Happy Thanksgiving!

About 8 years ago, I started keeping a gratitude journal where I jot down at least one thing each day. Some days my entries are artful and some days they are just a list or a sentence or even a word. Sometimes, I also create simple drawings with hand-lettered words and have them in front of my eyes just as a reminder. Today, I'll show you the process behind one such drawing so you can create one too.

For this project, I used the following supplies:

Faber-Castell

Watercolor pencil Goldfaber Aqua tin of 48 (#114648) - 108,109, 115, 183, 273

Deluxe Waterbrush (#770306)

PITT Artist Pens B tip - Raw Umber, Dark Sepia

Other - Watercolor paper, pencil


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Start with a light pencil sketch of a pumpkin.


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Fill in with Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils as shown.


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Blend the colors with the Deluxe waterbrush. Let dry.


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Hand-letter the word grateful with Raw Umber PITT Artist pen B tip. You can write lightly with pencil first if you like.


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Draw some vines and add accents to your drawing with Raw Umber and Dark Sepia Brush tip PITT pens to finish.

You can keep it in your journal, put it in a frame or just clip on to a vision board.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will pull out your watercolor pencils and PITT pens to create such reminders for yourself and others!

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Autumn Landscape with Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils

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Hi everyone, Mou here with an autumn landscape today with Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils!

For this, you'll need very few supplies -

Watercolor pencil Goldfaber Aqua tin of 48 (#114648)

Deluxe Waterbrush (#770306)

Other: Watercolor paper, pencil and a clipboard (to hold your paper on location)


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This was a super quick and light pencil sketch of an estate in a nearby park.


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The building is surrounded by evergreens and maple trees. I chose Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor pencils that matched my view closely. I started by coloring the surroundings first.


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Using the Deluxe Waterbrush I blended the colors to create the surrounding.

Next, I colored the building and added the details to finish.

If you have this tin of Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils, a Deluxe Waterbrush and a little, you can sketch anywhere. The result does not have to be exact or perfect, but it will certainly give you practice and maybe become inspiration for bigger paintings in future.
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Thanksgiving Table Place Cards

Easy to make place cards that will add a little extra something to your dinner table this holiday season!

Materials:



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1. Pick your colors and swipe some onto the cardstock using your watercolor brush.

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2. Once the watercolor is all dry use a PITT artist pen (brush tip or fine liner) to add names.

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Erin is a teacher by day and a creator by night. She loves to try and inspire creativity in her students everyday! Because she’s busy during the day, the night is when her creativity gets to explode into the world through lettering and messing around with watercolors. Her biggest advice would be to not compare your art to other people’s art! Be uniquely you!

 

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Grateful Hearts Lettering

Grateful Hearts Gather Here :)

Materials:

 

Grateful hearts

 

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Erin is a teacher by day and a creator by night. She loves to try and inspire creativity in her students everyday! Because she’s busy during the day, the night is when her creativity gets to explode into the world through lettering and messing around with watercolors. Her biggest advice would be to not compare your art to other people’s art! Be uniquely you!

 

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Gelato Watercolor Cornucopia

Holiday time is my favorite time, because there are so many fun and festive things you can do! Like this watercolor cornucopia made using gelatos and Pitt pens!

For this I used:

  • Faber-Castell 2B pencil
  • kneaded eraser
  • Pitt artist pen XS
  • Pitt artist pen white 1.5 fineliner
  • watercolor paper
  • paintbrush
  • collapsible water cup

Gelatos in the colors:

  • chocolate
  • butterscotch
  • lime
  • pistachio
  • green tea
  • red cherry
  • tangerine
  • mango
  • lemon

 

Start by sketching your work with the 2B pencil, then erase until the lines are very faint (that way you won't see them through the watercolor when it dries). Then on a palette, add a bit of the gelato and add some water until it becomes the consistency of watercolor paint! Use a mix of these to add color to your artwork, and add an outline and highlight using the Pitt pens!

 

 

Photo Feb 28  9 52 26 AMChelsea has a not-so-slight obsession with all things lettering. Watching lettering videos is what got her started, and you can usually find her posting videos using every art supply she can get her hands on. From brush pens to watercolor and everything in between!