Handwriting GLOW UP!

We have had an overwhelming request for the handwriting worksheets that I gave out at PlannerCon 2019. We were so happy to hear how much you enjoyed them and we love your enthusiasm! We have to take the opportunity to share them with you once again!

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Using these simple worksheets and steps, you can elevate your OWN HANDWRITING! One of the main things I like to teach in my workshops, is that I don't want you to try to write like me - I want you to write like YOU! You have it in you, you just need to practice and apply tiny adjustments!

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If you use a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pen, and follow these simple steps, you'll be able to change the way you write! It's amazing how such tiny adjustments are able to change the appearance and quality of your already existing handwriting!

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Want to practice using this method? Download a free printable worksheet HERE !

Thank you! Enjoy - Keep Creating!


Lucky Charm Card

Watch how I used the Big Stamper brush pens to create this fun St. Patrick's Day card!

 

The Lettering Fern

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!

The Lettering Fern


Doodle Dividers For Your Journal

Hi there! It's Nicole from Plans That Blossom once again to bring you examples of journaling dividers! These are a really fun and simple way to spruce up your journal and compartmentalize your days and tasks. Mostly, I like to use them to underline text, but they have so many other possibilities!
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You can use the dividers to separate your lists, or even connect them together to create frames and boxes! A lot of you washi lovers out there are familiar with this decorate border concept, and can create your own faux washi page edges using these examples!

FC_DoodleDividers4I love using Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens on my dot grid journal to make these dividers because it allows me to create symmetrical designs by connecting the dots! A divider can appear very complex, but is actually quite simple to create using the dots as a guide.

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Thanks for stopping by - keep creating!


'Blooms of Spring' Word Art with the NEW Iridescents II Gelatos Colors & PITT Pens

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a word art tutorial using the newest set of Gelatos colors - Iridescents II and PITT artist pens! It has been a long cold winter here in the Atlantic North East and I have to say that I am ready for spring! While the drab winter drags on, I'm filling my surrounding with soft, colorful, florals and some word art using a quote by S. Brown.

To do this project, you'll need the following -

Faber-Castell Gelatos® Colors, Iridescents II-15 Piece Set (#770177)

Faber-Castell India ink Pitt Artist Pen Hand Lettering 8ct wallet pink (#267124)

Faber-Castell Collapsible Water cup (#770310)

Other - watercolor paper (trimmed to 9 x 6 inches)

Now, let me walk you through the steps.

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Rub the Gelatos colors on the paper as shown.

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Blend the colors with water using the paint brush included in the Gelatos set.

NOTE: Sometimes even watercolor paper tends to turn wavy after you add water to blend. I have a tip for you to correct that - after I finish my piece, I put it under a pile of heavy books overnight to flatten the paper out. And if I want to frame it, I put the paper between two sheets of wax paper, lay a small towel on top and quickly iron over it to take any wrinkles out.

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Write the words with the brush tip (B) PITT pens, varying colors, sizes and styles of handwritten fonts. Mix things up. Be loose and don't worry too much about making it perfectly perfect.

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Once you have the quote written, doodle some vines with flowers around the words with the Superfine tip (S) PITT pens from the set.

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Fill in the doodled vines with the PITT pens to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and try playing with Gelatos and PITT pens together in your word art!

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Create a Watercolor Shamrock for St. Patrick's Day!

Today, let's make this super festive watercolor shamrock!

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All you'll need is your connector paints in "yellow green" and "green", your Pitt Artist pens in "leaf green" and a size small black fineliner.

 

Sketch out a shamrock lightly in pencil, and paint the inside of it with water. Then grab your connector paints, and drop in your color! I like to mix the two colors together to add a little depth to it.

 

Use your Pitt Artist brush pen to letter your words, then use the fineliner to add a shadow! Super simple, super festive, super fun!

 

Watch step-by-step below!

 

 

 

 

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!


Get Lucky in March

What do you think of when you think of March? I start to think of Spring, rainbows, shamrocks, and the Luck of the Irish!

Here is a fun rainbow blend using negative space that you can use on whatever you want!

Materials:

To start use the Washi tape to tape down the edges of your paper.

When you peel the tape off it will make a nice boarder on your paper.

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Then using the masking fluid draw out your shamrock shapes (you can draw other shapes here).

(Let the masking fluid COMPLETELY DRY before painting over it)

*If you don't have masking fluid (or you don't want to buy it) there are 2 options:

1.You can sketch out the shape with pencil and paint around it or

2. you can get this inexpensive contact paper and cut out the shape that way.

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Once the masking fluid is completely dry you can start painting. I used a flat watercolor brush, but any watercolor brush should work. Start at the top with red and for your way through the rainbow. 

*You want to work fairly quickly while the watercolors are wet to get those nice watercolor bleeds.

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When the paint is COMPLETELY DRY you can start peeling off the masking fluid.

If you just start to rub it a little it will start coming off.

*It is very important when you are using masking fluid that you make sure everything is fully dry or your paper will rip.

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In the negative space add your lettering or words!

Get Lucky

 

The Lettering Fern

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!

The Lettering Fern


Create a Cosmic Bouquet with Pitt Artist Pens and Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils

Learn how to combine florals with galactic elements to create a unique Cosmic Bouquet

There are two things that I think are absolutely beautiful, florals and the galaxy. Here I’ll show you how to easily create a Cosmic Bouquet using Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils and Pitt Artist Pens for details and outlining.

Items used for this project:

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Start by lightly sketching out your design with a graphite pencil. Don’t be afraid to erase and re-sketch until you’re happy with the results. Here we’ll be drawing some flowers, planets, and a crescent moon with some stars and dots all around.

*Tip: For the flowers, draw a few circle and oval shapes lightly with your pencil. Then in the center of those, add the same shape but smaller. Then use those shapes as guidelines for the petals.

Now take your Black Superfine Pitt Artist Pen and go over all of the pencil drawing. Take your time and go slowly. Once you are done, use your eraser to remove any remaining pencil marks that are left over from the initial sketch. I really love how well the Faber-Castell Dust Free Eraser works, and the way it leaves very little eraser dust behind. You can also use a kneaded eraser.

Then take your Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils and color in the flowers, planets, and leaves.

*Tip: Use multiple colors for everything possible. I used different colors when coloring the planets and flowers, keeping the colors as similar as possible so that they would blend well. And I used different greens for the leaves.

And now you can take your watercolor brush and saturate all the colors to make them vibrant and blend where needed. Also, if you want some colors to stay separated, move around your page to allow different areas to dry before going back and adding more color.

Lastly take your Pitt Artist Pens in Metallic Blue, Gold, and Silver and color in the moon, stars, and dots. I also used the Silver to go over the ring on the blue planet.

You’ll probably notice that I changed some things as I went, like outlining and then changing the color completely on the moon from blue to silver and also changing the pink areas on the other planet to purple. Never be afraid to change things if they’re not quite looking right.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have fun creating your own Cosmic Bouquet!

Thank you so much,

♥ Chrystal

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Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Gelatos

We’re asked all the time, “What is a Gelato®?”. Gelatos are a water-soluble pigment stick, they look similar to a lipstick or lip balm. They come in a tube with a twist up feature. When you use Gelatos, you’ll notice that they have a soft, silky texture that is similar to lipstick. Gelatos are made of a combination or emollients, wax and pigments. You can find Gelatos in 80 colors including opaque, metallic, translucent and iridescent.


Gelatos are water-soluble, so you can paint with them. You can apply Gelato straight to your surface and then go over it with a wet brush, dissolving the Gelato into a rich, vibrant watercolor. Another method to using Gelatos as watercolor is to apply some Gelato onto a palette, if you don’t have a painter’s palette an old plate or take out container lid works just fine. Then, drip some water and mix with your paintbrush to create watercolor paint that you can then paint with.

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Gelatos can also be used dry just by applying to paper and then blending with a fingertip, blending stump, damp cloth or baby wipe. If you’d like to create art with more texture, you can mix Gelatos into different mediums like Gel Medium, Gesso and Glaze. To mix simply cut off a small piece of Gelato, “smoosh” it up with a palette knife or the back of a spoon, then mix into your medium.

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When working with Gelatos, don’t limit yourself to just paper! Gelatos can be used on wood, fabric, canvas, unglazed ceramic – nearly any porous surface can be used with Gelatos. When working on fabric, you may want to finish your work by spraying a clear fixative over your work to protect it, especially if you have used Gelatos with a dry method. They work on dark or light surfaces too!

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One of the benefits of working with Gelatos is that you don’t have to worry about your work fading over time. Gelatos have been tested for lightfastness. Gelatos are also permanent when dry so you can layer other colors or mediums over Gelatos.

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Pitt Pen Wreath

Lets make a wreath! Pitt pens make it super simple.

Draw a circle in pencil, lightly erase, then go to town with your favorite colored Pitt pens!

Here we have the big brush pen in leaf green, Pitt brush pens in chromium green opaque,  permanent green olive, and coral, and the size small black fine liner.

Start with the big brush pen. The fun thing about these is that if you just press the side down, it'll look leaf-like, and you don't have to put much work into it. The big brush pens will give you bigger leaves, and if you mix and match, it'll add lots of depth to it!

Letter your favorite quote inside it, and hang it up!

 

 

 

 

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 supply she can get her hands on. From brush pens, to watercolor, and everything in between!


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I know Valentine’s Day is over, but to me, February is just a month of love!! 

 

Not only do I love my Pitt Artist Big Brush Pens for vibrant, large scale handlettering, but my oh my are they perfect for the daintiest, most perfect heart accents! Check out the video below to see how I created these little hearts! 

 

 

Enjoy!

Leah Kelly

@leallylettering