How To Create Ornamental Boxes!

Hi everyone! Faber-Castell USA and I are back with another tutorial! This time, I'm going to walk you through creating simple ornamental boxes for journal!

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I’m here to tell you that while some of bullet journaling looks complex, it can actually be pretty simple if you break it down into steps! Starting with a simple rectangle, you can create an interesting space in your bujo for lists, notes, or even quotes!

Tip: Use a pencil first! (Word on the street... Faber-Castell has some pretty sweet supplies if you’re interested... just sayin’) 

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Try out each step shown here on these 4 simple boxes! As you can tell, I wasn’t sure what to call them, so forgive the names... I just can't help myself!

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Once you’ve completed the three steps, it’s time to push it (...push it real good!) Add flourishes, shadows, florals, and metallic elements to help elevate your boxes, and then use them in your journal! How many other ornamental boxes can you create from a simple rectangle? Experiment and make it your own!

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If you'd love to use ornamental boxes in your journal, but aren't ready to take the plunge, check out this free printable here! Download

Thanks, everyone! Keep creating!


Watercolor Pencil Block Letter Blends

Materials:


First, you want to lightly sketch out your block letters.

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Then, start filling in the block letters with the watercolor pencils. I used a mix of 4 colors (2 reds and 2 pinks) starting with the darkest color on the bottom of the letters. 

*Repeat this step until you have filled in all the letters.

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Once you have colored in the full letter, just add water! Don't worry about filling in all the white spaces with the pencil because when you add water it will even out.

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If you want, you can use a black Pitt Artist pen to add in details, like the outline I added in the next picture. 

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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 Beautiful Moments - Pitt Artist Handlettering Pink Brush Pens

Playing around with this gorgeous set of @fabercastellusa Pitt Artist Pens. Such a lovely mix of pinks including brush tips and fine points! Did you know you can create beautiful roses using these brush markers? Start by drawing the center of a rose, and creating c curves around it while increasing pressure at the center point. Keep layering in circles and you’ll end up with a beautiful flower 🌸🌹

 

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Happy Lettering!

 

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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.


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! Mermaids are everywhere these days - from birthday cakes to crochet patterns to Halloween costumes. I wanted to hop on this trend train and create a mermaid word art using a quote by Anthony T. Hinks.

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

Faber-Castell Gelatos® Colors Iridescents II

India ink Pitt Artist Pen Hand Lettering 6ct wallet blues

Goldfaber 6 Ct. Graphite Pencil Tin

Collapsible Water cup

Other - watercolor paper (trimmed to 4.5 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.

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Draw a mermaid tail lightly with pencil. Color around it with more Gelatos.

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Sketch some details to the tail as shown.

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Write the words with the PITT pens, varying colors, size and style of handwritten fonts. Mix things up. Be loose and don't worry too much about making it perfectly perfect.

Make some marks around the page also 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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Handmade Valentines!

What's better than a handmade valentine, to show your favorite people that they're loved? Here's a quick and simple way to gift from the heart.

Let's start with some smooth, black card stock cut into small rectangles. 

 

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Now take your white Pitt artist brush pen, and write out "valentine".


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Take another Pitt pen in "pink madder lake" and color over the white. This lets your color stand out on the black paper!


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Now using the white Pitt 1.5 pen, add any more words or decorations you'd like on your card, then use the brush pen again to add a shadow to the larger letters.


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Continue steps 1-4 for as many cards as you'd like! Keep them all the same, or switch them up like I did! And most importantly, have some fun with it!


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Have a LOVELY Day!

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ChelseaLawChelsea 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!


Watercolor Hearts Card

I guess you could call this a "bleeding hearts" card :)

Materials Used:

It is so fun to be able to make homemade cards to give to the special people in your life! To start this one off place your tape across the bottom of the card somewhere (wherever you want your words to go). Then pick your colors and start painting hearts everywhere!

*The quicker you go the better the color bleeds will be because the paint will still be wet.

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Let the hearts dry, remove the tape, and use the PITT pens to add details. I outlined a few of the hearts and then added my lettered words across the bottom in the white space.

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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


Tiny Steps - Lettering with White Pitt Artist Pens

Me again, lettering on kraft paper with my favorite brush pen. Have you all had a chance to try these amazing white Pitt Artist Pens yet!?

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My dream has truly come true with this brush marker. 🥰 Kraft paper is a love of mine, but I’m not always in the mood to pull out all the supplies that come along with white ink. These Pitt Artist Pens are the ultimate tool for quick, low mess lettering. Check it out in brush tip, chisel tip, and 1.5 bullet tip! 

Enjoy!

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Leah-kellyLeah 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.


Watercolor Bookmarks!

This is a super fun and easy project that you can do, especially when you're stuck inside on on of these cold days! I bet you could even convince your kids to do it with you.

Lets start with our Faber-Castell Mixed Media Tin and some watercolor paper.

 

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Using the watercolor pencils, sketch out some flowers. They don't have to be neat and pretty, you could even just do colorful blobs if you wanted to. We'll be outlining them later!


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Take a paintbrush, and mix that color all around!


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Now, take your Pitt pen and add in the details! Here, I used the black watercolor pencil to add the center of the flowers, and then took the Pitt pen to outline the flowers and add some small details in the middle. 


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Using the white 1.5 Pitt pen, add in some closer details. I added some dots to the inside of the flower, and some highlighted areas to the flower petals.


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Cut your paper into 2" strips, then take a hole punch and some ribbon, and finish it up! If you have a laminator, run them through there beforehand to help preserve them!


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Have some fun with it! See how many different patterns you can come up with, then grab a book and enjoy!

Chelsea

ChelseaLawChelsea 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!


Small Gift Tags

Creating small gift tags can be fun and easy-to-do!

Materials Used:

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For the background, I used most of the blue pencils in the collection. When I put the color on the paper I would overlap the colors a little bit to make a smoother transition.

Background Before Water

Once you are done with the watercolor pencils you add water! I like to use a bigger brush that will hold more water.

Background During Water

After all the colors have been activated by water and the blend looks the way you want, let it dry (you can speed this up a bit by using a paper towel to dab up and extra water, you can also use a heat source like a hair dryer to finish drying the background).

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Use a circle paper punch (or whatever size/shape paper punch you would like) to cut out the tags!

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Write whatever messages you would like on the tags!

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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!

The Lettering Fern


How to Draw a Landscape with Soft Pastels - Blending & Layering Colors

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Creative Studio

Welcome to the studio, a place to relax, to be inspired and to develop your own creative potential. Here, we will explore ideas and create art with mediums and techniques that will have you achieving rewarding results with your own art.

Soft pastels are a unique medium, unlike any other. Their incredible color,
texture, and ease of use offer an opportunity to expand your artistic abilities like you never thought possible.

In this lesson plan, we explore a landscape in soft pastel, and the basic steps to
creating your own pastel painting.

Materials:

  1. Faber-Castell Soft Pastels 72 Count
  2. Masking Tape
  3. Pipe Insulation (for blending)
  4. UArt Premium Sanded Pastel Paper 9 x 12, 400 Grit, Beige
  5. Easel
  6. Cardboard

Getting Set Up
Pictured here is a piece of scrap cardboard (about 36 in. x 24 in.) that I prop up on my easel as a backing for the paper, and the tape hinges I make to hold my paper in place as I paint. Taking a few minutes to make these hinges is the best way to secure the paper, allowing all 4 corners to be exposed and the paper to lie flat.

How to make the tape hinge:
1. Tear a 2 in. piece of tape and position
it vertically on the corner edge of the back of paper with the sticky side facing you.

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2. Tear another 2 in. piece of tape and
position it crossing over over the sticky
side of the vertical tape, fastening it to
the backboard. Repeat for all 4 corners.

Tape 4 Corners

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Popham Beach Photo

I took this picture of one of the most breathtaking beaches in Maine, a place where I have summered for most of my life. It was an unforgettable day, with an ever-changing, beautiful sky.

The strong composition and simple elements; sky, water, sand and grass, make for an ideal subject to paint and learn from.

I printed an 8-1/2 x 11 photo as inspiration and reference.

TIP: You can enhance the quality of your photo by brightening and defining it a bit in editing on your phone.

 

Choosing Colors

Looking carefully at my reference photo, I choose as many pastel colors
as possible, keeping in mind that more colors and layers will add more interest, depth and complexity to the painting.

Also pictured here are pieces of foam pipe insulation which is an ideal
material for blending pastel.

Choosing Colors

 

Begin with a Simple Sketch
Here I began by lightly drawing the horizon line of the scene, followed by
a very simple outline of the beach area and path leading through the grasses. I used a medium toned purple pastel, not too light or dark.

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TIP: Paper—Instead of white paper, choose a toned, textured pastel paper for your art. This can speed up the drawing time and set you up for success. When choosing the paper, consider its tone or value rather then actual color. A good middle toned grey or warm beige is a good start.

The more “tooth” or texture to the paper, the better it will accept many layers of pastels, thus giving amazing results.

Blocking in the Darks

The next few steps are about building layers of color by creating light and dark shapes. Here I begin to create a loose foundation by blocking in the darkest value of the image with a purple pastel. This color in the grass area serves as the darkest layer, or “dirt,” under the grass. I apply the pastel by using the side of the stick loosely laying in the darkest areas.

Layering - Blocking in Darks

TIP: Experiment with different colors, strokes and pressure on a scrap sheet
throughout the painting process.

Blocking in the Lights

Next, I fill in the lightest areas in the same manner as the darks. I do not yet use white; rather, I use a mauve to tie in with the purple and act as the darkest underbelly of the clouds. Next, I add the lightest blue of the ocean.

Layering - Blocking in Lights

 

Third Layer of Color

Here, I lay down some of the lightest areas and local color (green) directly over first layer of color, some white in the clouds, and two tones of sand color.

Layering Color

 

Blending

Now that the entire paper is filled with pastel, it is time to blend. Using a torn-
off piece of the foam pipe insulation, I begin with the sky and rub over the pastel
covered paper. I blend going in the direction you would as if using a brush,
changing my direction for different areas; vertically for the horizon line land mass, horizontally for the water, diagonal for the swaying grasses. I’m trying to achieve
a soft, out of focus effect with this first round of blending. It will serve as a
foundation and allow me the chance to decide where to create focus in the
following steps.

Blending Color

TIP: The best blending tool for using with soft pastels is foam pipe insulation. It is readily available at any hardware store and very inexpensive. Cut into pieces, a package of this material lasts a very long time, and can even be washed and reused.

 

Refine

In this step, I begin to refine the painting. I come back in with more rich color, using the side of my pastels, reinforcing the grasses with more greens and a bit of yellow.

I add a darker blue to the water.

I lightly begin to play with the sky and anatomy of the clouds, shaping and
defining them by adding more blues, with mauve and light lavender to the
underbelly, a bit of grey, and a hint of warm pale yellow.

Refine Layers

TIP: Erasing—the best tool for removing unwanted pastel right down to the paper, is canned air. Be sure to use it outside and point and blast the area on your paper at an angle, away from you. You do not want to breath in the pastel dust.

 

Balance and Blend

Here, I continue to refine the painting: I create the illusion of distance by lightly blending and fading out the horizon line land mass. I use the pipe insulation blending tool in a light-handed, up and down motion, leaving it loosely done and painterly. I allow for bits of the paper to peek through here and there.

Directly above the horizon line, I create smaller clouds receding into the
distance.

I keep the water soft and simple, lightly blending the blues and adding some aqua to indicate shallow water as it nears the shore. I add short simple strokes of white to suggest a few waves.

I gently blend areas of the grasses, and add warm, light sand colors.

Balance and Blending Color

 

Grass Detail

Here are a few ways to paint natural looking, irregular blades of grass with pastel. Take the time to practice these methods before you attempt it on your painting:

• Using the long edge of a soft square pastel, angle your mark and press, then lift the pastel to create irregular lines; lines that break and are both thick and thin.

• Create fluid, meandering lines with a harder, round pastel, by rolling the top edge of it along the paper.

Practice combining these methods, creating uneven, criss-crossing marks, representing the natural growth and movement of grasses.

How to Draw Grass

 

Final

In this final step, I bring some grass detail into focus. I choose some areas of grass, and paint in a few blades. A few well placed blades in the foreground will make the whole area read as grass, without covering it all with detail.

Finally, I add a few highlights with fresh white pastel to the clouds, and I consider the painting finished. It is important to know when to stop and not overwork the art. The longer you work on the painting does not mean the better it will be. In practice, fewer strokes placed with more and more confidence is the goal.

Lesson Plan by Janis Doukakis