DIY Graduation Card

Graduation is right around the corner and who doesn't love a homemade card?

Materials:

Materials

The first step is deciding what you would like to write on your card...

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Then you can add some fun details like CONFETTI or outlining certain words to make them POP!

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Or you can choose a completely different design.

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Here is a small practice sheet with some "GRAD" phrases so you can practice some monoline lettering (no brush pen needed). Just print and trace!

GRAD Practice Sheet

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

 

 


Mandala Art in Your Bullet Journal!

Hi there, friends! Did you know that Faber-Castell includes stencils in some of their Pitt-Artist Pen sets? Well... now you do! I'm quite fond of one in particular - the Mandala Art set!

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This set not only includes fabulous pens, but also stencils to help you step up your journal game! They are super easy to use and absolutely stunning on their own. Mandalas are very popular right now, but I know how challenging they can be to achieve. These stencils will give you the helping hand to be part of the craze and add something a little fun in your journals, scrapbooking, happy mail - wherever you want!

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If you want to use them in your journals but aren't sure where to begin, you can adjust them to fit your needs if you break down the shapes of the stencils given to you. For instance, you can use the inner most shapes of the mandala stencil for a simple look or tracker, or you can use the top or bottom half only to create a really fabulous header! You can even add other shapes such as leaves to make it look like a flower - the possibilities are endless!

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I've also included a free mandala printable - you can grab it HERE!

FC_PTB_MandalaPrintableThanks for stopping by - keep creating!

 


Saying Thanks to Teachers

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Hi everyone! Mou here with a little piece for a favorite teacher. In this tutorial, we'll explore lettering with B-tip PITT pen, drawing with XS-tip PITT pen and coloring with Goldfaber Color Pencils.

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

Faber-Castell Essential PITT Artist Pen SetFaber-Castell Goldfaber Color Pencils - Tin of 48

Faber-Castell GRIP 2001 Graphite pencil HB

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

Now, let me walk you through the steps.

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On the watercolor paper, write 'You are my favorite teacher' as shown with a B-tip PITT Artist pen. If you need, write lightly with pencil first and then trace over it with the pen. erase pencil lines.

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

After finishing the lettering, draw some school icons under the text such as, pencil, eraser, sharpener, crayon, paper clip, etc. with pencil and then with the XS-tip PITT pen.

Handmade Teacher Gifts

Color in the icons with Goldfaber Color pencils as shown.

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Novelty Trackers For Your Journal!

Hi there, you creative thing, you! I'm back to show you some fun novelty doodle trackers to put in your journals and planners! For my last weekly spread, I subbed out my usual habit tracker for novelty ones, and it was much more popular than anticipated! Due to said excitement from my kind following, I decided to team up Faber-Castell USA to bring you even more!

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As seen here, I’ve shown you just a few ways you can track your goals and habits. It may look complex, but trust me - it's not! If you think deeply about the habit you are trying to either accomplish or quit, you can doodle your way to your goals!

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For instance, take the water tracker example I've drawn... What I wanted out of a water tracker, is one that I can fill in every day of the week, and something that can represent the standard 8 glasses a day, per day, so this was the perfect option for me. You could prefer different types of drinking glasses, mason jars, water drops - whatever works best for you! Have fun with it!

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Fun fact: I love doodle trackers because I actually want to fill them in... which, in turn, means I am more productive... solely because I like to color! 

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Interested in these trackers and want to use them in your journal or planner? Be sure to tag myself @plansthatblossom and @fabercastellusa so we can see how you doodle your way to productivity! Are you not really into doodling, but still want to enjoy these? I may or may not have a free printable available HERE

Thanks everyone! Stay motivated, and keep creating!


Spring Doodles!

Hi there, lovelies! I'm back to bring you more doodle tutorials (my personal favorite!)

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again (and shout it from the rooftops!) - if you break your doodles down into simple steps, ANYONE can achieve them, I promise! Often we look at something as a whole which can be overwhelming and disheartening, but if you look at something in terms of smaller shapes, it will take the pressure right off and allow you to push your creativity!

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What better way to take that pressure off, than to practice with some Spring doodles! Spring is right around the corner, and I think we all could benefit from adding a little sunshine into our lives!

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These doodles can make the perfect addition to your journal! Not into journaling, but still want to give them a shot? Go for it! Make them work for you! Use them for any Spring occasions or holidays that call for crafting, decorating, or gift giving! I personally like to sign my name and add a little doodle inside cards - makes for an extra special touch!

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Once you follow these 5 tutorials, be sure to make it your own. Add color, shading, texture - whatever you want! For example - you can add more flowers to the flower pot... or try a different flower all together. Doodle a tiny bee flying around it to add some interest. Make it yours with Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens!

Please enjoy this tutorial and keep your eye out for more doodle tutorials on the blog, very soon!

Until then, download this free spring doodle PRINTABLE and keep creating!!


April Showers Bring Gelato Flowers!

Happy Spring!

 

What a better way to celebrate than to paint with gelatos!

 

These things are seriously so great. You can use them in so many different ways! Watch below to see how to use them like watercolors. 

Here we have the colors: bubblegum, lemon, lime, and black licorice. Plus Pitt pens in small, medium, and 1.5. Then a little pointed pen to spice it up, though if you you don't have one of those you could definitely use the Pitt pens for your lettering.

 

 

-Chelsea

 

Photo Feb 14  2 32 01 PMChelsea 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!

 


Word Art with Iridescents Gelatos & White PITT Pen

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a word art tutorial using a beautiful quote by the 13th century Persian poet, Rumi. In this tutorial, we'll explore what the Iridescents Gelatos colors look like on a dark surface and also some handlettering using the White Brush PITT pen.

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

Faber-Castell Gelatos® Colors, Iridescents -15 Piece Set (#770175)

Faber-Castell India ink Pitt Artist Pen White set

Faber-Castell Collapsible Water cup (#770310)

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

Now, let me walk you through the steps.

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Apply a coat or two of black paint to the watercolor paper. Let dry.

Rub the Iridescent 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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Add another layer of colors with the Iridescent Gelatos. Blend with water. Splatter some Gelatos colors after diluting it with a wet brush. Let dry.

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Write the quote with White PITT pen, brush tip.

TIP: If you make a mistake, just cover the area with more Gelatos colors and blend with a little bit of water. Let dry completely and go over it with your pen.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and try playing with Gelatos and PITT pens together in your word art!
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🌷🌺🌻 it feels like spring! Usually I gravitate towards neutral colors but I can’t stop picking out bright rainbow palettes. My Faber. Castell Goldfaber aqua pencils have SO many bright colors to choose from. I love these pencils because I’m able to lay down color precisely in my letters and it’s such a controlled way to make a beautiful blend that looks like watercolor! It’s so simple, just use watercolor paper and your favorite water brush! I had to add in some detail work with my trusty Pitt Artist Pens in Brush tip and x-small tip. 💚💗🧡💛💙

 

 

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🌷🌺🌻 it feels like spring! Usually I gravitate towards neutral colors but I can’t stop picking out bright rainbow palettes. My Faber. Castell Goldfaber aqua pencils have SO many bright colors to choose from. I love these pencils because I’m able to lay down color precisely in my letters and it’s such a controlled way to make a beautiful blend that looks like watercolor! It’s so simple, just use watercolor paper and your favorite water brush! I had to add in some detail work with my trusty Pitt Artist Pens in Brush tip and x-small tip. 💚💗🧡💛💙

 


April Showers...

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I always love saying April showers...(do you know what comes next?)

I thought an umbrella silhouette would be fun to make. I also used the big brush pen that comes in the tin to make the raindrops using a similar technique to my previous heart rainbow post.

Start by using the black watercolor pencil to sketch out an umbrella shape. Then use some water and the provided brush to blend the color.

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Then, I used the PITT artist pen to add some simple monoline lettering.

Add Monoline Lettering

 

Last, I used the side of the big brush pen to make raindrops. If you slightly push the pen tip down at an angle you get the perfect raindrop shape!

Add Raindrops

April Showers

 

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


National Pencil Day 2019: The Four Superlative Pencils

The four superlative pencils:


When it comes to pencils, the world's largest manufacturer of wood-cased pencils can come up with all kinds of superlatives. It all began with the oldest pencil in the world, which adorns the permanent historical exhibition in Faber-Castell's Castle in Stein, Germany. During renovation work to a house in the Swabian region of Germany, this unusual pencil was discovered in the roof joists. Obviously, the carpenter had forgotten about it being there. Because the building was very old, dating back to the 17th century, the pencil remained unnoticed in its hiding place for centuries. The pencil, which was made of rough limewood, glued together, bears marks of use which confirm its great age. It is therefore the oldest example of a pencil known to us today.

 

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The oldest pencil dating back to the 17th century.


Just in time for our 240th anniversary in 2001, we added the most expensive pencil to our superlative collection. The solid white gold cap of magnum size is crowned with three fine-quality diamonds. The limited edition of only 99 pieces was a highlight of the anniversary year 2001. 

 

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The most expensive pencil is crowned with three fine-quality diamonds.

 

The third pencil, which was even entered in the Guinness Book of Records, is difficult to display or even transport: The largest pencil in the world was placed in a glass tower on the occasion of the factory inauguration in Malaysia and measures 19.75 meters. Today, it is an attraction for visitors to the Asian branch, which, incidentally, is considered the world's largest producer of erasers.

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The largest pencil in the world measures 19.75 meters.

 

Where the biggest one is, the smallest pencil should not be missing: it is 17.5 mm short and about 3 mm thin, made of North American spruce and with a genuine graphite lead (0.5 mm diameter). It is just a tenth of the length of a normal pencil. For the opening ceremony of the Malaysian production site in 2001, it was specially manufactured in Germany and ceremoniously handed over by the management. Anyone who actually wants to write with it, rather than just keep it to admire, will probably need tweezers to hold it.

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The smallest pencil is 17.5 mm short and about 3 mm thin.


The "super pencil" is an expression of a high quest for quality that, according to CEO Daniel Rogger, has been anchored in the traditional Faber-Castell company for centuries. “Since Lothar von Faber laid down binding quality standards for pencils in the 19th century, all the following generations had the claim to continue producing the best products,” says Rogger. “The motto proclaimed by Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell back then, to do ordinary things extraordinarily well, is still one of our core values. This is reflected in the high productivity but also in the healthy striving for uniqueness – as demonstrated in these pencil curiosities.


The oldest, smallest and most expensive pencil is frequently on tour, providing a lot of material for discussion worldwide at press and trade events in Lima, Milan, Athens and Dresden. The exhibits can also be seen in the Faber-Castell castle when they aren’t touring. The company museum is open every third Sunday of the month from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

 

To download press release, click here

Press contact:
Press Office
Nuernberger Strasse 2
D-90546 Stein
Phone: +49 (0)911 9965-5538
E-mail: press-office@faber-castell.de