Holidays

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!!


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


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

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Materials:

 

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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!


Gelato Watercolor Pumpkin

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Materials needed:

  • Gelatos (Iced Chai, Iced Currant, Tangerine, Green Tea)
  • Palette
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Water/ Water Jar
  • Brush

1. Push the Gelatos each into their own well in the palette so that there is a decent amount transferred to the palette (do this for all colors).

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2. Then you can either use a dropper or just the brush to drop some water in each of the wells and mix until you have the right consistency.

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3. To paint your pumpkin:

  • Start with the middle and use Tangerine to paint an oval, while it is still wet add in drops of Iced Currant and Iced Chai
  • Repeat this step with the sides of the pumpkin making a present moon shape
  • Use Green Tea to create leaves on top and on the bottom sides
  • Use Iced Chai to create a stem and some vines as well as some ground under the pumpkin

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*Optional Step: Add details or lettering with a PITT Artist Pen 

 

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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!


Faber-Castell White Pens & Whimsical Leaves

Leaves are beginning to fall in our neighborhood, and that has me ready for all things Fall. One of my favorite creative activities is to paint watercolor leaves. However, when I came across the new Faber-Castell white pens I had an idea for some fun hand-drawn leaves. 

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First I gathered up my supplies - different color cardstock (I went with traditional Fall colors, but this would be fun with any variety of colors), Pitt pens, a pencil, and scissors.

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Next, using a pencil I sketched out simple leaf shapes. Don't worry about lots of detailed edges, just draw a variety of shapes and sizes. 

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Then using my Pitt pens I drew the stem of the leaf and began adding fun details. I chose to draw whimsical details with circles, lines, and flourishes.

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Lastly I cut out my leaves (trimming off my pencil sketch of the leaf outline) giving me a pretty collection of leaves perfect for scrapbooking, adding to a mixed media project, or even stringing up as a garland.

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I hope you enjoy experimenting with the new Faber-Castell white pens!

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Artist and illustrator Lindsay Hopkins has been drawing and creating since childhood. She has a love for color and hopes to encourage and inspire others through her creativity. In 2012, Lindsay opened Pen & Paint and began selling her artwork and stationery online. Pen & Paint licenses artwork through Jewel Branding and is privileged to work with many global brands.

 


Handmade Holiday Ornament Trio with Gelatos & Holiday PITT Artist Pens

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial to make handmade holiday ornaments using Gelatos colors and Holiday PITT pens! Let me list the supplies before I show you how to make these ornaments with basic tools and supplies.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® -

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents - Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Holiday PITT Artist Pen set

Other - cardstock, thread, trimmer, scissors, pencil


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Start by trimming 4x4 inches squares out of white cardstock, six pieces for each ornament.

Fold squares in halves. Draw a tree, a gift box and a house with pencil. Cut out with scissors.

Using the first piece as template, cut the other five pieces for each ornament design.


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Cut about three pieces of thread or twine, each to 6 inches. 

With Gel Medium, attach the matching design pieces back to back. Before attaching the last piece, fold the thread in half and place between the previous and final piece to make a loop.


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Color the tree ornament with Mango, Comet and Satellite Gelatos colors. Blend with water.


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Once dry, make marks on the tree ornament with the green Holiday PITT pen.


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Color the gift box ornament with Mars, Odyssey and Gold Champagne Gelatos colors.


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Add details to the ornament with the red and gold PITT pens.


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Color the house ornament with Odyssey and Aqua Dolce Gelatos.


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Add details with the Gold and Black PITT pens.


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Now, your ornaments are ready to decorate your tree or give as gifts.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun making your own handmade ornaments!

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How to Create Plaid Patterned Paper with Gelatos Plus 3 Projects

Diana Trout here today with a tutorial on making festive plaid patterned paper for some holiday paper crafting.

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Here are the supplies you need to get crafting:

Gelatos
Pitt Pens (Bold or Stampers, I used grays, yellows and mint)
Mixed Media paper (about 100#) 8"x10" 
Glass Bead Glitter Gel
Punches, card base, ribbons
Ruler

Check the video below for more information.




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Begin by using your ruler and Gelatos to create as parallel to the edge of the paper  as you can. The T-square ruler I use works to keep your drawn line parall, but you can just eyeball it:.look at the paper edge as you draw your line.  You'll be surprisied at how much straighter your line will be! Don't worry about wiggly lines, but do try to keep the lines parallel. 

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Draw thick and thin lines to fill the paper. Rub the lines with either your finger, a sponge or a slightly dry baby wipe (I love the firm sponge that comes in the Gelatos pack).  Turn the paper vertically and draw in some intersecting lines. I suggest using a darker color for these lines such as Squid Ink. 

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This is your background plaid. Your paper may look a little messy now but at the last step, it'll come together. I promise. Once you've smooshed the Gelatos into the paper, it won't come off and you'll be able to use Pitt Pens over top.

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To complete the plaid pattern, use your ruler and Pitt Pens to draw straight, parallel lines. This step will pull your plaid together. Once again, use thick and thin lines by using the tip and side of the Pitt Pens. I used light colors and grays that were harmonizing.

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Three Projects: 

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1. Make a simple card by cutting a plaid triangle, a little trunk and a star. I added a sentiment and some twine.

See the photo at the top of this post for the examples of the next two projects.

2. Use punches, dies or scissors to create tags. Add a stamped or handwritten TO and FROM stamps and some Glass Bead Glitter Gel (sparkly!) to the edges of the tags. Thread with some ribbon. 

3.  Make a gift card holder. The internet is full of ideas on this project. I use a piece of paper, 5" x 4 1/4"

Hold the paper with the longer side at the top and bottom and score at 1 3/8" on each of the short sides and 3/4" from the bottom. Trim away some of the outside corners. Fold the scored sides in and glue. Fold the scored bottom up and glue. Cut a "V" shape or use a circle punch to add a finger hold to the top of the gift card holder. 

I hope you enjoy these projects today. My favorite part of  holiday preparations is crafting! 


Holiday Art with Holiday Lettering PITT Pens

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a Holiday art tutorial for you! Whether you are looking to make a quick home decor or just de-stress in your art journal, I hope you'll find today's tutorial using the Holiday Lettering Mixed Nib Set of PITT Artist pens inspiring.

Let's look at the supplies before I walk you through the steps.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Holiday Lettering Mixed Nib Set of PITT Artist pens

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Other: Watercolor paper, trimmer, star die-cut, scissors, paint brush


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Trim watercolor paper into 1 inch wide strips. Cut the strips into smaller pieces as shown with scissors, with the smallest piece at the top and increasing the length as you go down. Picture the conical shape of a Christmas tree in your mind. Ink the edges of each strip with the Black 199 B nib PITT pen.


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Handletter Christmas words, alternating between Permanent Green Olive 167 and Pale Geranium Lake 121 B nib PITT pens, on the above strips. Take your time to hand letter - it doesn't have to be perfect but being patient will certainly improve the quality of writing.


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Color the star die-cut with the Gold 250 Bullet Nib pen. Use the same pen to color a stem for your tree.


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Arrange the pieces to create your tree and attach them to the page with gel medium.

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Make simple marks around the focal point as shown with the Permanent Green Olive 167 and Pale Geranium Lake 121 B nib PITT pens and Gold 250 Bullet Nib pen to finish.

I hope you enjoy this Holiday Lettering Pen set as much as I did!

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