Mixed Media

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!


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!


Blending Pitt Artist Pens

Blending brush pens can be so fun, and is definitely one of my favorite things to do! Typically this is done with a water based pen, which makes for easy blending, wet or dry, but since Pitt pens are waterproof and not water based, all you have to do is be sure to blend while the ink is still wet!

 

I like to start with a very light color, such as light indigo 220 (pictured here), this way when you use the colors, it's sort of just like coloring in your letters. Then you can focus more on the blending of colors and less on the lettering. 

 

Once you have your lighter lettering down, use a small amount of your darker color up top (phthalo blue 110), and slowly pull it down using a lighter color (phthalo green 161). Do this one letter at a time, to be sure your ink stays wet while blending. If it happens to dry, just re-wet it with your first color. 

 

Have fun!

 

 Happy Blending! 

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!

 


Fall Magic

A little fall magic today, with the help of stencils and watercolor pencils!

 

What you'll be needing:

  • Mixed media paper
  • Pencil/eraser
  • Stencil
  • Goldfaber aqua watercolor pencils
  • Paintbrush
  • Pitt Artist brush pen (Indian red)
  • Pitt Artist fine liner XS

 

Start by tracing the leaves stencil using Faber-Castell 2B pencil. Then mirror the image on the other side. Stencils make adding fun little details SO quick and easy!

 

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Gently erase the dark lines, so the image is very light. This way you won't have to erase once the watercolor is down!

Then, color in with your Goldfaber watercolor pencils.


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Wet your paintbrush and start painting over the colored pencil. Watching the pencil turn into creamy paint on the paper is always my favorite part.


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Using your Pitt Artist brush pen (here I used Indian red, the PERFECT color for fall), letter your favorite quote.



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Go in with your fine liner XS Pitt Artist pen and add little details. Here I did a rough outline of the leaves and I added a small shadow on the lettering.


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Don't forget to have fun with it!

 

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Chelsea 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 watercolors and everything in between!
 

 

 

 

 

 


These Fall Feelings: Art Journal Page

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Hello everyone! Mou here with an art journal video tutorial all about the Fall!

Materials

Faber-Castell -

Gelatos – Iridescents

Gelatos – Translucents

Gel Medium

Goldfaber Aqua pencils

Collapsible Water cup

Paper Crafter Crayons – Neutral

Stampers Big Brush Pen set of 3 - RED

Hello Fall Printable Image Collection

Other – Watercolor paper, Scissors, Trimmer

You can watch the video tutorial by pressing 'play' below  or click right here.

 

I hope you enjoy!
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Batty "Hang in There" Card

All of the materials used in this project (except the paper) can be found in the Mixed Media Tin

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I used a piece of folded watercolor paper for this card but thick cardstock would work just fine.

1. Using the black Albrecht Dürer watercolor pencil (with your card upside down) draw the outline of a bat.

  • Start with a wave shape that almost touches the top of your paper (remember the card is flipped upside down so it will actually almost be touching the bottom of the paper)
  • Draw two arches towards the center of the "wave line"
  • Where the two arches meet, draw a small head and ears.

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2. Color in the outline of the bat with the black Albrecht Dürer watercolor pencil.

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3. Use a small brush and water to blend the color

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4. Use the PITT Artist brush pen to write "Hang in There" (or whatever you would like your card to say)

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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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Fall leaf with watercolor pencils

Fall is finally here! It's time to celebrate by bringing out all of the fall colors again!

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Today you'll be needing:

 

Start by using your pencil to sketch a maple leaf. Lightly erase the dark lines until they're barely visible.

Take your watercolor pencils and start coloring in the leaf.

Use a wet paintbrush and go over the colors to blend them all together.

Once dry, use the same colors to go over the edges to make them a bit darker.

Use a brown pencil to draw the veins of the leaf. Go over that with your paintbrush as well.

Now use your Pitt Artist pen to letter your quote! 

 

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 watercolors and everything in between!

 

 

 


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.

 


DIY Celebration Card

Is there anything better than celebrating friends and family? Adding a personal touch, and a heartfelt note is always a good idea. 

To make this card you'll need:

 

Start by scribbling a little bit of the gelato onto a palette (any smooth surface would work).

 

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Pick up some of the color using the larger of the sponges from your tool kit and start coloring over top of the stencil.


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Once you've colored in the whole picture, take your metallic pitt pen and write your greeting on the front of the card!


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Use the Pitt Artist brush pen for the envelope. You can write their name or a congratulatory message, whatever you'd like!


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Finish up with a nice note on the inside, and you've just made a wonderful, personal gift for your friends!

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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 watercolors, and everything in between!