Be Kind Note

It is always fun to spread a little kindness wherever you go! So every once in awhile I will make a few cards and hide them for people to find! :)

I used the 20 Minute Studio Watercolor for Beginners kit from Faber-Castell.

Supplies

To start I added a piece of thick washi tape in the middle of the paper.

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Then, I started adding some florals and leaves all around the washi like a border. You can add whatever type of design you want here.

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Once I finished inking my design, I used the mini watercolor palette to add some color. I like to just add big bold strokes. (I don't worry about the color staying inside the lines).

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After I made sure the watercolor was completely dry, I SLOWLY peeled off the washi tape. (If you don't let the watercolor dry all the way or you go too fast you can rip the paper).

Remove Washi

Final touch is adding a message inside the empty space! Then you can keep it or go hide it for someone to find! :)

Be Kind

 

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


Wedding Place Card

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Hi everyone, Mou here today with a wedding place card tutorial! You can use this process to create place cards for any occasion.

Supplies I used:

Faber-Castell Essential PITT Artist Pen Set - BLACK

Faber-Castell Mixed Media Paper Stencils - 305 (Wedding)

Faber-Castell Collapsible Water cup

Faber-Castell Graphite pencil Goldfaber 1221 HB

Faber-Castell Kneadable Eraser

Gel Paint (from Faber-Castell - 20 Minute Studio - Abstract Art For Beginners)

Palette knife (from Faber-Castell - Mix and Match Collection - Gelatos Tool Set)

Whipped Spackle (or another texture paste)

Cardstock (5x8.5 inches, folded in half to make 5x4.25 inches card)

Paper trimmer

Ruler

Now, let me walk you through the steps.

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Choose a heavy cardstock in the color that suits your color scheme best. I picked grey. Trim the cardstock to 8.5" x 5" and fold in half to make 4.25" x 5" card.

Place the 'celebration' stencil from the Faber-Castell Mixed Media Paper Stencils - 305 (Wedding) set near the bottom edge of the front flap of the place card. Tape it in place if you like. Take out some texture paste with palette knife and apply through the stencil. Let dry.

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Use the gold Gel paint from the Faber-Castell - 20 Minute Studio - Abstract Art For Beginners to add some texture dots on your place card as shown. Let dry. This instantly glams up your place card!

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Use the Soft Brush PITT pen in black to write the date, name and table number on the card. Underline the words using Superfine tip PITT pen and a ruler.

And that's it - a super quick and easy technique that adds elegance and glamour to your special day!

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Patriotic Lettering with Goldfaber Aqua

 

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who fight for our freedom. We may not know them all, but we owe them all. Show them how patriotic you can be with your Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils and Pitt Artist pens!

 

 

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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 them using every art supply she can get her hands on. From brush pens to watercolor and everything in between!

 

 

 

 


CONGRATS DIY Card

I used the Faber Castell 20 Minute Studio Card Making for Beginners Kit for this card!

Card Making kit

I decided to keep it simple with just black and white. I started by picking a transfer image and you need to use the popsicle stick to rub all over it so it transfers to your paper.

 

Transfer

Next I picked the floral stencil and decided to fill in the whole image instead of just tracing the outline.

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Finally, I added a touch of lettering (with the PITT Brush pen *not included in this kit).

Finished 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


Journal Sticky Notes!

Hi there!

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I've created 6 fun sticky note tutorials for you to use in your journals! These are very common in sketch-noting as they help reminders, important notes, lists and even powerful quotes stand out!

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Beginning with a simple square, follow just 3 easy steps to make your own sticky notes. 

All of these were created using my beloved Pitt-Artist Pens. Add color to make them fit a theme and add shadows to make them pop right off the page!

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Interested in a free sticky note printable? Grab it HERE!

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Keep creating!


Learn Pitt Artist Pen Techniques

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One of the many reasons we at Faber-Castell are proud of our Pitt Artist Pen collection is the versatility it provides, all while delivering a high-quality result. With every line drawn in reliable and richly pigmented India ink, the result is unmatchable. Add texture, density, and more personality into your work by practicing different techniques. Whether it be hatching, compressing, or highlighting, incorporating these drawing techniques will add the perfect finishing touch to your image.

 

Go Beyond 66 Colors: 

As if a selection of 66 colors isn’t enough to choose from, use the compressing and mixing techniques to add further depth and variation to your artwork. The technique of compressing is best to use when looking to enrich the shade of the color you are using. You can do so by repeatedly layering lines of the same color until the color is at your desired depth. Mixing your colors is another way to expand your color selection. Pitt Artist Pens are water-based, giving you the ability to mix with other colors to create beautiful blends of bright shades. 

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Modify the Medium with a Little Water: 

The Pitt Artist Pen exceeds the traditional expectations of an ink pen. The versatility allows artists to use it as if it is another medium; watercolor. Using India ink on damp paper will create a watercolor effect. Once the color has dried, it is waterproof, permanent, and recoatable. This dissolving technique allows for overlayering; the process of further layering a Pitt Artist Pen or other media over the dried watercolor to create further depth, definition and emotion.

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Add Density with Hatching: 

Working with Pitt Artist Pens can go further than simply designing smooth lines. Add density and variety to your work utilizing the technique of hatching. There are three different types of hatching techniques: parallel hatching, cross- hatching, and contoured hatching. Parallel hatching consists of drawing lines closely to each other at the same angle. Adding parallel hatching to your work will add an extra tone to the object being applied. Cross-hatching is quite the opposite. Apply layers of hatching at different angles. This technique will give your artwork the illusion of depth. To achieve adding shapely detail, utilize contoured hatching. Contoured hatching will highlight the character of the shape by following the outline of the object.

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Create Personality with Pointillism and Highlights: 

Hatching isn’t the only way to add extra detail to your artwork. Utilize pointillism and highlighting. Pointillism is the technique of applying various dots to your work; adding personality and depth to the image. Apply a few dots to add a hint of definition to your image or add hundreds to deepen your detail. This technique can be best achieved with the 1.5mm or 2.5 mm bullet nibs.

Add an illusion of light to your artwork by adding highlights to the image. Envision where light would cast on the object you are drawing and highlight accordingly. Our unique white Pitt Artist Pen adds a realistic touch with this technique.

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Artists of all genres and styles are drawn to the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen because of its expressive quality, permanence, and ability to be combined with many other techniques. With the right tool and the right techniques, you have the power to bring your creative visions to life. The Pitt Artist Pen is that tool.


Just Keep Swimming

Just a little motivation to get you through the week!

Materials:

  • Watercolor Art for Beginners kit

Watercolor Art Kit

This kit is awesome! It comes with a small set of watercolors, a brush, 3 Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor pencils, stencils, some paper, and a Pitt Artist pen!

To start I picked the stencil I wanted to use. The one I picked reminded me of seaweed. To start I just quickly and lightly traced it (I like a more loose and messy look, if you want a clean line go slowly when tracing your stencil)

Pick the stencil

Trace the Stencil

After the initial trace I went back over it for a more "sketched" look.

Add to the Sketch

Then add your words! I played around with a mix of styles here!

Add Words

ADD COLOR!!! Just use the brush to wet the paints. Like I said earlier I like the messy, loose look so I just brushed the color on all over!

Green Paint

Then finally I added some paint splats (that hopefully resemble bubbles...sorta) as well as a few other paint details.

Just Keep Swimming

 

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


Word Art for the Grad & the Inspired

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a word art tutorial today using PITT pens and Connector Paints! As we approach graduation season, we are in a phase of completion of the present and anticipation of the future. It's the perfect time for some motivational words of possibilities, potentials and encouragement. This quote by William Shakespeare is a beautiful expression of all of these feelings.

To create this word art, you'll need the following supplies:

Faber-Castell Stamper's Big Brush Pen - BLACK

Faber-Castell Essential PITT Artist Pen Set - BLACK

Faber-Castell Connector paint box 24 colors + brush

Faber-Castell Collapsible Water cup

Faber-Castell Graphite pencil Goldfaber 1221 HB

Faber-Castell Kneadable Eraser

Watercolor paper (trimmed to 9" x 6")

Now, let me walk you through the steps.


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Start by sketching out the quote on watercolor paper using pencil as shown.

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Go over the pencil lines with Stamper's Big Brush pen. I used the smaller PITT brush pen to write the author credit. Erase pencil lines.

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Add a touch of color to your word art using Connector Paints.

And that's how quick and easy it is to create word art for your grad or for yourself!

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Habit Tracking

My name is Nicole, and I am a habit tracker addict!

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One of my favorite parts of bullet journaling is tracking, so Faber-Castell USA and I are bringing you a list of ideas! Color coded, of course... because look at those stunning pitt artist pen colors!

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Planners enjoy tracking for accountability and productivity... to keep up with a good habit, or even stop a bad one... to get serious about life, or to slow down a little and make time for fun and self care.

I've broken these ideas into 8 categories: self care, hobby, work/school, health/fitness, home/chores, finances, family/friends, and a few others...

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Remember that these can be personalized with whatever habits fit your lifestyle. While self-improvement can be wonderful, try not to set unrealistic or outlandish goals for yourself based on other people's expectations. If you are someone who has just started to lose weight, tracking your steps could be a great starting point. If you are someone who is anxious, tracking your moods could be a great first step. If you are a workaholic, try to see if you can set 15 minute breaks a few times a day. If you are an artist or writer lacking inspiration, try to find a new way to be creative.

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I've created 3 pages of habit tracking templates for you! Daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly! Get them HERE

Happy tracking - keep creating!

-Nicole @plansthatblossom

 


Goldfaber Aqua Blending

It's blending tiiiime!

Let's start with our Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils and some Pitt Artist pens.

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Using a Pitt pen in a very light color (this one is Warm Grey I), letter your choice of words. This will give you something to "color in" with the watercolor pencils, which will keep your lettering smooth and consistent.


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Next, choose your colors! I have the primaries here, plus purple, to make a rainbow effect. Go ahead and color your letters in.


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Take a wet paintbrush, and go over the pencil marks. You don't want a soaking wet brush. Just damp enough to turn the pencil into watercolor. Too much water, and it'll get messy. Blend your colors together! I picked the primaries so that I could also get orange and green out of mixing them together, but feel free to pick blues or pinks, or whatever combo you like! If you're worried about which ones to pick, you can always scribble on a scrap piece of paper and blend until you find a combination you love!


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Take a Pitt pen in Cold Grey I, and shadow your letters.


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Then using the same brush pen, and a small fineliner pen, finish up your quote! Mix fonts! Mix shadows! Mix colors! Just be creative and have some fun!


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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 watercolor to brush pens, and everything in between!