Preparing for the New Year in Your Journal!

Happy Holidays, everyone! Now that 2018 is coming to a close, I wanted to share some tips on how to reflect on the year, and prepare for the next one!

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Faber-Castell USA and I partnered up to give you examples on how to create list and topic boxes to help you grow into your best self! Using these simple structured boxes, you are able to make a plan for the new year.

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There is real value in taking time to pause and reflect on the past year before you make your resolutions. We are able to learn so much about ourselves and really focus our attention toward the future.

So while this year is quickly dwindling, don’t run from the difficult moments - take time to learn from them. A new year full of opportunity and possibility is right around the corner! Cheers to you and to 2019!

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Click the link for a free download to help you prepare for the new year!

Pitt Artist Pens Used:

Black 199 (Sizes: XS & F) - Warm Grey III 272 (Brush) - Green Gold 268 (Brush)

Happy New Year! 

Nicole


Blending Watercolor Connector Paints

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Today we're using our connector watercolor set, along with a stencil to make this dreamy, blended piece!

Start with some watercolor paper, and using your Faber-Castell 2B pencil, trace the outline of your stencil. Then use the kneaded eraser to erase the darkness of the lines until they're barely visible.

Color them in! Mix and match your favorite colors, and blend away!

 

Dream big in 2019!

Chelsea

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!


Christmas Ornaments

Materials:

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These ornament illustrations can be added to anything you are working on to make it more festive!

1. First you want to pick out the watercolor pencil colors you are going to use. Then lay down the color in your ornament shape.

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2. Step 2 is to ADD WATER! :)

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3. When everything is dry, take the black pitt pen and add your details. Whatever designs come to your mind. Get creative :)

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4. OPTIONAL last step- Add some extra details with the white pitt 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!

The Lettering Fern


Bringing You Some Holiday Cheer!

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Hi everyone, Mou here today wishing you Happy Holidays! 

My little girl and I started playing a little holiday game of our own this year - whenever we are out and about, we count the cars driving home with Christmas trees on the roof. We have several Christmas tree farms around here which means people come from far and wide and even from New York City to get their trees. I decided to draw one such car and let me show you how I did it.

Let's start by looking at the supplies:

Faber-Castell

Watercolor pencil Goldfaber Aqua tin of 48

Deluxe Waterbrush

PITT Artist Pens S tip - BLACK

Other - Watercolor paper, pencil

And now, scroll down to see my step-by-step process.

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Start with a light pencil sketch of a vintage-looking car with a Christmas tree tied to the top. Next, if you like, add a Holiday themed word below it.

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Go over the pencil lines with the S-tip Black PITT Artist pen. Erase pencil lines.

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Color the drawing with Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils as shown.

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Blend the colors with the Deluxe waterbrush. Because the PITT pen is an India ink pen, it is permanent when dry and will not smudge during wet blending.

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Fill the space above the car with little circles also drawn with watercolor pencil to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will pull out your watercolor pencils and PITT pens this Holiday for some creative joy!

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Let Your Heart Be Light

And suddenly I’m in the Christmas spirit!

 

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It was a no brainer to pull out my Pitt Artist Big Brush Pens. These richly saturated markers are my go to for vibrant, flowing letters! 🥰

 

Colors: Green Olive 167, Deep Scarlet Red 219, and May Green 170 

 

Happy Holidays!

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Leah-kelly


A Christmas Painting

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Hi everyone, Mou here today getting into the Holiday mood!

Today it's snowing out here and I have a little painting tutorial to celebrate the season. Let me show you the steps I took for the above painting so you can create one too.

For this painting, I used the following supplies:

Faber-Castell

Watercolor pencil Goldfaber Aqua tin of 48 (#114648) - 108,109, 115, 183, 273

Deluxe Waterbrush (#770306)

PITT Artist Pens S tip - BLACK

Gelatos® color - Iced Currant

Other - Watercolor paper, pencil


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Start with a light pencil sketch of a floral planter with Holiday elements like pine cones, berries, etc.

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Color the elements with Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils as shown.

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Blend the colors with a brush dipped in water or use the Deluxe waterbrush . Let dry.

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After the colors have dried completely, give the individual elements in the composition some definition with S-tip Black PITT Artist pen.

Next add more colors with the Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils to create visual depth and dimension.

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Rub some Gelatos color Iced Currant, a gorgeous metallic red, onto a craft mat or palette and dilute the pigment with water. Dip your brush into it and use it as ink as you hand-letter the word 'joy' under the painting.

Add some touches of the Iced Currant Gelatos on the berries and the planter to bring some added shin to the painting as a finishing touch.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will pull out your watercolor pencils, Gelatos and PITT pens this Holiday for some creative joy!

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Holiday Gift Tags

Add some fun, personal flair to your gifts this holiday season!

Materials Needed:

Once you get your tags cut out and ready to go, grab your watercolors and go crazy!

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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


Bullet Journal Headers!

Hello there, my darlings! Today, I’m bringing you another Faber-Castell tutorial!

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My most requested tutorials have been headers, so I wanted to start simple with some fun ways to elevate your own handwriting! Using these tips, and my beloved Pitt Artist Pens (of course!) you can easily stretch your creativity further than you think!

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Tips:
-Pick a color palette that suits your layout, and experiment using the tutorials above!

-You will be amazed how much you can do with a few pens! First, pick your base color. After you’ve chosen that, pick 2 others similar in color, but different in value - one lighter, and one darker. Then, choose a grey color for your shadows and a black pen for everything else.

-If you want to push yourself a little further, use a white pen for more highlights.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these tutorials! Please enjoy this fun free printable with my different headers to choose from!

If you’re looking for a challenge, check out our #fcornamentchallenge on Instagram & Facebook!

Pitt Artist Pens Used:
Black 199 (XS & M)
Purple Violet 136 (B)
Crimson 134 (B)
Middle Purple Pink 125 (S)
Lilac 239 (B)
Warm Grey III 272 (B)

Thanks for stopping by!


Christmas Lights with Pitt Artist Pens

Happy Holidays! It's time to get festive!

Here's a super simple way to draw some Christmas lights using your Pitt Artist Brush Pens.

First up: draw a squiggly line with some small boxes all over, using your size small Pitt Artist fine liner pen.

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Next, use colorful Pitt Artist brush pens (or if you prefer white Christmas lights, just use a light yellow) here I'm using:

  • Pale Geranium Lake
  • Orange Glaze
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Leaf Green
  • Phthalo Blue

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Now grab your size small black pen again, and outline the colors. You can outline it exactly, or have some fun with it and do a rough outline.

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Now it's time to add the details! Use the white 1.5 Pitt Artist pen to add a highlight, and the small black pen again to add some dimension to the base of the light.

 

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You can add these to almost anything to make it fun and festive! Christmas cards, artwork, journals, whatever you'd like! Add a quote, and you're all done! (I used my Pitt Artist Big Brush Pen for this one.)

 

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As always, have some 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
watercolor and everything in between!

 


Hey guys! Today I’m going to give you the rundown on how I created this cute holiday art! It’s so versatile and can be used as decor, gift tags, or even holiday greeting cards! 

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I am using my Connector Watercolor Paints by Faber Castell. I used this with my water brush and Pitt Artist Pens to finish it off!

The whole goal for me was to achieve a beautiful, bright color bleed and then go in later with my medium tip Pitt Pen for definition and that fun, loose, cartoon look. 

The first step is to sketch out your layout and lettering. Then you will want to lay down a lot of paint with water so that there is a light layer of moisture. When you go back in with more pigment, it creates a beautiful blend and texture. Paint the surround trees in the complementing light green color and make sure to carefully drag your brush very close to the edge of the darker green. This will give you a beautiful color bleed! I also used this techniques with the brown trunks. If your bleeds get a little crazy, no worries- just lightly dab with the corner of a paper towel to absorb the unwanted color! 

Allow this first layer of paint to dry. Go back in with the corresponding colors if desired to add more definition into the foliage. I added some fun stars to the top of my trees! 

I added in some lettering with my Pitt Artist Pens in Medium and Brush tip  I finished off my art by adding a whimsical loose outline with the medium pen! 

I ended up framing my piece and I will use it as home decor for the holidays. Perfect for the season and the beginning of December!

'Tis the Season!

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Leah-kelly
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.