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Just a little motivation to get you through the week!


  • 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


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.


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


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.


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!


Habit Tracking

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


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!


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...


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.


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.



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.



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



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!



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



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!





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!

18 Planner Icon Tutorials!

Hi there!

Here are 18 tiny planner icon tutorials that can used in your journals and planners!


Did you know that I like to doodle? I’m very subtle about it... so it’s ok if you didn’t pick up on that. (kidding!)

My favorite part of doodling in my journal is that it not only allows me to be creative, but gives me the ability to say a lot with a little... ie. Tiny planner icons! These icons can be used for appointments, chores, weather forecasts, self-care time, holidays, or even traveling! You can use them as task markers for your day, or you can shrink them a bit and use them to track your habits!


The possibilities are truly endless... they are so tiny and simple to draw, anyone can do it (I promise!)

Naturally, I have included a fun free printable of planner icons for you to enjoy! Grab it HERE!

All pens used in these tutorials are Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens - my favorite!


Thanks so much for stopping by! Keep creating!

Rethink Your Ink - What is India Ink?


Artist ink pens and markers adapt fundamental artistic expression through ink with the modern world. Sequential art, illustrations, drawings, portraits, fashion design, and canvas paintings all can be created using an ink pen or marker. The make of artist ink pens and markers vary with different colorants and solvents being used. They can be alcohol-based made with dye or water-based made with pigments. Our popular Pitt Artist Pen is comprised of India ink; a water-based ink. Before you get creating, make sure you know the properties of the ink you are using.


The difference among ink can be found in the: base (solvent), permanence, lightfastness and odor. Many artists find the qualities of India Ink to stand out among the rest.

India ink is a water-based ink comprised of pigments. Pigmented ink binds itself into the surface it is applied to, creating bold and lasting colors. Opposite of water-based ink is alcohol-based ink. Prismacolor’s Premier Art Markers are a well-known example of an alcohol-based marker. Alcohol-based ink is comprised of dyestuff, better known as dye. Dye ink markers deliver unmatchable vibrant colors but will fade in light over time.

To ensure your work of art lasts, be sure to pay attention to your pen or markers lightfast rating. In most cases, alcohol-based lacks the security of lightfastness whereas water-based ink such as India ink has a very high lightfast rating. Our Pitt Artist Pen collection has 40 out of 66 colors with the highest lightfast rating obtainable. Both water-based ink and alcohol-based ink are resistant to water, making them permanent.

When it comes to odor, it is naturally expected to have the smell of alcohol coming from the ink of your alcohol-based pen or marker. India ink being water-based is odorless, saving you the headache of inhaling fumes as you create.

The contents in the different types of ink play a role in the outcome of your art. Rethink your ink and see for yourself the difference in your creations.

Floral Wreath Doodle Tutorials!

Hi there! April showers bring May... floral wreaths! These are some of my favorite things to draw because they are much more simple to create than they look. They give my layouts a touch of spring happiness without taking hours to create. Naturally I use my beloved Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens!


These wreath doodles are not only decorative, but can be functional as well. They can have text written inside of them such as numbers or dates, or they can hang above a decorative task list box for some added fun!


Starting with a circle, slowly build onto the shape to create your wreath. I personally like to start with leaves and then build flowers around it to add depth. If there are areas that seem empty, feel free to add more leaves or florals. The sizes of the circles you create may vary, but the technique is the same!


You can snag a free printable HERE!

Thanks for stopping by - keep creating!!

-Nicole @plansthatblossom

Congrats Grad!


Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial to make card/ decor for an upcoming Graduate!

For this project, you'll need the following :

Faber-Castell Connector paint box 24 colors + brush (#125029)

Faber-Castell Essential PITT Artists Pen - Black

Faber-Castell - Pitt Artist Pens - White Lettering 4ct Set

Faber-Castell Graphite pencil Goldfaber 1221 HB (#112500)

Other: Watercolor paper

Now, let me walk you through the steps.


Sketch a graduation cap lightly with pencil on watercolor paper (I'm working with 9x6 inches)


Color the cap as shown with Connector paints. Let it dry.


Handletter 'Congrats' with the PITT Big White pen, 'Grad' with PITT White pen B, 'You did it!' with PITT Black pen B and add details to the tassel with PITT Black pen XS to finish. That's it - a quick easy way for to deck up the celebration!

TIP: You can personalize your decor. Simply replace the 'Grad' with your favorite graduate's first name.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will reach for your art supplies to make something personal and special to celebrate their achievement!


How To Create Minimalist Nature Doodles For Your Journal!

Well, hello there, my darling! I'm back to bring you some minimalist nature doodle tutorials for your journal!


Don’t be fooled - minimalist journaling and drawing doesn’t always have to mean there is a lack of color! If you keep your line work simple and stick to a more simplistic palette, you can achieve something very uncomplicated and elegant!


I’ve personally been playing around a lot with this method and I’ve been loving it! Minimalism is a hard concept for me to grasp because I tend to go overboard 99% of the time (if you follow me, you know this!) These doodles make me feel like I’m being creative without having to fill the entire page that I’m working on, which leaves room for tasks, lists, etc... plus - they are addicting! It's amazing what you can do with a few lines.



Start with your linework first, then using a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen of your choice, make some simple flower and leaf shapes - then BOOM! You've achieved this unique style quickly and painlessly!


As usual (I just can't help myself) I've included a free downloadable printable with a bunch of nature doodles in this minimalist style - I think you'll really enjoy them! Get them HERE!

Thanks for stopping by! Keep creating!

-Nicole @plansthatblossom

Teacher Appreciation Hand Lettered Sign

Today's project is super simple, yet will make a big impact. All you'll need is the Faber-Castell big brush stamper's set and some marker paper.


Using your choice of colors (I did rainbow. The more colors, the better!), letter away! I had a rough sketch done with a pencil, and placed underneath my paper to make sure I got the spacing/centering right. Watch below for a step-by-step. Then, finish it up by putting it in a frame, or adding some ribbon! Let your teachers know you're grateful for what they do!



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!