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Stamping with Gelatos

Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

You are awesome!

Sometimes you just need that reminder or want to share it with someone else so I made this little 4" x 6" piece of art so that I could stick it in our guest room. I love how it turned out and how it's almost magic how the highlighting of the flowers happens with this technique!  Here's how I created it...

I started off by using PITT® Artist Pen Black #199 as ink to stamp a flower image (Altenew: Peony Bouquet) onto a 4" x 6" piece of watercolor paper

Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

 

Next I used Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil #126 to color in any areas of the flowers that I wanted shaded.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

 

And then I activated the watercolor with water.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

 

While that dried I mixed together about a 1/8" chunk of Guava colored Gelatos®, a pallet knife full of Gel Medium, and a small spritz of water.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

I then painted it onto the shadow stamp and stamped it onto my flower.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

I really love the irregularity and how the watercolor pencils pop through. 

Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett - Step 4

 

Next, I stamped on some leaves with May Green #170 PITT® Artist Pen and watercolored them in with a Kiwi Gelato®. I also used Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil #147 and #152 to color in the blue background and then activated it with water.  Lastly, I added a sentiment (Altenew: Label Love) that I had stamped and embossed with black embossing powder to it and slipped it into the fame.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Bloom Mini Mixed Media Art Journal

Last week the Faber-Castell Design Memory Crafts Design Team was challenged to use a combination of Faber-Castell and Clear Scraps products that were sent to us, it really caused me to put my thinking cap on, but here's what I came up with...a mini art journal to inspire me to bloom.

Bloom MiniBook 1

Here's how I created the pages.

For the first page I covered the chipboard piece with gesso and then layered on Stamper's Big Brush pens in Dark Chrome Yellow #109 and Cadmium Yellow #107.  For the flower embellishment I took the chipboard piece and used the silver Texture Luxe and a stencil from the 101 collection to create a pattern. Once that was dry I placed the stencil back on and traced the pattern with the PITT® Artist Pen Cobalt Green #156 and then mounted it on top of a foil cupcake liner that I had smashed flat. 

Bloom MiniBook - CloseUp1
Bloom MiniBook 1

That button on top was colored with the PITT® Artist Pen Cobalt Green #156.

Coloring buttons with PITT Artist Pens 1

 

For the backside of that page I mounted layered cupcake liners and topped it with a clear button that I had colored as well. 
Bloom MiniBook 1

 

This next page was a clear acrylic one that I again used the silver Texture Luxe and a stencil from the 101 collection . I did the same pattern on both sides of the page being careful to line up the pattern as best I could. Once it was dry I marked and smudged the edges of the pattern with a PITT® Artist Pen.
Bloom MiniBook 1

For this chipboard page I used the 3 x 12 Bloom where you are Planted stencil from Clear Scraps and traced over it with the Stamper's Big White Pen and then shadowed it with the PITT® Artist Pen. I also used the copper and pearl Texture Luxe with the stencil to create that flower. Once everything was dry I rubbed a Banana Gelato® around the background.

Bloom MiniBook - CloseUp4

Bloom MiniBook 1

 

For the backside of that page I started off by gessoing it and then used both the small and the large dot dabber with the Snow Cone Gelato® to create circles all over the page. I outlined the larger ones using a Black #199 PITT® Artist Pen. I again used the 3 x 12 Bloom where you are Planted stencil and Banana Gelato® to create the flowers and then used the Black #199 Stamper's Big Brush Pen along with letter stamps to add on the quote to this page and also the following ones.
Bloom MiniBook 1

 

This next page is another clear one that I mounted a square of sticky backed canvas onto. On the canvas I laid down some gesso and then used a stencil from the Scandinavian collection and the Stamper's Big Brush pens in Dark Chrome Yellow #109 and Cadmium Yellow #107. I also scribbled a bit of them onto my craft mat and added a drop of water to it so I could brush it on around the design. I then used the Texture Gems Ice Liner to quickly trace around parts of the design and then I sprinkled on some glitter to give it some sparkle. 
Bloom MiniBook 1

Bloom MiniBook - CloseUp6

 

The backside of the page also has gesso'd canvas mounted to it and I used a wash of the Banana Gelato® to color the background. While that dried I mixed together the Blueberry Gelato® and Whipped Spackle and applied it over a stencil also from the Scandinavian collection. Once that dried I added some doodles to it with a PITT® Artist Pen. For the Leaves and flag I just rubbed the Lime and Bubble Gum Gelatos® onto white cardstock and then cut them out in the shapes I needed. I also made a wash with the Cobalt Green#156 Stamper's Big Brush pen and water and dipped some cotton lace into it to dye it blue.
Bloom MiniBook 1

For the last page I added some gesso and then used a Texture Card to make marks in it. Once it was dry I made a color wash with Cobalt Green#156 Stamper's Big Brush pen and water and applied it to the background. On a piece of white cardstock I bushed on a wash of Stamper's Big Brush pens in Dark Chrome Yellow #109 and Cadmium Yellow #107. I also stamped on a stamp from the Gelatos® 33 piece set using the same colors. Again I created leaves by rubbing Lime Gelato® onto the paper and then cutting it out in the shape I needed and then added the veins with a May Green #170 Stamper's Big Brush. I then added a dot of the pearl Texture Liner to each of the flowers.
Bloom MiniBook - CloseUp8

Bloom MiniBook 8

I hope this inspires you to use a variety of mixed media products on your art journal pages and also, of course, to bloom! To see the other Design Team member's project check out the Design Memory Crafts blog.

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell and Clear Scraps to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Mixed Media Altered Cigar Box

Today I'm sharing how I transformed a boring old cigar box I found at Goodwill into a fun artsy box.

Cigar Box  - Finished2

Supplies Used:

 

Below are the steps I took to create this, but you can also check out this video I made on the process to see it in action:

 

I started off by covering the outside of the box with Gesso and allowing it to dry.

Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

Next, I lightly dry brushed on some blue-green acrylic paint over the lid and then covered it in Copper Texture Luxe.  (If you've followed my artwork you know I'm obsessed with the Copper one! It gives such a fun metalic texture to my projects!)
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

After that dried I taped off the beveled edge of the lid and then placed one of my favorite stencils on top. I then covered it with Whipped Spackle using my spatula.
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

Before removing the stencil I picked up an alphabet stamp I had and stamped into the Whipped Spackle to give it a bit more texture.
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

I seriously LOVE how that looks!
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

After that dried I took out my acrylic paints and randomly painted in each of the fractured pieces from the stencil.
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

I also gave the sides of the bottom of the box an underpainting with the same colors of paint and then used the same stencil and paints to create a pattern. After that dried I outlined each of the fractures with a black PITT Artist Pen and then added copper dots using the end of my paintbrush and the Copper Texture Luxe.

Cigar Box 6 - Texture Luxe Embellishment
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

While everything was drying I took my metal embellishment, which was originally silver, and covered it with...yep, you guessed it...more Copper Texture Luxe! After that dried I filled back in the lettering using a PITT Artist Pen and then went to work stringing beads onto the copper wire and then adhering all of the beadwork, metal piece, some feathers, and trim onto the lid of the box.

Cigar Box  - Finished - CloseUp2

 

This was so fun to make!
Cigar Box  - Finished - CloseUp3

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Artwork Clipboard

For this piece I started off by sketching out my word art and then erasing it a bit so I could trace over it using a PITT® Artist Pen with a fine nib.  I made sure to let the pen work dry completely before erasing any visible pencil marks so I could add wet layers on top of it without it running since once the ink is dry it's waterproof. (Oh, and if you want instructions on how to create a fun pencil like this one, check out the instructions here.)

1 - Pencil Sketch
1 - Pencil Sketch

 

Next I painted over the block lettering with Gel Medium and allowed it to dry.
1 - Pencil Sketch

 

Then I rubbed some Gelatos® on my craft mat, added a spray of water and then used that to watercolor in my word art. After the watercoloring is dry I gently took a damp cotton swab over the Gel Medium since it resists the Gelatos® leaving the letters white. 
1 - Pencil Sketch

3c - Gel Medium Resist with Gelatos


Next I wanted to jazz up my clipboard so I took Glass Bead Glitter Gel and mixed it with the Red Cherry Gelato® and then painted it into a heart shape on the clipboard, I added a touch more glitter to it, and then let it dry.
1 - Pencil Sketch

I then jazzed it up a bit more by dotting the pearl colored Metallic Texture Gem around the heart and adding some ribbons and trims.
1 - Pencil Sketch

 

At that point I thought I might be done...but it was just missing something so I broke out a stencil from the 102 Stencil Collection and then mixed some Whipped Spackle and Gelatos® together to use with it.

7 - Stencil Whipped Spackle and Gelatos

I knew I wanted to add in a darker color as well so I mixed up some Gelatos® and Glaze and dripped it on and then allowed it to dry before attaching my watercolored word art to the clipboard. 
7 - Stencil Whipped Spackle and Gelatos

 

 Done and ready to put up in my studio!

Word Art Clipboard

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Creating An Inspiration Board

Faber Castell came out with a Vision Board Kit recently and asked me to create something with it and then to blog about it on the Design Memory Craft blog (you can check that out HERE).  So I made a board that would be inspiring to me yet useful and interactive.

Inspiration Vision Board by Erin Bassett

One of my favorite things about this kit is that it comes with everything you need to get started creating and if you want to add in more things or use more products you can easily mix those in.  I created this video showing step by step how I created the actual bulletin board and each of the pieces I added to it:

After making the board and inserting it into a frame I had at home I took the 6"x6" piece of printed paper with the flowers on it and decide I'd watercolor them in using the Grip markers that also come in the kit and some Gelatos that I already had. The Grip markers are waterbased  and are perfect for scribbling out on a craft mat, adding water to, and then painting in the flowers on the paper. (And another cool thing about them is if they dry out you can dip them into water to reactivate them!)

I also used a stencil from the 101 Stencil Collection and both the Pearl and the Silver Texture Lux to add some texture and shine to the background.

Watercolor Flowers by Erin Bassett

I knew I wanted to tuck the other 6"x6" piece of paper behind the flower one so I wanted to keep it simple but meaningful and inspirational to me. I came up with the plan to just use a small tipped PITT Pen to write out the attributes of the Lord that began with each of the letters. I really enjoyed meditating on those and knowing I can pull it out and refer to it when I need it. I used the PITT Pen instead of the Grip marker that comes in the kit because it has a smaller nib that made it easier to write small with.
Alphabetical Atributes of God by Erin Bassett

This kit comes with so many cute smaller pieces of paper and tags that are perfect for keeping my lists on, so I bundled them all together and put them on a ring so I could hang them on one of the pens that come in the kit .
Lists by Erin Bassett

I also used some of the banner and diecut pieces that come in the kit to tie in with one of my favorite quotes I had written on another card that came in the kit.
Inspiration Vision Board - CloseUp - By Erin BassettThat verse in Ephesians has really been on my heart lately and I love how Jimmy put words to how I feel about it:
PrayFit
Yep, love that.

 

Don't you love that big, glittery hash tag!!! I knew that I wanted to use that on the frame and so I used my ScanNCut to cut out the word "inspire" out of Scor-Tape on cardstock and glittered it up to match.
#inspire by Erin Bassett

This was such a fun project to do and I hope to keep using the board, adding to it, rearranging things, and continue to be inspired from it.

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell  and Brother ScanNCut to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Mixed Media Home Decor: Heart Frame

Confession time. We moved into our current home about 2 years ago and I've been so busy since then that I haven't really began to decorate until recently. (To make matters worse, I actually just unpacked a box that had been sitting in my office this whole time too, LOL!) In our family room we have a bunch of family photos up on the wall mixed with a few small pieces of artwork, but we had a little spot still left open that had been driving me nuts this whole time so I decided it was time to finally make something that would go there...and coincidentally I got an assignment from Faber Castell to play with some of their new stencils and create a video for them (you can watch that video here).

EB heart - home sweet homeSo here's how I created this piece....you can follow the step-by-step directions below, or check out this video:

 

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

1. Take your piece of Sticky Back Canvas and collage whatever type of ephemera you are using onto it using gel medium.

1- Home Sweet Home2.  Apply various colors of acrylic paint to your canvas to create a background.
1- Home Sweet Home
3. First stencil layer: Using this pattern from the 102 Collection of Stencils, take a baby wipe and remove the acrylic paint that shows through the stencil to create a pattern.

Another confession, I never clean my stencils so I had some orange spray mist on there that transferred onto my canvas...a cool serendipitous art moment!
1- Home Sweet Home
Second stencil layer: Using this stencil from the 102 Collection of stencils, continue to remove paint using a baby wipe.
1- Home Sweet HomeThird stencil layer: Using a make-up sponge apply various acrylic paints from the same color family over this stencil from the Doodle Collection of stencils.
1- Home Sweet HomeFourth stencil layer: Using a baby wipe apply white acrylic paint to this stencil from the Doodle Collection of stencils. 
1- Home Sweet HomeFifth stencil layer: Use this stencil from the 102 Collection of stencils to add another layer onto the canvas.
1- Home Sweet Home4. Use bubble wrap dipped in acrylic paint to add texture and patterns to the canvas.
1- Home Sweet HomeSixth stencil layer: Lastly, use this stencil from the Doodle Collection to add a final stenciled layer to the canvas.
1- Home Sweet Home5.  Add some brush strokes of acrylic paint to the canvas and then allow it to dry.
1- Home Sweet Home6. Once dry, use a charcoal pencil to create marks on the canvas and then use a wet paint brush over them to give them a painted look.
11- Home Sweet Home

7. Trace the heart pattern onto the backside of the canvas and cut it out.
1- Home Sweet HomeRemove the backing on the canvas and then insert it into the metal frame.
1- Home Sweet Home

8. Embellishing: Use a white pen to doodle onto the black chipboard letters and allow it to dry before adhering it to the canvas with double sided foam adhesive. On a scrap of white cardstock write "sweet home" and then cut it into a pennant shape and adhere it to the canvas with foam adhesive. Tie a ribbon through the whole so it can be hung up.

1- Home Sweet HomeAnd here's the final piece!

EB heart - home sweet home

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Playing with new mixed media products

Boy, I sure love working with the companies I work with. I love that they are constantly coming up with such cool new products! Here's a video of the fun I had playing with a few of Faber-Castell's newest products in my art journal...the Cement and Asphalt Texture Paste and then Copper Texture Luxe.  And, because someone will ask me, the stencils I used in this I made by doodling on a sheet of paper, and then using my ScanNCut to scan them in & cut them out on stencil material

I will be sharing more in depth of each of these products (and more!) in upcoming articles.

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell and Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

 

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Creating A Mixed Media Card Using The ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

Have you played with the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder yet?  I love it!!!
Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

 

Here's a video tutorial on how I created this card:

Supplies:

 

I used the Universal Pen Holder to draw out the heart with a Distress Marker on watercolor paper and then used a wet brush to pull the color out of the heart and fill it in. I also added some splatter by watering down some other colors of Distress Ink and flinging it onto my page with a fan brush.

  Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

After that dried I put an Ultra Fine Point Sharpie into the Universal Pen Holder and had it draw the word "family" onto the card. I love that I can scan in the card and then place "family" exactly where I want it to go and then just have it draw it out! (Note: on my first test of creating this I used a Distress Marker to write "family," as shown in this photo, but it was a little too thick of lines for my liking so I did another one with the Sharpie and liked it a lot better)
Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

And then I pulled out my favorite little alphabet stamps and added "our" to it and then finished it off with a couple pieces of washi tape.
Alphabet stamps and Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

Here a peek at what else I did with this mixed media card, check out the full project tutorial and don't forget to enter to win a fun creativitE +ScanNCut giveaway HERE!

Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Using Texture Cards in Mixed Media Projects

Who loves texture? -I do!!

Faber-Castell Texture Cards with a Gelli Plate

It's super easy and fun to add texture to your mixed media projects with Faber-Castell's Texture Cards. Here's a little video tutorial on some ways you can incorporate them into your next project:

 

And you don't always have to use a Gelli Plate, although they are super fun to play with! You can use them as a stencil to add borders and designs...here I used ink, but paint, Gelatos, and spray mists would be really cool too. Faber-Castell Texture Cards like a stencil with ink.

And of course using them with thick mediums is really neat too!  For this example I used some silver Texture Luxe over a stencil to define the bird's wings and tail.

Faber-Castell Texture Cards with Texture Luxe

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

ERIN Sig


Happy New Year! {#OneLittleWord}

Abide #OneLittleWord 2016 #olw

After a whirlwind 2015 I am so ready for 2016 and all it has in store for me and my family! So with that in mind, my #OneLittleWord for 2016 is "abide"...which means:

Full Definition of abide...

transitive verb

1: to wait for: await

2: a- to endure without yielding: withstand

     b- to bear patiently: tolerate

 3: to accept without objection

intransitive verb

1: to remain stable or fixed in a state

2: to continue in a place: sojourn

For me, the word "abide" will be a reminder to persevere as I trust in the Lord...I'll be explaining all about how I came upon this word and my verse for the year (along with helpful ways you can incorporate both in your quiet time with the Lord & in your art journal) in the workshop I'm doing for the online event Truth Scrap. I hope you join myself and 5 other awesome artist as we share with you techniques and tips on how to link together your faith and your art, it's going to be such a fun day!  -I'm totally staying in my PJs all day for it and just have a chill time with the Lord, art, and all of you joining us! I'm so excited!

Did you choose a word or a verse for 2016?  Share it if you did so you can inspire others!

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