Art Journaling Month Week 4

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Today we're sharing designer Rita Barakat's journals! 

This week is all about wrapping up your journals- and what a better way than using ribbons?  Take three pieces of ribbons and tie the journals together before gathering up everything into one knot.  Now it's ready to be hung somewhere!  


And just because we absolutely love Rita's gorgeous's another quick look at her beautiful pages. 



Thanks for visiting today!  We'll be sharing more ways to tie your journal pages this week!

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Art Journaling Week 4 with Mou and our NEW Guest Design Team!


 Hi everyone, Mou here with the 4th and final week of Art Journaling month!

In the beginning, we picked an art journal and an inspiration piece. Week 2 was about creating foundations. Week 3, we started drawing, journaling, adding photos, etc. And in this 4th week, it comes all together... and here are all the pages from my art journal.  If you want to keep it simple, use the rings that are provided with the mixed media journal boards.  


I have colored, stamped, added texture, illustrated, and added natural objects in my art journal. You could add anything you like, such as, photos, ephemera, fabric... anything you can imagine :)


Starting with the cover


Spread 1


Spread 2


Spread 3


Spread 4


and Spread 5.

I hope you enjoyed the process of our art journaling and that you found it inspiring enough to start your own art journals!



Congratulations to our new Guest Design Team!  Thank you so much to everyone who applied- we really enjoyed looking at your beautiful crafts, and we're so grateful to be a part of your community. If you didn't make the team this time, please try again in our next call in October.   

Congratulations to our new team- we look forward to working with you! 

Isabelle Nelis

Valérie Ouellet 

Ann Scott

Sylwia G

Jill Adamy

Marie Bernard

Marjolaine Walker 

Lyn Crawcyzyk

Lisa Lahiff

Zoey Scarpelli

Maya I

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Happy Father's Day!


Hi everyone! It's Lisa here with you and I just wanted to start out today's blog post by wishing all of our gentlemen crafter's a very Happy Father's Day (whether you are a dad to kids or fur children or a pet rock...ha!) . This post is dedicated to all of you, and to those of you who support us crazy  dedicated crafters in our daily  shenanigans  struggles. :) My dad certainly knows that sentence is true about ME! 

Let me show you how I put today's Dad's Day card together:

Continue reading "Happy Father's Day!" »

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Art Journaling with Irit Landgraf


Hi! Irit here with my last project as part of the guest design team. It's been great and I thank Design Memory Craft for this opportunity! After making many scrapbook layouts I decided to play in my art journal.

I started with priming my page with gesso. This is a critical step for the techniques I will be using later and for easily blending the Gelatos®. Once my gesso was completely dry I added some stamping using an alpha stamp set and Stamper's Big Brush Pens.

Continue reading "Art Journaling with Irit Landgraf" »

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Mixed Media Mannequin


Mixed media and altered projects and It's Julia Stainton here today with a project  that combines vintage style with mixed media techniques to create an altered art piece.

For me, there's nothing quite as fun as adding layers of paint, pigment, gesso and paper together along with all kinds of bits and pieces. I've had this project on my project to do list for quite some time and I'm so excited to have finally gotten around to making it.

Continue reading "Mixed Media Mannequin" »

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Art Journaling Week 3 With Lisa

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Hey everyone! And Happy Friday! It's Lisa with you today on the blog and it's MY turn to show what I've been doing during Week 3 during Art Journaling Month.

We're Embelling our art journals this week. So fun!

Just to remind you, I went on a trip to Colorado and that is what my Art Journal is all about. (My photos will be added later. Yes, insert  the dramatic music here. I figured it would be fun to see those last.)

I used the Paper Crafter Crayons™ on a few of my Journal pages to add a little extra texture. By simply shaving some of the crayon off, and putting it where I wanted it, I was then able to put a craft iron on top and add a little extra shot of color.


(With the image on the left I only used the Yellow Paper Crafter Crayons™ to highlight the center of the flower and on the image on the right I used a bunch to create a fun texture.)

I also wanted to create individual pages for certain stops of significance for me. Such as when I met my friend Carisa in Denver and when I stopped in Vail.

On these pages I want to highlight them with photographs and lots of fun things from the trip.


Yes, I was undercaffeinated for much of day one. It was not pretty (the gold in the "coffee stain stamp" is actually our Gold Texture Gems™). But, what WAS pretty was Vail. WOW!! That's why I want to make that page a focal using as much open space for photos as I can.  I used the "A" from my Colorado postcard (Day One) and stamped out some H's to spell "Ahhhhh" and then watercolored them in with my Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils in blue.

I also used quite a few of our Stencils from the Stencil 101 10-Ct Set to add dimension, as well. I used them with our Whipped Spackle, Chalkboard Paint, and the Texture Gems Ice™ for different effects on different pages.


Here's a better look at my pages (please remember there are back sides to each, but these have the letters):


Hope you've had fun this week with me and enjoy next week even more fir the FULL reveal! Have a wonderful weekend.

Additional Supplies:

Paper Crafter Crayons™

Stamper's Big White Pen

Texture Gems Ice™

Texture Gems Gold™

Texture Luxe Pearl™

Stencil 10-ct 101 Collection

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Art Journaling Week 3 with Tiffany



Hello Blogosphere! It's Tiffany here with Week 3 of our Art Journaling Month & this week we're featuring Embellishing techniques! For my video tutorial I'll be sharing various techniques using the Stamper's Big White Pen, PITT Artist Pens, and Paper Crafter Crayons™! I've also chosen to add some washi tape accents!

I hope you learned some new tricks and techniques! Last week was pretty intense with all those Gel Medium transfers & Stampendous Stamping Techniques, so this week I went back to my mood board to refocus. I highly recommend creating your own Mood Board! I like to use Pic Monkey.


Thanks for stopping by,


Faber-Castell© Design Memory Craft© Products:

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Art Journaling Month Week 3 with Rita



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Hey artsy peeps, Rita Barakat here on week 3 of Art Journaling Month! I started this page with glaze in the top  right hand corner, with the Chevron stencil.  Remember my inspiration picture?

When I saw this store front I thought it would be fun to recreate it!

I recreated the shapes and did lots of coloring with Stampers Big Brush Pens!

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Once I had everything colored in it was time to add some accents of my own and I reached for these stamps from Stampendous.

A perfect touch! I also added some dots with the White Stampers Big Brush Pen and I used Texture Gems ™ for the small accent lines and tiny dots. All that's left is some journaling! Make sure you check back next week to see the book in it's entirety!

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Stamper’s Big Brush Pens - black, white, cold grey, light blue, violet, light green



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Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®, Deflecto, ColourArte and freelances for a variety of manufacturers





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Art Journaling Week 3 with Jen

Art Journaling Banner 3Welcome back to another week of sharing our journals with you!  We are embellishing this week. I started to go through my hundreds of photos from my trip to Italy in 2011.  I picked some of my favorites. Those that have a story to tell or that represent my trip best.  Adding color, textures, and words was next.

JenMatottJOurnal - 1 (2)I drew some on the Chalk Board Painted circle with a Stamper's Big White Pen, Metallic PITT Artist Pen in Silver, and an Art Grip White Colored Pencil.  I added a title "Italy" with the Stamper's Big White Pen.

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Then, I used another Stampendous stamp and a Stamper's Big Brush Pen in Chrome Yellow to stamp some text.

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I used our new Texture Gems™ in Gold to embellish a bit and create some sparkle to my title area. They look like little gold gems and stay puffy when dry!

On to my next page in my journal book...  I used the Paper Crafter Crayons™ in an assortment of colors from all three color sets to shade the bricks in.  I layered colors for a fun look.

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Then, I used our Chalk Board Paint to splatter on the page with our stipple brush from the Gelatos Tool Set.  

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I added a photo and some word strips using the Gel Medium as an adhesive and top coat (to the word stickers only).

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I also added the title puffy stickers with Gel Medium too.  I wanted to ensure they would on fall off later!  This stuff holds it's ground!

Next up, is another page using Gelatos® colors from the Pastels set. I used my finger to blend the colors over the collaged background.

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Adding some Texture Luxe in Gold with a sponge applicator through a stencil (101 Collection)  creates the perfect embellished background for a page about Italy!

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It picks up just the right amount of texture and leaves a very metallic shimmer to the page!

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I did brush a light coat of Gel Medium over it in order to write smoothly with an Essential  PITT Artist Pen in small tip.

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The last page I'm going to share with you, shows how I used the Metallic Gelatos® Colors wet over a Gel Medium stenciled background.

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I was inspired by the colors and textures of Tuscany, Italy when I visited there and hope you enjoy my art that captures some of the beauty I saw on my trip.  Be sure to join me next Tuesday as I share my finished pages with you. Check back throughout this week to see how  Tiffany, Rita and Lisa are working on their art journals. 

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Art Journaling Week 3 with Mou and winners of Take the Challenge

Hi everyone, Mou here today as we continue into week 3 of our art journaling journey.  


So let's recap here... we have chosen a journal and an inspiration piece and created the foundations in our journals. My journal is about seeing beauty beyond landmarks and exotic vacations. It's about paying attention to the beauty in little insignificant things that are often ignored. I took this challenge so if any of you out there feels like they can't art journal because they didn't take a vacation to an intriguing place, I can show you that you can create on the go as well as right where you are. So, while we go on wonderful trips to Italy with Jen, to Florida with Tiffany and to Colorado with Lisa, this time I invite you to take a walk with me in my neighborhood and explore my backyard. Here's to beauty in humble things!


This is my sea glass collection sitting on my window sill. Love how time can polish off the sharp edges of a piece of broken glass. They are no longer clear and bright. But the smoothed out uneven pieces of colored glasses glow in the sunlight. Every morning, I see them when I make breakfast. I sketched the stack with pencil and colored them with various shades of Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils. To create an impression of a soft shimmering morning sun through the window, I applied Glass Bead Glitter Gel through a stencil with palette knife. For journaling I used PITT Artist pen BLACK Superfine and the calligraphy pen from Journaling PITT Artist Pens set for the title.


While my Whipped Spackle was still wet after stamping into it, I wrote on it with a pencil.


After stenciling and multi-colored stamping, I still felt that my page looked boring. So I colored the backdrop with some Lemon Gelatos® Double Scoop® Color and blended it with a Deluxe Waterbrush. Love this Waterbrush as it makes watercoloring so easy on the go, whether on a trip or just local strolling and quick sketching.


Here are my real leaves. The background is Chalkboard paint and then I painted a frame around it with Gesso and journaled with the Magenta pen from PITT Artist Pens Writing Set: RED/YELLOW. An it wrote beautifully even on a glazed surface! The title is written with the Stamper's Big White pen, another favorite of mine.


The eggs are colored with Metallic Mint Gelatos® Double Scoop® Color and the shadowing is with PITT Pastel Pencils NEUTRALS. Now, because I'm working on a book where facing pages touch each other when closed, I don't want the pastel pencil to rub off. So I sealed it with Glaze.


Here the background is Chalkboard paint and the leaves are colored with Stamper's Big Brush pens Chrome Yellow # 109 and Scarlet Red # 118. They are also the Stamper's Big Brush pens I used to stamp the background. Yep, you can stamp on Chalkboard paint with Stamper's Big Brush pens... I just realized that while playing!


You can use your PITT Pastel Pencils not only for coloring and shadowing, you can use it as chalk! They go on beautifully on a surface painted with Chalkboard paint. Again, seal it off before you close the book.

Be sure to join me next Monday as I share my finished pages with you. Check back throughout this week to see how Jen, Tiffany, Rita and Lisa are working on their art journals. From what I have seen so far, I know I'll come back every day for more!

And now time to announce the winners of Take the Challenge with Mou, June 2015!

1. Here's my project:

So much fun using your products on my project!!! < 3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Posted by: Janis in ID | 06/05/2015 at 04:55 AM

2. here's my project  and my inspiration is located within Thanks so very much, I love working in my art journal!

Posted by: Diana Fernandez | 06/05/2015 at 12:05 PM

Congrats Janis in ID and Diana! And thanks everyone who joined in this month :)

Ladies, please get in touch with Naoko for your prizes. Email her [] with June Take the Challenge winners on the subject line.

Will see you all next month with another creative challenge :)

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