Today we are celebrating the Summer Solstice. We will use Gelatos to blend fun colors to create a festive artwork for Summer. Gelatos® are compact acid-free color sticks that glide on creamy smooth for vibrant color and coverage. All Gelatos blend easily with or without water.
Using watercolor paper, start by lightly “coloring” on your paper with the Faber-Castell Gelatos. Don’t press too hard! A little goes a long way.
Using a dry Faber-Castell blending sponge, start rubbing in small, circular motions until the color is smooth across your paper.
Take the Pitt Artist big black brush pen and letter your quote! (Thick on the down strokes, and thin on the upstrokes.)
This marker has really nice, dark ink, and the ink won’t fade, which is exactly what we want!
Take the metallic silver 1.5 marker and draw a thin line through the middle of each down stroke on your quote.
Admire your work!
Happy Summer Solstice!
Chelsea has a not-so-slight obsession with all things lettering. Watching lettering videos is what got her started, and now you can usually find her posting videos using every art supply she can get her hands on! From brush pens to watercolors, and everything in between.
Seasonal note cards are something I always keep on hand. They are perfect for a 'thank you' or 'thinking of you' note. Cards are even more special when they are handmade. However, it can be challenging to have all the supplies on hand. Thankfully, the Faber-Castell Watercolor Art Kit for Beginners is the perfect set of supplies to make your own cards. It includes my favorite Pitt pen, watercolor pencils, a paint brush, stencils, a watercolor palette, and sheets of watercolor paper. Just add water and envelopes and you are set to create your own personalized seasonal cards.
Now, let's create some cute, summery cards!
STEP ONE: Familiarize yourself with all your new supplies.
-Pitt Artist Pen® - fine tip black pen made from india ink, fast drying and waterproof -3 watercolor pencils - super smooth with vibrant colors, shade and paint over with water to create a watercolor look -a paint brush - medium size, quality brush -2 Mixed Media stencils - a variety of flowers, leaves, and foliage for easy tracing -watercolor palette - nine vibrant colors perfect for a starter kit -8 sheets of watercolor paper - precut with rounded edges, the perfect size for flat note cards
STEP TWO: Using the Pitt Artist Pen® and stencils draw out the foundation your design on the watercolor paper. Don't worry about fine lines with the stencil, we'll add those later.
STEP THREE: Remove the stencil and begin adding in fine lines and details. Get creative with your lines and add in a message like 'hello' or 'happy summer'.
STEP FOUR: Using the watercolor pencils and paints color in your design.
STEP FIVE: Allow card to dry, then pair with an envelope for a cute summery note card.
Happy Card Making!
Artist and illustrator Lindsay Hopkins has been drawing and creating since childhood. She has a love for color and hopes to encourage and inspire others through her creativity. In 2012 Lindsay opened Pen & Paint and began selling her artwork and stationery online. Pen & Paint licenses artwork through Jewel Branding and is privileged to work with many global brands.
Hey everyone! It’s Erin from @the.lettering.fern and I am here to talk about the basics of lettering. I am going to break down all the basic strokes for you. These strokes are what you would call the outline, or the basic “rules” of lettering. I say “rules” in parenthesis because once you develop some muscle memory you are going to want to break the rules to start developing your own style! Let’s get to it.
To start I used a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen with a brush tip. You can tell the difference between the brush tip and the monoline tip by the letter on the cap and at the end of the pen. The brush tip will have a B and the monoline tip will have a letter that corresponds to the size of the pen, example S= 0.3mm.
Before we even talk about strokes, I am going to give you a quick anatomy lesson of line spacing. There are basically 4 lines you want to keep in mind. The very top line is the ascender. This is where all the tall letters like to hang out like h, l, k, t, the tops of these letters will touch this line. The next line is called the waist. Think about your waist is in the middle of your body and this is the middle line. Most of the basic strokes will hang out in this area (along with letters like m, n, e, r, s). Next you have the baseline, all letters will touch this line. The letters that have a tail like g, j, and p will go below to the very bottom line called the descender.
Now, let’s talk about the first two strokes: the upstroke and the downstroke. This is where you get the pressure of lettering into your muscle memory. One of the most important things to remember to get the different weighted lines is thin/light upstrokes and thick/hard downstrokes. When you are doing an upstroke you will start at the bottom of your line, the baseline. Then using the tip of your pen draw a light thin line to the waist. When you are doing a downstroke it is the opposite. Start at the waist, pushing with a pressure you are comfortable with, draw a slight S shape. For the downstrokes I have found holding my pen at about a 45 degree angle helps. Practice these about a billion times (you think I am kidding but the more you practice the happier your hand will be).
The next strokes are the overturn and underturn. The under turn looks just like a U and the overturn is, well, just an upside down U. These strokes help you combine your upstrokes and downstrokes in a fluid way. To form the overturn stroke start at the baseline and work your way up to the waist with a thin upstroke but as you approach the top slightly curve, follow an arch shape, and head back down to the baseline with your thicker (more pressurized) downstroke. The underturn is the exact opposite. This time start at the was it with a thick downstroke and as you approach the baseline start that curve into an upside down arch shape and head back up to the waistline just like you are making the letter U. Remember as you are headed back up to the waistline it should be a thin upstroke. Lettters you will need this stroke for: m, n, y, u.
After you have practiced the overturn and underturn a million times you can combine them into a compound curve. For the compound curve you start with the overturn but when you are finished you immediately head into the underturn stroke. This is a fun one to practice because you really develop your muscle memory of the pressure you need to get the ups and downs. Always remember up is thin, down is thick. Letters you will need this stroke for: h, v, x.
The next stroke is called the oval, well, because it looks like an oval. This stroke will come in handy for letters like a, q, o, g, even c if you can believe it. This stroke is also kind go tricky because you are going to want to start at the waist line and you really need to be starting half way in between the waist and baseline. You are going to start with a small upstroke, arch around on the waistline into a thick downstroke, arch around again on the baseline into a thin upstroke to finish off the oval. Starting in the middle of the two lines helps to give the oval a more rounded look. Letters you will need this stroke for: g, d, p, b, q.
The last two strokes include loops. Yes, I said loops. There will be a descending loop and an ascending loop. Do you remember the anatomy of the lines earlier? Then you guessed it! The descending loop will stretch down to the descending line and the ascending loop up to the ascending line. Let’s break down these strokes starting with the descending stroke. You will start this stroke at the waistline, do a thick downstroke to the descending line and then curve back up with a thin upstroke and connect the loop at the baseline. The ascending loop will start at the waistline, do a thin upstroke to start the loop, once you get to the ascending line curve back down into a thick downstroke all the way down to the baseline (make sure your starting point connects the loop to the downstroke). Letters you will need these strokes for: f, h, k, j, g.
And that’s a wrap! You know are in the loop on the basics of lettering. I have also included a short (but real time) video of myself writing out each of these strokes. Remember these things: don’t get frustrated if your hand isn’t doing what you want it to do right away, build up that muscle memory with practice, thin=upstroke, thick=downstroke, and have fun!
Erin O’Brien Dahlberg is a Born and raised Utah girl. She graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors degree in Education and has spent the last 4 years as a second grade teacher! She took a few art classes in high school and college. 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!
Step 1: Create a cute little doodle with clean lines.
Step 2: Add a border/outline to your doodle using a thicker pen. Step 3: Add interest to your doodle by adding color, details, and shadow! (Pro-tip: try stippling for a fun way to create detail and dimension!)
I've partnered with @fabercatellusa to bring you a few tutorials on how to add interest and dimension to your journal! With just a few tips and tricks, these tutorials can help bring your journaling to the next level!
Let's start with a simple box! Step 1: Simply draw your shape with clean corners and straight lines.
Step 2: Give your shape dimension by creating a faux layer underneath. (Pro-tip: if using a dotted journal, just go over one dot, and down one dot for uniformity)
Step 3: Add depth by using a light brush marker along the bottom and right edges of your shapes.
Supplies Used: -Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen - Size S (Black 199***) Size S (Deep Scarlet Red 219***) Size S (Orange Glaze 113***) Brush (Warm Grey III 272***)
Check out: Faber-Castell Mix & Match Pitt Artist Pens Writing Set!
Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my tutorials! For more information on the products, please go to www.fabercastell.com
All my best! -Nicole
Nicole Barlettano is a seasoned designer and illustrator living in the tri-state area. She is a bullet journalist known as @plansthatblossom, a chronic doodlebug, and a lover of lists.
I loved using this Watercolor Art for Beginners kit! It comes with everything you need from start to finish making it an excellent gift for someone (or yourself!)
The kit comes with excellent tips in the pamphlet included.
To create this loose floral illustration- start by stenciling 2-3 flowers and layer beneath and around them with the leaves and vines. Leave a small space for some lettering if you wish to!
Make sure to keep in mind what you want in the foreground (the flowers) and do not overlap the leaves and vines on top of those. The Pitt artist pen in XS included is wonderful because you can lay down your ink lines and they will not smudge or bleed when painting on top!
I loved the palette color choices because the colors are already complementary! Experiment with varying light to dark shades on the same flower petals to add dimension and really make it pop. Try out lettering a short quote using a Pitt brush pen for a touch of modern calligraphy.
Leah Kelly is a modern calligrapher in hand lettering artist. She is military wife who took up the hobby to create things for her own wedding. When she’s not addressing invitation envelopes or 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.
Other - Watercolor paper, scissors, pencil, paper trimmer
Start by transferring your favorite feather images from the Mixed Media Transfers - Feathers to watercolor paper using the craft stick included with the transfers. Cut the images out with scissors.
Trim watercolor paper to 9 x 9 inches. Color it with Gelatos colors TRANSLUCENTS. When dry, attach the cut-out feathers with gel medium as shown.
Handletter 'Tread Gently" with the SB Tip PITT pen from the Modern Lettering Set following the curve of the feather. Make marks with the SB PITT pen, Stamper's Big White pen and pencil around the page.
Add some more marks with watercolor pencils. Along the right edge, add the quote - Tread softly. All the earth is holy ground. - Christina Rossetti with watercolor pencil to finish.
Hope this art journal page had you thinking of using your art supplies in different ways and combinations.