Monday, August 19, 2013

Faber Castell design audition - video

For those of you who know me or those who read this blog I think you will agree that I love Gelatos!.  They are made by Faber Castell Memory Craft and are just amazing.  I had the chance to visit CHA in January where I took several mixed media classes that featured some of the Faber Castell products, especially their mix n' match line.  Amazing.  I was hooked at the word go!

Recently I read that the wonderful peeps at Faber Castell were holding a designer team "audition" and I  just was so excited. I just simply have to try!   I have created a lovely mixed media canvas of a mermaid and I will show you how I made it!

Let me begin by showing you a photo of the finished canvas:
 We have a beachhouse and I began painting seahorses and mermaids to decorate some of the rooms in the house.  It has become a bit of an obsession.  I love to doodle them in black and white.  I have made them using only pastel pencils.  I have made many as gifts as well.  So it was easy to decide that I wanted to make this mermaid mixed media canvas for the audition.  She is made using all Faber Castell products along with some scrap paper and some other bits and pieces.  A supply list is at the very end of this post.

Are you ready?  It's time to show you how I made this lovely lady.

Do to size restrictions, the video has been split into 2 parts.
Click Here To View Video Part 1

That was just a quick tutorial.  I hope you enjoyed it.  I also used the PITT big brush pens, the smaller PITT pens, and PITT pastel pencils to highlight her tail and hair.  All were used on the mermaid pieces and on the canvas to add shadow around her.  I thought I would leave you with a few more pictures:

 This is a close-up of the mermaids tail and hair showing the beads, mini shells, and colors.  I absolutely love how her tail came out.  The colors are perfect.  Below is a page from my art journal showing some of my black and white doodles (using Pitt pens of course).  The mermaid in the lower right corner was my inspiration for this canvas.

I hope I inspired you to create someting wonderful.  If you have not tried the Gelatos or the PITT pens, I strongly recommend them.  I love creating with mine!

Supplies used:  Faber Castell - Gelatos in snow cone, cotton candy, blueberry, white, tangerine, mango, lemon, terra cotta, champagne gold, butterscotch, and silver ice; Big brush PITT pens - nougat and light cobalt turquoise;  PITT pens - orange glaze, dark chrome yellow, nougat, raw umber, and light cobalt turquoise; PITT pastell pencils - 1121-280, 1122-153, 1122-143, and 1122-156; gesso, Crafter's Workshop mask; glaze medium; Art Co. beads and micro beads

Friday, August 16, 2013

some fun

It's been a bit since my last post....sorry.  Life intervened!  We have had a wonderful summer and are back in school.  This means I have more time to post to my blog and play around with my scrapbooking and art!  Love that!

I thought I would post some pics of some of my summer art for you to look at.

These are some of my favorites.  I love to play with black and white and just doodle.  My daughter doodled a lovely feather and I decided to try my hand at it.  I really like how it turned out.  I bet there will be more of those feathers in my near future!  The bottom photo is a mixed media project that I made using all sorts of wonderful Faber Castell stuff.  You know how I love my gelattos!

Enjoy your day.  Stop by soon and see what craftiness I'm up to!