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Decade Doodles

Decade Doodles - Decade Color Study Journaling

Faber-Castell USA offers such a wide variety of colors for their Pitt Artist Pens, that I thought it would be fun to do a decade color study! If you want to add some vintage or retro flare to your planners and journals, give these colors a try.
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Lesson Plan: Charley Harper & Van Gogh Mash Up

Lesson Plan: Charley Harper & Van Gogh Mash Up

Hey, friends! I’m excited to share this fun lesson that I’ve started with my sweet second grade kiddos. I decided to introduce them to Charley Harper (a fave of mine) and a little guided drawing. THEY LOVED IT! They were so excited about their wee raccoons that I decided to create a lesson from their drawings. Feel free to use this lesson in your art teacherin’ and creating world...all I ask is that you give me a shout out when you share on your favorite social media. This helps folks find their way back here to enjoy the lesson as well.
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DIY Back to School Bookmarks

DIY Back to School Bookmarks

Hey everyone! Getting in the back to school spirit? Here is a fun DIY activity that can be used as a bookmark or even name labels for school supplies! I used the Faber-Castell Mixed Media Kit!
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Letter Blending with Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Markers

Letter Blending with Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Markers

Anybody else love watching watercolors bleed together? Not actual blending, but those bleeds where you just leave them alone and let them do their own thing? I could watch paint bleed all day long. These new Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Markers make it super easy to bleed and blend. 
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What is a Petroglyph? The Fascinating History of Humans Decorating Rocks

What is a Petroglyph? The Fascinating History of Humans Decorating Rocks

Have you ever been on a walk and noticed an unusual rock at your feet? We have! If the Kindness Rocks Project has hit your town, you may have seen painted rocks hidden in plain sight. The idea is that spreading messages and images of joy is something anyone can do. Just grab a rock, paint it, and leave it where someone will see it when they need a dose of kindness in their lives. It’s a little serendipity to spread positivity and give people a friendly thought to ponder.
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Paper Plate Pizza Craft for Kids

Paper Plate Pizza Craft for Kids

It’s back to school season! 😱 While everyone is prepping with fresh supplies, backpacks, and new kicks, I’m over here trying to remind my preschooler how to write her name with something other than sidewalk chalk. This paper plate pizza craft is a fun and easy way to brush up on a few basic motor skills.
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Pinecone with Pitt Artist Pen

Sketchbook on the go with Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencil Roll

Hi everyone, Mou here! How do you stay creative during summer break? This question particularly applies to all who get extra busy during summer as the kids stay home. I am one of you, so staying creative during summer can sometimes be a slight challenge. I try to be creative daily and sometimes that means I am sketching on the go, making use of small pockets of time. I find that creating on the go is easier with the appropriate tools and here are some of my favorites:
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Bullet Journaling Title

Bullet Journaling® Series Part 2: Getting Started with your Bullet Journal®

Bullet Journaling ® is more than it appears to be at first glance. Behind all the visually appealing journal pages that we see on social media, The Bullet Journal Method ® is a very sophisticated methodology for organizing everyday life. Before you get carried away in doodles and designs, it is important to learn and utilize the basic structure that Ryder Carroll, inventor, and author of “The Bullet Journal Method” advises Bullet Journal ® creatives.
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First Day of 2nd Grade

First Day of School Sign with Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Markers

As that first day of school keeps getting closer and closer I keep asking myself if I am ready? I teach 2nd grade so I made this cute and easy “First Day of School” sign for my students to take a picture with! I used the Albrecht Durer Watercolor Markers.
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Why are Time Limits on Kids' Craft Activity Kits Avoided by Creativity for Kids®  Development Team?

Why are Time Limits on Kids' Craft Activity Kits Avoided by Creativity for Kids® Development Team?

Over the years, we were asked to help set expectations about how long it will take to complete a Creativity for Kids® arts and crafts activity kit.  Each time, our team sits down and talks it over – the pros and cons of labeling each product with an expected time to complete the project.  Ultimately, our conclusion is always the same…  We will not add time limit expectation labeling to our products. In this article, our awesome Development Team tells you why.
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DIY Fluffy Slime

DIY Fluffy Slime

If you have school-aged kids, you already know that DIY Slime is a super-popular craft. Kids are making it for fun, for fundraisers, and at parties. This recipe has only 5 common ingredients that you can find at the drugstore or dollar store.
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Easy Sparkly Sun Catchers

Easy Sparkly Sun Catchers

Today we are going to make an easy Sparkly sun catcher- and guess what? You probably already have everything you need. We build it off of a recycled plastic lid, so it’s an earth-friendly craft, too! This would be fun to make and give as gifts for teachers, Dads, or anyone special!
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Shaving Cream Paint & Book DIY

DIY Shaving Cream Paint

Did you know that you can make your own paint with only TWO ingredients- shaving cream and food coloring! How about some messy fun today? 
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DIY Bubble Wands

DIY Bubble Wand Craft Project

We are making DIY Bubble Wands that are both perfect for making bubbles AND for imagination play the rest of the year! It’s summer and one of the great joys of the season is getting outside! What better way to have fun in the sun than by making bubbles? Let’s get started.
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Watercolor Castle

The History of Albrecht Dürer

As a German company with a global expansion standing over 200 years, history is ingrained in the physical and metaphorical structure of Faber-Castell. Established in the aftermath of the Renaissance period, our past, present, and future are strongly influenced by cultural and artistic movements of the 18th century. No matter the era, our products hold a standard of the highest quality, influencing why our professional-grade watercolor products are named after Albrecht Dürer; artist and Renaissance pioneer.
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Back to School Paper Plate School Bus

Back to School Paper Plate School Bus Craft

Summer is winding down 😥 and it's time to prepare the kids for the next adventure. We are preparing for Kindergarten and with this milestone transition comes some new and possibly scary experiences. While my daughter is excited to ride the bus for the first time, she can't help but be a bit apprehensive about it. I am hoping this cute paper plate school bus craft will generate curiosity and excitement!
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Watercolor Clothing Line Painting

Celebrate World Watercolor Month

What comes to mind when thinking about the month of July? Of course, we have the summer essentials; fireworks, barbeques, and warm weather. For those with an artistic side, July is officially declared World Watercolor Month thanks to founder Charlie O’Shields. Creator of the watercolor blog “Doodlewash,” O’Shields founded World Watercolor Month to unite artists in celebrating watercolors while sharing their artwork, as well as raising awareness of the need of children’s art supplies and art education.
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Hand lettering on bullet paper drawn with a Pitt Artist Pen

Bullet Journaling® Series Part 1: Intro to Bullet Journaling

The practice of expressing our thoughts and needs on paper has been around for millennia, but when a concept called Bullet Journaling® was introduced, journaling as we knew it shifted. Throughout the last few years, the popularity of Bullet Journaling has flourished into a lifestyle, having all of those on the outside of the trend curious. What even is Bullet Journaling? Why would I need a Bullet Journal®? The man behind the method is Ryder Carroll; digital product designer, New York Times best-selling author, and inventor of The Bullet Journal Method.
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Hand lettering with a white Pitt Artist Pen

More Than Just a Color: White Pitt Artist Pens®

In a world full of color, perhaps the most powerful pen an artist can use is a white Pitt Artist Pen ®. Adding a white Pitt Artist Pen to your collection brings the opportunity to add dimension and character to your images as well as alter the appearance of other colors. Made of India ink and available in four nib sizes: brush, calligraphy, 1.5 mm bullet nib and 2.5mm bullet nib, Faber-Castell’s white Pitt Artist Pen offers professional grade quality in a versatile artist marker.
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Hand lettering written with Pitt Artist Pens

Rethink Your Ink - Pitt Artist Pens and 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. Before you get creating, make sure you know the properties of the ink you are using.
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