Oodles of Doodles with Faber Castell

ice resin faber castell blog hop

Welcome to the joint blog hop with Faber Castell and ICE Resin. I’m pretty jazzed for this tour because I fell hard for Gelatos when Faber Castell first introduced them a few years ago at CHA. (Craft and Hobby Association winter trade show). I adore using them! The colorstick tube is easy to hold and creamy consistency of the pigments glides on your substrate like butter. Gelatos are highly pigmented so it doesn’t take much to get a luscious colored surface. They are so much fun to work with that even my daughter began coloring with mommy using Gelatos when she was two years old. (We even had a project/article together in Create with Me, a publication through Stampington & Co. which sadly is not being published any longer).  The best thing about Gelatos is that a little swipe of water with a paintbrush and you’re able to get a great watercolor effect quickly and effortlessly.

As much as I like playing with Gelatos, I decided for this particular hop I wanted to explore doodling and ATCs. PITT Artist Pens are perfect for journaling and fine line doodles. I used to doodle all the time in high school while I half-listened to my teachers, but then I just stopped. It wasn’t until I met mixed media artist Dawn Devris Sokol, author of the fab book Art Doodle Love, that I was inspired to take up doodling again. I also picked up Zenspirations by my friend Joanne Fink and learned through her words of wisdom how to take my doodles up a notch. My doodling style has emerged as I’ve explored art journaling as well. I tend to work quickly with lots of energy, not worrying about perfect lines, instead attempting to capture a feeling with these little sketches of mine.

I hope you enjoy this little stepped-out tutorial today in honor of the hop.

Supply list:

Tape runner or glue stick, vintage sheet music or paper, cream colored acrylic paint, PITT Artist Pens, Gelatos, scissors, silicone craft mat from Imagine Crafts, paintbrush, chipboard for ATC base, StazOn ink, ICE Resin.



Step 1: (I had some business cards that I had made from Zazzle. These are called Chunky Cards and are the exact same size as ATCs and used these as my substrate). Create ATC base 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches. Use an ATG tape gun (or whatever glue you prefer) to adhere vintage sheet music and dictionary paper to the card. NOTE; This ATG tape runner is a tool I used constantly during my scrapbooking days. It doesn’t see much action now that I’m doing jewelry, but I highly recommend this tool to any paper crafter).


Step 2:  Use your scissors to cut paper to fit ATC.


Step 3: Paint a quick wash of cream colored acrylic ink onto the paper. You want the images/words underneath to peek through for a mixed-media look, but still create a nice base to begin doodling on.

FaberCastellStep4Step 4: Using the direct to paper technique, apply brown ink to the edges of the cards. You can skip this step if you like, but I like the distressed dimension the brown adds.


Step 5: Begin doodling on the ATCs. If you don’t know where to begin, start with some circles and lines to get your brain moving until instinct kicks in. Don’t judge your doodles. Just play and have fun!


Step 6: Ahhh, they are starting to take shape. To add a wash of color, swipe the Gelatos gently across the edges and paint quickly with just water on a paintbrush. This should be quick, giving the cards a subtle color wash.



Step 7:  When you are pleased with your doodled ATCs, it’s time to apply ICE Resin. Place cards on your silicone craft mat. Measure equal portions of Part A Resin to Part B Hardener of ICE Resin and mix thoroughly for a full two minutes. Place disposable gloves on hands and use a piece of sponge to paint resin onto paper.  (Here’s a tutorial of making resin paper on the ICE Resin website). Let dry for 8-12 hours.


Step 8:  If you want to add any dimension to your cards (here I added a little metal charm and washer for the center of the flower) place onto the wet resin now. ICE Resin makes and excellent “glue”, as objects will permanently dry and adhere as the resin cures.


I hope you enjoyed this oodles of doodles tutorial with Faber Castell pens and ICE Resin. Be sure to check out the other amazing artists on the hop to glean inspiration. Also, be sure to comment on the blogs for a chance to win a giveaway.

Here are the links:

Friday May 16
ICE Resin: Jen Cushman (You are here!)
ICE Resin: John Creighton Petersen 
Faber Castell: Mou Saha 

Monday May 12
ICE Resin: Kathy Cano Murillo
Faber Castell: Jill Foster

Tuesday May 13
ICE Resin: Jennifer Priest 
Faber Castell: Jen Matott

Wednesday May 14
ICE Resin: Tatiana Allen
Faber Castell: Rita Barakat

Thursday May 15
ICE Resin: Jamie Dougherty
Faber Castell: Tiffany Johnson



Comment on the blogs for a chance to win!

ice resin faber castelll blog hop prize

The blog hop projects will end on Friday but you have until midnight Eastern time on Sunday, May 18 to post a comment. Winners will be announced Monday, May 19.  Win aDesigning with Gelatos kit OR a  prize pack from Ice Resin (a Resin Plunger, a Bezel, Medium and a Relique). 



Granny Jane wins

12222009-winner-rubber-stampThanks everyone for taking a look at my tutorial using my friend Pam Carriker’s new stamp line from Stampington & Co. and for also taking the time to leave comments. Random Number Generator today picked Lucky Number 8 and that’s Granny Jane. (I didn’t count my answer comment or the pingback from Stampington). Granny Jane, please email me (jencushman@ymail.com) your address and I will get Pam’s Heart on a String stamp sent right out to you from the Shoppe at Somerset HQ.

I’ll be participating in another blog hop next month for Seth Apter. He’s working with featured artists for his upcoming book The Mixed Media artist. I’m thrilled to say I’m one of the contributors to this incredible book.

Happy Hump Day Giveaway

new metalsmithing bookI woke up on the sunny side of the street today after a terrible stress headache that lasted all day yesterday. There are times when all the different things we’re juggling in the air will collide on the same day and then all I want is to crawl back into bed and fast forward to another day. Luckily, the yucky headachy days are few and far between. Anyhoo…..since I am HAPPY, happy, happy today and because I have NOT been able to get my website re-done as of yet with the back-to-back shows, I decided it was time to finally do a book giveaway on my blog.

If you’ve been reading and following my journey, you know that Making Metal Jewelry; How to Stamp, Form, Forge and Fold Metal Jewelry Designs is out in major bookstores now. (Yippee!) It’s also available on Amazon. But in order to get a signed copy, you gotta come to me. So, please leave a comment about….hmmmmmm…let’s go with a broad category of jewelry. Tell me what is your favorite kind of jewelry, or what you wish your sweetheart would buy you, or what pieces you long to create, or if you already have my book what project is your favorite one. All I’m looking for is something fun to read about one of my favorite art subjects — Jewelry!

Not only will you get a signed copy of the book, but you will also get an ICE Resin plunger and some of our Art Mechanique cold connection micro nuts and screws. I will keep the giveaway up until Friday morning 8 a.m. MST. And never fear, if you don’t win this one, there will be another give away soon over on the ICE Queen eZine while we are teaching workshops at the To Bead True Blue show in Tucson.

Ebook winner picked!

Hi again everyone. Thanks to all of you who came to my blog to check out the post on the free giveaway. Even bigger thanks and hugs to those of you who took the time to leave a comment for a chance to win the new Susan Lenart Kazmer LLC ebooks by our incredible 2011-2012 Creative Team of artists.

I really enjoyed reading everyone’s comments about what inspires them. I was particularly touched by Lisa Mathews who said she is inspired by an idea, meaning the initial concept of the idea itself because those words made me feel as though we’re kindrid spirits. I’ve written columns about this exact same thing in the past and Lisa’s comment inspired me to scribble down some thoughts for one of my upcoming column for Belle Armoire Jewelry articles. Thanks Lisa!

Also it was amazing to read the kind words many of you said giving myself and Susan and the entire ICE Resin/SLK LLC team credit for some of your inspiration. As an artist-based company, we attempt to surround ourselves with other artists who deeply and passionately believe in their work as much as we do our own. Creativity breeds creativity…

Onto the lucky winner via random number generator. Number 19 (starting from the bottom up as in first to comment until the last) is Barbara M. who is always inspired by color. Me too Barbara! I’ve sent you an email with instructions on getting your free download. Check your mail.

As I’m on a plane early tomorrow for California and teaching Friday-Sunday, I will run the next giveaways for Volumes 2 and 3 next week. Keep an eye on my Facebook and here for the info.

As always, here’s wishing you a truly Artful day!

E-Book Giveaway!

Since I’m heading off to teach at Seaside this weekend for Charity Wings, I’m feeling quite charitable myself today. Did you know that ICE Resin now has a three-volume collection of Ebooks filled to the brim with amazing projects done this past year by the 2011-12 Creative Team? Oh my goodness, inspiration oozes from the digital pages of these books.

So here is the deal. Leave a comment here about what inspires YOU to make your art. I will choose one lucky winner by random number generator to receive a free download of Imagine, Create, Explore (get it? ICE) Vol. 1.

You have until 10 p.m. AZ time Wednesday Nov. 28th to enter.

After this one, we’ll move on to Vol. 2 and Vol. 3.

CHA Live Winner

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner….Beverly Jordan, congratulations you won the LIVE from CHA All-Access Pass giveaway courtesy of Charity Wings. I’ll email you in a bit to get your addy and pass along the info that Elena needs.  

Thanks everyone who played along. Your comments were awesome! I will be forwarding them along to Elena as well so she knows what ya’ll are looking forward to seeing. You can be our focus group of sorts!


LIVE From CHA Giveaway

Have you heard about the LIVE from CHA webcasting/livestreaming event put on by the fabulous organization Charity Wings? If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to walk around the huge Winter Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show, Elena Lai Etcheverry (the founder of Charity Wings) began this very fun livestreaming a few years ago where they cover the opening 2 days of the event.

Elena began Charity Wings seven years ago to combine her love of crafting with her background in event planning and fundraising to raise money for charity. So far, the Charity Wings volunteers have raised more than $360,000 for great causes. I met Elena last Winter CHA and found out more about her organization. I’m impressed and have been lending a hand whenever I can.

Elena jam-packs CHA Live with tons of interviews from your favorite craft manufacturers and interviews with some of the best and most well-known Designers. In addition to the event, participants get a kit of products shipped to their home that are donations from all the supporting manufacturers. The kit alone is easily worth the $39 price of the pass in brand new product that’s being debuted at CHA. (

Side note: Isn’t the logo above so cute? It was designed by my fellow CHA Designer Member Jennifer Priest who’s a self-proclaimed “addicted scrapbooker”. Love her blog!)

CHA Live takes place January 29 and 30th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to the kit, manufacturers donate prizes throughout the livestreaming so there are lots of chances of winning product AND handmade art. We’ll be participating with Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin, giving away goodies bags worth more than $100, which includes a handmade jewelry piece, some ICE Resin, bezels and a signed copy of my book, Explore, Create, Resinate. She’ll also be at our booth too, so you’ll get a tour of what our ICE Resin team has been working so hard on for the past couple of months. We’re just one of many.

So, here’s the cool part. Elena is giving me (along with other designer friends of mine) the chance to GIVE AWAY an exclusive All Access Pass to CHA to one lucky winner. If you live in the U.S., I will pay the cost of shipping for the kit, which is around $10.50. If you happen to sign up for the giveaway and live in Canada or International, I’m sorry but you will need to fund the shipping costs. Please email info@charitywings.com to get a price quote.

All you have to do to be entered to win the All Access Pass, is leave a comment here to let me know what kinds of products and ideas you are most excited about seeing at the upcoming Winter CHA trade show. Because kits are being shipping at the end of the week, the contest will close Thursday Jan. 19th at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Good luck everyone!