Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Faber-Castell Mix & Match Mixed Media Sampler

Reported by Julie Tiu

has provided a variety of products for crafters, artists, designers and the general population for generations. In recent years, I’ve seen Faber-Castell come out with more kits for art journaling and crafting, including products in their Creativity for Kids line. How easy and convenient is that for busy, crafty people? So, I am eager to share with you my review of their Mix & Match Mixed Media Sample, their collection of five different media that they’ve formulated to work reliably together. This media sample from their Design Memory Craft line comes in four color schemes: red, blue, yellow and green.

I’ve long admired mixed media artwork, and it’s been a while since I’ve experimented. What better way to get back into it than with a color-coordinated set that includes an Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil, PITT Pastel Pencil, Metallic PITT Artist Pen, Stamper’s Big Brush Pen and a Metallic Gelato (which incidentally makes me want to have a frozen treat every time I use it). The first four media are pretty self-explanatory. Their Gelato is a creamy metallic pigment stick which blends with or without water.

Let’s take a look at the media’s color and coverage on regular text-weight paper.

The pictures don’t do the colors justice; the colors are vibrant and rich. The metallics are shimmery, but I found the Rose Metal PITT pen less shimmery than expected.

The products can work on their own with simple drawing and shading techniques, and a wet watercolor paintbrush for the watercolor pencil and gelato. The gelato will dry blend nicely, too, with a little tissue paper. The pens, pencils and gelato are great to use on paper and fabric, the two surfaces I tested.

Artist Trading Card series: Watercolor pencil on cardstock

Mini Asian Scroll: Stamped image (Stampington) on cotton

Trying the Stamper’s Big Brush Pen on my stamps, both rubber and clear, gave decent results. There is definitely a lot more control brushing ink onto stamps, as many of you know, but you may find it slightly tricky to brush this India ink-based pen on clear stamps. You may not get even coverage, or your ink may pool in certain areas of your image.

Better inking with rubber stamps

Uneven inking with clear stamps

Stamped images (Donna Downey) with blended pen, watercolor pencil, pastel and gelato on paper

The pastel pencil is fun to use in the sense that you don’t get a chalky mess all over your work surface and the “lead” doesn’t break, but you still get a nice soft pastel. Blend with your fingertip, blending pen or stump. It erases easily too.

Stamped image (We R Memory Keepers) on watercolor and gelato

Using metallic pen on clear stamp results in good coverage

Stamped images (We R Memory Keepers and Paper Source) in metallic ink over watercolor, gelato, ink and pastel

The metallic blue ink shines over the Big Brush ink. Love that color!

I find that the pencils and gelatos blend so nicely. When you try it out, be careful to adjust the amount of water that you load onto your brush. The beginner that I am, I flooded a few areas and the color faded quite a bit, but the main point is… the color was still where I wanted it.

Featured Projects

This mixed media project is a series of artist trading cards ready to be cut. (I can’t take credit for the words. I heard it on a newscast or morning show actually.)

ATC series to share.

Here the Mixed Media red collection starts off an altered book project. (Stamps by Donna Downey, embellishment from We R Memory Keepers)

A mini Asian scroll made with stamped images and various coloring, ready to hang or frame.

Faber-Castell’s idea of color coordinating is perfect for the beginning mixed media artist. They’ve put together a great sample pack, and you won’t be disappointed if you give it a whirl on your next project!


  • The pens are odorless and won’t bleed through paper.
  • Stamper’s Big Brush pen ink stays moist while brushing onto rubber stamps.
  • Fantastic blending between the different media.
  • Color coordinated kits take the guesswork out of creating a color palette from scratch.


  • When using clear stamps, India ink from the Stamper’s Big Brush pen goes on unevenly
  • The sample pack contains a great variety of media, but would also be nice to have a textural tool included.

The sampler retails $12-$15, online or at your local art supply store.

The cool folks over at Faber-Castell are giving a set of these cool Mixed Media colors to one lucky reader! Just leave a comment on either of the Faber-Castell reviews today answering the question in the Comments section of either article to be entered to win!

What color(s) of the mixed media sets would you most want to win? What would YOU create?

One comment per person, per article, please. Winner will be selected on Saturday, June 4, 2011.


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75 Responses to Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Faber-Castell Mix & Match Mixed Media Sampler

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    rlynnbaker June 1, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    Normally, I’m a blue girl all the way, BUT this time I think I’d rather have the red. Such a neat idea!

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    Jaded Raven June 1, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    I love to experiment with materials. I’d love to try the red pack!

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    MrsETaylor June 1, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    I’m crossing my fingers on this one. Love the look of these and would really like to try them out.

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    Hudson June 1, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    Wow – how cool is that and what neat packaging!!!! At first I thought blue but then perhaps yellow instead – for use on heritage items. They all look fun!

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    Liz June 1, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    BLUES. because summer is here and i would make cards. i hope i win i saw a video on this and i have to say it looks really cool

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    krisa bortz June 1, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    I’d have to say green. I love playing with botanical themes in my designs.

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    ShoppingTamii June 1, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    I think the blue, I could do a lot with the blue 🙂

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    Anita June 1, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    What fun new coloring tools. Amazing projects. I would love the blue.

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    Anonymous June 1, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    I’ve recently begun an art journal and would make good use of this set there. Hard to choose a set color as they’d all be great, but I’d choose red first!

    ElleCee at gmail dot com

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    Stephanie Zito June 1, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    I’ve recently been dabbling in mixed media and art journaling! I’m a big fan of Faber Castell! Such a fantastic giveaway! I’d definitely would love to win the blue set! Thanks for the chance!

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    Terrie June 1, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    I would like the blue pack. These products look so fantastic! Thanks for the review.

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    Linda June 1, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    Such a fabulous review on this product….thank you!!
    I would love to have the green set to use on some nature looking cards. Thank you for the chance to win!!

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    wilcoxdesigns June 1, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    Green is my favorite. It would be so fun to try these.

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    Irit Shalom June 1, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    Need to try those sets- hope to win one and then to buy some more.. I love the metallics mostly, but green and yellow will do it too

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    Dollie June 1, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    I would say blue but I love the red set too! And I would make some fun summer projects with them 🙂

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    TiaKeas June 1, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    I love them all!! I have some Faber-Castell markers and love them!!

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    Janet L. June 1, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    These packs look like they’d be a dynamite addition for making my cards. I’d go for the blue ones!

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    {VICKI} June 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    Would love to win the blue set

    Love to create with blues—I use blue on just about every scrap page

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    AShu93 June 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    I would like the blue or green. I think they would make great sky or grass backgrounds for stamping.

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    Mel- June 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    I love the blue. I have some of the gelatos, but not metallic – and now of course, I NEED those!!! Been experimenting with Mixed Media thanks to Faber Castell’s kit and I’m hooked!

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    nullgraph June 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    Pretty! I guess I’m red all the way…

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    Heather June 1, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    Wow! These products look so great together! While my fav color to create with is red, I am LOVING the look of the blue metallic pencil over the big marker so I have to say BLUE all the way.

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    rudie2shoes June 1, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    I would go with greens!

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    McStamper June 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    Oh, difficult to choose. Probably the red. Great giveaway. Thanks.

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    Bonnie in SC June 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Gee, choosing would really be hard. I guess I’d start with the green. But definitely would want all the colors. I would use them in my art journal, for sure. I also make a lot of paper flowers, so I’d use them to decorate those.

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    Candy June 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    Difficult choice but I’ll go for blue so I can watercolor the sky. Thanks so much!

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    Melanie June 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    I need them ALL! Hmmm … blue/greens? If I have to say one set!

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    Donna June 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    I’d love to experiment with metallics. I don’t have much in that line but it would be really cool to try them out. I’d be making cards to experiment!

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    Char June 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    I would like to try the red pack. I love all colors, but this is my favorite one next to purple. I would like to try an experiment on glass and wood.

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    lutingobelin June 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    I would love to win the blue one, bacause I have a lot of boys at home and the metallic look is so beautiful ! I think you can create so much things, but I would love to create some canvas, and mixed media projects. Nevertheless it is not my scrapbooking style, I want to try new things with this sampler !

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    Lisa June 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    Thanks for the chance to win! If I had to choose, I guess I’d go with red…

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    Tiffany June 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    So hard to pick one color…but I guess it would be blue!

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    funkycrafter June 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    i like metallics. any color that is shiny is my favorite. i use the pitt pens for lots of things now. the color sets would be so great for art journaling. just dive in and get messy.

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    chinamomxtwo June 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    red red red, please! this was a great review! TY! I have been tempted to try these, now I knwo I will 🙂

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    Corinna June 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    Oh, great giveaway! I would love the PINK set. I’ve been working my way through Christy Tomlinson’s She Art workshop and she uses these a lot and I’ve been wanting to get some.

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    Molossus June 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    Faber-Castell knows how to win the heart of my pocketbook! Want all these sets!

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    Cheryl June 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    I’d go with blue to start- what a great idea to package these together, sort of like a trial kit for several products. Thanks so much for the great review!

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    Jackib June 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Would love to win this mixed media set – what a great way to test them all! Thanks.

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    POSH June 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    I would soooo LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to try the blue metallic set…I’m such a metal queen…LOL
    I think that color just begs for a set of of ocean themed gift tags or cards….
    Thanks for the oppty to score some of these nifty sets.

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    MoonAttic June 1, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    Blue is my favorite color, but the Red sampler appears to have a broader range of tone, and the Metallic Gelato calls to me like a new shade of frosted pink lipstick! I would love to experiment with them on a Zentangle(R)-inspired art project.Tasty stuff! Thanks so much for the reviews.

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    LisaAnn June 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    Love all the colors, but the metallic really rocks! I am dying to use them on art quilts!

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    Shaaron June 1, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    OMGoodness I want them all. Blue is my favorite color so I would love to start with that set and then start getting them all. I make all my own cards so this would be wonderful to work with.

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    Jenny Lilac June 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    I would most like to win a PURPLE set. That is the color I always choose! I would make some ATCs for a big swap I have coming up!

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    rush June 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    i would love to have any color, but blue is a favorite of mine. i would like to make cards with it.

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    annesatx June 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    I think I’d go with red… Thanks!

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    Barbara June 1, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    I think I would like to try the blues. They sound wonderful to work with.

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    Sue McRae June 1, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    I really like the blue set, really pretty colours. Maybe the greens too…

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    Scrappy Rat June 1, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    Purples and blues would probably be my favorite. Love the shimmery ones especially. I’m excited to check out all this new stuff from Faber Castell. I’ve always been a fan of their stuff for writers (that other thing I do) so it’s cool to see them expanding into craft supplies too.

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    Mountain Salt Studio June 1, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    I’d have to go with the green because I’ve used up my green gelatos already!

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    Kristin June 1, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Honestly, I WOULD LOVE THEM ALL!!! LOL…I would probably use the blue the most, and if they have green, pink, purple….any of those would be awesome too! I have so many ideas running around in my head right now!!!

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    Sara Henton June 1, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    I think I would like to try either green or yellow. I really would love to try the pencils.

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    Anonymous June 1, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    I love all the colors but if I had to chose just one it would be red. Thanks for the great info on this product. EJ

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    VStarRider June 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

    I would love to try these!!! I would use them in my art journaling and mixed-media painting projects. My favorite color is blue, but I think I would like the red set for some contrast!

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    Bec Clarke June 2, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    I had a hard time choosing but I would go with blues. They really grab me at the moment.

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    emarci June 2, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    I love all colors but would probably choose red and use them in my art journal and to rubber stamp.

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    Carole RB June 2, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    I would like to win all of the mixed media sets would you most want to win and would like to experience a lot. In fact I’m a blue lover

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    smahrty June 2, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    I like both of the color paks. I would use them for back ground designs.

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    BunnyFreak June 2, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    I wish there was a purple set. The blue set looks like it would be fun though.

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    rilojane June 2, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    I think I’d like green the best. This looks like such a fun product! And affordable, too. I’d probably use them in card making a lot.

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    Janet June 2, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    Wow–this was really interesting. thanks for the chance to win. I’d love to try these.

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    aimee June 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    The green definitely. Or maybe blue. Oh oh I know! The red! Aw heck….they are all pretty damn cool!!!

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    Karla Anderson June 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    I want these so badly, they look awesome for not only stamping but also art journaling and mixed media art…my favorite things in the world. Thanks for the review and the chance to win.

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    Diane S. June 2, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    I would love to win the primary colors-red, yellow, blue! these look terrific!!

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    listgirl June 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    I would want the blue set to create some ATC’s. I live by the ocean and blue is my favorite color!

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    isabel scrap June 2, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    I love the blue and the brown.

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    Vitoria B June 2, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    I love to try these materials. Looks so pretty.

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    Sue D June 2, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    I already have the red so would like to try the green or blue.

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    Caroline June 2, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    The sets are a neat way to try out some of ther products. Ive not seen these before. I’d use them with my stamping for cards and scrapbooking

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    la zaz June 3, 2011 at 4:21 am #

    wow, love these products. I love oranges and turquoise the most!

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    Paulo Marques June 3, 2011 at 4:22 am #

    Ilove to try the blue pack!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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    the mustik June 3, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    I cross my fingers, the blue pack looks amazing;

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    kim June 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    i would like the blues to go with some pictures I have of the ocean to help create scrapbook pages. Thank you for the chance to win.

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    AmbreRose June 4, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    These are great! I think I need to get some and made something, anything today. I would like to first start out with with some fabric, your pictures got me thinking. ambrerose (at) aol(dot) com

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    construction_julie June 4, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    Great comments, everyone! Thanks for checking out the review… Good luck with the giveaway!

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    construction_julie June 4, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    Great review and projects, Erika!