Faber-Castell describes the Gelatos as “acid-free pigment sticks that glide on creamy smooth for vibrant color and coverage.” I just call them yummy. You can blend them with water for a water color effect, apply them directily to stamps or use them to color chipboard and other embellishments.
They are packaged in a lip balm-like container that you twist from the bottom to reveal more Gelato. It’s a fitting package, since their consistency reminds me a lot of lipstick.
Each set comes with four color Gelato sticks in coordinating colors (red/yellow, blue/green, neutrals and metallics), a clear stamp and a matching paint brush. Two-pack sets, with no brush or stamp, are available in black and white and gold and silver.
I love that the paintbrush color coordinates, and love even more that it’s triangular so it doesn’t slip slide its way off my craft table.
They blended smoothly with the water and each other, making this awesome background.
Next, I wanted to add a sun to my tag. Again, I colored with the gelatos, this time just in the corner of my tag. I wanted the color to be stronger, so I decided to blend with a Fantastix instead of water.
Even without water, the gelato blended so smoothly. I was even able to pull some color down to make rays of light coming from my sun.
Faber-Castell really emphasized the Gelatos ability to color textured embellishments. I pulled out some flocked letters and gave it a try. Here they are all white and boring.
And here they are all pretty and red. The Gelato glided smoothly, even on the flocked surface. It was tricky to get to the sides of the letters because they are slightly raised. I solved that by using my handy Fantastix to get down the sides and all the nooks and crannies. Worked perfectly. Plus, my letters still had their fuzzy texture even after coloring.
Here’s my finished tag. Peeking out from under my letters is one of the clear stamps included in the kit. While I think the quality of the stamps is good, I do think the designs are too small to color with the gelatos, if you want more than one color. I found the stamps worked best if I colored them with one color of gelato or just used an ink pad.
I sprayed some water on the shavings and mixed them up.
Next, I added some Lumiere so my final paint would have some shimmer and shine.
Here it is ready to go. I used it to paint some old Cosmo Cricket Blackboard (black chipboard) that I’ve had for awhile.
I love how this turned out. I think I have finally found a way to use up this blackboard.
And here it is after. I took a yellow Gelato and gently rubbed it over the surface so that it would highlight the texture. Super yummy.
I made several more numbers in different color combinations. I added some Glossy Accents to the numbers so they would match my shiny rocket ship. Here they are on my layout.
And here’s the finished layout with my numbers and my rocket ship.
With all that experimenting behind me, I was ready to get in touch with my inner frustrated artist. I decided to try making a layout using just the Gelatos and my photos.
I laid down some blue Gelato, starting in one corner and working my way down.
I blended the Gelato with water and a paintbrush to get this watercolor-like background. I didn’t have trouble blending away my lines on the canvas like I did on paper.
Next, I took a polka dot background stamp from Stampin’ Up and inked it with the darker blue Gelato.
And used it to add some texture to one side of my canvas. I didn’t need to re-Gelato my stamp every time, and I also didn’t have to spritz every time. My canvas was still a little damp from my first color wash, so not much additional water was needed.
I wanted some bolder circles, so following the same steps for making the paint above, I mixed some Gelato shavings with gesso this time. I laid down a mask and painted over it with my Gelato-tinted gesso. You can also mix the Gelatos with gel medium or even regular white acrylic paint.
For my last step, I mixed Gelato shavings with just water and added it to a Mini Mister. I used a Crafter’s Workshop template as a mask and added some circles.
It’s a subtle look, but I like the touch of contrast that it brings.
Here’s my final “artsy” Gelato-only layout. I used negative pieces of chipboard to paint some of my title and letter stamps for the rest. I’m pretty pleased with my first artsy attempt, and loved trying out so many different techniques with the Gelatos.
Last, I wanted to try some more direct stamping with the Gelatos. I tried two different methods — coloring the stamps and then misting and spraying down a piece of water color paper, and then stamping.
I used the image on the left to create this card.
Whew! I had tons of fun giving these Gelatos a work out. As much as I used them, I still have plenty of color left in my tubes. A little certainly goes a long way.
- Works on multiple surfaces — paper, canvas, chipboard, grungeboard, embossed surfaces.
- Can be used for many techniques — painting, misting, water coloring, stamping.
- Kits make it easy and inexpensive to try out artsy techniques.
- Color matched to other media in the Design Memory Craft line.
- Stamp included in kit is too small to use with Gelatos if you want to use more than one color.
- Heavier paper is better if you plan on using techniques with lots of water.
- Gelatos have a big tip, so they’re better suited to bold stamp images for direct coloring techniques.
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Have you tried the Color Gelatos? What is/would be your favorite way to use them?
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