Fun with Gelatos

March 22, 2013

Gelatos by Faber Castell brings a whole new meaning to art. If you don't know what they are, they are like crayon but water soluble - so that when you add water to it, it becomes like paint. It's creamy and looks like a chapstick.



I only have 6 colors of Gelatos .. and will be buying more soon :) So, before the new colors arrive, I thought I'd show you (for those who are new to this product) some of the techniques you can use with Gelatos.

First up, I call this the water stain technique.

1. Choose a stamp of your choice and stamp it with archival ink (so that it will not leak when in contact with water)


2. Use the Gelatos and paint right onto your craft mat. If you do not have one, you can use an acrylic block.


3. Then mist it with some water. Here, it's up to you how much water you want to add. The more water, the less vibrant the colors will be.


4. Take your card and put it right on top of the misted Gelatos. If you think you need more color, simply repeat step 2 & step 3.


And here's my final card after adding a sentiment banner right on top. Don't you think the colors are just gorgeous? I used the metallic Gelatos and it has the glitter to it. If you don't have those, you can use some pearlescent spray instead of water when you are misting it up.

Next, is the coloring with Gelatos technique.

1. Choose your favorite stamp and ink it with some Archival ink
2. Next, just color with the Gelatos right onto your stamped image. If you want to blend the colors in, use your finger or a paintbrush. I find the finger works best.


3. Cut the images you just colored and add it to your card as embellishment. Easy peezy :) 



As you can see, I added some dimensional pearls on the butterflies for that extra pop.

And the last technique is the watercoloring technique.

1. Choose your favorite stamp (Rubber stamps work best with this technique)
2. Spray some water onto your craft mat or acrylic block
3. Dab the Gelatos on to the water and color your stamp
4. Stamp the watercolored image onto your card



As you can see, these little sticks of paint gives you plenty to play with. There are many more techniques I could show you, so do come back for more upcoming tips with the Gelatos. 



Supplies used: Metallic Gelatos (Faber Castell) / Stamps (Unity Stamp) / Paper (Amy Tangerine)

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27 comments

  1. Wow! I hadn't heard of Gelatos yet. What a great tutorial you've shown here! I think I like the watercolor effect the best - might have to go get me some of these... ;)

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  2. your card remind me of the fun art day in school. And the finger paniting days Lol.

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  3. My fav is the poppies! Great technique!

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  4. Angel, this tutorial is fantastic! Maybe I'll finally get those Gelatos out of their package!

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  5. I have been wondering about those Gelatos! Thank you for a very helpful post on techniques with them!

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  6. I have some but have not opened the package yet. :( Thanks for sharing some fun easy ways tonuse the gelatos :)

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  7. Sounds like lots of fun and easy....my two favorite things!

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  8. those look so fun , thanks for sharing how to with us : ) love the splashes of color

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  9. These are all fabulous! I've got gelatos that I haven't broken out yet - I think I need to get them out for sure! TFS!

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  10. Gorgeous cards and interesting to see a new product - hadn't heard of these before. Love the flowers on the last card x

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  11. Thanks for the tutorials. Such artsy designs with these great stamps. :)

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  12. These are awesome cards. Thanks for sharing the techniques!

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  13. All your projects are beautiful !!!

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  14. Wow, these designs are fabulous and the techniques look fun. Thanks for sharing the tips!

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  15. LOVE your water stain technique! i have 3 gelatos, i will have to try this out! tfs

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  16. Fun, cool, tutorial with the gelatos, Angeline!! I have several but never put them to use..maybe I should start :) Your cards are lovely!!

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  17. Thanks for sharing such fun using Gelatos! Fabulous cards and technique results!!!

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  18. I have 2 sets and I have not used them for a bit....I am getting them out as soon as I am finished with comments. Thanks for the reminders, and I love the tutorial with your last card being a favorite.

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  19. So so glad most of you like the tutorial and am inspired to use your stash of Gelatos ;)

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  20. Great tutorial! While I was familiar w/Gelatos, I'd only used them once & that was to color with. I love the other techniques you showed! Thanks for sharing!!

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  21. Love them all!!! The last one is my favorite. I got in the gelatos kick a while back, but never got the hang of them. Thanks for all the tips!

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  22. Wow! Another cool product I want! Thanks for the ideas! Great cards!!

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  23. Beautiful cards thanks for sharing this technique I never knew what they were or how to use them

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  24. Your cards are lovely. I too have a few Gelatos and need to play with them more!

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  25. Wonderful cards! I need to go give my Gelatos some stamp time.

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  26. Oh thanks, now I want Gelatos even more! :P All these are so beautiful, thanks for sharing how you did them.

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  27. These are ALL gorgeous!!! Love the techniques you have shared. Looks like I will have to start saving for some gelatos ;)

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