Thursday, January 15, 2015

Playing with Gelatos

Last year i bought myself a pack of gelatos and quickly became obsessed and decided i needed more colours. Now i have quite the collection! There are so many different techniques you can do with them and they are so much fun. i especially like the metallic ones which have a really pretty metallic sheen to them. The main tips that i have discovered are that if you are using regular cardstock as your base (as opposed to watercolour paper) it's best to put a layer of gesso down where you are planning to use the gelatos. It's much easier to blend them that way. The next tip would be to press down hard with your gelatos, don't worry they won't break! The other thing is, use plenty of water.

Here are a couple of layouts where i've used a simple watercolouring technique (aka, making a big inky mess). This layout was one i created whilst taking the Art + Design Class with Wilna Furstenburg. She has created some fantastic pages using gelatos & is the main reason that i wanted to try them out in the first place. In fact, she covers them in both of her Art Classes which i can highly recommend.

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On this one i used watercolour paper so i didn't need to use any gesso as a base. It's much easier to do this technique on watercolour paper so i recommend starting out using that if you're just learning. 

And here's a layout where things didn't go quite right. The colours turned out a LOT brighter than i thought they would. It might have been wise to experiment on cardstock first...but i didn't. Lesson learnt. It's still going in the album though, because you know, i'm brave and wild like that ;)

Have you used Gelatos yet? 


Deb @ inner compass designs said...

i don't scrapbook but love playing with watercolour pencils and crayons - keep meaning to try the gelatos but have been intimidated as to how to use them. love the yellow splots in the first page especially

(by the way i cannot manage to get blogger to change my details - my blog is now inner compass designs lol)

ForgedinPaper said...

These look good. I like my gelatos on my art journal pages but haven't been brave enough to use them on a LO. Love the LOs.

Unknown said...

OH!!!! Love what you did with the gelatos! Just gorgeous!

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