Hi everyone :)
When I went to Creative Adventure Downunder a couple of months ago I was introduced to Faber Castell Gelatos by Donna Downey. We didn’t actually do much with them and I didn’t think too much more of them until a few weeks ago when I came across Debra Buckland’s blog… and oh my, all of a sudden I was thinking that I simply HAD to have some of my own to ‘play’ with!
You might be wondering what Gelatos actually are so here’s a very brief description:
Nothing on the market today compares with Design Memory Craft Gelatos®. Compact acid-free pigment sticks glide on creamy smooth for vibrant colour and coverage. All Gelatos® blend easily with or without water.
They come in packs:
And a large set (which is what I bought)
I did a bit of Google searching and couldn’t find anyone in NZ who sold Gelatos… and of course I couldn’t let it go at that so I contacted Debra through her blog and got some info from her. She’s set up a Facebook group for anyone interesting in using/buying/sharing techniques for Gelatos and it’s GREAT! If you’re at all interested in getting Gelatos or learning how to use them then we’d love to see you join the group.
To cut a long story short… I ordered my Gelatos and they arrived on Friday while I was at school. I was desperate to ‘play’ but I promised myself that I’d get all my maths books marked and up to date before I used them… and this morning I got up early and finished the last 6 books and I’ve been ‘playing’ ever since!
I’m super happy with it… and totally loving Gelatos! So many possibilities for using them. I’ve had some really wonderful comments about my tutorials so I’ve done the step-by-step photos to go with this page.
I started off with a background that I’d made ages ago… in fact I think it might be one of the ones I made while I was staying at Krystal’s. The poppy flowers were made using a Donna Downey cutting file from the Silhouette along with some texture paste. The whole page had already been painted with gesso so I was able to start straight away!
I have to admit that I didn’t even do a ‘test run’ on the colours… I just put them straight onto my page… must have been feeling brave LOL
Ok… onto the poppies! I was determined to do ALL the colouring with Gelatos for this page but at this point my hands were ‘itching’ to grab out my Pan Pastels! I’m happy to report that the ‘determination’ won over the ‘itching’ and I’ve learnt heaps in the process!
I added some red to one of the poppy flowers by mixing it with a little bit of water on my brush but wasn’t that happy with the colour so I grabbed out a little eye shadow applicator and thought it might work…
I’m really pleased with my Gelato purchase and I love how they blend so well. They really do make you feel like a bit of an artist!
Thanks for visiting… and remember to join the Facebook group if you’d like to know/learn/share more about Gelatos!