I really love how art supplies/products are migrating into the crafting community. Such is the case of a number of cool supplies by Faber Castell in their “Design-Memory-Crafts” line, including Gelatos.
“Gelatos?” you ask. I know, me too. I had no clue- so I looked them up. Here’s how they are described on the website:
Gelatos: Creamy rich colors blend smoothly â€¢ Transform opaque Gelato colors into translucent tints with water â€¢ Great for adding color and sheen to chipboard â€¢ Mix & Match Color Gelatos in Red/Yellow, Green/Blue and Neutral color palettes. Color Gelatos are creamy sticks infused with brilliant color. The color glides easily onto papers and can then be dissolved with water to create watercolor effects or left to dry for vibrant bursts of color. Try stamping with the Color Gelatos or apply a field of color and use a stamp to remove the color. Color Gelatos work wonderfully on flocked papers and embellishments too. Color Gelatos are acid-free and odorless.
I opened the cap, and what I saw reminded me of chap stick:
There is no odor, and when I ran my finger across the Gelato, pigment glided off of the stick and onto my finger. I couldn’t help myself, I just had to see how it applied to paper.
The word “glide” seems to be what comes to mind. The stick laid down a nice application of pure color- very vibrant and saturated. Much like a good lipstick! I started playing and layering.
The colors blended well straight from the stick. I added some water via waterbrush, just to see how the worked as watercolor paints.
So, I found that this is where it became apparent that there is more media (ie, “stick”) than pigment. The colors are rich, but when you add too much water it literally waters it down and it’s a little disappointing.
Now, before I get too far gone, it was time for a swatch test. I applied the green Gelato to my paper samples, then used the waterbrush to blend it out a little.
As you can see in the bottom of the swatch test, I also applied the Gelato right to a rubber stamp, and made an impression. Nice. Then I spritzed the stamp with water and took a second stamping (I didn’t apply more pigment.) Also nice! And the pigments showed up on darker substraits, too…so there is plenty of potential for dark backgrounds.
Now buckle up, crafty friends, because this is where I had some serious FUN. I went back to the first few scribbles in my journal, and layered and layered and layered….and then spritzed it with some water just to see how it blended.
Oh, my! Did the colors POP! My page was a little juicy (ahem) so I pressed the previous page to it and lifted some of the color. Then I scribbled a bin on THAT page….and instead of spritzing with water, I used Tattered Angels Glimmer mist in “Sun Sisters.” (One of my favorite colors, by the way.) Now I had a page filled with color AND a bit of shimmer.
Omigosh, I love, love, love. I even tried wetting the paper and then rubbing the gelato over top…. it even moved some of the colors around…yeah, I could do this all day!
Here are just a few more experiments with Gelatos…
So this is why I’m so glad that the art supply companies are taking crafters seriously- this is a wonderful product that certainly airs on the “artsy” side of crafting. But if you like mixed media, or are ready to spread your arty wings, then this is great “crossover” product for you!
Now, I do have one teensyweency bone to pick. Faber Castell is selling Gelatos in their “Mix and Match” line, and they are packaged in color families. So you can get a pack of red-yellow or green-blue, or metallics. I totally want to have the full spectrum of colors in one box, don’t you? These should be sold in full sets, the same way colored pencils are. Also, with the exception of the black/white, and metallic duos, these are sold in sets of 4 colors plus one paintbrush and one clear stamp. No acrylic block is included, which is silly to me- you can’t really use the stamp without a block.
Ranting aside, they retail for about $10 USD for the sets including the 3 Gelatos in a color family with brush & stamp, and the duos are a bargain for $4 USD for a set of two! Now really, these are great prices for the versatility of the product. You also get about 1.5 inches of “stick”- I measured- and you’ll have no waste- so that’s pretty good, too.
I’d have to say that my favorite way of playing with them is to use them a s a background, and then layer stamping and Glimmer Mists. They have earned a place on MY craft table. What do you think?
Here are some tutorials using Gelatos that you might enjoy:
- Sunglasses Case Tutorial
- Heat Embossed Resist Cards using Gelatos
Samples provided for review.
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