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Playing with Faber Castell Gelatos

Below is the first card I made with the Gelatos. I started by cutting out some die cuts using my Silhouette Cameo and swiping multiple complimentary colors on the cut outs. The coloring was haphazard because I wanted to see how well the color would blend. I blended the colored cut outs on a fresh sheet of white Stampin Up cardstock and not only were the cut outs beautiful, the cardstock ended up with this gorgeous pattern.



I love how it turned out and am so thrilled that I can use the gelatos to easily turn boring die cuts into beautiful and textured embellishments so quickly. I also used a hot glue gun to adhere my embellishments – something I learned from watching Wilna Furstenberg’s videos. Once I can master the technique, I think the wisps of remaining gluestick glue will also add some more texture and visual interest to the card. IMG_0051

Faber Castell Gelatos – First Impressions

After binge reading Wilna Furstenberg’s blog and watching countless videos she’s posted online, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase the Gelatos full set.

IMG_0054 IMG_0057Before purchasing from Amazon — at the time of purchase, they had by far the cheapest price — I spent two nights deep reading about the “gelatos vs gel sticks” debate. For me, even if the quality is exactly the same, color choice was the determining factor. I use the Peach, Guava, Mango, and Lavender colors all the time and I simply would not have used the primary colors of the gel sticks. After playing with them for a few days, I know I made the right choice. Some swatches of the first row of colors below.

IMG_0058 IMG_0059 IMG_0060I’m watching many videos to learn how to control the intensity of swaths of color — the traditional watercolor look is easiest to recreate when I use swipe a wet brush against the stick. For more intense color, I swipe the stick directly on the water color paper a few times. Sometimes it blends smoothly but other times, it doesn’t work as well as I want it to.

I also read about using gelatos for stamping and creating both slightly embossed or water color effects. I’ve read that rubber stamps work better than acrylic or clear stamps — I’ve only tested it out on rubber stamps so far. The first example, I spritzed the stamp first then swatched the stick around like messy lipstick. It created a slightly raised impression.

IMG_0061 IMG_0062With this stamp, I sprayed the stamp after I colored the rubber surface. Can you tell that this is supposed to a be a macaron? I bought this stamp on a whim when I had a class coupon from Paper Source.


Next up — I’m going to test it out on different types of paper.