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5 Ways to use Gelatos

5 Ways to use Gelatos

5 Ways to use Gelatos from Amylee

Amylee has some ideas and techniques to use with Faber-Castell Gelatos that she can’t wait to share with us!

Gelatos sticks, have you seen them?
At first glance, the attractive glossy packaging looks like a lip balm or a candy stick that children of the 80’s loved to suck or crunch. Well no, gelatos by Faber-Castell are only tasted with your fingers. They are small sticks of a creamy consistency protected by a plastic tube. The vivid coloured pigments are concentrated, water soluble, and allow a multitude of creative uses.

Free Your Imagination to Unleash Your Potential 
These unique crayons are ideal for mixed media art. You can use your finger / a stamp / a brush / a spatula, or use them dry / wet / dissolved with water or mixed with modelling paste or a structuring gel. Gelatos are the favourites for scrapbooking, art journal, hand lettering, stencils … they’re so nice and easy to work with! They have a practical, twist out holder for cleanliness and ease of use.
Many supports are compatible with these crayons: paper, canvas, wood, cardboard …

1/ Drawing

Draw, smudge, trace, colour, use the stick like a pencil to give life to all your ideas. My favourite papers to work with dry: the smooth surfaces of multi-technique paper pads or pastel paper pads.

GREAT TO KNOW – They are sensitive to high temperatures, avoid leaving your gelatos near a heat source, in direct sunlight or in a car.

2/ Soft Tool

You can create cloudy effects, blends, and gradations with your finger , a colour shaper, a cotton swab or a paper towel.

GREAT TO KNOW –  A make-up sponge can also be used as a blender.

3/ Texture

Crush the tip of your Gelatos and mix it with structuring gel, modelling paste or clear gesso, you will get more body and texture in your colours!

GREAT TO KNOW – Simply cut off a bit of gelatos with a palette knife or a cutter.

4/ With Water

Dissolved with water, the residue of gelatos makes it possible to create super watercolour effects with a brush, splashes or drips. My favourite papers for working with water: watercolour paper, fine grain (or cold pressed, 300 or 350gsm.

GREAT TO KNOW  – Scribble gelatos on a plate, add water and mix with a paint brush. Once the pigment is fully dissolved pour the mixture into a small spray bottle and you have your own custom mist.

5/ Stamps & Stencils

Rub a stick of gelatos onto a stamp (rubber or wooden) before pressing on a sheet of paper. For a stencil, use a sponge or a stencil brush soaked with water and gelatos.

GREAT TO KNOW – Draw a circle on the bottom of a plate and with a brush add a few drops of water to get coloured ink.

Does it not make your mouth water all these colours? It does me.

  • Most of these products are currently available at GreatArt Onlineor in their art supply shop in London Shoreditch.

Information for this article was provided by professional fine artist, Amylee Paris. You can visit her colourful portfolio or follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
GREAT TO KNOW – Find all Amylee’s posts published in GreatArt online Magazine by clicking here!
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