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5 ways to use Faber-Castell Gelatos

5 ways to use Faber-Castell Gelatos

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.

5 ways to use Faber-Castell Gelatos


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 with gelatos.

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.

5 ways to use Faber-Castell Gelatos

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/ Use a soft tool with your gelatos.

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

5 ways to use Faber-Castell Gelatos
Did you know? A make-up sponge can also be used as a blender.

3/ Give texture to your gelatos.

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!

5 ways to use Faber-Castell Gelatos

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

4/ Gelatos 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.

5 ways to use Faber-Castell Gelatos

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/ Use your gelatos with stamps and 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.

5 ways to use Faber-Castell Gelatos

5 ways to use Faber-Castell Gelatos

Did you know? Draw a circle on the bottom of a plate and with a brush add a few drops of water to get coloured ink.

5 ways to use Faber-Castell Gelatos

5 ways to use Faber-Castell Gelatos

5 ways to use Faber-Castell Gelatos

Do all these colours  not make your mouth water? It does for me!

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

Find all Amylee’s posts published in GreatArt online Magazine by clicking here!

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