Gelatos Art How-To for Misting and Rubbing Techniques

Gelatos Art How-To for Misting and Rubbing Techniques | Michelle Houghton | Get It ScrappedEach month artist and Copic instructor Michelle Houghton looks at a particular medium and one or more ways to help you add this medium to your scrapbook layouts, as artists from the Creative Team at Get It Scrapped add inspiration to fuel your imagination and get you scrapping.

Last month I explored using Gelatos to create water color effects on your layouts.  This month I am playing with Faber Castell Gelatos and sharing two other ways to use this fun medium.  Here are some steps showing how to use Gelatos to create misted looks and rubbing them onto and into surfaces.

Using Gelatos as Spray Mists

Step #1 – Cut or scrape a small amount of Gelato into a small dish, cup or paint tray. 

Gelatos Art How-To for Misting and Rubbing Techniques | Michelle Houghton | Get It Scrapped

Step #2 – Mix the Gelato with water, smashing it until it is completely dissolved. 

Gelatos Art How-To for Misting and Rubbing Techniques | Michelle Houghton | Get It ScrappedStep #3 – Transfer the Gelato/water mixture into a mister bottle.  Faber Castell makes a small dropper to pull up your mixture and deposit it easily into your bottle.  I am using a flexible cup that I will pinch and poor from then I can throw away when I am done. 

Gelatos Art How-To for Misting and Rubbing Techniques | Michelle Houghton | Get It ScrappedStep #4 – Use your Gelato mist how ever you would use a regular mist.  Remember these have a water base so they will not stick to all surfaces.  

Gelatos Art How-To for Misting and Rubbing Techniques | Michelle Houghton | Get It ScrappedNow let your mists dry and then add your elements or background paper to your layout.  

Gelatos Art How-To for Misting and Rubbing Techniques | Michelle Houghton | Get It Scrapped

Houghton Originals by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: cardstock; American Crafts, patterned paper; Basic Grey and October Afternoon, adhesive fabric, and sticker letters; October Afternoon, pop stickers Basic Grey, mist; Gelato by Faber Castell

Using Gelatos with Rubbing Techniques 

Step #1 – Color your Gelato directly onto the surface where you want to add color.  

Gelatos Art How-To for Misting and Rubbing Techniques | Michelle Houghton | Get It Scrapped

Step #2 – Use a finger or rubbing tool to massage your Gelato into your surface. 

Gelatos Art How-To for Misting and Rubbing Techniques | Michelle Houghton | Get It Scrapped

OR

Step #1 – Pick up Gelato on your finger or rubbing tool. 

Gelatos Art How-To for Misting and Rubbing Techniques | Michelle Houghton | Get It Scrapped

Step #2 – Rub your Gelato color into the surface where you want to add color. 

Gelatos Art How-To for Misting and Rubbing Techniques | Michelle Houghton | Get It Scrapped

One of the things I love about rubbing Gelatos is the ability to enhance textures.  Here are a few ideas of where they can add new dimension:  

  • Wood 
  • Embossed paper 
  • Glittered elements 
  • Through Stencils

Gelatos Art How-To for Misting and Rubbing Techniques | Michelle Houghton | Get It Scrapped

Christy Stickler from the Get It Scrapped Creative Team is joining me again with another fabulous layout using her Gelatos.  She used a stencil but in a different way than my sample above.

Christy says, “I laid my cardstock over a large 12×12 stencil, and then rubbed over the top. Using the white gelato over the black cardstock made it look very similar to a chalkboard. Since the background felt very busy, I kept the rest of the elements of the layout very simple.”

Gelatos Art How-To for Misting and Rubbing Techniques | Christy Strickler | Get It Scrapped

The Ambush by Christy Strickler Supplies| Cardstock: Colorbok; Letters: American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Studio Calico; Stencil: Prima: Chipboard: Simple Stories; Flair: A Flair for Buttons; Jewels: Hero Arts; Pen: Signo Uniball; Coloring Medium: Gelato by Faber Castell

Bio-shot-2011-150Michelle Houghton is a wife, mother and artist living in Iowa. Even before she began scrapbooking, she was a lifelong artist, majoring in Fine Arts at the University of Oregon and then teaching high school art for 7 years. Michelle has been scrapbooking for more than 15 years and she enjoys adding her own art, doodles and handmade elements to her pages for a one-of-a-kind look.

Michelle teaches doodling, Copics, handlettering and more at workshops throughout the country. She writes tutorials at Get It Scrapped and is an instructor for Imagination International Inc., the US distributor of Copic products. The best way to learn more about Michelle is at her website, scrapweaver.com.

6 Responses to Gelatos Art How-To for Misting and Rubbing Techniques

  1. Marie-Pierre November 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Love these techniques, Michelle!!! I’m kind of afraid of my Gelatos. You just gave me a couple of ideas on how to use them. Thanks!!

  2. maimuna January 20, 2016 at 4:37 pm #

    this is great i wish i had a gelato pen

  3. Ann Simonsen September 23, 2016 at 12:09 pm #

    What kind of paper would be good to use for someone in a nursing home. She can put the color down and rub with her fingers, but can’t get the colors to blend. I know Paper Wishes sells card toppers and that paper works well but I can’t find just plain white paper like that. I don’t know what it’s called. Regular card stock does not work unless you use water with it. There must be some kind coating on that paper. Can you help me?

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