Friday, June 26, 2015

Tips & Tricks with Alicia Redshaw - Gelatos (Part 1)


Hi everyone, Alicia here today to share some ideas for using Gelatos® in your creations. I have been using the Faber-Castell Gelatos® since 2011, well before they were the Superstar product that they are now. And for those of you who are wondering what Gelatos® are this is the best quote I have found for them on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Website:

“Compact acid-free pigment sticks glide on creamy smooth for vibrant color and coverage. All Gelatos® blend easily with or without water.”

And that really does sum them up in as few words as possible. My only additions would be that the creative possibilities with Gelatos® are absolutely endless as they mix with other acrylic products and with a bit of know-how can be applied to almost any surface. This canvas is one of my first completed Gelatos® projects that I still have (most have been sold or given away), and it was finished in November 2011.  I still love this canvas, even though it may seem a bit old now.


I have used Gelatos® in several different ways on this canvas, with the two main ones being:

1. Accenting and shading areas by taking the brush to the Gelatos®. This can be seen best between and around the paper hearts. The secret with this technique is to make sure that your brush is only damp, not wet. Too much water will prevent the brush from collecting and distributing the Gelatos® in a pleasing manner.


2. Applying the Gelatos® directly onto the piece and then spreading with fingers for a blended look – similar to using Oil Pastels. I have created the blue halo around the canvas edges using this technique, which also highlights the texture created by collage layers.



Hopefully you have enjoyed this information and it gives you some ideas for your next Gelatos® project.


6 comments:

Karla Yungwirth said...

Beautiful! You've inspired me to get out my Gelatos!

DebR said...

This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing the Gelatos, gave me some inspiration.

Paula Jennings said...

Great post Alicia! Beautiful piece and wonderful tutorial.

Paula Jennings said...

Great post Alicia! Beautiful piece and wonderful tutorial.

Paula Jennings said...

Great post Alicia! Beautiful piece and wonderful tutorial.

Cara G said...

Great post Alicia...what a beautiful project! Thanks so much for sharing about the techniques you used!