Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mixed Media Classes: Gelatos 101 and 102

With the early conclusion of the "Sew Much Love" heart album, we'll be spending the next two weeks in the classroom on some member requests. This week we'll be covering the Faber-Castell Gelatos from A to Z, and I'll be showing you lots of different ways to use these versatile mediums alone and with a variety of other mediums and tools.

These classes will be a lot like Stamping 101 and Die Cutting 101, where we will start with the basics and get to more advanced techniques as we go!



When I asked a few months back what mixed media tutorials and classes you most wanted to see this year, one of the most common requests was for a class on the Faber Castell Gelatos.
Gelatos are creamy, water soluble sticks infused with color. The color glides easily onto papers and can then be dissolved with water to create watercolor effects or left to dry for vibrant color.
  I have developed two classes using the Gelatos in a several different ways, and with a wide variety of tools and mediums so you can see just how versatile these products are.


Gelatos come in two sizes and 36 colors. There are 28 regular colors and two "designer series" sets of four colors each.
The two sizes are the original sticks and the new Double Scoop Gelatos which are over twice the size of the originals and come in the 18 most popular colors. These are a great choice if you really love your Gelatos and use them a lot.

Gelatos Gift Set:

Double Scoop Set:

You can step up your application of Gelatos with some simple tools. We'll go over the different ways to apply Gelatos - from your finger tips to a stippling brush.
Gelatos Tool Set:
Since Gelatos are pigment and water soluble, they can be used with a variety of artist mediums - including those most commonly used for acrylic paints. We'll be enhancing our Gelatos with Gesso, Gel Medium and Glaze.
Artist Medium Sampler Pack:

As a special bonus, I'll show you how to get a GREAT application of modeling paste every time!

Using the right knife makes a huge difference with Modeling Paste.
The one on the left is great for applying paste:

 Gelatos are water soluble, so a water brush can come in very handy for painting and blending. You can also use paintbrushes with water - just make sure you keep one clean water bowl and one dirty
Deluxe Water Brush:
We'll use misted water to blend, create backgrounds and make drip affects with our Gelatos!
Ranger Mini Mister (3 Pack):
Gelatos work beautifully with stencils - in more than one way. Stencils add great texture to your projects - whether using modeling paste, Gelatos, mist or other mediums.
Kaisercraft 12"x12" Chevron Template:

You'll also need some papers and other mediums to play with. I'll be talking about using Gelatos on a variety of canvases, including cardstock (white, black and kraft), watercolor paper, untreated canvas, book pages and more!

I can't wait until Thursday - this class is going to be so fun!

February Classroom Schedule

Thursday, February 20, 2014:
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern USA
Gelatos 101
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM Eastern USA
Gelatos 102

Thursday, February 27, 2014:
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern USA
Stretch Your Sketch, Part 1
How to use one sketch for multiple layouts.
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM Eastern USA
Stretch Your Sketch, Part 2
Using layout sketches for smaller canvases like cards and Project Life.


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See You Tomorrow!

Kathryn :D


  1. anxious to see this class! always wanted to know how these work! thanks for doing this!

  2. So excited! I am going to be ready to get messy!