Let’s Color! Ge­latos Tech­niques

Join Colleen Schaan to learn color­ing ap­pli­ca­tions with Ge­latos—a pow­er­house of pig­ment for your handmade cards!

CardMaker - - CONTENTS - By Col leen Schaan

Join Colleen Schaan to learn color­ing ap­pli­ca­tions with Ge­latos— a pow­er­house of pig­ment!


Water­color pa­per Ge­latos Flat paint­brush Con­tainer with wa­ter Man­dala im­age (drawn or printed) Black pen

In my last ar­ti­cle, I wrote about us­ing a va­ri­ety of water­color prod­ucts to add color to stamped images. One of the prod­ucts I in­tro­duced was water­color crayons, specif­i­cally Ge­latos. Ge­latos are acid-free pig­ment in a com­pact (and adorable) stick form. They are easy to use and come in a wide range of vivid col­ors.

I’m re­vis­it­ing the Ge­latos topic in this is­sue be­cause they are an awesome color­ing prod­uct that can be used for a va­ri­ety of ap­pli­ca­tions. I’m shar­ing three dif­fer­ent ways to use Ge­latos to color a man­dala im­age I cre­ated. Note: The Man­dala pat­tern is pro­vided for you on page 64.

Painted Back­ground

One of my fa­vorite ways to use Ge­latos is to cre­ate a water­color back­ground. The process is su­per-fast and each at­tempt cre­ates a unique painted look.

Step 1: Be­gin by draw­ing or print­ing out­lines of a sim­ple man­dala onto water­color pa­per (Photo 1).

Step 2: Ap­ply color by rub­bing a Gelato ran­domly across pa­per (Photo 2).

Step 3: Con­tinue ap­ply­ing a va­ri­ety of co­or­di­nat­ing col­ors un­til en­tire im­age is cov­ered (Photo 3).

Step 4: Dip a paint­brush into wa­ter and swipe it across sur­face of col­ored pa­per. The creamy Gelato will liq­uefy and be­come paint­like (Photo 4).

Step 5: Con­tinue adding wa­ter to soften the Ge­latos. Blend col­ors into each other un­til de­sired look is achieved. Let dry com­pletely (Photo 5).

Step 6: Out­line col­ored man­dala with a black pen to darken im­age. Add ad­di­tional de­tails as de­sired, and vary thick­ness of lines for added in­ter­est (Photo 6).

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