Let’s Color! Gelatos Techniques
Join Colleen Schaan to learn coloring applications with Gelatos—a powerhouse of pigment for your handmade cards!
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.
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).