Watercolor paper Gelatos Paper stump or blending tool Mandala image (drawn or printed) Black pen
If you love the soft look of chalk but want vibrant color, applying and blending Gelatos directly on the paper surface is a technique you will enjoy.
Step 1: Begin by drawing or printing outlines of a simple mandala onto watercolor paper.
Step 2: Apply color by rubbing a Gelato in the center of each space within the image. I like to begin in the middle and work my way out to avoid smearing the color with my hand. Advance the Gelato up in the container and use the edge for more precise placement (Photo 7).
Step 3: Once a few spaces are filled in, begin blending by burnishing color with a paper stump or blending tool. The color will spread, lighten and create soft edges. If more color is needed, apply directly to paper or swipe blending stump across Gelato to pick up more pigment (Photo 8).
Step 4: Continue adding color and blending until entire image is colored. The surface may appear waxy or shiny. This is normal (Photo 9).
Step 5: Outline colored mandala with a black pen to darken image. Add additional details as desired. Use a variety of line sizes for added interest (Photo 10).