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Watercolor Technique with Faber-Castell Gelatos

Hi everyone, happy Monday!

I mentioned recently that I would share the process I use to create a watercolor effect using Faber-Castell Gelatos. 

My kids are home sick today so unfortunately I won’t have a photo or video tutorial ready for you. (What are your thoughts on video tutorials…would you like to see them occasionally on my blog??)

Here are the materials you’ll need to create this effect:
– Faber-Castell Gelatos  (one or more colors)
– craft mat
– spray bottle set to a fine mist
– blow dryer, heat tool or good, old fashioned time
– watercolor paper, cardstock or patterned paper
– wipes, kleenex or paper towel

The process:

Choose which color, or colors, gelatos you want to use, and scribble directly on your craft mat. A little bit goes a long way. You dont need much! The areas you color can be close together or far apart, or you can also use one color at a time. Play around with it- don’t be afraid to experiment!

Using your spray bottle, spray directly on the areas of the craft mat you colored on. Note: a tiny bit of water goes a long ways. Less is more! I bought a cheap dollar store water bottle, so it doesn’t mist very well. I’ve learned to spray very, very little water. Too much will saturate your paper making it look less nice.

Using my pointer finger, I next blend the color with the water. I find that if you skip this step, the water and color don’t mix very well. I’ve set aside many sheets of “ruined” cardstock to eventually cover up with paper or pictures because I wasn’t happy with the end result. I’m just trying to save you the hassle!

If you used several different colors at once, you can blend them together a bit, creating a kaleidoscope of color. Here’s an example:


As you can see, I used celery green (which looks yellow in the picture above) and pink gelatos here. Mixed together, you’ll also see a touch of orange.

Delicious, amirite?!

(You’ll see this layout again in a future post!!)

So, now you’ve colored on the craft mat, sprayed that area with a teensy bit of water, and blended that with your fingertip or a paintbrush (if you don’t want to get dirty).

Next, take your watercolor paper, cardstock or patterned paper, and place it over your watercolors on the craft mat. Position it roughly where you’d like it to appear on your paper. Gently rub your hand or fingers over the paper, or slide the paper around a bit, then lift off the craft mat.

Let any excess water run off the page or blot it with paper towel. Using your heat tool, dry your paper off, or set it aside to dry on its own. I’m not patient enough for that, so I use my embossing heat gun to finish it more quickly.

Voila! You should now have a watercolor background on your paper- the first layer of many on a delicious mixed media- or not- layout!

To clean your craft mat (because water and color will be left behind), simply wipe with paper towel, kleenex, wipes or whatever else you might have lying around.

Do you have any other helpful tips or techniques for using Gelatos? I’d love to hear- leave a comment with your tried and true tips. I’d love to learn more!

Thanks for tuning in today! I’ll be back again soon to share another layout with you- this one featuring lots of washi tape! See you then!


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