'This Life' with Peach Gelatos®

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Hi there, Mou here today wishing you a very happy new year! I have a tutorial for you using Gelatos® color Peach.

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The Peach Gelatos® is a really versatile color. It is great for creating skin tones and background washes. But pair it with other pastels and/or more intense colors and metallics and you can open up a whole new world of possibilities as I explored in the above piece.

To make a similar piece, you'll need the following:

Gelatos®colors: Peach, Aqua Dolce, Banana, Blood Orange, Passion Fruit, Lime, Metallic Mint

Textural Accents: Gesso, Chalkboard Paint, Stencils 10 ct 101 Collection

Others: Mixed Media paper, Paint brushes, Stamp

Let me walk you through my steps.

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Start by generously rubbing Peach Gelatos on the mixed media paper to create a base wash.

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Start adding layers of colors with other Gelatos colors. Blend them with water.

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Keep adding more Gelatos colors, blending some without water and some with water. Add more Peach to the mix.

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Tie the colors in with Chalkboard Paint and Gesso.

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Use  stencils to pencil in patterns. Color around the patterns.

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Free hand a butterfly or another motif with a paint brush and chalkboard paint to create a focal point for your piece. Make marks with Peach Gelatos.

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Stamp a few words.

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Here's a close up of my finished piece.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and would try pairing your pastel Gelatos with other colors!

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Metallic Icing Floral Home Decor

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Hi Loves. Tiare here.  Natural colors just rock my world.  You can find them throughout my home from the carpet to furniture to the walls.  They are very common in many households.  However, they are even better with a bit of sparkle.  Therefore, it was quite easy for me to decide what I wanted to create using the yummy color : Gelatos® Metallic Icing  Mmmmm.  

Grab your  Gelatos® and let's play.  Here's what I did. 

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Use  Gelatos® Iced Chai, Iced Coffee, Gold Champagne to make a lovely background.  I colored it on and spread with water.  Use Gesso and spread with  brayer to add another layer.  Set aside to dry. 

 

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Cover both sides of a lunch bag with Gesso. Next color with your Gelatos® Metallic Icing,  rub in with your  finger or a damp paint brush. Tear out 3 sets of circles, 3 circles each, with the size increasing with each circle in each set. Since you colored on both sides you can tear out 2 circles at a time.  Allow to dry. 

 

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Use Mixed Media Stencil 101 to add a fun pattern to canvas. Just color over with  Gelatos® Iced Chai, Iced Coffee and Gold Champagne and spread with finger.  Rub Gelatos® Iced Coffee along all four edges, rub in with finger to frame canvas. 

 

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Crumple all circles in a tight ball and then unfold.  Color edges using  Gelatos® Iced Coffee then gently and quickly rub Gelatos® over top to hit the wrinkles. Layer crumpled circles from small to large to create flowers.  Secure with a large brad. 

 

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Attach flowers to canvas with Gel Medium or by using brads through the canvas. 

 

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Finish off by doodling on stems using Stamper's Big Brush Pen #177 Walnut Brown and scribbling around canvas with Texture Gems™ Gold to add sparkle. 

Tada!

 

Supplies Used:

 

Me in PinkTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, challenges and more. 

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Feminine and Industrial Stenciled Decorative Shelf

Hey friends!  Adrianne Surian here with you today to share a project that's a great way to showcase your artistic style and creativity while also being a piece of functional decor.  I am a HUGE fan of dual-purpose projects, and of giving an artistic makeover to outdated or thrifted items.  

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This inexpensive  shelf only holds a few supplies in my studio, but it filled a space that I was having trouble choosing art for because of its location.  Now, I have something pretty to help keep a few items at arm's reach all the time.  

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This project mixes textures and techniques in a subtle way, which is exactly what Gelatos® are great for!  Today we will be using the color of the week, Metallic Icing, and a couple additional colors to watercolor, tint, stencil, and glaze.

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This round  shelf is 11" in diameter, so I covered about 2/3 of it with a plain piece of white paper, and left the rest raw wood to work on.  I tore the edge of the paper to give it a little rougher look (which is optional, of course), brushed the backside of the paper with a thin coat of Glaze, then adhered it to the front of the shelf.  I had to cut out the paper around the holes for the shelves, and also trim around the edge of the circle to remove all the excess.

Once the paper was in place, I spread a thick coat of Whipped Spackle onto the raw wood portion of the circle, allowed it to dry for a couple of minutes, and then pressed a wide piece of burlap onto the Whipped Spackle to create a rough texture.  (I peeled the burlap off gently afterward - I was only interested in the impression that it could make.)

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Next, I used Gelatos mixed with a small amount of warm water and a paintbrush in Elderberry and Silver Ice over parts of the papered side of the circle, giving it a light water colored background.  

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Next, I mixed a small amount of Silver Ice Gelatos with Gel Medium, and using the brick stencil from the 201 Stencil Collection, I stenciled along the edges of a few bricks.  Then I mixed a larger amount of Gel Medium with the color of the week, Metallic Icing to fill the bricks in more fully.

Using both colors like this gives your brick background subtle dimension - the silver helps to define the edges in areas where the bricks are more white-on white, but it still allows the overall look of white bricks.

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Allow your background to dry completely, and then add stenciling!  I used the BE-you-TIFUL stencil from the 301 stencil collection along with Squid Ink Gelatos mixed with Whipped Spackle and Passion Fruit Gelatos with Glass Bead Glitter Gel, taking care to avoid where the shelves would be attached.  

Then, I added a few small accents with my leftover Squid Ink and Passion Fruit mixtures, adding arrows from the 201 stencil collection at the top, and a few flowers at the bottom.

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Finally, allow everything to dry fully, and then you can add a bit of translucent shimmer to any areas you wish using a bit of Metallic Icing Gelatos and Glaze.  This is actually my personal favorite way to use the Metallic Icing color - when mixed with glaze, you can brush it over any area of your art to lighten colors, fill gaps or soften edges, or just plain add a shimmer to any area of your piece.  

I brushed the tinted Glaze over the burlap-textured left side, and over areas of bricks and stenciling wherever I wanted to add some shimmer.  

While I waited for the face to dry, I used Passion Fruit and Metallic Ice Gelatos on the shelves to help them to match.

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When the piece was dry, I attached the shelves (which will be a tight fit - if you're using this kit or a similar one, you may find you need the aid of a hammer for a secure fit) and also attached a hanger to the backside of the shelf for mounting.  (Tip: for a shelf like this with offset shelves, you may want to add a second hanger near the bottom of the shelf so that it doesn't tip if it's not weighted evenly.)

The end result is an industrial look with bricks and rough burlap that also boasts a feminine message - which is a perfect look for my studio!  It's great inspiration for both building and polishing new crafts.  

Thanks for joining me today, and I hope you're inspired to try something new!

Adrianne Surian


Supplies Used:

Gelatos: Metallic Icing, Silver Ice, Elderberry, Squid Ink, and Passion Fruit

Glaze

Gel Medium

Whipped Spackle

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

From 201 Stencil Collection: Bricks, Arrows

From 301 Stencil Collection: BE-you-TIFUL stencil

Palette Knife

Paintbrush

11" Kaisercraft circle shelf

6" wide piece of burlap or burlap ribbon

Standard white printer paper

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DIY Valentine's Day Cards

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Hello Artists! It's Laura Bray coming to you with some cute Valentine's Day Cards. This week's Color of the Week, Metallic Icing, is the perfect Gelatos® color for making Valentine's Cards. The best way to use Metallic Icing, in my opinion, is to think of it as literal "icing" on your paper projects. It creates a shimmering effect when applied to paper and over other Gelatos® colors, in the same way that sugar icing gives sugar cookies a little sparkle. Be sure you use it on white paper too! It gives it a subtle shimmer that you will love.

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DIY Winter Gift Wrap

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The holidays are drawing to a close, but there are always winter birthdays to deal with! This DIY wrapping paper can be used for last-minute Christmas gift wrap or any other gift-giving occassion, just change up your color scheme. Make a few sheets so you will always have some hand.

 

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Wintry Mix Art Journal Page

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We have finally welcomed the winter season into our lives and I created a wintry art journal page to celebrate. Rachel Kleinman joining you today to share this shimmery snowy page featuring our Gelatos® Color of the Week, Metallic Blueberry!

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The first step to all my art journal pages is a coat of Gesso. Once that dried I colored the pages with Gelatos® Aqua Dolce and Silver Ice, which I blended with a baby wipe. The snowflakes were created by coating a page of watercolor paper with Metallic Blueberry Gelatos®, then using snowflake dies to punch out the shapes. I adhered the snowflakes with Gel Medium and let it dry overnight.

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I love to add texture to canvases and journal pages by adhering random chunky materials. Here I glued cardboard, burlap, lace ribbon, and buttons to my pages using Gel Medium. Then I painted over all those objects with Gesso. I do this so I can add more color later on top of the white surface.

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While the Gesso is drying, I colored the tag insert with Raspberry and Metallic Icing Gelatos®. I also painted on some Asphalt Texture which I mixed with Gel Medium to make sure it stuck good and well on that tag!

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Once the gesso dried, I colored a very thick layer of Raspberry Gelatos® and Metallic Blueberry Gelatos® just along the edges of the page. Then I sprayed a generous amount of water on top, and tilted the art journal to let the water and pigment run all the way down the page.

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I repeated that step to both edges of my page and let it dry. Then I wrote in a Robert Frost quote with Black Aquarelle Pencils that I traced with water. I also included some arrow stencils with Silver Texture Luxe paste.

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"The way a crow shook down on me, the dust of snow from a hemlock tree, has given my heart a change of mood, and saved some part of a day I had rued." - Robert Frost

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 Wishing everyone a beautiful, peaceful winter and a very Happy New Year!!

 

SUPPLIES

Gelatos®: Metallic Blueberry, Raspberry, Metallic Icing, Aqua Dolce

Texture Luxe Silver

Asphalt Texture Paste

Gel Medium

Gesso

Black Aquarelle Pencil

 

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Snow Birds Art Journal Page (Gelatos Color of the Week: Metallic Blueberry)

This week the Gelatos® Color of the Week is Metallic Blueberry and that beautiful shimmery blue color reminds me of winter so I went through my Gelatos stash and found some great colors that go with it to use for an art journaling page. Besides Metallic Blueberry, I choose Elderberry and Metallic Grape. 

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First off, here's how the page turned out:

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Supplies: Gelatos - Metallic Blueberry, Elderberry, Metallic Grape; Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Gel Medium, Gesso, PITT Artist Pens - Raw Umber #180, Black #199, Tag, White Cardstock, Patterned Papers, Wreath Diecut, Sewing Machine Stitching, Brush, Palette Knife, Bird Stamp, Ribbon

 

Here's what I did to create it.

I collaged some papers onto the page using Gel Medium. Once it was dry I scribbled my Metallic Blueberry Gelatos over it.
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I sprayed on a spritz of water and used a foam brush to move the Gelatos over the page.
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Next, I mixed together some Glass Bead Glitter Gel and Metallic Blueberry Gelatos.
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I applied it with a palette knife randomly all over the page.
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Then I mixed the Glass Bead Glitter Gel with Elderberry Gelatos and applied it to the page as well.
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Then I did the same thing with  Glass Bead Glitter Gel and Metallic Grape Gelatos.
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Doesn't that look so yummy!! I added a touch of just plain  Glass Bead Glitter Gel and let the whole page dry.
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Next, I diecut a wreath out of wood veneer paper, white washed it with some diluted Gesso, and then added a bit of  Glass Bead Glitter Gel all over it.
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Next, I took one of my favorite bird stamps and rubbed the Metallic Blueberry Gelatos over it. Then (and this is where the magic happens) I huffed on it a few times.  You know, the way you do to fog up your glasses or a window. Then I stamped it onto a piece of white cardstock.  If the image wasn't dark enough I'd repeat the same process on top of it.
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I used a Raw Umber #180 PITT Artist Pen to color the bird's legs on the stamp and then stamped them onto the paper.
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I repeated that process to create 3 birds.
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Next, I took an XS tip Black #199 PITT Artist Pen and made sketch marks around the birds.

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And lastly, I printed out a nice winter saying onto a tag and added the left over  Glass Bead Glitter Gel + Elderberry mixture around the edges.  After everything was dry I assembled it all together, adding some stitching on the bottom of the tag.

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Wishing you many creative days this New Year!

ERIN

 

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Last Minute Christmas Cards

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Hello artists and fellow procrastinators! This is Rachel Kleinman joining you today, and I am a master procrastinator whether I like it or not (and I know I'm not alone!). I'm sharing two fast and last minute holiday cards using the Gelatos® of the Week, Iced Currant.

The stag head card focuses on stamping with Gelatos®, which was one of the first techniques I ever used with Gelatos® years ago. The background was created by coloring Lime Gelatos® on a stamp, misting it with water to activate the pigment, then pressing my watercolor paper directly on top of the stamp. Then I also added Texture Luxe™ Gold over the Mixed Media Stencil 101 diamond pattern. The Stag itself was stamped with Ice Currant Gelatos®, but then I added a lot of shading with my Stamper's Big Brush Pens (watch this part in the video!)

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Of course I have a quick video to go with the quick card! Watch it here

 

 

My next card is very simple and really packs a punch! I covered the card panel with Iced Current Gelatos® mixed with Glaze medium, then used a 102 Collection stencil with Texture Luxe™ Pearl to create candy cane stripes.

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The letters to spell Joyeux Noel were made with the alphabet stencil from the Stencil 301 collection and Metallic Mint Gelatos®. I fussy cut the letters and adhered them over silver ribbon using Gel Medium. Easy easy!

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I also have a video for this card! Watch it here!

Thanks for joining me today. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

 

SUPPLIES:

Gelatos®: Iced Currant, Metallic Mint, Lime

Texture Luxe™ Paste: Gold, Pearl

Mixed Media Stencils: 101 Collection, 102 Collection, 301 Collection

Stamper's Big Brush Pens: Black, Scarlet Red, Green Olive

Design Memory Craft Glaze

Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

 

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DIY Christmas Ornament (Gelatos Color of the Week: Iced Currant)

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I love making Christmas ornaments to add to the tree. Here's one using this week's Faber-Castell Gelatos ® Color of the Week: Iced Currant:

Supplies:

Gelatos - Iced Currant, Green Tea

Glaze

Plastic Bulb Ornament

Palette Knives

Spray Bottle filled with Water

Craft Mat

Muslin

Canvas

Alphabet Stamps

Ink

Fabric Glue

Dry Adhesive

Ribbon

Wire

Beads

Paper Towels

Heat Gun (optional)

 

Instructions:

 Start by cutting off about 1/4" chunk of Iced Current Gelatos with a palette knife. Use the pallet knife to mash it down onto your craft mat.  


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Mix in about 2 tablespoons of Glaze.
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Use your palette knife to drip it into the bulb.
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Rotate the bulb so that the Gelatos + Glaze mixture covers it completely.
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Allow it to sit upside down to help it spread out, then put it upright, placing the mixture back inside and allowing it to spread around again.  You may need to do this a few times to build up a good coverage.  When finished,  allow any remaining mixture to drain out and allow the bulb to dry.

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Chop off about 1/4" of Green Tea Gelatos and add a few sprays of water to it as you mash it out.  Keep mixing it until you have a think consistency without any lumps.
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Add in your muslin and stir and flip it all around in the diluted Gelatos to dye it.  Add more sprays of water if you need it.  It's helpful to use a palette knife or two to do it so your hands don't turn green.
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Once finished, spread it out onto some paper towels and remove some of the moisture. You can use a heat gun to dry it if you're in a hurry.
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Use alphabet stamps and ink to stamp a word or phrase onto a piece of canvas and then adhere it to the green muslin fabric strip using fabric glue.
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To adhere the fabric pieces onto the bulb it's helpful to use a dry adhesive on the back side of the fabric so it can be positioned onto the bulb. Use fabric glue to glue the ends together.

Re-assemble the ornament pieces together and use wire and bead to embellish it.
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And when it's finished, enjoy it on your tree or give it as a gift!

ERIN

 

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Stenciled Wood Bangles

Hey friends!  Adrianne Surian here with you today to share a sassy accessory idea with this week's Gelatos® color of the week, Iced Currant. These stenciled wood bangles are fun to make and easily customized to suit your style!

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I went for a modern look using block word stencils from the 301 collection and geometric elements from the 101 stencil collection, using "Beautiful" and "Design" as my focal words.  

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My cool palette of Iced Currant, Guava, and Acqua Dolce was accented with Metallic Icing and Silver Ice, layered with Glaze, Gel Medium, and Glass Bead Glitter Gel.  (The full list of supplies including the colors used can be found at the bottom of this post.)

You'll want your palette knife for mixing your textural accents, but for stenciling onto a curved surface like these wood bangle bracelets, I found that getting messy and using my fingers was most effective at getting the details I wanted. 

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Begin with a light base of Guava Gelatos mixed with Glaze, and add 1-2 coats onto the exterior of the bracelet.  There's no need to embellish the interior since it will be worn next to the skin, and won't show anyway.  Allow it to dry fully before moving on to adding stencils.  

During your drying time, it's a great time to begin on any additional bracelets!  I coated a second bangle with an Acqua Dolce-Glaze mix while I waited.

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Next, add geometric elements using tinted gel medium.  To the Guava-colored bracelet, I stenciled hexagons using a mix of Acqua Dolce Gelatos and Gel Medium.  

On the second bangle, a mix of Metallic Icing and Gel Medium was applied using the herringbone stencil.  

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Next, I began to incorporate the color of the week, Iced Currant, and mixed it with Glass Bead Glitter Gel.  If you're new to tinting textural accents, just slice a small bit of the Gelatos stick off and crush it with your palette knife, and mix in the textural accent you want  to work with (in this case, the thicker Glass Bead Glitter Gel).

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 I stenciled the word "Beautiful" onto the first bangle, and set it aside to dry.  

On the second bangle, I added "Design" with a mix of Guava and Gel Medium before moving on to add the Iced Currant and Glass Bead Glitter Gel Mix.  On that bracelet, I incorporated the color of the week by adding another layer of herringbone stencil.  (Note: you will need to allow each layer to dry to the touch before moving on to the next layer.  Drying can be sped up with careful use of a multipurpose heat tool, but alternating between coordinating projects helps to leave your pieces alone as they dry!)

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Finally, I mixed a very small amount of glaze with three separate colors: Iced Currant, Metallic Icing, and Silver Ice.  In various places, I applied a small amount of each color to add more shine and to accent the stencils.  The textures already stenciled on allow these thin colors to build up along edges, adding even more depth to your design.  I just followed my gut when adding hints of additional color - if an area seemed like it could use a bit more Iced Currant, I used a paintbrush to add a little.  If another area looked a little flat with the matte colors like Acqua Dolce and Guava, I painted on a bit of either Silver Ice or Metallic Icing.  

The end result is a couple of unique, eye-catching pieces that will sow the world your inner artist!  Using your own favorite words and textures will make this project even more personal for you.  I hope you enjoyed this project, and please let me know if you decide to try it!  

Adrianne Surian

Supplies Used:

Gelatos: Iced Currant, Acqua Dolce, Guava, Metallic Icing, and Silver Ice

Glaze

Gel Medium

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Stencils from the 101 Collection and 301 Collection

Palette Knife

Paintbrush

1" Flat Exterior Wood Bangle Bracelets