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Negative Space Painting with Gelatos

Diana Trout here today with Negative Space Painting. If you're scratching your head right now, read on. NSP is easier to demonstrate than explain.

Finished Piece

The supplies I used for this piece

Canvas board 6" x 8"
Pastel Gelatos
Glaze
Metallic Gelatos
Texture Gems
Awl (or other tool for scratching)
Paint Brush 
Pottery Sponge (or cosmetic wedge)

Finished Piece

Begin by creating a patchy background. I'm using the lightest of the Pastel Gelatos because I was thinking of a Fire Opal. No need to make a pattern on the background. Fill the canvas (or page) with color. I spread the color out with a damp sponge. For the best results, fill in the entire canvas. I added marks by scratching through the Gelatos with an awl.

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You might use stencils as well. 

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You can see the scratches above. Let this dry and then put a couple of coats of Glaze over it. While Gelatos remain re-wettable, they do dry to the touch. Let the Glaze layer dry thoroughly.

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It's time to begin the negative space painting. I used the Metallic Gelatos. They are super shiny and fun! (See my video linked at the end of this post for a swatch test.) You can use any shape you'd like or draw anything at all: leaves, flowers, house. I started with the Metallic Mint Gelatos and then, since I wanted the pastel shapes to really POP! I used darker colored Gelatos, like the Gold Champagne and Iced Chai.  

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You can use various tools to spread the Metallic Gelatos around: a potter's sponge, paintbrush, the dense foam sponge and your fingers (just make sure to keep them clean). You'll have no problem retaining the pastel shapes since they've been preserved with the Glaze.

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A range of values and most importantly Dark and Light make your piece really sparkle. I used a PITT Artist Brush Pen to draw around around the circles. I didn't want a solid line so I followed the pen with a wet brush. PITT pens are permanent but if you catch them while they are wet, they will run. Yum

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Finally, I chose a Texture Gem in Pearl to create some more shiny light by creating dots all around each circle. 

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Negative Space painting is a different way to think and create. I hope you'll try this and see for yourself. Enjoy!


Watercolor Pencils Aren't Just for Water!

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How can Glaze create soft layers of color?  By using it with Stamper's Big Brush Pens and Art Grip Aquarelles! Carolyn Dube here sharing how Glaze can play with these pens and pencils while coloring a few flowers.


Start by loosely tracing over some of the lines in a design with an Art Grip Aquarelle.  You can use a page from a coloring book, clip art, a stamped image, or something you've drawn.

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To add another layer of translucent color, use a Stampers Big Brush and color on a piece of transparency plastic or other non absorbent surface. Then dip your paint brush in the Glaze and mix with the color on the transparency and color in more of the flower.

You can see on the transparency below that each time I did this, I used a fresh or clean area of the transparency.  This is because I want to avoid getting any of the wet Glaze on the pen. Pitt-pens-glaze-coloring-flower-carolyn-dube-14

You can change the intensity of the color by altering how much Glaze or color you use.  I primarily used the Big Brush Pens because the bigger tip goes faster than a smaller tip, but you can also use a standard size brush tip Pitt Pen.

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Thanks for joining me for today's play! 

Supplies Used

Glaze

Art Grip watercolor pencils (I used 121)  

Stampers Big Brush Pen (I used Orange Glaze, Leaf Green, and Dark Naples Ochre)

Watercup  

Transparency plastic (or other non absorbent surface)

Paintbrush

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Carolyn is a self- taught mixed media art adventurer who has rediscovered play. She plays with every color of the rainbow, avoid rules whenever possible, and lets the little kid inside of her free.  You can find more of her play at aColorfulJourney.com

 


How to use your Bible Journaling Kit outside the Bible

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a video tutorial to show you an idea for using your Bible Journaling Kit elements outside of the Bible! I created this canvas using the Bible Journaling Kit by Faber-Castel®l Design Memory Craf®t as a reminder to remain hopeful and courageous.

Let's start by looking at the supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft -

Bible Journaling Kit

Gelatos® Color - Bubble Gum

Textural Accents & Tools

Other - 6x6 Canvas Panel

Here is the video tutorial for you. You can watch by clicking the play button below or by following this link.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial!

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All You Need is Love - Mango Gelatos Tag

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Don't you just love this time of year, when all the flowers are in full bloom?! It's very fitting that the Gelatos® Color Mango is bright and happy.  This is Rachel Kleinman here sharing a spring-filled tag.

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I started with a Gesso'd tag, mixed Glaze Medium with Mango Gelatos®, and painted that mixture through a diamond stencil from the Stencil 102 Collection

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While the Glaze dried I worked on all the pieces of the tag. I colored this cloth ribbon with Passion Fruit Gelatos®, spritzed it with water, and mixed around the ribbon until the pigment bled through the cloth. 

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Then I started painting the paper flowers with Mango and Red Cherry Gelatos® using a wet paintbrush.

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I wanted to add some 'cool' toned colors so I used Snow Cone Gelatos® with a Stencil 102 stencil. I love how great the Snow Cone looks against the cloth ribbon!

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Finally, it was time to put all the pieces together! I attached the paper flowers and the quote with Gel Medium. I also die cut some flowers from watercolor paper that I had previously used the Color Fizz tablets on.

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Of course I added the final touch of Glass Bead Glitter Gel to the flowers!

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Thanks for joining me and enjoy some creative time!

-Rachel

 

SUPPLIES

Gelatos®: Mango, Red Cherry, Snow Cone, Passion Fruit

Stencil 101 Collection

Gesso

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Glaze Medium

Gel Medium

Color Fizz


How to Create an Art Journal Page with Glaze, Gelatos & Coloring Book Page

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Hi everyone, Mou here with an art journaling tutorial showing you some techniques using Glaze medium, Gelatos color of the week Cotton Candy and a coloring book page! Let's start by looking at the supplies I used.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft

Other

 Here's the video tutorial. Watch by clicking the play button below or follow this link.

I hope you enjoyed the video and that you are inspired to use your supplies in various different ways!

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Highlight Something Personal! Poetic Jewelry Box

Hey friends! Adrianne Surian here with you today, and I'm excited to share a project using the new Gelatos® Colors  Highlighters  They are a perfect solution to highlight  all of your bright ideas.  I'm using mine on this poetic jewelry box combining the Classic Robert Frost poem "The Road Not Taken" and a sassy spring selfie.

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The highlighter Gelatos  Colors are awesome for journaling and for planner pages, but don't forget that pages aren't limited only to books when it comes to mixed media!  Paper can be applied to so many surfaces to give you a truly personal and unique piece.

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I picked up this little chest of drawers on a whim while shopping, and I knew it was a perfect item to that I could personalize.  After all, my ego isn't so big that I could put my face on just anything!  But this little chest of drawers tucked away in my bedroom is a great way to remind myself that self-confidence is always in style.  

 

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The techniques used on this project  are simply  decoupage and stenciling, in addition to a little bit of minor hardware installation (for the knobs).  I trimmed my paper to match the size of the  shelves and the face of the three drawers, and I used Glaze to decoupage the image and text onto the front surface.  You don't have to print an image here!  You can use plain white paper, wrapping paper, napkins, or anything you like!  When you're decoupaging, it is easier to adhere thinner papers rather than card stock or photo paper, so I wouldn't try anything too heavy.  

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To keep the front face all as one image, I closed the drawers to begin working . I used the Ice Layers floral stencil  in addition to the mixed media stencils that are included in the Gelatos Highlighter set.  I also added in the brick and herringbone mixed media stencils from the 101 stencil collection to give the piece a little variety.  

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You may need to sand the edges of your drawers or the openings if you have any papers that don't line up exactly.  Even if not, it's likely you'll want to cover the bare wood edges.  I used a small amount of black acrylic paint along the bottom base, and then around each of the edges to give it a more industrial look.  Depending what look you're going for, you may want something softer and less bold.  But that's the great thing about art - you can make it your own!  Follow your own instinct to create something meaningful to you. 

Finally, I used a drill to drill a small hole in each of the drawers.  You can use a Dremel tool or any power drill for this.  The hole only needs to be as large as the screw on the knobs you select.  Installing the knobs puts the final touch on your jewelry box!  


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As a child of the 80's, I cannot love this project enough, and the poem inspires me every day.  It's a piece of art that adds inspiration to my morning routine! The size is perfect for jewelry pieces, lip balm, hair ties, nail polish - all those small items that need organization.  If you're inspired by this project, leave a comment!  I'd love to know what kind of piece you'd like to turn into a work of art!

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Painted Wooden Spoon Set

Hey friends! Adrianne Surian here with you today to share a fun makeover for plain wooden utensils.  Gelatos® can turn just about any item into a work of art, and this week we are featuring Iridescent Comet as the color of the week!  The bright green is a cheerful color for your spring and summer art projects, and today I'm showing you how to add a bit of art to your kitchen, or make a gift for housewarmings, hostesses, Mother's Day, and more!

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When adding art mediums to food utensils, it's important to note that anything painted should be kept to handles and outer surfaces only, as food safety standards are quite strict.  Seal your art with several coats of glaze to help it last, and always hand-wash painted pieces.  

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Today I'm using green and blue hues from the Gelatos Iridescents collection, and using decoupage, gel tinting and stencil techniques.

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Begin by first cutting a small piece of office paper to wrap around the top of the handle.  The exact dimensions will vary by your spoon or spatula length, but limit the embellishment to the top 1/4 of the handle.  Use Glaze to decoupage the paper onto the wood handle, giving you a bright white background to start with.  (Note: you can also use a few thin coats of Gesso on wood and bamboo for the same effect, but I find that the combination of paper and Glaze dries faster, and helps to better preserve my supplies.)

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Allow the Glaze to dry, then cut a small amount of Comet Gelatos off the the sick with a palette knife.  Add a bit of Gel Medium, and mix the color in thoroughly to tint it. Spread the tinted Gel Medium onto the decoupaged area however you like; I added a thin coat in some areas, and a thicker coat in others.  

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Allow that to dry, and apply Ice Layers stencils where you like to add bubbles!  I used a combination of blue and blue-green iridescent colors: Blue Moon, Satellite, and Nebula, mixed with Gel Medium.  

The Ice Layers stencils are self adhesive, so you want to be sure your background layer is completely dry before applying them, but once you do, you can get gorgeous, thick coats of Gel designs with sharp, clean edges.  These thick stencils will require extra time to dry before you continue - I typically leave them overnight!  But a few hours is sufficient.  Finally, finish off the set with a couple coats of Glaze to seal your design well and to help prevent it from chipping away when used.  

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I hope you enjoyed today's project, and that you're inspired to give something in your home a makeover with Gelatos!  Leave a comment if you do!

Adrianne Surian

Supplies used:


Floral Art Supplies Storage Cup

Hey friends!  Adrianne Surian here with you today sharing a bright floral look you can add to your art storage area.  Square shaped pencil cups and tool organizers save space and allow for more storage than round cups, so you can fit more of what you love into a smaller space.  But in your art studio - give your storage some attitude inspired by this week's Gelatos® color of the week, Spearmint!

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Don't worry, no books were harmed in the making of this mixed media decor piece!  You can take photocopies of your favorite books, sheet music, bible verses, and more and print them out before beginning this project!  

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I happened to pick the final pages of a beloved fantasy series of mine, but this is your chance to make it your own.  A bit of Glaze, Gel Medium, and a few shades of pinks and greens along with the new Ice Layers stencils are all you need to make a personal, colorful, and useful storage piece!

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First, trim your photocopies to fit the panels of your pencil cup.  Decoupage the papers to the wooden cup with Glaze, and coat it with a mixture that is  tinted with Gelatos®  in shades of pink.  Just cut a bit of your Gelatos® sticks and mix each individually with a small amount of Glaze in Strawberry and Bubble Gum shades.  Cover the papered areas beginning with Strawberry, the lighter shade, and accent it with small amounts of Bubble Gum tinted Glaze.

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Allow the base coat to dry, and then adhere Ice Layers stencils to the cup.  It's convenient that the stencils can be cut apart, because offsetting the stencils instead of centering them, and making each side a little different gives the cup a more organic look.  

Mix Spearmint Gelatos with Gel Medium and fill the stencil in with a rich layer of tinted glaze.  

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Allow the floral designs to dry, and accent your stencils with a bit of Glaze tinted with Green Tea Gelatos® and also with Bubble Gum colored Gelatos.  There's no right or wrong way to fill your stencils in!  I just brushed random areas with these shades to highlight the Spearmint-colored stencil.

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Thanks for joining me for today's simply-designed storage project that lets you bring a special piece of art to where you store your tools.  I hope you enjoyed it, and let me know in the comments if you try it for yourself!

Adrianne Surian

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Whimsical Wall Art: Always Be A Unicorn

Hey friends!  Adrianne Surian here with you today to share a piece of wall art that's great for young girls (or not-so-young girls)! Featuring the color of the week, Passion Fruit, this unicorn themed star adds an element of attitude to anyone's wall.

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I'm not going to lie - I made this for myself, and it's one of my favorite decor pieces to date.  I love adding colorful art to the walls of my studio, but this bright and bold design can be adapted to your art journal, or you can change up the colors to match your room.

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I created my own stencil using letter dies, because while the stencil collections have great inspirational messages, this one was quite specific!  (You can view the entire list of products used at the bottom of this post.)  In addition to using Gelatos® in a palette to complement the color of the week, Passion Fruit, I also used a black Essential Pitt®Artist Pen with a medium nib, a Stamper's Big Brush Pen to stamp my message, and Textural Accents to add depth to the piece.  

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Now I have to confess, I'm not the greatest sketch artist.  So I bought a digital stamp set from an Etsy seller to give me a great starting image.  I resized it to fit within the 11.5" MDF star base, and used Gelatos as watercolors and my Pitt Artist Pen to begin.  

While I let that dry, I used Glaze to decoupage a plain sheet of white paper and a scrap of an old map onto the front of the wood shape.  While you can use Gelatos and Textural accents directly on wood, I wanted to start off with a bright white background.  

Next, I cut my unicorn shape out, and decoupaged that image onto the star.  I mixed glaze with Passion Fruit Gelatos to create a striking pink background that would blend well with the unicorn's tail and mane.  

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Once the Glaze dried, I used the polka dot stencil from the 101 Stencil Collection, mixing Gel Medium with Metallic Mint Gelatos.  I added a few circles kind of randomly, mainly to the areas that would not be stamped or stenciled with words. 

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Finally, I added my message, using my homemade stencil to highlight some of the words in the phrase.  I mixed Iced Pear Gelatos with Glitter Glass Bead Gel for a thick, highly textured stencil, and spread it on using my palette knife.  

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Next, I stamped the rest of the message in around the stencils and images within the design.  Stampers Big Brush Pens work great for adding elements like letters.  (Note: Cold Grey is pictured here, but after seeing it, I decided that Black would look better and stamped over it with a darker color.)

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This project was a lot of fun, and I really enjoy the bright combination of pink and green.  Once the piece dried all the way, I flipped it over and screwed a hanger onto the backside for easy wall hanging.  Thanks for joining me today and I hope you're inspired to make something whimsical yourself!  

Adrianne Surian

Supplies Used:

Gelatos®: Passion FruitIced Pear, Metallic Mint

Glaze

Gel Medium

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Stamper's Big Brush Pen - Black #199

Journaling Pitt®Artist Pen, Essentials Set, Black with Medium Nib

Polka Dot Stencil from 101 Stencil Collection

White printer paper

Map Scrap(s)

Digital Stamp (or freehand draw!)

Sizzix Alphabet Dies and cardstock to create a custom stencil

Alphabet stamps

11.5" MDF Star Shape

Hanger


Passion Fruit Mosaic Page by Rachel

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I hope you are loving all the pink on the Design Memory Craft blog this month! This is Rachel Kleinman to continue with the happy color, specifically the Gelatos® Color of the Week: Passion Fruit.  Maybe you can tell I used quite a lot of pink Gelatos® on this journal page... couldn't help myself :)

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I started with a gesso'd page and drew in squares with Gelatos® Strawberry, Watermelon, Guava, Passion Fruit, and Blood Orange. I used a paintbrush with water to break down the pigments and paint in the squares. I love the smooth matte look of blended Gelatos®, it made for a gorgeous mosaic spread!

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Next, I added some small simple doodles throughout the page. I drew thin lines with a Black Paper Crafter Crayon™, thick lines with a Pink Madder Stamper's Big Brush Pen, circles with the Metallic Gold Pitt Pen and then just smeared some Pearl Texture Luxe™ with my finger.

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My favorite way to use the Glaze medium is to mix it with Gelatos® and apply it through a stencil. Here I mixed Glaze with chopped up Passion Fruit Gelatos® and the Mixed Media 102 Stencil. Now time to let everything dry completely!

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Gelatos® are so versatile... don't forget they work as a great water color, too! You can vary the strength of the color by adding more water to lighten it and less water to keep it more opaque. Here I scribbled some Black Licorice Gelatos® on my craft mat and mixed up the pigment with a wet paintbrush. Then I used the brush to flick splatters of black throughout my journal page.

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Finally, the last step! The White Stamper's Big Brush Pen was traced through this little flower stencil from the Scandinavian Stencil Collection. Lastly I added some writing with a Black Pitt Pen. I've been listening to The Beauty and the Beast soundtrack, so of course I had to add some lyrics to this!

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Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the last couple days of your February and get creative!

 

SUPPLIES:

Gelatos®: Passion Fruit, Strawberry, Watermelon, Guava, Blood Orange, Black Licorice

Mixed Media 102 Stencil Collection

Mixed Media Scandinavian Stencil Collection

Pitt Pen: Black, Gold

Stamper's Big Brush Pen: White, Pink Madder

Paper Crafter Crayons™ Neutral Pack

Texture Luxe Paste Pearl

Gesso

Glaze

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

 

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