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

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Intro to ICE LAYERS Video + Art Journal

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Design Memory Craft® has released SO many great new products this spring... one of the fun additions to textural accents are Ice Layers! Rachel Kleinman here to share an art journal page that showcases the brand new Ice Layers and the Color of the Week... Comet Iridescent Gelatos®!

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The Ice Layers are a very inventive version of your classic stencil. They are like a clear and adhesive background texture that you can cut apart to get whatever design you desire. 

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Today, I used the Bubbles Ice Layers with Comet, Blue Moon, Nebula, and Satellite Iridescent Gelatos® to create a simple art journal page. I created a dimensional background before applying the Ice Layers. Then when I add the Comet Iridescent Gelatos® it helps everything stand apart!

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Last but not least, I have a quick process video for you. I share some of my Ice Layers projects before they hit the market along with a short tutorial to make the page shown here!

 

 

SUPPLIES:

Iridescents Gelatos®: Comet, Nebula, Blue Moon, Satellite

Ice Layers Bubbles

Whipped Spackle

Texture Cards

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Texture Luxe™ Pearl

Stencils 101

Stencils 301

 

 


NEW Color Fizz™

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There are SO many amazing Design Memory Crafts products that have just recently been released, including the very bright and fun Color Fizz™ watercolor tablets! Hello, my name is Rachel Kleinman and I am addicted to bright colors! 

The very best way to see this wonderful product in action is by video, so I've put together a quick 2 minute demonstration which you can view here... enjoy!

But seeing some still photos of how these pigmented fizzing dissolving tablets work is cool too.

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To get the best fizzing action you will need to use hot water. I just microwaved some water (be careful because yes it's HOT!) and used a spray bottle and a paintbrush to drop the hot water onto the tablets.

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As the tablet dissolves it also pops out little spots of color so you get a cool speckled look along with the saturated pigment.


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So fizzy... and yes it makes a very satisfying fizz sound so you know it's working ;)

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Once my watercolor paper dries I'll be using these beautiful papers as a base for tags, ATCs, index cards, and especially for stamped images. Thanks for joining us and I sure hope you give the Color Fizz™ tablets a try!

 

SUPPLIES:

Color Fizz™ - Champagne Bright

Color Fizz™ - Pop

Collapsible Water Cup


Library Pocket Card and Gift Tag

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Hi Loves,Tiare here. A unique card and gift tag are sure gifts that will make the recipient smile.  Here is a fun way to jazz up your next gift giving experience. 

Grab your Gelatos® Iridescents and let's make a library pocket card and gift tag.  Let me show you how to make them. 

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First, be sure to Gesso both the library pocket and the tag.  Next, use Stamper’s Big Brush Pens:  Black, Violet, Cobalt Blue, Light Blue to create your backgrounds.  Draw color onto craft sheet, spritz with water and drag the library pocket and tag through the  color.  Do this one color at a time.

 

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Next grab your Ice Layers - Bubbles to create cool circle patterns.   Just color in the shapes with your Gelatos® Iridescents and activate with a water brush or rub in with your fingers. To make a fun overlapping pattern,  pick up Ice Layers and  place over previous circles.  I love how the Gelatos® Galaxy stands out, it is such a rich and creamy color. 

 

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Use Stamper’s Big Brush Pens:  Black #199 to add color on various circle stamps.  Stamp images on circles. Stamper's Big Brush Pens are perfect for stamping. You can also use the  ink to add detail to the edges of the tag and card.  Write a sentiment onto the library pocket and tag using Journaling Pitt®Artist Pens Medium Nib Black #199

 

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Lastly, add a cute dimensional flower to the library pocket and a fun ribbon to the tag. 

Tada!

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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. 

Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com


An Art Journal Page with Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Galaxy & Ice Layers

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Hi there friends, Mou here today with an art journaling tutorial using Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Galaxy & Ice Layers!

Let's start with a list of supplies I used on my page.

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Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS: Galaxy, Odyssey, Mars, Nebula, Stardust, Supernova

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents and Tools:

Ice Layers - Floral

Stencil collections: 101, 102, 301

Gesso

Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist Pens Lettering Set Jewel Brush

Other: mixed media paper, cardstock, diecut, paintbrush, scissors, paper towel, baby wipe, blending wedge, old book page

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Cut the Ice layers Floral in half with scissors.

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Cut the Ice Layers Floral into smaller blocks. I have also used the remnant of another Ice Layers here. Attach to the page in a patchwork design.

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Color the page with Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Galaxy.

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Blend with water. You can wipe off colors from the the surface of the Ice Layers when dry to create a resist design.

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Lighten the color a little with Gesso. Again, wipe off the surface of the Ice Layers.

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Rub some more Gelatos colors on the paper surface after the gesso dries completely. Blend dry with a blending wedge. Lay your favorite stencils on it and wipe off with baby wipes.

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Cut up some scrap papers from other projects into circles and attach to the page with gel medium as shown. Also attach a diecut (in this case, the elephant) to create a focal point.

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Make marks with PITT Artist pen Lettering set Jewel Brush.

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Add doodles with PITT Essential Artist Pen BLACK. You can draw right on top of the Ice Layers with the PITT pens.

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Cut out words from an old book page and attach near the diecut with gel medium to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will give these beautiful Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS a try!

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For the Love of Art - Tag

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Happy spring everyone! This is Rachel sharing a quick mixed media tag featuring the stunning new Iridescent Gelatos®, including the Color of the Week: Supernova.

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First, I started with this tag I had leftover from my last project; it's covered in Whipped Spackle that was mixed with Blue Moon Iridescent Gelatos®. I also had some watercolor paper from when I experimented with the brand new Color Fizz products... aren't the colors beautiful?! 

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I found some rubber heart shaped stamps that I "inked" up with Supernova Gelatos®, misted with water, and stamped onto my Color Fizz watercolor paper.

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Two of the hearts were fussy cut and added to my tag, along with some drywall tape that was also colored with Supernova and Mars Gelatos®. You'll also see an extra-thick coat of Glass Bead Glitter Gel through a mixed media stencil.

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Lastly I added some word stickers and the tag is complete!

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SUPPLIES:

Iridescent Gelatos®: Supernova, Mars, Blue Moon

Whipped Spackle

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Texture Gems™ Silver

Mixed Media Stencils 102

Color Fizz: Champagne Bright

 


Create Your Own Coloring Page

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Hi Loves. Tiare here.  I love coloring and today it appears to be all the rage.  However, I like "old school" coloring.  You know not so tiny, tons of details kinda coloring.   Most adult coloring books have many, tiny details, and sometimes my eyes just cannot take staring at those details for too long.  However, I still want to color.  So I thought, why not use my Scandinavia Mixed Media Stencils to create my own coloring page.  I don't always feel like doodling. However, stencils are perfect and they take the pressure off of needing to draw or doodle yourself.  You can layer and play with the patterns.  Woohoo!  So I did.  This was extremely satisfying.  

Grab your Gelatos® Iridescent and let's doodle and color.  Here's what I did. 

Coloring Page 1

First up, Gesso your entire page.  Grab your Scandinavia Mixed Media Stencils and trace the pattern of choice using Journaling Pitt®Artist Pens Medium Nib Black #199.  Be sure you use various patterns, shapes, sizes and don't forget you can overlap if you like. 

 

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Next, I colored in the shapes.  Just color in the shapes with your Gelatos® Iridescents and activate with a water brush.  I love how the Gelatos® Supernova makes the flowers really pop and adds a bright happy, fun feel to the page. 

 

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Finish it off by coloring the background with Gelatos® Iridescents and activate and spread with a water brush and by adding shimmering, colored pearls to the center of flowers. 

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. 

Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com


 


An Art Journal Page with Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Supernova

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Hello there! Mou here today with an art journaling page using Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Supernova. Follow along if you want to create a similar page yourself.

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Let's start with the supply list. You'll need:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS - Supernova, Mars, Stardust

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents - Gesso, Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pen BLACK

Other: watercolor paper, found papers, paint brush, stamps

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Ink up your favorite background stamp with Stamper's Big Brush pen and stamp on the watercolor paper.

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Rub the Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Supernova on the page and blend with water.

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Attach found papers to the page with gel medium.

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Add more colors with Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Stardust and Mars. Also use another stamp with Stamper's Big Brush pen.

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Take another stamp and stamp it randomly over the previous layers.

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With a paintbrush and gesso, paint any geometric pattern on the page. This will create even more depth to your page.

 

 

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When completely dry, draw a bird and a branch with Stamper's Big Brush pen BLACK. Add some details to the bird with gesso.

I hope you enjoy today's tutorial!

Happy creating!

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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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Make a St. Patrick's Day Card with Shamrock Flowers

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It's almost  St. Patrick's Day! It's Laura Bray and I'm here to show you how to make this cute card. The best part? You don't have to go out and buy shamrock embellishments that you will only end up using once a year. I'm going to show you how to turn some white paper flower embellishments into four leaf clovers!

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