Gelatos Zhoosh and a Star Garland

Star garlands and winter go together like snow and cocoa! 


Today's project starts with a spin on a technique my students dubbed the Sumi Smoosh. Let's call it Gelatos Zhoosh (Jooosh: make it lively). Check out the video at the end of this post to see more in depth tips. 

Here's what you need for this simple and addictive technique and today's project. Make plenty of Zhooshed paper to have on hand for any paper craft you have up your sleeve. I like the 90# mixed media paper for this. It's easy to fold, trim and die cut.


For the Gelatos Zhoosh

Gelatos (any kind)
A plastic report cover, sleeve or packaging
Water mister
90# Mixed Media type paper, I cut it into 6" squares so it would fit into my die cut machine. 

NOTE: Watercolor paper isn't recommended for this technique.

For the Garland 

Star dies or punches. Hand cut stars are beautiful in my opinion, especially when cut by kids.
Decorative trim
String or twine for garland
Hole punch


Start by defining the area on your plastic where you'll be Zhooshing. I used a black pen to create the area. Now just scribble on the plastic Gelatos.


Open the cover and scribble in the traced square with Gelatos. Spritz gentle with water, place the paper inside and close the cover again, Zhooshing the activated Gelatos over the paper. Open and Voila! 


For a variation, try stenciling with Glaze medium onto your paper and let it dry before Zhooshing. You could use Gesso, Texture Luxe or Texture Gems for extra shine. Glass Bead Glitter Gel would work here too. 


After the paper has dried, cut stars (by hand, punches or die cuts). 


Go wild by stamping with Pitt Pens, adding Glass Beat Glitter Gel and doodling with Pitt Pens (the Metallics are very nice). More is more with Star Garlands. 


I made Glittery Tinsel Tassels because ... well why not? LOL. Here's my Garland cheering up the dreary view from my studio window. 


I use to lay out the supplies for projects like this for my kids to come and go with. 

Make the paper in one session.
Make the stars and decorate at will.
Snowy weekend fun.

Enjoy the video. I added some color theory tips for you too.


Art Journaling with Tea Stains


Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial to show you how to use Tea Stains on your art journal pages!

Let's start by looking at the supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft -

Tea Stain - Agra

Stencils 10-ct 101 Collection

Whipped Spackle

Essential PITT Artist Pens - BLACK

PITT  Artist Pens Lettering Set - JEWEL BRUSH

Stamper's Big Brush Pen - BLACK

Gelatos Tool Set

Other -

100% Cotton Fabric

Rubber stamp

Dye Bath Containers

Hot water

Watercolor paper, Magazine page, Scrap Paper, Seam binding, Tags

Sewing machine, Thread, Needle

Baby wipe


Start by preparing the dye baths, one for each color. Place the Tea Stain Dye bag in the container and add hot water to it and let it steep just like tea for about 5 minutes. Be careful to not burn yourself.

Place 100% cotton fabric squares into the dye baths. Leave it in longer for more saturated colors. Carefully remove and let the fabric dry.


Also dip in some  seam binding and baby wipe into the dye baths. Let them dry.


Add some pattern to the dyed fabric, torn in strips, with rubber stamp inked with Stamper's Big Brush pen.


Layer your papers and fabric as shown. Machine stitch to hold everything securely in place.


With Essential PITT Artist pen, sketch a key on a manila tag.


Attach the tag to the page. Machine stitch.


Add some texture to the page with Whipped Spackle applied through the dots stencil from 101 collection with palette knife.


Make marks on the page with Stamper's Big Brush pen and Jewel Brush Lettering pen. Also add some stitches to the page with needle and thread.


On a small tag, add a word and attach to the page to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial! 





Journal Spill with Watercolor Pencils and Pitt Pens

Diana Trout here today with a journal spill. A blank journal page can be hard to confront. That's why I sometimes start my pages with a word spill. It puts me in touch with my head and heart. 

Pencils in Hand


Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils
Pitt Artist Metallic Pens
PITT Artist Pens

For this page, I wrote with a rainbow of Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils. It's helpful to turn your journal upside down. I arranged these pencils in rainbow order and got my pencil moving as quickly as possible so that my brain had no time to edit. Forget about spelling and punctuation and write real sloppy. 

Washed page

I worked through the rainbow of pencils for these two pages. I only completed one of the pages though. After scribble writing, use a wet paintbrush to blend out the color. Some of the lines may still be visible but that's OK. There is nobody that will work that hard to read upside down, sloppy, watery words. Your writing may have informed you but now it's just background pattern.

Don't forget to turn your book right side up before proceeding! 

I added more color to the page by scribbling with another watercolor pencil. Use analogous colors (colors that are next to each other on the color wheel) when your colors are still wet so that you don't get mud. For instance, don't go over a wet green or blue area with orange!

Wet in wet
You can dip your watercolor pencil into water or wet an area on the page to make a juicy line  or area, such as the rectangular box above. I still wasn't sure where I was going with this page. I let one idea lead to another. Working in a flow  that may require practice. I know it's hard, but try not to be afraid of messing up. 

Close up flowers
Flowers hold a great deal of meaning for me and these are easy to re-create. They are asterisks with extra lines through them, like Pom-Pom Mums. Since the light blue background was dry, I used a yellow Pitt Pen and yellow Watercolor pencil. The wet of the pen activated the watercolor pencil and blended into an orange. Since the blue background was dry there was no mud puddle.

I added some silver Metallic Pitt pen  for the stamen center of the flower. I added more detail to my rectangle with a Medium size black Pitt pen.

Stamp marker
The last detail I added was stamping. I used a Stampers Big Brush Pen to color the stamp and add a bit of pattern to the background.

After you've colored your stamp, be sure to "huff" on it with warm breath to moisten before you stamp. When you've finished stamping, wipe off your stamps with a wet rag just as you would for any ink. Don't worry if your stamps are stained. That means they are well loved. 

Full Page
I used anWatercolor Pencil to add the stems, then added some of the green Stamper's Big Brush to activate. I like that trick, it can give you cool effects.

I hope you'll pull out your journal and scribble away!

NOTE: I used a 140# watercolor paper journal for this page. 

A Mother's Day Card with Honey Medium Kit & Iced Rose Gelatos


Hi everyone, Mou here with a video tutorial for making a mother's day card with Honey Medium and Gelatos color Iced Rose!

Before we begin, let me list the supplies I used:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft

Honey Medium Starter Kit

Stamper’s Big Brush pen - BLACK

Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil - Red set


Watercolor paper

Alphabet stamp

And here's the video tutorial. You can watch by clicking the play button below or follow this link.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will make beautifully textured project using Honey Medium!



An Art Journal Page with Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Comet


Hello there, a very Happy April to you all!


Today I want to share with you an art journal page that was inspired by a fortune cookie using Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Comet.

Let's start with the supply list.


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Comet, Blue Moon, Nebula, Satellite, Black Hole

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stencils 101 10 ct Collection

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents & Tools: Gel Medium, Whipped Spackle, Gelatos Tool Set

Other: mixed media paper, found papers, lace, thread, sewing machine, foam stamp, die-cuts, paint brushes

Let's get started.


Rub Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Comet, Nebula, Satellite and Blue Moon on mixed media paper or your own art journal.


Blend with water. Wet a foam stamp with water and color it with Gelatos colors Nebula and Satellite. Stamp a few times on the page.


Sew a piece of lace at the top of the page.


With Gel Medium attach pieces of found papers all around the page.


Place stencil on page and trace the shapes with PITT Artist pen. Repeat in at least two other areas of the page.


Attach some die-cuts and more found papers to the page with Gel Medium.


Rub some Black Hole Gelatos on a palette or craft mat. Dilute a bit with water to create your own "ink". Use the ink to brush letter the prompt, which in this case is a fortune from a fortune cookie.


With a palette knife apply some Whipped Spackle to add texture to the page. Let dry.

And there you have it, the finished art journal page!




Library Pocket Card and Gift Tag

Library Pocket 1 Watermarked

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. 

Library Pocket 1

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.


Library Pocket 2

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. 


Library Pocket 3

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


Library Pocket 6 Watermarked

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


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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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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Iridescent Gelatos®: Supernova, Mars, Blue Moon

Whipped Spackle

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Texture Gems™ Silver

Mixed Media Stencils 102

Color Fizz: Champagne Bright


An Art Journal Page with Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Supernova


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.


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


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


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


Attach found papers to the page with gel medium.


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


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


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




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!



An Art Journal Page with Gelatos® Color Passion Fruit


Hi everyone! Mou here today with an art journal page using Gelatos® Color Passion Fruit. Lately, I have been enjoying creating art journal pages outside an actual journal. I am using mixed media or watercolor paper as my base. Let me show you how I made this page, starting with the supplies you'll need.


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Colors: Passion Fruit, Caramel, Elderberry, Margarita Mix, Strawberry

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

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent: Gel Medium, 102 Stencil CollectionTexture Gems™ 3ct Metallics

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

Other: mixed media paper, stamps, found papers, pencil


As crafters, we all have a stash for pretty supplies. I collect rubber stamps wherever I find them. It makes me feel connected to another artist when I make their art part of mine. Use the stamps that you have. Ink them up with the Stamper's Big Brush pen BLACK and stamp on the paper to cover the entire surface.


Tear small pieces of saved papers from old books, rejected artwork, scrap papers, etc. and attach a few pieces to the page with Gel Medium.


Next, to add some colors to the page - Passion Fruit is going to be today's main color and you can use other colors to make it stand out more. Having one color to focus on helps me develop the whole color scheme of the page.


The other Gelatos® Colors I'm using today are Caramel, Elderberry, Margarita Mix and Strawberry. Rub them on the page and blend them water.


Lay a stencil on the colored page and trace parts of it with pencil.


Freehand sketch a heart or another simple shape that you like with pencil. Add more colors around the heart and traced stencil shapes as shown.


Stamp a favorite quote with alphabet stamps and Stamper's Big Brush pen BLACK.


Add small dots with Texture Gems Metallics Gold to the page for some shine and texture.


Make marks on the page with PITT Artist pens Jewel Brush following the contours of the shapes to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will try your own art journal page with Gelatos® Color Passion Fruit.



An Art Journal Page with Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Mars


It's February and there are hearts everywhere. So, why not create an art journaling page about hearts? Hello there, Mou here today with an art journaling tutorial using the brand new Gelatos® color MARS from the IRIDESCENTS Set.


To make this page, you'll need:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Colors: Mars (IRIDESCENTS Set), Aqua Dolce, Banana, Chocolate, Earl Grey

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

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents: Chalkboard Paint, Gesso

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Collapsible Water Cup

Other: Watercolor paper, stamp, paint brush, pencil

Let's get started!


Rub Gelatos color Mars generously on the watercolor paper. Blend with water.


Add Gelatos colors Earl Grey and Chocolate to the page and blend with water. Paint some circles with the Gelatos colors as shown.


Make some marks with Gesso.


Add more colors to the page with Gelatos colors Aqua Dolce and Banana.


Add more marks with Chalkboard Paint.


Paint some circles with gesso as shown.


Draw a heart on the page and color around it to make it more prominent.

Ink up alphabet stamps with Stamper's Big Brush pen BLACK and stamp your journaling in and around the heart.


Here's a close up of my page.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and give the IRIDESCENT Mars a try!