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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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An Art Journal Page with Gelatos® Color Passion Fruit

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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.

SUPPLIES:

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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"Dream Big" Lamp Makeover with New Gelatos Iridescents

Hey friends!  Adrianne Surian here with you today to share a home decor makeover using the new Gelatos® Iridescents, featuring the color of the week: Stardust!

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I have a lamp at my desk that has needed an update for a while now.  It was plain wood when I bought it, and when chevron and distressing were all the rage, I painted it.  I loved it for a while, but now my style is much brighter and bolder - especially in my work space!  So it was time for a makeover.

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I used some Essential Textural Accents, the "dream big" stencil from the 303 Mixed Media Stencil Collection, and some brand new Design· Memory· Craft® products - Ice Layers Stencils, and Gelatos Iridescents with shimmery hues.  

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To begin, I mixed Gesso with a small amount of Gelatos® in the color Galaxy.  If un-tinted, Gesso goes on white.  I wanted a hint of color for my background, and Gesso provided great coverage over the old paint job.  (I taped off the areas of the lamp I wanted to protect with painter's tape as well - because I know myself, and I can get a little messy!)

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Once my Gesso was dry, I cut apart the Arrow Ice Layers Stencils, which are heavy-duty self adhesive stencils.  I used them in different directions with the three colors in this project: Stardust, Galaxy, and Blue Moon.  Each color was mixed with a small amount of Gel Medium, and the adhesive backside made it easy to get nice clean edges!

Next, I stenciled "dream big" onto the front panel of the lamp using Galaxy and Stardust, mixed with Gel Medium.  Allow each layer to dry before moving on to the next, and don't be nervous to try overlapping shapes and words!  

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When I was happy with my stenciling, I mixed a bit of Glaze with Stardust Gelatos, and brushed a light coat in random areas on each side of the lamp.  This helps to highlight the pink tones without being too much pink!

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Finally, I added a small arrow accent to the corner of the lampshade as well, bringing a finishing touch of Stardust Gelatos (mixed with Gel Medium) to tie the design together.  If you haven't tried using Gelatos mixed with Gel Medium on fabric surfaces yet, it's easy to do!  It's no different than using textural accents on paper and other flat surfaces.

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The finished piece has its home right next to me as I type this, and the inspirational message and bright colors really add cheer to my work space.  The "dream big" message is also great for kids' bedrooms (or kids at heart)!

Thanks for joining me today for this home decor makeover!  Are there any pieces in your home that could use a makeover?  Leave a comment below if this project inspires you!

Adrianne Surian

Supplies used:


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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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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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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Holiday Tags with Metallic Mint Gelatos®

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Hi everyone, Mou here today to show you how quickly you can make  your own holiday gift tags! 

Gather the following supplies before you start:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos®:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Tag Collection

Others: watercolor paper, red twine, scissors

Let's get started.

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Start with white tags. I die cut mine out of white watercolor paper. You can also buys packs of tags at any craft store.

Rub Metallic Mint Gelatos® on the tags and blend with water.

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Color the punch hole protectors with Iced Chai Gelatos®.

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Attach the punch hole protectors to the tags using Gel Medium.

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Add some texture to the tags using the dots stencil, Texture Luxe Gold and a palette knife. Simply lay the stencil over the tag, hold the stencil in place and apply medium with palette knife.

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Cut small lengths of red twine and thread them through the tag holes.

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Write ‘To’ and ‘From’ to each tag with black PITT Artist pen, B tip.

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Fill in the names. Tie them to your gifts. And there you have it!

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and will try making your own gift tags this holiday!

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Slumber Should Be Broken: A Mixed Media Canvas

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Hi everyone! Mou here today with a mixed media canvas tutorial for you. Holiday season is busy, so let's get started right away.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Colors: Metallic Grape, Iced Chai, Iced Coffee

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents and Tools:

Gesso

Gel Medium

Whipped Spackle

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Gelatos Tool Set

101 Stencil Collection

102 Stencil Collection

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pen: Black

Sizzix Thinlits Die - Doily #2

Others: canvas, cardstock, old book paper, resin accent, stamp, tissue

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Color canvas with Metallic Grape Gelatos and blend with gesso.

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Once the color dries, lay a stencil from the 102 Stencils Collection on the canvas and apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife.

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Ruffle up some tissue paper and attach to the canvas with gel medium. Layer a die-cut doily on top.

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Once the surfaces dry, add more colors with Iced Chai and Iced Coffee Gelatos. Color the die cut doily with Black Stamper's Big Brush pen. Layer a stencil from the 101 Stencil Collection on top of the doily and apply Whipped Spackle with a palette knife.

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Ink up a background stamp with Stamper's Big Brush pen and stamp around the canvas.

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Add some strips of old book paper near the top left part of the canvas.

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Rub some Texture Luxe Gold and dilute some of it to so it will drip down. Let dry.

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Attach a resin accent with gel medium. Rub more Texture Luxe Gold on it. Attach a phrase cut out of old book paper.

And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial.

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Metallic Grape Ornament

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For my family, now that Thanksgiving has passed in North America we have moved our focus onto Christmas.  In preparation for creating some new ornaments this year I picked up a package of these Styrofoam balls from the craft store and I decided to decorate each of them differently, and this is the first ornament.

Now this week our Gelatos® color is Metallic Grape, which isn't necessarily the first color you think about when you think of holiday colors, but I don't believe you have to stick to traditional rules in art! 

To create this ornament I dug through my fabric stash for some white background fabric and came up with these three patterned fabrics: houndstooth, polka-dot, and a light cream with some screen printed white flowers on it.

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I started off by ripping my fabric into about 1" strips. 
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I took my Gelatos and scribbled it all over my craft mat, not minding the little chunks that were there.
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Next, I sprayed a lot of water onto the Gelatos and used my spatula to blend it together as I smashed out the chunks. I also gave the fabric strips a good spritz.
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I then took all of the fabric strips and kneaded them into the diluted Gelatos to dye them.
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I then let all the strips dry by tossing them on my craft mat as I used my heat gun on them.
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I love how all of them turned out, but the fabric with the flowers on it was my favorite since the screen printing acted as a resist to the diluted Gelatos.
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After heating up my glue gun I began wrapping the Styrofoam ball with the dyed fabric alternating the patterns and directions I wrapped.
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I also hot glued a ribbon onto it as well so I could hang it on my tree.
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You can stay tuned to my blog for how I decorated the remaining ornaments in the weeks leading up to Christmas!

 

ERIN

 

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So Grateful!

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Hi everyone, Mou here from mousaha.com with a canvas project using Gelatos® color of the week Raspberry! As we get closer to Thanksgiving, gratitude is on our minds. We are also thinking of getting our homes ready for the holidays, to entertain our family and friends. I wanted to create a piece that spoke to both: a word to ponder over and a handmade home decor project. Follow along to see how you can make it too.

Supplies you'll need:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® color:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents:

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

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK

Sizzix Bigz Die w/Bonus Textured Impressions - Millinery Leaves

Others: 7" x 9" canvas, stamp, diecuts, found papers, washi tape, moist baby wipe, scissors

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Start by applying a coat of gesso to the canvas. I used one measuring 7" x 9". You could choose any size you like.

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Rub some Raspberry Gelatos in the middle of the canvas.

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Blend with a lot of water. Let dry thoroughly.

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Ink  any background stamp with Black Stamper's Big Brush pen and stamp around the canvas.

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Using Gel Medium, layer found papers, tapes and die cuts on the canvas.

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Layer the tribal patterned stencil from 102 Stencil Collection near the right edge of the canvas and apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife from the Gelatos Tool Kit. Lift off the stencil immediately and clean it with a moist baby wipe.

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While the medium dries thoroughly, die-cut and emboss the leaf and color it with Tangerine Gelatos. Rub more Raspberry Gelatos over the embossed stem and veins.

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With your B tip Black PITT Artist Pen, write 'Gratitude' on a piece of paper and cut it into a small banner with scissors.

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Attach the little banner and leaf to the canvas to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial. Before I go, I want to say to you that I AM SO VERY GRATEFUL TO YOU ALL! Thanks for checking out my tutorials, visiting my personal blog and leaving sweet comments and your questions. Thank you!

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