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Jen's Headshot3 Hi!  Jen Matott here again...I have a project to share with you today!  I have used Gelatos on many surfaces but when I saw this little wooden drawer set, I had my creative boundaries pushed.  I decided to alter it with the Gelatos, gel medium, and the Stamper's Big Brush pens.    I also threw in some modeling paste to create some raised areas.

SecretGarden1 First, I collage some papers onto the wooden surface with the gel medium as the adhesive.  I tore some sheet music, book pages and other scraps.  Once they were dry, I added blues and greens to the wood with the Gelatos.  I was not too careful, I just scribbled them on and added water to blend.  If I saw an area that needed more color, I added more while it was wet and blended.  After I finished, it reminded me of Claude Monet's "Waterlilies" paintings. 

Apc Water-Lilies, Claude Monet 1905, oil on canvas 81 x 100 cm, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff Great Britain.

I found a quote by Claude Monet and stamped it over the drawers with individual letter stamps and the Stamper's Big Brush Pen in black. 

SecretGarden32 Next, I added some Modeling paste over stencils from the Crafter's Workshop.  I used a palette knife to scrap it over the stencil evenly and pulled the stencil off and it left a slightly raised image. I used a wash of gold watered down Gelatos over the dried paste to tint it.  Finally, I added a nest on top with flowers and bling to create a bubbles and garden look. I'm ready to hid little treasures in the drawers or secret little notes. 


I hope you enjoyed this project and will try out our Gelatos and pens on wooden surfaces!


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Chris B

I love the colors and the designs you put on these drawers!! You did an awesome job!! Are the colors of these drawers from the combination of the blue and green Gelatos only?? Or did you use the Stampers' Big Brush Pen with the Gelatos to color the drawers? Thank you for any additional information you can give us. I would like to color a piece of furniture like you did.


Jen, I love this! Great colors & I like that quote. You are so talented. TFS!

Jill Foster

Jen- this is stunning! LOVE it!

Jen Matott

Thanks ladies... Chris, I used the blue, green, metallic purple and a bit of orange Gelato for the colors. I did coat it all with gel medium afterwards (matte medium) before stamping the words on. It seals it and allows a smooth surface to stamp onto. On furniture, I might suggest adding a polyurethane or sealant over it to protect it. Hope that helps!

Trena in Naperville

Awesome project!! Thank you for sharing such creative ways to use the products Jen! I bought a few of the pens today and ordered some gelatos. Can't wait to get them! :o)

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!!

colleen mcginty

Hi Jen :)
Love This !!!!!
You always keep me thinking outside the box!

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