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Technique Tuesday: Creating Textural Backgrounds with Gelatos


 Hi, it’s Jill  here and I’m excited to share with you a mixed media creation.  This project was completed on a 5 ½” by 12” wood board.  I happened across the AMAZING work of Christy Kinard and am sooo inspired by her use of texture, color, and big bold florals.  My project today was inspired specifically by the 3rd painting in her portfolio.

I created the textural background on my project by collaging several patterned papers to the wooden board and then adding modeling paste along the ridges between the different pieces of patterned paper. I used my finger to dab on the modeling paste.  I also added some modeling paste through a stencil. Coloring over the background with a touch of acrylic paint and LOTS Gelatos™ highlights all of the modeling paste texture.  Just blend the Gelatos™ with your fingertips- easy as pie!

Also, here’s one more tip.  If you want to try a mixed media project but are a little intimidated by drawing, just use your stamps.  I created my flowers stamping several of the hydrangeas from this set onto patterned paper and cutting them out.  I cut the leaves off of the stems and used them as well. 


Color on top of the flowers with Gelatos™ and then add Gesso right on top of the Gelatos™.  Smear the two together to create a creamy paint-like mixture.  Keep adding lots of layers until you’re happy.  Outline the flowers, leaves, and the vase with Stamper’s Big Brush Pens (Black 199, Warm Grey IV 273) for added depth and dimension.

Happy Stamping!


Faber-Castell: Stamper’s Big Brush Pens (Warm Grey IV 273, Black 199), Gelatos™ (Blue, Green, Yellow, and Red Collections)

Penny Black Stamps:  30-033 Allegro, 30-195 Flower Festival
Other: Mod Podge, Modeling Paste, Stencil (Our Crafter’s Workshop), Gesso, 6 x 6 Patterned Paper Pads (Crate, Penny Black), Acrylic Paint



Jill Foster Preschool teacher by day and stamper by night, Jill turns stamped images into true works of art. She also designs and teaches classes for her local scrapbook store, Mementos. 


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Hi Jill...very nice!...Hugs, Colleen

Cathy A

Great texture and rich colour Jill


amazing texture. thank you...does one need to fix the gelatos before finishing the project or do gelatos dry without needing a finish???

Jill Foster

Hi Ruth- thanks for your comment! The Gelatos will dry on their own, but if you plan to add any wet media on top of the Gelatos, then you will want to use a fixative to ensure they don't "reblend." I use a fixative spray.

Maureen Chandler

This is so artistic - I love it! Wish you had the time to make a video of how to make it..... Love your blog and videos! Hugs to you!

Doris Greene

Thank you so much for the demonstration of the many ways to use the gelatos . I plan to use some of the technique shown in the video. TFS

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