Is there anything better than black and white (or "Coconut"!) with a little splash or color thrown in? I think not. These graphic bud vases are simply paper, all designed-up with stenciled Gelatos designs, and taped to a glass votive making it really easy to dress-up your table top for a dinner party.
The Gelatos® color of the week is Coconut and I was a little nervous at first, not going to lie! How do I showcase the color white?! But I am so glad I was given this challenge, and I now have such a stronger appreciation not only for the Coconut, but also for how much pigment is packed inside any one of those Gelatos! So let me share with you my art deco art journal spread, featuring Coconut.
To really highlight the Coconut I started with a layer of Design Memory Craft Chalkboard Paint over my entire page. I used the Coconut Gelatos through the Mixed Media Doodle Stencils, mixed Coconut with Gold Texture Luxe™ and the Stencil 102 collection, and also mixed it with Design Memory Craft Glaze (the most surprising result I think! Look how WHITE it is! So much pigment!)
You can watch the entire process in my video here...
"Too much of anything is bad....
...But too much champagne is just right." - The Great Gatsby
Hi Beauties. Tiare here. Today, I am playing in my mixed media journal. I love putting together art journals. I have tons of them for all kinds of reasons. This one is filled with Design Memory Craft goodness. Lots of playing with techniques here. I decided I wanted to play with Gelatos® and try out a fun floral technique. Cute, right? You should try it too. Here's how.
First cover your background with Gesso. Choose a fun background stamp, spritz with a little bit of water, color with various Stamper’s Big Brush Pens. I used May Green 170 and Cobalt Turquoise 153. Stamp your image.
Color over using Gelatos® Colors Snowcone and Kiwi spread with finger or paint brush. Be sure to spritz with a little bit of water or dip your paint brush in water first. I really love how the Gelatos® and Big Brush Pens work together so well.
Outline flowers, petals and stems using Stamper's Big Brush Black 188.
Use Stamper's Big Brush Pen Black 188 to doodle in flourishes and to ink the edge of your page.
- Stamper’s Big Brush Pens: May Green 170, Cobalt Turquoise 153, Black 188
- Blender Stump
- Gelatos® Colors Banana, Licorice, Cinnamon, Snowcone, Kiwi
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Hello friends! Adrianne here with you today to show you how you can turn a MDF circle into a mixed media clock. This week's color of the week - Banana - makes a cheerful background to this half floral, half steampunk design that brightens up any space.
Gelatos® work wonderfully on wood surfaces both when applied directly and also mixed with textured mediums. I'm using a combination of Glass Bead Glitter Gel and Gel Medium, tinted with Gelatos, to stencil layers of numbers onto my clock. Metallic Texture Gems™ in Pearl also help this piece to shine!
First, I painted with the Gelatos to get a great watercolor look to the dandelion puff-style flowers. Using Watermelon and Coconut Gelatos, I layered strokes and dots in round designs using a paintbrush.
Next, I colored directly onto the wood with the Banana Gelatos for a vibrant background. I evened the coverage by rubbing it gently with a paper towel. To vary the colors slightly, I added a hint of Mango and Margarita Mix Gelatos in small areas to break up the solid look of the bright yellow.
Next, I added textures! I found that the tube applicator of the Texture Gems works great for dots, but I wanted more control to make straight, small uniform lines. I dipped the edge of a wedge sponge into a dab of the Pearl colored Texture Gems and used the sponge to stamp small lines all around each flower.
Then, I used tinted gels to add textured numbers to the face of the clock. Using your palette knife, cut a small amount off the Gelatos sticks you're going to use. Then, scoop a small amount of Glass Bead Glitter Gel and / or Gel Medium and mix it well with the Gelatos to tint the gel.
Using more Glass Bead Glitter Gel will give you crisper edges when you stencil the numbers on and using Gel Medium will be a little softer and smoother. You can use one, the other or a mix of both to get the look you prefer! Allow the stenciled numbers to dry before layering on other colors and use a combination of large and small numbers for a hint of a steampunk look. You can also paint with Gelatos to get subtle flat numbers that blend into the background.
Finally, drill a 3/8 inch hole in the center of the clock and follow the assembly instructions on the clock kit. Adding clockwork parts is as simple as adding a few washers, the hands and screwing the assembly together!
Note: when choosing a clock kit, it's sized based on the thickness of your clock base. Because my MDF is 3/8" thick, I am using a 3/8" clock kit but a few different sizes are available. Knowing the thickness of your base before buying your clock kit will ensure correct assembly in this final step!
Once the clock parts have been attached, you can just set the time and mount your artwork on the wall! Turning your own art into functional decor gives you a way to show off your style and you've got a one-of-a-kind clock that will catch every visitor's eye.
Thanks for joining me to check out today's project and I hope you're enjoying this week's color, Banana!
1o-inch MDF Circle (3/8 inch thick)
Clockwork Kit (3/8 sized)
This week we are using the Gelatos® color of the week: Banana. It has a great tone to it that really sets it apart from other yellows.
For this art journal page I used the Gelatos® Mist Maker to make my own Banana Gelatos mist! I took about 1/4" of the Banana Gelatos and placed it on a lid that I like to use for mixing because it's shallow, yet has a lip around it to keep liquids in. I mashed the Gelatos down with my pallet knife and then added 2 drip droppers full of water to it and mashed it down some more to get rid of any lumps. Next I added two more droppers of water and then poured it into the spray bottle.
I then sprayed it onto my piece of watercolor paper and blotted it with a paper towel which left a cool pattern on the page. I then held my paper up and brought the spray mist closer to the paper to create concentrated dips onto the paper.
Next, I found a picture of our 4 year old Australian Labradoodle, Willow. I trimmed the photo a bit and then sewed around it with my sewing machine.
Now, at this point I liked the texture that the sewing gave to the photo, but I decided that I wanted to see the color of the thread so I ended up printing out another copy of this photo, adding the gesso, and then stitching around the photo. I then adhered the photo to the page and then traced around the dog with a Stampers Big Brush Pen in Warm Grey IV #273, smudging it as I went. Next, I used a black PITT® Artist Pen to draw sketch lines around her. I then added pops of color by coloring the tennis ball with a Stampers Big Brush Pen in Light Green #171 and using the Snow Cone Gelatos on the background as a contrasting color.
The finishing touch was using a PITT Artist Pen with a brush tip to hand letter her name onto the page. Hand lettering on watercolor paper covered in gesso is a bit of a challenge since the paper is so absorbent and the gesso makes it bumpy, but it still has a nice look to it thanks to the brush tip on the pen.
- 9" x 6" Watercolor paper
- 4" x 6" Photo, trimmed
- Gelatos: Banana & Snowcone
- Gelatos Mist Maker Set (it contains the spray bottle, pallet knife, drip dropper and more)
- PITT Artist Pens: XS and B
- Stampers Big Brush Pens: Warm Grey IV #273 & Light Green #171
- Sewing machine & thread
School's back in session and conversations have already started about the first school dance. There's also tons of discussion and texting going on about Halloween plans and costumes. With any such occasion comes shopping and we all know how much girls love shopping for shoes! During every such shopping expedition, we come across pretty shoes that we can't even walk in, let alone dance in them but we always share a few good laughs over our inabilities. This time we saw a tiny little pair of red shoes that could be part of a Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz costume. While we didn't buy that pair, I decided to create my own cute version of it using my crafting supplies. Let me show you how I created my pair of red ruby slippers.
For the red ruby slippers, I chose Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Iced Currant. The deep rich red hue of the pigment along with its metallic sheen was just perfect for this project.
And the remaining pieces colored with Gelatos® Caramel.
Whether you are using the die cuts or cutting your pieces following a template, fold along the crease lines. Assemble the toes and backs on the small sole using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium.
Assemble the heels and attach them to the bigger sole. These will be the bases of the slippers. Attach the top sole to the bottom sole with Gel Medium. You can refer to this assembly instruction pdf too.
Die-cut or punch out a couple of bows or tie them out of ribbon. Color with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Texture Luxe™ Gold. When dry, attach to the slippers to finish.
I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial. Did you know that you could also color plain cloth shoes with Gelatos? Yes, you can! So, whether you want to create a tiny pair like I did or jazz up a real pair, click your heels and have some FUN!
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos®:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents:
Others: cardstock, paint brush, diecutter, scissors
Hello Everyone! Thank you for joining us on the Design Memory Craft blog. Today, I would like to share with you an art journal tutorial I have created, as part of a challenge I have begun called Gelatos30. Every day from September 4th through October 3rd, I will be creating a new Art Journal page focusing on Gelatos®. Different techniques, different themes, just a way to encourage you to get out the Gelatos and push them to their limits. (and myself)
This page was my day 3 page, featuring Iced Current. A somewhat simple page when all said and done, but the techniques make for a beautiful and rich layout.
I would love for you to join in the #Gelatos®30 challenge. To share your work and be entered into a chance for a Design Memory Craft prize pack, hosted by me, make sure to tag myself @jamielynn dougherty as well as use the #Gelatos®30 hashtag on your photos! I hope these posts will inspire you and encourage you to take a deeper look at your Gelatos. (You can share on Instagram or Facebook)
To get your creative gears moving, here is a video on Subtle Layers using Gelatos®
Enjoy and Happy Creating,
Hey friends! Adrianne Surian here with you today to share another fun-sized mixed media project. You may have noticed that I have a passion for jewelry and wearable art. It's a great way to bring your pieces with you as a fantastic accessory and express yourself everywhere you go!
Today I'm using a rustic iron pendant base, and the Gelatos® color of the week, Red Cherry, alongside some of my favorite Design· Memory· Craft® products to create this stitched heart necklace.
You all know that mixed media extends beyond the page to a wide variety of materials, and this pendant uses Whipped Spackle to turn a jewelry-quality, lead-free iron pendant into a tiny canvas.
With this vibrant color of the week, a hopeful heart seemed like the perfect mixed media project! Because the iron is naturally dark, I mixed Red Cherry Gelatos with Whipped Spackle to create an opaque red base. To start, simply cut off some of the Gelatos stick (I used about 1/4") with your palette knife, crush it, and mix it well with an acorn-sized dab of Whipped Spackle.
Use the palette knife to spread a generous layer of the Red Cherry Whipped Spackle over the top of the pendant - I went for a mostly-smooth, semi-even coat of Whipped Spackle (you can see it in the photo below). I waited about 5 minutes and then used a small rubber stamp to add my initial to the pendant. You could stamp an entire word into it if you wish (like love, hope, art, heart - whatever inspires you). Clean any holes in the pendant that may have gotten Whipped Spackle (you can use a toothpick for this step), and then set the pendant aside and allow the Whipped Spackle to dry before continuing.
When the Whipped Spackle is dry, there will be some naturally textured areas around the edges of the pendant, near the holes, and near the stamped area. I brushed a light coat of Silver Texture Luxe™ over a few areas to add shine and to break up the solid red.
Finally - jewelry and wearable art should be sealed! Gelatos are water-based and easy to blend, which is a fantastic quality when you're at your art table! But to be sure your favorite sweater or blouse doesn't end up with a little delicious color where it doesn't belong, add a generous coat of glaze over the whole piece to seal the Gelatos colors.
Be sure to once again clear any holes of remaining glaze, and set the piece aside to dry fully before continuing.
When your pendant base is dry, add wire "stitching" through the center holes. Attach a pair of 10mm or larger jump rings to the top of the pendant, and string a necklace chain through the rings. I prefer a 20" chain to rest at a low neckline, but you can adjust your chain length shorter or even longer to suit your personal style!
The final piece is a tiny but bold statement necklace that is sure to be noticed - especially when paired with a solid top. Your art will get plenty of attention around your neck, which is always a great way to introduce yourself as an artist at events or parties! Thanks for joining me to check out today's mixed media jewelry and I'll see you all again soon!
Blending Wedge (or your favorite brush)
1/8 inch "A" Rubber Stamp
20 Gauge Silver Plated Copper Wire
2 - 10mm Jump Rings
20" 2mm Cable Chain
Chain Nose Pliers
I started by decoupaging a canvas panel with a music sheet and Gel Medium. Next, I applied Red Cherry and Blood Orange Gelatos to it and used Gel Medium to move it around my background. I ended up layering up a few layers this way so that the colors would become intense.
Next I added a layer of Glaze. I love how glossy the glaze makes the paper! I used a rubber stamp to make an impression in it while it was still wet. It's a really neat technique. I ended up covering it but I at least wanted to show you another fun way to use the Glaze.
For the leaves, I used my die-cut machine to cut a leaf shape out of black cardstock . You can also draw the leaf and cut it out of cardstock if you don't have a die-cut machine. Next, I mixed together some Whipped Spackle and Gold Texture Luxe™. Mixing these creates a different color and texture while retaining it's metallic shine. After they were mixed, I added some Gold Champagne Gelatos to half of it. The gold really bumped up the metallic look and darkened it as well. I used a pencil to etch some vein lines before the mixture dried.
The bookplate I used was originally silver, and I wanted it to be copper, so I used a dab of the copper Texture Luxe and added a couple of drops of water to it and then applied it. After it dried, I rubbed ink from the Walnut Brown #177 Stamper's Big Brush Pen into the recessed areas.
Next I used a small piece of black cardstock and covered the front side of it with 3 layers of Chalk Board Paint . Once it was dry, I wrote the word Autumn on it with the Stamper's Big Brush pen in white. I applied some Walnut Brown ink around the edge of the canvas as well to create a frame.
After everything was dry, I wrapped some string and beads around the right edge to finish it off.
- 5" x 7" Canvas Panel
- Gelatos®: Red Cherry, Blood Orange, Gold Champagne, Iced Coffee
- Gel Medium
- Chalk Board Paint
- Texture Luxe: Gold, Copper
- Stamper's Big Brush: Walnut Brown #177
- Whipped Spackle
- Sheet Music
- Rubber Stamp
- Black Cardstock
- Pallet Knife
- String and thread
- Stamper's Big Brush Pen White
Hi All. Tiare here with a sweet card idea. With so much stress in the world from natural disasters, to sadness, to loneliness, to just because, it is always a good idea to have a stash of "Thinking of You," cards. I love having cards available to send when any occasion calls.
Here's how you too can make this cute card with a splash of the Color of the Week, Gelatos® Red Cherry.
Don't have a pre-made card base, no worries, just cut an 8.5"x11" piece of paper in half, straight down the middle. Next fold in half and you'll have a 4.25"x5.5" card. Perfect for an A2 envelope.
Use the spatula to spread a bit of Glass Bead Glitter Gel on your card background. To add a touch of color, color on a piece of freezer paper using your Stamper's Big Brush Cadmium Yellow 107 and Scarlet Red 118, spritz with water and tap onto Glass Bead Glitter Gel and card background.
Put aside to dry. While drying use the Scandinavian Stencil Set to create a fun flower using Gelatos® Buttercream, Guava and Red Cherry. Use blending tool to the blend the colors as you go from one color to the other. Do the same to create your leaves using Gelatos® Lime and Iced Pear. Cut out flowers and leaves.
Adhere leaves to the back of the flower.
Adhere black floss to the back of the flower, allowing it to peek from sides, to add interest. Use pop dots to adhere flower and allow it to pop from the card. Use Stamper's Big Brush Black 101 to color onto sentiment stamp and then stamp onto a small piece of paper and add to card, as the finishing touch.
Tada. So sweet and ready to send.
She hosts a weekly challenge: Embrace Your Art 2016: Journal About Me (JAM) Challenge, which features a weekly prompts, creative challenges and process videos.
She also hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, as well.
Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com