Friday, March 21, 2014


"There are no little things.  Little things are the hinges of the universe."
Fanny Fern

I watched a Teesha Moore video on the Artstronaut Club site and saw where Teesha used Faber Castell Gelatos to shade her drawing so I thought that I would give it a try.  So with my set of  Gelatos that I picked up for $3 bucks in the children section of JoAnn's, I set about to mark my page.  I selected metallic purple to go around the head and some of the border.  Not too bad!  I liked the look so much that I thought that I would try my Caran D'Ache Neocolor II crayons also and they did a decent job too!  Wow!  More tools to experiment with and use in my art.  I'm beginning to feel like a mad scientist!  lol

Let me give you a tip about where to buy the Gelatos without breaking the bank. Buy the children's sets (10 crayons) if you can still find them.  (I noticed that they had a few sets left on  The children's sets, made by Faber Castell, are called gel sticks and are identical to the Gelatos but at a fraction of the cost. Different packaging but the same stick inside the box.  They don't come in all the variety of colors that the Gelato sets do but the colors are pretty awesome just the same.  Especially the metallic ones which have six colors in the set (gold, silver, purple, blue, green and melon).

In case you are not familiar with the Gelatos they are delicious little lipstick like tubes of water-soluble  crayons that can be used with water and a brush to give a watercolor look or straight from the tube to make marks like a crayon.  You can even shave bits of the stick into a mini spray bottle with some water and make your own sprays.  They really are very versatile.  I used them in my collage straight from the stick like a crayon and then rubbed them a little with my finger to smear them.

What do you think?  Does this sound like fun?

Until next time,


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