Dina Wakley Countdown: Gelatos!

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Hey everyone, we’ve settled into our new home at number 10 Pippy Place (next to the Post Office, in the same building as E.C. Boone) and we can’t wait for you to pop by and visit us!

I’m a little late posting Cathie’s guest blog post so we’re combining it with a challenge this week and there is a PRIZE! Woohoo!

CHALLENGE: Use leftover alpha/number stickers to create a background or even an embellishment. Check out Cathie’s index card a few pictures down for inspiration!

You’ll have TWO weeks to play along with our Mojo Monday Challenge this time around, entries are due by Monday, July 15th at 11:59pm.


Hi Friends, it’s Cathie here to talk about Gelatos by Faber-Castell. This product is new to The Paperie and, once again, I’m in love.  So, what are Gelatos? Well, they look like chapsticks but according to Faber-Castell’s website, they are pigment sticks – think creamy, colorful chapsticks.


Gelatos blend with water, multi-medium, glazing medium or gesso but they are so smooth and creamy you can blend them just using your finger. They work on a wide variety of surfaces like paper, canvas and wood. There are 28 colors and you can blend them together to create your own custom colors.

With Gelatos, the options seem almost endless but here are my three favorite ways to use them.

1. Create a background.  I love to create my own backgrounds for my mixed-media scrapbooking pages or in my art journal. When I use Gelatos, I start with a coat of gesso. When the gesso is dry, I rub the Gelato over the page then blend the color using water and a wide brush to get something like this.

Gelatos Pic (1)

2. Coloring. I have been having a lot of fun coloring with my Gelatos. Sure, you can color stamped images but I like to color molding paste, book paper, chipboard and Studio Calico Mistables and wood veneers with my Gelatos.

Here’s an index card I created using leftover Thickers, coated in gesso and colored with Gelatos.

Gelatos Pic (2)

And here’s a layout I made using Gelatos to color the molding paste and SC wood veneers.

Gelatos Pic (3)

And here’s a closeup…

 Gelatos Pic (4)

3. Stamping. Gelatos work really well with solid image stamps. You color in the image using Gelato instead of ink. Let me show you.

You can use as many colors as you want but I chose one color for this project.

Gelatos Pic (5)

Then spritz with water and stamp. But if you want to make things really exciting, instead of misting with water, add a few drops of of multi-medium.

Gelatos Pic (6)

Blend with a brush…

Gelatos Pic (7)

And stamp…

Gelatos Pic (8)


Gelatos Pic (9)

Then I added a wash of blue Gelato background and some yellow to the poppy’s center. To finish the tag, I added some blue around the edges…

Gelatos Pic (10)

and blended with my finger…

Gelatos Pic (11)

And here’s the final tag…

Gelatos Pic (12)

I am so happy with my Gelatos that I’ve decided they should come with me on my summer vacation. They seem like the perfect supply for a travelling mixed media scrapbooking kit. They are not as messy as spray inks and yet they can do so much.  I picked up a few more colors today when visiting The Paperie’s new location at 10 Pippy Place. They have a great selection and the best price in town.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s only 7 weeks until Dina Wakley arrives at The Paperie to teach 2 full days of classes. You can sign up for the whole weekend or choose between Saturday and Sunday. It’s going to be great so call The Paperie at 726-5323 to reserve your seat.

Thanks for stopping by!



Thanks to Cathie for the great post! I just loved that tag background comprised of Thickers – so textural and she rocked the trendy ombre look. We’d love to see your take on this challenge – what kind of fun stuff can you do with random leftover alpha/numbers? Create a background? Border? Embellishment? Make a canvas? Oooh the possibilities!

Don’t forget, this challenge is a two-weeker so you have lots of time to participate if you’d like a shot at winning a fun prize.  If you play along with the Mojo Monday Challenge, comment here with a link to your project/blog or upload a picture to The Paperie’s Mojo Monday Group for a chance to win the prize. Have fun!

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