As part of an add-on to June's like for ever kit I got a pack of gelatos. I have very little experience with them and wanted to have a jolly good play, try out a whole bunch of techniques before I put them anywhere near a scrapbook layout. I videoed my process...
Here is my test page:
My surfaces were pre-gessoed. One has a whole load of used strips of washi tape stuck on (I hate to waste the prettiness!) with the gesso over the top.
Here are my thoughts; I didn't rate the two tools in the kit. The brush shed a load of hairs, more than I was expecting. Call me snobby but I like a good paint brush, one that doesn't drop hairs all over my work! The foam tool was OK-ish but you would need one for each colour and quite frankly I preferred using my finger or a baby wipe. The colours are good - blood orange, banana, squid ink and acqua dolce. Aqua dolce is very pale.
As for the other colours, big thumbs up! I might prefer a slightly punchier aqua colour but will use the acqua dolce nonetheless. It will need to be used less sparingly to get the colour depth that I like.
On to the techniques; smudging was easy with the coat of gesso underneath. Fingers, daubers, dabbers, cotton buds, barely damp baby wipes... they all do the job. I prefer to use my fingers as I like to get messy! Remeber to use a different finger or area of wipe for each colour so you don't contaminate. The acqua dolce is easily overpowered by a tiny amount of another colour and mud is easily made!
I used a damp baby wipe through a stencil to lift the colour. I learned that you need a wet baby wipe to lift the colour! Not a problem though, a quick spritz with water and my baby wipe was suddenly much more efficient.
I cut some gelato off the stick and mushed and mashed and smushed it together with some gel medium. It was much harder to mix than I imagined! I had hopes of it just dissolving easily and make a beautifully coloured gel, but after a good few minutes of mixing I realised this wasn't going to happen!! Perhaps there is a technique? I will play further... It went through the stencil wonderfully and I'm pleased with the effect - perhaps I need to embrace the extra texture the granular bits of undissolved gelato give?!
I successfully 'let some down' with water. It did, again, take a lot of mixing but gave good flicks and splatters. It has a different finish to the splatters I make with Inktense, so it is good to have these four colours to add to my arsenal.
I feel I still have a huge amount to learn about this new (well, new to me!) medium. If (when) I get more I would rather just buy gelatos and skip the tools! All in all though I had a lot of fun, I have a nice page in my journal and I like gelatos.