Well, actually they are never “Ice cream” but we don’t need to split hairs here. One of my most favourite mixed media products are the full range of Design Memory Craft brand: Gelatos, Big Brush Pens, Wax Crayons and all the associated supporting products. Faber Castell have developed the Design Memory Craft brand to seperate out their pure ‘artist’ products from the mixed media range. The Design Memory Craft stable is fantastic and growing. Keep an eye out for it. For the next two days, I have 30% off the full range of products in stock. Use 12Day5 as your discount code at the checkout. Here is the link to all the products: http://www.uniquestitching.com.au/c/4536033/1/design-memory-craft-by-faber-castell.html.
When I first started seeing Gelatos used overseas, I knew I wanted to get my hands on some to have a play. This was about two and half, three years ago. I rang around about 20 different art and craft stores and almost universally I got the response: “you know we are not an ice cream store, right?” Yes I knew that. Anyway, I ordered my first set online and fell in love with them. Now they are everywhere, but I still love them and most people are not demonstrating them very comprehensively so you don’t get to see the full potential of this collection of goodies. I try to always have the full range available on my website under the Mixed Media category.
I use the gelatos as my principle love and all the others as the support network. I use them on every surface I can lay my hands on from paper and card to leather and all things inbetween. I really love them on canvas, fabric and other slightly absorbent surfaces. Gelatos are a water soluble wax crayons. So you can use them as a wax, as a water colour, added to anything water based to change the colour such as gel medium or gesso, and dilute with water directly or indirectly such as into a mister. Once set, they don’t shift so you can paint or embellish over the top of the first layer. If you are using Gelatos on fabric and think it will need to be washable, you need to use some Textile medium in the mix somewhere.
There are a huge number of video tutorials available for all of these products. I will share a couple.
This one is super basic, but covers a lot of introductory techniques:
Faber Castell has a page of tutorial videos here: http://www.fabercastell.com/design-memory-craft-us/video-gallery
I particularly like the ones done by Donna Downey, so check some of those out. They are all short and sharp and full of content. Here is one to get started with.
Briefly on the other products in the range, my second favourite are the Big Brush Pens. They are India Ink and are permanent on pretty much anything. They are great to stamp with or draw or colour and then use a gelato wash or spray over the top. The wax crayons are really cool too. I use them as an encaustic more than anything else. You all know how much I like to melt things. This wax is great for melting as an encaustic or a resist. The mediums are okay too, but the Texture Luxe and Texture Gems are awesome. Check them out. I am sure you will enjoy using them all.