Art Journal page: Earth Laughs

Gelatos by Faber-Castell are my new favorite kick for color. They look like little lipsticks and you rub on the color like it’s a crayon and then add water:

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I use my fingers.  After building up the colors with a variety of blues, white, and a purple, I added more color with distress inks and stencils before stamping all my vines in jet black archival:


I cut and stamped flowers, then made a paste with a bit of gelato + water by cutting a tiny bit off the stick and saturating it in water:

I used it to color my flowers, adding variety in the intensity of each. I attached some flat to the page and some raised up on glue dots for dimesion, adding some interest to the centers of most.  The letters are Tim’s Sizzix alpha Carnivale die.

The package says gelatos are also very good on dark papers, which I haven’t tried yet.  I’m sharing this with Art Journal Every Day.

Thanks so much for the visit!


Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Fun page with the gellatos — that set of colors is my favorite! Thanks for the helpful info you sent me earlier too. I’ve been enjoying mine so much more now. Btw, have you played with the Big Brushes by FC? Love those too!

  2. Stunning colours – dammit – almost got those when I was able and now I can’t – will have to wait and put them on my growing wishlist!! Gorgeous and my style of creating 🙂

  3. Rich colors! Love how you created so many different shades with the gelatos!

  4. I’m glad you’ve shown us this, I love seeing new products and new techniques, and your page is absolutely gorgeous. Michelle x

  5. So pretty, Marjie!! Love the deep blues and purples. The dimensional flowers really make this piece pop! I’ve got the green gelato. Guess it’s time to do some more shopping 😉

  6. Gorgeous page! Those two colors really look great together! What a wonderful way to make a background! Hugs, Sandra

  7. kathy/NorthCarolina says:

    I just got two of these…gold and silver…to use on Christmas projects. Now I wish I’d gotten more…maybe Santa will be good to me! LOL Fabulous layers of luscious color….

  8. I loved that you show the process so well. this is beautiful. June Maddox, fellow flier (PS thank you for your support on my SOS post.

  9. This looks so great Marjie…what a bright colours! Love the page, the purple and blue is so lovely together…and you did so well with the stamping,flowers and the artistic background.
    Have a nice weekend, Alie 🙂

  10. Beautiful!!!

  11. Wow I need some of those! Never knew what they did before!! You did an amazing job and thanks again for showing us how to achieve it!

  12. I know I keep saying it too, no-one does blue like you do! Gelatos sounds like it should be ice cream rather than like lipstick, lots of people talk about them but this is the first time I have seen them and how they work – what wonderful sticks of colour – and so versatile too. Love what you have done with them and thank you for sharing the how-to. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  13. Love the depth of color you got with gelatos-beautiful page!!

  14. I’ve often wondered about Gelatos. I didn’t know they needed water…love that! Fab tutorial and I love learning something!!! I’m telling you again and again….No one does BLUE like YOU!!! I love to see it!!! Awesome work!

  15. Beautiful page, great tutorial, and I love that quote!!!

  16. Great background and great colours. Love the flowers of course! I’ve always wondered about these gelatos and hadn’t seen them around – thank you for showing them and how they work. Like all these things, it would be great if you could ‘try before you buy’!!
    Have a great weekend.

  17. Wow, you have rocked this page Marjie, the colours are fabulously rich and vibrant. The distress ink stencilling creates the depth and perspective providing that wonderful balance for the stamping and flowers. I love it.
    Have a great creative weekend.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  18. Whaaat? Lipstick crayons? I’m in!! You never steer me wrong with your color kicking tips Marjie 🙂 I love the rich blues and regal purples on this page and that quote…can I get an Amen! Marvelous as always!

  19. Nice tute!

  20. I have not tried gelatos before. The layers of colors are wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Wonderful marjie. And indeed this is a lovely way to make backgrounds. I have discovered it also already.
    Lovely greet

  22. oh yeah!!!. I LOVE them gelatos!. Can’t wait to see you use the hot red hues :). This work is so beautifully layered.

  23. Wonderful creations, and those gelatos look very interesting – something else for my wish list! Valerie

  24. Yes, earth does. Great saturated color!

  25. Stunning colours beautifully put together and thank you for sharing the ‘how to’ love the fall tag and magnets below.
    Gorgeous creations as always.
    Hugs Annie x