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Guest Post: Stenciling with Marbled Gelatos with Robyn

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Follow Your Destiny
a mixed media card by Robyn Wood

Hello, it’s Robyn Wood from Australia with you today and I’m so happy and honoured to be here! Thanks Julie for allowing me to share a post on your blog.  I have been enjoying the posts so far and found lots of new artists to follow (ok, stalk!) and I’m sure you have as well.  Today I’d like to share a technique that I’m calling ‘marbled Gelatos’, firstly for a card and also an art journal page.

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Faber-Castell Gelatos are one of my favourite supplies to create with – the colours are divine and the pigment is very vibrant which makes them perfect for the technique I’d like to share with you today. I love to use colour and lots of texture in my projects but get a little tired of white texture paste so like to add a bit of zing to it with Gelatos. An added bonus is that once the Gelato pigment is caught within the matrix of the texture paste it becomes permanent and this makes it so easy to continue to layer colour without getting mud.

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Start by creating a shimmery, watercolour background using Ranger Distress Paints and Aladine Izink.  Add a little of each colour to a non-stick craft mat, spritz with water and drag through a square of watercolour card (5½” x 5½”) to create some drippy textures.

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Scrape a little colour from a couple of blue/purple Gelatos and separately mix each with some texture paste.  Don’t blend too thoroughly, aim for a marbled effect.

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Position the Onion Skin stencil onto background square and scrape texture paste over a few areas of the stencil. Try to get different colours in a few areas but leave a bit of space uncovered through the centre. While stencilling, the coloured texture paste will blend a little creating beautiful swirls of colour.  Allow to dry well.

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Add colour to the textured areas with Red Cherry Gelato and darken edges with Grape Gelato.

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Replace the Onion Skin stencil and rub more Gelato colour through the middle of the cardstock. This will add a lovely bright colour to the centre.

Stamp a large flower from Darkroom Door Carved Flowers rubber stamp set using Archival ink and trim closely.  Add to card front using foam tape over a strip of mesh ribbon. [I turned the card at this stage so that the shapes were running across the card instead of up and down]

Add some words using Darkroom Door Discover rubber stamp set. Layer with black card and raise with foam tape.  Layer square with black card and mount onto a dark purple square card base.


I created a YouTube video showing the steps for creating this project.

 Blessed are the Curious
a mixed media art journal page by Robyn Wood

 I’d also like to share a second project using the same marbled Gelato technique, this time an art journal page. These steampunk style stamps from Darkroom Door are so versatile to use and Mr Bright Idea with his light bulb head adds a touch of whimsy to my page.

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Start the page and colour Gelatos the same way as above.  This time mix the colours to give a range of purples.

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Stencil in three areas of the page, turn the stencil for one to add a little extra interest.

Add extra colour to the background with Hero Arts Daubers but leave the stencilled areas with less colour.

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Use Hero Arts Dauber in Orange Soda to add flicks of colour to speckle the page.

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Stamp Darkroom Door Mr Bright Idea onto dictionary paper using Archival Jet Black ink, trim out and adhere to page with matt medium.

Stamp two balloons and the airship from Darkroom Door Steampunk set onto tissue paper using Archival Jet Black ink and trim closely.  Adhere to page with matt medium.

Mix a scraping of Boysenberry Gelato with a few drops of matt medium and stencil random parts of the page using the Tiny Circles stencil.

Add some colour to the images using Hero Arts Daubers.

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Add some words and direction image from the Steampunk stamp set to the page using Archival Watering Can and Jet Black ink.

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Outline images using a charcoal or graphite pencil and smudge the lines a little to give each of the images some depth.

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Add a quote using Derwent Graphik Line Painter pens in Magic. Go over some of the words with the red pen (Blood) to accent.


 I hope you enjoyed learning how to create these pages and add a unique twist by colouring our own texture paste with Gelatos. I love sharing projects online, particularly via Instagram and would love you to say hi if you pop by.


Robyn Wood - profileCrafting has always been present in my life - I learnt to sew on an old Singer treadle when I was about four & earned pocket money in my parent’s upholstery business by sewing cushion covers and beanbags.  A lifelong love of colour & texture was strengthened when I discovered paper craft in the mid 90’s and more recently through art journaling and mixed media.  Mixed media has become my creative obsession!


I enjoy sharing projects and techniques online, particularly on my blog and via Instagram and am blessed to be on the design teams for Darkroom Door stamps and LuLu Art.

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