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Colourful Gelatos:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Patricia Roebuck

Colourful Gelatos:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Patricia Roebuck @ shimelle.com

Im excited to share with you my current go to mixed media product and techniques. I find I am turning to Gelatos for my layouts and Project Life spreads to add color and texture over and over again. Here are a three projects I have previously done on Gelatos. Project Life, Photo Bomb and Hello-Hansens.

Colourful Gelatos:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Patricia Roebuck @ shimelle.com

I gathered an assortment of Gelatos and a water pen, or you can use a paintbrush and a cup of water. I use a non-stick mat to write a few marks to get started, but you can use wax paper as well.

Colourful Gelatos:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Patricia Roebuck @ shimelle.com

Colourful Gelatos:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Patricia Roebuck @ shimelle.com

Because I wanted a paler color red and a darker color peach, I mixed the two colors together to create a soft blush color. Then while squeezing the water brush slightly, I paint quickly across the background paper. My paper did warp because I used a good amount of water to get the Gelatos to spread. The warping doesn’t bother me. But you can try to use less water and/or put something heavy on your pages overnight to flatten.

Colourful Gelatos:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Patricia Roebuck @ shimelle.com

I switch colors often and find using a baby wipe works well to give me a clean brush.

Colourful Gelatos:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Patricia Roebuck @ shimelle.com

Colourful Gelatos:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Patricia Roebuck @ shimelle.com

I want to build layers on my background before I start placing the photos and frames, so next I squeeze a generous amount of water to mix the dark brown and then flick my water brush across my background for little splatters.

Colourful Gelatos:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Patricia Roebuck @ shimelle.com

Colourful Gelatos:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Patricia Roebuck @ shimelle.com

I’m ready to add more color. Using both the negative and positive feather die cuts, I use a larger brush and a stippling motion of my water brush to stencil and mask on the background.

Colourful Gelatos:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Patricia Roebuck @ shimelle.com

I have several wood veneers that would work for the theme of my layout, but decide to use a few as a mask to continue creating my background.

Colourful Gelatos:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Patricia Roebuck @ shimelle.com

I added an arrow stamp and randomly stamped an asterisk stamp on the background for more color and texture. To stamp with the Gelatos, I use the same water brush, but I suggest experimenting with stamps as some will not stamp a clean image, and the amount of water will effect it as well.

Colourful Gelatos:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Patricia Roebuck @ shimelle.com

I want to include the positive feather die cuts, so using the Faber Castell sponge tool, I rub the Gelato into the cardstock. I like the soft, airbrush look this gives to the feathers.

Colourful Gelatos:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Patricia Roebuck @ shimelle.com

After I brush on the light and dark brown Gelatos onto the wood frames, I am ready to put the frames, photos, and embellishments onto the background now.

Colourful Gelatos:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Patricia Roebuck @ shimelle.com

My layout came out artsy because of the layers I created on the background. But Gelatos work with any style or any scrapbook mood. Use any combination of the five ways I’ve shared to create completely different looks each time such as, painting and creating splatters with water brush, masking and stenciling, using a dry sponge, painting wood veneers, and/or stamping. Instead of stamping with them, try coloring in the stamped image. For a clean and simple look, pick only one technique, such as painting only the wood veneer accents. I hope you try one of these techniques and see which one fits your style.





Patricia Roebuck lives in Mandeville, LA, about 30-45 minutes from New Orleans. Patricia lives with her husband of almost 23 years, her five-year daughter, and her eighteen year-old cat. She discovered her addiction to scrapbooking while waiting to adopt her daughter from China. Patricia has been published in Scrapbook Trends, Creating Keepsakes, Scrapbook & Cards Today, Scrapbooks, Etc., Scrapwerk, and Paperhaus. She is currently designing for Lily Bee Design, American Crafts, and Scraptastic Kit Club. She blogs at Patricia Roebuck. She is frequently on Instagram and Facebook to connect with friends and family.

24 September 2013



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17 Comments for Colourful Gelatos:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Patricia Roebuck

  1. Ciacchina Says:

    Grazie! Non vedo l’ora di riuscire a procurarmi i Gelatos per provare!

  2. Heather Leopard Says:

    This layout is amazing. Thanks for the great tips for using Gelatos!!!

  3. Lisa Swift Says:

    Absolutely beautiful page, Patricia! Thank you for sharing how you achieved all of these different results. :)

  4. Corri Garza Says:

    Thanks so much for fabulous tutorial, Patricia! I love your layout!

  5. Alex Says:

    I have always wondered how to use Gelatos! Thanks for the great tips! Now I think I need some of those… LOL Amazing layout! ♥

  6. MarthaB Says:

    I love the different effects you created…makes me want to give it a try!

  7. Cassie Says:

    LOVE this! What a great layout!! Thank you for the tutorial. I love your style!

  8. Mary Jo Says:

    Awesome tutorial, Patricia! Lots of great tips for the gelatos, too!

  9. Monique Liedtke Says:

    Awesome tutorial Patricia!! Just what I was lookin for! and fabulous layout!! Pinning it!

  10. Aimee Says:

    OMG This is a great idea! I now now how to use those babies! Patricia you ROCK

  11. Becki Adams Says:

    Wow, great tutorial and beautiful project!

  12. Sofia Says:

    Beautiful lay out! Can you please tell me wich die you used for the feathers? I love those too!

  13. Patricia Says:

    Sofia, thank you.

    Here is a link to that cut file from the Silhouette store. The design id is #34665 “http://www.silhouetteonlinestore.com/?page=view-shape&id=34665”

  14. Tina Walker Says:

    Gorgeous Patricia! Love it!

  15. Denise Price Says:

    Beautiful! The layout has a soft, watercolor-y feel.

  16. Ashley Horton Says:

    Beautiful use of the Gelatos, Patricia! Love the layering you built up on the background paper!

  17. Alexandra Boehnke Says:

    Wow – this layout is really phantastic! I love the different elements and the layering. Thanks for sharing the whole prozess!

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