Fun with Gelatos

I watched some YouTube videos where the people were using Gelatos and it looked like a lot of fun. So the next time I went into town I headed over to Joann’s and picked up some Gelatos. Okay… I picked up ALL the colors of Gelatos. I know… it’s a sickness. I can’t just buy part of something. I have to buy the complete set.


I started by putting a bunch of different colors at the top.


I added water and blended the colors together with my finger. Then I tipped the canvas up so the colors would run. I added salt because I saw Donna Downey (my favorite mixed media artist) do it in her video.


The salt didn’t make as big of a reaction as I was hoping for, but it still looks pretty cool. I think I used too much water. I’ll have to correct that next time. Then I added some gesso through a stencil. I used gesso because I wanted the background to still show through the white paint.


After I did the background I felt like the painting needed a flower. A Cone flower. So I added petals with some Gelatos. I also cut drywall tape in the shape of the center of a cone flower.


I added some more Gelatos to the center.


More shading for the petals with some acrylic paint.


The stem is made from twisted paper and the leaves are cardboard. Both painted with various shades of green.


I added the saying, “Delight in the little things” by stamping it on a leftover paint chip from Lowes.



All finished! Normally, I paint the edges, but I like the drippage over the edge.

Til Next time…



Struggling with Love

I had a tough time with this one. I had an idea of what I wanted this to look like and maybe that was the issue. I should just let the materials speak to me and do what feels right at that moment.


So I started this canvas by adding some texture with a heavy gesso. I also used this chipboard frame from a bag of chipboard letters and miscellaneous that my mother gave me. A friend donated it to her and she thought I could do something with the stuff. Ah! Yes! I will take any free art supplies!


My daughter Belle was painting with me while I did this piece. So even though I wasn’t happy with how it was turning out I had a nice time with my girl. 🙂


I added some chipboard letters and painted the whole thing hot pink.


I added some white paint and used a black stamp pad on the letters. Now what?


I cut a heart out of some burlap (also donated by my Mom) and I painted it white.


I was not loving the pink so I deepened the pink with some mulberry paint.


I felt like I wanted to bring out the frame more so I added some ribbon to it. I had to peel of the letters, but that’s what hot glue is for. Right? After this I didn’t know what I was going to do so I put it away for the night and figured that something would come to me another day.


Here is the finished piece. I glued the “LOVE” back on. I also added the burlap heart, some scrapbook paper and a love quote on vellum. I felt like I should do more, but in the end I couldn’t decide what that should be. After talking with my sister and a friend. We decided it was complete.


Now that I’m looking at it again after some time has passed, I am happy with it. Not everything is going to be a home run and I learned something. Don’t go into a project with a preconceived idea of what it should be. Have Fun! Play! Let it be what it will be!

Til next time,