This week we are using the Gelatos® color of the week: Banana. It has a great tone to it that really sets it apart from other yellows.
For this art journal page I used the Gelatos Mist Maker to make my own Banana Gelatos mist! I took about 1/4" of the Banana Gelatos and placed it on a lid I like to use for mixing because it's shallow, yet has a lip around it to keep liquids in. I mashed the Gelatos down with my pallet knife and then added 2 drip droppers full of water to it and mashed it down some more to get rid of any lumps. Next I added two more droppers of water and then poured it into the spray bottle.
I then sprayed it onto my piece of watercolor paper and blotted it with a paper towel which left a cool pattern on the page. I then held my paper up and brought the spray mist closer to the paper to create concentrated dips onto the paper.
Next I found a picture of our 4 year old Australian Labradoodle, Willow. I trimmed the photo a bit and then sewed around it with my sewing machine.
I then covered the background of the photo with gesso and allowed the gesso to "spill off the photo" visually.
Now, at this point I liked the texture that the sewing gave to the photo, but I decided that I wanted to see the color of the thread so I ended up printing out another copy of this photo, adding the gesso, and then stitching around the photo. I then adhered the photo to the page and then traced around the dog with a Stampers Big Brush Pen in Warm Grey IV #273, smudging it as I went. Next I used a black Pitt Pen to draw sketch lines around her. I then added pops of color by coloring the tennis ball with a Stampers Big Brush Pen in Light Green #171 and using the Snow Cone Gelato on the background as a contrasting color.
The finishing touch was using a PITT Artist Pen with a brush tip to hand letter her name onto the page. Hand lettering on watercolor paper covered in gesso is a bit of a challenge since the paper is so absorbent and the gesso makes it bumpy, but it still has a nice look to it.
- 9" x 6" Watercolor paper
- 4" x 6" Photo, trimmed
- Gelatos: Banana & Snowcone
- Gelatos Mist Maker Kit (it contains the spray bottle, pallet knife, drip dropper and more)
- PITT Pens: XS and B
- Stampers Big Brush Pens: Warm Grey IV #273 & Light Green #171
- Sewing machine & thread
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