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Hey everyone! I got to play around with Faber Castell Gelatos and Ranger Distress Crayons so thought I would do a review of them and comparison between the two. 

First up: Distress Crayons. They come in packs of five in lots of different color palettes (I’m using set one). They’re really smooth and creamy and so fun to use! I made a rainbow that could be used as a background to test all the colors. 

Coloring with them is almost like using colored pencils because they don’t really blend together, but layer over each other to make new colors. They don’t smudge after you put them down on paper, which is great if you don’t want them to smudge around (but not great if you want to smudge them to blend them).

If you do want to blend them a bit more, they are water soluble. The water picks up some of the pigment but leaves your original marks behind, they’re like watercolor pencils. 


Of course I had to try to draw some faces with them. Here’s a quick one. I don’t think they’re that good for drawing on their own because they’re so soft that it’s hard to be very accurate with them. But still an interesting look. 


Now, Gelatos! Gelatos come in packs of twelve and include a brush and two blending sponges. They come in metallics, pastels, or brights. I used brights because it was the most comparable to the Distress Crayons I used and also the colors are just so pretty! Here’s my gelato rainbow. 

I think these colors are brighter - I don’t even doubt that a few of them would glow under a blacklight. They blend together and almost create new colors as you use them. If Distress Crayons were like colored pencils in how you have to layer them, these are a lot more like paint or oil pastels. You can use the blending sponges to smudge them together for a really pretty smooth look. Or you can use your finger - I put that in for a comparison to the distress crayons. 

Gelatos are also water soluble. They’re similar to the distress crayons in how they act under water. I tested out some water on the right side here. 

I made a face with Gelatos too. I kind of liked using these better, I like how the colors blend. They’re definitely even harder to draw accurately with because they’re really wide though.


I took some more side by side pictures to show the differences more clearly. Here are a few squares in yellow and pink to show what I meant by how they blended differently:


Here’s both of them with water. I think they’re pretty similar in that aspect.


They both look fantastic on tinted paper too!

I have to say I like the Gelatos better because some of my favorite things to use in my art are bright colors and lots of smooth blending. I think Distress Crayons are also fun to use, and both of them have so many possibilities with how they can be used!

Hello Readers!

I have been doing some experimenting and playing this week. How about you?

Would you like to play along with me?

Here’s something fun you might like to try.

Supplies Used:

Step 1:

Get your watercolor paper, stencil, texture paste, a plastic card, and a baby wipe ready.

Apply molding paste or texture paste with a plastic card or palette knife. Smooth the paste over and through the Shooting Stars stencil (or stencil of your choice). It feels like you are frosting a cake, as you smooth out the paste.

Step 2:

Wipe stencil with a baby wipe right away and/or rinse under running water to remove the paste.

Step 3:

Let paste on watercolor paper dry completely. Check after 10 minutes or so. If the paste does not stick to your finger when you touch it, it’s dry.

Step 4:

Get your Distress Crayons and Gelatos ready to go, as well as a jar of water and a paintbrush.

Begin to apply colors of your choice, directly onto the dried, textured watercolor paper.

I made a couple of discoveries here. The Gelatos and Distress Crayons blend together nicely.

Also, I find it so fun to apply water to water-soluble, colorful art supplies! It’s magical!

Step 5:

Continue adding color and water to your heart’s content.

Step 6:

Add a fun border if you’d like!

Enjoy your art!

Thanks for playing along with me today.

Sending you well wishes, lots of colorful playtime, and other good stuff.

All of my best,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Hello everyone!

My name is Amanda and I'm excited to have a spot as a guest blogger on Artistcellar's blog! I was lucky enough to get today - Friday the 13th as my date, so we all know what my theme is going to be!

I started with a quick sketch of a cat skull. Then started playing around with some Artistcellar stencils.

I started by using the stencils in the Sacred Hearts Series. I thought the heart with crown looked amazing over the cats head.

Since I just wanted the heart and crown, I just traced them out, and moved on the the next part. This is where I spent most of my time. I couldn't make up my mind on which parts of which stencil I wanted to use. In the end I changed out the crown here and added it else where while keeping the heart and adding the rays to other sections.

This is what I love most about stencils. You can mix and match to your hearts content! Which is just what I did.

I am personally a layers and texture kinda girl, so I quickly moved on to laying down some masking fluid and extra thick gesso with the Tiny Circles stencil. Cause omg! Nothing is better than tiny circles!

After airing out my room (cause you don't know stink till you have used masking fluid!) and letting everything dry I started playing with colors!

I used mostly water colors with a touch of acrylics and my favorite stand by Gelatos - I used the light green in the Bright collection to add some dimension to the kitty's eyes.

As I mentioned I used mostly watercolors for this art journal project. And well, watercolors and I are still learning how to play nicely with each other. So one of the tricks I picked up is using a Sharpie pen to trace out what I don't like.

You can see what I mean in the next two pictures.

In the first picture you can see the purple color right up against the cat's ear, in the second, nearly all gone! Yeah you can still see some of it, but it's not as noticeable.

When all is said and done, it was a couple of hours of fun playing with stencils and colors on a relaxing afternoon. I hope you have a spooky Friday the 13th!

Hello My Lovely Lovelies! Today I am sharing just two little pages I did- one on hot press watercolor paper and the other on Yupo paper. These are by no means wonderful works of art, it is simply me having fun. Being a professional artist sometimes causes me some anxiety! I give myself a creative roadblock worrying whether or not the people who read this blog or watch my videos will like my art. I decided TTHHPPPPTPPTT with that today!

 I got out some stuff I hadn't played with in a while and went to town! On the hot press watercolor I played with my Gelatos and used my Ranger Archival ink pad for some stamping along with Dina Wakley and Dylusions Paints and 2 stencils from the Traditional Japanese and the Japanese Geometric Series. I ended up with this silly fella! 

For my 2nd play time I again used the Ranger Archival ink and did some dimple stamping on Yupo with some hand-me-down stamps I have of trees and grass, I then pulled out my Twinkling H2O's and created this lovely little piece. I think I'll put it in a frame in my guest room! I had fun today playing!

Get out some supplies you havent played with in a while or get some new ones and just slop the color around until you smile!

Big hugs and Mushy stuff my sweets!

If you would like to see the process of my owl check it out below!

- Shana Banana @wisccheeto