Mixed Media with Gelatos

Hi readers! Happy Monday! We’re very excited to welcome special guest Rita Barakat to our blog who has made an adorable mixed media project in our honor using a variety of Faber-Castell products! Check it out!


As a guest post for Simon Says Stamp I thought it might be fun to include a little dog in my mixed media project! I drew this especially for the occasion!


After finishing my drawing, I add a very thin layer of Gesso, this provides a predictable surface to accept Gelatos or paint or whatever medium I choose as well as preserves my drawing underneath. Gelatos are fun to use, coloring right on the surface or using a small wet paint brush and dipping it into the Gelato.



After I painting my images I work on the background. (For me, if the image doesn’t turn out the background is unimportant so I do the image first.) I use a spatula to spread a layer of Whipped Spackle and Cement Texture Luxe. Both mediums can be mixed with Gelatos but I spread them onto the surface, allow them to dry, then I add color. For this project I used Squid Ink and Silver Gelatos.




Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacturer websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® and freelances for a variety of manufacturers.

Thanks for reading today and a big thanks to Rita for being our guest!


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  1. Thank you for sharing this. Now I have to add gelatos to my wish list! And girl I love your hair!!

  2. Beautiful mixed media project! Love all the techniques and details on this work of art! Fabulous use of gelatos too! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Have never used Gelatos but each time I see them used I get closer. I actually have used Gesso and ordered some. This mixed media stuff is fascinating, so unique and beautiful.

  4. Awesome! It came out Beautiful! As a Mixed Media Artist I love to continue to learn to use different products for different effects! Can’t wait to try!

  5. The SECOND I saw the image I KNEW it was Rita’s work – LOVE her STYLE!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CRAFTY AWESOMENESS and CREATIVE INSPIRATION with us Rita :)

  6. Wow, I haven’t thought of using my Gelatos outside of card making. Thanks for the inspiration!

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