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. that is fabulous. need to get working with gelatos. great ideas, thanks for sharing.
    and I love your hair Rita..

  2. I love all of their products!! Your projects are, as usual, so vibrant and lively!! I’m a fan!

  3. Wow! Amazing! The dog even looks a little like Simon in colouring. Thanks for the gelatos tip. I bought a few ( lots) after doing a class with Donna Downey but I’m struggling to use them on my own. I’m going to try the direct to paint brush idea – thanks!

  4. Awesome project! I love Gelatos…there are so many ways to use them.
    Thanks for sharing with us!

  5. Oh my goodness, what a fun project! Love that little doggy and the gelatos look like a great coloring medium!

  6. Thanks everyone! And yes my hair color is purple and blue – it’s not the lighting! And I colored the girls hair pink, my daughter has black with pink streaks and she fell in love with Simon so I did it for her!

  7. Rita this is really interesting. I have done some multi-medium with stencils but never Gelatos. I always wondered how they would work. Thanks for sharing and nice work!

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