During the last art party, I was asked what was the difference between Gelatos and Oil Pastels. She asked if she really needed to buy Gelatos. Hmmm? You decide. I’ve made my choice.
For this comparison I used Faber Castell Gelatos and Portfolio Water Soluble Oil Pastels. I purchased my gelatos online. They came in a set of 4 with 2 tools. They are about $10 per pack. However, I paid about $12.99 for both. They are also available at Michael’s….use a coupon. I picked up the oil pastels at Staples. The package included 24 colors for around $22.
The numbers below correspond to the numbered rows above. Notice: I show a comparison of the gelatos on untreated mixed media paper in the first column and the oil pastels in the 2nd column. I treated columns 3 and 4 with gesso and did the same techniques using gelatos and then oil pastels.
The choice for me hands down is the Faber Castell Gelatos. I love the ease of use, the texture, it feels a little less oily than the oils and the oils have a very strong smell, that I do not like very much!
Here are a few pages I made using oil pastels and gelatos:
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will give them a try for yourself. It’s always fun to compare and be able to decide what supplies you love.