heard a lot about Faber Castell’s Gelatos. I’d heard they were like a
tube of smooshy rich watercolor. So I had to try them out. I went small
and bought a 2 pack. The only packs the local Michael’s had were either 8
packs or 2 packs. The 8 packs are all matching tones in one shade or
another, the 2 packs were the blending shades to mix with the colors. I
didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the 8 packs and the 2 pack was
only $3.50 and I had a coupon.
The tubes are hard plastic and hold a water soluble substance that feels a lot like chapstick, which makes sense that it’s in a chapstick-like tube. No holds barred, I went straight into my art journal and slopped some white onto a spot that I wanted to bring the neighboring area into prominence while blending the color back.
Once on the page I found the white was nicely opaque, thought it took a decent amount of product to get that result. I really liked the look of the product straight out of the tube, but found that without adding water it smudged with ease. Adding some water kept a lot of the opaqueness of the product but cut it’s greasy slick texture.
For those of you who like to stick your fingers into paint, these are nontoxic. I have not had a chance to test them for lightfastness, but will do so soon.
They lay down in a greasy thick and smooth feeling, not unlike writing on a wall with high quality lipstick... I’ll be honest after so many rave reviews I was expecting... MORE. Instead I was left feeling underwhelmed. The plastic tube is brilliant marketing for adults who don’t want to get their fingers dirty with Portfolio Water Soluble Oil Pastels. They also have a more adult appearance than Portfolios, a certain je ne sais quoi, if you will. They are also packaged in a way that will appeal to adults.
Underwhelmed is a good way to express how I feel about these. I’m not a fan of Portfolios. They are close enough to watersoluble crayons that I don’t see a reason to add them to my art arsenal. Instead I’ll stock up on more watersoluble crayons. I do like the white though for it’s opaqueness.