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Comparing Gelatos and Distress Crayons

Video comparing distress crayons and gelatos in an art journal with Carolyn Dube

After sharing my video experimenting with Distress Crayons, I had a lot of people asking me how they compared to Gelatos. So, I thought I’d try them out in a video side by side and see how similar or different they are.

Disclaimer:  I am NOT a formally trained scientist adhering to strict rules of a carefully controlled double blind experiment.  I am playing and having fun with color…

Watch Gelatos vs. Distress Crayons on YouTube.

First thing I did was attempt to match up similar colors of each from my stash.   Next I used them to color in my Alternating Circles stencil in an art journal.  Notice the tape on the very left edge of the page?  It was worth the effort of taping this down so it didn’t move on me with this technique!


Video comparing distress crayons and gelatos in an art journal with Carolyn Dube

Then I stepped away for several days.  That wasn’t my plan.  It was an Oops (an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly).  I meant to just let it sit over night but then I got distracted by other duties.  So these things had a lot of time to cure and set up.

After such a long time, both the Gelatos and Distress Crayons did not smear when I ran my hand over them.  Well…for the most part.  The places where I had big chunks of the colorful creamy supply would smear in both brands.

I decided to see how well they would smear with the very fancy and sophisticated tool, the baby wipe, after such a long time.  Both did smear but the Gelatos seemed to smear more easily and more vibrantly.  The Distress Crayons did smear but not to the same level.

Video comparing distress crayons and gelatos in an art journal with Carolyn DubeIs this good or bad? Depends on what you want.  Want something that will wake up and react to water at any point? Then Gelatos do that very well!  Want something that after it has time to cure doesn’t react as quickly to water?  Then Distress Crayons do that a little bit better.  No matter which one you are using, it’s fun to smear it around!

Could I use big crayons like this to get into the areas of a detailed word stencil like Fridge Poetry?  And still have a crisp image? Yup!  Super easy to do!

Video comparing distress crayons and gelatos in an art journal with Carolyn Dube

What’s my final analysis of my detailed scientific study comparing Gelatos and Distress Crayons?  They are very similar.  Not identical, but similar.

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you are helping me keep this blog and my videos ad free! Thank you- I don’t like ads any more than you do!

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  • Ellie Knol April 15, 2016, 9:34 am

    Thanks for sharing! Thought so.. that they don’t differ that much.. I’ve got some Gelatos, but also the ones from Silky – and they’re great too.. much cheaper, though..

  • Dara Lynn Hale April 15, 2016, 3:09 pm

    Thank you for the comparison Carolyn! This answered so many questions for me 🙂

  • Suz April 15, 2016, 7:00 pm

    Good to know! Thanks Carolyn.

  • Dotti C April 16, 2016, 1:23 pm

    I’ve been looking forward to a comparison between these two products. It appears that the distress crayons and the gelatos have about the same pigment quality…am I about right???

    I have been drooling over the gelatos for a couple years…but I ended up purchasing the full set of the distress crayons because they can be replaced individually as colors run out. I see Simon Says Stamp (I’m not affiliated) currently sells them by the each as well as in the sets.

  • Nan Leiker April 17, 2016, 2:10 am

    I always appreciate your videos showing us comparisons between two products. This video is no exception. I don’t have either product and watched you put them through their paces. Even if you did have an OOPS moment! I am still pondering which product will be best for my needs, but be sure I will be on the lookout for your next video! Thanks!

  • Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith April 17, 2016, 4:38 am

    I was wondering about this Carolyn! Thanks for the video. Love your stencil play – must get that stencil!

  • Mary Turk April 17, 2016, 7:57 am

    I so enjoy your videos, Carolyn. Thanks for doing the comparisons of products, I find this to be so helpful in deciding what to buy or not to buy. I have a bunch of gelatos and thought they were too much like the distress crayons so I’m holding off on that purchase. I do love the gelatin and agree that the distress crayons being somewhat smaller in diameter may be better for some things. Thanks again, love the videos.

  • Karen Bennick April 17, 2016, 3:24 pm

    Enjoyed your play. I already had the gelatos so now I don’t have to duplicate supplies.

  • EmK April 19, 2016, 4:33 am

    Thank you! I’m a sucker for a new supply and have been thinking out getting the crayons. As an owner of gelatos, I appreciate this post soooo much! 🙂

  • Kathy Gledsdale April 19, 2016, 4:18 pm

    A really helpful experiment and something I had wondered about. So thank you xx

  • Maureen Bartling April 19, 2016, 6:31 pm

    I have a birthday coming up and have been considering getting the distress crayons. This video sold me; I do love all Tim Holtz products. Nice job!

  • Claudia S Mueller August 12, 2018, 9:54 pm

    Great video and comparison. I got some tips out of it. Thanks!

  • Melody October 30, 2018, 7:41 am

    Thank you for sharing Carolyn. It was great to see the comparison as well as some techniques.