Love Gelato

We love summer because of all the ice cream we can eat, so I thought I would create a page to celebrate this summertime love and join the many others who have created ice cream pages over at Art Journal Journey for Bleubeard and Elizabeth’s “Summertime Love” theme.  My page focuses on gelato rather than ice cream though and also the delicious flavours that you find in the many gelateria (ice cream shops) when holidaying in Italy.

I started by covering the page in Aquamarine, Kingfisher, Topaz and Gold Spectrum Aqua markers; I did this by scribbling the marker onto an acrylic block, spritzing the block with water and pressing it onto the page. I also used a paint brush to transfer some of the diluted ink across the page. Next I fussy cut magazine images that reminded me of our holidays in Italy. I also cut out some birds, an Italian ice cream shop banner and an ice cream cone which details possible holiday destinations. Once they were cut out I stuck them to the page using a UHU Stic. As I chose Italy as the destination for this page, I coloured the word “flavour?” with green, white and red Uni Posca paint pens to represent the colours of the Italian flag and outlined them with a black Uni Pin marker so they stood out more. Then using black Archival Ink I stamped the names, in Italian, of our favourite flavours of gelato that we had when we visited Italy (you will find an English description of each of these flavours below). I created the border using a heart stamp and the black Archival Ink and I also top and tailed the gelato names with this stamp. I coloured each heart with the green, white and red Uni Posca pens to represent the Italian flag design; this took some time as there were so many hearts but I think it was well worth the time and effort as I love the detail. Next I used some gold alphabet outline stickers which I coloured black with a Sharpie permanent marker to add the words “Love Gelato”. I connected the gelato names, created a heart and embellished the magazine images using some small green, red and clear gemstones. To finish I added the ice cream cones which I made using some leftover petal outline stickers that I crisscrossed with black Uni Pin marker to represent a waffle cone and a large gemstones that I placed on the top to represent the gelato.

There are gelateria everywhere in Italy and it wasn’t hard to find this shop in Verona. It had the most beautiful display with the carved fruit, intricately shaped gelato and corresponding toppings to depict the flavour, such as a lemon, coconut or strawberries.

Needless to say we couldn’t pass by without trying some, so we had three scoops of different gelato piled into a waffle cone. It was so yummy and although I could have probably eaten both of these, one was for my hubby (grin!).

When we were in Tuscany, we had this Amarena, Tiramisu and Stracciatella gelato.

Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, so you could argue that gelato and ice cream are the same. However there is a big difference and it comes down to these factors: fat, air and serving temperature. If you are interested to find out more, then:

  • Gelato has less fat than ice cream because gelato uses more milk than cream compared to ice cream.
  • Ice cream is churned faster and harder than gelato which is churned at a much slower pace. As a result, gelato is denser with less air while ice cream can consist of 25% to 90% air. The higher density gives gelato a more intense flavour.
  • The temperature at which the two are served is different too. The higher density and lower fat composition means that gelato is typically served at a higher temperature than ice cream. If gelato were served at the same temperature as ice cream it would be too hard and if ice cream were served at the same temperature as gelato, it would melt and become soupy.

On summer evenings you will find that the Italian gelateria is the busiest part of town, often opening until midnight. There are so many different flavours to choose from including:

  • Fragola: Strawberry and this is usually a deep pink colour due to the addition of crushed strawberries.
  • Limone: fresh, tangy lemon flavour. This is a traditional flavour in Italy as lemons were introduced into southern Italy in the first century and are still grown there today.
  • Tiramisu: One of the most popular Italian desserts is turned into a frozen delight. The name tiramisu is often translated figuratively as “pick me up” or “cheer me up” in Italian, in reference to the effects of sugar and coffee and also traditionally Marsala wine.
  • Stracciatella: chocolate chip style, this gelato was invented in Italy and is a light vanilla gelato with crunchy shards of chocolate running throughout.
  • Vaniglia: Vanilla and the colours and taste varies depending on how many vanilla beans are used to make the gelato.
  • Crema: Italian crema is a pale yellow colour and is more like custard than cream.
  • Frutti di bosco: translates to fruits of the forest and is normally a mixture of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, blackcurrants and raspberries.
  • Cioccolato: good old chocolate, my favourite!
  • Panna Cotta: this is the frozen version of the traditional Italian dessert; it is rich and velvety due to the addition of heavy cream.
  • Amarena: Plain ice cream with swirls of cherry sauce which is made from Amarena cherries which are small, slightly sharp cherries that are grown in Italy.
  • Malaga: Rum and Raisin.

My hubby loves this gelato sandwich called “brioche con gelato”you can choose your gelato flavours, this one if filled with Tiramisu and Panna Cotta, and they are served in a brioche roll. These can be found in gelateria across Italy and this particular one was in Lake Garda – yum!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Sea Green, Kingfisher, Topaz, Gold)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pens (White, Red, Dark Green, Light Blue)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Sharpie Fine Point Permanent marker (Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.3mm)
  • Pentel Arts Hybrid Gel Grip (White)
  • Dovecraft Essenitals Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Old Magazine
  • Docrafts Anita’s Outline Stickers (Modern Alphabet Gold ANT8101000, Simple Flowers Gold ANT8101102)
  • Hobbycraft Rhinestone Stickers (Green Rhinestone 5971381004)
  • Oaktree UK Eleganza Craft Stickers (3mm 418 Gems Red No.16)
  • Poundland (Design Gems 175751, 504 Gems 128133)
  • UHU Stic
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24 thoughts on “Love Gelato

  1. Hi jo,ooooohh my goodness what a so many delicious ice cream, yummy 🙂
    I love nut, lemon and coconut, oh no, I love all ice cream, hee hee 🙂
    The ice cream photos are so delicious, that ice cream with chocolate milk is so yum.
    Your hubby eat brioche with ice cream, oh my what delicious, it’s good idea, I am making this for me, I love brioche with buttercream.
    Thank you for the beautiful photos, love this 🙂
    Wishing you a happy weekend dear jo 🙂 jenny

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  2. Your wonderful journal page made me hungry. You certainly did a fantastic job with the colors and the summery feel to this page. I really adore it.

    When I was getting my master’s degree, a maker of ice cream provided my research class with four different types of ice cream. There was high fat, high density; high fat, low density; low fat, high density; and low fat, low density. I had NO idea I was actually comparing gelatos. I do remember we had some trouble with the temperature, but we were unable to factor that into the equation. I really LOVED how you explained the differences in gelato and ice cream.

    Thanks for sharing this absolutely adorable journal entry, your photos, and your explanation of gelatos for Art Journal Journey today. It’s a beautiful journal entry, and really hits the spot.

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  3. Oh gosh – you make my mouth watery with both – your amazing page for the Summertime-Love theme and this fantastic icecream- GELATO photos…. Gelato is so yummie and how clever to put this carved fruits to show what flavour it is…. and this gelato sandwich looks very tempting as well!
    Happy weekend Jo!
    Your page is so beautiful– amazing colours and details!
    ♥♥♥
    Thank you for another fantastic idea linked to Elizabeth’s lovely theme!
    oxo Susi

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    • Thanks very much! Gelato is my favourite and we are lucky to have an Italian ice cream parlour in cycling distance from our house, they only do vanilla though but it is so yummy 😀. Happy Weekend dear Susi! J 😊

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  4. Hi Jo, happy belated T day. I just love gelato and have never seen it so beautifully displayed with so much choice. I could easily wreck my healthy eating plan if I was there! Thanks for the lovely comments and Happy Belated T day.

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  5. Beautiful page, Gelatos are great to work with, I have a huge set with all the colours available, and I enjoy playing with them. The Italian Ice parlour here is my fave place for my coffee and they have a wonderful selection of icy treats for those who like them. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos, too. Have a nice weekend, hugs, Valerie

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  6. Bella Italia – and yes, they have the best gelato! I know! My favorite is Malaga. You made a beautiful journal page with all these Italian words and pictures! Thank you for the description of ice cream and gelato, I did not know the differences!
    Wish you a happy day!
    Rike x

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    • I love Italia too, it’s a beautiful place isn’t it! My favourite gelato has to be chocolate 😀. Glad you enjoyed reading the differences between gelato and ice cream too. Thanks very much and have a fun day and weekend! J 😊

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  7. Oh my, this is a delicious post. The page you created looks so inviting and the photos you shared were amazing with all the different yummy treats.
    If I had to choose I think it would be plain vanilla as that brings the most summer memories to my mind.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Great choice, I often have vanilla with my chocolate gelato, it’s a yummy combination and add strawberry too and I’m in gelato heaven … lol 😉. Thanks so much and hope you are having a lovely weekend! J 😊

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  8. How did I miss this post? Its the perfect one for a warm summer’s day. Love your page Jo.I think it was smart to make it as authentic as possible. I remember when we went to Italy we ate too much gelato-if you can eat too much gelato. But I never saw it being served in brioche like that. its fascinating. He must have enjoyed it to. Hugs-Erika

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  9. Love your page, so fun. I love Gelato. It sounds like you had a great trip to Italy, with lots of gelato to help with stamina…Good job, must not have been too tough to take. 😉

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    • Thanks so much! Lol …we love Italy and have been on holiday there quite a few times 😀. Although there are so many gelateria around it would be rude not to try all their delicious gelato … lol 😉 . Have a great week! J 😊

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