Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mad Scientist Today!

I have been taking the Thinking Inking class at 2 peas and drooling over all the fun mediums I don't own yet and wishing I could find some of them around here: ie: glimmer mist, crackle paint....
So, I decided to see what I could make myself and boy am I happy! First, here are my glimmer mists.

Supplies: Small spray bottles (I got Ranger's Mini Misters from M's), Pearl Ex powder, Adirondacks Alchohol reinkers and hair spray

I know that you can add just add some water to Perfect Pearls to get glimmer mist, but I don't have Perfect Pearls and I do have Pearl Ex just sitting around not being used. So I mixed some hair spray with a few drops of alchohol ink and added a scoop of Pearl Ex. It dries quickly and has an amazing shimmer to it. I actually like it better than the one bottle of Tattered Angels Glimmer mist that I own. Shhhh...

Next I thought I would give crackle paint a try.
Supplies: Acrylic paint in contrasting colors, Weathered Wood Crackling Medium (found at HL or M's by the Acrylic paints

I really wanted to try some crackle paint, but no one here carries it so I wanted to try to make my own. I painted a chipboard element with a base coat of paint. Let it dry. Paint over it with the crackle medium. Let dry (will take awhile). Paint on top of that with a contrasting color of paint.

The last thing I played around with was adding a pearlizing medium to acrylic paint. First I painted the chipboard tree with regular paint. On the bigger side, I mixed in acrylic paint with the pearlizing medium and it came out with a slight shimmer. I also tried (on the thin side) and painted the medium directly over the paint. I like it.

Have fun and show me pics. if you experiment!


nomorelittlemonkeys said...

Cool techniques! Did you know you can do a crackle effect without crackle medium? You paint with acrylics over Elmer's glue, and it crackles when dry!

Bethany Kartchner said...

Great ideas! Thanks for sharing them!

Leanne said...

Wow! You have me wanting to try all these techniques!! I really like the crackle one!!! Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog and posting about my blog candy!! I to want to thank you for the sweet comment you left on my post :)