Are they easy to make? Can I make colour co-ordinated Glimmer Mists for my projects? Of course you can, and I’ll show you how. I hope this inspires you to create your own custom glimmer mists.
You will need
- Small spray bottles (I use 30ml ones bought from Ebay)
- Acrylic paints, re- inkers or drawing inks (but stick to one of them for each mist)
- Paint brushes (old one for mixing) (small brush for testing)
- Mica powder (I use white pearlescent (shimmery) or white diamond dust (full on bling) from Ebay)
- Mixing pallet
- Cheap hairspray
You may find a paint mixing chart useful, especially if you are trying to colour co-ordinate to a paper. You can find these on the internet.
- Select the paper you want to colour co-ordinate with. I am using the striped paper from Diana Rooney’s stunningly coloured and really useful Digital/Hybrid Card Making Kit – Meadow. Print off an enlarged piece of the design as a colour test sheet. Pick the first colour you want to mix.
- If its a dark colour start with the main colour. In case of the pink above that is red. I use about a pea and a half of paint. Then add any tones ie Is it cool colour, add a tiny spot of blue, then add the white, (a warm pink add a spot of yellow) (A warm blue add a spot of red ) etc .Test a spot of the colour on the colour test sheet. Keep playing till you think the colour is fairly close,
- Half fill one of the spray bottles with water. Add most of the mixed paint. Screw on lid and shake well. Unscrew, test the watered paint on test sheet . It will not be as dark, as its more translucent, you want close to the same tone and a shade or two lighter at most . You can add spots of paint to tweek the result. When happy go to step 4.
- Now its time to add your chosen mica , I use white pearlescent or white diamond dust as it works with any colour. (Although I want to try some gold and silver for a different effect, or say a red mica in blue base.) I use the tip of my small scissors to pick up the Mica I use between 3 and 4 scoops of mica in 30ml bottles. Shake well. Top up with water. Test spray if the spray blobs, empty a tiny bit of paint mix and add more water.
- Mix remaining colours As above.
Example of glimmer sprays in use.
In the above example I use one of the beautiful Infinity Stamps/Brushes from the Infinity designer collection, by the very talented Vanessa Fenton ( I just adore all her brushes/stamps.) I cut a mask for the cup, saucer and flowers, and with the mask in place I sprayed over the image. If you want to spray or paint over printed images you need to use a laser printer. (Although I am experimenting, so there may be an inkjet tutorial sometime in the future) Then removed the mask. I opened the purple mister and painted over the cup and saucer and flower heads. Then fixed the mica by spraying lightly with hairspray.
Storage and use.
To show the actual colours I spray a piece of card and punch out a circle and stick it to the bottle top. I store them on their side. With tops showing. Glimmer mists will separate whilst stored. If you store them on their side they are easier to shake up. Always give a good shake before use.
So if you make glimmer mists to match a project. Post it in the gallery with Homemade glimmer in the title as I’d love to see your projects.