Saturday, 8 February 2020

Ways with Mica powders, by Amanda Hartmann

Hello Colour Blasters!

Today's page was originally published 12 months ago, but I am sharing again so we can focus on some of the awesome ways you can use Mica Powders.

Here is the page, then let's look at the techniques....

These Mica Powders are so versatile: Mix with a range of products to get the perfect colour combination that you need, all with shimmer and shine!

Technique 1: Mica powders with stamping

Colour Mica Powders stick to Versamark Stamp pads often used for embossing. 

Stamp an image using the Versamark, then using a brush, dust some Mica Powder over. In this example I used the colour Watermelon.


After stamping and brushing a few images, use a second clean and dry soft brush to dust the excess Mica Powder. The shimmer and shine of the Colour Mica Powder can be seen in the stamped image, and some of the soft colour has transferred to the background.
Technique 2: Make a paste to paint metal charms

Mixed some Colour Mica Powders with a very small amount of water to make a thick paste.  A wet brush is enough water; too much water and it won't stick to the metal!!!!
The thick paste created can be painted onto the metal charms. This one is in Lemon Zing.
And these charms painted in Peach Nectar.
Technique 3: Mix with Gel medium to make a paste

Another great use of Mica Powders, is to mix them with mediums. Mixing with Gesso will make a great paint, but mixing them with Gel medium as I have for this page, creates a thick paste, again in the perfect colour needed.
Mixed Gel medium and mica powders (Peach Nectar and Lemon Zing), ready for my page!
Apply Mica Powder pastes through stencils easily.
Technique 4: Mix with water for painting and splattering


Mix a little more water with some Mica Powder to paint and splatter, so I added slightly more water. I used Lemon Zing in this example.
I painted some of the Lemon Zing to the background, including the petals of the stamp rose images. Adding the water-based Mica Powder paint to these stamped images did not affect the stamped images. I also did some splatters.

Once the page had dried, I finished the page off with a few key embellishments.


This cluster of flowers, leaves and charms is perfect for the corner of the photo! 
I love the effect of the Colour Mica Powder painted on the metal charms!
It is hard to see all the shimmer and shine in the photos of this project, but it is there!

Mica Powders are so versatile..... I hope you will try some of these techniques out today!

Thanks for much for looking today!

Amanda




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