I’m on a bit ofÂ a Luminart products kick here at CTD WHQ- and today I want to share with you my impressions of the Silks Acrylic Glazes.
Silks acrylic glazes are translucent shimmering acrylic-based paints, but lack the opacity of your “normal” paints.
Here’s the description I found on a vendor’s website:
What makes Silks so special? It’s the secret mix of mica and other proprietary mineral particles that refract light, like a crystal. Silks are easy to use paints that create a semi-gloss glaze – not too shiny, not too flat, but just right. Simply brush Silks onto your project, using a wide brush for broad strokes or a fine brush for details. Or use a brayer if you want even wider swaths of color. Allow Silks to dry between colors to keep the glaze layers distinct and create depth, or blend the colors while still wet if you prefer that effect.
What surfaces are suitable for Silks? Silks are formulated for paper, wood, pre-washed fabrics, papier mache, acrylic and other plastics, canvas, gourds, silk and silk ribbon, terra cotta, paper-clay, air-dry clay, air-dry polymer, leather, faux leather, and more. They dry faster on paper and other porous surfaces, more slowly on non-porous materials. Thinner applications dry faster than heavier layers. Climate conditions are a factor as well. Silks are fully cured after 48 hours. 1 ounce wide mouth jar.
When you open the jar, you might notice a milky glaze. You’ll need to re-mix them to the the mica particles fully mixed in.
I made a little video so that you can see the swatches and the Silks in action!
Here are the photos of my swatches:
Silks come in 35 luscious colors…and I heard a rumor that there will be a bonus color added at the end of this month! I kind of want them all.
Here are a few things I made with my Silks!
And here it is in my journal! I found that Silks have a pretty low water content, so it didn’t buckle my paper too badly.
I also made some ATC’s for a swap. I used the Silks to stamp the “2” as well as the gold honeycomb effect.
So here’s the nitty-gritty. Silks retail for about $6.99 a pot,Â which is about an ounce. That makes Silks one of the pricier items of it’s kind. However, it is very high-quality and artist-grade. (And with most paints, you get what you pay for.) So I can totally justify having a few pots in my stash. (Note to family- YES, these WOULD make a nice Mother’s Day Gift!)
They might be a challenge to find, so ask for them wherever you shop for art/craft supplies. And it just so happens that Silks are available online through Susana’s Custom Art and Card Design (SCACD.) **Yes, they are also an advertiser here at CTD, but that is just a happy coincidence.**
So… what do YOU think? I’d love to hear your comments and I’ll do my best to answer any questions you might have.
Disclosure: sample provided for review.
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