If you love glitter or painting in your crafts, you’ve come to the right blog today friends! Recently I got a lovely box of painty-goodness from the wonderful folks at Plaid Enterprises and I couldn’t wait to try out the Extreme Glitter Paints as soon as a I saw them.
So, first things first- swatching. I like to squeeze a little paint out, smear it around, and see a little about the viscosity and opacity. Here’s the paint on navy blue cardstock, still wet. You can see that the paint is a light body- it will hold a dome but is not as thick as, say, toothpaste.
Now, is it just me, or is this stuff SUPER GLITTERY??? No, it’s really glittery. Really.
What I noticed is that the medium the glitter is in- what you would call the “paint”- is actually CLEAR. This means that when the medium dries, it leaves no color- it just deposits the glitter onto the surface. Ergo, more coats or thicker coats equals more glittery shine.
Here’s an example of one versus two coats on some black cardstock:
So here’s what it looked like on white glossy cardstock:
You can see here, especially, on the white back ground that with one thin coat you don’t get much coverage, per se- but you do get sparkle. I think that if you wanted a depth of color, layering would be the way to go. Adding red Extreme Glitter Paint over a red-painted background would give you the maximum color and sparkle.
However, just a thin coat is nice, too. For example, my daughter was making a mask and was coloring it with water-based markers that were orange. We added a layer of red Extreme Glitter paint and it added a little “umph.” (And of course, my 5 year old thought every fox should be glittery, anyway!)
I love how even my simple photographs are able to catch the glitter sparkle. It’s fairly impressive in person, too! Oh, and it’s good to note that the glitter will NOT rub off on your fingers. It’s stuck in that paint body- no fairy dust everywhere!
So, then I asked my son paint on a paper mache frame that was primed in Gesso. Here’s how his creation turned out:
Again, you don’t get great coverage in one coat- but this effect made him happy!
Last, I worked on a little wooden birdhouse. I didn’t prime the wood at all, and it took about 3 coats of Extreme Glitter Paint in Peridot to get this depth of color.
After I decoupaged the sides with scrapbook paper, I decided to add a coat of EGP over the top. Again, since the paint is not opaque, it allowed the patterned paper remain the focal point while adding that extra sparkly “punch” to the whole design.
So….it’s pretty craftastic, folks. I love it as a sparkly glaze, I love it in multiple coats to get a deep, rich sparkle, I love it on wood, I love it on cardstock. What’s not to love?
I’m really looking forward to sparkling up some fall leaves and maybe even some Easter eggs in the spring. What would YOU glitter to the extreme?