Craft Product Review: Liquid Pearls by Ranger

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I’ve really been missing out all this time.  At CHA in January, the folks at Ranger gave us some of the new colors of Liquid Pearls which they released, and I have been playing with them for the last few days…and now I am wondering why it took me this long to find out how versatile these wonderful paints are!

According to Ranger’s website, here’s a bit of info on Liquid Pearls:

• New brilliant pearlescent formula
• 30 new pearl pigment shades
• Versatile pearlescent paint
• Hand-washable on fabric
• Acid free, non-toxic
• Non-settling formula
• Easy-flow tip in a .5 oz bottle

It also is waterproof when dry, and can be used in a variety of ways (I had always thought of them as just for making  little pearls on cards…but they do SO much more!).  But before I start in on some of those different ways, let me show you some swatches I did.

I made the pearl dots with the new “Royal Blue” color, and the brushed-out swatches with the new “Chestnut” color.  You can see that while the brushed-out paint (which I did add a bit of water to) has some translucency to it, it still shows up even on patterned paper and on dark card stock.  In fact, it really has a nice shimmer on the black card stock.  With the fabrics (muslin and canvas), I noted that once the paint was dry, the fabrics still remained flexible.

The first thing I tried with the Liquid Pearls, after my swatches, was the watered-down painting.  On the bottle, it states that the paint can be watered down and made into a glaze for painting with.  I stamped a line drawing image, and used my craft sheet as a palette, then used a water brush for painting.

I found the paint to almost be like a pearlescent watercolor paint – however, this paint dries waterproof.  You can see that even though the paint is watered down significantly, the shimmer is still there.

 

I also decided to add some finishing details, using the Liquid Pearls to make pearl-accents on the girl’s dress and on the butterfly in her hair.  You can see the dimension created by the paint – the same paint used to paint the girl’s dress.

 

Next, I used some “Opal White” Liquid Pearls, and using my craft mat as a palette again, colored the paint using various colors of Distress Ink simply by tapping my ink pad on the mat.  I then painted over a piece of white card stock, which I had clear-embossed a stamped image on, to get a resist effect.  I did not water down the paint  this time.

Because I did not water down the paint this time, you can see lots of texture in the finished image.  This photo doesn’t do the tag justice, but you can see some of the pearlescent shimmer and the brush texture, along with the clear embossed resist.

 

Because this is paint, you can also do the same things you can do with other paints – such as stenciling…

…and stamping.

Liquid Pearls retails for $2.49 a bottle( or less, using the Amazon.com links below), and can be found in your local stamp/scrap store or in major craft stores.  I have to say that I was rather impressed with all that Liquid Pearls is able to do, and I’m pretty sure that I’ve merely touched the surface of possibilities.  All in all, Liquid Pearls packs a powerful punch in a little bottle.

Disclosure: sample provided for review

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Jen is married and the homeschooling mother of 3 children. She blogs about art journaling, mixed media, other crafts, family, homeschooling, special needs, disability, and other randomness at My Crafty Friend Jen.

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5 Responses to “Craft Product Review: Liquid Pearls by Ranger”

  1. Carmen Lucero Says:

    Awesome! I have the first three colors that came out, but hadn’t tried watering them down – amazing! Thanks so much for sharing. Going to Amazon to see what I can find :)

    Hugs,

    Carmen L

  2. Dee in NH Says:

    Shhhhhh! Don’t tell anyone but I have some bottles of this stuff and had no idea what to do with it!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Sarah in SC Says:

    Thanks for sharing the inspirations as I had no idea about applying water to the paints to bring out the shimmer.

    I stored them upside down after using and now have difficulty getting the paints to come out. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks

  4. Jenny Says:

    You can remove the tip and assess the situation. If the paint is completely gummy, you’ll have to toss it. If it’s the tip, you can clean it out by running it under warm water and using a pin. If the paint is just thick, you can try thinning it with a drop of water and stirring it in. Good luck!

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