Friday, September 25, 2015

Playing with Pigment Powders for Paper Artsy!

A very late entry to Paper Artsy for this Pigment Color challenge.....

I continue to love working with texture pastes and gels after exploring these for Paper Artsy recently.  After reading Astrid's recent post about saving our bees, I played around some Ken Oliver Color Bursts, thinking I would try to achieve some crackle by mixing some powdered pigment into the crackle medium.

I first mixed a bit of gold Primary Elements mica powder into matte medium and applied through a Tim Holtz honeycomb stencil, and then applied the altered crackle medium.  I then applied metallic gold acrylic paint, and it was immediately clear that the crackle was not happening, although the Color Burst background is pretty. I added some gold metallic acrylic paint, but still no crackle. I like the glow I got when I heavily diluted the paint. But still, not a go.  I forgot an earlier experimentt mixing some type of pigment with crackle paste, which also failed to get the crackle!
So, back to square one, and forget about the crackle!  I had swiped the leftover gold mica homemade paste onto a tag so not to waste it....

when this dried, I ran it through a wrinkled distress technique with Wild Honey, Seedless Preserves and Ground Espresso Distress Inks - applying these to my craft sheet,spritzing with a bit of water, and swiping the tag through.  When dry, I sprayed with some Heidi Swapp gold spray.  Loved what resulted!

And it looked like to moon to me.... so I decided to try some other versions - here with black mica.
After the black mica version dried, I added some stars by stenciling with Wendy Vecchi gold embossing paste,
And once the stars were dry, I swiped the tag through Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Dried Marigold Distress Inks using the wrinkle free distress technique, as with the previous tag.  Once dry, I spritzed with Heidi Swapp gold spray.

I made one more version, this time using copper Primary Elements with Wendy Vecchi translucent texture paste:

which, when dry, I spritzed with Iced Spruce and Wild Honey....

and then when dry, spritzed with Smooch sprays in yellows and browns, though these do not show in the photos.  Once done, I cut the tags to eliminate the hole, and placed on a journal page - phases of the moon.

I am sharing this at the latest Paper Artsy challengeMixed Media World Autumn Colors, and We Love To Create "Anything Mixed Media, and

Thanks so much for stopping by, and please do leave a comment - I always love to hear what you think!  xx Lynn


  1. Wow - these look fantastic. I love the golden glow of the first sweep against the rich jewel colours of the background, and the dark planet surrounded by stars too. What a great set of results from your experiments.
    Alison xx
    (And yes - Dina Wakley, from her Handwritten Quotes set x)

  2. Wow how gorgeous!Love those colours. Thanks so much for joining us at We Love 2 Create this time
    Claire xx

  3. I love these color combos. I'm definitely going to have to head into the studio to give them a try.

  4. I just love your "experiments in Paper" Lynn, each one shows some amazing effects of what can be achieved when playing with these different mediums. Even though the crackle did not happen, the other effects are amazing! The glow of gold, the stars, all of it, wonderful results.

    Do you happen to know who makes the stencil with those stars? Love their size somehow, they look super!

    1. Hi, and thank you for your wonderful comment! The stencil is from Memory Box. It also has larger stars, but like you, I really like the littlest ones!

  5. Stunning results which positively glow.

  6. Gorgeous results from all your experiments, and I love how you displayed them as phases of the moon - they look absolutely amazing!

  7. Hmm, what a wonderful way to experiment and learn from the process! I do enjoy the end result a lot and the way you have embraced the end result in this wonderful journal LO is genius! Art is all about experimentation and you have done an awesome job! Wowzers! ~Niki

  8. I always coming here to read about your experiments! Love your curiousity and seeing the pictures showing your explorations with various media! Your tags are fantastic! Thank you very much for sharing it with us at Mixed Media World! Ingrid X

  9. Beautiful experiments and very inspiring. Ruth xx