Pearl Ex Pigment is extremely easy to use. Its incredible flexibility lends itself to a vast array of techniques. Your biggest problem may be deciding which technique to use. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Mix Pearl EX with a clear embossing powder for rubber stamp embossing. Pearl Ex in itself is not an embossing powder.
- Interference colors work best over dark surfaces.
- Mix 4 parts Pearl Ex to 1 part Gum Arabic and add water to desired consistency for a watercolor paint. If mixing in a plastic well palette, this mixture can dry out and become reconstituted with water.
- Dust Pearl Ex Powders onto shrink plastic before shrinking. The powder will become embedded in the surface when the plastic shrinks.
- Dust a polymer clay rubber mold with Pearl Ex before pressing in the clay. This is a great way to color the clay. It also makes the clay easier to release from the mold.
- Mix Pearl Ex with the Jacquard Textile Colors Colorless Extender for use on fabrics. Heat set as directed on bottle.
- Mix Pearl Ex with any clear medium to use over any surface. For example, you can mix Pearl Ex with a varnish, acrylic or solvent-based, as a coating over clay, wood, or paper.
- Dust Pearl Ex onto any surface and then seal with a spray lacquer. Spray the lacquer out over the surface and let the mist fall onto the surface rather than spraying the lacquer at the surface. This will give you a more even coat of lacquer without spray marks as well as preventing the spray from blowing off the Pearl Ex.
- Knead dry Pearl Ex powder into polymer clay to color it.
- Pearl Ex can be mixed into glycerin soaps in soapmaking and wax for candlemaking.
- Pearl Ex can be mixed into a medium and airbrushed. Some testing will be necessary to ensure that the particle size will fit through the airbrush opening
- Card stock or gift bags (black works best)
Spray adhesive (not spray glue)
Scrap paper, tape and paper clips
Lightly Spray some adhesive, ALWAYS IN A WELL-VENTILATED AREA AND WITH CHILDREN SUPERVISED, on paper the same color as your project. Wait a minute, and experiment by brushing the Pearl-Ex powders on with a dry brush. Try the colors alone and in layers. They are very surprising. Especially try the Interference colors!
1. Place stencil on flat paper and secure with paper clips.
2. Cover up exposed background with scrap paper and tape paper to stencil to hold in place.
3. Making sure that the stencil lies flat, spray lightly with spray adhesive, holding nozzle about 12" away.
4. Let set two minutes. Carefully remove tape, clips, paper and stencil - making sure not to smudge design.
5. Load a dry dry brush with Pearl-Ex powder and fill in designs. Remove excess with a brush.
6. Mix a few drops of clear acrylic with some Pearl-Ex powder until you get a smooth paint. Use this to touch up and enhance your stenciled design.
Water Color Painting:
- Gum arabic or clear acrylic medium (matte or gloss)
Dark and light colored card stock
Black permanent marker (fine and/or thick)
Both acrylic medium and gum arabic will keep the Pearl-Ex Powders in a suspension, so that they make a plowing paint, (use approximately 20% Pearl-Ex). Painting the Interference colors over black makes the Pearl-Ex change color. Experiment on scraps of paper to try different effects.
1. On light card stocks, draw designs with black marker.
2. Mix several colors of Pearl-Ex with gum arabic or medium, (in separate cups).
3. Paint over drawings with Pearl-Ex Interference colors.
4. Paint over different card stock with a thick mixture of Pearl-Ex colors.
5. While the mixture is still wet, you may make lines with a comb.
6. Let everything dry completely.
7. Cut out or tear shapes (include some plain card stock as well) and assemble with glue.