Monday, October 31, 2011
Twinkle It! Art Journal
Twinkling H2Os and May Arts Ribbon are a perfect duo! Check out the art journal I created using these sparkly watercolors and lots of ribbons, papers, and more. A complete step-by-step tutorial is available on the May Arts blog, and you can get a download of the entire project by clicking this link.
I bought a few pots of Twinkling H2Os several years ago, but I didn't quite know how to use them. I dipped my paintbrush in water and then tried to pick up the paint in the pot. The result was a barely visible, tinted wash with a tiny bit of sheen. So when I received this set for the blog week at May Arts, I was determined to find the correct method for using them. I discovered this video by Marah Johnson that provided the perfect introduction to using Twinkling H2Os .
The secret to success is: plenty of H2O! Water that is! As Marah recommends, prepare the pots by spritzing them generously with water, and allow them to sit for 15-20 minutes while you work on something else. The pigment is laced with mica flakes, and the water will release those sparkly flakes. A crater will form with the mica flakes at the bottom, and there's where the most concentrated color and shine can be found. This time around, I couldn't believe the rich depth of the watercolors and the intensity of the sparkle! Best of all, no splotches and spatters, just pure sparkly coverage! Can you tell I'm a bit smitten with this product? So much so, that I'm adding a limited weekly series called Twinkle It! Tuesday! Each week, I'll share something new from my explorations with the magic of Twinkling H2Os ! I hope you'll join me for the journey!