First up, some good news! About three hours ago I had a layout picked up by Simple Scrapbooks for their January/February issue. Yay! And I got a copy of the October Memory Makers Magazine and you can see my first published digital layout on page 51! Now, on to the rest...
This is an article I wrote for Craft Critique. It appeared on that blog last week.
Q: What is Glimmer Mist?
A: Glimmer Mist is a glittery dye from Tattered Angels. It comes packaged in a spray bottle with a sticker showing the color of the contents.
Q: Why the sticker?
A: Glimmer Mist is basically dye with metallic pigment powders mixed in with it. You need to shake the bottle to get the powder to mix with the dye because it’s heavier and sinks to the bottom when left alone. The color you see in the bottle is not accurate, check the sticker to see the true color of the Glimmer Mist.
Q: What does it look like?
A: With over sixty different colors to choose from, it’s hard to make a blanket statement. Generally speaking they’re very transparent, though I have found that the darker blues and browns tend to be a bit more opaque. Some of the lighter colors are almost completely transparent, adding just a bit of a sheen to your work.
Check out this layout:
I wanted the background paper to capture the feeling of New York. So I used a combination of water, walnut ink, Glimmer Mist, ink and crumpling to get that grungy but shiny and definitely aged feeling.
Q: Cool! So, what does it stick to besides paper?
A: Wood, metal, plastic, glass, photos, fabric, paint…almost everything I’ve tried it on! Here’s a canvas I made using Glimmer Mist:
Q: So I can use it on anything?
A: Well, yeah. But here’s the thing: It’s not waterproof. So, even after it has dried, if you spray it with water, it will start running again. So, if you’re using it for an altered piece or something that is going to be in any kind of weather or humidity, you need to seal it with something.
Q: Is it hard to use?
A: If you can use hairspray, you can use Glimmer Mist! It’s in a little pump spray bottle and you just push the button down and move across your project. Couldn’t be easier!
Q: Speaking of hairspray, I’ve heard that you can make your own using hairspray and pigment powders….
A: Yep, I’ve heard that too. But, with over 60 colors to choose from and such a reasonable price ($6.95 for 2oz), why bother?! Plus, I don’t love the idea of hairspray all over my stuff… And it's acid free, so if that is a concern for you, Glimmer Mist has you covered.
Q: 2 oz. doesn’t sound like a lot…
A: Trust me, I use my Glimmer Mists all the time and I still haven’t run out of a single color!
Q: Wow! That’s great! Is there anything else I need to know before I go out and buy a bunch of Glimmer Mist?
A: Nope! Just grab a bottle or two and start experimenting!
Among the comments I received over at Craft Critique, were the following concerns:
Response From Me...
Personally, I haven't had a problem with the Glimmer Mist nozzles clogging or inconsistent color in the five months I've been using them. As for splotchy application, that's absolutely true, but I always thought it was a feature of the product, not a downside. I like the spattered look and it fits my style of scrapbooking. That said, the farther away from your project you spray, the more fine the mist. I haven't tried any of the similar products, so I don't have anything to compare to the Glimmer Mists. But, I do use them a lot. I feel that I should also mention that we are not usually provided with product to review at Craft Critique. We have to use stuff we own and like. Glimmer Mist didn't sponsor my Q&A, so it's really not a "plug." Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns!
And now for something Sultane! I used the Art Nouveau collection, which is all black and white papers...
I think it would have been better with black and white photos, but c'est la vie!
Thanks for stopping by!