Hello my wonderful friends!
I have recently been introduced to a fabulous product put out by Lindy's Stamp Gang called Magical Powders. I am in love! They are SO much fun!
Magicals are a mix of powdered pigment and mica powders. They can be mixed with water, or other mediums to create fabulous color & shimmer. There are so many ways they can be used!
Let's take a quick look at one of my favorite techniques using Magicals...
Step 1: Stamp your image with clear embossing ink onto your paper. I'm using a card stock prepped with a layer of Gesso. (more on that later)
Step 2: Dust on various colors of Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals using a dry paint brush.
Although they are similar to Ranger's Perfect Pearls, they are different! The pigments in the Magicals are activated by water, and that is what we are making use of here. Perfect Pearls will not work for this..
Step 3: Brush off excess powder with the brush, then mist with water... the more water you spray, the more the colors will spread.
When it dries, you will have a very cool spread of color...
But when the light hits it, you'll find the mica has stuck to the ink and the image is nice and clear!
*For my project, I used regular card stock that was coated with a layer of Gesso. The colors float and mix beautifully over the coated surface... However, you can do this same technique on uncoated card stock, watercolor paper, or other porous surfaces. The difference is how the colors move. Here you can see the gesso coated paper on top, and uncoated paper on bottom. The color absorbs into the uncoated paper and won't spread as much. Watercolor paper is kind of in between the two as far as how much the color will spread and blend.
You can then stamp over it with a permanent ink, or for a more dramatic effect like this, paint.
PS: I am not working for Lindy's Stamp Gang... simply sharing a product and technique I enjoy. =)
Paper: DCWV, card stock
Stamps: Unity "Chicken Wire", "Build a Damask", "Moments in Bloom"
Other: Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals (My Mojito Green, and Cattail Copper Brown), Distress Paint