Today’s card is all about “trying something new” …
A few weeks ago, I was gifted with the “Hawaiian Island” set of Lindy’s Gang Flat Magicals. For those of you who aren’t familiar with them (I wasn’t!), they are dye-based pigment powders. According to the Lindy’s Gang website, the powders “…”stain” rather than float within mediums”, which makes them different from other pigment powders.
For those of you who don’t care about all that: They are a gorgeous medium you can use to add color to your artwork – and they come in a very concentrated powder form. These powders can be “flat” (like the ones I used on this project) or in a “shimmer” formula.
After a bit of research on how to use them (Oh, my! So many beautiful options!) I decided to stick with the basics my first time out and use them to do some basic watercolor painting.
I started by heat embossing my hummingbird, hibiscus, and tropical leaves (all from Reverse Confetti) with white embossing powder on watercolor cardstock.
Then it was time to mix up the Magicals! To do this, I scooped out the teeny, tiniest amount of powder from each of the jars in the set I was gifted. I set them out on my glass mat – making sure to keep each one separate. I added 3 drops of water to each pile of powder and mixed each one until the powder had dissolved. Adding less water would make a darker color and adding more water would make the color lighter. I tested my 3 drops by painting them on scrap paper before deciding I liked them as they were.
I then used the pigmented water as I would any watercolor paint to paint my images. I realized while painting that I’m getting a bit better at “layering” my colors and waiting for my layers to dry before moving on. This is something that has always been a challenge for me – even though I know that doing it this way yields the best results.
Once my pieces were painted and dry, I ran them through my die cutting machine. I stamped my sentiment on a scalloped cardstock panel and arranged my pieces the way I wanted. Once everything was where I wanted it, I adhered it down with liquid glue and foam adhesive.
I added a few Tiny Diamonds in a soft teal color just for a bit of shine.
What do you think? Have you tried pigment powders? What’s your favorite way to use them?
Hope you have a wonderfully creative day!