Facts about Pearl Ex
How to Use Pearl Ex
Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments are from Jacquard and are their most versatile product. Pearl Ex is a very fine pigment which can be applied in thin layers to create smooth metallic coatings to most surfaces! The variety of finishes Pearl Ex can produce is nearly endless, from metallic sheens to pearlescent shimmers to all manner of faux finishes.
Pearl Ex creates a metallic look without being a metal. The particles are flat platelets with two surfaces, therefore it lays down beautifully like a thin coating of metal. The different particle sizes produce different looks — from a fine, smooth, pearly luster to a highly metallic sheen.
Available in 40 colors which can be purchased individually in 3 gram pots or in conveniently packaged sets. Sets are available in 3 different series of 12-Color Sets or a 32 Color Set.
Pearl Ex pigments are dry, with a neutral pH, so they last for years and only small amounts are needed for most products. Pearl Ex can be added with almost any color of craft, acrylic or watercolor paint to create a metallic sheen.
Pearl Ex pigments are colorfast, temperature resistant, weather resistant and non-tarnishing, therefore ideal for archival applications.
Pearl Ex 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:
The number of ways you can use Pearl Ex is endless, so try some experimentation. Pearl Ex is a fine pigment, so it can be added to almost anything, with amazing results. Keep a journal to record what you did and what type of results it produced, so you can replicate your techniques.
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.
NOTE: Interference colors
work best over dark surfaces.
can use Pearl Ex with fabric paints and experiment with their own projects
on fabric. This is a wonderful way to add metallic sheen to your art quilt and
fiber art projects.
The Interference colors
are very surprising. You will want to xxperiment with them!
Here is one way to emboss cards:
An alternate way to emboss, is
to spread the clear embossing fluid directly to your stamp. Be sure to clean your
stamp thouroughly after you are finishing stamping so the embossing fluid does
not harden and ruin your stamps.
First test your products. Lightly spray the 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 then in layers. They are very surprising. Especially try the Interference colors and watch what happens. Once you are satisfied with your results, it is time to stencil.
You can also mix a few drops of clear
acrylic with some Pearl-Ex powder until you get a smooth paint. You can use
this to stencil with, or to touch up and enhance your stenciled design.
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