Here we are again, with my favorite Stampin’ Up! poppies. I stamped and heat embossed them onto some watercolor paper, and put them aside for later use.
About a month ago, when I was working on my mermaid project, I was trying to use Pearl Ex, and had a difficult time keeping the Pearl Ex on the paper.
Pearl Ex is pearlescent pigment powder. I bought a bunch of colors through Stampin’ Up (at least 10 years ago), but have struggled with it ever since. There is no sealant or binding agent in it – it rubs off and smears when it is left unsealed. I can add it to embossing powder, and it stays. I can dust it over VersaMark, and it partially stays. I have tried aerosol sealant and I am getting inconsistent results (still not sure WHY – humidity? can too old?). I started researching Pearl Ex, and how to keep it on a project. I found information on Gum Arabic, which you add to the Pearl Ex powder, and then add water. I ordered Gum Arabic and Pearl Ex Varnish from Amazon.
Over the weekend, I pulled out the Gum Arabic (which is a powder…I was really expecting it to be liquid, silly me, I have a Math degree, not an Art degree!), read the instructions, mixed Pearl Ex powder with it, and added some water. Let’s paint these poppies!
I am very happy with the result. The Pearl Ex is there in all of its shiny glory, but not rubbing off.
I colored the stems with a ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen.
Supplies: Stamps – Hampton Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Natural White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, watercolor paper – source unknown, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Smokey Gray, ZIG 041 Light Green, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Pearl Ex True Blue #687.