Cue the music... more favorite things! We were having a discussion about Angelina Fibers on the CraftTherapy yahoo group, and I mentioned one of my favorite things- Twinkling H2O's from Luminart. One of our members had never heard of them, so I thought it was worth a mention. So, what are they? They are pots of watercolor paint, sold individually or in sets, and they have the most magnificent shimmer to them. Not quite metallic-y, they are iridescent and shiny and sparkle like Pearl-Ex. The fun thing is that they are potent and a little goes a long way, and come in lots of colors, from pastel to jewel tones. You can use them just like watercolors, with a brush, but I prefer a water brush. Here are some of the ways I've used them so far:
* As a background. Use broad washes for a sparkly background... intense or subtle.
* To watercolor rubber-stamped pieces. If you stamp with a non-water based pad, like Ancient Page, you can color in the images with your Twinkling H20's. Don't even THINK of making fairie or dragonfly images without them! Or, they can be applied the same way to heat-stamped Angelina Fibers... and they color marvelously. You'll find examples of this in the Postcard photo album; both the Flower Fairie and the Spring Crocus fabric postcards are colored with them.)
* As a pigment for rubber stamping. (Direct to Rubber) Actually brush on the color ON the stamp, then make the impression on your paper... it looks just like an original.
OK, so there are probably 100 other ways, but this is what I've done so far. I can't imagine my studio without them. Click on some of the links for more info, step-by-steps, and inspiration!