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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:15 am    Post subject: Adding mica to paint? Reply with quote

Hi, All,

I'm new here & glad to have found this forum!

I recently read an article about a paint treatment in which the artist added mica to the paint for a shimmering effect.

Which got me thinking...

I'd love to create a mottled cream & pink "eyeshadow" effect on one of my walls...like the way a smooth frosted eyeshadow looks when applied.

Like the way baby powder looks when you rub just about all of it into your palm...except more pink that white.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many of Golden Artists' Colors paints have mica in them.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum!

sorta like this?

I did this with Golden Metallic Texture. You tint it to any colour you want.



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, similar to that.

Perhaps lighter.

Are you saying that I choose the paint color(s), then just add in the Golden Metallic Texture?

(Sorry if that's self-evident to most...I'm new to this process!)

Where do I get the Golden products? Paint store or art store?

Any thoughts on this...

Base coating with one color w/ the metallic texture, then ragging on a second metallic texture color?

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might do better to add a clear layer of glaze with mica in it over your wall color. Most mica mixed with paint will just disappear . There is a 'granite sparkle' stuff available at Lowes that has some magic treatment that repels paint... you mix it right in the gallon. It works great, but has a shelf life (about an hour or two, so don't mix it in the night before) It looks best when kind of burnished at the last layer with a brush... Roll on, brush as it dries... it sparkles more.

A clear varnish or glaze will allow the sparkle to sparkle....

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sounds to me more like you'd do well to apply a pearlescent finish over the two paints you're describing to get the eyeshadow shimmrey effect. I just used the Behr brand Pearlescent on treasure boxes for the kids at the Shriner's and it went over the pink acrylic over tissue paper base and added that little bit of shimmer you're describing. A thin coat and you're done.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds like it's easy enough to fit into my short attention span!

Would you happen to have a photo of the boxes that you could post?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Pat about adding a glaze with mica in it. You're talking about making a soft, eyeshadow-shimmer pink, right? I just got a mica powder from FE called "Hi-Lite Red". It looks almost white in the container and when added to binder/glaze, etc. becomes a really delicate shimmer of pink. Now, I'm not a fan of pink or red and only got this because I was so curious about it and was playing with tinting lime plaster - but I kind of fell in love with it!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, well, now I'm thinking about a sort of different approach, based on the glaze with mica technique...

basecoat with taupey-beige, then 2 glazes rubbed on...one that's just a clear irridescent & one that's pink.

Any thoughts on the clear mica glaze re: products?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sample boards - lots n lots of sample boards! If you want mica powder with a tint to it, I don't know of any other place than Faux Effects. If you want to put a "plain" mica in a tinted glaze (which would probably be an altogether different result than tinted mica in an untinted glaze), there are a be-zillion kinds of mica powders and flakes you can buy.

Sinopia - www.sinopia.com - has a fine selection of various sizes and types of mica powders.

There are a lot of people on this forum with a lot more experience than me that will probably have other suggestions.

This sounds like fun - are you going to post pictures of your boards?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You really should look at the Silk Soft paints by Blue Pearl. It seems like this is the look you are going for. I have used several colors with great results and they have a few different pinks.

You can look at these at www.metallicmart.com
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh Kathy,

Love the raspberry!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks baby. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yummy, yummy, yummy! Thanks for the link Kathy!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The way I would get that eye Shadow effect is to paint the base with a metallic paint. You could roll it on randomly or stipple it. Just don't get any lines or brush strokes in it. You could do this in a pearl or pink. (tip: you may want to put a base coat under your metallic in that same color because most metallics are translucent. )

Once your metallic paint dries. Then I would roll on size on to the wall. If you want the base's color to show through then you could sponge the size on thinly. Once the size is tacked up...you can put some metallic powder inside a cotton rag and then hit the surface to get the metallic powder to stick to the size.

What you will end up with is some matte areas of the powder and slight satin/eggshell ares of the paint and this will create alot of depth. The real powder applied to the wall will give you that eyeshadow look.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yumm...great idea, Tania! you are the queen of size, I'm telling you! I always just think of it for gilding - never as creative as this. very cool.

Kathy - that pink raspberry board looks like sherbet - coooool, creamy and delicious!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Tania!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oops, Gale did you mean something on the metallic mart site? I hate not being teh only Kathy.

then you guys were covering for me huh? Love you. Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kathy, no worries dear. I love yours and the ones in the metallic mart. lol

I am mainly a blue person (up with BLUE!) in my home, but I have always had an affinity for berry shades. Most of my mosaic work is in the shabby fufu pink rose tones, so I always perk up when I see the color pink! lol It makes my head say two things... ohhhh how feminine and then there's the follow up KA CHING! lolololol

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a picture of a sample I did with the Soft Silk paint. It is not pink of course, but you may be able to see that it really does shimmer like frosted eyeshadow.


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