Elaineabella here with your usual dose of Marker Geek Monday colouring fun on the more usual day of Monday this week! 😉
It seems at least a few of you were interested in reading more about Twinkling H2Os, so I made the terrible sacrifice of playing with them again over the weekend. I know, I know, the things I do for the greater good…
In my previous couple of posts, I briefly mentioned Twinkling H2Os as a fun colouring option, and one I’ve had in my colouring stash since I started stamping back in the early 2000s! Where on earth have all those years gone?!
Here are links to my previous posts:
- Marker Geek Monday Colouring Mediums for Colouring Stamps
- Marker Geek Monday: Playing with Watercolour
Today lets take a closer look at Twinkling H2Os in particular.
What are Twinkling H2Os?
Twinkling H2Os are cakes of shimmering watercolour paint. They come in small pots – either 5ml or 10ml, and are available in 210 colours, either individually or in sets of 6, 12 or 24. The paints are made in the USA previously under the brand name Luminarte and now under the brand ColourArte. The paints are highly pigmented and have a gorgeous shimmer thanks to the blend of mica and other minerals. The paints are hand poured and don’t contain any nasties, so they are safe to use even when crafting with kids.
As I mentioned in my previous posts, Twinkling H2Os were one of the very first colouring mediums I used when stamping. I actually still have the original sets that I purchased back then, along with a few additions that I picked up a few years ago. I’ve been having great fun getting to know them again recently. In fact I think I may have to pick up some more…
How do you use them?
Using Twinkling H2Os is simple!
The best approach is to wet the cakes – I use a spray bottle or a dropper – and leave them to soften for a few minutes, then add a little more water. This will create a creamy consistency which you can then transfer to a palette or use straight from the jar. I tend to transfer some of the paste to a palette, so I can add more water and create lighter shades. You could also mix colours in this way.
Use them as you would other watercolour paint. Apply directly to dry paper, or work wet on wet. They work beautifully for colouring in stamps and also to create gorgeous shimmering background washes.
NOTE: You can of course blend Twinkling H2Os with other media, but be aware that this will decrease the shimmer.
When you are finished with the paints, leave them open to dry off. They don’t contain any anti-fungal agents etc, so it is best to let them dry completely before closing up the jars and storing them. Do this and your paints should last you for quite some time!
You can also use Twinkling H2Os directly on a rubber stamp – this isn’t something I have personally tried since I don’t use a lot of solid stamps, but it is a fun effect!
Over the weekend I got all my Twinkling H2Os out, so I could create a new colour chart for reference and play with some of my favourite recent Stamping Bella stamps. Here’s a look at some of the fun:
The palette is a little plastic one I purchased online in a pack of three.
Gorgeously shimmery, isn’t he? Totally magical.
To see how I created the backgrounds for these cards, check out my recent Stamp It Saturday: Distress Ink Backgrounds with Elaineabella post!
Over To You!
Let’s talk colour! Have you use Twinkling H2Os? Love them? Thinking of having a go with them after reading this post?
I’d also love to hear which mediums you would most like to see some posts on? Would you like to see more of my adventures (or more likely misadventures) with watercolour, more coloured pencil, etc? Let me know! Would you like more in depth info on anything?
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Until next time, HAPPY COLOURING!