Saturday, November 29, 2014

Christmas in November #29--Acrylic Painted and PearlEx Ornaments

Side View #1
In a previous post, I discussed using PearlEx powders. Yesterday, I discussed using acrylic paints to decorate ornaments. Today, I wanted to see what happened when I used both products. The materials and assembly instructions are the same so I won't repeat them here.

Ornament #1 is a glass ornament where I used the blowing technique. After preparing the ornament with the vinegar/water solution, I added undiluted red acrylic paint and disbursed it using a straw. I did this a second time.

The second step was to take black Gesso (I used Golden) and thinned it with the Acrylic Flow Release/water solution. I added a little extra of this solution to the Gesso because I wanted it to be a little thinner so that parts of the glass would show through. Once I spread the entire interior of the ornament with the black Gesso, I turned it upside down and placed it on a Dixie Cup to let the excess drip out.

Once the excess has dripped out and the interior is still a little tacky, I took Gold PearlEx powder and added a little to the interior of the ornament. I covered the opening of the ornament with a paper towel and shook the product. Repeat using a straw to place powder where there are bald spots until you are pleased with the final product.

Place on a Dixie Cup in an upright position to let air dry. Once dry, replace the handing top.
Top View #1
Ornament #2 is similar to the ornament #1 except I used a plastic ornament and used the poured technique rather than the blow technique. The result is a little more subtle and you have to change a couple of the steps.

Prepare the ornament is the same way as above. Pour the first color into the ornament and rotate the ornament to coat as much as of the interior as you want. I used undiluted acrylic for this step. Turn over the ornament and place on a Dixie Cup to allow the excess to drain out. Repeat with the same or different colors as desired.

Step Two is the changed step. Take the PearlEx powder of your choice and add it to the interior of the ornament, Cover the opening of the ornament with a paper towel and shake. When you are satisfied with the coverage move to the next step.

For step three, add black Gesso (that has been thinned with the Acrylic Flow Release/water solution) to the interior of the ornament. You want this solution to be very flowing so you might want to add an extra drop or two of the solution to your Gesso. Rotate the ornament so that the Gesso solution covers the entire interior of your ornament.

Watch the magic happen: The Gesso solution will start to interact with the PearlEx and change into a glowing lava flow that will then start to marbleize with the base color. It is a much more subtle effect but it really is pretty.

Turn the ornament upside down and allow to drain in a Dixie Cup.

Let air dry overnight and replace the top.
Side View #2
You should really wear safety goggles/glass when blowing into the ornament. There is a possibility that product could blow up into your face if you look directly into the ornament while blowing into it. If you don't have goggles/glasses then I suggest that you buy the bendy straws for this purpose. Hold the ornament in an upright position. Bend the straw so that it is at a 90 degree angle to your face. Insert the straw into the opening and blow. While you have less control of seeing the splatter pattern it will be safer than not having safety goggles/glasses.

If you don't want to blow into the ornament, you can used canned air that is readily available. Be sure to use the directing straw that is attached to the can so you can control where the air is directed. If you use canned air then you MUST wear safety glasses/goggles.

When using PearlEx powders, be careful not to inhale them. Also, it is helpful to wear latex craft gloves and clear your surface. I speak from experience, you DO NOT want to drop a container of PearlEx powder--declutter your work surface before using these powders.

Also--a little PearlEx goes a long way. Work in stages by adding a little at a time.

Top View #2

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