Ready to explore the wonderful world of Finnabair's Mica Powders? They're a punch of shimmery goodness packed in a cute little bottle, but how do you use them? Finn's amazing team is going to go in-depth with a very special Art Recipe using Clear Crackle, Black Gesso, and Mica Powders.
Linda's project is simply covered in gorgeous shimmer...all created with magical Mica Powders! Scroll down for directions on how you can achieve this level of splendor!
2. When it was dry, I glued on several chipboard cut-outs and a touch of trim. Then I painted the entire canvas with Heavy Black Gesso.
3. I mixed Mica Powders in spray bottles + water. A couple of little scoops are all you need in the 2 oz. bottles. Spray on, then heat set. Tip: Continue spaying until you get the coverage you like.
4. Then I mixed Mica Powders with Clear Crackle Paste and swiped it over the Black Gesso on the chipboard. It is thick and leaves a really cool effect – kind of a gold leaf or corroded effect. I ended up using the heart with the Blue and Gold Opal Magic and the vines with just Gold Opal Magic.
5. I painted Mechanicals, buttons, and other found objects with the Black Gesso; then sprayed them with Pale Silver spray.
6. Last I wrapped gold metallic cord around the canvas several times and added all my ephemera with 3D Matte Gel. I like some things left natural- like the pearl and gold buttons. The Ephemera Vintage Collectible photo is the centerpiece of the project. ~Linda M. Cain
Prima Products: Heavy Black Gesso – 961459, Texture Paste - Clear Crackle – 961541, 3D Matte Gel – 961398, Mica Powder Opal Magic in Gold – 963552 and Blue – 963545, Mica Powders in Copper – 962531, Black Cherry – 962807, Pale Silver – 962517, Gold – 962524, Blue – 962494, and Pink – 962456, Stencil Grungy Grid – 962319, Ephemera Vintage Collectibles – 962890 and Mechanicals Gear – 961053 and Mechanical Flowers Medium - 960315
"It was a love at first sight when I first dipped my fingers to white gesso. And now that love has a competitor, the black gesso! It really shows off the Mica and shine in them." ~Riikka Kovasin
"For this recipe I created a jar to hold my Finnabair brushes. The base is just an ordinary tin can, but, with the help of some Prima, it turned into a piece that can be the center of the stage. I used the Crackle Paste as the last layer and it created a lovely shabby, weathered look to the piece."
Prima Products: 961374 – Heavy Gesso Black, 962845 – Mica Powder Deep Water, 962821 – Mica Powder Frozen Lake, 962517 – Mica Powder Pale Silver, 962500 – Mica Powder Green, 961541 – Texture Paste Clear Crackle, 961367 – 3D Gloss Gel, 962654 – Glass Beads Cobalt Blue, 961565 – Glitter Set Caribbean Sea, 960391 – Mechanicals Bottle Caps, 960261 – Mechanicals Numbers, 960247 – Mechanicals Roman Numerals, 961053 - Mechanicals Gears, 961138 – Mechanicals Numbers, 891633 – Junkyard Findings Screw Heads, 941734 – Archival Cast Rising Spirit III, 962760 – Brush Set
These two videos are seriously PACKED full of tips and techniques using Finn's Mica Powders! The first shows regular Mica Powder, while the second video focuses on the NEW Opal Magic Iridescent Mica Powders. You are going to love how versatile these little jars of magic are!
How much information can be packed into one post? Today was definitely testing the limits! Between Linda's and Riikka's gorgeous projects, plus the two expert videos by Finnabair, there's so MUCH inspiration and so many helpful tips to try out. Which ones are you going to play with first?