Elements Earth Textures by Art Institute Glitter

Reported by Marti Wills

I have been using Art Institute Glitter products for quite some time and I was intrigued when I came across their Elements Earth Textures line last year.

Here is the info from the Art Institute website regarding the Elements:

Go Green With Elements Earth Textures
Take your art to a higher level of natural balance
with the deep rich hues of this exciting new medium.

Elements are organic components, grown or produced by Mother Earth and manipulated into a variety of shades and shapes. Create and embellish collage pieces, wood, ceramics, sculpture, tone metal, gourds, decor items, glass, paper crafts, and even fairy habitats.

I have accumulated a number of different ones to play with, as well as the glue they sell to go with them.

Here is a close up view of one – you can see it is indeed quite organic-looking – not glitter and glitz at all like their many other products. The most amazing thing to me – they smell devine. Because they are truly organic – made from things like crushed spices and dried plants among other things (this is my guess from looking at them up close) the smell of the spices used comes out when you open the jar.

On my first card I went to my adhesive of choice when using Art Glitter items – Scor Tape. HOWEVER, I did not have very good luck:
Because the Elements Mix I was using had large nuggets as well as a fine powder the powder stuck to the Scor Tape and the nuggets and larger grains had nothing to stick to.

So I got out the Elements adhesive and added some on top of the Scor Tape. I sprinkled the Elements mixture on again – heavily – and patted it very lightly with my finger. This worked much better since the larger grains had something to sink into. Just shake off the excess like glitter.

Here I used the Elements adhesive again to add an earthy, green aspect to my flower bunch on this card.

I decided to add some in the same way to the ground beneath some bunnies’ feet I had been coloring. I tried a regular white glue to see if it worked the same as the Elements glue. I used Scotch 3M Quick Dry Tacky glue and applied it to the paper – a pretty solid coating.

Then added the Elements Earth Textures to it. This glue works just as well – it seems as long as it is a thick, tacky wet glue that you can “embed” the Elements into it works fine. So unique and realistic.

I have found these to be a wonderful addition to my crafting arsenal. Elements are easy to use and not as messy as traditional glitter and microbeads (not that it stops me from using those too!).


  • Unique, organic look – it is unlike any other product I have seen
  • LOVE the smell
  • There are 42 color mixes to choose from


  • I am unsure if these contain items that could trigger allergies
  • These are not archival or acid free
  • Can get messy

Have you tried the mixes? Have you ever seen them before? How would YOU use them? If you have them do you have a favorite color/mixture or smell/mixture?


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8 Responses to Elements Earth Textures by Art Institute Glitter

  1. Jan Castle May 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Never heard of it, so not tried it. BUT, I certainly would like to…I can think of many ways to use it in card making and scrapbooking! Looks like yet another fun idea!!!

  2. Becky May 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    I have seen this before, I might try a few of these out. 🙂 Do you have a link..?

  3. Siri Fjørtoft, kaBoks May 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    Oh! I want/need this!

  4. Kathy May 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    I’ve never heard of these, but they look like they would be really cool for embellishing cards. I would be more hesitant on my pages because you say they are not acid free. I do love the look you are showing us here!

  5. Melissa M May 3, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    Definitely interesting though I have never seen them before. I could see them being used for scrapping outdoor adventures especially. I though do not like strong smells and wonder if some of the spices used would bother my senses or like you said trigger allergies. thanks for sharing!!!

  6. Ronile May 3, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    This looks interesting. I love Art Institute glitter, and I think this would be another delightful product.

  7. Suzanne J Dean May 3, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    Great article Marti 🙂 I love these too but always forget to pull them out—but I think I really NEED the green, LOL!


  8. Art Glitter May 17, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    I’m so glad Marti posted a link to this article on Art Glitter’s Facebook Fan Club page! Thank you for taking the time to experiment with the Elements line Marti!

    Yes, Elements are organic and not acid free. However if you want to give them some longevity always use an acrylic spray on them when completely dry.

    And I don’t know if you’ll ever get great results with a sticky tape and the element, but what I see on your example is that all the tiny particles landed on the tape first. Sometimes it works better to dip your spoon into the top of the jar to get the chunkier pieces first, then dig in for the smaller pieces to fill in.

    Thank you again Marti, I’m posting a link on our blog today too!