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.
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.
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.
- 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?