Reported by Tami Bayer
These fun little shimmery pots of watercolors are made by Luminarte. They come in two sizes, are non-toxic, acid free, and are available in 168 colors. The large pots retail for $3.70 each. These paints can also be purchased in sets of small 5 gram or large 10 gram pots with price varying depending on the size of the set. The pots now come with a see through lid, which is wonderful. I stored my old ones upside down so I could see the color. The new ones are so much better.
These paints can be used on many different surfaces and are safe for children. The website lists all of these surfaces as appropriate; paper, canvas, rocks, wood and even Easter eggs. I must admit that I’ve not tried real Easter eggs, but I love the idea of that. I’ve had good success with this product on paper and canvas.
My favorite way to use these paints is to spritz a bit of water into the pots, wait a couple of minutes for the paint to get soft. Then I use an aqua brush and color in stamped images. I prefer using embossed images so the paint stays in the lines. The paints can also be used direct to rubber giving a beautiful stamped image. I’ve also made beautiful backgrounds with them.
What I don’t love about this product is that it takes some effort to use them. The pots all have to be opened individually and then spritzed and wait a bit. I find I don’t use them often because of the extra time factor. I’m into quick stamping. But, when I take the time I am always pleased with the results.
- 168 colors available
- beautiful shimmery effect
- non-toxic, acid free
- spendy at $3.70 per color
- takes some time to prepare cakes for painting
- doesn’t work on non-porous surfaces
These paints retail for $3.70-$36 depending on the size of the set you purchase or if you purchase individually. If you’d like to add these paints to your collection, check first with your local scrapbook or stamping store. I’ve seen them in most every small shop I’ve visited. If you can’t find what you like there, then you can purchase online at Luminarte, Addicted to Rubber Stamps, or Frantic Stamper. I would rate this product 8 out of 10.
I would love to hear if you tried this product and any tips you have to share with us.