Reported by Francie Horton
If there is one thing most girls love it’s shimmer and shine. Well, have I got some glitz for you! I had the pleasure of trying out Shimmerz Spritz and Shimmerz Blingz over the past couple of weeks and I had so much fun.
First up, I tried out the Shimmerz Spritz on watercolor paper in my journal. I used the colors Barn Door, Tuscan Sun, and Truffle. I had a Heidi Swapp mask on hand which proved to be perfect for this project. I placed the mask in place then sprayed the Spritz over it, zapped it with the heatgun, sprayed again, used the heatgun, and repeated until I got the color as deep as I wanted. I did this in several places on the layout with the three colors. I left the last layer wet before moving to a new color so that the colors would mix and mingle. I also did several layers of colors. I loved the results! I will definitely use these sprays in my journals more. And I want more colors!
Then I moved to the Blingz. I just happened to be working on an abstract painting a couple weeks ago and thought it might benefit from a little shimmer. So I applied Bubblegum Pink with a palette knife over the dark pink. It’s hard to see here but is very beautiful in person. I also used Fire Engine Red as highlights on the organic shapes on the right.
In a different painting I used Blingz on the background and then attempted to paint a portrait on top of it. No matter how many coats I used, though, the acrylic paint that was over the Blingz kept cracking. While this wasn’t desired for this painting, under different circumstances it could be used to create interesting effects.
And for my last experiment I used more of the Blingz as highlights on a watercolor painting. I used Fire Engine Red for the flowers, Spiced Cider in the hair, and Angle Wings for the eye lights. I was very pleased.
You have to mix quite a bit to get the shimmer into the liquid, but from what I’ve read of similar products this is a common issue so I’m not putting it in the cons.
- Prices are very reasonable when compared to similar products. (Spritz)
- The range of colors is extensive. (Shimmerz)
- I didn’t have any problems with the sprayer clogging or uneven spraying. (Spritz)
- Since they are called paints, I did expect them to be thicker. Instead, they are about the consistency of a thick ink. (Blingz)
- You cannot apply any other paint over the Blingz or it will crackle.
All in all, I really enjoyed working with the Shimmerz products. Have you Shimmered yet? What did you think?