I love shimmer and shine and all that is glimmery, so I was very excited to try this line of paints and sprays. I received three different products to try, so I had my (very sparkly) hands full!
I tried the Shimmerz paints first. They are a water-based, semi-translucent, and…well…shimmery! As I opened the jar, I found that the colors had separated, but a quick stir with the toothpick blended them.
The consistency of Shimmerz is that of heavy cream. The sparkle, I found, consisted of pearl and iridescent particles that reflected the light beautifully. A similar product, Blingz, is described on the website as “Shimmerz on steroids”– more particles in the paint, some of them seemingly holographic, and the paint is a bit thicker, too.
Since they are watercolors, my first instinct was to stamp an image on watercolor weight paper with waterproof ink, and color in the image with a paint brush.
With water-based paints, you have the ability to layer the colors beautifully and blend them with just a little bit of water. They do have particles in them, and if applied thickly, the paint will obscure your outlines. I used both the Blingz and the Shimmerz on the crocus image, and they were easy to use and provided consistent color and coverage.
Next I tried some of the Shimmerz Spritz. After shaking vigorously to mix the product, I lightly misted three different colors on a sheet of watercolor paper.
I most gave up on one bottle– it started to clog after the 3rd pump! It also “oozed” a little through cap, making it a bit messy; but since it’s also water-based, a quick rinse cleaned it right up.
I found that the mists were semi-fine- which means I got mist PLUS some small spatter. Usually that’s fine with me, but when it got to be more spatter than mist, I just added a quick spritz from my water mister and the colors blended and evened right out.
My next experiment was to use the Shimmering Spritz over an embossed resist. (See “spirit” sample.”) I stamped the image using clear embossing ink and embossing powder on a brown sheet of cardstock- then I spritzed it using “Plum Pudding.”
As you can see, the stamped area is still a medium brown, but the exposed paper turned the most lovely, shimmery plum! I’ve seen shimmery cardstock in stores and it costs a dollar a sheet- so to be able to make your own would be very economical.
Just when I thought I was done playing, I decided to use the paint direct-to-rubber.
I used a cosmetic sponge to dab two different colors right onto my stamp and blended them a bit. Since these paints are on the thin (non-viscous) side, I wasn’t in love with this technique. It was hard to get good coverage on the stamp, and certainly it worked better with bold, crisp images. I liked the fact that it the paint showed up on both the black and white glossy paper I used for the “serenity” bookmarks…just another plus!
The website says it dries on non-porous surfaces, and I found that to be true- however, the coverage was poor on some StyleStones I tried to color- they turned out all blotchy- and the vellum I painted wrinkled so badly that it was unusable. Also, on some of these non-porous surfaces I found that the little sparkly bits actually flaked off. Just something to keep in mind.
- Consistancy in colors and coverage (especially if you’ve had problems working with watercolor cakes such as Twinkling H2O’s)
- Very shimmery– oh, yes!
- Love the Spritz- a little went a long way, excellent for backgrounds
- Sold individually, build your own set
- Spritz can get messy, particles clog up the nozzle
- Blingz and Shimmerz are on the pricey side for me- about $3.99 for a 1/2 oz
- Consistancy not optimal for stamping
- Limited use
Rating: Blingz and Shimmers: 7 out of 10
Shimmering Spritz: 9 out of 10
Have you tried the Shimmerz products? Leave us a comment and let us know!