Reported by Jenny Barnett Rohrs
One of the things I love about CHA is the chance to see new products rolled out before they hit the stores, and Viva-Decor didn’t disappoint last January. I came home with these cool “Pearl Pens” to try out.
These are similar to Tulip Dimensional Fashion paints which you may have seen in stores. These paper and fabric “puffy” paints dry and remain 3-dimensional, and are washable, too.
One of the bonuses of Viva-Decor’s brand is that they have just the right viscosity- thick enough to hold a nice, domed, 1/2 pearl shape, but not so thick that you get those annoying peaks and spikes.
The first thing I tried was making a series of graduated half-rounds:
See how they are perfectly domed? Really awesome. I’ve never gotten these kind of results using the other brand.
I also have to comment on the colors. What is not really that clear in the picture is that you have a nice selection of “plain” glossy finish (like the turquoise blue and red), “pearl” finish (like the yellow, dark green, and purple) and a “metallic” finish (copper, gold and bronze). The metallic and pearl finishes are nicely metallic and have a nice shimmery glow.
For my first project, I decided to try a card, using the dots as an embellishment:
I kind of got carried away! I started with just embellishing the tail….but then adding the little dots was so much fun, I did the whole bird.
It was at this point I noticed that my turquoise paint was a little runnier than the others, and that the color had separated a bit. I got some running when I put the dots too close together.
On the whole, the “plain” colors seemed a bit looser/runnier than the pearls and the metallics.
Check out the dimension in the side view:
The dots really pop nicely off of the surface. When I did get little peaks, I just tapped the table and they leveled right out.
Another bonus: in all 13 colors I tried, not ONE had a gummy nozzled or clogged ONCE during my whole playtime. This is also a big deal, as usually when I’m using a dimensional paint the nozzle gums up and you have to keep a straight pin on hand. No clogging tip = happier crafters!
Next I tried using the Pearl Pens on fabric:
I was really pleased with how they performed on this twill. I just made sure the tip of the nozzle was in contact with the twill before I started squeezing, and those perfect little pearls popped right into place.
The website says that if you let them dry for 24 hours, you can then launder them as along as the temp stays below 86 degrees (I guess that makes it a cold-water wash then!)
Here again is a side view so you can see just how dimensional those big red drops in the eyes are:
For a quick and simple way to add dimension, Pearl Pens are a new fave!
- Good price point (around $5.95 each) especially when compared to pearl embellishments
- Good for paper or fabric
- Nice saturated colors
- Easy to get good results
- No noticeable clogging with the nozzle
- Might be hard to find in a brick-and-morter store as of yet
- Pricey compared to other dimensional paints
- Will wrinkle your paper slightly
How do you like to use dimensional paints? We’d love to hear from you!