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Folk Art Extreme Glitter by Plaid

Reported by Taylor Usry

Have you tried the Folk Art Extreme Glitter by Plaid? I love all things glitter and all things paint, so I was super excited when I discovered this. Their website promises the look of “sugar” glitter, and says you can pair it with similar colored paint for an even cooler look. As you can see on the bottle, Extreme Glitter is still considered an acrylic paint.

The Extreme Glitter is available in a variety of colors (see here), and comes in 5 ounce jars (retail price: around $6) or 2 ounce bottles (retail price: around $2.00). You can purchase them online or in retail stores. I happen to have the bottles, because I like that you can squeeze the paint out when you want to get messy. So I stuck with what I was familiar with. Today I’m showing you six colors I have – Peridot (2789), Turquoise (2790), Red (2792), Silver (2787), Hologram (2796), and Gold (2786).

When you squeeze out a drop of each (as pictured above) they look like little glass pebbles. I was apprehensive, because I could see the glitter but it didn’t seem very sparkly!

I took a small paintbrush and smeared each drop of paint. The top half of the picture above is what the paint looks like about five minutes after I did it, and the bottom half is after just over an hour of drying time. What a difference! The color is much deeper, and the glitter is more sparkly. The directions on each bottle say that you should allow each layer of paint to dry for one hour before adding the next coat, and on the website it says that a layer of Extreme Glitter will be dry in 20 minutes. I gave it the finger test after ten minutes (I’m so impatient!) and it seemed good to go!

Next I decided to see how the paint would do when used for small spots, and with paper products. I chose a digital image from Pixie Dust Studio, printed it out, and opened up the Red Extreme Glitter. You can see above what I meant earlier about how paint-like the Glitter looks when it’s wet.

I dipped the paintbrush directly into the container and lightly painted over the heart. No smearing occurred, as can sometimes happen with waterbased products. I did have to add more paint to my brush fairly often, and the paint dries quickly, so it got a bit gummy in spots. So work fast – that’s what I learned! The paint had a pinkish hue as I applied it, but it was very faint.

This is after the Extreme Glitter had dried for thirty minutes. I loved the way it turned out! Transparent enough to till see through to whatever color is underneath, but still adding serious sparkle and color.

Next up I started a page in one of my art journals. Since taking this picture, I have added doodling with a Sharpie marker, and some actual journaling, but I didn’t want to share all of that 😉 This journal is a Watson-Gupthill sketchbook (widely available online and in stores). Notice how shimmery it is? You can see the glare from my Ott Lite. It did wrinkle the page a bit, but the book still closes flat.

Lastly, I decided to try jazzing up a plain old box, for a sweet gift. I took one of those generic white boxes that people put jewelry in, and added two coats of red to just the top. I then added a label (from Lizzie Anne Designs) and a ribbon and within an hour (drying time included) had a pretty little package! The more coats you add, the more depth to your sparkle. But I really like to contrasting color (in this case, white) showing through.

The Plaid website offers a fantastic area for FAQs, videos, and samples. Check it out today! Here is a quick overview on my thoughts about this product:

Pros:

  • provides lots of fun sparkle on projects
  • can be used on a variety of porous surfaces
  • works much like an acrylic paint
  • comes in two sizes.containers, so you can choose which works better for you

Cons:

  • gets gummy very quickly, so you have to work fast
  • seems to take quite a bit of paint to get good coverage
  • wish there were more colors available!

Have you ever used this product? What did you think of it? Leave a comment and let us know!

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6 Responses to Folk Art Extreme Glitter by Plaid

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    Annette A. March 5, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    Cool…I use folk art now but did not know there was some with glitter. I love this paint, it drys really fast and looks great.

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    catnap March 5, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    I’ve tried it, and I like the effect. I found you have to paint fairly carefully if you want an even, overall glittery effect. If you don’t, you’ll end up with obvious streaks of glitter with thin spots between the strokes. I found it a little hard to see how evenly I was applying it, as it has a milky quality when wet. The finished product is nice, though.

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    ThePurplePlace March 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    Thanks for a great review!

    I was hoping it would be a product that would cover very well in one coat, and have a deep rich color, but that it sounds like this is NOT what I had hoped!

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    Kimba's Kreations March 7, 2011 at 1:32 am #

    I have never used this product. I wonder if the end result would create a rich, color. From the picture, it looks transparent…I would love to try it.

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    Sue in CT March 8, 2011 at 3:02 am #

    I never tried it. When I wanted a glitter look I always used Stickles. As you know, it isn’t practical for a large area so I wonder if this would work. I would like it if it were a bit transparent. I want what was underneath to be able to be seen through it. It seems this is what I should try.

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    pezadoodle March 8, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    i have several of these and i will admit i have only pulled it out once. i painted a piece of chipboard with it but it was far too transparent so i was disappointed – definitely needs a color painted underneath first…