Author Archive | Tami Bayer

Twinkling H2Os by Luminarte

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.

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Prang DAS Air-Hardening Modeling Clay

Prang DAS Air Hardening Modeling Clayis available in 1.1 pound and 2.2 pound packages in either white or terra cotta. It takes approximately 24 hours for projects to dry depending on thickness and is certified non-toxic.

Ok, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. This is a fun product to play with. I think it helps that I took ceramics in high school, so the tactile part of it takes me back. It doesn’t have the same qualities of firing clay, but the beauty is that you don’t need a kiln or even a toaster oven. Just play, create, and set aside until the next day. I think the setting aside part is a real exercise in patience. I don’t have a small child here to test the product, but instead a reluctant teen who helped me with my product testing.

Here is what we discovered when working with this product. It dries out quickly if you handle it a lot, so keep the clay you aren’t using in a ziplock bag. It doesn’t work well to attach pieces together. Try to make your creation from one piece of clay. It rolls out beautifully to cut out shapes. This is what we focused our efforts on, rather than molding pieces with our hands. We rolled out the clay with a small wooden dowel on a sheet of thick plastic. A piercing tool and plastic knife worked well to help us cut out and make holes in things. It takes well to molding with various products such as cookie cutters, cookie molds, plastic molds, and even a metal charm. It stamps like a dream with a rubber stamp. I put Stazon ink on the stamp first and then stamped it. The ink didn’t transfer much, but the image is beautiful. Here is a peek of our trials and what we used to make them.

I noticed when working with this clay that it has qualities to it similar to paper. When I didn’t cut it cleanly if left little pieces similar to what happens when you tear paper. I believe there might be paper pulp in this product, but I can’t find a list of ingredients anywhere. It is lightweight after drying. It takes a very fine sanding from an emery board well. As far as painting your final project, just about any paint works well, including inks. The only thing I would avoid is anything that uses a lot of water, as you don’t want to get the clay too wet. I would seal the final product if it will be handled much. I wish we’d had this product back when we were making salt dough ornaments. This would have been so much smoother to work with for handmade ornaments. I plan to use this to make some more stamped embellishments. I just love the way it took to the rubber stamp.


  • Don’t need to heat up the house, this air dries
  • Non-toxic
  • Takes on texture and shape beautifully


  • Patience is needed to wait 24 hours for drying time
  • Difficult to attach pieces of clay together
  • Dries out if you don’t keep it in ziplock bag

I would rate this product as an 8 out of 10. I’d love to know if you’ve tried it and if you have any other tips for us.

Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint

Reported by: Tami Bayer

Golden fluid acrylic paints are highly pigmented artist grade paints. These are not your inexpensive $1 a bottle paint that you can get at the big box stores. In fact they are quite spendy going for $3.63 to $6.15 per one ounce bottle, depending on the color. So, why in the world would you want to pay so much more for paint? At least that is what I thought when one of my friends first told me about this product. Now that I’ve tried it I finally get what all the fuss is about.

This paint is richly pigmented beyond anything I could have imagined. In fact you really should use it with the acrylic glazing liquid to extend the paint. If you get the glazing liquid, just a couple drops of paint are all you’ll need. I use it for collage or mixed media work on canvas or acrylic paper. I would not use this to re-paint a shelf or table like I might with my less expensive craft paints. I have just a very few colors of this paint, but the great thing about it is that it mixes beautifully to make new shades. There is a wide variety of types of paint within this line including iridescent, metallic, sheer, and opaque paints. I am such a visual learner, so here are some samples to show you better than I can explain.

This shows what happens when I painted over text with golden. It is so sheer, allowing layers to be added for depth. Up there at the top where it looks cloudy is the paint mixed with titanium white which adds opacity.

This sample is embossed and then painted in both directions with different colors to show you how sheer they are and the depth you can get with this paint.

This final sample is painted as a base coat and then the interference colors are painted in thin stripes giving an iridescent look. The thicker strips are the metallic colors.


  • A little paint goes a long way
  • Rich vibrant color
  • Mixes beautifully


  • Expensive
  • Available at Art Supply shops, not craft stores
  • Not child safe

Available for Online Purchase at:
Blick Art Materials
Pearl Fine Art Supplies
Utrechts Quality Art Supplies

In closing I’d like to point out that I think this product has great potential for traditional paper crafts, too. Just imagine a sheer swipe of paint over a journaling block or what it could do to change some of those out of date patterned papers. You can make amazing backgrounds for cards that will rival anything on the market. If you’d like to try out this paint before you invest in it, Golden has working artists in many parts of the world who give free demonstrations. I hope there is one near you soon. Have you tried using this paint? Let us know your thoughts!

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