It’s been awhile since I played with my Cosmic Shimmer Opal Polish colors and I was happy to hear they had come out with some new ones! So much fun in these little jars! I right away ordered five new ones. Yep!
I grabbed a tin of YouTangle.art Tiles from Hahnemühle, all my new colors and some blending tools to get started! You will notice the color names contain two colors. These polishes actually interact with the color background they are applied to. That is a direct statement from Joggles. Hahaha! On a light background you will see the color of the polish. On a dark background you will see the mica in the product. Two different colors.
I began with lilac rose. When you open your jar of opal polish for the first time there will probably be a bunch of it stuck to the lid. Start there.
Each jar comes with a sponge applicator but I found them not that sturdy. In this post you will see me using my blending tools I use on everything. Just tap the blending tool into the color on the jar lid and swirl it around on your craft mat. That will keep you from putting too much color on your tile. Then pick the color up from the craft mat and swirl it onto the tile in circular motions. This will help you blend the colors better.
I made a white tile using each of the five colors. Back row is yellow limes and blue wisteria. Bottom row is summer sky, lilac rose and green lemons. Actually I made two summer sky tiles. Let me show how the same colors look on a black background.
I am working in my Black Book from Hahnemühle. Isn’t this crazy??? The same color in the square and the circle. Lilac rose – the light pink is the polish color. The purple is the mica color. And I did nothing different, just changed the color of paper.
Some pretty dramatic differences, some not too dramatic.
I have black tiles I can use these on but I really like the convenience of this page size so I can see them all together!
Remember my Taking Back the Studio project? Using all my stencils one by one until I’ve used them all at least once? I pulled out a total of four stencils to play with the opal polish. I’ll include links to the stencils at the end of the post.
This is the yellow limes tile and Tim’s lace stencil. Taping the stencil down with painter’s tape helps keep the tile from moving around when you apply the polish.
Blue wisteria is the color I chose to make some hopefully beautiful flowers.
I used the opal polish the same way I applied it to the tiles originally. With my blending tool, working off the craft mat and applying in circular motions. It was hard to get color down into all the small openings but I did the best I could. Imperfection is beautiful, too!
This is what it looked like once I had as much color coverage as I could get.
Then I lifted the stencil away. See those lines that look like I outlined each section with a darker color? Those are lines created by the stencil edges and the color collecting there as I swirled the color on. I hope to draw on these tiles and know that the raised-ish lines could cause my pens a problem. What to do? Not to worry, while this is still wet take a paper towel and place it over the tile. Then smooth it down with your hand. This will help push those lines down and even them out with the surrounding areas. Easy peasy. Then move it off to the side to finish drying. And grab another tile. Hahahaha!
Sorry this tile isn’t totally focused, but what I wanted you to see is the opal polish. See how it is all gunky and clumpy and disgusting? Yep. That may very well be what yours looks like if you buy a jar. And there is nothing wrong with it. This works just fine as you can tell from looking at this tile. I already added the summer sky color over the green lemons background. Stencil? Tim’s splatters.
This is part of the same stencil. Splatters. I used blue wisteria over the lilac rose background. The stencil edges of purple color were really big on this one. So I had an idea. What if I rolled the color down into place? So I grabbed my baby brayer and rolled it back and forth over this tile. Well, it worked. Smoothed those lines down. But it also smooshed color in other places, too. OK, so I’m calling this tile grunge rose-steria! And it’s a keeper.
Tim’s burlap stencil was next. I used the summer sky tile and swirled on lilac rose through the burlap stencil.
What do you think? And even though it looks like raised edges on every one of those blocks – I smoothed them down with the paper towel and it is all good.
Here we have the summer sky background with yellow limes for the butterflies. This stencil doesn’t have any identifiers on it. I will try to find it for you – if I can find it there will be a link below. If there is no link, that means no luck. Sorry.
Looks promising, right?
While I had that stencil out, I took the other tile I made using blue wisteria for the background and used golden flamingo – a color I already had – for the butterflies. After sitting all these to the side to dry – it doesn’t take long really – let me show them to you dry.
Yes, I know it looks like there are sharp lines on each tile. There are not. I can run my finger over the top of each of these and tangle them with no problems. I will be showing them to you tangled soon. And I am going to work some more on the black papers with these! Ready for some links? Here you go! Have a great week!