Thursday, 30 May 2013

Super Quick Tut: DIY Glimmer Writers

Aloha I've a super quick tut for you.

If you follow me on facebook you may have seen this journal page in progress I posted last night: 

well as I was making it I decided it needed some sparkle, not glitter or anything too gordy though, I just wanted some little hint of glimmer in those blue bits. 

Now what I actually wanted to do this was a nice glimmer brush pen that I have seen online. A brand makes them in both colour or clear glimmer, and I daresay at some point I will get one (I've 'hearted' the clear), but at the mo no I'm not going to be sharing that brand, at least not until I have played with the product myself and decided I am happy to be an endorser of it  (the response to the recent post I did on gouaches, where many peeps now have added them on their shopping list, has reinforced my desire not to unwitting sell products to people without believing in them first). But never fear, I've a tutorial for us to make our own instead =D and it could NOT be simpler (double =D =D)

All you need is a waterbrush, this tut is great for using any cheaper brand waterbrushes you might own that you don't like so much. Fill you waterbrush with water:

Then if you just want shimmer add in a mica powder. I recommend perfect pearls for this as they have their own binder included in the mixture.

Mix it up...and you're done! I told you it was simple!
And if you want some colour as well as shimmer just add in some ink. I didn't feel like it with mine though, I just wanted some clear glimmers to put on top of anything I like, here's a close-up from the blue glimmer pen:

v.subtle, I love it

I was a little worried the mica would clog and not work in the brushes but they work *perfectly*
but note: to ensure they don't clog I would store these upright though so the mica falls to the bottom rather than at the tip, then give a little shake before use and you're good to go!

I can't believe I've never thought of this, or seen this around, before. I mean mica sprays are one of everyone's homemade essentials right? Now I think these will be a staple for me too =)

And here's the finished page:

DIY Glimmer Writers, easy peasy give em a go =D

Much love


  1. Love this!!! I always find it difficult to add litter to my paintings when I'm done with them because I don't know how to make it stick without messing up the rest of the picture, I'm definitely going to have to try this out!

    Catching Stars

  2. Cool idea. Yet another of your inspirational ideas that i have to try Jenni. Thank you. x

  3. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this page Jennie!! Awesome girl!

  4. Genius idea...I'm definitely going to try this!

  5. Beautiful page!! Going to have to give this "homemade glitter" a go!
    Thanks for the great tutorial!

    Sarah| Beauty and Lemonade xo

  6. Super tip! I love it! Thanks for sharing! :D

  7. Love the sparkle and great pages.. Your bird is awesome..

  8. I use the same recipe for my shimmer spray. Just put it in a spraybottle. Ones I wanted mine to dry faster and I put some alcohol in the bottle. Now the goldone clogs but the silver and blue ones are still perfect. Weird huh?.
    Love the swan! The ones in the pound/lake in my neighbourhood are having young ones at the moment and are quite agressive.

  9. Thanks Jenny! Who doesn't love a bit of sparkle or glitter in their work?

  10. What a great, simple idea. You're the best! :)

  11. Another great tool to use.

  12. Wonderful!! Thanks so much!

  13. Wonder what a good binder would be if you don't have Perfect Pearls brand?
    Any thoughts, Jennie,anyone?

  14. Jennie--Love your super clever ideas! Have you ever tried a bit of hairspray as a binding agent?

  15. Hi, my daily fix, lovely page. cc


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