Monday 24 February 2020

2020 #4 Mighty Mica: Abstract in the Round with ECF {by Helen Chilton}

2020 Topic 4: Mica

Spots of sparkle are the focus of this post, and Helen leads us into this new topic with a perfect round up (see what I did there?) of numerous mica products that you could use to add pazzazz and bling to your crafting game!
~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Helen with you today, and I've gone mica mad! I've used mica powders, embossing powder, metallic paint - it's a shame that the photos don't pick up the full sparkle, but I've done my best!

I'm using Courtney's stamps for this post and this set has got some really good texture and background images which I've used to the full to create an abstract canvas. 
One of the most fun techniques was making a mould from one of the stamps using Black Texture Paste from That's Crafty! - you can then 'mica' the pieces as you wish.

Eclectica³ Courtney Franich Set 02 (ECF02)

PaperArtsy Stencil 090 (PS090)

I've used Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders, which are like Brushos but have mica added to them for a bit of sparkle. I blew them around with a straw:

Add the yellow which has lots of gold in it at the end.

Then dip your stamp in the wet bits and stamp round the edges.

Add more mica with some stencilling - here I've used Starlights Platinum paint from Imagination Crafts.

For the Black Texture Paste mould, spread the paste thickly over your stamp - don't panic, it won't ruin it.

It needs to dry for at least 24 hours. Then you can peel it off.

Proof - the stamp's okay! The ragged bits are where I didn't put it on thickly enough. Just look at that texture!

Decorate with powders and paint.

Here I've got various circles, stamped, embossed and stamped into, moulded, just ready to go on my canvas.

I've enjoyed creating an abstract project for a change - Courtney's stamps are brilliant for this. I love the way the background image stamped into the embossed ATCoin with so much detail.

We often tend to use products with mica in without really thinking about it, but combining lots of sparkly media is great fun and a good challenge. Have a root through your stash - you'll be surprised what you find.


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Miriam said...

Fabulous project.... But I must admit, I had a slight panic when you put the texture paste over the stamp... But wow! Not sure I'm ready to try this with a good stamp... Might try on a cheaper one! Lol!

Lauren Hatwell said...


Lucy Edmondson said...

Wow, what fantastic ideas Helen! X

Etsuko said...

This is fabulous art Helen! I love the way you have used the stamps with texture paste. I knew the red rubber is so strong when I have stamped with solder. xx

Helen said...

Thanks everyone. I must admit, I did hold my breath when trying out the texture paste the first time! I've found it works best on the rubber stamps and also if you go over the edge to create a 'tab' to pull up on.

Chris said...

WOW that's a gorgeous canvas Helen and such a clever idea making a mould with the texture paste! xx

A Pink said...

Fabulous grungy canvas , Helen . Loving those skins- one to try for sure now I got the assurance it doesn't ruin the stamps .

craftytrog said...

Love this Helen!!! xx