Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Interesting Paint

These paints are called Polished Pigments, I bought them on the Quilting Arts shop website. I first saw these being used by mixed media artist Bernie Berlin at IQF Chicago in Open Studios. This is an interesting product, you buy small containers of metallic powder and a clear paint medium to mix it with. You can buy the Simple Solutions liquid that you mix with the powders for paper or fabric. These make a paint that is so bright and saturated it almost resembles car paint. This is what the website says about them:

Polished Pigments™ are brilliant ground pigments mixed with shimmering micas. Mix with one part Polished Pigments™ to 2 parts Simple Solutions™ to make your own shimmering acrylic paints. Create a soft sheer look by adding more Simple Solution™.

The colors are gorgeous, they have a very different consistency than other textile paints though. I don't think they would be good for painting illustrated type work, but they are great for creating luminous surface techniques and mixed media.


  1. what kool results...what type of fabric did you paint on for these samples. the gold looks like gold lame or gold leaf.

  2. Hmm, looks as good as the more expensive Fragonard from Pebeo----and obviously a lot easier to use :}

    Love the shimmer and implied hand.

  3. Uhm, very tempting - I'm normally not very keen on glitz and shine, could this be my surrender?

  4. I saw these at the Chi. show and was thinking that it would be good to use in small bits on something. Did you find the hand of the fabric to be very stiff? Curious how stitching, especially hand stitching would be with these.

  5. Karen,

    They do make the fabric a little stiff, pretty much the way lumiere's do. I painted this fabric to use for making vessel structures fused to Peltex. I would not use it for regular quilting type work.

    Out of all the different types of paint I have used, I think that setacolor paints leave the best hand or stewart gills for stitching.

  6. Judy, thanks. I use setacolor for the most part but I do love the stewart gills paints! Just not able to get them all the time.


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