Thursday, March 17, 2011

Friendzy Friday with Two Scrapbook Friends: Glimmermist 101

During a recent challenge I issued at Two Scrapbook Friends (TSF) many of our lovely members there indicated that they didn't own any mists or if they did they weren't sure how to use them. I thought I take this opportunity to take the mystery out of the basics here and in the Friendzy Friday thread TSF.

1. What is Glimmermist/mist?
Glimmermist or mist are spray bottles of watery dye or ink. Some manyfacturers put a 'glimmer' in theirs and thus it becomes GLIMMERmist . Manufacturers like Tattered Angels and Maya Road are two common companies that produce misting products. Here are some examples of mists :

2. Handling and Storing My Mists:
A) When purchasing mist use the colour swatch on the reverse (if there is one) to choose your colour. This is the colour it will be on a "white" item. If you are spraying directly on a non white item like chipboard then do a test to determine the right colour for you.
B) Be sure to store your mists in an upright position. This prevents air or the glimmer from entering the tube inside the bottle.
C) Misting can be messy so I recommend gloves and a protected workspace when you are spraying. I like to use a large cardboard box to contain any overspray.
D) DO NOT shake your glimmermist. A vigorous shaking will force that glimmer up into the tube and cause clogging or worse: a splatter effect you may not want. Instead, swirl your mist gently in a bell-like motion. The glimmer sits on the bottoms of the bottle so a gentle swirl will cause that to re-emulsify into the dye.
E) If the nozzle does get clogged used compressed air (the kind you would use on your computer keyboard) to gently spray the nozzle. This photo shows you how:

F) The density of the spray is related to how close you are to your project. The closer you are the more dense the colour and the 'wetness' of the spray. If you wish a light misting hold the bottle farther away and use a continuous motion with your arm. The manufacturers recommend that you 'offspray'. Which means spray off to the side of the project and then while spraying, move your arm gently over the item.
G) Wait until the product is completely dry before using. Follow the manufacturers guidelines for product safety and stain removal instructions!
3. Simple Mist Technique: Masking
You will need:
A template (I cut mine on my Silhouette)
Mists in various complimentary colours
White 12x12 paper to be used as a background
a) Place the mask onto the background paper.
b) Using your lightest colour begin spraying  about 10 inches from your page (I wanted a splatter or two so I did not offspray)
c) Continue adding colours until you have acheived your desired effect. Remove the mask and set both aside to dry.
d) Once dry, get scrapping!

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