Making Perfect Pearl splats
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Saturday, 10 April 2010 02:53

Create a beautiful splattered background effect in a few easy steps using perfect pearls. There's no need for fancy equipment and tools with this technique – all you need is a few basics and lots of open space to make a bit of a mess in. This technique can be changed up a bit to give you different effects depending on your creative mood.

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This technique can also be done using other products such as acrylic paint, dyes and reinkers. By changing your product, but using the same technique you create a different look and effect because the product reacts differently.

What you will need
  • Palette or plastic plate
  • Small paintbrush
  • Water
  • Perfect pearls powder

This technique was originally achieved by using an old toothbrush to splatter acrylic paint across backgrounds. Using a toothbrush gives a much finer splattered effect. So depending on the effect you want for your next project, choose your tools correctly.

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Step 1
Add a small amount of perfect pearls powder onto a palette or plastic plate. Add a few drops of water to the powder. Mix the powder until it becomes a liquid paste.
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Step 2
Lift some of the pearls onto the paintbrush and lightly tap the handle of the paintbrush onto your finger. The tapping will cause some of the liquid to splatter onto your paper creating a beautiful effect.

Step 1
Add a small amount of perfect pearls powder onto a palette or plastic plate. Add a few drops of water to the powder. Mix the powder until it becomes a liquid paste.

Step 2
Lift some of the pearls onto the paintbrush and lightly tap the handle of the paintbrush onto your finger. The tapping will cause some of the liquid to splatter onto your paper creating a beautiful effect.

Tips & Tricks
  • Make sure you protect your work surface by working onto a craft sheet or covering your space with newspaper.
  • Perfect pearls with gum arabic powder already mixed into the powder mixes well with water to achieve the desired effect. Powders without gum arabic already in it need to be mixed with a liquid gum arabic to achieve the same effect.
  • When using a toothbrush for this technique, you need to run your finger across the bristles for the paint to splatter – so it is a good idea to wear gloves to protect your nails and hands from being stained or getting really dirty.