Friday, 6 May 2011

Play Misty For Me

Hello, everyone - this is my first post as part of the Papermaze Design Team and I am very excited to share my tips and tricks with you on misting.

There are a number of companies who offer you a variety of coloured mists, I have two favourites Tattered Angels and Cosmic Shimmer. Tattered Angels' Glimmer Mist dried incredibly fast, while Cosmic Shimmer offers more vibrant colours at a very economical price.

So, what exactly is Glimmer Mist/Cosmic Shimmer?
Just water mixed with coloured pigments - that is pretty much all there is to it, but if can give your projects just that little bit of extra "oompfh".

Can it be used on any surface?
Paper, cardstock, cardboard, fabric, canvas, wood and chipboard will receive the best results but I have used Cosmic Shimmer successfully on metal as well - even though the coverage is not that intense.

How do you store the bottles?
I store mine upright but I know some like to store theirs lying on the side. Either way works fine but for me the upright storage gives me quicker access to the different colours - I store them by colour group

How do you shake the bottle to mix the colour and water?
When you first get your bottle you will notice that there is a lot of substance at the bottom and the water looks kind of flat.

You will need to shake the bottle to allow the pigments and the water to mix. See how different the colour looks now?

NEVER shake it up and down, that can result in the spray nozzle being "clogged up" after a few uses with pigments and you won't be able to spray at all. I roll the bottles between my hands until the pigment residue has completely mixed with the water.
You cannot roll the Tattered Angels bottles in your hands so the best way to mix them is to shake the bottle from left to right.

What to do when the spray nozzle is clogged up?
There are some pigments that will clogg up the nozzle no matter how careful you are, but you can easily get this cleaned up. You will need to remove the nozzle from the bottle (be sure to store the now open bottle out of reach) and submerge it into very warm soapy water. Leave it in there for about 30 - 40 minutes and then start spraying (leaving the end of the tube submerged in the water). 90% of the time you will find that your nozzle is working perfectly again, but sometimes it may need up to 2 hours in the water to completely unblock.

How do I use the mists on my projects?
It really depends on the level of coverage you would like - the closer you spray onto your base the more intense the colour will be, but it will also restrict the coverage. The further away from your project you spray, the finer the mist will settle on the base and coverage is much wider. I also found that if I press the nozzle only tentatively the colour will come out in splatters ( which I love), whilst if you press it down firmly it will spray more evenly.

How do I make sure the mist only settles on my projects?
I have my own "misting studio", i.e. an old pizza box in which I place all my projects when misting. The 12 x 12 boxes will catch the fine mist and your other surfaces will be protected.

Now, let me show you a project which uses subtle misting - I like to make use of this method when I have a piece of cardstock or patterned paper, which is too bright and would stand out too much on a layout or other project. I will first look at the overall colour scheme of my project and choose the misting colours accordingly.

Can you see where I used the mists in the below layout? It is the mat underneath the photo - this used to be white cardstock and I needed to tone the brightness down to work with overall design of the page. Mission accomplished, would you agree?

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If you would like to try your hand at misting, you can purchase the products used for the above project directly from Papermaze.

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Papers: Crate Paper - Emma's Shoppe "Sweets"; Girls Paperie - Vintage Whimsy "Birds of a Feather"
Mists: Cosmic Shimmer - Aqua Lagoon, Ancient Copper; Tattered Angels - Olive Vine
Stickers: Jenni Bowlin - Black Tiny Dot, Circle Reverse Brown
Beads/Pearls: Prima - Pearls & Crystals; Dew Drops - Clear;
Pens: Zig - Writer Pen
Pins: Maya Road - Antique Gem
Journaling Spots: My Minds Eye - Little Miss Muffet, Life Stories
Punches: Woodware, Fiskars - Effervesence


Anna said...

Great post all about mists! I love playing with mists so it's good to see how other people use them too!

Julia said...

What a fab post, very informative. I have always shyed away from using mist and I am just beginning to experiment with them so this post was great for me. Thanks!!