DIY metallic paint

DIY metallic paint

Hi there! Lindsay here, the Frugal Crafter.
Today I’m going to show you how to make your own metallic watercolors and
metallic acrylic paints, using dollar store eyeshadows. If you already have eye
shadow that’s not the loose kind, that’s fine, you can crunch it up to make it
work, and what you want to do is look for eye shadow with mica being the first
ingredient, usually that’s on the main package and it comes in. These are a
dollar piece from the dollar store, and what inspired this was the other day
I knocked one of these off the gold one, and it hit my
floor in that bottom popped off it, and I couldn’t believe how much product was in
there. That filled two of these completely, and that’s not counting what
was on my floor, and what I mixed up to make to make some acrylic paint. I
painted these tiles with the acrylic paint, and it covered up the printing
that I had on the tiles underneath, so that was kind of cool, so I’m gonna show
you how to do both. So here are some examples of some that I’ve made, what these are are little watercolors, kind of like the Twinkling H2o that you
buy, we can make them quite a bit cheaper. I’m just gonna loosely set the covers
on here because they’re not completely dried out yet, and I want to make sure
they’re dry before I cap them up good, but I don’t want to get too much loose
powder in there, alright so when you get these they look like this, and you can
keep them in here if you just want them for powder, they come with a little
applicator which is handy, but I find that you can’t really get all the stuff,
all the powder out of there. I was really surprised at how much was in there. I’m
gonna need to clean my camera when I’m done, gonna be powder all over it, so
what you want to do is flip it over and there’s kind of like a soft plastic
bottom and you just want to get in there with like a with a pokey tool a paper
piercer works really good, and just start poking at it until you can pry off the
bottom. Hopefully, oh my gosh, I just did like four of these and didn’t have any
problem, I’m gonna stab myself on camera, that would be just
my luck, oh for goodness sake, I’m gonna try a different color. That
one’s problematic, let’s try this one, probably the other one loosened up
by now, there we go. See? Easy, alright you can see, you get all
that powder in there, so what I’m going to do is, I want to keep some as loose
powder so I’m going to pour it into one of these containers and I save these,
they had beads and them and I use the beads up and these are the little pots
that they came in, so I always save little containers like that. You never
know what you might want to use them for down the road. I’m just going to fill
that container up, let’s just give it a tap there’s lots of product in there,
just don’t want to dump it all over my table. Whoa, now the excess I’m going to
put on that tile, because I’m going to mix it up with some, say that you put it
right in old container it’s ready to go just like your Pearl-Ex, and now I’m going
to add some gum arabic and this is the bottle that it came from this is Da
Vinci gum arabic, this is an 8 ounce bottle, and I think I got it on sale when I got it, quite a few years ago, does last, and I
think I paid about $6 for but I bet that price is crazy higher now, but DaVinci
was a new company at the time, so they came out with their
stuff pretty inexpensively, so then you want to mix your gum arabic and this is
going to make your water color, the liquid water color, like your Twinkling
H2o, or Pearl-Ex water colors, so I want to make, I’m just mixing this up on
the tile, and I can add some more, I might have to add a little bit more of the gum
arabic, some color seemed to take a little bit more gum arabic in order to
get it nice and painty, it’s going to make a paste, and I know I could
pause while I’m mixing this, but I kind of want to show you how much it takes
and how long it takes, so that you’re not kind of wondering if you got the right
thing, or if you’re doing it wrong if you’re doing it at home and it seems
like it’s taking a lot longer, using a lot more of the stuff, the coppery colors
do seem to take a little bit more. You can do this with the Pearl-Ex, too. I just
find this to be such an economical alternative. I can start adding
some more of the powder to that. I was I mixed those right in the pots, but they kept spilling and I had to keep scooping it up off my table, so that’s
why I went to the tile method. I think it’s a little bit easier to handle
this way, and those little square containers are great too. Beads
came in those from the bead store. Let’s see how, it’s
getting really dry. I need a little bit more gum arabic, now if you have gum arabic and you’ve noticed it’s gotten thick
over the years, this was like really thick in here, because I had decanted
some in the squeeze bottle, but it wasn’t air tight and it was quite thick and it
wouldn’t pour at all. I just added a little water to it,
and I microwaved it for 20 seconds and then it started to mix up and bubble up
and now it was perfect. I could use it again. I buy my gum arabic in
liquid form, but it does come powder as well. I’ve never used the powdered
stuff, so i can’t really offer too much advise on that. I’ll use what’s left there to show you the acrylic paint,
now i’m going to scrape this up and put it into one of these containers,
let’s use this one here, you wanna make sure it’s one that you can easily get
the cap on and off of, and I don’t put the loose powder in these containers
because want the caps to be easy, to come out easy to come off from the watercolors, but not from the
loose powder, because otherwise I’ll have a mess. I tend to, the powder goes everywhere
when you open up one of the containers, and just kind of spread it out in there,
could add a little bit more gum arabic but i think i got enough in there to
bind it, so I’m not gonna go for anymore, alright so there I have a
little pot of liquid watercolor, I mean I’m sorry, of a metallic watercolor. I’m
just gonna set that aside and now I want to show you how to make the acrylics, so
I’m going to just kind of dump out some more that. And I am gonna use a
paintbrush. Actually I can use this. I need a little bit of Mod Podge, that’s
going to be my acrylic medium, and now I will use the paintbrush just because I
have to use a paintbrush anyway to get in here, so I grab some paint, some Mod
Podge and just mix it up the same way I did with the with the gum arabic, except
the Mod Podge will mix up a lot easier. Alright maybe I’ll put a little bit more in
there, that doesn’t look like I have that much pigment. I think it was this one
right here. I kind of tap it down, too, when I go to open it, cuz otherwise I’ll get
a lot of extra stuff and in just a little bit of a scoop, there we go,
so I do like to use this dollar-store eyeshadow for this, because
then I don’t have to feel like I have to be so stingy with it.
Pearl-Ex, I mean if you have a color you really like, it might be cheaper to
buy like a big thing of Pearl-Ex, get it in bulk counts per ounce, but this is
certainly an affordable option if you don’t want to do that, or you don’t want
to you know invest in in the Pearl-Ex. All right, so now I’m just gonna paint some
here and try out this copper paint so I know the gold is really, take a look at
that, completely opaque, nice and shimmery and it’s in you know, it’s got the
Mod Podge in it so it’s going to be permanent. I would if you’re going to put
it in like wood or something or have it outside you want to put another sealer
on top of it, but I think that’s pretty cool, and the watercolors as well. Let me
give an example of those, We’ll get a fresh clean brush here, and
we’ll try one of those out, try this one, because this one is the one I made the
longest time ago. I don’t have very much room here, get a little bit of that on my
brush, and you want to make sure if you’re using Twinkling H2o, you
want to make sure that you leave it uncapped until it dries. There, nice
and shimmery, you hold it to light so you can see, nice and shiny, so that’s just
some homemade supplies you can make using Dollar Tree powdered eye
shadow, you can also get this up a Family Dollar, and I don’t know what that one, I
hope that one comes off, that’s kind of a different bottom, but there you have it,
DIY metallic paint! If you liked this video, please give me a thumbs up and
subscribe so you don’t miss any of my other fabulous craft recipes, and till
next time, happy crafting! Oh one more thing the acrylic paint kind of got to
use it when you make it, you don’t want to make it up ahead,
because this will be, you just use a wet brush to get this stuff back up with
gum arabic if it’s get the Mod Podge in it once it dries, it’s dried. You can’t
reactivate it, so keep that in mind while you’re mixing.
Okay, all right, that’s it. Thanks so much and happy crafting.

100 thoughts on “DIY metallic paint

  1. hello lindsay , I would have liked subscribing, but I am French and you spoke so fast that I did not understand half of your words ; next time , may be ….nicole

  2. Just baught me some Talens gum arabic. Price is 11 euro. You can order housebrand gum arabic online, wich totally does the same ( it's your choice of pigments that make the difference) and housebrand does come in bigger bottles. I don't use metalics that often so I figured I'll start with gum arabic watercolor medium bottle size. If I like it I can always go bigger,lol

  3. Could I use an acrylic medium with the eye shadow? Instead of Mod Podge which is EXPENSIVE and STINKS! Ha ha! Seriously, the smell of Mod Podge makes me ill.

  4. hi lindsey i hope things are well with you and yours. so i picked up some pearlex pigments and have no gum arabic, can i use glycerin or anything else to make them into water color paints?

  5. I am a soap maker and buy mica to color my soap. I have a ton of colors and decided to try this. I buy mica from Mad Oils. You can even make your own cosmetics as long as the mica is skin safe. Also, you can purchase oxides and pigments the same way. Check online for soap making suppliers to find mica and pigments. I would imagine you can find the colorfast information as well. Soapers don't like when their colors morph during use or over time and are picky about their colorants. Some suppliers offer sample packs with a variety of colors at a reasonable price. They don't make much soap, but they'll make a decent amount of paint. I know this video has been up for a while, but it just turned up on my home page and I thought you would like the information.

  6. Yea! I actually found the eyeshadows at the dollar tree and mixed with gum Arabic and they are so awesome!! Thank you so so much for this tip! The colors are really beautiful! Can't remember, does this work with glycerin too? Thanks again!

  7. Thank you Lindsay! I have all this old eye shadow I was going to throw out. I just knew there was some reason I was saving it. I'm excited now to make my own sparkly acrylics.

  8. Our dollar stores don't seem to have the glitter or pearl eye shadows anymore. The whims of fashion. 🙂 But that being said, I've ordered in some glitter powder samples from a makeup supply firm. Looking forward to making my own metallic watercolours.

  9. hi nlindsey quick question can i use matte medium instead of koid podge to mix the powder for acrylic paint?

  10. Hi Lindsey! I have a quick question…once the watercolors that are made using this technique in unsealed watercolor pans? Thanks 🙂 Angie

  11. Wow, so neat that I can make things shine and it doesn't cost a lot. Thank u for all ur great tips. I love crafting on a budget.

  12. Hi Lindsay, thank you for this tutorial. I found it at just the right time. I wonder if you could tell me how long I have to wait before I can use the Watercolour paint. I know you said not to close the cap too tightly until it had completely dried out. Does this mean it should be the consistency of a pan of watercolour and totally dried out before I can use it? Also please say if I can use it in exactly the same manner as other watercolour paints. Will it dilute in the same way, when I add water? Thank you for your tutorial. It is really helpful. Polly (Ireland)

  13. What 'dollar store" are you talking about?  I've been to two different "dollar tree"(s) in two different cities and a "dollar general" and there is nothing even close to what you are talking about.  I'm on a rigid budget and "Michaels" is not cheap and carries very few of the products recommended.  I've asked questions only after having researched on my own and have yet to get an answer.  Is there a dollar store I'm not aware of?  Thank you.

  14. Giiiiirlllllll I love your idea, but I'm over here with endometriosis in slow mode thinking dannnnng she talking fast

  15. I am revisiting this video. I don't have any gum arabic around so I was wondering if there is any alternatives to that?

  16. I did this and the dye never fully cured when applied, peels off like rubber. Obviously cosmetic products contain additives, not pure pigments so this isn't a good solution. Thankfully there are professional tutorials which use better products. Thanks for the tutorial anyway 🙂

  17. Can we use baby oil, instead of Gum Arabic, to water down Pearlex or eyeshadow? Once the Pearlex is used on baked Polymer Clay do we bake it again? Thank you much.

  18. I found an empty chocolate box was perfect to make a palette of these paints and I could mix each one right in the individual slot. (And I could eat the chocs, of course…) I actually used some mica powders I've had for years that I used to use with polymer clay. I also experimented with using Winsor & Newton's Iridescent Medium instead of gum Arabic. And I found that I could mix powders to make my own colour combinations.Great video as always Lindsay, I've learned so much from watching your videos and I love the way they're presented. Thanks!

  19. Amazing! Just bought some gold paint for my Christmas cards, but this seems simple. What does Lindsay not try. Thanks

  20. You are such a creative genius, and I can't get enough of your ideas. When you taught art, I bet your student loved it!

  21. have you used these paints on leather, suede or faux? you are so knowledgable so I wondered what you would recommend for shading leather and rubber stamping on light colored leather or faux?

  22. Omggg thank you!! I really wanted to make gold slime but I didn’t have any metallic gold paint or food dye but I have a lot of metallic gold eye shadows as soon as you said “dollar store eyeshadows” I was just like oh my gosh i’m so dumb why didn’t I think of this!

  23. Hi pretty lady LINDSY-I thought I was a solitary genius. I should have known if two people discovered evolution at the same time, then who am I?
    I have bought the dollar store, they were screaming at me. Plus, I belong to a couple of makeup, subscriptions, and I've gotten overwhelmed with neutral eyeshadow pallets, so I changed my profile to be bohemian wild, and now I get lots of glittery shadows. I also get glitters at a couple of the off-continent super inexpensive goodies for a dollar a set.(usually sold as nail decorations) Gee, we are brilliant🎨
    Blessings to you and fam from your favorite fan granny❣

  24. Thank you for the great video! I was wondering if you had the instructions written down anywhere for future reference? For the pots mixed with gum arabic, can you please confirm if you waited for them to dry completely before putting the top on, and if if dry, did you add anything to them (water?) before painting? thanks again

  25. This was awesome! Can you mix these eyeshadows with watercolor paints and make in advance? Can these be mixed with inks? I have Bombay inks and it might look really pretty.

    This is a GREAT idea!

  26. QUESTION: Do you have to keep the eyeshadow watercolors in a pot that seals or will half pans stored in a metal palette work? Thanks, Lindsay! @thefrugalcrafter

  27. Fantastic! Metallic watercolor set are way too expensive, as are Pearlex powders.
    Since a few years have passed since this video was made, , I'm only hoping I can still find theses eyeshadows.

  28. I live it!! (I’m between using gum Arabic powder or liquid) question… if someone ask me to sell them to me , could I Using the “cheap” convenient option?

  29. Can I do this with just micas versus eyeshadows? I have a bin filled with micas from Mad Micas from soaping. I don't use them anymore.

  30. Have you uv tested this method? Also does it have left over colour (when it's dried after painting and you rub it did you get colour on you)

  31. I would think you could add the eye shadow to any acrylic medium, instead of Mod Podge, and then it won't harden until used for painting.

    Cool idea and I'm gonna try it!

    I recently did a large decoupage project and part of it had a blue-ish undertone that I didn't like. I didn't have any yellow paints to make a glaze (making the blue-ish green-ish) so I grabbed a bottle of tumeric and buffed into the surface and it worked!

  32. I was about to toss the Pearl Ex I have had for about 25 years and never used…now I am heading to the give away box to reclaim it! I have been wanting to find the perfect metallic watercolor paint and now it is possible I have had it all along! Thank you, Lindsay!

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