Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tuesday's {Tip} Not the Right Color?

I am finding that I love to color things I have on hand--flowers, pearls, jewels, twill, seam binding, etc. When I don't have an embellishment that matches, I color it. It is a great way to use up my stash and to get the color I am looking for. Let's look at a few pieces I have done.

If you don't have the right color of flowers on hand, there are several ways to color them. Two of my favorites are inking them with distress ink or spritzing them with Glimmer Mist. Here are 3 examples: The first flower is actually a fabric flower that was a lighter shade of green. I wanted it to be darker. Flowers 2 & 3 are paper flowers that were orginally white. :)

Jewels and Pearls
If you don't have the right color on hand, Copic markers are perfect for coloring your jewels and pearls! Still don't get the color right after coloring? Use a bit of Purell or other hand sanitizer to remove the color you just used and color with a different color! The pearls in the Flower 2 above were colored with a Copic marker. :)

Twill and Seam Binding
Off course may favorite way to color twill and seam binding (Hug Snug) is with Glimmer Mist. You also get a very different look when coloring on paper towels or coloring on parchment paper. Play with it to see what you come up with. Here are some of my samples: Each of the pieces above were colored with various colors of Glimmer Mist. If you missed my post on how I keep track of my "mixed colors," look here (scroll down to the last 2 photos).

So, don't run out and buy something new if you don't have the right color on hand--color it! You will find it's not only fun but opens the door to many new "color" possibilities! Happy Tuesday!


Traci S. said...

Hi Patter,

Great reminders! I always seem to forget about re-coloring...especially pearls. Any idea how to add color to "plain" rhinestones?

Thanks! God Bless!

He IS Able,
Traci S.

Patter Cross said...

Thanks Traci, and I recolor clear rhinestones ALL the time with Copics. Works beautifully, and I can have just about any color! :)

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