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Painting with MICAS and PIGMENTS!

Few weeks ago I bumped into this video by chance. I got stricken by the ability of the lady (Christina Griffiths) and by the interesting technique she was using to create some super cute Baby cards.
She used water colours to colour some embossed animal figures.

In this other  videoChristina used a gold shimmering mica to water colour her cards and she really did an amazing job! 

I don't have water colours at home, but I have plenty of mica and pigments and I wanted to try them. I went for very simple cards (nothing compared to Christina's) that I've also decorated with cornflower petals and with an embossed sentiment.

Micas are a naturally existing silicates which can occur in scales, sheets or flakes.
In the cosmetics field, coloured micas are fine pigment-coated powders that are used to add bright colours and iridescence (shimmer) to many products. 

Besides using micas in soap making, I have used these shiny powders in candles and lip balms, but never ever for painting!

Flowers are made with dried cornflowers petals.

With the right light angle, you can fully enjoy the shimmer of the micas.

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