Hello! Emily here with a different kind of Monday Designer's Challenge for you today. There are quite a few varieties of mist on the market today, they accomplish different things, but how to know what you need?
Quite simply, it depends on the look you want. Some are dye based (including Maya Road, Studio Calico, and Ranger products), you'll get a more intense color with these mists. You don't need as many sprays to get good coverage. Because these are dye based, you won't get as much warping. Your paper will curl, you're adding liquid to it, but they flatten out as they quickly dry.
Tattered Angels' Glimmer and Chalkboard Mists are water based and will have a softer color, enhanced with a metallic sparkle. Adding water to the surface will cause your paper to curl, you'll get a little more warping with a water based product, but they can be flattened out by placing a heavy flat object over the paper for a day or so. The Chalkboard product has a more opaque look. I don't have any of these mists to show samples of, but have read they have a richer color than the regular Glimmer Mists.
Here's your challenge: organize your mists according to how you use them. I use mist mainly on white or kraft-colored cardstocks and chipboard. So I made sample rings of each, with mist sprayed on each product. Don't have mists? How about doing the same thing with paints? or stamping inks?
Having these samples allows me to know what the mist will look like on my project. I cut a 12"x12" sheets of cardstock into 15 strips of paper, each being 2"x4" in size. I pulled out some chipboard samples. Then I gathered all my mists and started spraying. Here are the results for you to compare the different products, I don't have all the products on the market and don't intend this to be a comprehensive comparison. Instead, I've included photos and thoughts on the following mists that either I or my friend, Ronda Palazzari, have in our respective collections:
• Maya Mists by Maya Road
• Mister Hueys by Studio Calico
• Adirondack Color Wash by Ranger
• Dylusions by Ranger
• Perfect Pearls by Ranger
• Glimmer Mists by Tattered Angels
And here they are on chipboard, the saturation is really nice. Maya Mists are dye based, formulated to saturate chipboard.
I also worked for Studio Calico and I believe their inks are also dye based. More rich colors.
The rest of these samples come from Ronda's collection:
Dylusions are really intense:
Color Washes are more earthy:
Perfect Pearls are mostly shimmer, with a hint of color, they add a nice sheen to black bases:
and finally, we have the Glimmer Mists:
I hope seeing them all together like this (and I know there are other similar products, I didn't have access to them at the time of this post) has helped you decide what would work for you. It really depends on what look your going for. I like rich and intense colors. I love how the Maya Mists look on chipboard. I like to layer my mists but have the individual colors still shine through. Others really enjoy the slight shimmer of Glimmer Mists. And that's OK!
Have fun organizing!
~ Emily Pitts
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