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on: March 13, 2017, 10:47:25 PM
The DaVinci iridescent paint I ordered arrived while I was away.  I took the time to play with it today (who needs to unpack anyway!).

Here is my chart of the colors.  Unfortunately, the photo does not show the glitteriness of the colors.


The six colors are outlined in black ink (diagonally placed down the page).  The red and blue do not blend very well together.

I love the raw and burnt siennas.  If blended correctly, they make a great substitute for quinacridone gold.

In the far right column, I showed how they look with a 10% gum arabic/90% water solution.  I don't see much difference.

So far, the only use I can think for them is a rooster's tail and at Christmas.

I am somewhat disappointed that my other purchase - DaVinci field kit - beautiful colors, but the metal case looks like it might rust!

aloha

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« Last Edit: March 13, 2017, 10:49:03 PM by mea hamo pena »
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Reply #1 on: March 14, 2017, 01:39:54 AM
Sorry to hear the paintbox is a bit of a disappointment. I still love my metal box. It is a bit heavier than most and heavily enameled. When I get any staining it washes off with dawn dish soap. Seven years on the boat and no rust yet!  :yippee:

I've never seen or used glittery paint. Just the old glitter and glue for putting names on Christmas Stockings! Do they make a white? Might be interesting to see how it would work painting water droplets.
 
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Reply #2 on: March 14, 2017, 04:15:16 AM
Nice chart Mea.  They will be fun to work with.
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Reply #3 on: March 14, 2017, 06:53:19 AM
Thanks, Mary Lou.  Because of the glittery look, I don't expect to use them too often, but nice to have when needed.

Val, thanks, that's encouraging.  I will wipe the case off frequently.  I hadn't realized that it might be an enamel finish, so do hope it wears well.  The colors (12) are very vibrant.  I will make a chart of those soon.

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Reply #4 on: March 14, 2017, 05:14:01 PM
Holding thumbs the paintbox works out .  :twothumbs:

The only Da Vinci paint I have is a white gouache which has hardly been used. I look forward to seeing your chart and how you like them.
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Reply #5 on: March 14, 2017, 06:26:50 PM
Mea, happy you are back home.  I had wonderful weather in Boston, 70F.  Left when you arrived.  Funny thing is that I returned home to horrid weather close to -30F, while you arrived to very cold weather in Boston... yet wonderful weather home.

I cannot follow this post. Are you talking about watercolor?
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Reply #6 on: March 14, 2017, 09:26:28 PM
Thanks, Annie.   Yes, the iridescent paints are watercolor.  Sorry, should have mentioned that.

Val, my friend used the DaVinci tin travel pack of watercolor paints today and it cleaned up beautifully.  That bodes well for long-term use.  The colors are so vibrant.  I hope to make the color chart soon.

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Reply #7 on: March 15, 2017, 02:02:41 AM
 :yippee: Good news on the paintbox.  :sweat:    :clap:
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Reply #8 on: April 05, 2017, 03:03:50 AM
Mea I recently saw a book cover with a swallow on it in my local library... the whole picture was irridescent, sky included. The book was "The Anchoress" by Robyn Cadwallader. Anyway the whole picture glowed. I actually scanned the cover to keep a record for future inspiration, but it seems to have disappeared into the ether of One Drive.  I'm sure you could find a copy of the cover on Amazon or one of the other book selling sites. Regrettably the iridescence doesn't really show up in photos on the screen. I don't own any iridescent paints, by having seen this pic I'm itching to buy some and try them on a sunset or similar scene.


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Reply #9 on: April 05, 2017, 05:01:29 AM
PS: In a recent review of several other Irridescent/pearlized/duochrome brands (Daniel smith, Finetec, Ganzai) these paints seemed to show up much better on black paper, whereas they were quite insipid on white paper.


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Reply #10 on: April 05, 2017, 08:28:25 AM
Thanks, Linley.  I bought some black paper (2x 2" tiles), so will try the iridescent paints on those.

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Reply #11 on: April 05, 2017, 10:56:19 PM
Let us know how you go.


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Reply #12 on: April 05, 2017, 11:19:32 PM
Hi - I've only just seen this thread.

Mea, with regard to the metal paint box, I've had mine since about 2004/2005, and it hasn't rusted.
The iridescent paints sound interesting & as I am about to place an order for other paints & stuff, it is tempting to see if I can get the 'glittery' ones, too.  ;)

Looking forward to seeing your painting on the black paper.  :painting:
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Reply #13 on: April 06, 2017, 08:38:02 AM
Cath

My friend is coming today to work with me using the iridescent paints on black paper, so I hope to have something to post tonight.

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Reply #14 on: April 06, 2017, 06:26:16 PM
Here are the results of experimenting with iridescent paints on black paper.

Applying the iridescent paints to the black paper (4-inch squares- Strathmore Artist Tiles) took us a while to figure out.

The paints did not show up well on the paper, so I put white pencil down first, then used the iridescent paint over it.

On the hydrangea, the blue did not show much at all, so I painted white gouache into it and it gave the nice contrast.

Not crazy about the hibiscus which I painted red with yellow highlights but it really doesn't look red). It was an interesting experiment, though..


My friend (one of my senior art class students) did an excellent job on hers.  She really has better art skills than I do.


I think that the iridescent paints have limited application, but playing with them made for a fun afternoon.

aloha

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