Monday, April 5, 2010

Spray starch isn't just for ironing anymore!

Over at NGS, we've been playing with a background technique using spray starch and Pearlex. It's fantastically easy - spray dark card stock with spray starch - don't be stingy! Then, sprinkle on Pearlex and using a foam brush, mix the Pearlex into the starch - swirl, pounce, make whatever designs in it you like. If you use two colors of powders, be careful not to mix them too much so they don't get all muddy. The colors and sheen are amazing - the foam brush makes a foamy texture, although you could use any brush. I'm in a blue and green phase, so this one is my favorite.I have stacks of background papers, so this time decided to actually make something out of the backgrounds right away!

The top of this one is gold Pearlex - always looks wonderful. For the bottom, mixed some pink Pearlex into a puddle of starch and flicked it onto the paper, then blew it around with a straw.

The other part of this challenge for me was to use some stamps I had to have but haven't used. I love this Wordsworth quote.

Used the pink blown- apart splotches to cover a small journal.
For this one, I stamped the flowers on black card stock and embossed with white before doing the starch and blue Pearlex. I love this sentiment - so true!
I much prefer painting with spray starch than using it for ironing- my hate-hate relationship with ironing noted here.


  1. Hi Deb, Isn't this a fun and easy technique? Have to say my favourite of all your pieces is the last one, and the saying is so true.


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