07 December 2015

The 12 Brands Of Christmas - Brand #4 Prima

O.M.Goodness!! Where do I start? Well most of you that follow me know that I just adore Prima and all their goodies, but earlier this year Finnabair brought out a line of mediums as well as other brilliant extras, and boy, as a fan of mixed media I was just in heaven!! So, for this review I will focus mainly on those products. I have gone for a bulleted list as I figure that is easier to digest as otherwise there would be a lot to take in, so without further ado, here we go:



A staple for anyone getting into mixed media. Both the black and the white are just perfect, they provide excellent tooth for the paint to grab. They are heavier so can be used to help add texture too, but can be watered down for thinner coverage or 'knocking back'. Both are great for splatters too :)

  • Art Extravagance Crackle

I have the White and Copper ones and it does exactly what it says on the tin! It provides some of the best crackle out there and I have a few other brands of crackle!! I would never trade this for another! I have found that allowing crackles to dry naturally produces the best bigger crackle effect, whilst heat tooling creates ‘fine china’ style crackle.





What is more perfect for adding texture?!! The sand is great, and little tip, the black is the thickest, chunkiest of all the sands (perfect for us texture lovers) and is held in a gloss like gel. So, handy to get a cover of gesso over if you want to add colour after. I have found this kind of texture allows some of the most spell binding flow of colour movement in amongst the particles, especially if using powders and sprays to push it around.





My goodness, this stuff has so many wonderful properties... I love both the versions, 3D and Soft Matte. The 3D, is great for running through a stencil and creating that bumpy resist. You can also add powders to these and the colours just GLOW, mix with some glitter too and you have some truly spectacular effects! The gels also act as a perfect adhesive, the Soft Matte for thinner papers, cardstock and the 3D for chunky heavy embellishments.




Out of the two pastes I have, modelling and light, I can’t say I have noticed a huge difference, but what I have found is they are perfect for stencils or creating that rough background look. Unlike other pastes, they are very unlucky to bleed through under a stencil, only time I have known this is if you add more liquid but you would need to add a lot. Colours mix beautifully in them as well as the other fantabulous extras in the Finnabar line, like Glass Beads, Micro Beads and Glass Glitter. The other thing about the pastes is that once dried they with take colour well that is applied to them.



Now, where do I start with these… I own most of them (yeah I have glitter addiction issues). I use them in my projects but probably most of the time I am just staring at them, stroking the pots and afraid to use up their sparkly goodness -anyone else as crazy??? :) I do honestly love these, the chunky glitter is just magical and can be put into any media with great effect. The colour range is amazing, but what I would say is, and not necessarily a negative point, but some of the colours will bleed into the medium. I noticed this with the Violet, but the awesome looking pinky coloured gel looked super cool!



These awesome boxes filled with a sparkling promise of hope just call to you... or they do to me. Like the Glass Glitters, I just stare at them and hesitate to open the box for spoiling the mesmerising trance they put me into lol. Again they they can be put into the pastes and gels, but my favourite method is to apply the 3D gel through a stencil and then sprinkle on top. This creates the most sparkle in a very organised pattern :) Just tap off the excess after the gel is dry, but with this method allow yourself some time, as air drying is best.



Prefer the delicate touch of sparkle? This works in the same way as the other two glitters but is far more subtle but just as magical. 


When a project is close to being finished these little touches can just help take your work that step further! Again, a great choice of colours with recent new releases. For me, I love adding to the centre of flowers, mixed media clusters or for helping to add a little extra texture on the top of piece. Works like the others with the pastes and gels





Now, this is something very special! The shimmer is just jaw-dropping, out of this world, crazy good! The colours are awesome and appear to only be growing in the range and they are designed to be used in amongst the above mentioned gels and pastes. The pastes will knock them back a little in the sense on making them paler and the gels really make them pop! I love how versatile they are and how you can create some lovely random effects (sprinkle powder on a project and just mist) to detailed colouring (water brush has worked best for me here). The shimmer these have really do not detract from the intensity of the colour and once dry on your project create that sense of magic, which obviously, Finnabar is famous for in her work!




And I have a confession... I never used to be one who was into glitters and shimmers or anything that was remotely sparkly - I bet that sounds surprising after reading the above huh?!! But I have done a complete 180 over the last year and seeing the gorgeous work of those I follow really inspired me to try. Now I’m totally converted, and using glitter with mediums is what really changed my view, as it enabled almost total control and to be able to use it in many different ways.

Hope you have enjoyed today’s product review, do let me know if you have any questions on the above and I will be happy to answer them.

Hugs
Georgie





19 comments:

Jane said...

What a brilliant review thanks so much...even more to go on my wish list! x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Might I just Georgie, that your post is about to cost me a small fortune. Got it, need it, need it, need more of it...etc, etc, etc!! Well done. hugs :)

dragonriding said...

Thank you Georgie for the in-depth article needed so as not to make costly mistakes, which I seem to do all the time and then wonder why I am not getting the result I am after...

Craftyfield said...

Totally converted to mixed media too... the Prima products are wonderful and Finnabair is a master of all dimensional canvasses! Glitter... I like the look of it but hate using the powder form, it just gets everywhere.

Caroline said...

What a comprehensive review, much needed. I have avoided buying Finnabair due to cost but may have to invest in at least the gels & micas, oh & perhaps the crackle but it'll have to wait... Ty! C

Redanne said...

I have to say, I share your love of the glass glitters (never thought I would say that) and now I need some of the black sand paste... A great review and I learned such a lot - thanks so much! Hugs, Anne xx

Buttons said...

Just drooling over the details... I can see my budget may have to stretch a bit further!!! Thanks for sharing Georgie. Jenny x

Karen Petitt said...

Prima is the one that I would love to see up close and if I did I think our credit card would be doomed lol! They're not as easily available where I live but whenever I see beautiful creations from those very talented artists my mouth waters at all the lovely rich colour! Off to see the next creation now Karen x

Karen Petitt said...

Just thought of something else to ask. If you were on a very limited budget what would you suggest to get first under £15.00 Georgie? Many thanks in advance Karen x

Samra Leshinski said...

I love your post Georgie! Very educational and inspiring to try some more of mixed media projects, and I agree with Pamellia, your post is about to cost me a small fortune :)
Hugs

Samra
Paper Talk with Samra

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh Georgie! Now you have explained how these products works I can feel a spend coming on! Uh!Oh! Chrisx

Pawsitively Creative said...

Very detailed and informative post Gee. I have a few of these items on my Christmas list so hopefully Santa thinks I was good this year. Hehehe! Your textures and details are always spot on! Fantabulous!

Sara Barker said...

A well done post, Georgie, filled with great information and fabulous close ups! I think I need another job, so I can add these magical products to my overstuffed Closet! You certainly have me drooling! Big hugs!

Renee said...

Gorgeous! I feel a shopping spree coming on.

butterfly said...

What a great product focus post, Georgie - packed with gorgeous detail photos and information.
Alison xx

Linda said...

Fabulous review ..... I love Prima too! xx

Gemma Maggs said...

Gorgeous and thanks for answering some of the questions I had about these products xxx

Dawn Louise said...

Brilliant review on prima, they really do keep up with us crafters and bring lots of new goodies x

Glennis said...

A fabulous project - more products on my wishlist!