I have literally sat down three other times today to write this blog and been distracted by other issues - emails, garden watering, UPS dude..
ANYWAY - I love Etch n' Pearls - once I found out how to use them! I quickly figured out that there needs to be a little mold release on the tool for the clay to come out. It was fairly simple at home, I just licked it. I'm an old print retoucher and we used to lick our brushes all the time. (Now it kinda grosses me out to think about it!) About 3 years ago, I was doing a video for PCA and I'm like, "hmm, I can NOT lick this on camera". So I did it off camera and said something like, "moisten the end of the tool".[caption id="attachment_33441" align="alignleft" width="300"] Use a sponge to add mottled color to the smooth parts of your design![/caption]
Then I had to use them on TV and that wasn't going to work. I happened to have a little piece of an old sponge on my work desk that I had been tearing bits off to apply my favorite Citadel paint (Nihilakh Oxide) for a faux verdigris effect. So I moistened the sponge slightly and punched the Etch n' Pearl (EnP) into it and then into the clay. BAM! Clay came right out! NOW, I had my solution for TV - a little bit of moistened sponge!!
The Power of Sponges for Clay Projects
My great friend (and artist), Chris Crossland, from Oklahoma gifted me with my super-duper-deluxe-travel-approved sponge in a little spice jar. WOW! It stays clean, damp and I don't get a wet mess in my tool kit![caption id="attachment_33442" align="alignleft" width="300"] a dampened sponge is a perfect mold release agent for the Etch n' Pearls[/caption]
Another quick note on using EnPs. If you use a thicker layer of clay with them, you will get the "pearls". Conversely, using a thinner sheet of clay will yield a flat (ish) polka dot!
I REALLY love my Etch n' Pearls! xoxo, syndee