Need a handmade gift for a reader? Handmade gifts? Here is a creative way to make a handmade gift for your favorite reader Are you a reader or do you know one? Would you like to make a gift that every time they open a book they think of you? This will only work if you hold a book in you hand a hardback or paperback, I ‘m sure it won’t with a Kindle. I was inspired to make something for my friend who loves books.
The Frank Morrow “U-Paint Metal” Company based in the state of Massachusetts allowed me to have the opportunity to received a beautiful unfinished metal bookmark. The details on the metal bookmark are amazing, the scroll leafs looked like the Art Deco Era. The flowers and stigmas(?) are finely detailed. The piece looks like it was embossed by a 3-D folder (it is raised) Now let’s make it look handmade.
A new and awesome product hit the shelves at the beginning of 2017 named ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez. ColoriQue was Colorbox developed by ClearSnap and Lisa Marie. This product is perfect for Jewelry makers, Brass, Metal raw/plated, Clay, Ceramics, Glass and Wood. Many uses for the homemade looks- Christmas is coming!!!!!!
ColoriQue is an ink based product it’s unique to mixed media supplies. It’s blendable, can be layered for special effects-a patina look, single color or fine detail design. The product is amazing and a very little amount is needed to capture all of its beauty.
U-Paint Metals and ColoriQue are both made in the USA. U-Paint Metals is available on their own website and on Amazon.
ColoriQue is available through Walmart.com, Amazon, ClearSnap and from Lisa Marie Jimenez own website. https://www. lisamariejimenez.com
I had a chance to use ColoriQue and discovered how it easy it is to use. Nothing to be afraid of or hesitate just dive in and start blending. You don’t need a lot of the ink (follow the directions on the bottle the first time you go to use). I used three of the fourteen colors available Black Diamond,Honey Bee and Moss Landing. (there are currently 14 colors available and a sealant). I want to get more ColoriQue for future projects.
Time to get started, I removed the metal bookmark out of the packaging and all three of the ColoriQue paints (A+ for packaging on both).
First, you want to make sure you give your metal piece a bath and a real good scrub, I used a regular paper towel to dry it off. Now, I already made the mistake for you. Just, dive in don’t hesitate (that’s what I did). Starting to paint the bookmark I was nervous to add the paint (not knowing where to begin) I wanted this to look handmade not a HEAVY METAL look (hehehe). I began with the black diamond and squirted it directly unto the metal and began painting (be sure to do both sides). The paint dries real fast and you don’t need a lot to cover (the heavier the pour the more mud like it can turn out).
ColoriQue, paint dries fast, I was a little impatience and used a heat gun to make sure the paint was dry. The metal bookmark is not thick and might bend (a little) if using a heat gun. (BE CAREFUL THE METAL CAN GET HOT). If yours does bend, it is super easy to flatten back out).
Painting the bookmark, the color was a charcoal gray, I added a drop more black diamond and blended in the Honey Bee (Yellow) and Moss Landing(Green).
From photo’s shown below, I used two drops of paint. ** If, your project is larger a few more drops may be needed.
You can find more ideas for ColoriQue on Lisa’s website: https://lisamariejimenez.com/colorique and Pinterest boards. I do recommend you get some today and start to play.
Foam make up pads from the dollar tree were my choice in applying ColoriQue to the bookmark. ( your preference)
Funny Note **I was watching a Hallmark movie and wasn’t paying attention to how many drops I put on the bookmark, I started blending the paint in a circular motion around the bookmark. Unfortunately, I created mud.
From making my mistake (mud- Don’t Do) ColoriQue paint easily washed off the bookmark and reapplied after drying.
I can honestly say this product is awesome
I love the blending technique Do you like?
This product is extremely easy to use and will make gorgeous and unique pieces of Jewelry, Metal, Clay and many other things. Imagination and ColoriQue. Have fun making for Friends, Family and yourself.
Colorbox ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez, Moss Landing, Honey Bee and Black Diamond
Frank Morrow U-Paint Metals: Solid Floral Scroll 1 5/16 wide SKU CB-145-01