I learned a lot of things so I will share a little at a time over the next week. This first entry will be an introduction to the Paint Dabbers so you can get an idea of what makes them different from other acrylic paint out there.
First, Ranger Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers are very easy to use. You don't need a paint/foam brush nor do you need a special "plate" to squeeze the paint out. The "dabbers" have a built in foam cap that you leave on and that is the "brush". There is also a removable plastic lid so you can just cap it when you are done and that will prevent it from drying. You only squeeze what you need so you don't waste and throw away any unused paint.
So here are a couple tips I learned about using them from Tim Holtz. When you first get it and are ready to use, shake it up; remove the small clear plastic cap(but don't unscrew the foam top); and "flick it" to get it primed. Invert the bottle upside down now(so the foam top is at the bottom end) and press down so you open the "valve" to get the paint to start flowing. Holding the valve down longer allows more paint to flow. Tapping or banging the dabber really doesn't do anything since it is the valve that has to be open in order for the paint to flow into the foam dabber. You can always dab a little off on your scrap paper before you begin to paint. Now you use the bottle with the foam dabber as your '"brush" and paint away. Hold the valve down again if you need more paint. You can paint directly onto your project. If you do need to get into hard to reach places, you can unscrew the cap and squeeze onto a plate and use your brushes.
36 Colors: Lights, Brights & Earthtones
There are 36 coordinating colors to choose from but you need to know about "Light, Brights & Earthtones" since they all work together.
handy chart to help you choose a group.
In addition to the 36 color choices, there are 4 metallic colors that come in Copper, Gold, Silver and Pearl. You can use with the other colors but what is cool about the metallic is what you can do with just a little or a lot of one color. You can create looks of metal with the way you brush on the metallic paints. For example, if you lightly brush some metallic paint on chipboard square, you can get a cool gunmetal look; but if squeeze a lot on a piece of chipboard, dab it and let dry, than you get a whole different look. Here are samples with Copper and than Gold Metallic Dabbers.
Some other things you need to know about the Dabbers:
|Acid free, non-toxic|
|Individual 1 oz. dabber bottles|
|36 coordinating colors plus black and white|
|Works on multiple surfaces|
|•||Convenient, mess-free and portable|
|Coordinates with Adirondack Dye Inks|
Versatile, not too messy and portable. You can easily carry these to crops. It's hard to decide which colors to choose so good thing they are on sale this weekend at eclectic Paperie.
Come back and read my next entry about how these Dabbers can work with those famous Tim Holtz™ Distress Ink Pads. If you are like me, you have a couple of those Distress Ink pads lying around. Wait till you see how you can create faux wood with a little Distress Ink and some Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers. This technique is really fun and one of my favorite tips that I learned.