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How to Paint With Mica Powder Background Technique

In this quick tutorial, I'll show you how you can add some color plus glimmer to already painted paper towels.

But first, I'm going to go through the steps of dying the paper towels to show you how to give it a tie-dye effect.

'Tis all very much fun 😄.

mica on paper towels background technique

Materials needed

supplies to make mica on paper towels background technique

Step 1:

Add a dollop of paint into a cup. Do this with 3 different colors.

painting paper towels

Step 2:

Add some water and mix making the color cups like a colorful broth, for lack of a better description.

paint dip for mica on paper towels background technique

Step 3:

After you stir them well, crumple up a paper towel and dip one side into one color. Rotate the paper towel and dip into a second color. Do this until all the paper towel has been saturated with color.

Dipping paper towels for background technique

Step 4:

Uncrumple and lay them out to the side.

paper towel techniques

Step 5:

In another mixing bowl add a teaspoon of a color mica powder.

Can you mix mica powder with water?

Step 6:

Add some water and gel glue in with your mica powder and stir.

The glue is what keeps the mica powder sticking to the paper. Otherwise, it would just fall off once dry.

How to work with mica.

Step 7:

Start painting on the mica powder to your still-wet paper towels. Don't paint everywhere - just in places to accentuate the colors that were already on the paper towel.

 how to paint with mica powder

 mica powder techniques

The mica powder will leave a shimmer onto your paper towels and that's the neat part.

 paper towel background

mica powder backgrounds

With this paper towel background, I glued part of it to an index card to make this piece of mixed media art:

altered index card using the mica powder backgrounds

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Some other background techniques you might enjoy:

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Painted paper towels for mixed media
paint with mica on paper towels


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