Pixie Paint 101


Here's three techniques to try with the Pixie Paints. I love them all!

Each one was done with the Harbor color, so you can see how it results in really different effects.

watercolored cards pigment powder pixie paint

The above card, in blue, was painted with Pixie Paint applied dry. Using the paint on dry surfaces creates a lot of color variation because each color of paint is actually a mix of colors plus mica powder for shimmer. The dry application also results in interesting splotches and textures. It reminds me of Geodes.

Dry application:
1. Hold Pixie Paint container fairly horizontal and tap slightly on the bottom letting powder fall onto the dry surface.
2. Use a completely dry brush to move the pigment around to the desired areas. Tap the pigment from the brush when finished. You'll want to wash your brush when you clean up.
3. Spritz your the paint with a spray bottle to activate the color.


With a wet application, the colors blend and swirl. The above painting shows how different the same Pixie Paint looks when applied wet. There is mica in the mix, so you get shimmer too. It's really pretty.

watercolor techniques
powder pigment techniques
Painting with powder pigments
watercolored tags

Wet application:
1. Paint area with clear water using a clean brush.
2. Hold Pixie Paint container fairly horizontal and tap slightly on the bottom letting powder fall onto the wet surface.
3. The colors will activate upon contact. Each container holds a blend of colors resulting in dramatic and unexpected effects.
4. Use your brush to blend the paint as desired.

Pixie Paint in a Water Brush

The third way to use Pixie Paint is to dissolve it into water and then paint with it like an ink. You can also dissolve it in the handle of a water brush. This is my favorite technique! The above painting was done with Harbor in the handle of my brush and the tip of my brush dipped into yellow. (See full tutorial here.) All the shades in between the clear blue to the bright yellow were created as I painted . The colored water in the handle simply moved to the tip blending with the yellow.

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