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I normally steer clear of paint as I do tend to be rather a messy crafter, ending up covered in various inks, glitters and glues. However I do love the Adirondack paint dabbers as it is so much harder to end up in a mess and they are so versatile with a beautiful range of colours.
Each paint dabber comes in a tube containing 1oz of paint and has a screw top lid. The bottles are clear allowing you to see the paint, and the label is the colour of the paint. Underneath the screw top there is a foam dabber style dispenser. It is very easy to use to get out the amount of paint required and consequently I find that each dabber lasts a long time. The dabbers are easy to hold and grip and neither myself or my craft desk end up half as messy as I do with conventional paints.
The paint itself it matte and comes in a beautiful array of colours with names such as Snow Cap, Cloudy Sky, Pink Sherbet and Peach Bellini. The range also includes metallic shades and co-ordinates with the Adirondack inks.They are acid free and non-toxic and so versatile looking beautiful on cards, scrapbook pages and altered art.
You can use these paint dabbers to stamp with or to create backgrounds. They can also be used for resist stamping.To do this you would ink your chosen stamp (s) and stamp onto your chosen surface allowing sufficient time to dry. I prefer to use either the Snowcap or Pitch Black for this technique but any colour that co-ordinates with your project would work just as well.
Once dry you then ink over the top, I like to use my Tim Holtz distress inks. You then use a damp piece of kitchen towel to wipe the ink off the stamped areas, and the paint then shows through. This looks stunning adding texture, and depth and is a technique children would enjoy. It looks beautiful on cards and scrapbook pages as well as altered art.
These paint dabbers are widely available from craft shops and online including from Amazon and cost around £5 each. The price is the only downside as this is quite expensive for what they are however they do last very well and really are a joy to use.
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