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Sparkly Material Recommendations

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 10, 2015, 11:37 AM

So, I work with some traditional materials, which are sparkly.  For those that want to work with sparkles, here's some links to various things I've found or used.

Please bear in mind that I am NOT affiliated with any of these stores, brands, or anything - they're just stuff I've found over the years.


Pixel Rose Jetpens has a VERY helpful article going over metallic and glitter pens that they stock on their blog.  It's worth a read!

Star! Wink of Stella Brush Pens
These take a bit to get used to, but overall are VERY nice to work with.  If you're a fan of brush pens, these are rather nice.  I personally prefer the clear pen, because you don't need to worry about color matching.

Star! Wink of Luna Brush Pens
Similarly to the Wink of Stella, these are metallic and not necessarily glittery - but they do have a nice sheen.

Star! Uni Ball Signo Sparkling Glitter Pens
I got very similar pens about 10 years ago, and they are going strong.  Uni's a very good brand. :D

Half Star Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
I've bought a few different varieties of these over the years -- while not one of my favorites (they clogged a lot), they're a well-known brand.

Pink Flower Atyou Spica
These are made by the same company which makes Copic markers.  I've not had a chance to play with them, but they seem pretty popular, and are good for scrapbooking -- which means they likely won't damage your art if used carefully.

Flower-sparkle by kabocha

Paints & Mediums

Star! Winsor & Newton Iridescent Medium
Winsor and Newton's iridescent medium is something you use alongside your paint.  You can blend it in with pretty much any pigment you have, or layer it on top.

Star! Daniel Smith Luminescent Watercolors
I do use this brand a LOT.  The luminescent colors are quite nice and some shift between multiple colors.  The only downside is that the tubes sometimes separate out into gum arabic and the pigment, which can be a pain if you're not prepared for it.

Star! Yasutomo Pearlescent Colors
These are low-priced, but good for what you pay.  Niji/Yasutomo has been pretty reliable with their materials, with a reasonable price.  They can be used on their own, rather than an accent which is pretty convenient.  Unlike other brands that are caked like this (I'm looking at you, Artist's Loft), they don't get all chalky after they've dried.

No Star Artist's Loft Pearlescent Watercolor Pan Set
These are cheap, both in cost and in quality.  If you have NOTHING else and must try some sparkly paints, I guess these are okay -- but I warn you: they do get chalky and gross-looking after they dry on paper.  I don't care for it, and am only linking it here if you really, really have to get it.

Star! Zig Kuretake Pearlescent Watercolor
The picture makes this look big.  It's actually pretty tiny, but the color goes a very long way!

Star! Jacquard Pearl Ex Watercolor CD
This is pretty much the same exact thing as the Zig Kuretake palette -- only branded differently.

Star! Twinkling H2O's Shimmering Watercolors
These were interesting to work with.  Not a favorite of mine, but they are easy to store and such, if you want your watercolors completely separate.

Pink Flower Da Vinci Iridescent Watercolors
You can find a set of these colors so you don't have to buy them one-by-one.  I've heard good things about Da Vinci's brand, but haven't tried it.  Maybe I'll pick some up the next time I'm in a store where it's carried in my area.

Pink Flower Da Vinci Iridescent Watercolor Medium
I'm honestly not sure what the difference in this and the Winsor and Newton stuff is. It might be more finely ground, but until I've had a chance to try it, I can't say!

Pink Flower Turner Acryl Gouache
Note: Only some of these colors are iridescent, pearlescent, or metallic.  If you decide to go with this brand, please look over the color choices carefully.  I've seen this brand in stores, but as I don't use gouache as I prefer more transparent colors.  You can learn a bit about gouache (and how it's different from watercolor) on Wikipedia.

Flower-sparkle by kabocha


Pink Flower Liquitex Acrylic Inks
Liquitex makes some nice inks which are iridescent in nature, though it does not account for the entirety of their materials.  Make sure to read the descriptions and color choices carefully.

Pink Flower Dr. Ph. Martin's Iridescent Ink
I've used other things from this particular brand (such as their watercolors), and it's actually quite nice.  I don't doubt that their iridescent inks will be nice for calligraphy or adding finishing touches to a piece.

Pink Flower J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Inks - Stormy Grey and Rouge Hematite
J. Herbin has some very nice inks in general -- and these two colors are ones that look quite intriguing!

Flower-sparkle by kabocha


Star! Pearl Ex Color Pigments
This can be either mixed in with existing paint, or a binder such as gum arabic can be used to create new paints for yourself.  I've used this in both ways before, and it works pretty nicely overall.

Pink Flower Sennelier Dry Iridescent Pigment
Out of all their dry pigments, I really could only find one which was iridescent.  Sennelier is, in general, a very expensive paint brand, but a little bit does go a long way...

Flower-sparkle by kabocha


Star! Glitter Pastel Paper Stack
Star! Glitter Jewel Paper Stack

This brand is not good for drawing on, but I've used it as a backing for some notecards and such.  It's solid and steady, and cuts well.  You can layer on top of it nicely, too. :D  It's a good accent!

Flower-sparkle by kabocha

If you have any suggestions or recommendations, I'd be more than happy to see what you all suggest! :)

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Ringshif7er Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Just went through and downloaded a whole bunch of these sets - amazing work! :D
Have a llama for your trouble :)
kabocha Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!  :D  I'm glad you like them!
Natsusume Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Thanks so much for creating such awesome brush sets! I've been meaning to get into manga for a while now, and this finally encouraged me to give it a shot :meow:  They're really well-done, and look like a lot of fun to use.  Thanks for sharing them with everyone!

I gave you a shout-out in my journal
kabocha Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you like them.  :D  They're a bit big in some cases, but...  Oh well.  I hope they work well for you!
Megane--Sama Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure you'll see this in the mention but felt to post as well <3
kabocha Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi!  Sorry I'm replying so late.  I actually only recently turned mentions back on, but thanks!  :heart:
Megane--Sama Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ No problem~
Rose74 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student Writer
Just wanted to wish you a happy birthday! :wave: :iconrainbowbummiecakeplz: :party: :airborne:
kabocha Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!  :D  I had a pretty awesome and relaxing day~
Rose74 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Student Writer
Good for you, that's what birthdays are all about. :aww: 
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Happy Birthday! :iconcakeplz:
kabocha Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!  :D
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YuniNaoki Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Prize: Eiri by YuniNaoki
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Prize: Yeju by YuniNaoki
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Prize: Mara by YuniNaoki
ScorpiiLupi Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014   General Artist
Thanks for the:iconcrazyllamaplz::iconkittensmileplz:
YuniNaoki Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh!!! The pieces you did for me are 8 million bazillion times prettier in person! I didn't even think they could be prettier than they already were!
I love them so much and can't thank you enough!! :hug:
You're my featured artist for this month! (I know it's a bit late but....^^; )…
kabocha Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you like them!  :D  They're small, but they don't photograph all that well...   But I'm really happy you like them!  Hopefully they didn't get wet in the rain or anything. X_X

Also, thank you!  :D  It almost makes me want to go through and prune my gallery a bit...  Haha...
YuniNaoki Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE them SO much!! :w00t:
They are in perfect condition :la: I plan on getting some cute little frames for them and display them proudly!!
kabocha Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, that would be awesome!  :D  I usually just put them in hard trading card holders, but framing them would be pretty neat, too!
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BluberryFox Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the llama!Llama Truck 
Aki-ChiixHanatsuki Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist
OMG O: My Name is Samantha too! thehe -A-
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