Pearl Ex is possibly our most versatile product. These inert pigments can be mixed with any viscous medium to produce a pearlescent effect, including gum arabic, glues, oils, acrylics, encaustic, alcohol inks, polymer clays, printing inks, varnishes, and more. Pearl Ex is extremely lightfast and stable, and will never tarnish or fade. Different particle sizes produce different effects, from a smooth pearly luster to a highly metallic sheen. Pearl Ex pigments can be used for interior, exterior, and archival applications, and adhere to polymer clay, encaustics, paper, shrink plastic, leather, glass, canvas, and wood. Adhere to natural and synthetic fabrics when mixed with a binder.
Pearl Ex pigments can be mixed with gum arabic and water to create a gorgeous metallic calligraphy ink that shines on both light and dark papers. Click here for detailed instructions on how to prepare Pearl Ex pigments for calligraphy.
The amount of Pearl Ex powder in each jar will vary by color, as different color formulas have different weights. Also, some Pearl Ex colors will not mix well with gum arabic and water due to added oils in the manufacturing process. Visit each colorís individual page for detailed information regarding these qualities.