Pearl Ex pigments have been showing up quite a bit lately in the work of many of our customers. These pigments can be mixed with water and gum arabic to create an ink, or they can be mixed into existing inks to add a metallic or pearlescent effect. They are versatile and beautiful, and we are happy to now offer them as part of our inventory. To help introduce them, we reached out to one of our best customers who also happens to be a brand ambassador for Pearl Ex. Joi Hunt gladly agreed to share her thoughts on what makes Pearl Ex so exceptional, and she also shared lovely writing samples that she created as well as some created by Linda Yoshida and Valarie Williams.
What makes Pearl Ex unique?
Pearl Ex has a wonderful range of colors, several shades of gold, flows silky smooth from a pointed nib, and is relatively inexpensive.
Why do you prefer Pearl Ex to other metallic/iridescent inks?
It can be used in so many different ways. You can use it on its own or add it to other inks to boost shimmer and create unique colors. I often add Brilliant Gold Pearl Ex to Dr Ph Martin Copperplate Gold to create a really shimmery gold ink.
What recipe do you use for mixing Pearl Ex?
It’s a 4:1 ratio. Four parts Pearl Ex, one part gum arabic (powder or liquid). Then add water slowly, and stir to your desired ink consistency and type of nib you are using. It can be as thin or thick as you like.
Besides paper, what surfaces will Pearl Ex work on?
So many! Its really a crafters dream product as it is so versatile, and can be mixed with extenders and other mediums. It can be applied to fabric, clay, polymer clay, shrink plastic, leather, glass, canvas, wood, and more!
Is Pearl Ex waterproof? Lightfast? Permanent?
On it’s own it is not waterproof, because when mixed, it is a water based ink. If you mix it with an acrylic ink, it becomes as water resistant as the acrylic. It is an inert pigment that exhibits extreme colorfastness and stability.
Can you mix the pigments to create your own colors?
Oh yes most definitely! I mix some of the gold pigments together to achieve a custom color. I mix Silver and Carbon Black to create a shimmery graphite color.
Share any other insights, applications, etc. that you may have.
I really like the range of colors and how versatile Pearl Ex is, it was a game changer for my calligraphy. All the gold options are really wonderful and look gorgeous on an envelope!
We look forward to seeing Joi demo Pearl Ex in person at IAMPETH, and we will have Pearl Ex available there for purchase. In the meantime, you can purchase it on our website. You can also see more of Joi’s fabulous work on her webpage- bienfaitcalligraphy.com.