Tutorial Tuesday – Twinkling H2O’s

It’s tutorial time again, and today I will show you how to use those Twinkling H2O’s you hear everyone talking about these days. LuminArt is the manufacturer of H2O’s. Watch your surface shimmer and glimmer once you painted with this product.

I cannot stress enough the importance of owning a good brush. In my case, I am a painter, and have lots of “good” brushes. Rarely do I use anything but a good quality artist paint brush. The nicer the brush, the nicer the results you will get.

For purposes of this demonstration you will see me using a water pen because it is the easiest way to describe how you can paint with this product, without going into a long detailed painting lesson. While I played around, I was pleasantly surprised to see how lovely a result you can end up with, just by using a water pen and brush.

As always, I am interested in hearing input from you. Did you find this tutorial helpful? Did you get the kind of results you had hoped for? Are there problems that you encountered that I can help you with? Are there tutorials or tips that you would like to see. I would be happy if you linked me to your cards using Twinkling H2O’s.


Coloured image
Twinkling H2O’s
Spray mist bottle
container with clean water
various paint brushes

Spray mist the H2O containers. If you are experienced with painting you will dip the tip of a dampened flat brush into the watercolour (H2O) and follow the outside line of your image. If you are not experienced, you will find it easier to dip the tip of a tiny water brush into the watercolour and follow the outside edge of your image. You do not want a really watered down paint. Try to keep the paint moist, but not saturated.



This photo shows a close up of the coloured image before it is painted.

Due to the nature of the paint being watercolour, you cannot see the actual paint very well in the photos, but do not worry, this technique is very easy to follow. With a small tip water brush, put the Twinkling H2O onto the tip of the brush and draw in your colour along the areas that you would like to colour. For example, blue was added all around the wing tips and to separate the two layers of skirt. To determine what colours work best you can chose a darker shade of what has been coloured, or refer to your colour wheel and choose a coordinating colour. For more information on using the colour wheel you can read Enhance the Beauty of Your Card With the Colour Wheel.

Take your brush and get it wet, then blot lightly on a paper towel. In a small circular motion, blend out the H2O watercolour until it begins to fade, and then go back into the colour and repeat. With some practice, you will love your results.


Your image is now finished.

Posted on : Aug 05 2008
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8 People have left comments on this post

Aug 5, 2008 - 07:08:22
Kim H said:

Holey smokes the information that you have given us once again is just outstanding! You are the best!

Aug 6, 2008 - 03:08:10
Lauri said:

Thank you SO MUCH for this tutorial!!! I have been wanting to experiment with these, but wasn’t quite sure how to use them. BTW: I love the way you write up your tutorials; they are very easy to understand.
Thanks again!

Aug 6, 2008 - 07:08:11
Kathi said:

Great tutorial. I don’t use my Twinklins like that, but I’m going to try your way since you get such wonderful results.


Aug 6, 2008 - 11:08:03
Char- D said:

Thanks for clearing up the mystery behind using the Twinkling H2O.

Aug 7, 2008 - 06:08:23
Penny said:

Hi Beth, this looks great coloured first then H20’d! I do mine a little differently though by spritzing the H2O’s and leaving them for 10 mins so the paint gets nice and creamy and then I fill in the areas rather than shading – probably because I am no artist though!!

Penny x

ps I am totally lost with your new blog! When I click on tutorials there’s nothing there and when I come here directly from my email I can’t see any other comments . Odd eh?

Aug 10, 2008 - 10:08:13
malieta said:

Very informative tutorial Beth! I have some H2Os but wasn’t really sure what to do with them. Thank you for sharing:)

Sep 26, 2008 - 07:09:33
Joan B said:

Thanks for a great tutorial. Easy to follow and you got great results!

Oct 10, 2008 - 10:10:35
Janet Castle said:

Thanks for the turtorial. I have all but 3 of the H2O’s colors and love them. I have been coloring in everything…will try your way too!
Thanks again,

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