View Full Version : Let's not be too quick to discount Glitter

03-27-2006, 10:27 AM
Hi Ragers,

I just put up another tutorial on using the glitter tool in combination with roller and oil paint. The example is simplistic and under developed but should get the idea across.

Let's push the tools we have as far as we can before suggesting their elimination.


Be well,


Edited to update link.

03-27-2006, 11:11 AM
Very cool tutorial, Fashmir.

Another use for the glitter tool is to lay down a texture for painting over.
Choose a very small particle size, with a big brush, and lay down a lot of glitter in an area. You can shape the area, cut into it, smooth it a bit with light pressure from the eraser tool.
Now you can either airbrush over that, use 'instadry' oils over it, cut into it with pencil or other tools, or you can add a layer and use any of the tools overtop the textured surface.


03-27-2006, 02:02 PM
Cool suggestios Andy. This is going to add some nice tweaks to style. (Now about that badger blending brush). :)

03-27-2006, 03:13 PM
That's an innovative use for it! I really like how that came out :)

03-27-2006, 04:09 PM
Thanks Dave. I tend to want to find new ways to use things, especially those things which tend to say one thing and can be another. It is easy to look at the glitter tool at a glance and think of gradeschool art projects, dismissing it as a gimick or "toy" but I think it's right up there with the air brush. It would be a kick to have the ability to control glitter shape and softness. If I could load a tiny black and white image to define the shape of the chunks of glitter that would be cool. Of course that may not be the direction you guys want to go simplicity wise. Fun stuff though.

Be well,


03-27-2006, 08:10 PM
thank you fashmir, i am really amazed the way how you discover the different tools in artrage, its so amazingly simple, but you can get loads of things out of it!!

Great tool guys really great tool!!

Aged P
03-27-2006, 08:45 PM
If you do "Bilbo Potter the Jedi" stuff a few grains of Metallic Glitter, gradually scaled down to give perpective make a fair impression of gold money, or fuel crystals or whatever.

You do have to work at it, if not then it looks like faults in the canvas.

03-27-2006, 11:47 PM
I love the way you come up with these ideas Fashimir, and to put together the tutorial so quickly!

The effect you have with the autumn leaves is really cool. Obviously the tree can be drawn with full green summer foliage using the same technique.

I will go home and do something with this later.

Keep 'em coming.

03-27-2006, 11:50 PM
Oh, and I like the idea of designing your own 'glitter' shapes!

07-03-2007, 10:31 AM
Weird i couldn't get to the tutorial.

07-03-2007, 10:43 AM
link doesn't work. too bad. it looks like a cool tutorial.

07-05-2007, 07:07 PM
Ok I fixed the link. Sorry that went broken.

07-06-2007, 04:26 PM
Thx for fixing it, it is another very good tutorial you have posted.

07-07-2007, 12:43 AM
This is really neat! Absolutely cool idea, very useful. I admit glitter looked like a 'toy brush' to me too, so I've never tried to use it for anything, but it looks like I was wrong.

07-24-2007, 10:40 AM
I managed to make a nice starfield with the glitter tool. Though the painting never got done, I got stuck trying to get the thing to not affect the layers I wanted to use to draw spaceships and nebulas in.

Also, I wanted to make the starfield denser in places, so I could draw the extra thickness of stars that make up the galactic disc. Couldn't figure out that one either, any ideas?