How to Make Sparkles in Paint


Paint can be made brighter and more noticeable with added sparkles. Sparkles reflect light and shimmer. To create this affect small light reflectors should be mixed into the paint. There are a variety of sparkles that can be added according to the type of paint. From large chips to dust-like particles they all add sparkle and drama. Various types of materials will reflect light in paint. Small types of metallic glitter, small mirror chips, flakes and specks of mica, or pieces of quartz from tiny flecks to larger chunks can be used.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint stick
  • Mica chips
  • Metal glitter
  • Quartz chips
  • Mica particles
  • Painter's tape
  • Clear coat sealer
  • Paint roller
  • Paint tray

Adding sparkles to paint

  • Choose the type of paint first. There are many types but not all of them will adapt well to the addition of sparkles. In oil-based paint it will need to be stirred to distribute the sparkles evenly right before painting. Latex paint comes in thick and thin consistency and the thick type works better with sparkles.

  • Add the sparkles right before painting so they do not have time to sink to the bottom of the paint can. If this starts to happen, quickly pour the paint into a tray and use a roller for a smoother effect. Let dry. Latex paint dries more quickly than oil-based paints. On average, latex paint takes about two hours to dry. Oil-based paint should be allowed to dry overnight.

  • Use a clear acrylic sealer coat over the dry paint. It will seal in the sparkles so that they do not chip off or shed. Let the sealant dry for one hour.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a child's room, use the sparkly paint to block out their name on the wall. This will add a very personal touch. Be sure to use painter's tape to get clean edges. Use at least three coats of clear sealant. Only use tiny dust-like sparkles and latex paint in a child's room.
  • Apply paint in a well-ventilated area.

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