Glitter Glue/Glitter Paint

Glitter Glue and Loose Glitter clear glue

I get so many questions regarding the glitter I use on my ornaments. Here is everything I know about glitter glue/paint.

Sometimes I use regular store bought glitter glue. Usually the clear iridescent kind when I want a white glittery background. But most of the time I make my own glitter glue that I like to call “glitter paint” using a mix of store bought glitter glue or regular clear glue and loose glitter.

My glitter paint is simple. I use fine loose glitter and mixed it with clear synthetic glue. Fine glitter works best. I purchased the clear synthetic glue in the school supply section at my local 100 yen shop in Japan. When I purchased the glue I didn’t know if it was going to work the way I wanted it to. I just saw that it was perfectly clear in the bottle and decided to try it. I mixed the glitter and glue together until I got a consistency I was happy with. If it’s got too much glue it will run down the sides of the ornament when drying and won’t give good coverage. If it’s got to much glitter, it will be kinda chunky and won’t be smooth on the foam. My best advice is to experiment until you get it right. You will need to use several layers. I usually use several layers so that you can’t see the foam underneath.

When applying the glitter glue, put on a very thick layer (a few millimeters thick). It might look lumpy and uneven when wet but once it dries it will be fine. Again, you’ll have to put on several layers if you want an opaque look. When layering you can fill in those annoying gaps. I always use several coats.

I use two different types of glue for making my glitter paint. I mix fine loose glitter with either to make my glitter paint.
1. Clear synthetic glue, purchased in Japan.
2. Glitter Glue by Sulyn Industries that I purchased at Hobby Lobby many years ago. On the glitter glue label is says “sticks to craft foam, paper and wood”.

Glitter glue/paint takes a long time to dry. Do not use a hair dryer to dry the glue. Just be patient and let the glue dry naturally. In my experience if you use a hair dryer the glitter will loose it’s sparkle.

Here is an Email I received from one of my readers. She wasn’t having any success with my technique so she tried something different.

Hi Alyx, 
I wrote to you before because I was having trouble painting on my glitter with the glitter glue.  I tried all kinds of glue. Nothing worked for me.  So I got out my Liquitex gloss medium and varnish that I use with my acrylic paints.
I did it two ways and both ways worked wonderfully.  The first way was I mixed about a tsp of gloss medium and added the fine glitter.  I mixed it up and it was cloudy and then poured a little more and stirred.  Then I brushed, dabbed on the glitter and then used my hair dryer and set it.  The second way I brushed on the medium and sprinkled on the glitter.  Dusted it off and then dabbed on a loaded brush and pressed lightly onto the glitter.  Then I sprinkled on more glitter and dusted off the extra.  I then used my hair dryer again.  The glitter does not lose its shine.  Let dry 24 hours to cure completely.  You can buy liquitex gloss medium and varnish anywhere where they sell paint and artist supplies. 
Sincerely, Arilla

Here’s a picture Arilla sent me of her ornament using Liquitex gloss.
Arilla's glitter paint example

If you have any other questions about making glitter paint or have some other ideas for making glitter paint please leave a comment below.

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10 Replies to “Glitter Glue/Glitter Paint”

  1. Hello, first let me express how much I love all your work. Simply stunning and amazing to watch you work.
    My question is, where can I find the fine glitter you add to the glitter glue? I went on some websites that sell glitter and I was overwhelmed with all the different glitter they sell with loads of descriptions about the kinds of glitter.
    I’ve watched you mix the glitter and see your glitter comes in small clear bags.
    Any help or website would be so appreciated. Thank you

    1. Honestly, I bought that glitter at the 100 Yen Shop here in Japan. That’s like the Dollar Store in the USA. Fine glitter with small grains seems to work best. It’s been a long time since I’ve made a glitter ornament or bought new glitter. But if I was going to buy glitter I would try Cartwright’s. I’ve always purchased sequins from them but never glitter. However, their selection looks pretty good and is described as “ultra fine”. If I was going to get more glitter I would buy it from them. Here’s the link:

    2. If you are in the US, any/all craft stores should have a good selection of fine glitter. Even Walmart has a good selection. Alyx correct me if I am wrong but except for grain size, glitter is glitter. Find the least expensive source available
      in the colors you want.

  2. First, I LOVE your ornaments. That being said I have another way that I do glitter that seems to work well for me and might work well for someone else too. Before I start my ornament I sketch my design on the ball so I know where I want the glitter to be. Then, I just use clear Elmer’s glue and paint it on, sprinkle with extra fine glitter, shake off excess, let dry. Once it’s dry I paint on more clear Elmer’s glue so no glitter falls off (and it makes a glossy shine) and let it dry one more time then I add my sequins or fabric depending on which I’m using.

    1. Glitter glue is the stuff you buy in the craft shop. Glitter paint is the stuff I make myself. However there isn’t much difference between the two. Both are made from the same stuff. Glitter paint is just thicker and more opaque.

  3. I like Arilla design…but..when I tried sprinkle the glitter it settled on the sequins as well and it look messy. I think I will stick with glitter paint. x

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