I almost called this post "A Monet Moment," and perhaps the photo to the left gives you a hint why. The results of this very simple process remind me of works by the Impressionists. Of course, the design you choose for the base has a lot of influence on the over-all result.
I'm sure other polymerists have used powders in the same way. This was just a new twist for me. First, I needed to find texture sheets that had appropriate overall designs. I also wanted them to be thin and flexible, so I could impress the design by passing the clay and texture sheet through the pasta machine together. This is, for me, the best way to get a deep impression while avoiding any unwanted movement that often comes when pressing textures freehand. Then I "painted" the sheet. I used Pearl Ex powders and small pointed paint brushes to dab and paint on the various colors. I did find I needed to go back over the piece a second time to intensify the colors and blends.
Here are two sets using the same texture sheet with different colors for the flowers. As you can see, I really like this pattern.
The blue set below is a bit more abstract, almost "deco," in design. I think I like the floral patterns better for this technique.
One last comment. The powders set during the baking process, but even after baking, a little color could still come off on my hands. I solved this by sealing each piece with Preserve Your Memories II. I used a light coating so as not to change the sparkle of the powders. The end result is a pretty, smear-proof finish that has preserved the original look.