ColorBox ColoriQue

Brought to you by Clearsnap

ColoriQue is a unique, blendable ink-based product that brings vibrant color to many different surfaces.


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  • Ink and resin based for a variety of surfaces

  • Fast drying and opaque

  • Mixable and blendable

  • Easy clean up with water

  • Made in the USA

Product Description

Manufacturer Description

At Clearsnap®, we love color! And finding new ways to help our customers add color to craft projects is our passion. From our beginnings in a garage workshop more than 20 years ago, we've grown into a leading US manufacturer in the paper crafts industry.

Clearsnap uses only the finest quality materials in our products. When we develop a new ink, inkpad, applicator or embellishment, we put it through its paces. We invite some of the best, most experienced and demanding artists to test it for us. Products that survive and shine through this process make it into our catalog and onto our web site.

Product Description

ColoriQue is an ink and resin based product developed by Clearsnap® and jewelry artist Lisa Marie Jimenez to bring color to metal and a variety of surfaces. Each ColorBox® Colorique color is blendable and can be layered for unique effects. Whether you want a patina effect, single color, or a fine-detailed design, Colorique can do it all. Applies easily and dries quickly. Heat embossing is recommended to set the color. Beautiful color on metals, both raw and plated, as well as clay, ceramic, glass and wood.

Convenient size bottles with droppers make it easy to use conservative amounts of paint and to mix small batches of custom color.

ColoriQue dries fast, cleans up easily with water, and is studio safe.

Learn more about ColoriQue with Lydia's out-of-the-box experiments:

You'll love ColoriQue Design Team member Dana Tatar's Poured Technique:

Learn how to add vibrant color to embossed foil:

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  1. Bright, Cheerful Custom Colors

    By Anna Wight

    I found the ColorBox ColoriQue® pigment inks to be bright, cheerful colors, that are very easy to blend into custom colors. For example, I found that it was simple to make a nice gingerbread brown by mixing 2 parts yellow, 2 parts purple, and 1 part orange. This is a quick drying product, so you do need to work quickly! I found mixing colors on a waxed paper plate worked great, and made for easy clean up.

    The pigments were easy to apply to all surfaces, fast drying, and I was able to apply them with a variety of applicators, including brushes, daubers, and even using direct application. While making a mini Ball Jar battery operated tea light luminary, just a single drop of water was enough to thin several drops of pigment to allow the pigment to cover the inside of the glass jar and create a beautiful translucent red jar that at night, allows the glow of the battery operated tea light to shine through.

    The pigments are a wonderful way to color small pieces of metal accents on projects. I used several colors to change plain silver jingle bells to pretty colored jingle bells that perfectly matched my project! I also used the pigments to color a brass colored metal heart pin to a beautiful vintage red, with embossed lettering highlighted very slightly with white pigment. I loved how quick and easy it was to use the pigments to change the brass colored heart to something more appealing.

  2. Easy to Use. Easy Clean Up.

    By MariLynn DeGroot

    When I opened my box of ColoriQue®, I wasn't sure what to think. But I am always up for an adventure. My first project was a star. I die cut it out of a soda can. I then embossed it with an embossing folder and then started painting with the ColoriQue paints. I squeezed some of the paint onto a plastic lid that I use for holding paint while I work. I was a little surprised that the paint, though a little translucent, covered the metal really well, without having to prime the metal first. I started with light colors and added darker colors on top When I was happy with the look, I set the colors with my heat gun. After making the star, I did a circle ornament die cut from another soda can.

    I wanted to see if ColoriQue paints worked on other surfaces. I decided to try them on rocks. I picked up some pebbles from my yard. I just added the paints starting with light colors and adding darker on top. I let some of the colors mix together on the rocks. When I was finished I heat set the paint with my heat gun. I then rubbed some metallic rub to bring out the texture of the rocks and wire wrapped them. I think I will make a few more of these for Christmas presents.

    ColoriQue paints were so much fun to use. They were super easy to paint with, and even easier to clean up. All it took was some water to clean up. I am excited to experiment some more and see what else I can paint on.

  3. Vibrant, Blendable Paint

    By Janelle Stollfus

    I have used many brands of paints for papercrafting and mixed media and the ColoriQue product line from Clearsnap works much like the others do with vibrant, dense colors for direct painting or diluting as a watercolor wash, however I appreciated a few noticeable differences.

    The paint’s low viscosity and enamel-like finish covers nonporous objects easily and levels as it dries, leaving no brush strokes.

    The dropper style container allows for small batches to be used at a time. It is easy to mix in drop ratios (i.e. 1 drop Frisco Bay to 2 drops Wisteria).

    It is highly blendable if you do not heat set before the next color is applied, but will eventually get picked up if brushed or sponged enough on a second coat of another color.

    Sponging or painting on glossy paper makes it even more workable for techniques like marbling and blending with a brush, rubbing alcohol from a spray bottle or water.

    Use this paint to color coordinate paper, fiber and metal for a cohesive project!

  4. Infinite Blends with ColoriQue

    By Dina Kowal

    It's always fun to try out a new medium, especially one with a unique application! I found the ColoriQue® products very easy to work with. I loved the dropper bottle format, since small projects could be completed with just a drop or two of color.

    I painted a large floral charm with several different colors, and I'm excited about using this as a way to customize jewelry in the future. For another gallery project, I dripped two different ColoriQue colors onto a craft mat and pressed small glass tiles into the ink - the inks blended at the edges with the pressure, and adhered beautifully to the tile, creating a unique print that showed through to the other side. The product worked well for painting in a stamped image on a chalkboard tag - I used several layers of paint for the image, and each layer was more vibrant. I also used ColoriQue to paint an imprinted clay piece - I'll share a tutorial for that technique soon! For a final quick sample, I was inspired by a project made by the creator of ColoriQue, and created a canvas. I took 3 colors and swiped them across the canvas, then spritzed over the canvas with water and let the colors run and bleed together. They air-dried most of the way, and then I used a heat tool to set them. Using a negative painting technique, I drew an outline and painted with white acrylic paint outside the line. Very little color picked up with the paint, and the ColoriQue made a beautiful and very vibrant background.

    Though the color range is limited to 14 colors at this time, the colors are easily mixed to create infinite blends - for one project I wanted a more muted green, so I mixed the Avocado color with a tiny bit of orange for a more olive tone, and the yellow and purple together made a lovely brown.

    The inks dry quickly and have good coverage on nonporous surfaces, and if you make a mistake they also are removed easily with water before sealing or setting. The sealant included in the ColoriQue line is a thick, transparent glaze that dries with a glossy shine - it's a must-have for protecting your projects from the elements and regular wear.

  5. Thick and Thin for the Win

    By Jeanne Streiff

    Colorbox® ColoriQue® by Lisa Marie Jimenez paints were a brand new medium for me and they were very fun to play with! I used them with bare and sealed wood, metal, and paper for my projects. I was happy with the coverage of the paint on all surfaces I used. The paints were also very quick to dry. If you need to speed up the process you can heat set them with a heat tool.

    The ColoriQue paints are thicker than ink and thinner than traditional acrylic craft paints. These paints were originally designed to adhere to metal but also work with other surfaces like wood, clay, ceramic, leather, glass and even paper. Soap and water cleanup is always a big plus.

    There are 14 colors in the ColoriQue line plus a clear sealant. I used the sealant on my wood project, and with just one coat I could get a nice smooth shiny finish. The colors are beautiful and provide a good range with the available colors. The colors are also mixable/ blendable so you can create even more colors. Made in the USA!

  6. Colorful Alchemy

    By Lydia Fiedler

    I didn't know what to expect when I sat down to experiment with ColoriQue® for the first time, which is really how I like to go into every medium. If you know what to expect, it boxes you into using the medium in an expected way, which can be limiting. So I deliberately did not seek out videos etc. before I got my box.

    Like a mad scientist, I performed my usual experiments that I do with all "paint" mediums - acrylic, watercolor, ink, etc. I love to test reactivity, so I tested it with rubbing alcohol, salt and cling wrap. It was extremely reactive with both alcohol and salt, which always makes me happy, because you can get really fun surface treatments with those two substances. The cling wrap experiment was very fun, because where the Colorique pooled under the cling wrap, it became very shiny - like a shellac finish, whereas where it didn't come into contact with the wrap, it was a matte finish. All three of these experiments were performed on watercolor paper.

    After I had tested my watercolor cardstock, I tried a non-porous surface, and as the bottle indicated, it was ideal for that! I bought inexpensive ceramic drawer pulls for a piece of furniture I was working on that had four broken pulls. I had just painted the unit turquoise, so I went with the orange/red color Poppy in the collection for contrast. That was the easiest makeover of hardware I've ever done! You can apply it with a sponge dauber (my favorite) or a foam brush (I didn't like this as much) and the color goes on the slick surfaces beautifully. I applied several coats of color, and then added the sealer and I love the way it turned out. I didn't get a chance to try this, but I think it would be a really fun medium to rehab an old leather purse or a pair of shoes with!

    ColoriQue comes in the perfect size, in my opinion - it's a great rainbow of colors and these bottles are a great size for numerous projects without taking up too much room. The colors are beautiful, saturated hues and well-chosen. While it wasn't necessarily designed for papercrafting, it plays very well with paper, and I loved the backgrounds I made with it. My favorite part about the product is the amount of coverage and opacity you get with a very thin layer of Colorique. I think a little bit would really go a long way if you had some found objects you wanted to bring some colorful life to.

  7. Love the Versatility

    By Polly Pfost

    A new way to enhance my mixed media projects? Count me in! So when I got my box of ColoriQue® goodies with its dozen or so bottles of this new product I was super excited! There are plenty of color options here but why settle for 14 colors....they’re mixable and blendable! If you’re a color person like I am, creating new shades is a big plus.

    For my first project I used small wooden embellishments which I painted with went on like a dream, absorbed quickly, and dried fast (I’m impatient so this is very important). I then applied the sealant which really popped the color. ColoriQue works great for metal embellishments as it shows all the tiny details and really enriches the beauty of deeply etched designs. I was able to paint a metal bird with a couple of different colors that I wanted to blend and the delicate detail lines showed off brilliantly. And as a vintage lover I was able to achieve the look of a distressed metal by wiping off a bit of color with a baby wipe...fantastic!

    One of the things I love about ColoriQue is its versatility. Sometimes I’m not sure what to use on a certain surface...this worked great on wood, glass, metal, chipboard, modeling was fun to experiment and get pleasing results with all these. The colors are beautiful and’s a mixed media workhorse! I had a great time testing out this product and will continue to use it on all my art projects.

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Questions and Comments

What do you think? Leave your comments and questions.

I’m so happy to read the reviews of ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez ink and find that those who tried it love it as much as I do. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and inspiring projects ladies!

Dana Tatar   |  Wed Nov 1, 2017 at 1:47 PM

Thanks for the intro to a new product….  looks exciting with so many uses!

Bette   |  Mon Nov 6, 2017 at 4:24 AM

The ColoriQue looks like it is a lot of fun!  Would love to play with it!

Lisa Whiting   |  Tue Nov 7, 2017 at 6:38 PM
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What you'll pay

Clearsnap® ColoriQue MSRP $6.50
Clearsnap® ColoriQue Sealant MSRP $6.50

Where to buy

You may purchase Clearsnap ColoriQue products directly from Lisa Marie Jimenez Store or ask your favorite retailer.

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