Playing With Dylusions Ink Sprays


I make a lot of art with Dylusions Ink Sprays. They are definitely the one art product I could not work without. This week I tried something a little different with them.

I am not sure why I thought about this. It is a technique I use with water based markers and ink pads, but I had never tried the Dylusions this way and I was curious if it would work. And if it would look any different. I began by spraying the Dylusions inks straight onto my craft mat. Then I hit the color with a spray of water. That is all the prep I did.

I was working with the cold pressed watercolor post cards from Hahnemühle. I just took one and placed it down over the sprayed color on the craft mat. I tapped it a little to make sure the paper was making contact with the puddle of color, then turned it over.

I am certain you know me well enough by now to know I love how it worked! I like the splattering and spottiness along the bottom but thought it could use a bit more color. I flipped the post card over and touched that bottom section down into some of the color still on my craft mat.

Just a little extra color – more of the orange – but a little was enough. I love this one! Because these cards are 105 lb in weight, they did curl a little with the wetness. That is why I am using my handy dandy fancy kitchen knife to hold the post card down in the middle. I only needed to do that for about 30 seconds and the paper relaxed and settled down into place. I just set this to the side to dry. Nothing else needed to be done to it. Easy peasy. Want to see it once it was dry?

Isn’t it beautiful? You may notice the orange is not so prominent any longer. Since I let this dry naturally, the colors continued to merge and blend. And I love it! I am so easy to please, honestly. Hahahaha! But I do love these colors. I used bubblegum pink and lemon zest. That’s all. Just two colors. And they made all that lovely orange. Not usually a fan of orange – unless it is paired with pink and yellow. Hahahaha!

Not wanting to waste any of my color, I figured I had almost enough to make one more post card. I added a little fresh lime to the mix. No extra water. No other color.

And I tapped a post card down into the color. And I totally didn’t take any other photos of this one until it was dry because I got excited and forgot. Sorry. And here it is looking awesome:

Isn’t it lovely? You can still see of the lemon zest clearly and a bit of the bubblegum pink. And you can see the fresh lime. What you get when those colors meet is a lovely bit of coral. The way colors mix and merge is really fascinating to me. I know, I know. I have simple tastes and I’m good with that!

I have a third post card that I made sometime either before or after these two. There are no photos to show the steps but I wanted to show you how it turned out <3

I figured if spraying the color onto the craft mat and letting it mix there worked for the post cards, it should work for a large sheet of paper. I started with a wiped off craft mat, then sprayed some bubblegum pink and after midnight (a dark blue) onto the mat.

I sprayed the area with water and tried to remember this was going to be an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of Hahnemühle Bristol paper. I needed to be sure I had plenty of color to cover that page. So I worked in a larger area than before.

There is that sheet of Bristol facedown in the color. And all my awesome little notes on the back so I would remember what paper I was using. I just realized something strange. I’ll tell you in a minute.

When I flipped the paper back over this is what it looked like. I love those spotty areas of color in the white. I don’t get those when I work with the Dylusions directly onto the paper and not the mat. So I really liked that addition.

I did have a lot of ‘wet’ though, so I used a tissue to blot a little there at the top. Watching?

Can you see where it lifted some color away and left some texture behind?

Let’s try that again.

I like the way that works. And the fact that it doesn’t fill right back in with color but retains the texture.

But there was still a lot of wet down the middle, so I reached for my heat gun and made a heat ring.

You literally just point the heat tool down into the puddle and the hot air blows the color out in the form of a circle until it dries. Unless you stop first.

Or until you start pushing the color in runs across the paper.

And about this time I thought about all the ink still on the mat and the fact that I had been moving the paper around over the top of it as I worked drips and runs and that heat ring.

So I turned the paper over and this is what I had going on on the backside. Awesome! I must have had a decent amount of yellow on my craft mat for it pop up like that on this side. Guess I didn’t wipe it off very well in between, and honestly I don’t usually bother with it. Until the very end. I like the way little bits of color adhere to other projects. Kind of like when you work with a gelli plate.

My first thought – just about always – was heat ring.

Heat rings and runs.

Actually I got fairly carried away with those runs. But isn’t this side cool, too? And the point of something strange I mentioned way up in the post – those handwritten notes about what kind of paper I was using – they are all gone. Completely. They just aren’t there anymore. And I did not erase them. The dylusions ink mix must have somehow caused them to disappear. Good thing I believe in sticky notes! Hahahaha!

This is what the front side looks like once dry. I should have dried it more because the after midnight color sort of overtook the bubblegum pink. I haven’t had that happen before so I was surprised. I still like it, but I’m thinking I’m going to need to tangle this with a white gelly roll pen. Or a combination of pens.

My favorite piece of the day was this one right here. Love these corals. This technique of spraying the ink onto the craft mat, adding water, then tapping the paper down into the color and lifting – worked very well! Much better than I had even hoped for! I hope you will be encouraged to try something similar. It doesn’t have to be Dylusions inks. Any kind of inks you have will more than likely work similar. The craft mat is wonderful because you can clean it off afterwards with a baby wipe and it’s good as new. If you don’t have a craft mat, think old plastic tablecloths. Something like that. A sheet of plastic or plexiglass – non-porous and something you won’t need to use to eat on later. Hahahaha! Have fun! I’d love to hear how it works for you!

Let me leave you with a video showing how I make runs and drips. The heat tool is kind of annoying so you may want to turn off the sound. It’s alright. I don’t mind.

Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcards and here
Hahnemühle Bristol
Dylusions Ink Sprays at Joggles
Ranger Craft Mat
Heat Tool

14 thoughts on “Playing With Dylusions Ink Sprays

  1. I’m always in love with all your backgrounds, they are fabulous. I should like to try but I have no dylusions inks sprays ………. somedays perhaps !!

    • I may try to do a Art on a Shoe String post very soon for those who don’t have access to dylusions <3

  2. No wonder those Dylusions are a constant companion apart from Aurora in your studio – must admit I thought that backside accidental opportunity rather brilliant. Surprising myself (I’m not a ‘pink’ persons) it’s the first one that I like best with your favourite plus the opportunity tied second.

  3. That, was a lot of fun! Watching you experiment and being inspired to try more.

    Thanks for a great post.

  4. This is great Alice thank you for sharing. I have one tip to add. Sometimes with the Dylusions inks your colors may be too saturated. If that happens, yiu can rinse the tile under running water. Plenty of the pigment will have been absorbed in the paper so there’s no need to worry about washing it all away. Blot with some paper towels and then I set it between dry paper towels under a heavy book for a while to dry in order to keep it nice and flat. It’s scary but it works!

  5. I’ve done this technique before. Works great. You can also dip a brush into it and just paint it on and get a different look. Very fun.

    • yes, I’ve done that as well 🙂 I love your color work, deb, you do some really amazing things!

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