Splashin’ Some Paints


I’ve been wanting to play with paints lately and today was the day!

These are the two final results. I know I still want to do a lot with these two-page spreads, but I’m still contemplating exactly what. Easy-peasy and literally about 10 minutes per spread. Here is what I did.

I started with Dylusions’ Creative Journal by Dyan Reaveley. It’s a large 11 13/16″ x 9″ journal, with pages measuring 11 3/8″ x 8 1/4″. The pages are heavy duty cardstock that hold up to lots and lots of water. I spritzed some water onto my paper, then I sprayed a bit of vibrant turquoise Dylusions Ink Spray onto the wet page.

To make this spread I literally used three colors. As they spread and mix, they make other colors. In addition to the turquoise, I sprayed on some Bubblegum Pink . . .

. . . and Lemon Zest. Then I spritzed more water onto the page . . .

. . . and closed the book. I pressed down the pages with the book closed, then opened it back up again. At this point I had wet, gloppy color on both pages.

I used a wad of paper towels to blot up the water. I added bits of color in the blank spaces, and

ended up with beautiful, bright colors.

These are the ink sprays I used.

Next, I took some stencils I also got from Dylusions. I held this one in place and spritzed some water onto the page – through the stencil.

I let it sit for a couple seconds, then lifted the stencil. At this point my stencil was wet on the top side, so I turned it over and placed it face-down on the adjacent page.

I pressed it down, then lifted it and removed it. I let both pages sit with the water on them for about 30-45 seconds. The wetness of the water re-activated the ink and the color started lifting everywhere the water was. After that 30-45 seconds, I dabbed the wetness with the paper towel, and dried my page with a heat gun. This technique is called ‘ghosting.’

I loved the pages just like this, but still wanted to add to them.

I inked a stamp with Stayz-On ink and

stamped it onto my pages in two different spots.

This was the end result. I will probably do more work on this, and at the absolute least I will tangle on these pages.

My second set of pages started off like this.

I applied the ghosting technique with some steampunk elements.

I really love this set also! I know that I will add more to these pages tomorrow. I will have to show you more photos when I get them complete. Now, off to tangle on the pink pages! I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

The Creator's Leaf

7 thoughts on “Splashin’ Some Paints

  1. Totally intriguing – wonderful seeing the stages too…….often it's hard to imagine something emerging from a gloopy blotchy smudge.Paula (PEP)

  2. So cool, Alice! Thank you so much for always giving step-by-step instructions on your backgrounds. I always love beautiful backgrounds, but am intimidated about trying to create them. You're a Bold Background Warrior – whom I admire very much! ♥

  3. Alice, I love all the spreads and really appreciate the time you took to share them! I'd love to achieve backgrounds like this, so I am going to have to try your techniques. Do you have a good source to recommend for dylusions products? Do the mainstream art/craft stores carry them?Thank you so much for uploading and explaining these glorious pages!

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