Friday, February 8, 2013

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


  1. So pretty!! Can't wait to see the tangles!! Love the ghosting--so super cool!

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

  3. 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! ♥

  4. Ilovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve the pink's perfect!!!!


  5. 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!

  6. Wow. I simply love these. Thanks for sharing the whole process and the beautiful results.


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