Do you splatter? You know – where you put some water color on a brush & flick it to add little (or big) splatters of color to the background of something.
I like the look of splattering, but I struggle to use it because
- I’m afraid of messing things up
- It seems messy to me
- It’s a hassle to ‘drag out my watercolors & supplies’
Here are some things I’ve done to combat my excuses and use this fun technique in my artwork –
Messing Up – The reason I usually mess things up is because I don’t think about the ink splattering until I’ve got the main components in place & it just needs a little extra. That’s what happened in the above picture – I added the splatters after the main stamp & they just sort of run together. I’m trying harder to
- Think things through before hand so I can get that splattering in the background
- Add the splattering to smaller pieces that can be added to the larger work
- Use masking to cover what I don’t want splattered
Messiness – for the most part, I like clean, simple lines – not a lot of fluff (don’t get me wrong, it looks great when others do it, it’s just not my style). I struggle with random – seriously – if I’m ‘randomly’ placing colors on a quilt or card – I still have to play with them to get some sort of pattern, or make sure things aren’t clashing.
So – I’ve learned to use splattering sparingly (say that 5 times fast) – to add just a hint of background color or a little more dimension.
My last excuse for not using splattering is ‘having to drag it all out’ – that’s where today’s technique is most helpful. This mainly has to do with the tools & supplies I use –
- Waterbrushes! These are great little brushes with the water enclosed in the barrel (see the photo below)
- I don’t need to worry about spilling cups of water
- Different sized brushes for variety
- Using re-inkers instead of watercolors.
- My inks perfectly match the papers and other stamping I’m working with
- It takes less than a drop and the color is very vibrant
- I’m not overwhelmed by the pallet of my watercolors and mixing them
Here’s what I did –
- Stamp the main image onto White Daisy cardstock (I used Nutmeg)
- Create a mask from scrap paper/cardstock. I tore the edges so it wouldn’t be a distinct square.
- I used a small waterbrush and squeezed some water into the bristles
- Pick up a small amount of ink from the tip of a re-inker (I used Fern, Poppy, Goldrush, and Saffron).
- Hold the brush over your paper and lightly tap/flick the brush handle to get splatters
Practice on some scraps to see how the water/re-inker mixes together and how dark or light, big or small your splatters are.
- More water = less vibrant color & larger drops
- More re-inker = darker colors & smaller drops
- Harder flicking = bigger, less controlled drops
I would love to hear whether you splatter, if it comes easy to you or if you have tricks that you use.
Here are the products I used for this card. They can be found at gerri.closetomyheart.com.
The leaf is from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge – #M473AB cut height is 1.75″ and I used Goldrush cardstock (use the lighter side for the top layer & the darker side for the base). Please note this collection is only available while supplies last.