More Re-inker Techniques

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.

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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 –

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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.

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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

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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.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

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.

 

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