Here's a quick rundown on what products I used. These arty treasures used are all available at www.shop.artbyjenny.com.au ...
- Dylusions Ink Sprays
- Dylusions Paint
- Dylusions Dy Cuts
- Dylusions Stamps (Flight of Fancy, Everything's Rosy, Anatomy of a Page)
- Dylusions Journaling Block
- Archival Ink Pads (Jet Black)
- Ranger Craft Mat
- Jane Davenport Inkredible Pen (for the sketch in the background)
- Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers
- Jane Davenport Glitz-sea Markers
- Tim Holtz Crazy Dog Stamps
- Tim Holtz Layering Stencils
- Tim Holtz Ink Blending Foam Tools
- Sharp scissors
- Strathmore Mixed Media Paper
How I made this artwork...
With art, you've got to go with the flow as sometimes things just don't go according to plan, especially when you have so many ideas racing around your mind!
Remember what I said about art not behaving? Well, I should have used watercolour paper, mixed media paper or applied gesso first because the inks didn't blend, they just soaked into the one spot. Ah well, a few more sprays of London Blue on the hills and base of the page sort of helped. And I wanted a cloudy day anyway! lol :)
Have you used Dylusions inks with a brush yet? Or tried the Mermaid Markers? The colours are gorgeous... so vibrant and clean - when you mix the colours, they stay vibrant :) Always a great thing. Both make beautiful pastel shades when mixed with white and wonderful dusky darks when a dash of grey, black or brown is added.
While colouring I had a brainwave (it happens sometimes)... and stamped out some tentacles, feathers and flowers, and drew some wings for the dog. These were all fussy cut with scissors before using the Mermaid Markers to ink around the edges to hide the white paper.
Basically, I sprayed the Bubblegum Pink across the top, Postbox Red at the base and where the two met, I sprayed roughly with the yellow. Then a drop more pink and some Pomegranate was added before sending it outside into the summer sun to dry. The paper itself was upright during the spraying process (I turned it around a few times) rather than left flat on the table. This enabled the ink to run down the page, creating the drips and shadows.
While outside, I splashed White Linen Ink Spray about. To do this yourself, take off the lid and either splash about like a vinegar bottle (using your finger as a stopper) or use the straw of the lid to dip and shake off the ink. I did both :)
Dylusions inks remain reactive with water even after they've dried in 40+C sunshine, a splash of water in the wrong spot could mess up my new creation. Being reactive enables the ink to be lifted off to create faux bleach effects or to change sections to other colours (wet with water and blot with dry kitchen or blotting paper to lift off the ink).
The different textures in the background were added using Dylusions Paint (White Linen), Distress Oxide Ink Pads (Fossilized Amber and Tattered Rose) and a foam blending tool with a variety of my stencils by Tim Holtz : Ornate, Flames, Mosaic, Bubbles, Dot Fade, Splatters and Zig Zag.
The little dragonfly (on the toadstool) was added afterwards along with a few scribbly flowers along the base of the page. The octopus flowers turned out pretty cool with their feather leaves.
Thanks for reading my blog post. I hope it makes you smile and inspires you to get messy with paints, inks and other arty treasures!
Have a happy creative week!