Friday, June 6, 2014

Mixed Media Tutorial: 3 Easy Steps For Painting With Mists and Spray Inks

I can't believe it's Friday again and we're here with a new edition to the mixed media tutorials. Seriously, where did the week go? I guess it's true that time flies when you're having fun.

We've been having fun enjoying the lovely warmer weather and not being stuck indoors so much anymore. Even though we still have several weeks of homeschooling to do, we've been rushing through the school work and doing some of our school work outdoors sitting on the porch while the boys run around collecting maple seeds and throwing them up in the air to watch them spin around.


Heather Greenwood | painting with mists or spray inks #mixedmedia #tutorial


That means, I'm happy to share some really quick and easy tutorials with you this summer. I literally sneaked this project in during our lunch break. 

We've been playing around with lighting and it's been quite fun getting the kids involved and showing them how to bounce light off of white poster board or poster board wrapped in aluminum foil. I'm really loving the assistance and they're loving helping me out. I'm also secretly excited that they are learning without having to sit and read a book about lighting. This kind of stuff makes homeschooling lots of fun!

OK... so let's get to this super easy peasy tutorial!


SUPPLIES:
Heather Greenwood | painting with mists or spray inks #mixedmedia #tutorial

  • paper or journal card
  • spray ink or mist
  • paint brush

I'm using a pre-printed card from the Studio Calico Blue Note Project Life Kit. It's printed on watercolor paper so it's nice and thick for wet mediums. For mist, I'm using Heidi Swap Color Shine in Primrose, Georgia Peach, and Mustard. The paint brush is just a small cheap one I bought at Michaels.

First, a note about the card I'm using... It does have a pattern pre-printed on it, so this tutorial shows me coloring in the triangles. You don't need to use one that has a pattern and can just paint the whole card. Earlier this week I shared a birthday card where I did that. I used Heidi Swapp's Gold Color Shine to paint the background. You also don't have to use just one color but can use multi colors and blend them together.

Have I told you this tutorial is super easy peasy? If not, I'm telling you now... it's SUPER EASY PEASY!!!

JUST THREE STEPS

1. Open up your bottle and dip your brush into the mist


Heather Greenwood | painting with mists or spray inks #mixedmedia #tutorial

2. Start brushing where ever you want the color, if using more than one color, try to blend the colors in at the edges.


Heather Greenwood | painting with mists or spray inks #mixedmedia #tutorial


Heather Greenwood | painting with mists or spray inks #mixedmedia #tutorial


Heather Greenwood | painting with mists or spray inks #mixedmedia #tutorial

3. Let dry by blotting with a paper towel, or using a heat gun or just letting it sit out for a few hours.


Heather Greenwood | painting with mists or spray inks #mixedmedia #tutorial

That's It! Three easy steps and you're done! 

The fun part is that you can repeat the above steps over again and again. The more layers you add the more interest you give to the color blending. 

Once I was done with painting in the triangles and letting it dry. I took the spray wand from the Primrose and tapped it several times to get the splatters.


Heather Greenwood | painting with mists or spray inks #mixedmedia #tutorial

I shared yesterday, what the card looks like in our wedding album. I added it to the 4"x6" card and added a sticker and that's it. I really LOVE it!

Heather Greenwood | painting with mists or spray inks #mixedmedia #tutorial

And here's the card from earlier this week that shows how I used the Gold to just brush over the background of the card.








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