I hope you managed a break over Easter, preferably one filled with art.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been rediscovering my love of inks and stencils for bright and colourful backgrounds. A few people have asked me how I manage to keep the colours from ‘muddying’ or going grey so I thought I’d share my techniques with you.
In my video I go through my take on colour theory and the colour wheel when working with Dylusions (or any other non-permanent inks) and create the background for this bright pretty piece.
You can watch the video here:
- 300g Watercolour paper (e.g. Strathmore pad)
- Dylusions ink sprays in all the colours!
- Spray bottle with water
- Paper towels
- Stencils (including various Artist Cellar, The Crafter’s Workshop & Tim Holtz layering stencil)
- Twinkling H2O’s
- Dip pen + acrylic ink (or other permanent pen)
- Paint pens (for lettering)
Here are the key things to remember with my techniques:
- Keep to just a few layers.
- Keep cool and warm colours separate
- Dab the ink off between sprays
- If colours start to get muddy dab them off with the paper towel
- Use sprayed water to make colours less vivid or to remove/reduce colour you don’t like the look/placement of.
- Work round the piece.
- Leave the piece to dry completely before you go in again with more colour!
I hope you enjoy the video and learn something that helps you have more fun with these gorgeous inks. Do share your lovely creations on the Lulu Art & Friends facebook page.
If you’d like to keep in touch with what I’m doing you can follow my blog at kookymakes.wordpress.com or like my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kookymakesart