Spray Starch & Alcohol Ink Background Technique

My final blog post tonight before I crawl off to bed with my hot chocolate ๐Ÿ™‚

Im really enjoying playing around with the spray starch to see how it can be used, seeing how well it worked with the pearl ex I wondered how it would react with Alcohol Inks and decided to experiment and see.

These backgrounds where created in a similar way to the Pearl Ex ones, instead of pearl ex I used Alcohol Inks with the Spray Starch

Heres what I did:


1. On a sheet of gloss card, randomly splash and dot alcohol inks all over.

2. Spray over Alcohol Inks with Spray Starch.

3. Add more Alcohol Inks.

4. Spray more Starch.

5. Sandwich over the top with another sheet of gloss card and rub gently.

6. Gently peel backgrounds apart to reveal the lovely magic ๐Ÿ™‚

Leave to air dry or heat set with your heat gun if your impatient (I did)

The overall effect of these backgrounds reminds me of the Alcohol Inks and Floor Wax Background Technique I came up with a few years back.

Embossing Tip: You can sprinkle on embossing powder onto the background to enhance it further, I had some nice interferance embossing powders with copper mica in them which I sprinkled over some of the backgrounds to add a little pizzaz. See example below:

Another background in the making…

Before Spray Starch…

After Spray Starch….

Spray Starch And Alcohol Ink Background Gallery:

Spray Starch & Dye Ink Resist

After playing around with the Spray Starch Background Technique I got to wondering what else I could use the starch for …like you do.

So decided to have a little dabble.

I made a couple of resist type backgrounds using the spray starch as a resist medium, I had some plastic netting which I used to make a stencil screen to spray the starch through on glossy card.

Next I heat set the starch using the heat gun and then used a brayer to roll over the top of the card with a rainbow dye inkpad. As you can see from the results below, the spray starch does a good job as a resisting medium ๐Ÿ™‚

The sample below was created using the aerosol varity of Spray Starch (Dylon brand)

This sample was created using Wiz Spray Starch which is a non aerosol brand 0f liquid starch in a trigger action spray bottle.

I like the resist better with this background as it seems to be a lot stronger and textured:

Spray Starch Background Technique

Ive been playing around with the Spray Starch background technique tonight after finally getting my hot sticky paws on a can of Dylon aerosol spray starch ๐Ÿ™‚

The background technique is surprisingly easy and straight forward; all you have to do is spray the starch liberally onto dark card stock, then tap on various colours of pearl ex pigments on top.ย  Spray again with more starch and if it looks ok leave it to dry…..easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Heres how I did my backgrounds, I took the liberty of taking a couple of shots of the steps so you can play along if this background tickles your fancy…

Note – Remember to click on all pictures if you want close ups.

Supply List

All the supplies you need are in the picture below:

  • Dark Colour Card Stock
  • Spray Starch
  • Soft Paint Brush
  • Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments (or any powdered mica)
  • Newspaper to protect your work area

Steps 1 & 2: Place a sheet of card onto your work area and spray a good layer of spray starch over the top like so:

3.ย  Using the soft brush, tap and dab slodges of pearl ex all over the card stock:

4. Spray over the top with another layer ofย  Starch:

5. Optional – Add more pearl ex if you think it needs it (you can never have enough colour) and rub the pearl ex in a bit using the brush to help the colours to blend together in the starch.

6.ย  This is my favourite step ๐Ÿ™‚ Place a sheet of card exactly the same size over the top of the pearl ex background and rub along the back with your fingertips.

7. Peel the backgrounds apart to reveal the magic!

8. You can use a sheet of colour card stock to blot with over the background to distribute the colour even further and create interesting vein like textures:

9. Finally heat set (or leave to air dry) Your background is complete.

Notes:ย  This background technique works well with both matt and gloss card, try them both to achieve different finishes. The backgrounds in this tutorial were created upon gloss card stock.

More Spray Starch Background Fun:

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Results in…..

Spray Starch Background Gallery:

Spray Starch Background Art Technique Tutorials:





Watercolour Wash Backgrounds Part 2

Water Colour Wash Backgrounds

Heres part 2 on watercolour backgrounds, this time I use ordinary water based pens and markers to create the washes with. You can use any brand of pen so long as it isnt permanent, as you can see from the photograph I used different brands all together to make these backgrounds with ranging from: crayola, marvy, adirondack pens, embossing pens and le plumes. Choose nice bright colours for this technique as they will be watered down with the water, so the stronger the colours – the more vibrant the end result.

See the step by step photos below for more details on how to make these backgrounds (click on the pictures if you require more detail)

Water Colour Wash Backgrounds

Water Colour Wash Backgrounds

Water Colour Wash Backgrounds

Water Colour Wash Backgrounds

Tip: You can vary the intensity of the backgrounds by using less or more water over the marker pen scribbles, experiment and see!

More Backgrounds Using This Technique:

Water Colour Wash Backgrounds
Water Colour Wash Backgrounds
Water Colour Wash Backgrounds

Bright Watercolour Wash Backgrounds

These backgrounds are very quick and easy to make, I love them because they are so vibrant and rich, their colours are so alive! Why be subtle when you can be in yer face! ๐Ÿ™‚

I used neocolor watercolour crayons to make these backgrounds but if you dont have these you can always adapt using brush marker pens, watercolour pencils, watercolour paints, inks, reinkers or even your inkpad – improvise and see what alternatives you can come up with.

What You Need:

  • Watercolour Crayons -or- alternatives
  • Cardstock (not glossy)
  • Jar Of Water
  • Large Brush
  • Heat Gun

How To Make The Backgrounds:

To make it easier Ive broken these backgrounds down into 4 easy to follow steps which you can see below, remember to work on newspaper as this can be messy:

Bright Watercolour Wash Backgrounds

Step 1: Take 3 different colour crayons, I chose yellow, magenta and red. You dont have to pick the same colours as me, choose your favourite colours – the brighter the better. Pastel shades dont really work for this background.

With your 3 different colour crayons; scribble a border around the card stock as seen in the photo labelled Step 1.

Step 2: Dip your paintbrush into the water and move the colour around the page as seen in the next photo step.

Step 3: While the background is still wet with the water from the previous step quickly scribble randomly over the card using the same colour crayons. See step 3 image.

For this step I added a bold section of yellow to the middle of the card, and then used the magenta crayon to scribble over the left and bottom and then used the orange red crayon to add scribbly lines and blocks of colour.

Step 4: Dip your brush in the water again and use it to gently blend the colours youve just added – dont use too much water as you will make your lines and squiggles dissapear and you want to keep them for added interest.

To prevent the water from diluting the colours too much, grab your heat gun at this point and blast the background till its dry.

Thats it! Arent they easy backgrounds? And boy are they bright!! Have a go at making some yourself, try different colour combos and experiment, then when your done give me a shout!

Heres some more backgrounds I did, to add interest I took some inks I had and dropped colours directly on the backgrounds while the water was still wet (click on the images to see larger pictures):

Bright Watercolour Wash Backgrounds
Bright Watercolour Wash Backgrounds