Inkadinks Colour Wash Sprays

Today I got my pack of Brights Inkadinks from Imagination Crafts in the post, they are a brand new type ofย  water based ink which you can use for watercolouring with or mixing with mica powders.

Imaginations Crafts have a tutorial on their blog on how to use these inks:

They cost ยฃ10.99 a set, with free postage and paypal too ๐Ÿ™‚ And are available in Brights, Sunset and Vintage sets of 6 little bottles which are about the same size as inkpad re-inkers and they have a lovely fine tipped nozzle so you dont use too much at once.ย  They come with a technique sheet giving you hints and tips on how to use them too.

I bought mine with the sole intention of making them into colourwash sprays as I am starting to run out of the really bright colours. Id never used the Inkadinks before so I didnt know what to expect.

In their instructions they said use 20 drops of ink to make a spray bottle. I found that was far too light for my liking; the ink was more of a pastel shade and I wanted nice and BRIGHT!

I kept adding ink until I got the shade I wanted, I used less than a quarter of ink out of the bottle to get the desired shade I was after,ย  I was reallyย  impressed by that because it means I could have 4 bottles of spray ink out of each dinky ink bottle ๐Ÿ™‚ Talk about value huh ๐Ÿ˜‰

The inks are very strong and go a long way,ย  I made 2 bottles of each colour, one using a normal ‘straight mix’ and the another using a distressed version by mixing in some walnut ink to get a heritage effect.

Heres all my spray bottles and inks below, as you can see some of my colourwash bottles are nearly empty, thats cos I had fun playing with them ๐Ÿ™‚ Do I like em? Yep I do, I love them. I want the other 2 sets now!

Heres the colour chart of the original straight colours I mixed, the inks have been sprayed onto watercolour paper and as you can see they are quite strong shades:

Heres how lovely the inks flow together and blend to make a wash background:

Heres some colourwash backgrounds I created just to test them out ๐Ÿ™‚ I used a small 6×6 Crafters Workshop template (swirls design) to create the effect of batik resist fabric on the watercolour paper. I enjoyed making a mess and had nice inky fingers to show for it..

Just to prove I do actually know how to use the stencil masks I did some proper versions:

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:

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