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Hey everyone! 

Today I’m trying out Yupo paper with some Dye-na-flow inks. For anyone who hasn’t heard of it or used it, Yupo paper is a synthetic plastic-y paper with a super smooth finish. The inks are meant for fabric and silk painting but I thought that would blend together really well on Yupo (mineral paper would probably work for this too).

On my first one I just used a brush to blend some colors together. Using different techniques/strokes with the brush make a lot of different outcomes!

When it was half dry, I blew on the ink to make even more cool patterns. It turned out pretty cool but also made me very dizzy. It almost looks like coral, which gave me more ideas…

On another page, I laid down a few blues and brushed them with long strokes. While it was still wet, I splattered magenta and yellows by tapping the brush a few inches over the paper. They sort of spread out and blend in a really cool way! 

As it started drying, the splatters only spread in parts of it or where the first splatters were put down and it all blended in a really neat way. 

After that, I taped down a coral stencil - this one is fire coral. I used a baby wipe to rub off the ink, since the Yupo paper doesn’t absorb it, it comes right off! Any kind of slightly damp cloth/paper towel would work to wipe it off. 

 

 The stencil didn’t fit over the whole paper, but I just moved it over, then connected the areas by rubbing off more ink with a wet paint brush. It’s a lot easier to make a really neat edge like this than with paint!

For my next experiment, I'm going to try to make a galaxy. I started with a bunch of “Midnight Blue,” and splattered some magenta and turquoise in it. 

I sprayed some alcohol on it, which made a neat texture. 

I pushed the ink around with a paintbrush and splattered some more colors on it. As it was drying, I used a paper towel to absorb some big puddles of dark ink to even out the colors. It came out really cool! 

Once it dried all the way I added more dark blue ink around the outside to create emphasis in the middle. The white Dye-na-flow wasn’t very opaque, so I made a lot of dots with my favorite white gel pen

I surfed through Pinterest and google for some sort of quote but a lot of them were really long, too cheesy, or too edgy… so I thought I’d use one of the Tam’s inspiration stencils. The “Stardust" from the "Believe" stencil fits perfectly! I used the same technique as the coral stencil and fixed it up with a little damp brush and some more ink around the outside. 

 

There's so much you can create with ink on this paper! I bet it would make all sorts of awesome skies, water, leaves, and flowers, maybe even fire… or just throw your favorite colors on for an awesome background! 

Hello my lovely lovelies!

Today I am sharing a small project I completed today, it is a gift for a friend for the holidays.

I started by grabbing my 12"x12" OM stencil, as plain canvas bag, my Inktense blocks or pencils and Dye-Na-Flow inks.

I start by placing my stencil on my bag and tracing it using an Inktense pencil.

I then used a brush to paint the stenciled with Dye-na-Flow in Sun yellow and Magenta. I then sprayed the canvas with water so the Dye-na-Flow and the Inktense bled together creating a wash of color.

With the canvas bag still wet I grabbed a few Dina Wakley paints in Lemon, Magenta and Ocean to add some dimension.

I decided to add more pop to it by using the paints and Dye-Na-Flows until I was happy with how the bag the looked!

I really hope my friends likes her present!

Big hugs and mushies!

Shana Banana

Faces! Faces are one of my very favorite things to create. When I got my hands on Artistcellar's new stencils by Kylie Fowler I was excited to see how my artistic process would work with these new tools. 

Here's what I used:

To start off I prepared my background on the Mineral Paper by placing the stencil on the paper and liberally spraying the three colors of Dylusions Ink Spray on the surface.

 

Before lifting off the stencil I placed another sheet of Mineral paper on top on the stencil, making a stencil sandwich. This way I can get two prints from the stencil and use all the ink I sprayed. I separated the "sandwich" and let the papers dry. Since the ink spray is reactive with water and the Mineral paper allows ink to wipe clean it will allow me to create some beautiful effects with water. 

I decided to create a simple border to my composition by painting with water and then rolling a paper towel over it to soak up the water and ink. I also flicked water droplets onto the surface and used my paper towel roll to lift up the activated ink and water to reveal more random dots in a white color and created more stars for my sky background.

Before I get to more of the water magic I need to get my focal point in my composition. I chose the Hope stencil, which is an angle that I don't usually draw, and the stencil was a great way to get used to how the lines and shapes should look. I used Night paint and a cosmetic sponge to put the stencil on the paper. While that dried I used the Gilt Paint (an awesome metallic gold) to add stars to the sky.

Now I am ready to add highlights and mid-tones to the face by simply using a brush and water. I wet the ink to swirl it around and wipe off certain areas where I want highlights. I can move the color around to create value. I let it dry several times to make sure I don't over-work it and lose too much of the ink. 

To add color for the face and hair I used Dye-na-flow and FW Acrylic Inks. I also used more Night paint to add more shadows.

Lastly I add to the border with multiple lines from an acrylic paint pen as well as color from the inks.

It's lovely and I am so happy with the results!

Hello starshines!

I've had some Dye-Na-Flow inks for quite some time... however, until now I had only ever used it in paintings. I knew they could be used on fabric and I wanted to explore!

I started with a tie-dyed piece of cotton fabric. I bunched the fabric up, rubber banded it and tossed it in a ziplock back. From there I poured in Midnight Blue, Turquoise and Bright Green. I set it aside for about an hour and then pulled it out to air dry. Once completely dry, the fabric can be ironed to heat set the dye. Pretty awesome right?

My discovery doesn't stop there...

I also found that I could use the dye to create sun prints!

To do this I placed the fabric flat on a canvas panel and used a foam brush to add thick layers of the inks to the fabric. While the inks were still wet I placed the new Artistcellar Block stencils on the fabric and took it outside in the sun. I let it sit outside for just about an hour and then brought it in. When I removed the stencils it was like magic!

This technique is SO much fun. It requires just a bit of patience but the payoff is so great.

I loved the results so much I decided to give it another go... this time with an even bigger piece of fabric. After brushing the ink on, I played Artistcellar Blocks stencils and the Chakra series pocket stencils and placed it out in the sun.

This time, when I brought it back inside I added white pearl and black fabric paint with a brush and a Tim Holtz metal embellishment. Then, I grabbed a wooden dowel rod and super glued it to the back of the fabric, and finished it off with a piece of thick string to hang it up. A tapestry!

I love using these dyed fabrics to decorate in my home. They make a perfect pop of color and my personal favorite is using them to help display my crystal collection.