Fun Backgrounds with Splash Ink

Hi, it’s Tessa from How to Make Art here to show you a fun and easy technique that you can do with Splash Inks.  I love to do this technique in my art journal to create some interesting backgrounds to write or make art on top of.  I hope you will have fun trying it out!

Here’s what you will need:

*Splash Inks
*Small Atomizer/Spray Bottle for Inks
*Paper Lace Doily
*Loose Paper or an Art Journal

STEP ONE: Fill your atomizer/spray bottle with a little bit of Spash Ink at the bottom.  The Splash Inks are wonderfully concentrated and pigmented, so you won’t need to much of it to create a nice pastel color when mixed with water.

STEP TWO: Fill your bottle halfway with water.  Shake well to mix Splash Ink and water together.

STEP THREE: Arrange your doily on the page wherever you would like it to go.

STEP FOUR: Use your spray bottle with your Splash Ink and water mixture, and gently spray over the doily.  Let dry before removing the doily.

You will be left with the pretty edge patterns from the doily!  So much fun to work on top of…  Here is the finished piece, ready for art or writing:

Happy creating,

Splash Flowers

Hi, it’s Tessa from How to Make Art here to share a fun project with you that uses Splash Inks.  Here is what the finished piece will look like:

Here is what you will need:
*Niji Splash Inks
*Water in a container
*Yasutomo and Company Permawriters, .07 Black
*Watercolor Paper
STEP ONE: Prep your Splash Ink colors by mixing your desired colors and setting them by your work station.  Get your container of water and paintbrushes, and coat your entire sheet of paper with the water:
STEP TWO: Now it’s time to play with the Splash Ink colors you have mixed up!  Use your brush and slowly lay down a few dots of ink into your coating of water before the water dries.  I used a red toned Splash Ink first, then a purple:
STEP THREE: Next, I added some green for leaves and a block of green on the left that I could use to write a quote.
STEP FOUR: Let dry completely.  Now use your Permawriters to draw some details and write a quote in the block you created in Step Three.  I chose one of my favorite quotes by Anais Nin.
Thanks for reading! Have fun making some Splash Ink flowers!


Layered Portraits

Hi, it’s Tessa from How To Make Art here to share a fun way to make portraits using Niji Splash Inks and Authentic Chinese Watercolors.  I hope you will enjoy the process!  I made two examples so that you can see how varied you can make these portraits.  Here is one of the finished pieces:

Here is what you will need:
*Niji Splash Inks
*Yasutomo and Company’s Authentic Chinese Watercolors
*Water for mixing Niji Splash Inks
*An eye dropper for water (used when mixing Niji Splash Inks)
*A pencil
*Watercolor Paper
STEP ONE:  Mix up several colors of Splash Inks – choose colors that you think would be fun for a portrait!  Get out your watercolor paper and brushes, and paint a loose, abstract face onto your paper, eliminating all the details, like so:
Don’t worry too much if there are little drips and “mistakes” here and there – this will just add to the charm of the finished piece!
STEP TWO: After the Splash Ink dries, do a pencil sketch on top of the loose portrait you already made, defining the details of the face, like this:
STEP THREE: Now it’s time to fill in some details and accent the portrait with the Authentic Chinese Watercolors.  The nice part about using these in conjunction with the Splash Inks is that when you paint on top with the watercolors, the Splash Inks will not bleed or move – this is because they are acrylic inks, so once dry, they can’t be reactivated with water.  This makes them a great first layer to your layered portrait!  Here is a shot of what it looks like to paint some watercolor details and accents on top of the Splash Ink layer:
And here is the finished piece:
Here is another example.  This is the first layer done with Splash Inks:
And then comes the pencil layer:
Finally, watercolor is added, and here is the finished piece:
Thanks for creating art with me!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.


Like Stained Glass

Hi! It’s Tessa from How to Make Art here to share with you a fun project using Splash Inks.  This project is inspired by a stained glass window that I had in my childhood home that depicted a colorful butterfly. Here is what the finished piece will look like:

Here’s what you will need:

*Niji Splash Inks

*Dropper for water to mix colors

*Palette for mixing colors

*Drawing paper


*Yasutomo Traditional Chinese Ink in Ultra Black


Step One:  Make a pencil sketch of a butterfly.

Step Two: Using the Chinese Ink, go over your outline of the butterfly.  Don’t forget to add a black border around the image as well.

Step Three: Mix up some colors of Splash Ink, and fill in the spaces with your colors.  I love how vibrant the Splash Inks look up against the black!

Step Four: You can tape the finished piece to a window to mimic a real stained glass window!  Light will shine through the colors in the wings.

I hope you enjoyed this project!

Playing With Pattern

Hi, it’s Tessa from How To Make Art here to show you a fun project using Splash Inks and patterns.  I hope you will enjoy it!

Here’s what you will need:

*Yasutomo and Company’s Black Permawriters, .05 and .07

*Paper or sketchbook

*Computer with Photoshop OR Xerox Machine with Scissors and a Glue Stick

*Niji Splash Inks

*Paint Brush

*Two cups of water (one for washing out your brush, one for adding water to mix Splash Ink colors)

*Eye dropper (to add water when mixing Splash Ink colors)

Step One: Create a drawing of something you wish to turn into a pattern.  I drew this deer in my sketchbook using Yasutomo and Company Permawriters:

Step Two: Create a pattern out of your drawing.  You can do this two ways: either with a computer with Photoshop or by hand with a Xerox machine, scissors, and a glue stick.  If using Photoshop, just scan your image, then copy and paste the image again and again, creating two staggered rows of your drawing.  Print out the black and white pattern.  If using a Xerox machine, copy your design over and over, cut it out, and glue it into rows on a piece of white paper to create a pattern.  Copy one last time to get a copy with no cut out pieces, and you are ready to color your pattern!  Here is what my finished pattern looked like in black and white:
Step Three: This is the fun part – where we use Splash Inks to color in the pattern!  I chose two different color palettes for my deer, one was brown/pink/orange, and the other was pink/orange/green.  I alternated the color palettes, making every other deer one color, while all the others were the opposite palette.  Since the palettes were similar, they went together well.  I mixed up my colors using combinations of the four main Splash Ink colors and water, according to the guidelines in the instructions.  I took a looser approach to coloring in my pattern, since the actual black and white lines were so uniform, I decided to fill in my deer and leaves just outside of the lines, giving the pattern a bit of an organic feel:
Step Four: Finish coloring your entire pattern in, then think of all the ways you can use a sheet of patterned paper: for the endsheets or covers or a book, to wrap a present, to make a small card… The possibilities are endless!  Here is my finished patterned paper:
Happy Creating!! 🙂


Mermaid Love


I know I have used the ocean as a theme for many of my posts and once again I go to my favorite place so I hope you will indulge me yet another time.

Today’s illustration was done using Splash Inks, Niji Waterbrushes, Yasutomo Sumi Ink and a sharp round brush for inking, Nori paste and anothe brush for gluing, an old paperback book and watercolor paper.

I always start with a quick sketch.


Then on watercolor paper, or in this case I used a coated archival chipboard, I redraw the image I want. I made some changes while I was drawing onto the board (I’m sure you noticed the sketch was a little different from the final on top).

Before inking in the lines I painted the water using Splash Ink watercolors and a flat Niji Waterbrush.



I then inked in the whole thing using my round brush and the Yasutomo Sumi Ink which I absolutely love.


I inked in everything but the water. For that I wanted to do in collage using paper from an old paperback book.


I tore some pages out out and ripped them into tiny pieces for my collage water. Then I glued them using the Nori paste we’ve all grown to love. It was time consuming and I did think for a moment that maybe I made a mistake in wanting to be so trendy. But in the end I just told myself this was good therapy.



Once all the pasting was completed and dry, I painted the rest of the drawing. I gave the mermaid a slightly blue face because after all, she is underwater. In the hair I added more dashes with a little darker shade of her hair.


To make the water collage more subtle I decided to add turquoise blue paint, again with the flat Niji Waterbrush.


Then to add that little extra sparkle I used one of hearts that have a sticky back that you can find in a hobby store, I just happened to have one lying around.


And that’s how it’s done, with a lot of love! Have a great day!


Today I am sharing a card I made with Splash Ink and one of my origami dresses.





I started by dropping the Splash Inks onto a glossy card.  I only used Magenta and yellow.


Next, I used a brayer to spread the ink.  It looks beautiful already!


I stamped some random stamps into the ink when it was almost dry.  Then, I let it dry completely.


You can see some random flowery  stems.  It gives the background a subtle bit of interest.


Just add your embellishments and you are done!  I added a seam binding bow and pin.  Some Prima flowers around the bow, and one in the center of the dress.

Thanks so much for visiting today!  I hope this project will inspire you to try something new today!!