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!!



Blown Ink

Blown Ink!

…sounds interesting doesn’t it?

I guess we have all tried this technique long before it was even called a technique! Haven’t we all blown watercolors through a straw as kids. I used to do it all the time and really enjoyed coming up with new forms and shapes. Lately it’s becoming extremely popular in abstract art . Sometime back I had tried this with watercolors and created a is a link. Today, I thought of trying this with Splash Inks.

Here are a couple of stepped out pics. There is not much to it, just blow through a straw and see some fantastic shapes appear before your eyes!


Yasutomo Niji Splash Inks,

Niji Waterbrush,

Watercolor Paper


Dampen the area a bit and drop a hint of magenta and blow using a straw.

Continue until you achieve your desired form. Mix different greens using the color chart provided with the Splash Inks and sketch around the flowers using the waterbrush.

I loved it so much, I made another one and you can see how each one will be different from the other which makes this so much fun!

Hope you like it and give it a try!

I am having a Splash Ink giveaway on my blog , do stop by if you would like to win one of these lovelies!

See ya!

Sea Salt Texture

Hi, it’s Tessa from How to Make Art, and I’m going to show you a fun technique using Niji Splash Inks and sea salt!

Here’s what you will need:
*Eye dropper for water
*Coarse (large grain) sea salt
STEP ONE: Do a light pencil drawing that you intend to fill in with paint.  In your drawing, make sure you have a large area that you want to add texture to.  In my drawing, I made a girl standing behind a wall.  I intend to add texture to the wall.
STEP TWO: Mix up the colors of Splash Ink you intend to use on your piece.  Fill in the large area that you want to add your texture to, and make sure you use a heavy, wet coating of splash ink.  As soon as you finish blocking in the area, sprinkle some sea salt on the paint in random areas.
STEP THREE: Allow the Splash Ink to dry completely before brushing off the salt.  Once you do brush the salt off, you will see that it has created a unique, random, and organic looking texture:
STEP FOUR: Fill in the rest of your piece with Splash Inks.
STEP FIVE: Refine your drawing by using the .05 and .07 Permawriter pens.  Start with the .05 Permawriter for fine details, then create larger lines with the .07 Permawriter to finish off the edges of your drawing.  Now you’re done!
Thanks for making art with me today!

Pouring Inks

It’s pouring here!

…I know it’s not Spring and there is no rain, but it’s definitely pouring out here and its ink!

Pouring is a watercolor technique, where transparent watercolors are poured directly onto  the  paper with minimal to no usage of brush at all. It’s fun and interesting to watch as a painting comes to life after layers of watery, drippy paint.  To be honest after a point,  it looks so messy that you almost seem to wonder if this will end in the trash bin…… but wait until it dries and you remove the masking and voila!

Today I will be demonstrating this technique  in just 10 easy steps, using Splash Inks instead of watercolors. These inks have been created by an artist  and come in a pack of just 3 primaries and black. The primaries are enough to create your own palette of colors and hues.

Here is a  detailed, stepped out demo ….


Splash Inks,

3 containers to hold the inks,

Watercolor paper-140# or 300#,

Masking fluid,

Stamps-Mama Elephant-Central Park

A  spray bottle filled with water

A heat tool to quicken the process of drying -optional

Step 1- Tape a piece of watercolor paper to a board. …this is very important, since we will be working with a lot water and we don’t want our paper to buckle.  Pour the inks into the containers as shown below, adding a bit of water. Stamp the image.

Tip: Thinner the ink,  the paler the pour will be.

Step 2- Take a brush and paint masking fluid “carefully”all over the image… this will protect the image from color.

Tip: I can’t stress enough on the careful part, because the more careful you are at this step, the happier you will be when you peel the masking off! You do not want to be sloppy and ruin the final piece when you see that the colors have seeped into the image! 

Also don’t forget to use an old brush and leave that brush in water as making fluid tends to dry quickly and could ruin your brush!

Step 3- First pour

Dampen paper or brush on water all over the paper . Use a spray bottle to help move the ink around throughout the pouring process.

Pour Yellow directly from the container or use a dropper, and pour at a diagonal to get a lovely mix of colors.

Step 4-  Pour the magenta and tilt the board and let the colors mingle and do their own thing.

Tip: Do not touch or fiddle with it!

Step 5- Pour the blue and look at how beautifully it turns into a lovely green! that’s the beauty of this technique..totally unpredictable results!

Let Dry.

Step 6- Masking fluid is used to save your colors, be it the white of the paper or the colors of the different pours. So apply masking wherever you want to save these colors . I wanted some leaves at this point, so I went ahead and painted some using masking fluid.

Let Dry.

The painted leaves, once dry….

Step 7- Second Pour

To build on the  darks,  pour blue again with a bit of magenta. Keep tilting the board and keep spraying water to move and blend the inks.

Let dry.

TipKeeping the paper damp will prevent hard edges/lines from forming. Also, keep wiping the edges to prevent a back run.

 Step 8- Final pour

Pour a bit of all three and let these mix well to give a wonderful shade of brown…

….now  that looks like a perfect mess! Wait let dry!

 Step 9- Peel the masking  for the final reveal !

Go over the stamped image with a wet brush to push it further into the background rather than popping off the page.

Step 10- Peel the border tape…… and you have a framed painting!

Don’t these inks just glow?

Remember , your project might vary in color tones and hues depending on the intensity of color, you have started with , the angle at which you tilt the board and the amount of water you spray,but, irrespective of all of this, I can assure you the end result will be stunning! So don’t be afraid to experiment and feel free to ask if you have any queries….just leave  me a comment below!

I surely hope you ‘ll have been inspired to give these inks a try…its truly a  rewarding experience!