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
*Water
*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,
Tessa

A CARD WITH SPLASH INKS

I love using my Splash Ink in different ways.  I made this card with some stamps and made a Splash spray on the background.  I colored the stamped butterflies and flowers with Splash Ink too.

To start, I cut some watercolor paper.  Then, I mixed 3 Splash Ink Colors to use.  I picked a navy blue, a true red and a dark green to match the Pastel Yuzen Paper  background.  I loaded a paintbrush with Splash Ink and tapped it with a pencil over the paper.  Then, I stamped the flowers, butterflies and sentiment on top.  Using a very fine paintbrush, I colored in the images and added more dots of color. I finished with my Superfine Black Permawriter, outlining the butterflies.

 

Have an awesome day!!

xxDaniella

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
*Paintbrushes
*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)
*Paintbrushes
*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.

 

MINERAL PAPER IS AWESOME!!

I got a package the other day from Yasutomo & Co.  I love designing for them, they have the most awesome art supplies!  In the package was the new Mineral Paper.  This paper is like nothing I’ve ever seen!  It is normal looking paper but it is super smooth.  It almost has a wet/clay feel to it but folds and creases beautifully.  Writing on it is awesome!  I did some doodling and the smoothness makes your pen gracefully slide across the paper!  It is available now and will be on the website *link above* next week!

 

It says “Easy to Fold and Water Resistant” on the package.  I tried the folding and doodling.  So now I decided to use the water on it.

 

I started with my Niji Splash Ink.  I only used yellow and blue.

I put the paper in my cardboard box  fancy spray box.

I filled a mister with water and sprayed the whole piece of paper.  I used A LOT of water.

I left it for about an hour, and sprayed the heck out of it again.

One more spray.  I really wanted to know how water resistant it was.

Clearly, it is water resistant!  Normally when you wet paper this much the fibers break down and cause the paper to warp.  This paper stayed perfectly flat.

 

But what about heat?  I dried the ink with a heat tool.  Not only did it not damage the paper but look at the beautiful way the inks dried on it!

I had a project planned and almost finished when I got this paper.  But this paper is so amazing I decided it deserved it’s own post!

*sorry about the flash, no sun here for days!*

It was just too pretty to do anything else to it!  Just Splash Ink, water and Mineral paper.  This is absolutely AMAZING!!!!  

 

I bet you can’t wait to try it!!

xxDaniella

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

*Paintbrushes

*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!

PAINTING WITH SPLASH~

Using Splash Ink as watercolor paints is so awesome!  You have every color you could imagine so there is no need to buy tons of paints.  I painted this little canvas with Splash and detailed it with other Yasutomo Products.

Niji Splash Ink

PermaWriter Marker Black

Gel Xtreme White Marker

Faber Castell Canvas Kit from Altered Pages

 

I got my Splash Inks and my color chart ready and made a really soft pink, a darker pink, an orange yellow, a brown yellow and a green.  

I painted the soft pink on the petals first. 

Then I blended in the darker pink.  The cool thing about Splash is that it is easily blended with water.

 

I went over each petal with my white marker and put dots on the petals.  Then I used my PermaWriter to make dots in the center of the flower.  I added a few white dots too.  The black backing came with the kit.

 

Try using your Splash Inks as watercolor paints.  You will Love the results!!

xxDaniella