I have been inspired to play with Dylusions Ink Sprays this week. I am taking Lifebook this year and Tam has us creating fun pages using Dylusions. I wanted to play with them on a canvas. I love the bright clear colors and all the effects that you can create with these sprays. I wanted to leave some white space, achieve some great drips and build up the color. I hope that you enjoy how my canvas developed.
§ Dylusions Ink Sprays in: London Blue, Fresh Lime, Vibrant Turquoise, and Cut Grass
§ Stencils: TEXTures 2 Miro and Picasso, Star Coral and Sea Foam
§ FW acrylic inks in: Genesis Green, Galatic Blue, Waterfall Green, and Turquoise
§ Golden fluid acrylic paint in: Teal, Ultramarine Blue, and White
§ Pitt pens in Blue and Turquoise
§ 12" x 12" canvas
I started by laying the two TEXTures stencils on my canvas and spraying the ink sprays through them. Then I flipped them over into the blank areas and blotted the back with a paper towel to get the excess ink off the stencils and onto the canvas. I let this dry, as I will after each step, so that I have more control of the inks.
I made a couple of puddles of Dylusions in the middle of the canvas with London Blue and Cut Grass. I added some water and I splattered the ink around with the brush. I also tapped the brush to move the ink onto the canvas. You want to get a bit messy and get the ink to move over the canvas. Next I tipped the canvas so that the ink ran down to the edge. While the ink was still wet I added drops of the acrylic inks to the wet puddles. I tipped the canvas again to get these to run to the edge also. I did a bit of blending to get the ink to blend a bit in the middle.
After this was dry I took out the star coral stencil and sprayed more Dylusions into the two corners. I off-set the stencil so that it wasn't directly over the previous layer. I flipped it like last time to get off some of the excess ink. I made sure to leave the upper corner untouched so that I could have some white space.
I repeated this same process with the sea foam stencil. I used a damp brush to blend the inks around my focal point and in some other areas. I decided at this point the my painting wanted to become a jellyfish in the water.
I added more acrylic inks and water to the jellyfish and let it drip more. I wanted this little guy to have a lot of tentacles. I blended the inks in the body of the jellyfish more as well.
I used the stencils again with some fluid acrylics to add back some of the patterns that got covered when I sprayed through the sea foam stencil. After I was done I blended out the edges of each area so that there wasn't such a harsh line. I used the teal paint to cover the edges and the sides of the canvas.
I love how the drips went onto the sides of the canvas to continue the painting.
I used my Pitt pens to define the jellyfish and its tentacles. I also added a few water droplets to the top corner of the canvas.
I love how this canvas developed. I seem to be drawn to these water stencils and colors right now, maybe because everything is still white and frozen where I live. The only thing that I would like to try now is using these same methods on an unprimed canvas. The canvas that I used had gesso already and the Dylusions tended to bead up instead of sinking into the canvas. I think that the colors would have been a bit more vibrant on an unprimed canvas. I hope that you have some fun playing with Dylusions and seeing firsthand how fun they are to use.
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