Homemade Spray Ink in Golden Molding Paste (Acrylic August, 3/31)

The mad scientist is having lots of fun breathing new life into painting fails recently!   This is acrylic texture product, paint and ink on a 6 x 6″ piece of Gessobord by Ampersand:

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This one started out as a painting fail from several months back that I almost wanted to remake as soon as it was posted.   I fished it out of the pile the other day and added some Golden Molding Paste to it to cover what was below, and then drew swirls into the paste with the back end of a paintbrush.   I really love the Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India ink set I bought, but it is extremely strong.   I decided to make my own homemade spray ink by adding drops of it into mini mister bottles partially filled with water, and adjusting the mixture until I was happy with the strength of the spray coming out.

This turned out to be an extremely inexpensive way to make wonderfully vibrant spray ink!    And you can see how strong the colors are.   It also gives you the opportunity to mix up your own colors.    (I recently bought a box of 50 small spray bottles very inexpensively on Amazon (only 32 cents per bottle), and plan to make lots more little bottles of spray ink, as combining the colors and watching them mix on the painting was so much fun.)   This is not only inexpensive, but a fun and easy way to custom make a spray ink (in this case, multiple colors to play together) especially for your project.     I do feel this painting needs a stronger focal point, so I may add a blackbird or crow in the lower right corner.   Speaking of which, the August issue of Draw A Bird Day comes to your WordPress screens this Monday, August 8!    I hope you will help us make WordPress fly by posting your bird art then!    I will do a roundup mid-month with a link to everyone’s beautiful artwork.

Note to my fellow art supply addicts:   Blick Art Materials has extended Free Shipping on orders of $45 or more through this Friday, August 5!    Friends don’t let friends pay for shipping if they can avoid it.   ๐Ÿ˜€   Purchases from these links help support my site.   Enjoy and thank you!

We made it to the halfway point of the work week!   Blessings to all for a wonderfully productive rest of the week!   Peace.

54 thoughts on “Homemade Spray Ink in Golden Molding Paste (Acrylic August, 3/31)

    1. Thanks Sissh! I don’t mind buying art supplies, but sometimes……well, I don’t like to be ripped off, let’s put it that way lol. So where I can economize, I do. I was thrilled to find the spray bottles so inexpensively. Apparently many others had the idea too because there were lots of reviews saying the sprayers didn’t clog when people made ink in them. Bonus! I may get the same company’s watercolor inks too so that I can make water-reactive spray ink without paying the crazy prices some charge for this also. Glad you like this!

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      1. You welcome. I share your sentiments exactly – economizing where one can is a sign of wisdom I say ๐Ÿ™‚ Your plan sounds great! Go for it; I’m quite excited about what you would do and am inspired to try it myself ^_~

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    1. Rebecca these bottles are really small. I had a 3-pk of Tim Holtz mini misters I started with but they are ridiculous at almost $2 for a teeny bottle. So I looked for other options and found other small ones I’m hoping will give small sprays. I do have to work on a mat or newspaper but it doesn’t seem to go on the floor so far so good! Glad you like the crow idea. ๐Ÿ’œ

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  1. hehe…..love that last statement about the friends and shipping…..so, I see what you mean about it needing something but then we always want to fill up space. Do you think it is more meditative? a quiet painting? I can see something maybe but something that goes with the design and for some reason a bird doesn’t quite do it for me and I am a lover of birds! Have you thought of a swirly type seashell? something in nature that has that design or close to it? just ideas here…..by the way, check your Goodreads messages ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Good point, Margaret, I’ve been thinking about birds lately and that’s probably where that came from but it does call for a swirl……the bird I painted over had a swirl in its belly,so maybe I need a happy singing bird with a swirl, or a shell,or something else like that. Maybe a leaf,swirling as it falls. Good suggestion! Thank you. ๐Ÿ’œ

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        1. I thinks swirls and circles would be very nice. Then Tierney can make a pillow inspired by it or you can have it printed onto fabric and send it to her…tell her she can keep the painting. Lolololol. See what I did there? Barter.

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        1. Yes, wherever the magical box for asking that is, please do it, people have found your and my comments in their spam and I just found more of yours and also Debi Riley’s comments in my spam too. I think God is trying to tell me I need a blogging break so it’s all good but def frustrating. Thanks, Charlie.

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  2. Very creative, Laura! โค๏ธ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ’– Do you know if the colors remain permanent after you add the water to them? Some of the spray inks on the market aren’t permanent and if they get wet, they bleed. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    1. Thank you, Jill! Yes, this one is an acrylic-based ink, so it is permanent. I just got the spray bottle shipment in and the sprayer itself is not quite equal to the Tim Holtz sprayer. The TH one is a finer mist. I do have some air bubbles in mine right now though so that may correct itself when I’ve worked those through. I really like these Bombay Inks. I may also pickup some of their watercolor inks too so that I can make some water-reactive inks with it. Sometimes it’s cool to have that water-reactivity. This ink will react with water too, but once it’s dry, that’s it. Like acrylic paint, it’s not going anywhere.

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  3. Thank you for sharing you process! I’m inspired to just try stuff, in fact I bought a set of Golden Acrylic paints and such that you recommend at some point. I’m SO happy I did! I’m loving it. And will post process pics soon!

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