Tuesday, September 23, 2014


this week, DLP put out the call for drips and splatters on our journal pages,
so i got busy and pulled out some "drips and splatter" supplies like
watercolor paper, a spray bottle, water-soluble inks, and a ranger craft sheet.
but if you're like me and you don't really want to make a huge splatter mess,
here's a way to "reverse" the process…..

swipe some water-soluble ink across
 your craft sheet (or other slick, non-porous surface),
and spray it well with water using a mini-mister or spray bottle.

{for this step, i used peeled paint and scattered straw distress ink pads}

now lay your watercolor paper on top of the ink
and slightly smoosh it around.

then, lift your paper off your craft sheet and hold it up
so the ink will drip down the paper.

let your paper dry, or speed things up by using a heat gun,
and then pat your paper down into the same ink on your craft sheet.
this will give your "drips and splatters" a layered effect.

you can do this process as many times as you like...
just make sure the paper is completely dry in between steps.

you can also use water-soluble markers…..
just swipe them across the craft sheet and spray well with water.
then, lay your paper into your juicy ink slurry, lift it off the sheet,
let it dry, and repeat for a layered effect.

{for this step, i used tombow markers,
and i just dabbed my paper into the ink instead of smooshing it}

once your splatters have dried, it's time to play a game of "i spy"!
look at your paper for any particular shapes that jump out at you.
then take a waterproof marker and start
outlining, drawing, and embellishing your shapes!

you can also swipe some marker onto your craft sheet or acrylic block,
then pick it up with your waterbrush……
fill in and smooth out any areas to help your shape stand out better.

when you're happy with the way your splatter-shapes look,
then, it's all about adding your favorite finishing touches….

and before you know it,
you've gone splatter-happy without all the mess!
{or at least without most of the mess! :))}


i'm very honored and excited to have been invited by the
Art to the 5th team over at Documented Life Project
as this month's Spotlight Artist!!  woo hoo!!
i'm absolutely thrilled to have my artwork featured,
and i thank the Art-gals SO much!!  xox

please join me here to see my interview!

{this journal page was created for the week 39 DLP challenge.
supplies:  moleskine planner, arches 140 CP watercolor paper, 
distress ink pads, tombow markers, spray bottle, ranger craft sheet,
white sharpie paint pen, pitt pens, black permapaque marker,
graphite pencils, washi tape}


Createology said...

This is a wonderful way to get splatter-happy. I love your garden of flowers. Congratulations on your guest posting. Creative Splatter-Happy Bliss Dear...

Jeanette said...

Simply fabulous, like everything else you create!!!
Congrats on your feature - lucky us!!!

Margaret said...

You are just amazing!! No way could I 'splatter happy', I don't think I could see images to be outlined, they'd all just be splodges lol

congrats on being featured.

Downton Abbey hasn't lost any of it's magic :o) I won't spoil it for you though
hugs, Margaret xx

Estelle said...

Oh my - this is just absolutely beautiful!!

Michelle said...

What a beautiful painting! And I loved the Q&A on the Art to the 5th blog! And I especially loved seeing the pictures of your beautiful studio!

Isabel said...

Very nice garden!!! Kisses.

Jo C said...

I love your little splatter-happy garden! You are so creative!

rose AKA Walk in the Woods - she/her said...

Such a wonderful piece ~ and splatter happy indeed!

Lorraine Bell said...

We so loved having you as our Spotlight Artist, Lori! Our group became a better place to "hang out" when you joined! You are so close to our Art to the 5th gang . . . let's hope one day we can get together and play in person! Thanks for always inspiring and brightening my day!

Jaffro said...

As usual I am blown away by your endless creativity!

Carolynn Anctil said...

How creative. I love the freeform style of this.

gloria vivas said...

Qué belleza Lori!!!
Qué fáciles parecen las cosas cuando las hace tú…!
Verry nice!
Un fuerte abrazo.

muriel said...

I love your so personal interpretation of splatter-happy!I'll sure try it.

fran pascazio said...

I was so happy when I saw you on DLP as their Spotlight Artist! We all know you're super talented and the Queen of turning something that looks "simple" into a masterpiece!

froebelsternchen said...

that's simply gorgeous!

Alice said...

well these are some cool ideas, lori! i bought a huge sheet of ranger craft stuff from joggles.com - it's about 4 feet long and about 2 feet wide - it covers the whole surface of my desktop. i love doing colors like this - so much fun! i have done this with overspray - but never intentionally in reverse the way you show it - project for tomorrow for sure :)

KaHolly said...

This is really cool! I so wish I had some artistic talent.

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