yes, i've been in mad scientist mode again. it's heidi swapp's fault. she made this video about glimmer mists, which pretty much forced me into spending a full morning playing with all of my spray inks, various masks and some stamps. i even unearthed the brayer i have had for 12 years and only used twice. it's a bit ink-stained now. my kitchen sink was a bit inked stained for a while, as well, but it was worth the effort of scrubbing it clean!
some conclusions from my essperiments:
1. glimmer mist is the sparkliest of the spray inks; followed by maya mist--which soaks in and dries the fastest; smoosh spritz is the least sparkly but has the most intense color. glimmer mist also blends the best, particularly with other glimmer mist shades.
2. diluted watercolor paint (the kind that comes in a tube) gives GREAT color and coverage...but dries much, MUCH slower than spray inks do.
3. diluted gesso makes an AWESOME spray of white dots...but will very easily clog your sprayer. (very easily!) (no seriously, VERY easily indeed. i cannot emphasize this enough!)
4. tim holtz & heidi swapp masks give a much crisper look than tattered angels' glimmer screens...but the wet glimmer screens can be flipped over onto another piece of paper and used as a "stamp" to very cool effect. lace is quite nice as as a mask, also; the more open the pattern the better it works.
5. brayering over a paper towel to blot & blend inks (like heidi does in the vid) leaves a very faint texture...but in a good way! the same goes for lace, or anything else with a texture.
6. none of the "color swatches" on the ink bottles are remotely accurate... (hence the test cards i made, above) ...which is why the smoosh brand's clear bottle is quite cool.
7. two ounce bottles do not last nearly as long as you think they will, unless you really turn out to dislike the color, in which case they are eternal!
this concludes my conclusions, but i welcome any and all insights! do you have any great spray ink tips? leads on a fab tutorial? favorite brands/colors/masks? let's hear 'em!!! (& thanks!) ♥