During the Exploring Art Journaling Enrichment class I am teaching at my daughter's school this week, I introduced the girls (yes, all girls in the class!) to Splash Inks & Acrylic Inks. (If you missed last week's entry, you can find it here.)
Splash Inks (pictured below) are acrylic mixing colors that are very concentrated & vibrant. They can be mixed to make a huge array of colors without getting muddy. You can paint & illustrate with them & the result is similar to watercolors, but the colors are more pigmented than watercolors & are permanent when dry. (You can read more about them here; buy them here.)
|Background made by Sarah|
Acrylic Inks (pictured below) are simply a watered down acrylic paint with deep pigments. These inks are gaining popularity in the mixed media world for their drippy effects & ease to illustrate with either using the dropper as a pen or applying ink with a pen nib.
|Background made by Kylie|
We used a "splatter" technique by dripping/dropping ink onto our substrate (in this case, a piece of recycled cardboard); spraying the page with a little water, seeing the reaction & then blowing the paint around with a straw. I truly love this technique & have even sold a couple of my pieces using it! And watching the girls' reactions as the paint spread around to achieve an unplanned result was awesome!
Here are a couple of the samples I made in class for the girls...
|Gesso'd cardboard to Splash Ink art!|
|Drippy Acrylic Inks|
After the girls did their splash art, I showed them how to use stencils & masks to add another layer of dimension to their pages...The Trust Your Heart stencil was THE most popular - go figure! I also mentioned how they could make their own masks with photographs from catalogs & magazines by taping both sides of the page with packing tape & cutting out the image. That's how I got the following images for them to use...
|Masks made from catalog photos|
|The result using the potato sack girls from the catalog images|
So, I have rambled on enough...here are the girls' pieces - we didn't have enough time to stencil on all of the pages, but luckily we still have 4 more weeks of class!(Click on an image to enlarge.)
Some of the girls got a little over zealous with the acrylic inks where the colors got a little muddy, BUT I think the results are actually quite beautiful!
(I also had them do another mark-making page like last week in the hopes of getting stencil images & drips onto those before the hour ended, but maybe next time!)
Next week I will help them to finish up a couple of these pages & then we will start on some collage art!