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How to make Acrylic Ink Spray...great for mixed media work

Thursday, July 10, 2014
I'm still doing the Photo a Day with my iPhone. Here's a little peek of my desk...

I'm a big fan of both Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink and Daler- Rowney FW Acrylic Artists Ink.  They are permanent, water resistant, very fluid, and lightfast.  Daler-Rowney even has a lightfast chart. 

Spray inks are easily made if you are working with either Liquitex or Daler-Rowney FW brands because they are highly pigmented and can be substantially diluted with water.  I typically start with a 10 parts water and 1 part ink.  If that doesn't get the color I want, either add more ink or water.  I used cheap spray bottles I picked up from Amazon...poof I am ready to rock some color. 

The below is spray inks with brushwork on gesso. 

What I like about them is that they are a quick dry and behave kinda like watercolors so they are a shinning star for mixed media work.  Fabulous for art journal backgrounds too.  The ink is brilliant color in a bottle..that can be used in collage, brush, on fabric, photo tinting, airbrushing, etc, etc, etc.  

What I find the most useful is that they are easily mixed with acrylic paint and acrylic mediums. 

Oh yeah...forgot...the photos were taken with my iPhone.  I'm really serious about using my iPhone for daily photos. 

Later Gators...I'm back to the studio...
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Kathleen Conard said...

These are gorgeous - thank you for sharing! What colors are you using in these photos?

Thank you!

Moon Stumpp said...

The Liquitex colors are Quinacridone Magenta, Yellow Orange, Prussian Blue, Phthalocyannine Green, Pyrrole Red, Trans Burnt Sienna, Phthalocyanine Blue, Turquoise Blue, Cerulean Blue Hue, and Phthanlocynine Green.

The FW hues are Flame Red, Olive Green, Purple Lake, White, and Black.

Anonymous said...

Have you had any issues with the sprayers clogging? I haven't tried this yet.

Moon Stumpp said...

No, not at all...but I think it depends on the type of container you put them in.

Julia said...

A quick question. Not sure what you are mixing with the water. Acrylic or ink? Do they sell ink? Im confused because I can't get acrylic ink locally and want to make my own. Thanks

Moon Stumpp said...

I'm mixing Daler-Rowney FW Acrylic Water-Resistant Artists Ink with the water. I ordered mine via Dick Blick. Pretty most of what I use, I order off the internet...I don't have an real art supply store around me. Hobby Lobby and Michaels just don't cut it.