Making the Most of Mists
I must admit that, like most people I’m sure, I try to stretch my stash as far as possible, so when I make more expensive purchases I really like to try to get the most bang for my buck as they say! I do love my mists, and barely a page I create escapes a mist or a splatter – but I wanted to know if there was more I could do with the product other than simple spritzing.
So I decided to set about finding out if I could use mists as a painting medium. I began by dabbing some of my selected colours onto a plate (by unscrewing the cap and tapping some ink from the bottom of the spray tube), and grabbing a brush, some water and some cartridge paper.
My first little experiment was in creating colour washes. I found that both wet and dry paper worked equally well, but that a wet brush was (obviously) really important to really stretch the pigments and to blend the different colours nicely. A tiny bit of mist on my brush went really far with the water, and I found I needed to change my water in my bowl often to avoid the colours getting murky. I loved the ways the colours would mix with each other and in places created tone on tone, watermarked effects.
I decided to use a pretty wash I’d created with to make some simple embellishments (for a page I will share with you later in the post), by using a scalloped circle punch to pop out some shapes from my now pastel-coloured paper. You can see below the three mists I used to obtain the wash, and the level of vibrancy I achieved on the punched circles:
This led me to thinking about how the mists could be used just like water colours to colour in images. Grabbing my black American Crafts Slick Writer pen, I quickly scribbled some doodles and coloured them in with the mists. Slick Writers are permanent ink so dry instantly and did not bleed when the water washed over it.
I used all my mist/watercoloured triumphs to create this page – they perfectly complimented the happy, sunny colours of the papers I had chosen, which included pieces from Studio Calico’s Hey Day collection, Crate’s Little Bo Beep and MME Miss Caroline (all product links can, as always, be found at the end of the post).
This was echoed at the top of my page, with the addition of some torn paper
and October Afternoon Little Fliers stickers:
My experimentation didn’t stop there though! Ever the intrepid explorer into the world of arts and crafts (!!), I decided to see whether rather than just using the mists to colour in the stamped images, if they could be used to actually stamp with. I must admit, I did have rather mixed results and tried several different techniques, including misting directly onto the stamps (messy and wasteful!) and brushing them on with a brush (murky!), but did find a way to make these interestingly textured stamped embellishments:
The ink coverage was not even, but I loved how the colours blended and gave a soft dappled, shaded effect that you can see more closely here
To achieve this, I added one dot of each desired mist ( a little goes a long way here!) on to a plastic pallette – this doesn’t have to be fancy here: I used the discarded plastic packaging from a stamp set. Leave a little space between them – don’t be tempted to mix them with a brush – that magic will happen on it’s own in a couple of seconds!
Then gently move your stamp slightly, and you will see that the colours start to blend themselves as the slippery mist slides around on your plastic palette:
A very slight wiggling action resulted in the colours mixing in this way.
My supplies included: