Last weekend I took a class on Ranger Dylusions Ink Sprays at The Inspiration Station in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. My friend Sue had shared with me some beautiful journaling pages she had made and I was excited when she said the class was relatively local. The Inspiration Station is mid-way between Boston and New York City and about 30 miles outside of Hartford, CT - just off of I-84. For me, it was one hour drive, which isn't to terribly far. Plus, it's a beautiful drive and downtown Stafford Springs, is so quaint and a perfect place to do lunch! The Inspiration Station is a fantastic scrapbooking, rubberstamping and paper arts store filled with a variety of products from an extensive range of companies. They staff is very friendly and super helpful.
I also love being able to shop and support local small businesses!
What Are Dylusions Ink Sprays?
Dylusions Ink Sprays are a high quality, acid-free, non-toxic concentrated colorant for porous surfaces. Created by Ranger Signature Designer Dyan Reaveley, the Dylusions Ink Sprays are a bright and vibrant palette that will colorize paper, canvas, wood, paper, clay and more! These sprays are used to create backgrounds on cards, scrapbook and journal pages, and in mixed media art projects.
Dylusions Spray Inks are available in 24 splendid colors with yummy names
like Melted Chocolate and Dirty Martini!
Our fabulous teacher, Tracy Lake's first words upon introducing the class were that these are bright bold colors and we're going to get messy. What!? Bright, bold AND messy!? OMG, what did I sign up for? The pieces my friend Sue showed me were none of those! Clearly I did not do my research on Dyan Revealey or I would have read this, according to her website, "Mixed Media Artist Dyan Reaveley is known for her creativity with layering color, images and thought-provoking collages. Dyan’s unique eclectic style comes through in her vibrant color combinations of inks and paints."
People might call me many things. . . "Eclectic" is not one of them.
Hmmmm. . . should I take another Paxil? Excuse myself for a "non-existent kid emergency" or
feign some sort of weird monkey flu? I'm kinda scared here. . .
Dylusions Spray Inks are divided into warm and cool colors. Warm being reds, pinks and yellows. Cools being blues, purples and greens. Where are the beiges and the grays!? I'd settle for black! Black is a perfectly acceptable non-color color!? White? White is my friend too!
First, you soak your watercolor paper with water, then you spritz the Dylusions inks. Tracy taught us 10 different techniques, and for some reason, all I could retain was the ombre look. (I was still stuck back at bright, bold and messy. . . )
Then you blot with a paper towel:
You can spray the inks directly through stencils:
Here are my first two Dylusions Spray ink pages!
Oh, did I mention there is NO uniformity? You lose all control once your spray the ink! Ohhhh, I am so outside of my square box right now. . .
Next I tried three colors in the cool tones:
Don't ever let anyone tell you that being an artist is easy! The proof is right here:
So, you've seen both warm and cool colors. . .
Here is my first journal-less journal page! (Should I mention I don't journal?!) Yup, it's about as neutral and as watered down as I could make the Pure Sunshine Dylusion Spray Ink be!! Tracy also told us not to combine certain colors or we'd make mud and mud is not good. Ha! Who says?
It was a great class and I really had a lot of fun. I even kinda liked getting messy! Then again, it was in someone else's studio and not my own!! I'm glad I learned a new technique, but in the end, I really decided journaling is not "my thing" and this style of artwork is not "my" style. And yes, there are some days when I'm forever trying to figure out what exactly my style is. I know what it's not, and I'm okay with that too.
Tell me what YOUR thoughts are about these Dylusions Ink Sprays and do you, or would you, use them?
Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a wonderfully creative day