Oh boy, do we have a GREAT tutorial to share with you today!! We recently asked one of our blog contributors, Ronda Palazzari, if she'd be willing to demonstrate her infamous paint splatter technique with our CP fans and sure enough, she said, "Yes!" She also sent us a layout to coincide with the tutorial, which we happen to think is *uber* cool! Never have we seen our pattern papers used like this before...you're really going to love it! We promise...ok, it's time to reinstate the ol' toothbrush and start paint'en! Also, grab your apron cause you never know where the paint is going to land while trying out this technique..have fun you guys!!
I love using paints to add to my pages. It's like I get to be a kid all over again. They add just the right touches to my backgrounds. I sometimes use colors to recede (Neutrals) and sometimes colors to pop (brights & compliments).
My painting supplies include all kinds of acrylic paints, round brushes, square brushes, an old toothbrush and whatever else I can get my hands on. Each brush shape and size creates a different pattern. You will also need Newspaper or other paper to cover your work area. These splatters can travel far so when in doubt, cover it up! I also wear my favorite pair of worn out jeans and shirt. Chances are, I'll end up wearing my paint!
I almost always add water to my paints when splattering, more to the tube acrylics and less to the liquid acrylics. You want the paint to be fluid enough to move, almost milky in texture. By adding a lot more water, you can make a watercolor-like splatter.
For the background of my layout, I used a larger round tip brush loaded up with lots of paint. You want to flick your wrist to get those "traveling splatters", the ones that look like they are moving across your page.
Sometimes, I just want a drip. Load up your paint brush again. Hold it high above your page and squeeze the liquid down the brush tip. You get these beautiful "drip" splatters.
Take a closer look at these different kinds of splatters.
Sometimes, it's easier to try out these techniques using a smaller surface. The way, you can play around with your materials and see what you like. Here I cut some white cardstock down to 2" x 3". I punched a hole in towards the bottom and rounded the corners. You don't have to do this step...it's just part of my layout. But, I do recommend you play around with the smaller pieces of cardstock.
This square brush tip has uneven bristles. You can make this by trimming a cheap square brush. Flick the paint with your finger tip. It creates these little bubbles, both small and large, on the cardstock.
With the round tip brush, I flicked the tip of the brush with my finger and got these small little splatters. And then, I flicked my wrist (like with the chocolate paint) and got the traveling splatters.
Before the paint dried completely, I dabbed the spots with a paper towel.
The toothbrush splatter...So much fun, but messy! Dip your toothbrush into the paint and again with your finger, flick the paint onto the page. You will create this fine mists of paints. You can change the direction of the toothbrush to change the direction of the mists.
This is an extra large square paint brush. It absorbs a lot of paint, so when I finger flick it, it creates this beautiful stream of paint. So very cool.
Here's a look at Ronda's layout that resulted from her tutorial..we told you it would be fabulous! Thank-you Ronda dear for organizing and writing today's tutorial!! I think we're now ready to doing some painting ourselves :)
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