Art Journaling with Dylusions Ink Sprays (Tutorial)

Dylusions Ink Sprays

Art journal with Dulusions Ink Sprays - Marjie KemperI found a new challenge blog last week that is right up my alley – The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.  Their June theme is Spray Inks & Mists, so I jumped right in to create this spread with Dylusions Ink Sprays.

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I started out by spraying three colors of Dylusions Ink Sprays on my right hand page and misting them with water till they ran.  I’ve been fortunate to take Dyan Reaveley’s classes in person. One essential tip she shares is that if the colors aren’t moving, they’re not wet enough.  In that case, add more water or more Ink Sprays to make it happen.

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Then press the blank page into the wet one to absorb the excess color.  I added some yellow Ink Spray and water to fill any places that didn’t have color. If you have loads of time let it air dry overnight and you’ll have a wonderful surface waiting in the morning.  If you’re in a rush roll a paper towel roll (the whole roll) back and forth over the wet ink to absorb most of it, then air dry for a few minutes or use your Heat tool if you must.  (Do try one leaving it overnight to dry on its’ own at least once, though… it’s a different look than the ‘aided dry.’)

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I’ve wanted to use this 12X12 Prima stencil for awhile, and today was the official christening.  I used it ‘full on’ on the left hand page, and then turned it around and around repeatedly to use just the flowers themselves to form a border on the right.  I sprayed a dark green Dylusions Ink Spray for the flowers.

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In my background I’ve used stencils from StencilGirl Products and Tim Holtz.  I also added some die-cut pieces from Tim Holtz’s  Honeycomb Sizzix Frameworks die.

Kemper art journal with Dylusions Ink Sprays & Sizzix dies

Online Mixed Media Art Class

Want to see more of what I do with Dylusions Ink Sprays?  Check out my online class with Craftsy.  It comes with lifetime access and a money-back guarantee!   It’s called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects. Here’s a 2-minute preview video:



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  1. Caroline says:

    I am gradually building up collection of Dylusions as I totally fell in love with them. Only have 6 so far & can be stingy (tight) as don’t want to use them up. Doing a double spread like this makes total sense to double their use! Fabulous colours & although I am aware of mixed media blog, haven’t bn for a while. Thank you for link. :))

  2. great colors…I have just started to use spray inks and these are some of my fav colors.

  3. Marjie, this is stunning! I love how ghostly those stencils look. You can really see all the great mists in the background too. I really need to start soaking my pages more! Thank you so much for getting inky with us at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  4. What a beautiful art journal page. I am a big fan of stencils for that extra touch. Thanks for playing along with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

    Melanie Douthit
    DT Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog

  5. What a great mix of colors for a pretty page!!!

    -Mixed Media Mothly Challenge DT

  6. Glorious intense colour, these pages are beautiful – and what a great sounding new challenge!
    Alison xx

  7. Love this fantastic and well explained i have only just taken up the art of journaling and could use more things like this to learn so thank you very much will be having a go at this x

  8. Gorgeous Marjie! Love the colours and how you’ve used the gorgeous Prima stencil. Sue C x

  9. WOW, great colors and design. Very alive!

  10. These are fabulous stencils. Beautifully blended background.

  11. Always so nice to see a project from start to finish, especially journals as I am still working up the courage! Love this and such great use of those sprays! Happy Weekend, GF!

  12. An amazing spread. Always love your use of the dylusion spray inks.

  13. Gorgeous pages, Marjie! Love the vibrant color of the Dylusion Sprays and the stencil is amazing too! Hugs, Sandra

  14. Great spread Marjie! I really appreciate when you give directions! thanks so much for taking the time”)

  15. Jeannette van Dongen says:

    Love it ! Wonderfull project

  16. A fabulous double page spread Marjie. As always you have created so much depth and interest in your work, love it xx

  17. Those colors work wonderfully together!! I love using Dylusions too… so fun. The borders created from your stenciling is just beautiful. It’s a gorgeous journal spread!!

  18. Wow! What a great journal spread!! I love the mix of colors that you used and that stencil with flowers and words is FAB. Thanks for giving a little tutorial. I love to let mine dry naturally. Sometimes I spray them when I wake up in the morning and then I have a fun surprise to come home to after a long day at work!! Thanks so much for joining us for the first Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  19. Nice cool summer colors. I do like letting the sprays dry on their own, so much nicer. xox

  20. I love the vivid brightness of the Dylusions Ink Sprays, and you have used a beautiful combination of them here, Marjie! Super background elements, too.

  21. Kirsten Alicia says:

    That is a terrific spread. I love the colours – the tip about leaving the inks to dry overnight is one I will try, patience is not something you’d associate with me usually. 🙂

  22. Gorgeous colours Marjie and I love your stencilling – nice to see how you created it too! Great tip about leaving it overnight too – I need more patience! Hugs, Anne x

  23. Fabulous spread Marjie!

  24. What a beautiful art journal page Marjie, I love that stencil too, those flowers are amazing!

  25. Love to see your process Marjie! Those sprays are always fun and exciting to see and use! Gorgeous pages!

  26. This is beautiful with those gorgeously intense colours that you worked with.
    Marjie, I rarely use spray inks however (dissolved walnut ink crystals and paints are my go to items) am in total agreement, leaving to dry overnight is always preferable as the results, to my mind, are more stunning than aided by a heat gun. Also, for anyone who doesn’t know, it was a good tip to share, pressing the pages together which also is good for non-journaling projects as well.

  27. Thanks for all the great tips about the sprays…this is a wonderful spread Marjie! xxx

  28. Marjie… What can I say ???? This fabolous art work just takes my breath away. Just LOVE your choice of vibrant colors. The way you used the great stencil is also impressing. Love your work. You are so very talented ! Thank you for a great tutorial as well.
    Hugs from SPAIN

  29. Wonderful pages Marjie! Your work always inspires me, your colors and depth in each piece are amazing. Thanks for sharing a great tutorial:)
    Have a great day~kim

  30. So gorgeous!!! I am LOVING the colors and those roses!!!!

  31. Great color combination Marjie! Love the stencils – the black really pops off the page!!

  32. A fabulous vibrant page Marjie and a great tutorial! Must try that tip of letting the inks dry overnight…. I have never managed to successfully spray inks through a stencil, they always bleed underneath,,,, Any tips on that one?