Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain.
La vie, ce n’est pas d’attendre que l’orage passe, c’est apprendre à danser sous la pluie.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Dylusions on a rainy weekend.

Another long weekend, so I finally got the Dylusions out to practice. 
The first time I tried the inks in my journal (which is not really started yet) I sprayed both pages and ended up with .. mud! So I decided to try it on tags. The first two tags I started spraying and realised I hadn't wet them! I still lack confidence using the inks as they are strong colours and I get the impression they shoot out of the bottle!

At the moment only one tag is completely finished
I used all three greens for the leaves/hair, Dirty Martini, Cut Grass and Fresh Lime. there is also a touch of Calyps Teal in there too. Stamps are "Bits of this", "Further around the edge" for the leaves, "say what you mean" sentiment and letters from "basic backgrounds stamped in crimson archival.
I used the small "luscious leaves" stencil and a daubber. The result was not sharp (will go back to using cut n dry foam), so I "patched up" with a white signo pen.

I tried the Ghosting technique on all of the tags to varying degrees. 

On this tag I "bumped" the  background on the luscious leaves stencil using "White Linen" ink, the letters are from "basic backgrounds" using crimson archival again.

This is the third one of this batch

 And number 4, again from the same spraying. 
I sprayed White linen through the Luscious leaves stencil then tidied up with the White gel pen.

The next two were ghosted with the "chequered dots" and stamped with basic backgrounds" circles, the flowers from "background love" and leaves from "around the edge"
 Again the stencilling with the dauber went a bit wrong so "hid the misery", as they say over here, with white gel pen.

I had fun and think I might move on to my journal soon.


  1. Great tags - hope you have fun in the journal!! That first time you hit the nozzle is so scary....

    1. it is, just an explosion of colour, puddles she says!

  2. They all look great.

    Tips. Get a carboard box, line it with decent quality plain paper, not stuck down. Use this as your spraying box. do all your spraying inside it. All the excess ink will shoot off onto the lining paper. Once you have used the box a few times the lining paper will be all colours and layers and you can cut it up and use it. Reline the box with fresh paper.

    Try drying the ink between layers to avoid mud.

    Get a plastic ice cube tray, spray a little ink into a cube and use it as an ink pot. Dip your brush in and paint with the ink.


    1. Darcy you have soooo many great tips! Love the idea of the lining in a spray box!
      I bought zig detail water pens and filled them just like Dyan.

  3. Love what you have done on the tags and have got the mud thing too when I got too carried away with the spraying!

  4. Just checkin in...to see what you've been up to. Love the tags, hope all is well.
    Hugz, Z

  5. Will email you this week Zandra
    Hugz xxx