Of course we already adore the irrepressible Dina Wakley; at The Ink Pad we are big-time, lifelong fans! Having said that, I've just taken her awesome "Focus on Gloss Sprays" class via FaceBook Live and I'm kinda hooked on those now! Technically the first twelve colors arrived at TIP in March, just before NYC mandated the temporary closure of most brick and mortar businesses. So we didn't have a lot of time to play with them, but in a way I'm glad to have "saved up" this little creative treat.
The first thing you notice about Glossy Sprays is that (surprise!) they are GLOSSY!!! Which is because they are not spray ink; they are super-high-flow, spray-able, acrylic paint. So they have properties different from any other spray on the market. If you'd like to learn the basics, there's a free Demo With Dina video archived on FaceBook which I highly recommend. The "Focus..." class, which is available on Dina's website features more advanced techniques and is still available. You won't get to interact with her live, but you'll have access to the nearly three hour video; and to the special FB group. One of my favorite things in that class was that we learned several different ways to paint flowers. I had a bunch of flower panels at the end of the class and I know I'll use all of them, but for today I'm going to concentrate on the two I turned into cards.
Both cards feature Fuchsia and Eggplant Gloss Spray, plus a bit of Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide Spray. I was pleased with how well the DO Sprays worked with the Gloss Sprays. They have very different properties and look quite different when dry, but they do "play well together".
After my panels were completely and totally dry... WITHOUT using a heat gun, because the glossy nature of the sprays means that heating them is not a good idea; luckily, they do dry quite quickly. After they were dry, I added details with a black Pitt Artist Pen from Faber-Castell and some white Posca paint pens.
I made a few beautifully funky Dina-style mats by neatly lining up strips of Washi Tape from the first DW MEdia set (The Ink Pad has the other three sets in stock, too!) in coordinating colors and called it a day!
I hope you'll be inspired to try a "new-to-you" product and see how much fun you can have just experimenting and playing! ♥
is making it her lifegoal to
try ALL the art supplies!!!