A very small amount of paint will go a long way in creating soft, misty effects on your journal page. Three or four drops of paint, a couple tablespoons of water, and some vigorous shaking is all it takes.
I was thinking about the beautiful Redbud and apple blossoms that we saw at the park last week, so I decided I would create a page with that theme. I first applied watercolor to the blank paper for a soft background.
I misted the remaining white areas with the paint in the body spray bottle. I kept the journal flat on the table so it would puddle in places and blend in with the watercolor in other places.
Once I was satisfied with the amount of paint on the page, I began tilting my journal so some of it would run and add subtle texture.
Thinning the acrylic paint allows it to become more transparent. You can see that the yellow watercolor paint still shows through the acrylic spray.
A few lines of journaling, a quick sketch with black India ink and a dip pen, and the addition of more watercolor paint completed my page. Very minimal. Very zen. Very unlike my usual work!
Now for the "not so much fun" part. The sprayer must be cleaned out with warm, soapy water so the paint doesn't dry in the tube or nozzle.
The good news is, this particular brand (Bath & Body Works), disassembles quite easily. My bottle had been laying in my art travel bag and was clogged so I had to do a major cleaning. If you take the top off and stick the spraying assembly into soapy water, you can give it a few sprays until it sprays clear, place the closed bottle upright, and it will be good to go next time you decide to use it.
I know you've got at least one body spray bottle almost empty - don't forget you've got some paint that wants to live there!
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