Using Your Templates With Spray Ink
Just like any Kiwi Lane layout, you get to start your page by Playing to Create! There are actually two times in this process where you will get to Play with your Designer Templates. The first one is laying out the masks for your background shapes.
Use only a few shapes for masking.
You’ll be tempted to use a bunch of different shapes, but try to contain your excitement and use only two to four shapes. I started with four shapes for masking, but ended up using only three because it was too busy.
Once, you’ve chosen your templates for masking, the next step is to choose your colors. One to three colors is best.
When choosing your ink colors, keep them in the same color family (warm, cool, neutral).
This way, when they overlap, you’ll end up with a color in the same family and not a greenish brown mottled mess. If you’re not sure what the overlapping color will be, try it on some scratch paper first. It is easier to throw away scratch paper rather than your formerly pretty, expensive, 12×12 paper!
Now, put your layout in a box that is at least 6” deep and start spraying! Just a few pumps of each color.
Spray your darker color first.
Spraying from dark to light and removing layers as you go creates shapes that are easy to see. I sprayed my pink first, then removed the large flower and sprayed yellow, covering the area that was previously masked.
Here’s what mine looked like:
Now continue your layout as you normally would by tracing, cutting, inking and replacing until you have a beautiful, finished layout!
Because you have in essence made your own background paper, this type of layout is ideal for using up scraps.
One last tip before I go….
Lather your hands with mild hand soap (I use whatever is in my downstairs bathroom- usually Softsoap). Lay your template in your hands and rub between your lathered hands, making sure to keep the template as flat as you can. Rinse with cold water.
Wash your templates as soon as you can- it gets more difficult to remove the paint/ink as it dries.
When drying your template, the same thing applies- dry between a towel while keeping the template as flat as possible. You can also lay them on a flat towel to air dry.