Monday, 27 April 2015

2015 #8 Delight In Play {by Kate Yetter}

2015 Theme 8: Sprays

Hello everyone. Kate here, joinging you this evening with a post on sprays. Sprays are so versatile and are a quick medium to develop color as well as texture. My favorite thing to make with sprays is drips. I am sharing a journal page with sprays used in my background as well as on my embellishment.

Step one: I started off by gluing various size paper strips to my background. I added a light coat of gesso with a palette knife and then waited for the gesso to dry before adding a few stickers to my background. I chose a light colored spray and sprayed it on my background, being careful not to cover up all the white space. I tilted my page up after spraying to allow the ink to drip down the page.   

Step Two: I let the lighter color spray dry before spraying in a darker colored ink; otherwise the colors will mix to make the color of mud.

Step Three: Using a flower stamp, I stamped with brown ink in the background and some script in blue ink. Stamping in a random pattern is important. Backgrounds do not look good if they are uniform.

Step Four: To create my embellishments, I sprayed various colored inks onto a piece of white cardstock. I them stamped my image from ELB16 over top and cut it out.


Step Five: I repeated step 4 several times. I ended up choosing a different color to complete the rest of the flowers. The lighter colors looked better against the background. I glued the flowers together to make one large flower and added a button in the center.

Step Six: Lastly, the page was completed by placing the little girl and the kite next to my focal point, the flower. A little doodling around the edge of the page makes a nice frame.

I hope you will give sprays a try if you haven’t. Don’t you just love how they can create the perfect background for your stamped embellishments? I have to admit, in the middle of this project I set it aside because I couldn’t find the right placement for the flower. The whole page was not sitting right with me. After starting a card I was still not satisfied with the outcome so I came back to the journal page. I changed the photograph I was working with and the position of the flower and that’s when it all came together. Sometimes you have to just set a project aside and start again later. 

Whether it's full coverage, a light misitng or splats/drips, sprays are so much fun to work with as you have demonstrated perfectly Kate. By simply layering the colours and the use of bold colours for the focal piece, this is a delightful journal composition. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us all.

We would love you to join in with challenge #8: Sprays If you are inspired by any of our guests who blog with us over the fortnight, then please join in and link up your creativity HERE

All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Sprays link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, May 10th, winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


  1. This looks fabulous, Kate, and Lin's flower is stunning.

  2. A lovely piece, great to see the fun with sprays. I love using them x

  3. Lovely project - the flower looks great

  4. this looks beautiful - great use of sprays - love it xx

  5. Love the giant flower kate!!!

  6. Fabulous!!! Love that flower Kate!

  7. Gorgeous page, Kate - love the layered strips and beautiful composition of all the elements.
    Alison xx

  8. I really love your technique with the strips, Kate. This is such a beautiful journal page. I love it! xxx

  9. Gorgeous page!!... I'm also discovering the theme of the new challenge, easy and fun!! :) xx

  10. I love the way you put everything together. Perfect placement. It makes a great page. Lx