Sunday 27 November 2022

2022 Topic 16: Splosh - Topic introduction

Hi everyone, Keren here, with a fabulously fluid topic!

Splosh is a wonderfully onomatopoeic word and there's something intrinsically artistic about more fluid supplies in the sense that they can't easily be controlled and therefore all results are consistently inconsistent! The surprising element simply adds to the creative fun. We're going to look at products that give a splosh, and also do a flyover of some of our designer's splosshy images too. 

We begin with some of the sploshiest PaperArtsy products. What can we throw around a page or canvas?

What might first come to mind is Infusions. Possibly the most fun you can have from a mini glass jar! If you've never used them, they're little pots of water-soluble dye pigment and a walnut stain that develops more over time. If you want more colour to walnut then dry your project off quickly. More walnut to colour ? Add more water or simply allow the Infusions to continue developing before allowing to dry.

Riikka Kovasin PaperArtsy Blog

There are currently 21 colours available and so many ways to use them. The way they flow into water is just amazing creating a myriad of effects whether they're a background or you're stamping with them.

Riikka created some wonderfully sploshed backgrounds using black Infusions and paint, showing that a limited colour doesn't mean limited creativity.

Lynne Moncrieff is another Infusions fan and uses their textural qualities to the max with her beautiful vintage style.

There is another product that's simply perfect for Sploshing. It's one of PaperArtsy's hero products and that's the mighty Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic range. The highly pigmented colours are perfect for painting as you'd use an acrylic, but if you water them down, they can act like watercolours too.

One technique using a 'splosshing' of card onto paint droplets is well described by Jenny Marples as a 'dip and dry'. It produces a wonderful effect.

Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics look amazing dropped onto surfaces like Autumn Clark did with these underwater tags.

Alison Hall had great fun flicking paint, which is an easy technique that gives a real burst of defined colour, even if you do need to cover your neighbouring surfaces and walls!

It's not just PaperArtsy supplies, what about their stamps? Lots of blobs, rings, splats and drips to mention just a few. Here's a selection of our designers with some inspiration photos.

Claire Lloyd has a rainy stamp set ECL06 and created something fab with fabric.

Emma Godfrey brought out some fantastic splatteresque stencils and a stamp set (PM006, PM007, EEG15). Anneke De Clerck made a beautiful journal using them. Just look at the giant splats.

Kay Carley has a really useful stencil PS069 that could be snow...could be sploshes?!

Sara Naumann has some superb splat-y stamps and stencils including PS296, PS178 and ESN57. How would you create sploshes with them?

If you're looking for a splosh of coffee, why not try one of Scrapcosy's sets?

One of the PaperArtsy designers that immediately springs to mind when I think of splodges, sploshes and splats is Seth Apter. His sets are just perfect for this topic.

Check out EM42, EM40, EM50, EM68, ESA01, ESA12, ESA13, ESA14 ESA27 and more!!
This recent post by Asia Marquet shows how sploshes can be minimalist too.

France Papillon's PS259 and FP006, FP008 are particularly good for this theme. I love the tiny splodges in the stamp sets that Jennie Atkinson used for these lovely projects.

Moving along to Jo Firth-Young, JOFY92, JOFY32, JOFY31, JOFY106, PS329, PS309, PS250 plus loads more. Jo used one of her stencils to create soft painterly splodges

Tracy Scott has TS041, TS042, TS024, EM64, EM63 (perfect drips!), EM62, EM59 and others. The minis are particularly splooshified! This project is one of Tracy's when the set was released.

These have all been literal. Let's finish off with some ideas on how to make your own sploshes. Remember that psychological test where you had to explain what you saw in an ink splat? They can be wonderfully artistic. This artist created coasters with splats of alcohol ink.

Throwing paint at surfaces can create awesome effects. Polly Castor threw her paint down from a height to create some of these effects.

You could argue that paint pours could 'pool' themselves into this topic too!

I'll leave you with a super creative artist Red Hong Yi who created a caffeine fuelled portrait using stains from the bottom of a porcelain cup. Such talent.

Hopefully the diverse strains of fluidity have got your juices flowing!! Which track would sploshes take you down? Would you try your own technique to add flowing elements to your art or create a splosh from something that doesn't ordinarily flow (anyone for experimenting with watered down Grunge Paste?!). Perhaps you'd use a stamp or stencil to give you the look and would it be the background or a focal splosh?! 

If you want to create along with us, please share on our social feeds so we can see what you get up to. The best places are Instagram @paperartsy or post in PaperArtsy People Group on Facebook. Make sure you tag us in your contributions, we love to see what you get up to in your creative world! 


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