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Play Dates: Use Each Spray Ink for What it Does Best

Video Play Dates Spray Ink edition with Carolyn Dube

You’ve seen my favorite spray inks, you’ve seen how I experiment and play to learn about spray inks, and today I’m going to share with you how I quickly build a background in an art journal.

Watch Using Each Spray Ink for What it Does Best on YouTube.

Video Play Dates Spray Ink edition with Carolyn Dube


Join the conversation and let us all know your go to ways to use spray inks!

Play Dates with Carolyn Dube Come and have fun while exploring different supplies!



So how can you join the conversation?  Leave a comment here telling us all what you enjoy about spray inks or what your favorite is or tip or trick!  Click on over to  A Colorful Playground over on Google+ and share your spray ink creations. It can be something new or a favorite spray ink project from whenever!  Join in however you are comfortable!

Want to know more about Play Dates? Check out this post here that explains it all!

Want to win a Now Is the Time stencil?   One commenter on this blog post, chosen by Random.org, will get a  Now Is the Time stencil!  Want more chances?  Share this on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. and come back and tell me where you shared it for more chances to win!  Be entered by the end of the day on Oct. 2nd to win. I’ll announce the winner on my blog on Oct. 3rd. (and yes, Internationals can win too!)

Supplies Used:

Inks Used: Memories Mist was the permanent yellow, Hero Arts neon was the painty one, Lindy’s Stamp Gang was the orange shimmery one, Dylusions was the very strong vibrant one, and Color Blooms were the soft blue.

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  • pjay hansen September 26, 2014, 2:32 am

    I so enjoy the colorful journey. Thanks for the chance to win.

    • Carolyn Dube September 26, 2014, 8:50 am

      Glad you’re enjoying the journey pjay!

  • pjay hansen September 26, 2014, 2:41 am

    Pinned on pintrest!

  • Ruth September 26, 2014, 3:43 am

    I am really enjoying your play dates.. would love to win a stencil

  • Kim T September 26, 2014, 7:12 am

    Love your videos … I have the worst luck with sprays and now I know why, not understanding the nuances of each brand. Thanks!

    • Carolyn Dube September 26, 2014, 8:51 am

      Yea! I am thrilled these Play Dates helped Kim!

  • Liz Lumsden September 26, 2014, 9:30 am

    I love how you demonstrated sprays with different qualities and how they worked together! Using the permanent inks as a background layer is a great use for that kind of ink!

  • Ruth L September 26, 2014, 9:40 am

    Carolyn, you just rocked that word stencils with all your ink sprays, love the spread you created!

  • April Lopez September 26, 2014, 9:43 am

    more more more!!! Love lots of sprays and color.

  • Mary September 26, 2014, 9:54 am

    Thanks so much for this week of play dates, Carolyn! As always, your pleasant enthusiasm and relaxed “just have fun” attitude make me want to go pull out my toys (aka papers and sprays) and play, too! ☺

  • Shari Czerwinski September 26, 2014, 10:20 am

    Such an informative video. Thanks!

  • Shari Czerwinski September 26, 2014, 10:23 am
  • Michele (Princess Buttercup) September 26, 2014, 10:28 am

    Carolyn, I love, love, love this background. I am waiting impatiently for payday so I can order some inks and a stencil! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  • Liza X September 26, 2014, 10:37 am

    Love how you incorporated all the sprays, using their different qualities to make an amazing background!

  • Kathryn September 26, 2014, 11:13 am

    Another fabulous video Carolyn! I’ve learned so much about the different sprays. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that I can go get a bunch and just try them out! 🙂 What journal are you using?

    • Carolyn Dube September 27, 2014, 6:55 pm

      It is a homemade journal with cheap watercolor paper (size 12×18 I think that I folded in half to make the signatures).

  • Glenda L September 26, 2014, 11:21 am

    I’ve never thought about combining different types of sprays. I love the variety of looks you get. It really gives an added dimension. Thanks for sharing your play dates with us.

  • Corrine September 26, 2014, 11:35 am

    Wish the sprays were more permanent. Love how they look in your background. xox

    • Carolyn Dube September 27, 2014, 6:57 pm

      Me too- that would be one thing I would really wish for from the manufacturers!

  • Pat Crossland September 26, 2014, 12:30 pm

    Love, love , love this stencil and thanks for the chance to win it, as it doesn’t seem available here in the UK…..love your videos Carolyn …..xx

  • Pat Crossland September 26, 2014, 12:31 pm

    Love, love, love the stencil Carolyn but searched over here in the UK and cannot find it so thanks for the chance to win it….xx

  • Pat Crossland September 26, 2014, 1:41 pm

    Just shared on my page on Facebook…..https://www.facebook.com/crackedcupannie

  • Tasha F September 26, 2014, 2:05 pm

    Love the trick of holding the stencil down with the palette knife!

    • Liz October 5, 2014, 1:33 pm

      Yes, the palette knife idea is genius!

  • Emma Woods September 26, 2014, 2:27 pm

    I love the idea of Playden video’s and I love your style thank you

  • Denise Huntington September 26, 2014, 3:39 pm

    I love watching all of your fun videos, Carolyn! I find out so much about art supplies and their use from you.

  • Heather Warner-Ferguson September 26, 2014, 3:59 pm

    Thank you! I love watching a blank page turn into such a great background and love seeing how you use the sprays.

  • Margriet September 26, 2014, 4:39 pm

    I enjoy all the colorful journeys a lot and I like to be part of it. But please don’t let me win as I will be punished for it by dutch taxes 🙁

  • Win Dinn September 26, 2014, 5:05 pm

    Love that Color Bloom/Dylusions combo – wiping the drool off my face now!

  • Vicki September 26, 2014, 6:33 pm

    I have learned so much from these videos. Thank you. would also love to win the stencil. : )

  • WineCountryman Jim September 26, 2014, 6:37 pm

    Always fun and enlightened to see what you have to share with us… Thank You

  • Sylvia Tabor September 26, 2014, 6:55 pm

    I’m lovin these Play Dates — simple, sweet, to the point and packed full of Carolyn Dube muse!!! Lately, I have been using my spray inks in water brushes for painting. But I love spraying stencils with them and inking up silk flowers.

  • Barbara Poe September 26, 2014, 7:18 pm

    I love your ideas. This was great fun.

  • Nancy Sapp September 26, 2014, 8:32 pm

    Carolyn – I just love all your videos. And YES, I want that stencil.

  • Rita Montgomery September 26, 2014, 10:09 pm

    You did it again, Carolyn….another great video for us to learn from. Thanks for the chance to win your fabulous stencil.

  • Peg Robinson September 26, 2014, 11:04 pm

    Carolyn you are an inspiration. I spent most of the day in my studio. I did organize spray inks and have a play with my gelli. It was fun playing with you and spray.

  • Teresa R September 27, 2014, 2:06 am

    Love the way you combined spray inks on these pages. Right now I only have 3 different Dylusions spray inks. Will have to start buying more/different spray inks so I can play more

  • Marina September 27, 2014, 4:15 am

    Thanks so much for all your work, Carolyn. I’m learning so much. I’m going to have to go back to the earlier Play Date videos to work out which are your three favourites sprays. That won’t be a hardship. More chance to take on board your tips 🙂

  • Marina September 27, 2014, 4:42 am

    Got your fav three – LSG Starbursts, Color Blooms and Dylusions. To carry on the conversation, I have a question I hope someone can answer. Today a friend and I had a gelli printing play day, but she also brought her Starburst sprays. I was excited, remembering Carolyn’s use of them the other day. However, out of the six she has, only one was an attractive colour. This was the one called Ponderosa Pines Olive. It was a nice mid green, not olive, imo, but pretty. The others all sprayed as brownish, not nice, with tinges of the colour in the name as they dried, but mostly the ugh brown look. Names like Bucket of Blood Red and Bucaneer Bay Blue, they came out nothing like their names. Can someone please tell me what I might be doing wrong, as I would love to use them in a similar way to Carolyn? Has anyone else had an issue like this? Solved how? Many thanks, Marina

    • Mindy M. September 28, 2014, 7:57 pm

      Hi Marina,
      Some of the older Lindy’s products were called Moon Shadow Mists. They were made with a Walnut Stain base with some hidden color.(ie Blood Red, Bay Blue, Tawny Turquoise) I have quite a few with the brownish base of walnut stain, because I do a lot of Vintage Collage and it is especially nice with Heritage photos. I love to add more color with the Dylusions and Color Bloom. Hope this helps

      • Marina September 28, 2014, 8:41 pm

        It helps wonderfully, thanks Mindy. Mystery solved and all is clear now. My friend’s sprays are a mix of the two types, now I have had a closer search of their labels. She called them all Starbursts, but not so. I can see the Moon Shadow Mists having a place in various works, but I was expecting to see red and blue, etc, so it was a major puzzle. I’m grateful for your explanation, and can now put Starbursts back on my shopping list 🙂 Sprays like this are hard to come by in New Zealand, and mostly come via online shopping, where you don’t get to discuss them with a shop owner. Thanks again, Marina.

  • Anna (omyn) September 27, 2014, 6:56 am

    I am really enjoying play dates. I don’t clean, and I don’t organise, I also don’t art journal. I think I am going to give it a try.. I have always been wanting to paint whimsical people and stuff like that.. but I don’t have the patience or the time or the inclination.. but then I realised that your pages were about what you wanted to say, and just playing.. I think I could do that, and seriously enjoy it. It would probably help me learn about the ways to push the envelope with my supplies too. I cut and design my own stencils and find it hard to use other people art work in my own.. but I am sorely temped by that clock stencil, and Rembrandt’s words.. they are stunning on their own let alone interacting with each other. I loved the two blues, the vibrant one and the light one.. I do’t think I would have ever added to that piece, just put it up somewhere to make me happy. I love that this is the colourful journey.. not the destination 🙂 Thank you. <3 Anna

  • Lynne Phelps September 27, 2014, 9:29 am

    Love the palette knife tip!!!

  • ANg September 27, 2014, 6:58 pm

    I love to use a brush and paint with soray inks. Am also sharing on facebook

  • Cara B. September 28, 2014, 2:01 am

    I must have these stencils! I love them! I am really enjoying watching this series of videos and am fighting the urge to decorate my walls with sprays. Must stick with paper. Must not spray walls!

  • Laurie Hunt September 28, 2014, 4:41 am

    thanks so much foe going thru this ink comparison this week. I really learned a lot and appreciate the effort it took to put the videos together

  • TheresaMP September 28, 2014, 7:00 am

    last chance at words. thanks as always for sharing.

  • Michelle M September 28, 2014, 6:45 pm

    I LOVE the bright colors of inks! Thanks!

  • Michelle M September 28, 2014, 6:46 pm
  • Mindy M. September 28, 2014, 8:05 pm

    Thanks for these wonderful Play Dates Carolyn. Like you I have some of each of many of the different sprays. I love to use them, but never have “played”with them before to test their many qualities and attributes. Thanks for inspiring me to sit down a test out the products and make notes on likes and dislikes. It really helps when you are working on a project to basically know how a spray will react!
    P.S. I love your stencils, too!

  • Robin B. September 28, 2014, 8:05 pm

    Thanks for this very helpful tutorial on spray inks! I have a variety and appreciate getting tips on better ways to use them!

  • Lora September 28, 2014, 9:14 pm

    Thanks for the great week of inspiration!

  • Melody S. from KS September 28, 2014, 9:40 pm

    Absolutely lovely background! I need to be able to do this! So now I need some inks. Going shopping soon! Thanks again for all of the wonderful opportunities you’ve given for prizes this week, and thanks for having a teaching heart! Your videos are so much fun!

  • Gini Cooper September 29, 2014, 12:29 am

    It’s about time someone talked about the different qualities of spray inks. I sure wish the manufacturers would label sprays with at least whether it was permanent and also how it plays with others, though it’s fun to find out by playing. I love your playful attitude and thanks so much for sharing this info!

  • Pamela Levingston September 29, 2014, 8:53 am

    Thanks I learned something today about the memories spray (which I have). Thanks for sharing!

  • Cheryl September 29, 2014, 6:14 pm

    Shared it on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cheryl.donohew

  • Cheryl September 29, 2014, 6:18 pm
  • Dawn September 29, 2014, 6:20 pm

    I have really enjoyed your playdates, as I do all things on your blog. What fun it would be to win.

  • Cheryl Gebhart September 30, 2014, 12:31 am

    Thanks for another chance to win.

  • Melissa September 30, 2014, 12:52 pm

    I have really enjoyed the play date series. Please keep doing them.

  • Carolyn September 30, 2014, 2:59 pm

    Well, all caught up now.
    Loved all the colors together. Great background!

  • Marjie Kemper October 2, 2014, 10:26 am

    Great tute – love all those words in various sizes, fonts and colors!

  • Andrene October 2, 2014, 11:36 pm

    Thanks for the great videos on spray inks. I love them because they are so easy to use, can cover a large area quickly and they add so much interest to a page.

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  • Andrene October 2, 2014, 11:37 pm

    Shared on google+

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  • Liz October 5, 2014, 1:30 pm

    So much fun! I am going to (finally) clean my art table off so that I can catch up on the One Pull Wonders AND get my spray inks out.