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Making Your Own Spray Inks with Color Burst

Video making your own spray inks using Color Burst by Ken Oliver with Carolyn Dube

Have you seen Ken Oliver’s Color Bursts before? These bottles are loaded with a mighty powder that explodes with color when it gets wet.  A full rainbow of fun!  Check out the video where I share how they worked as a spray ink and as watercolors too!

I’m not the only one playing with these – it’s a StencilGirl and Ken Oliver blog hop!  Be sure to check out all the inspiration (and giveaways)!

Watch Make Your Own Spray Inks with Color Burst on YouTube.

Video making your own spray inks using Color Burst by Ken Oliver with Carolyn Dube

Want to know more about Color Bursts?  I have a quick introduction to Color Bursts here.

I’m not the only one playing with these!  It’s a week long blog hop of Color Bursts!  Prizes and inspiration await! Each team has fantastic giveaways.  Leave a comment to be entered to win a $50 gift certificate from StencilGirl!  Head over to Ken’s blog to find out about team’s prizes!  The giveaway is now closed – you can find the StencilGirl winner over at StencilGirl Talk.

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  • Gina March 23, 2015, 1:07 am

    OMG I would love to win!!! I adore Stencil Girl & Ken Oliver… <3

  • Sallee March 23, 2015, 1:31 am

    these look like so much fun! I love mixing color… one of my favorite things.

  • Freddye Cooper March 23, 2015, 2:46 am

    I really really really really really neeeed these….If I do not win please let me know where I can purchase them..plzzzz…Ken Oliver is AWESOME!!

  • Tracy March 23, 2015, 3:29 am

    Wow, they look like fun! Would love to give them a go 🙂

  • Mary C. Nasser March 23, 2015, 6:54 am

    What a wonderful idea to create your own spray inks with Color Burst!
    Love how you always come up with innovative ways to use new products, Carolyn! 🙂

  • Linda Carreira March 23, 2015, 7:01 am

    Love Carolyn Duby and would love to win something to feed my inner artist!

  • Susan Falkler March 23, 2015, 8:01 am

    These are so cool. Would love them. How many colors are there?

  • Mary March 23, 2015, 8:30 am

    How does color burst work on fabric? Is it permanent ?

  • Lisa Riel Abate March 23, 2015, 9:09 am

    Super cool effects! Love the versatility of the Color Bursts!

  • Michele March 23, 2015, 9:13 am

    Oh, Carolyn…you’ve done it again! I’m making my wish list for April….these are definitely going in the #1 position!

  • Shari Czerwinski March 23, 2015, 9:24 am

    These look phenomenal! Thanks for showing us 🙂

  • elle March 23, 2015, 9:26 am

    oooh! You are so thrifty and creative!!!

  • CarolN March 23, 2015, 9:27 am

    What a fun way to use color burst and stencils. I love all the ideas

  • Rebecca March 23, 2015, 9:29 am

    Your videos are always colorful and FUN! Thank you..

  • Hope March 23, 2015, 9:40 am

    These look awesome and I love how they look with stencils. Thanks so much for a chance to win!

  • Cheri March 23, 2015, 10:09 am

    Love Color Burst and discovering new ways to use it.

  • Dawn Jones March 23, 2015, 10:16 am

    Fun page! Awesome products! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • MargieH March 23, 2015, 10:26 am

    What a fun process video – I love how you told us what you were thinking and how a mistake turned into something wonderful! Great art piece!

  • April March 23, 2015, 10:47 am

    What a great way to use Color burst powders. Did the sprays take a lot of the powder or was there a lot left in the bottle?

  • Amy Jones#8546 March 23, 2015, 10:47 am

    Beautiful work. I love that you made spray inks from the color bursts. They are a must have. And the stencils are so neat too.

  • jean marmo March 23, 2015, 10:48 am

    Love seeing you mix colors! And they are so pretty! THink I need some of these!!!

  • Marguerite Harty March 23, 2015, 10:52 am

    Love love it.. I need those Color Burst!!

  • Mary Holshouser March 23, 2015, 10:56 am

    I hadn’t seen the Color Burst before so I’m intrigued. I’ll be getting these – they seem to make beautiful projects without a lot of extra work.
    they flow into a wonderful finished project.
    thanks for sharing

  • Robert Rosendale March 23, 2015, 10:57 am

    Smile…I had searched YouTube and found your bids before I found your Blog….thanks for your wonderful ideas.

  • Jen Stevens March 23, 2015, 11:03 am

    Oh my gosh his fun is that!! Love all thisecolors and with just a little poof!! Too cool! :). Thanks for the chance to win

  • Judy Johnson March 23, 2015, 11:03 am

    Love the idea of making my own color mists with Color Burst. Thanks.

  • Sherry Cheever March 23, 2015, 11:31 am


  • Heather Warner-Ferguson March 23, 2015, 11:35 am

    Love it! Am always intrigued with your color choices and stencil choices and always adore what comes out!!! Love the bright rainbow hues that you choose 🙂

  • Janet March 23, 2015, 11:37 am

    Great idea to make spray bottles with these pigments! I love the intense colors! Fun video too! xo

  • Kathryn March 23, 2015, 11:38 am

    Carolyn, it looks like these pigments were made for you! 🙂 It also looks like they are permanent when dry, correct?

  • Laurel March 23, 2015, 11:39 am

    I LOVE your dirty stencils!! and your paper towel roll and yes I saw baseball too! LOL awesome colors and yup that’s you fighting with the white space 🙂

  • Tasha F March 23, 2015, 11:49 am

    I love how this turned out! I love your oopses 🙂

  • Cheryl Higgins March 23, 2015, 12:05 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win. I love these colors

  • Caroline Duncan March 23, 2015, 12:07 pm

    You are so clever! Sprays are still one of my favorite ways to create. The color burst colors look fabulous!

  • Linda DesGroseilliers March 23, 2015, 12:18 pm

    Love working with the Color Bursts!

  • joy meadows March 23, 2015, 12:45 pm

    Love the way these beautiful colors mix with the others. And, thanks for showing the sprays you created. Looks easy to do and fun to play with, too.

  • Frieda Oxenham March 23, 2015, 12:55 pm

    the colours are so bright and cheerful. Makes me happy to look at them.

  • Anne Lou (Nan) Robkin March 23, 2015, 1:26 pm

    Wow! I can see many used for these! Bet they would add color to paste for paste paper, and acrylic medium for use on the Gelli plate! Hmmmm–can I squeeze out an extra 12 hours a day to play?

    alhrobkin (at) aol (dot) com

  • Lilian March 23, 2015, 1:39 pm

    Love these! I have a question though, are they permanent when dry?

  • JBarnes March 23, 2015, 1:42 pm

    What fun! I would love to win.

  • linda badgley March 23, 2015, 1:52 pm

    I always love your videos and on the look out for new ones…thanks

  • Tina J March 23, 2015, 3:23 pm

    Thanks for showing us how to make sprays with Kens color burst! What an inspiration!

  • Robin Walston March 23, 2015, 3:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing the technique. Your piece is beautiful.

  • Rebecca Buchanan March 23, 2015, 4:00 pm

    Carolyn, as always, your videos are fun, informative, and full of inspiration. Thank you!

  • Mandy March 23, 2015, 4:09 pm

    I have never seen these powders before. they look so very versatile. Thank you for sharing your information. Now, if only I could find another holiday that needs gifts ….

    • Linda J March 23, 2015, 9:04 pm

      How about putting in an Easter Basket? Yours of course! Certainly remind me of Easter egg colors.

  • Trish Alger March 23, 2015, 4:18 pm

    Wonderful ideas.

  • kathleen codyrachel March 23, 2015, 4:21 pm

    I want some! You are so inviting always making me feel I am there right at the next table playing along with you!!!

  • Lucinda March 23, 2015, 4:24 pm

    Thank you for all your oooopses! I enjoy them daily. You are an inspiration.

  • Suztats March 23, 2015, 4:28 pm

    What fun, Carolyn! Just one more reason for playing (not that I need a reason … lol!)

  • Barbara L March 23, 2015, 4:37 pm

    Love seeing the ways you use these colors. Wow, they are vibrant.

  • gabriele haider March 23, 2015, 5:43 pm

    You surely had fun with Ken’s Color Burst perform – I certainly want to try them too like you did!
    thanks for the info!

  • Gwen L. March 23, 2015, 6:11 pm

    Love your sprays and how you used them… these turned out great!

  • mary dunn March 23, 2015, 6:16 pm

    WOW! another new thing to play with and love. Thanks.

  • Glenda Hoagland March 23, 2015, 6:26 pm

    Carolyn, you are the best promoter of any product. I love the idea of making mists from the Color Bursts. What other ideas do you have, cannot wait to see. Thanks for all of your creativity.

  • Pam March 23, 2015, 6:31 pm

    This looks like so much fun to play with! Thanks for sharing this Carolyn!

  • Colleen Melody March 23, 2015, 6:40 pm

    Great inspiration as always!

  • Cecilia March 23, 2015, 7:04 pm

    Thanks, Carolyn — you always share great ideas and fantastic artwork!

  • Jane Christensen March 23, 2015, 7:46 pm

    Such an eazy-schmeazy way for stenciling and so much more! Thanks for the entertaining and informative video and the chance to win as well.

  • rachel March 23, 2015, 8:29 pm

    Great video. I found you on YouTube while searching for gelli plate videos. Totally convinced me to get one! Thanks!

  • Raine March 23, 2015, 8:32 pm

    Love those sprays!

  • Amy M March 23, 2015, 8:34 pm

    The colors are so yummy, cant wait to get some and play. Thank you for sharing your inspiration and ideas.

  • Linda J March 23, 2015, 9:02 pm

    So many ways to use the Color Bursts. Thanks for the tutorials. Can’t wait to try them.

  • Jane March 23, 2015, 10:06 pm

    Great project and love the products!

  • Maria McGuire March 24, 2015, 12:37 am

    Now I NEED to make spray inks too! I thought it was pretty amazing that the blue that was sprayed sat sit when you went back over it. VERY cool! and….of course, thank you for using my stencil 🙂

  • Clair Smith March 24, 2015, 12:44 am

    Brilliant Carolyn! Thank you soooo much for showing how to make your own sprays! Next can you show us how to make our own alcohol ink sprays?

  • Denise Spillane March 24, 2015, 8:20 am

    This is so pretty. Where will it go from here? These color bursts look like so much fun. Love the idea of making my own color sprays.

  • Sue March 24, 2015, 10:40 am

    What a delightful video. I’m really interested in Color Burst! What a cool medium to use for all mixed media. I’m going to win, I’m sure! Thanks

  • Judy Mac March 24, 2015, 10:55 am

    These Color Bursts look so fun! Can’t wait to try them.

  • Sue March 24, 2015, 11:34 am

    Love the demo and products

  • ros March 24, 2015, 11:35 am

    always like to see your videos they are always such fun to watch thanks for the chance to win they are on my wish list

  • Marleen March 24, 2015, 12:13 pm

    Oh, how much fun…..so many ideas popping into my head. I LOVE color!!!!

  • Bea Savellano March 24, 2015, 1:03 pm

    looks like fun!…b

  • gloria March 24, 2015, 1:21 pm

    Very interesting – looks like this would be fun, especially since you have control of the shade of spray ink.

  • Stacy Caddy March 24, 2015, 2:13 pm

    These looks so fun. You have a way of making everything look fun..

  • Cindy L March 24, 2015, 2:38 pm

    How fun is this!! I have never heard of Color Bursts but they may be something I need to add to my stash!

  • Sue Chesley March 24, 2015, 4:08 pm

    Oh wow! They’re powders! I didn’t realize that until your video – how cool is that!
    So, in an instant, you have spray inks, I bet you could also mix with glaze for more of an acrylic paint effect, and we already saw Mary mix it with modeling paste. What a versatile product! Go ahead and draw my name!!!

  • Denise Huntington March 24, 2015, 5:47 pm

    I just love your oops’s, Carolyn! This is bright and fun, just like everything else you do! I would love to play with those color bursts too!

  • Teresa Godines #6857 March 24, 2015, 7:04 pm

    Fabulous colors.

  • Vicki Ross March 24, 2015, 7:53 pm

    how bright these are! And love the applicator!

  • Mary Ann March 24, 2015, 7:56 pm

    love the way the color bursts are so versital. Cannot wait to get some. Amazing work as usual.

  • Ken Oliver March 24, 2015, 8:40 pm

    Hi Carolyn, I love the way you used Color Burst as spray…it’s awesome and your video is great! Thank you for including Color Burst in your Colorful Journey!

  • cathy March 24, 2015, 9:40 pm

    I love the slight blurr the color bursts give.

  • Kimberly Carmichael March 24, 2015, 10:15 pm

    As always your videos are short and easy to follow! Thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway.

  • Celeste March 24, 2015, 10:46 pm

    What fun! I love how you love color, everywhere!

  • Julia March 25, 2015, 12:10 am

    Great video Carolyn! I always learn something from you! Love the idea of making my own spray inks through his color offerings! Home run sister!!!

  • Gilda (McStamper) March 25, 2015, 6:49 am

    Wow. What fun to mix your own colors! Thanks for the great ideas.

  • Kathy Costello March 25, 2015, 3:41 pm

    Carolyn, thank you for the video showing the color burst powders used as sprays. I was impressed to see that the Greek stencil color didn’t smear when you used water or another color over it. I will definitely look into purchasing these color bursts.

  • Jean Bullock March 26, 2015, 12:16 am

    Your project looks terrific . What a wonderful video. I love the idea of being able to customize my own spray inks.

  • Darcie Wright March 26, 2015, 1:21 am

    OMG…loving all the tutorials with Color Burst! Would love to try out Color Burst, so many ideas running through my creative mind right now…where to start…oh ya…need Color Burst! <3 Thanks so much for the great tutorials!

  • Carole March 26, 2015, 10:07 am

    Ordering today!

  • Julie Steed March 26, 2015, 10:29 am

    Fun video! I work like that too. Projects always morph into something unexpected.

  • Nancy Sapp March 26, 2015, 2:49 pm

    ALWAYS LOVE Carolyn’s videos!! (Carolyn Dube – you crack me up!) I really like making my own mists as well. What BEAUTIFUL ColorBursts colors! Scrumptious!

  • Nicie Ibarra March 27, 2015, 2:25 am

    Love your video!!! I agree with you, there is no way that I can have a white space on a page! lol!!!

  • textilerecycler March 27, 2015, 12:33 pm

    As always, your playful nature brings out the best in any product and creative session… I so want to be you when I grow up 🙂
    textilerecycler (at) yahoo (dot com)

  • SusanHnSC March 27, 2015, 1:07 pm

    Color Burst is definitely on my must have list – can’t wait to try them! Thanks for sharing!

  • Linda Cameron March 27, 2015, 5:25 pm

    I’ve played with making my own sprays before, but these colors look much brighter than anything I’ve been able to do so far – and they’re so easy to mix!

  • Dennis R Mullins Sr March 27, 2015, 6:19 pm

    Great use of color I love the Color Burst powder it is so cool to work with. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

  • Dria March 27, 2015, 11:05 pm

    LOVE the way you used these!

  • donna joy March 28, 2015, 12:11 am

    great idea! thanks for sharing~

  • Shannonwl March 28, 2015, 11:35 am

    Beautiful. Great idea to create custom color sprays!

  • Marilyn Reitz March 28, 2015, 11:37 pm

    Loved your video showing the color bursts

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  • Martice Smith II March 29, 2015, 9:53 pm

    These are so coooool! Thanks for the vid, Carolyn 🙂 I love mixing my own colors and this is just perfect.

  • Kim S March 30, 2015, 8:06 am

    Luv the stencils (my latest addiction) and the color bursts!! Kasot aol

  • Karen P April 5, 2015, 8:43 pm

    Fabulous video – thanks for sharing! I’ve been wondering if I can use my Brusho paint powder to create some spray inks – I know what I’ll be doing this week crafty wise. Thank you for the fab videos where you share what you’re experimenting with Karen

  • Judy Steinfeldt January 22, 2018, 4:53 pm

    Question. So my acrylic pour is a little boring in places like the negative space. Once it is completely dry can I spritz and pour a little of this to select areas. Will that then prohibit the use of varnish?

    • Carolyn Dube January 24, 2018, 5:01 pm

      No idea Judy – haven’t tried that so can’t answer for sure.