If you’ve been a paper crafter or mixed media artist for any length of time, you will most likely be familiar with ink sprays such as Dylusions. If you’re not familiar with ink sprays, they are basically spritzer/mister bottles filled with fast-drying colorant that are great for all types of projects – from mixed media projects to wood, canvas, or paper projects! They are also great to make custom backgrounds for cards, gift tags, and all types of art!
Today, I’m going to show you an easy and inexpensive way to make your own ink sprays – but we will take it up a notch and add shimmer!! I will be showing you how to make colored shimmer sprays today – but you can also make them without a color base to have a clear, shimmer spray. The beauty part is – these sprays are fast drying, versatile, quick, and inexpensive to make. I have the recipe below to make your very own alcohol ink shimmer spray – so let’s do this!!
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Recipe for Alcohol Ink Shimmer Spray
Step 1: First off… RELAX! This is not an exact science – just get the right size spray mister bottle and you’ll be set. Begin with a 0.68 oz. mini spray mister bottle (linked above, also). Pour your Isopropyl Alcohol into the bottle using your small funnel. The higher the percentage of alcohol, the faster drying your ink spray will be (but most any percentage will work). Fill the bottle with alcohol about 3/4 full.
Step 2: Add a quick “dash” of liquid hairspray. This is added in order to suspend your shimmer spray so it will mix in nicely and not all sink to the bottom when in use. If I had to estimate, I’d say a quick “dash” would be about 1/2 to 3/4 of a teaspoon. Again – not an exact science. The brand doesn’t really matter too much – but I have the kind that I used linked above.
Step 3: Now it’s time to add color! If you want a clear shimmer spray, skip this step. If you want a colored base to your shimmer spray, simply choose the acrylic paint in the color you desire. Put in enough acrylic paint to fill about 1/4 of your mini spray mister bottle. If I were guessing, I’d say that’s approximately 2-3 teaspoons full.
Step 4: Ready to add the shimmer?! For this step, be SURE you have shimmery mica powder and NOT chunky glitter. The chunky glitter is too large to spray properly and can clog your mini mister bottle. If you don’t have a shimmery mica powder, you can use a loose, shimmery eyeshadow in the color of your choice (since most eyeshadow is essentially made from mica powder). I used my small measuring scoop and put a couple of scoops in. If you don’t have a small scoop to measure with, just add the amount of shimmer to your liking (but don’t overdo it or it will be too chalky). If you want it less shimmery than mine, simply add less.
Step 5: At this point, add enough ROOM TEMPERATURE water to top your mini spray mister bottle off. It will probably only take about 1/4 or less water at this point to fill your spray bottle. Before shaking up your mixture, you might want to add a metal mixing ball which will help your color to mix nicely. This is optional, though. Go ahead and swirl, shake, and mix your spray until it appears well mixed. You’re now ready to use your spray! Always be sure to shake it up really well before use.
TIPS: Depending on how close or far you hold your mister to your project determines the look of the mist. If you want a fine mist, simply hold the mister bottle further away when spraying. Alternately, you can unscrew the lid and use the stem of the sprayer to drip splatter onto your project, if that is the desired look you’re going for. If you don’t want shimmer in your spray, do not add the liquid hairspray or shimmer. Also, remember to protect your work surface from overspray. If you want to see how I made my shimmer spray AND see some ideas of things you can do with your shimmer spray, check out my video below!