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Painting with Adirondack Color Wash

I LOVE Adirondack Color Wash by Ranger Ink. I have used it for years. The qualities are amazing. Not only are the colors rich and beautiful but they also blend without making “mud”. They come in a 2 oz. spray bottle (originally a 4 oz. size). I have been using them full strength but recently I saw a you tube video that showed how they can be diluted. That is a great idea as they are very potent.

There is another advantage I discovered over the years and that is the mystery of the medium.  Color wash is considered a craft product. None the less the qualities are high; it is acid free; however,  unfortunately it is a disburse dye; it can be reactivated with water or any medium with moisture. This is a detriment for sure. One I had to find a solution for  to continue using them. I found a product that seals  the wash making it permanent and  a huge bonus! After the sealant is applied the colors POP! The mystery is the results of the art I  have  made with it.  The  medium(s) are undetectable as well as the methods.

My favorite application is to spray color wash on to several layers of papers capitalizing on the intensity. There are many options for application. I usually follow these basic steps:

  1. Dampen the paper first and then apply color wash. This enables the wash to spread nicely.
  2. Spray the color wash on first and then spray lightly with water. It is amazing to watch the color move and blend to make unpredictable colors.
  3. Dry with a heat tool or air dry.

I never tire of the experimentation with color washes.

I use color wash to make various components to make (serious) fine art, fine crafts and casual things like notecards. They also work on fabric somewhat. The best results I have had is with lace, seam binding, silk ribbon; heat setting is a must.

Fine Art

Art Components-Paper Cloth, fabric and embellishments

Mixed Media-Title: Leaf CollageThe process has several steps.

Step 1 Paint Papers

Step 2 Backgrounds added

Step 3 Collage-Layers of painted papers

Final Details-Accent “line” with machine stitching with black thread

painted_tissue_paper_300 Collage_multiple_1_300 Sea Shells

An assortment of painted papers to work with. Collages in progress. Finished collage 5×7.

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Title: Tin Heart 15×20″

Multi layer-Composite

Focal Point: Heart-Impression from antique ceiling tile; sapphire blue ink defines the design of the tile. Surrounds-Layers of painted papers with color wash.Two side panels with areas cut away to expose fabric behind. Embellished with small hearts, bits of painted lace, pieces of piano player paper. Fringe top and bottom edge.

Fine Craft

Glass Luminaries-Glass is wrapped

with thin painted paper. When the

luminary is lit the light shows the

beauty of the translucent papers.

Luminaries

Three examples of Luminaries made by students.

Luminary

Luminary Example 2

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A large sheet of paper cloth.

Paper Cloth-A layered composite made of muslin, bits of paper, white glue, tissue paper and color wash. I have used paper-cloth in various applications.

Paper Cloth painted with Adirondack color wash

Take out Box made with paper cloth.

Take out Box made with paper cloth. Simply open the box out flat to use as a pattern. Make a piece of paper cloth large enough for the pattern.

You have the perfect opportunity to learn more about using Adirondack color wash ink in my new online course through Academy of Quilting.

Title: Mixing Up Media

Open for sign up NOW here.  Start date March 6th- 5 weeks $50

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