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Art Journaling Basics & Beyond: Inks


Now that the silly season is behind us, I am back with another Art Journaling Basics & Beyond post. I am excited to share my favourite inks with you this week, so grab a coffee and settle in.

There are many options out there, but the most common, & readily available, are ink pads. You can find ink pads in every colour imaginable, making it easy to pick out your favourite colours to start with..unless you want them all, which is totally acceptable in my book hehehe When choosing your inks, it is important to keep in mind what you intend to use them for. Are you after a crisp, permanent image, or a soft, blended background?

Melita Bloomer - Art Journaling Basics & Beyond

If you are wanting your image to stay as is, and be quite permanent, great choices are the Archival and StazOn ranges. They give quite crisp images that, once dry, will be permanent, allowing you to keep building layers atop. For a softer look, or blended colour, you cannot go past the Tim Holtz range of Distress Inks.They react with water, allowing a multitude of fun effects. Since they are water reactive, they clearly are not permanent, so any wet mediums will make the inks move and blend.

Melita Bloomer - Art Journaling Basics & Beyond

My absolute favourite ink method is spray inks! If you haven’t yet tried them, stop what you’re doing right now and go shopping! They are incredibly versatile, and, well, just flat out fun. Use them with stencils, spray directly onto your page, use with a paint brush etc. As with ink pads, they are available in both permanent and water reactive versions, so be sure to choose what best suits your project. SEI Tumble Dye inks are permanent once dry, are available in many colours, and are my favourites. They are intended as fabric sprays, but I love them for all sorts of paper crafting also. Both the Adirondack and Dylusions sprays are water reactive, so they are wonderful for blending. Tim Holtz has recently released a set of sprays also, in the same colours as his ink pads, and while I’ve not yet had a chance to try them out, I hear nothing but good things.

Melita Bloomer - Art Journaling Basics & Beyond

These last beauties are also great additions to your stash of colour. Both the Liquitex and Bombay inks come with handy little droppers and are permanent when dry, making them incredibly versatile. They are great added to paints and gesso, and I love using the droppers as a pen of sorts, to write, draw, and add splashes of colour. The Tim Holtz Distress Stains come with a sponge top, allowing you to easily swipe colour across your page, creating backgrounds or even to use as a paintbrush of sorts. I have found that they are not as vibrant as the rest of the Distress range, but if you favour pastels and softer looks, then these would be a wonderful choice.

Before I go, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of all the 21 Secrets Spring Workshop coming up. i am delighted to have been asked to join this wonderful group of teachers, and it would make my day to have you join us! Click through the following link to learn all about it!

21 Secrets Spring Workshop 2015

21 SECRETS Spring

Until next time, happy arting!




3 thoughts on “Art Journaling Basics & Beyond: Inks

  1. Ink (drawing ink) has always been my primary medium but navigating all the different inks available for mixed media has been a challenge. As such, I think your guide is very handy. I actually just treated myself to some of the Dylusions inks and cannot wait to try them.

  2. Would you please do a post on art journaling pens along with dos/don’ts? I have ruined several pens (micron, etc.) and now I’m just not sure how, when, or what to journal with once I create my art. Thanks in advance. -Melissa

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