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5. tissue paper sprayed over stencil

Here is a photo of the supplies you need to make and use spray paints:

making sprays supply photo

Here is the supply list of what you need to make and use paint sprays: 

  • Acrylic paint  in the colors of your choice ( I prefer Golden Fluid Acrylics)
  • Freezer paper
  • Stencils/templates of your choice
  • Sharpie marker
  • Tissue paper
  • Paper towels
  • Spray Bottle for water
  • 2 oz spray bottles
  • Water that has been boiled and cooled or distilled water
  • Craft/butcher paper (optional)
  • Journal Pages (optional, I don’t use them in this demo)

Here is a video showing how to make paint sprays and some helpful tips:

The password for the video is: sprays

With the addition to spray inks on the market, I decided to make my own fluid acrylic paint sprays in the same colors as my palette. This allows me to carry out my colors throughout, have the spray be permanent, and saves me the expense of buying spray inks. I’ve found that the intense transparent colors give the best results and I can use less paint than with other paints. They also don’t clog as fast as other paints. I use these to mist backgrounds and spray over templates and stencils.

Steps for Making Paint Sprays:

  1. Open lid of spray bottle
  2. Squeeze about 1⁄4” amount of fluid acrylic paint in the bottom of the bottle (you may need to add more, test and see)
  3. Add clean water, about 1⁄2-2/3rds full (I used water I had previously boiled and cooled)
  4. Close the lid securely and shake until well-mixed
  5. Test spray. It should be ready to use.

Here is a PDF that shows the process to all the painting papers in this class. To view and print, click on the link:

Painting Papers, Marbling and More

In this following video I show some ways to use the paint sprays:

The password for the video is: sprays


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  1. arturwallz

    I would just LOVE to see exactly what you are doing. A camera mounted over your work area would be so helpful. It is a bit difficult to see clearly what you do. I think you didn’t like an area that you marbled and you tried to fix it, but I couldn’t see what you didn’t like, nor what you did to fix it. I LOVE ALL YOUR CLASSES!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GIVING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM YOU!!! Ya know, I would LOVE to see you make a couple designs that you have used. God has given you such a beautiful talent. I just want to see it all! ;))

  2. Sharon

    A great trick is to do what you would do with spray paint. To prevent clogs, tip the bottle upside down and spray until clear. Then rinse the tip. You can avoid the problem completely.:)

  3. Sharon

    I have several Daniel Smith tube acrylics. Could I do this with these paints?

    • Hi Sharon, I haven’t used those particular paints, but if it were me, I would experiment on some inexpensive paper and see how it works. Sometimes great things happen when we try new things. Cheers to your new painting!

      • Sharon

        Thanks Valerie, I’m getting all my supplies together and watching all the videos. Excited to get started on the actual journal soon. What I was curious about is if tube acrylics will thin down for spray with water like the liquid Golden acrylics do or do I need something else to make it more fluid? I can’t imagine what but wanted to ask before I tried just in case.

        • I think tube acrylics would thin down for spray with water and will possibly flow like fluid acrylics, although I haven’t tried it. I imagine the difference would be in the intensity of the paint. I think the tube paint would likely be more watered down, so the intensity of the pigment in the spray would be less, reducing the brightness of the paint. It’s worth a try though. I encourage experimentation 🙂

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