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Old 06-03-2014, 07:07 AM   #1  
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I have several brands of spray mist - ranger, dylussions, Lindsy's, and Mr Hueys to name a few. I was wondering about making the sprays from food coloring. I have heard about making mists from re-inkers and water or alcohol. Anyone have any experience making them from food coloring?
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I do not.

But oh my.........
https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...ing+spray+mist

I had no idea.........
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The problem with food coloring is that the color fades away easily.
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I haven't tried it but if you do, you may want to use the paste coloring that Wilton makes for cake decorating. The colors are much more intense than the regular liquid food colors.
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I haven't tried it but if you do, you may want to use the paste coloring that Wilton makes for cake decorating. The colors are much more intense than the regular liquid food colors.
This is what Lindsay, the frugal crafter uses. The paste...
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I made some using red several years ago and it worked fine. I mixed cheap food coloring you buy at the grocery store with water and rubbing alcohol that has glycerin in it. The red was somewhere between red and pink in color but I was very sparing with the food coloring because the red tends to be intense, much more so than the other colors. Here is a close up of something I used it on, the other colors are not sprays, btw. I added them after the spray dried:
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I had very good luck with the gel food coloring. I diluted with water rather than alcohol because I wanted the ink to move when it was misted with water. I used the spray on watercolor paper and loved the results.
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I made some using red several years ago and it worked fine. I mixed cheap food coloring you buy at the grocery store with water and rubbing alcohol that has glycerin in it. The red was somewhere between red and pink in color but I was very sparing with the food coloring because the red tends to be intense, much more so than the other colors. Here is a close up of something I used it on, the other colors are not sprays, btw. I added them after the spray dried:
Your work there is so beautiful, Stampin Stacy!! Is that a card?
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Thank you Louisa May, yes it was a card from several years ago.

That homemade spray ink is the only time I've actually used sprays on my stuff. I prefer using a sponge or damp cotton ball, less mess. I know some stampers love the quickness of them but I always felt the clean up negated that time savings, I live in TX where we run ceiling fans a large part of the year which probably adds to the mess.


then again now that I'm into mixed media and stencils......
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I highly recommend what Lindsay, The Frugal Crafter does:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M3Ac3QGUyI

Not that I've done it, mind you, but Lindsay is a real artist and she's awesome - AND hilarious and very giving and generous to the whole crafting community! I LOVE her YouTube Channel!
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I have not used food coloring,but I have made them with rit dye,watercolor paint & acrylic paint. All of which work differently but wonderfully. Here are pics of them about halkway down the page. Crocheted Sass: DIY Tutorials & Links
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I have been conducting experiments over the last few weeks to determine which method yields the most intense spray ink color. I found the Wilton gel food colors gave good results but the results were more viscous than I liked. The most economical were sprays made from liquid fabric dyes, procion type powder dyes and liquid watercolors. Those dyes were very vibrant as well. I also got really fabulous sprays using some other , more expensive dye materials. I have tried Kool-Aid and regular food colors, gelatos and bargain tube watercolors in the past and I was not impressed with the results
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I also made sprays with gel food coloring. They were fine, but I buckled and went back to the Dylusions. They make some awesome colors. I haven't tried fabric dies, but the idea sounds great. If it comes to the part where I need gallons of spray die, I'll try that.
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i have never purchased dye before, is it more cost effective to buy several different dyes and make a range of colored sprays than to just buy the sprays - I think it will take a long time to go through a bottle of spray.
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I have been experimenting with home made spray this week and I am not impressed so far.

The eye shadow tends to rub off too easily. I first added hairspray and did a rub test - big fail, next I added some gel medium (glue) and it still rubbed off, grrr. Guess I'll try the crystal effects next.

I'm thinking the gold I'm experimenting with will need some color added to it too as it is way too soft and subtle. I was hoping for something that would show after being sprayed thru stencils but whats the point if you can't hardly see it. Control of where it's going while spraying is definitely an issue too. The kid has decided to come home for the weekend though so it will probably be next week before I can continue the experiments.


Any insight/tips for making the homemade stuff work would be appreciated. At this point if I were to vote buy or make, it would be a resounding BUY.
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I have been experimenting with home made spray this week and I am not impressed so far.

The eye shadow tends to rub off too easily. I first added hairspray and did a rub test - big fail, next I added some gel medium (glue) and it still rubbed off, grrr. Guess I'll try the crystal effects next.

I'm thinking the gold I'm experimenting with will need some color added to it too as it is way too soft and subtle. I was hoping for something that would show after being sprayed thru stencils but whats the point if you can't hardly see it. Control of where it's going while spraying is definitely an issue too. The kid has decided to come home for the weekend though so it will probably be next week before I can continue the experiments.


Any insight/tips for making the homemade stuff work would be appreciated. At this point if I were to vote buy or make, it would be a resounding BUY.
Stacy, when I make my mists, I use dye-based re-inkers, Perfect Pearls powders, and water. I sometimes substitute alcohol for water, which makes the mist dry faster and results in less warping of the paper. I also use alcohol if I'm using StazOn re-inkers. (I bought a whole bunch of them really cheap at a store, and the colors are beautiful.) I hope you are able to get the results you want. I know it can be frustrating when you don't.
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Thanks Scrapjanny! I actually have some gold acrylic paint that I'm going to add with the gold spray I made to see if it I like it better.

What kind of binder do you use so it doesn't rub off or do you "not worry about it"?
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What kind of binder do you use so it doesn't rub off or do you "not worry about it"?
I don't use a binder. I've never had anything rub off. Perfect Pearls have a binder in them, if I'm not mistaken.
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Gum arabic is the binder I use. If it helps I use it in powder form. I use Pearl Ex, Reinkers & Gum Arabic combo. Nothing has come off my page or my iPad. Remember that fiasco?

Stacy- Buy your mists! Your play time is limited to be frustrated with experiments gone wrong. I have not seen a savings cost in making my own mists versus buying them. I only make them to get custom colors.
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I have to agree. I played around with sprays with different dyes, food coloring, reinkers, etc. It's just not worth the time, at least for me. I bought the Dylusions when they were on sale or with a coupon and I don't regret it.
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Thanks everyone!

Well dang, now what do I do with the dollar store eye shadows I purchased, lol.
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You can mix them with your store-bought sprays to add shimmer! I bought some small spray bottles for when I want to customize.
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Well dang, now what do I do with the dollar store eye shadows I purchased, lol.

Use it in polymer clay. Use it as chalk. Use it in resin. These are the things I use eye shadows for. I have a few more ideas but I have a migraine and a dog chawing loudly on a bone next to me, lol. I can't think.
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I saw a post on Pinterest this morning about Pearl Ex. If you google how to use Pearl Ex you'll get some great ideas on what to do with that eye shadow.
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Thanks buried treasure, I really need to take the time to join that site, hate that they have locked non members out more or less with that giant join box that covers practically the whole screen. Lylacfey, lol polmer clay, me!! No thanks, I'll leave that art form for you.

I decided to add more glue to what I had made first before trying the CE and it works lots better now, still some rub off but most stays put now. Not sure I would make more but can at least use what I've got now instead of dumping it out.

Honestly I am of the "I HATE GLITTER" camp so this may not be my thing either. It's pretty but.... just can't deal with the residual mess. Getting messy while creating is one thing but I do not like for my creations to keep leaving messy 'presents' afterwards.
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