Mixed Media Smooshing

by Jenny Hall

The basic ink smooshing method (tutorial HERE) is to add ink and water together on a waterproof surface, then dip or “smoosh” the watercolor paper into the fluid for a unique technique result. By using different additions or mix-ins together in the fluid, the watercolor paper picks up the special effects and lends a custom watercolor look.

Supplies

  • Watercolor paper (Strathmore brand used here)
  • Spray bottle with tap water
  • Paper towels
  • Non-porous work surface (Waffle Flower Crafts - Water Media Mat used here)
  • Shimmer paint
  • White pigment ink refill
  • Perfect Pearls
  • Coloring media: watercolor pens/markers, dye ink pads, Distress Oxide sprays, liquid watercolors
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Technique panel cut to 4 1/4” x 4 1/2”, corner rounding punch, Penny Black "The Sweetest Sound" cling stamp, Altenew "In My Thoughts" clear set, light gray stamp pad, MISTI stamping tool, heavy cardstock bard base cut to 4 ¼” x 11”, double sided foam tape)

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Apply your choice of mix-in to the work surface.

  2. Step 2

    Apply the color or ink directly over the mix-in.

  3. Step 3

    Apply the paper to the wet area.

  4. Step 4

    Check out the first look on the paper before dipping into the ink again.

  5. Step 5

    Add sprays of water to dilute the inks on the work surface to give a more fluid look.

  6. Step 6

    Dip the paper in the diluted fluid, then tilt the paper to help the colors run together.

  7. Step 7

    Dip the paper back into the fluid as many times as needed to achieve the desired look.

  8. Step 8

    Dip the edges of the paper into the ink for better coverage.

  9. Step 9

    Once the paper is completely dry, use the panel as a background, for die cuts or any way you choose in a papercrafting project.

Video!

Variations

  1. Try other cardstock options for a varied look.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Mixed Media Smooshing. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Hi Jenny... the card is so pretty and I love the technique especially using the Perfect Pearls. I would wondering the name of the Penny Black stamp you used? Thanks.
Penny Klie  |  Wed May 22, 2019 at 4:16 AM
Penny, I added more details to the supply list above - the stamp is called "The Sweetest Sound". such a pretty one!
dina  |  Wed May 22, 2019 at 5:09 AM
Hi Jenny,

Beautiful card. Can you tell the manufacturer of the shimmer paint.

Thanks, Jan
Jan Saur  |  Wed May 22, 2019 at 6:39 PM
Hi Jenny. These are lovely and it looks like a fun technique to try. I was wondering about the palette you are using. I'd love to find one like it. Can you tell me the brand and where you got it? Thanks.
Diana  |  Fri May 24, 2019 at 8:02 PM

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