I recently walked into a craft store and was greeted by a lady demonstrating color mist. It was almost like walking into a department store where there’s a lady spraying perfume samples… only this was paint. I can’t decide if it was weird or awesome.
Color misting isn’t a new technique, but it has become quite popular in scrapbooking (see Shimelle’s post for some examples).
I, however, had remained skeptical: Six dollars for a tiny bottle of watery paint? When I was a kid, I used an old toothbrush to splatter paint.
But I guess “toothbrush splatter” is not good marketing.
DIY Color Mist: Water + Alcohol + Watercolor Paint
Feeling adventurous and crafty, I decided to hop on the color mist bandwagon (caboose?). A Pinterest search yielded a few do-it-yourself color mist instructions. Most were water + alcohol + watercolor paint.
I searched the house and found an almost empty spray bottle of hair detangler, a bottle of rubbing alcohol that expired 11 years ago, and a tube of watercolor paint.
I rinsed out the spray bottle and filled it with a little water and a squirt of paint. I have no idea what the ratio was since the bottle wasn’t clear. I shook. I sprayed.
I obviously used too much water:
Maybe I need alcohol.
I added some alcohol to the mixture, shook and sprayed.
It didn’t dry any faster and now my paper smelled like a hospital.
I started over and used less water/alcohol and added green paint. The sprayer didn’t “mist” this time and watery green paint blobs came out.
The result was something resembling mold spores:
Maybe it was the 11-year old alcohol.
DIY Color Mist: Water + Acrylic Paint
And then I saw a post on The Scrappy Jedi about DIY color mists. She used acrylic paint and had cute little spray bottles, and her splatters were pretty.
So I rounded up some old Heidi Swapp acrylic paint:
I mixed the red with a little water and sprayed.
It looked like a crime scene photo:
Red was obviously not the right color choice.
I decided to try the minty color and use the toothbrush method.
Hey, the paint looks like toothpaste! Hey, the splatters look like toothpaste!
Don’t use the toothbrush method.
My final spray bottle concoction was a success! I had mastered the ratio of water-to-paint, and I finally got the hang of misting:
Yep. I can do this.
DIY Color Mist: Temporary Insanity
Oh look! I found glow-in-the-dark paint! A glow-in-the-dark scrapbook page? Sign me up.
I sprayed. I waited. I took the page into a dark closet and ooohed and aaahed at my cleverness.
This idea is brilliant! I thought to myself. I can tell people to take the scrapbook page into the closet to see it glow!
There I was.
Standing in a dark closet holding a scrapbook page.
It was not awesome. It was weird.
(I blame the paint and alcohol fumes).
DIY Color Mist: What I Learned
- Always listen to The Scrappy Jedi. See this post and this post.
- I need cute little Mini Mister bottles.
- Don’t use too much water.
- Alcohol has an expiration date.
- Acrylic paint + water works well.
- Be careful when choosing paint colors.
- Misting is different than splattering.
- Don’t stand in a dark closet holding a scrapbook page.