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Mermaid Ink Magic: Marbled Backgrounds – with Ali

Hey Y’all!!!
When I first started playing with Jane’s Mermaid Markers, I was so intrigued with how they reacted to each other AND to water. I started to experiment with different ways I could layer the ink and I just LOVE this marbled background look!

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I am using the watercolor insert from my beautiful Butterfly Book today and Mermaid Markers in the colors Starfish, Pirate’s Gold and Coral. I’m also using a non-stick craft mat for this technique.

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Start by putting some Mermaid ink on your mat.

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Apply it randomly in small doses. I used all three colors here. You can do this with cool toned colors too!

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After making my dots on the mat, I take a water spray-bottle and spray my inks on the mat.

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Now, take your paper or journal…I’m using the watercolor insert in my Butterfly Book…and smoosh the paper onto your diluted inks.

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*GASP* Isn’t it glorious?!?

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I’m now using a heat gun because I want to create LOTS of layers…

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Here’s the second smoosh…

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YES! Just YES!

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And here’s after thoroughly drying the second layer and adding a third smoosh…

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Can we just enter all the heart eyes here? ——>

So I wanted to spray just some water on this background because I LOVE how the inks react and move away from the water splatters.

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You can see on this final image, all the tiny little water sprays of water on the mermaid inks.

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I love the adventurous nature of this technique in that you don’t really know how the colors are all going to turn out. I think it’s a great way to let go and have fun! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will try it out in your journals and projects!

xoxo

 

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