I feel more than a little embarrassed about posting this as a technique because it really is so EASY, but here you go…
I used just three shades of Ecoline inks – Cerise, Cyan and Yellow – then, taking a sheet of card (thickish) or watercolour paper (I used hot press smooth) I just painted them on randomly (with thick brushes) and left them to dry. What a cheat? The colours blend beautifully and create all those shades you can see on the ATCs. On some, I wet the card or paper first, then added the inks, on others I spritzed after painting, then mopped up excess colour with another sheet of card/paper, so I ended up with lots of variations – some muddier looking than others, some paler.
Word of warning – it looks YUKKY before you stamp it and the white highlighting really does make all the difference 🙂
I did try this with Adirondack reinkers but they are too highly pigmented, so the colours are too dark. Great for inkpads but not for techniques like this. I am intending trying the same thing with Vivid Reinkers because I have quite a lot of those – I’ll upload my results when I do.
Here are a couple of the backgrounds BS (Before Stamping).
I think the first two were spritzed VERY lightly. Don’t they look YUKKY?
The second two pieces were wet before I started and then were spritzed a little more before being allowed to dry. These look much nicer unstamped.