Tag Archive: Spray Starch


Im really enjoying playing around with the spray starch to see how it can be used, seeing how well it worked with the pearl ex I wondered how it would react with Alcohol Inks and decided to experiment and see.

These backgrounds where created in a similar way to the Pearl Ex ones, instead of pearl ex I used Alcohol Inks with the Spray Starch

Heres what I did:

Instructions:

1. On a sheet of gloss card, randomly splash and dot alcohol inks all over.

2. Spray over Alcohol Inks with Spray Starch.

3. Add more Alcohol Inks.

4. Spray more Starch.

5. Sandwich over the top with another sheet of gloss card and rub gently.

6. Gently peel backgrounds apart to reveal the lovely magic 🙂

Leave to air dry or heat set with your heat gun if your impatient (I did)

The overall effect of these backgrounds reminds me of the Alcohol Inks and Floor Wax Background Technique I came up with a few years back.

Embossing Tip: You can sprinkle on embossing powder onto the background to enhance it further, I had some nice interferance embossing powders with copper mica in them which I sprinkled over some of the backgrounds to add a little pizzaz. See example below:

Another background in the making…

Before Spray Starch…

After Spray Starch….

Spray Starch And Alcohol Ink Background Gallery:

Ive been playing around with the Spray Starch background technique tonight after finally getting my hot sticky paws on a can of Dylon aerosol spray starch 🙂

The background technique is surprisingly easy and straight forward; all you have to do is spray the starch liberally onto dark card stock, then tap on various colours of pearl ex pigments on top. Spray again with more starch and if it looks ok leave it to dry…..easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Heres how I did my backgrounds, I took the liberty of taking a couple of shots of the steps so you can play along if this background tickles your fancy…

Note – Remember to click on all pictures if you want close ups.

Supply List

All the supplies you need are in the picture below:

  • Dark Colour Card Stock
  • Spray Starch
  • Soft Paint Brush
  • Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments (or any powdered mica)
  • Newspaper to protect your work area

Steps 1 & 2: Place a sheet of card onto your work area and spray a good layer of spray starch over the top like so:

3. Using the soft brush, tap and dab slodges of pearl ex all over the card stock:

4. Spray over the top with another layer of Starch:

5. Optional – Add more pearl ex if you think it needs it (you can never have enough colour) and rub the pearl ex in a bit using the brush to help the colours to blend together in the starch.

6. This is my favourite step 🙂 Place a sheet of card exactly the same size over the top of the pearl ex background and rub along the back with your fingertips.

7. Peel the backgrounds apart to reveal the magic!

8. You can use a sheet of colour card stock to blot with over the background to distribute the colour even further and create interesting vein like textures:

9. Finally heat set (or leave to air dry) Your background is complete.

Notes: This background technique works well with both matt and gloss card, try them both to achieve different finishes. The backgrounds in this tutorial were created upon gloss card stock.

More Spray Starch Background Fun:

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Results in…..

Spray Starch Background Gallery:

Spray Starch Background Art Technique Tutorials:

http://www.pamelasgallery.com/2008/spray-starch-backgroundsby-lorraine-r

http://paperimagerydesigns.blogspot.com/2010/02/technique-tuesday-spray-starch-and-mica.html

http://www.ggdesigns.net/Gazette/Challenges/FEBMAR10DebLovettsSSTech.html

http://jozartdesigns.blogspot.com/2010/03/spray-starch-backgrounds.html

After playing around with the Spray Starch Background Technique I got to wondering what else I could use the starch for …like you do.

So decided to have a little dabble.

I made a couple of resist type backgrounds using the spray starch as a resist medium, I had some plastic netting which I used to make a stencil screen to spray the starch through on glossy card.

Next I heat set the starch using the heat gun and then used a brayer to roll over the top of the card with a rainbow dye inkpad. As you can see from the results below, the spray starch does a good job as a resisting medium 🙂

The sample below was created using the aerosol varity of Spray Starch (Dylon brand)

This sample was created using Wiz Spray Starch which is a non aerosol brand 0f liquid starch in a trigger action spray bottle.

I like the resist better with this background as it seems to be a lot stronger and textured: