Layering Dye and Pigment Inks – Art Journal

by Tania

Hi Friends,

Today I am sharing a mixed media art journal page, showing how you can layer your Altenew Crisp Dye Inks and Pigment Inks!

It can be fun to experiment with layering these inks because of their different properties. Also: dye inks are translucent, and pigment inks are slightly opaque! You can take advantage of this for several effects and techniques.

blue and green mixed media art journal page

Cut thick cardstock to 6″x 8″. To start, add drops of Sweet Leaf Watercolor from the Tropical Fiesta Watercolor or Marker Set to an acrylic block and use to it spread and stamp the dye to create organic shapes. Let this dry completely. Apply Caribbean Sky Pigment Ink with a Small Ink Blending Tool through Bubble Wrap Stencil. Let this dry completely as it can smudge!

Pigment Inks don't completely absorb when layered over dye inks, which gives it a slightly textured feel.

closeup of mixed media page showing stamped images and word

Add splatters to the background with Sunkissed Watercolor and let dry. Stamp and die cut leaf shape from Tall Foliage Stamp Set with Obsidian Pigment Ink. Add word of choice to bottom right corner of art journal page with Modern Alphabet Stamp Set. To finish my journal page, I punched holes along the top of my page to attach to my discbound art journal.

closeup of art journal page showing foliage stamp set and blue green background

Thank you for stopping by!

I hope that you all liked my mixed media art journal page as much as I loved making it! You can check out more of my mixed media projects and videos by clicking here. If you have any questions, leave a comment on the videos or on the blog and let me know what you think!

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