Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Homemade Mists (cheaper and really do compare)

Good morning/evening all!   I am a very CHEAP scrapper!  For the longest time I was struggling with buying supplies to keep up with this hobby, and have searched for ways to improvise! 
So how Cheap am I?  Well I have been so cheap that I rarely even buy pop up dots, foam, or anything of that nature.  Instead, I just use scraps of cardboard...or sometimes I will even fold up the left over strips of photo paper that I had cropped and use that to glue under my pics for dimension!  Now that may be going a little too far, but desperate times call for desperate measure right?! lol   

Ok, so my cheap ways have caused me to be so envious of some of your pics when I see tons of bottles of tattered angels/shimmerz mists in the background...I think that at times my mouth literally would salivate at the sight of them!  (I get the same way with seeing any tim holtz products in plenty).  As you who follow me know, I am a big mist person.  Unfortunately, until a couple of months ago, my projects were severely lacking in my eyes because I couldn't afford to keep up with my own demand of inks.  For instance, do you remember this project?

I had so many plans for this thing!  Unfortunately, I had a small amount of purple and yellow mist...the blue and reds in this are actually chalk that I attempted to water down and smear to make look more like misting.  I really couldn't believe I even shared this...but I loved the gate and the overall meaning behind it, which you can find here.
One of these days I will try to touch it up and actually let my cousins have it...

So onto the reason for this post....
In my search for a more cost efficient way to make this craft work for me, I stumbled onto some inks in the art section of my local Hobby Lobby store!  Dr. Ph. Martins Bombay inks, they are a permanent, waterproof ink advertised as being perfect for calligraphy, stamping, airbrushing, etc...and are archival safe.  So, I decided with a 40% coupon I couldn't resist buying 12 different colors for around $20!


I actually bought both sets and let me tell you, the Black...is truly BLACK, which I don't feel is the case with some mists.  Now I still struggle with the red color...no matter the ink to water ratio I can't seem to find true red.

Here I have compared my inks (on the left) to a tattered angels ~heidi Swapp~ set (on the right)
I love tattered angels so don't think I'm trying to show them up...but I do want to show you how these homemade mists really do compare.
I totally saturated both mine, and theirs completely...this is what the comparison looks like after it was all dried.  However, the pink color of theirs at the bottom had to be a manufacture error because I've bought this set before and it is usually pink not gold with a pink tint to it?  So the pink may not be a good comparison.
The great thing about these is that they are permanent and waterproof, so they dry fast and won't be affected by layering! I absolutely love them.  I am now just on the search for a red and some other colors like a neon or lime green.


So there you have it!  Check out the actual instructions on how to make the mists over at the Gauche Alchemy blog.

Hopefully, I've given some of you other "financially impaired" artists a way to stretch that dollar!

Thanks for looking and if you make these let me know how much you love them!








20 comments:

Kate said...

Hi Misty, I know exactly what you mean when you say your a cheap scrapbooker. Me too! When I first started, i bought all my supplies from the dollar store. I thought I would be content with that forever. I remember walking through Michaels and see Tim Holtz products wondering what to do wih them and thinking only idiots would pay such outrageous prices. Somehow, I turned in to the one buying that stuff but I never pay those outrageous prices. I always wait for clearance.
Good for you! I love your colors! Eventually I may make some mists but I found cheaper(than TA) beautiful mists at Lindy's. It saves me time. I always admire inovative people. And for pop dots, hot glue is perfect for dimention. Anyway, I'll stop talking. I just wanted to say I enjoyed your post.
Kate

Miae said...

Hi Misty! Love this post as I'm a complete cheapo and am always looking for ways to make my own stuff...never thought of using my India inks as mists!! So exciting :D Thanks for sharing

Miae said...

Hi Misty! Love this post as I'm a complete cheapo and am always looking for ways to make my own stuff...never thought of using my India inks as mists!! So exciting :D Thanks for sharing

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

That is just AWESOME!! Thanks for sharing how you made these!!! Very cool!!

Mary Brockway said...

Hi Misty!! Such a FAB tut! Can't wait to play with this idea. I love layering as well and this TOTALLY solves my problems with the traditional "sparkly mists". Love. LOVE!!!

Cheryl said...

Misty just to say again this is awesome and the comparison photo just blows me away...Mister Huey, the Tattered Angel and anyone else - be quakin'! Misty's Mists are on the table!

Adrienne said...

ohhh, another fun option to the Mist dilemma. I was just sitting at my scrapdesk today, looking at my dwindling supply of glimmer mists. Sigh. BUT, I will just have to stop by Hobby Lobby and check it out next time. Glad to hear you made the Scrapfx team! Way to go girlie! Take care!

Betty 1 said...

Thank you for sharing this idea!!! I gotta try it!!

Tineke said...

What a great idea! I have the inks at home, will try this. Thanks for sharing!

KellyCreates said...

Thanks for sharing this awesome idea, Misty! I have heard about these Bombay inks and will give them a look. In fact, I'm in the states right now on Spring Break holiday with my family and plan to go to Hobby Lobby today (a store we don't have in Canada). And thanks for checking up on my blog (haven't posted in awhile cuz of the holiday) and sadly, no announcement. Nope, didn't make the DT, but am glad I tried :) Have a good weekend!

Georgia Heald said...

Love that I am not the only one that is frugal when it comes to scrapping. I have used just plain acrylic paint in a spray bottle with water and it comes out awesome (without the shimmer of course) Which is sometimes perfect for more grungy projects and as with yours, the colors can come out more intense which I like. Love your idea of using inks!

WillieburgScrapper said...

This is such a fantastic post Misty. I am SO GLAD you are on the Gauche team and blew this subject up because frankly your inventiveness and frugality are EXACTLY what inspires people. THANK YOU for sharing this. I passed those India inks in the art shop and wondered if I could play with them but left them there because frankly I don't know enough about art to buy all them. I think most people feel the same way- we stick to what we see other scrappers use. Thanks again for sharing such a fantastic "secret". PS- DUH! I CANNOT BELIEVE I didn't think to use bits of box or folded paper scraps as pop dots!!! That's a serious lack of effort and imagination on my part- will have to write that down and put it in front of me as I scrap!!!

Amy Lynne said...

You are so crazy smart!(Well of course I knew that, but.....geez, this is awesome sauce!) I love your brilliant ideas! :) Keep em coming ladycakes!~

Monica said...

Oh cool I'm gonna have to try this version for making mists... I did make some home made ones a while back using hair spray.. and some other stuff.. but I'm gonna try your version soon!
Love learning new stuff!

Marivic (Berry71Bleu) said...

Hi Misty,

Love the idea of using paint for mist. Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us.

I love your work..thanks for stopping by Zeus and Zoe blog.

Take care!

Marivic

Jenny Petricek said...

Hi Misty! Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hi, as well as for your kind words of support as I embark upon the craziness of my career change! Your confidence in me is helping me to feel more certain of myself!

Also, thanks for sharing what you've discovered in terms of cost-effective alternatives for expensive spray mists! Like you, I'm often deterred from purchasing new colors because they simply cost too much--and you can never be totally sure what they will look like when you apply them to paper. I'm familiar with the india inks you describe here, as they were always popular in the art dept. when I worked at Hobby Lobby last year; I will need to check them out!

Zima said...

Great post! I'm always looking for bargains when it comes to my scrapbooking hobby. I don't have a lot of money and this hobby of our is an expencive - and very fun - one!

Maria

carlies said...

I am speechless absolutely stunning design

hugs carla

Dara Lynn said...

I saw that PH Martin kit on clearance...picked it up...and thought...this may be out of my league....after this tutorial....what time does HL open? lol !!!! I love the vibrancy...so close to the new Dylusion sprays by Ranger! I applaud you for finding ways to stretch your dollar. I had to leave my job 2 years ago due to husband illness and I am always looking for the next diy! Bravo girlie for great pages--those are priceless!!!

Aj said...

thanks for a great rundown :)

for the red, maybe thin the ink with a mixture of equal parts Future floor wax and rubbing alcohol. both are acid-free. This mix will keep the pigments more true to the color in the bottle than using water will.