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It’s no secret, I’m a Ranger-head, I even have taught some fun Ranger technique classes at local scrapbook stores. Ranger products make my crafty little heart warm with happiness. I was so excited when I saw the Adirondack Color Wash Sprays by Tim Holtz sent from Jenny! I’m slighty obsessed with Mr. Holtz’s product line and these color washes are no exception!
So, these days we have so many craft sprays out there. What exactly are Color Wash sprays?
“Color Wash is an acid-free, non-toxic, water-based dye developed for use on paper, fibers, fabric and more.”
The color wash sprays come in a 2 oz. fine mist spray bottle and are available in 12 earthy and bright colors made to use on porous surfaces. (Think paper, fabric and canvas, NOT metals or plastics) There is no shimmer or sparkle to these, you get straight on fabulous color.Â One thing to note is that these are textile dyes, meaning they are going to be extra vibrant and full of color.Â You can even use them on fabrics and wash and dry them!Â How awesome is that?Â If you add water the colors will blend and become more intense.
And can I just say… these are some VIBRANT colors.Â I have yet to see such concentrated color like this in any other craft spray.Â Here’s a quick test I did on Claudine Hellmuth’s sticky-back canvas to show how you can add more color and intensity with each spray. You can also see that the mist is a very fine spray. With these tests I held my bottle about 6 inches away from the canvas. The farther away you hold the bottle the lighter and more fine coverage you’re going to get back. The closer you hold the bottle to your project you will get a more concentrated burst of color.
Here’s how the color wash works on different paper mediums:
I also wanted to test the washes on some fabrics and fibers.
I also tried it on some Ranger glossy paper. I first clear embossed a Stampendous Jumbo cling stamp and then just sprayed the color wash on and then spritzed with some water, too. I wiped off the excess water and heat set it. I love the water-color look that this turned out having.
I wanted to see how the color washes worked on wood. I took a little square plaque I had and tried it out. The color washes have almost a staining effect on the wood with the grain of the wood still showing through. I like it! And the colors are still really concentrated and vibrant.
I highly suggest using a non-stick craft mat while using your color washes. When I was done spraying my test and review pieces, I took spare manila tags I had and sopped up the extra ink on my craft mat. Now I have some tags ready for gifts and I didn’t waste any of that precious product!
In the end I was impressed with the Adirondack Color Washes by Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink. As I said before, the colors are rich and vibrant. The newly improved spray nozzle gives off a fine, almost air-brushed effect. You can purchase the color washes through Amazon.com and some major craft retailers carry them.
At approximately $4.99 a bottle I find this a great deal. I used these sprays extensively for this review and barely even dented the amount of liquid that’s in the bottle. So what do you think you would do with these sprays? Fabric? Paper-crafting? Both? Let me know what’s on your crafty mind with these Ranger color washes!
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