Hello my crafty friends! Today we are going to go over Ranger Ink and Dyan Reaveley’s brand new Dylusions paints. These bright and poppy little pots of fun take me back to finger painting in Montessori preschool. And yes, my fingers did take a little dip in these!
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Here’s what Ranger has to say about the new Dylusions paints:
12 gorgeous, vibrant acrylic paints that complement and coordinate with the current line of Dylusions Ink Sprays.
Designed to Dyan’s specifications, these new paints are easily blendable yet waterproof, dries quickly to a matte finish, accepts all types of writing inks without clogging up the tip, fluid – not too thick and not too thin, in jar with a wide opening perfect for art tools, brushes and fingers alike, in other words…Dylusions Paint is fabulous!
Here’s a quick video overview of the paints that I made.
As stated in the video, these are extremely fluid paints. Please be aware when you are opening the jars! Hold them horizontally or flat in your hand. If you tilt them while opening you will spill a ton of precious paint! I didn’t notice any odor from these either. I stuck my face in the pot and they just smell like acrylic paint. They are a bit translucent, but you can layer them. Here’s a swatch of the paint being layered up to four times over a stamped image.
The paints work on a variety of surfaces, as well. Here I tested them on a few different mediums:
If you are familiar with Dyan’s other products with Ranger, you may know that some people had issues with her sprays seeping through their art journal pages onto the other side. I played hard with these paints in my journal and not only did they not bleed in any way to other side of the paper, they also didn’t warp or wrinkle paper with heavy use! Yay! Here’s the art journal page I created:
The background is all Dylusions paints that I applied with my fingers and then blended together using baby wipes. You can see that the tissue wrap underneath it still shows, which I think is really fun. The girl in the center is a stencil that I used a mini-distress tool with the black marble Dylusions paint. These paints are great for art journaling. They really do dry fast and once they are completely dry, they’re permanent! They dry completely flat and have no texture to them, so doodling, stamping, writing and journaling is a breeze on the top of these; you don’t have to worry about clogging up any of your pen or marker tips. You can definitely use your Dylusions sprays over the top of the paints, but remember, the sprays are not opaque either, so think about how those colors will layer.
Here’s a bright little tag I made using some of Dyan’s stamps and the ombre/gradient technique I showed in the video. I wanted to make a couple of notes with this tag. Remember how before I said that paints are a bit translucent? Well something kind of magical happens when you layer them on top of each other, as opposed to a stamped or drawn image. You can see with the London blue in the sunglasses and the Postbox red in the lips that none of the Bubblegum pink shows through. However, the Dylusions white linen paint, in the hat, is similar to the white linen spray, it takes on a ghosting effect, picking up the color underneath it.
Dylusions also work great on wood! I had a ton of fun creating this tropical little box. The paints were fluid enough that they absorbed into the wood and the whole project didn’t take long to dry and I only needed one coat of paint.
Overall, I love these paints. I think they are a super great addition to the Dylusions line and are a must-have if you art journal or are already a fan of Dyan’s other products. Will I be throwing out all of my other paints and use these as replacements? Nope. Will I stop buying other brands and kinds of paint? Nope. However, as I mentioned before these are amazing and invaluable if you frequently art journal or like to doodle, write or draw over painted backgrounds. They are available in 12 colors from the Dylusions palette and are approximately $5 a tub. I imagine that it would take someone a while to get through a whole tub of the paint, not to mention it’s double the amount you would get of a distress paint at the same price point. You can currently buy the paints at many online retailers and I wouldn’t be surprised if they popped up in big box stores before too long. What do you all think, crafty friends? Are these a to have or a have not? Let me know in the comments!
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