When I was teaching in San Jose in January, I prowled around A Work of Heart, looking for goodies to buy! Owner, Andrea, stocked a kind of spray ink I had never heard of: Lindy's Stamp Gang. She spoke very highly of it. Andrea said it was highly pigmented and the most shiny spray she had ever encountered. I'll confess, I pooh-poohed her recommendation.
A week later, I was at CHA and saw the Lindy's Stamp Gang booth. Serendipity! I approached the booth and started a conversation. I had assumed they were a new company, but it turns out that they've been making spray ink of all kinds since 2000. After a nice long chat -- I've actually visited the small town they're based in many times -- they were kind enough to offer to send me some spray ink to try out.
The first thing to note is that they ship the bottles without any liquid. There's just powder inside and you add water. Super smart! The bottles are lighter and there's no way for anything to go bad or leak.
I played around with the spray inks on some tags:
As promised, the colors are very intense:
And there is a lot of shimmer:
The ink is slightly water reactive after it's dry:
And the color does float up through gesso (even after dry):
When I play with a new product I like to explore what makes it special. Tags are a great way to do that exploring. I've also been playing with the sprays in my art journal and on canvas, mixing them with the supplies I already use.
Finally, it's always a good idea to go online and see what other people are saying and doing.
- I discovered that there are three different kinds of spray ink offered by Lindy's Stamp Gang. (You can watch this video to see the difference.) I was sent the Starburst Sprays. Apparently they're the most pigmented, so that suits me to a tee!
- Check out the Lindy's Gang You Tube channel for lots of great tutorials.
- You can see some examples of projects made with the different sprays here. Also some good information on mixing the water in. (I didn't follow the directions -- ooops!)
- This is a super cute scrapbook page (with a video) made from the sprays. And another cautionary tale about mixing in tap water. Oh well.
- A seriously intense comparison -- there's even a spreadsheet -- comparing homemade mists, Glimmer Mist, and Perfect Pearls to Lindy's.
Have you tried Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays? Thoughts?
Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. Just to be clear, Lindy's Stamp Gang sent me the sprays, but they didn't ask me to blog about it. That was my choice. I love to share to my arting adventures with you!