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Wed 09

Dendritic Paint Printing
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I have a clean and simple underwater scene card to share today featuring the Dendritic Paint Printing technique.  In a nutshell, the technique involves smooshing acrylic paint between two hard surfaces, pulling them apart and lifting the resulting branchlike pattern onto a piece of paper.

I only have white acrylic paint, so I wanted to create a water background.  Started by masking the perimeter of an A2 size Bristol panel with 1” painter’s tape.  Ink blended Salvaged Patina and Blueprint Sketch distress inks (DI) using blender brushes.  Lightly spritz with water and dabbed off with a paper towel for some texture.


Now for the technique.  Took one of my new acrylic cutting plates used for die cutting in my die cutting machine and added acrylic paint to it.  Spread it out with a flat brush, then pressed another acrylic cutting plate on top.  Pulled the plates apart, revealing this.


Placed the ink blended water background on top and gently pressed to transfer the image.  Doesn't it look like coral? 


The rays in the top left corner was an after thought and was created by blending more Salvaged Patina DI off the edge of a piece of acetate.


The turtle was die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock and coloured in with Copic markers, while the fish were die cut from Bristol paper and coloured with a small detail blender and Spiced Marmalade DI.  Added eyes with a black pen and stamped the sentiment in black to finish,


And that wraps it up for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.






Very beautiful card!

This is awesome, Trina. I love the technique and I really like how you added the rays.

The technique worked perfectly for the coral. Amazing card Trina :)

Wow..I am so impressed with your lifelike undersea coral background, Trina. TFS the photo showing your Dendritic painting print technique..Amazing..looks just like coral pressed into your beautiful sponged background. Your sunrays, turtle and fish were the perfect additions. TFS my friend and all your photos. Love and Hugs..Nancy

Just gorgeous, Trina ! And that technique....stunning result. It really looks like coral on the plate and what a beautiful addition on your ink blended background. Love your eye-catching underwater scene and it makes me want to go snorkelling ! Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous technique. Hugs x

Wow!! What a fab technique!! Amazing water background! Love your underwater seen with the turtle and fish!!

Beautifully done.

I think your background is fantastic!!
love it!

What a wonderful technique! It does look like coral! So perfect with the die cut turtle and fish.

What a fabulous card you have created and thanks for the share tutorial. I shall definitely be giving this technique a try when my craft room is up and running after my recent move.

Very cool! Never heard of this technique but I hope to try it!

Awwww..... I want try this!! AMAZING! Thanks so much for sharing this technique! Your card is a true delight and LOVE those cute fishes and the turtle!

Beautiful Trina! Thank you so much for sharing! Love this technique! I thought it was a coral stamp!!! Does it only work with white acrylic paint, or will it work with a white ink pad or white re-inkers? Thank you again - truly spectacular!

Fabulous card using lots of wonderful techniques, Trina. LOVE the dendritic coral ... it looks amazing.

Ohhh this looks like so much fun. Fabulous card, wonderful underwater scene and a great technique Trina x.

Love the technique. Genius. Will definitely try it. Thanks

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